Chris Pauly – Co-Founder, CEO & Chief Visionary
As the one with the ideas, Chris is responsible for setting the vision of the company, hiring an incredible team of people and pushing them on to create a business that will change the way people build their list of favorite businesses and trusted providers. Chris is an entrepreneur within the corporate environment having grown Underwriters Laboratories (UL) nascent Electric Vehicle business by over 1,000% over the past 4 years. Prior to UL, Chris worked for various financial service companies including J.P. Morgan Chase.
Chris received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Iowa, his Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law and his MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business.
Brian Pigott – Co-Founder, COO & Chief Fixer
With his natural sense of realism, Brian is responsible for making sure everything works smoothly within emazeMe, operating closely with the team to create and implement emazeMe's strategies and making sure Chris' "vision" stays on track. Brian is a serial entrepreneur having started his own online ecommerce company, One Way Solutions, a plastic material handling business in 2003, which has achieved double digit growth since its inception. Prior to One Way Solutions, Brian worked for Motorola, as a mechanical engineer in their automotive sector.
Brian received Bachelors of Science in Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management from Miami University and an MBA in Finance from DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.
Arpen Shah – Director of Marketing Analytics & Chief Inquisitor
Possessing innate curiosity, Arpen is responsible for creating emazeMe's recommendation engine, developing eMazing reporting analytics and pushing the team to inquire, inquire, inquire! Arpen has a great mix of both corporate experience at multi-billion dollar companies in various analytical roles, as well as entrepreneurial experience having co-founded his own tech start-up.
Arpen received his Bachelors in Business Information Systems (BIS) graduating Magna Cum Laude from Devry University and is currently working on his MBA from Roosevelt University.
Andrew Weber – Chief Developer & Chief Techie
As the guru of all things tech-related, Andrew is responsible for implementing many (but not all!) of Chris and the team's ideas, making everything look easy all while spinning around in his Dodge Viper. Andrew is a serial entrepreneur having co-founded his own social start-up company Earlybird.co. Prior to Earlybird.co, Andrew was the Technical Director at Spartz Media.
Andrew received his Bachelor in Science (BS) from the University of Notre Dame.
Shawna Lavelle – Marketing Director & Chief Cheerleader
By exhibiting an enthusiastic and vocal support for users, Shawna is responsible for all brand, marketing and communication efforts that will build an emotional connection with consumers. Shawna brings a credible history of marketing experience in both the agency and entrepreneurial environments. While working for MGM MIRAGE Advertising in Las Vegas, Shawna managed marketing projects for Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mirage and other properties. At Colle+McVoy agency in Minneapolis, she worked on brand and marketing campaigns for Caribou, Cenex, and Purina. Most recently Shawna helped launch the local Chicago startup, The Apparel Agency, and led the development and execution of the company's strategic marketing plan, doubling its growth within one year.
Shawna received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, and her MBA in Entrepreneurship from Loyola University's Graduate School of Business.