Executive Team

Jared Shusterman
Founder/CEO
Jared Shusterman
Founder/CEO

Is the Founder and Managing Partner of SproutLoud. Since 2005, he has been primarily responsible for strategic direction of the Company, as well as the oversight of SproutLoud's Partner ecosystem. Prior to SproutLoud, Jared worked in Thomas Weisel Partner’s internet and online advertising investment banking practice in San Francisco. He served as the lead analyst on a number of Corporate Finance and M&A deals including Newscorps’ buyout of Intermix Media (Myspace.com). 

Jared graduated with a B.A. in Finance and Marketing from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. Jared has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and is a member of the Young President's Organization (YPO).  Jared has been honored as one of a Top 40 under 40 Entrepreneur by South Florida Business Journal and a Top 50 Entrepreneur by Business Leader Magazine. 

Gary Ritkes
Managing Partner, President
Gary Ritkes
Managing Partner, President

Gary Ritkes oversees all Business Development and Account Management at SproutLoud. He has been a pioneer in the emerging vertical of Distributed Marketing Technology and is an industry leader and innovator with 20+ years experience in graphic communications and marketing strategy. Gary has been involved with SproutLoud since the inception of the company. Prior to joining SproutLoud, Gary was VP of Marketing for Rex Three, Inc., SproutLoud’s first and largest vendor among its network of providers. He has served many Fortune 1000 clients and worldwide advertising agencies in providing marketing technology direction and optimization. He was an original founder of U.S. based Earth Color Group and a co-founder of Advanced Digital Services (ADS) which was sold in 1996 to publicly traded Katz Digital Technologies. He is a past board member of several national industry associations, including the DMA, AAF and CMO Council.

Anjan Upadhya
Managing Partner, Technology
Anjan Upadhya
Managing Partner, Technology

Anjan Upadhya is the Chief Architect of SproutLoud's platform, who oversees all of Technology and Product Development and has been a part of SproutLoud since its inception. He has over 14 years of experience building technology teams and platforms in fast-paced, startup environments for a broad range of industries including education, veterinary and medical sciences.

Before joining SproutLoud, Anjan held similar positions in a number of startup companies. He was the Lead Architect for StudyNet, a leading platform for online education. His work at Turkel Shwartz and Partners won him two silver Addy Awards in the advertising field. He also won an additional Addy for his collaborative work with Cave Design, a leading graphics communication company.

Anjan’s background has given him exposure to biological sciences, arts, advertising, programming and internet technologies which allow him to problem solve with a broad and unique range of perspectives. He loves taking ideas from inception to working business software solutions. He is also a published photographer and has a deep passion for open-source software and loves the innovative thinking and inspiration that comes from it. Anjan holds a degree in Web & Interactive Media from The Art Institutes and a degree in Botany from Delhi University, India.

Dave Kinsella
Managing Partner, Finance & Operations
Dave Kinsella
Managing Partner, Finance & Operations

David Kinsella is an experienced CFO/COO. He has developed his strengths over the past 25+ years as the lead financial, accounting and operations manager for distributed marketing, retail, service and manufacturing corporations. David uses his analytical and management skills to strategically identify and create opportunities for growth and performance of companies.

David has a focus on process and operations improvement. He has the ability to see the big picture while maintaining a hands-on detail-oriented approach. He has extensive experience in turnarounds, acquisitions, divestures and high growth environments. David also has extensive experience in managing operations, warehouse, retail, HR and IT functions.

Prior to joining SproutLoud in 2007, David led operations, finance and accounting for Slifer Designs, Inc. (Design & Retail), Medix Resources, Inc. (Medical Staffing & Medical Software Startup), Simonton Windows (Vinyl Window Manufacturer) and Woodcraft Supply Corp. (Catalog Retailer). David has also performed various consulting roles for MacDermid, Inc., Vail Resorts, Inc. and Executors’ Resource.

David holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting and finance from the University of Colorado.

Management Team

Gina DiGirolamo
VP, Production
Gina DiGirolamo
VP, Production

Gina DiGirolamo, VP Production at Sproutloud, joined SproutLoud's team full-time in November 2007. She has become a recognized innovator and leader in the technology arena within the Graphic Design, Print Production and Multi- Media Marketing Industry, and has mastered SproutLoud’s application. She demonstrates a track record of success and progress. Her areas of proficiency are in communication, management, quality control, training, coordinating workflows and her ability to wear many hats.

Deb Griffith
Director of Marketing
Deb Griffith
Director of Marketing

Deb is the Director of Marketing at SproutLoud, responsible for all the marketing functions of the company. She joined SproutLoud in 2011 and has a 20+ year marketing career in both agency and client-side environments in numerous verticals including consumer packaged goods, financial services, technology and manufacturing.

Prior to joining SproutLoud, Deb’s former employers and clients include Washington Mutual, PepsiCo, Apple Computer, T-Mobile, Dole Fresh Flowers, RJ Reynolds and Procter & Gamble. Her areas of expertise include strategic and tactical implementation of online marketing, content marketing, experiential marketing, product creation and launch, and traditional media to achieve business goals.

An admitted "StartUp Junkie" Deb has been a participant and organizer of multiple StartUp Weekend Events, which fosters entrepreneurial development. She graduated from Auburn University and is always eager to discuss the outlook of the football team's future.

Ramesh Nori
Ramesh Nori
Project Management Office Lead
Ramesh Nori
Ramesh Nori
Project Management Office Lead

Ramesh is a Senior Project Manager and the Project Management Office Lead at SproutLoud. A self-admitted agile enthusiast and evangelist with over 12 years in the Project Management field, Ramesh has worked passionately to encourage and support the IT organization in fully embracing agile methodology for software development so that SproutLoud can move towards a greater vision of “The Agile Enterprise”.

Prior to joining SproutLoud, Ramesh was involved in Project Management and Client Services at BGT Partners who was later acquired by PwC. Prior to that, he helped establish AGILE Governance at Campus Management Corporation, where he was responsible for setting up SDLC Implementation and Project Management. Other former employers include Home Diagnostics Inc. and JC Industrial Corporation.

His vast areas of expertise and interests include: value-based AGILE project management, program management, simplified solution approaches, leadership and motivation, public speaking, Microsoft Project, and agile and scrum involving common sense approaches. Ramesh also has a Master's Degree in Collaborative Project Management

Ed Ramos
Controller
Ed Ramos
Controller

Ed is responsible for the overall management of the accounting function and team. Prior to joining SproutLoud, he was with A.T. Kearney, a global consulting firm where he served in various roles, most recently, as Global Financial Operations Manager of the Executive Search Division. During his ten year tenure, he helped drive the firm to its position as a leading global executive search firm by implementing best practices, quality metrics, and enhancing utilization. He also worked in various accounting/finance capacities for Kaplan University, The Carlyle Group (Retained Executive Search Firm) and Quebecor Logistics (transportation & logistics services). His career began with United Healthcare/HMO America, a leading health care company.

Yamid Rios
Administrative Manager
Yamid Rios
Administrative Manager

Yamid is an experienced technology and business executive with extensive expertise in the advertising, publishing, and high-tech industries. His excellent interpersonal communication skills, coupled with his attentiveness to high-quality customer service and satisfaction, allow him to build, maintain, and sustain strong customer relationships. Prior to his career he was very fit in school, but after he started up Innova Mobile his body had an “airbag-effect” =) Don’t worry; he will soon be back in body builder shape soon! As for now, he is a nice fat guy who loves watching movies and series, and playing his PS3. Yamid tends to ask many questions, but don’t take it personally – he just likes getting all the details. Try to refrain from screaming or pinching him – it’s a pet peeve. 

Jorge Tite
VP of Software Development
Jorge Tite
VP of Software Development

Jorge Tite is the VP of Software Development at SproutLoud, responsible for the software development team and architecture of SproutLoud's application. He joined SproutLoud in 2008 as a Senior Developer and has enjoyed growing along with the company and its team members.

Originally from Ecuador, Jorge moved to the U.S. in 2004 when he joined LatPro Inc., an online job board focusing in diversity. He also has over 20 years of experience designing and building enterprise applications for different verticals including banking, insurance, marketing, government, education and e-commerce.

Jorge is always up for a challenge and loves the sense of accomplishment he gets after overcoming it. He graduated from La Pontificia Universidad Católica Del Ecuador with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science.

Michael Torcasso
VP of Sales
Michael Torcasso
VP of Sales

Michael Torcasso is an experienced executive with 20+ years in the software and channel marketing industry. Michael is responsible for driving SproutLoud revenue growth among Fortune and mid-market branded product marketers in B2B2C environment. He is passionate about synthesizing business needs with innovative channel marketing strategies and solutions for clients.

Michael is experienced in serving and consulting for dozens of well-known international brands including Automotive & Aftermarket, Apparel, Building Products, Financial Services, Insurance, Personal Care, Recreational Products, Technology and Telecom verticals.

Michael is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He began his career at Grey Advertising before serving as a client-side Marketing Director. Over the last 17 years he has focused on enterprise sales, client engagement, and channel marketing and incentive management with leading Incentives, Marketing Automation, and Co-op/MDF firms in the US and Canada.