John Misko has a distinguished track record of designing software products, managing the development and market launch of software, and working with the most demanding customers from specifying to delivering software solutions.
John co-founded Direct Sales Mobile, and leads all of its sales and marketing activities. John and Stephen share responsibility for working with customers to understand their requirements and work together to drive our products forward.
Previously, John was a Group Program Manager and a Product Manager at Microsoft from 1992 – 1999. John led efforts on Microsoft's most important products, including Excel, Windows, Visual Basic and MS Money.
Earlier, John was an Engineer at Mentor Graphics and before that an Engineer at Control-C Software.
Prior to Direct Sales Mobile, John went to school with his co-founder, Stephen Ackroyd, at Arizona State, worked with Stephen at the NASA image processing facility at ASU, and worked with Stephen at Mentor Graphics. They have remained close personal friends and professional allies over three decades.
John studied engineering, especially computer graphics, at Arizona State University and he earned a JD at Seattle University.
Stephen Ackroyd has a consistent track record of delivering winning technology products, and forging long term relationships with partners and customers.
Stephen co-founded Direct Sales Mobile, and manages daily operations of the development team. Stephen and John share responsibility for working with customers to understand their requirements and work together to drive our products forward.
Previously, Stephen oversaw Sales and Marketing for TPK, the lead supplier of touch screens for Apple's iPhone and iPad, up to its successful IPO after it acquired his business, EAM, a touch screen software company he co-founded.
Earlier, he was a key member of the launch teams for both the Sony PlayStation and the Sega Dreamcast, each of which earned over a billion dollars in its launch year.
He lead Business Development at Lightspan, an educational software company prior to its successful IPO.
Earlier, he was an engineer at Mentor Graphics, and Interleaf.
Prior to Direct Sales Mobile, Stephen went to school with his co-founder, John Misko at Arizona State, worked with John at the NASA image processing facility at ASU, and worked with John at Mentor Graphics. They have remained close personal friends and professional allies over three decades.
Stephen earned a BA in Computer Science from UCSD and an MBA from UCLA.
V.P. BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Doug Schulze has over 15 years in high-technology markets with both Fortune 50 and startup companies. He has a broad experience base cut from executive positions in marketing, sales, corporate development and as general manager at public companies such as Intel, Loudeye Corp, Convera and private organizations iCat, Optigraphics, Agenesis ThinkTank, RDI Video Systems and CompuMed.
Doug is degreed in business and marketing management from Cal Poly Pomona and Claremont Colleges where he studied under Peter Drucker and Reed Powell in the campaign to train America’s leading executives on the effectiveness of Japanese management techniques in the mid-eighties. He is also a graduate of Harvard’s Business executive and continuation programs.
Deborah Jones has spent her career in both Fortune 500 companies and startups working with sales giants like Oracle Corporation, Silicon Graphics, F5 Networks, Isagenix International, and Altus Alliance. She has held positions in sales, marketing and business development creating and implementing business strategies to accelerate revenue growth.
Deborah is the founder of AWE, Amazing Women Entrepreneurs, a networking organization that brings professional women together to support common business goals. She served on the Northwest Children’s Fund board, a nonprofit organization working to end the cycle of abused and neglected children.
Deborah holds a BA from Albion College and an MBA from Middlebury Institute of International Studies with a focus on international marketing. She lived in Tokyo, Japan and worked at Fuji Xerox Corporation studying international business and Japanese best practices.
She enjoys adventure travel with her family, mountaineering, boating, skiing, cycling and has completed 2 marathons.
GROUP PROGRAM MANAGER
Adnan Umer has over 10 years of experience with Project and Product Management, Software Architecture and System Analysis and Design. He has successfully delivered projects for Fortune 500 clients like Pepsico, Frito Lay, Amway and Telenor.
He manages our development teams and provides technical oversight. Adnan ensures that estimates are accurate and deliverables are on time. Adnan has a BS in Computer Science from FAST-NU and an MBA from LSE (Lahore School of Economics)
GROUP PROJECT MANAGER
Kate Cojocaru has a BA in Accounting and an SQA from Portnov Computer School. She is our application testing guru and has in-depth experience with web-based and mobile applications.
Kate is fluent in Russian and Romanian.