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Chicke lives in Tampa, FL with her husband and their two cats.  She loves cruising, a good novel and great wine, preferably enjoyed at the same time.  Her personal hero is Dumbo, who didn’t know that he couldn’t fly.

Chicke Fitzgerald

ceo, founder and chief rainmaker

Chicke is the lead investor in Solutionz.  She is responsible for Solutionz’ strategic direction and for business development. Her focus is maximizing investor returns and inspiring the executive team to accomplish business goals.

Chicke spent the first half of her career working for industry leading travel distribution technology and telecom companies. If you have ever made a travel booking online or checked in for a flight, chances are Chicke worked for one of the companies that pioneered that technology. The second half has been spent turning trip tech and travel storytelling on its head.

She formed Solutionz in 1996 and for the last 20+ years has provided advisory services as a game changing technologist and business designer. In the current venture, we’ve engineered into our business model the things that we want to achieve – giving back and innovation.

Chicke builds companies and has invested over $1.2 million on her own, while raising an additional $6 million in investment capital. Recognized as a game changer, her investment actions reflect her commitment to innovation and her principles. She is also an investor in Rich Media Exchange, a digital asset marketing and management firm. She is author of The Game Changer, published in 2017. And she is the host of The Game Changer Podcast, which is distributed on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, InTune and IHeartRadio.

She is inspired by this video that reminds her of what she has done when people told her that she couldn’t fly.

 

the co-builders

Solutionz is not a startup.  We have been building and testing our patent pending platform in all of our target markets since 2017, building out our product, marketing, sales and service infrastructure.  At the end of 2019 we were ready to begin to scale the company.  With the onset of the Pandemic in early 2020, we made a tough decision to “pause” the company.   We are now forming a new team of co-builders to take the Company to the next level.  This team is a fractional team and once the company is funded, we will be recruiting a full time executive team.  Of course our current co-builder team will be at the front of the line for consideration for the full time roles.

Neeta resides in Solihull, England, in the United Kingdom. She is passionate about her family and she values the power of laughter and friendship.

Neeta Solanki

co-builder with a focus on Finance and Building High Performance Teams

Neeta joined us in September of 2021, leading International Business Development and serving as the Fractional CFO.  Neeta has over 20 years of experience in change management with people, technology, accounting, financial reporting, marketing, process improvement, scenario planning and analytics. She started her career on the Cadbury’s chocolate grounds in the UK and left the corporate world in 2017 whilst at IBM.

Neeta is dedicated to helping Solutionz strategically grow our business,  refine our competitive edge, and to help the team cultivate the right mindset and the know-how to build towards success.

Neeta lives in the UK.

 

Cara resides in the Kansas City area. She is passionate about customer satisfaction and best practice.

Cara Miller

co-builder with a focus on leveraging the power of Digital Marketing

Cara is the CEO and founder of ZIV, Solutionz partner in the Digital Marketing arena.  Her expertise and passion is in the fields of Innovation, digital transformation and customer experience.

She obtained a Master’s focused in Design Management from University of Kansas. Cara was listed on the 2021 Forbes Next 1000 list. She operates a certified woman owned business, and is responsible for Solutionz growth strategy, business development and operations.  She also manages the relationship with our development partner, Stepping Edge.

 

 

Yasmin resides in the Dallas metro area.

Yasmin Morrison

co-builder with a focus on strategic marketing and analytics

As a former head of marketing for nearly a decade, Yasmin brings a pragmatic leadership style + a wide breadth of knowledge across many marketing disciplines to her role as CMO for Solutionz.  She has a passion for product launch and also for data driven marketing and analytics.

Yasmin has her own firm where she acts as a fractional CMO for a number of firms.  Prior to going out on her own she spent time in leadership marketing roles with Sales Benchmark Index and US Analytics.

the team

We have a fractional team that is available to assist on an as needed basis.  They are part of the Slicing Pie program, earning their “slice” of the pie with their time and contribution (and investment if appropriate).


 

 

 

 

 

 

Saba resides in Pakistan. She is passionate about learning and also about her family.

Saba Khadim

Digital Marketing Manager

Saba joined Solutionz in the fall of 2021 as a contractor, but she quickly made herself invaluable to the team.  She is youngest member of the team and our second internationally based team member.  She is responsible for our corporate web design, as well as site design and digital marketing support for the company.

Saba is a student and a lifelong learner.  Her willingness to learn any new tool thrown at her is a part of her magic.  She takes on tough challenges and impossible tasks.  She turns them into possibilities.

Peter resides in the Denver area. He is a lifelong learner and currently working on his Masters Degree.

Peter Strimbu

CTO

Peter has a deep background in cloud infrastructure, data science, and advertising analytics with companies including Comcast and Dish Network.   Peter brings big-company marketing capabilities to Solutionz clients.

He has 20+ years of experience in IT development, architecture and management roles focusing on integration, big data, data science, and advertising.

In his role with Solutionz as Chief Technology Officer, he leads product architecture and security.  Peter is also the CTO with TIMA, one of Solutionz’ incubator clients.  He was also the chief architect and developer of Rich Media Exchange portal, one of Solutionz client companies.

Ewa resides in the Sarasota area. She and her family immigrated from Poland.  She loves painting and parenting.  Since they live on a golf course, she is determined to become a golfer!  

Ewa [Eva] Pasewicz

focus on innovation and high quality product development

Ewa has been working in the information technology and services industries for nearly two decades, including holding executive roles with IBM and Citi.  She currently owns Causeway BTI and maintains relationships with a number of development firms in her native country of Poland.  This brings high caliber talent to Solutionz at a reasonable cost.

Ewa is a strong business development professional with a master’s degree focused in Quantitative methods and information systems in economy, from Warsaw School of Economics.  She also studied at Harvard University, taking a course in Launching Breakthrough Technologies. Her extensive experience and knowledge acquired during the implementation of many EU and international projects in the field of IT, translates into a unique ability to effectively match the offered product solutions to the market needs and its institutions. Ewa has delivered a series of speeches as an expert at prestigious conferences and she is the author of many publications (especially in the financial sector, prepared in cooperation with the Polish Bank Association) and cyber security.

In her role with Solutionz, she sources and coordinates development resources.

Priya Dharshini resides with her husband Satish in Coimbatore, in the southern part of India. Together they co-founded Stepping Edge.

Priya Dharshini  –  Stepping Edge

Leading Product Development and Digital Marketing

Stepping Edge is a women owned and led product development and digital marketing firm that provides consulting, design, development, managing cloud services and complex application architecture as Solutionz partner.  They are responsible for systems and product architecture, security, infrastructure and the tools used to manage our development team and our product and source code hosting.

 

Stepping Edge

the co-founders

Our co-founders are still available for consultation, but are no longer active members of the day to day team.  They are still equity shareholders in the Company, which provides the motivation to continue to support our growth and development.


Paolo resides in Weston-Super-Mare on the Bristol Channel in the UK. He is passionate about his cat and hitting the gym whenever he has the time.  His wife and new son are at the center of his very busy world.

Paolo Resteghini

technical co-founder and executive advisor

Paolo began his time with Solutionz as our resident rock star. As the technical co-founder of our venture, TripProximity, he was instrumental in bringing our game changing ideas to life.  Once the platform work was completed, as we shifted to building out the company infrastructure, Paolo has continued to run his development and filming business, and is now an executive advisor.

At the age of 13, Paolo began creating technology to solve problems. He has a magical ability to command pixels, bits and bytes to do his bidding. He sees solutions from the customer’s perspective, which is an incredible talent in a developer. His early work and more than a decade of design and development experience led to his most recent role as the Head of Development for a media firm in the UK.

Problem solving and innovation is in his DNA, which makes him a perfect fit for Solutionz. Paolo has built a Content Management System that is now a part of the company’s incubator program.

 

Adam resides in Weston-Super-Mare on the Bristol Channel in the UK with his wife, Dani and their new son. He is passionate about all things technical and of course, about his cat.  On a sunny day, he can be found trekking with Dani and the baby in the Brecon Beacons.

Adam Keesey

technical co-founder and executive advisor

Adam and Paolo began working together as young teens and so when Paolo joined Solutionz as our technical co-founder, it was natural for him to bring Adam along.  His always sunny disposition (despite the lack of sunshine in the UK!) coupled with his broad talent set makes him an incredible asset to Solutionz.

Don’t let his youthful appearance fool you.  Adam has over a decade of experience in networks and systems architecture, as well as in system security and development.

He is a talented developer and has contributed to both our widget product and the creation of a game changing portal for the management of client and company analytics.  He also contributed to the design and distribution of our smart trip tools through third party platforms.

Adam has been named as one of our co-inventors on some of the newest TripProximity inventions.

Like Paolo, Adam continues to work in their development business while we work on building out the company infrastructure and scale up revenues.  He is now an advisor to our CTO.

Mary Jo lives in the Gold Canyon, AZ area with her husband and is passionate about golf, golf and golf, in that order.

Mary Jo Becker

Co-Founder and Channel Partner

Mary Jo is a co-founder of the TripProximity venture and in her role as a channel partner is responsible for business development and identifying new, innovative opportunities.

Mary Jo learned the dynamics of the travel industry in senior positions with leading technology companies Galileo, Cendant, Travelport, Worldspan and Sabre. She also co-founded a tech services and business process outsourcing firm, TDT.

In 2013, her deep expertise and entrepreneurial drive led her to launch Arizona Golf Trails.  AGT is a specialized vacation provider for golfers seeking the best in desert golfing.

Mary Jo’s product design and delivery background brought her seasoned experience to the clients of TripProximity and laid a solid direction for all things technical.

George and his wife live in the Dallas metro area.  He recently launched an innovative online store selling “enduring statement pieces”, known as SIde and Story.  Check it out.

George Lynch

Co-Founder

George was a part of the original co-founder team, while also leading an important effort to eradicate human slavery at Traffick911,  While no longer active with Solutionz, he remains a supporter and the vestiges of his branding work are still present today, from the use of the map pin in our brand family to the presence of Proximo, a character that George birthed in our early days of building out our platform.  For those that followed Travelocity, George was the branding genius behind that brand and the creation of the roaming gnome, who has survived the test of time in Travelocity advertising.

George is a relentless problem solver who thrills at making a difference. He is a gifted collaborator known for winning diverse partner loyalty and creating a shared purpose to effectuate large scale community improvements. He is an adventurous learner who leverages varied life experiences to bring new perspectives to tough issues. In all that he does, he is a compelling catalyst who grows compassion and action.

We were grateful to have George on our startup team, leveraging the fact that this dedicated entrepreneur allowed the team to be focused on generating resources for good, while breaking norms on travel technology and business models for giving back.