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the co-founders

Chicke lives in Tampa, FL with her husband and her son (and daughter when she is home from Belgium where she attends the University). 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 and founder

Chicke is responsible for Solutionz’ strategic direction. 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, digital asset marketing and management. She is author of The Game Changer, published in 2017. And host of The Game Changer Podcast.

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

 


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.

Paolo Resteghini

vp product design and technical co-founder

Paolo is our resident rock star. As the technical co-founder of our new venture, TripProximity, he is bringing our game changing ideas to life.

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 for 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.

He is responsible for new product design and product development.

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

Adam Keesey

vp architecture and technical co-founder

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 by his side.  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, as well as building and managing our smart trip tools.

He is responsible for systems and product architecture, security, infrastructure and the tools used to manage our development team and our product and source code hosting.

Adam has been named as one of our co-inventors on some of the newest TripProximity inventions (stay tuned!).

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

chief innovations officer

Mary Jo is a co-founder of the TripProximity venture and is responsible for business development and identifying new, innovative opportunities Solutionz.  Where her title is CIO, the “i” is for innovations, not for information.  Innovation is at the heart of everything we do.

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, a specialized vacation provider for golfers seeking the best in desert golfing. Her tech prowess led her to create a dynamic proposal engine and reservation management system for the business, which is now being nurtured by Solutionz Innovations.

Mary Jo’s product design and delivery background brings seasoned experience to the clients of TripProximity. She is our “rock”, providing a solid direction for all things technical.

the leadership team


Perry lives in Annapolis MD and enjoys spending time with her daughter and her friends.  She devotes time to living a healthy lifestyle.  She gives of her time to philanthropic organizations and loves to travel.

Perry Yeatman

Acting Chief Commercial Officer and Executive Director

Perry is in charge of the revenue, sales and marketing stratety for Solutionz.  She oversees sales, business development and channel partnerships, as well as sitting on the Board for the Company in her role as Executive Director of the Sounding Board.

She report directly to the CEO and is ultimately responsible for revenue generation for the organization.

During the past 30 years, Perry has built the career and life of her dreams. She has worked with world leaders from Margaret Thatcher to George H. W. Bush to Bill Clinton.  She has been a senior executive at two of the world’s largest companies, Unilever and Kraft Foods.  She has led transformational projects, from supporting Russia’s privatization and economic reform, to launching the new $100 bill for the US Treasury, to developing the World Economic Forum’s New (sustainable) Vision for Agriculture. And in doing so, she literally got paid to travel the world, including stints living in Singapore, Moscow and London.  And she did it all without having to give up being a wife and mother.  She then took all of those experiences and published an award-winning book called Get Ahead by Going Abroad to help others do the same.

Keith lives in Chicago and enjoys the Bears.  He enjoys watching professional golf.  He donates his time and has a heart for giving.

Keith McGregory

Senior Vice President Business Development

Keith is our most recent member of the executive team.  He leads the commercial side of the organization, including sales, business development and channel partnerships. 

He was originally selected in January of this year for a newly created advisory role on the Company’s Sounding Board.  He was chosen for the virtual board role from a pool of over 230 applicants.  McGregory will continue in the newly appointed advisory role and will be based in Chicago.  He reports to the Chief Commercial Officer and be responsible for revenue generation for the organization from the direct sales force and our channel partners.

McGregory, took the position at Branded Loans just over a year ago.  Prior to that, he held Senior Vice President roles at Drexel Hamilton and M.R. Beal & Company, both located in Chicago.  He has also served on a number of boards in the non-profit sector.


Cheryl lives in the Nashville, TN area with her husband.  She loves spending time with friends and family, which generally involves food and laughter and she enjoys  volunteering.

 

Cheryl Beasley

vice president – partner and client success

Cheryl is responsible for working with our channel partners and also working with our clients once the implementation is complete.  She and her team will manage the marketing rollout for our enterprise clients, assisting them with communicating the new capabilities internally and to their own client base.  She will also be responsible for the growth in the engagement and utilization of TripProximity and TravelingtoGive by our clients, including making recommendations about merchandising and additional placement.

Most recently, Cheryl was the business manager for a performing and recording artist in Nashville.  She provided financial, marketing and tour and travel services for artist/writer and his associates.  Prior to that, she spent several years working for Chicke at Solutionz as a consultant.  She also worked for Chicke’s first tech company, leading the content management team.

Prior to that, she led Event Marketing for Sabre, one of the travel industries premier providers of technology to a wide range of clients.  Cheryl directed a team of professional meeting planners to deliver customer and employee events with excellent programming and entertainment value and within budget..

 

 

Jason lives in the St. Petersburg, Florida area.  He is passionate about his family, his faith, traveling and about innovation

Jason Manarchuk

interim chief success officer – global growth, partnership and alliances and organizational design

Jason joined Solutionz in the Summer of 2019.  He is responsible for sales training, sales management and developing partnerships and alliances to assist the company in growing globally.  He is also focused on creating success from the customer experience perspective, including every touch point within the company.Manarchuck is an inventor, business founder, passionate family man, growth consultant and sales and marketing leader.  Over the past 20 years, he has fostered a multi-disciplined background in business and non-profit environments.  While demonstrating a consistent track record of leading  creative market breakthroughs.  Jason deeply invests in the people around him and carries full ownership of the processes and outcomes.

Business growth and development leading to new and increased sales are core to Manarchuck’s expertise.  He succeeds in these areas by focusing on the fundamentals – increasing market share by leveraging strategic planning, increasing marketing and awareness and strengthening sales processes.

As a result, with his input and leadership, Solutionz is positioned to increase sales, take a market leader position and to attract equity partners interested in their success.

 

 

Shane is a long time Florida resident.  He lives in St. Petersburg.  He is deeply involved in supporting the local Tampa area entrepreneurial community as a volunteer, board member and mentor.

Shane Needham

fractional chief marketing officer – brand, story telling and strategy

Shane is a seasoned CMO with 15+ years of advertising, branding, strategy, and production experience in the consumer-retail sector.

Needham’s firm Coconspirator favors action and value planning, which he brings to Solutionz in his role as fractional CMO.  He is a connector and problem solver.  He is driven by great ideas and describes himself as “never more excited than when a new idea is taking shape and I have a chance to help bring it to life or make it better”.  His goal is to find opportunities where he can create great things, impact people’s lives and tell the story behind it all.

We are excited to have Shane as our chief story teller.

 

 

Kenyatta lives in the Tampa area.  She loves to give back to the community and enjoys spending time with her family.

Kenyatta Lee

vp administration

Kenyatta is working with Solutionz on a volunteer basis, assisting with administration and organizational and cultural design for the organization.  She is currently working on obtaining our female owned certification.

In 2018 the Tampa Bay Business Journal named her as an honoree for the Businesswoman of the Year, amongst 27 candidates.

Throughout her 20-year career in the public sector, she has accepted professional challenges with open arms, while giving back to the community around her. After joining the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) as the chief administrative officer and interim chief of staff, Kenyatta identified areas of improvement from employee engagement, operating costs, branding and safety. She led her team in significantly cutting technology costs as well as developing the SAFE program to ensure employee safety.

Kenyatta will apply her competitive nature and perseverance to the challenges of building and scaling Solutionz Innovations.