Executive Team

Jared Shusterman
Jared Shusterman
Founder/CEO
Jared Shusterman
Jared Shusterman
Founder/CEO

In 2005, as a recent graduate of the McIntire School at the University of Virginia, and working for investment banking practice Thomas Weisel Partners, Jared moved to Miami to start SproutLoud before the pressures of fatherhood and a mortgage could scare him out of entrepreneurship.  Always looking for something new to learn, he’s recently started Spanish lessons and is currently an MBA-candidate with Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University.  He’s an aspiring pilot with a fear of flying (weird) and likes any spicy food that makes him cry (same goes for chick-flicks). He has recently been honored as a Top 40 Under 40 Entrepreneur in 2010 by South Florida Business Journal and top 50 Entrepreneur in 2012 by Business Leader Magazine.

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

Gary oversees all Sales and Account Management at SproutLoud. He 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. During his industry tenure, he has become a recognized innovator and leader in the technology area within the graphic communications/marketing industry, serving many Fortune 1000 clients and worldwide advertising agencies. He was an original founder of U.S. based Earth Color Group and a co-founder of Advanced Digital Services (ADS) whic was sold in 1996 to publicly traded Katz Digital Technologies. He is an angel investor and past board member of several national industry associations, including the DMA and CMO Council.

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

Anjan is the Chief Architect of SproutLoud's application. Before joining SproutLoud in early 2006, Anjan held similar positions in a number of startup companies. He served as the Chief Technology Officer for StudyNet, a leading platform for online education. His work at Turkel Shwartz and Partners won him 2 silver Addy Awards in the advertising field. He won an additional Addy for his collaborative work with Cave Design, a leading graphics communication company. He’s a published photographer, and has a deep passion for open-source software and loves the innovative thinking and inspiration that comes from it.

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

Dave has 18 years of experience with retail, service and manufacturing industries in the public and private sector. Prior to joining SproutLoud, Dave was the lead financial and accounting executive for Slifer Designs, Inc. (National Design Firm), Medix Resources, Inc. (Medical Staffing & Medical Software Startup), Simonton Windows (Vinyl Window Manufacturer) and Woodcraft Supply Corp. (Catalog Retailer). He has also performed various consulting roles for MacDermid, Inc., Vail Resorts, Inc. and Executors' Resource.

Management Team

Gina DiGirolamo
VP, Production
Gina DiGirolamo
VP, Production

Gina DiGirolamo, VP Production at Sproutloud, relocated from New York to Florida in 2005 and 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, but not real ones because that would mess up her hair. She enjoys the warm weather, going to the beach (even in the winter) and of course the stress-free commute. When asked about moving back to her hometown in Brooklyn, her answer is………Fuggettaboutit!

Deb Griffith
Director of Marketing
Deb Griffith
Director of Marketing

Deb Griffith has traveled the country promoting everything from alcohol and tobacco to flowers and soda.  A born marketer who has survived the transition from old-school marketing to the new digital media world, she was delighted to discover she had been a secret tech-nerd all along. As a 20-year marketing veteran, she has worked in the retail banking, wireless telephone, floral, consumer product and personal care industries as well as agency-side, for brands including Pepsi-Cola, Apple Computer, AT&T and RJ Reynolds.Now a resident of Ft Lauderdale, FL, she is passionate about social media, tennis, consignment shopping, Auburn football and tacos.  However, she is not passionate about mopping floors.

Erik Halber
User Experience, Team Lead
Erik Halber
User Experience, Team Lead

Erik began his career at SproutLoud as a developer but quickly found himself leading the charge on user experience. Five years later, one hundred-million mock-ups completed, and surrounded by an amazing trio of designers (Whiskers, Agent Sang and Amander), Erik is on the verge of achieving the dream of all designers: making the app so easy our moms can finally use it. When he's not iterating over designs, Erik spends as much time as possible with his other two loves, Drupal (software) and Allison (his beautiful and brilliant fiancee). Erik telecommuntes from a small New England town.

Steve Kupchun
Senior Production Manager
Steve Kupchun
Senior Production Manager

Steve has spent his career as a production, operations, and customer service professional in the printing industry. A graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, he has extensive experience in publication and commercial print production and franchise print marketing. Steve is at his best when his mind is challenged and excels at working with customers to resolve problems and maintain customer confidence. 

Christina Martin
Christina Martin
Account Manager Lead, Implementation Manager
Christina Martin
Christina Martin
Account Manager Lead, Implementation Manager

Her experience lies in digital and interactive communication campaigns. She has implemented social media, email, online marketing and testing strategies. The implementation of these strategies have facilitated brand management, creative development, audience segmentation and user experience development. Basically, she loves running tests but not taking them! In her spare time, Christina is a practicing martial artist – she has a second-degree black belt in Shotokan Karate – can balance a sword on her head and is a die-hard Hurricane’s fan.

Manny Perez
Manager, Marketing Assistants
Manny Perez
Manager, Marketing Assistants

Manny Perez is the Manager of the Marketing Assistant Department at SproutLoud. He strives to have his team see every issue as a challenge and conceptualize their own ideas on how to overcome it, with a smile on the customer’s face. He takes pride in the fact that he has been through all of SproutLoud’s growth, since 2007. Manny is a big fan of Miami Hurricane football, the Miami Heat and sports in general, but that is always second to his favorite time in the world: spending time with his family. Even though Manny works hard, he is still a proud prankster who never misses a chance to strike once someone has opened that door.

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
Yamid Rios
Administrative Manager
Yamid
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. 

Mike Thomson
Production Manager
Mike Thomson
Production Manager

Mike Thomson has been in the graphic design industry for over fifteen years, having held numerous positions during that time. He currently oversees the production designers at SproutLoud as the Production Team Lead. He likes eating asiago cheese bagels on Fridays at SproutLoud, and in his spare time enjoys motorcycling, creative activities and spending time with his family.

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

Jorge is the V.P. of Software Development at SproutLoud. He is always up for a challenge and loves the sense of accomplishment he gets after overcoming it. More than anything, he takes pride helping guide and grow a talented bunch of people.Outside of work Jorge is into extreme sports, BJJ, cross-fit, mountain biking, and running. The only way to keep up all that energy is eating his home-cooked Italian food. Since leaving Ecuador nine years ago, he enjoys traveling back to see all his family and friends. However he will never visit Ecuador without climbing one of the Andes mountains. If you ever need his attention, you better act fast because it’s likely he’s already a step ahead of you!