The DigitalTown team is led by successful technology managers who have a passion for economic development and fostering robust local economies.
Ken brings years of financial experience to DigitalTown, founding and directing Four Hills Advisors. Prior to Four Hills, he spent 14 years at Life Time Fitness, Inc., serving in many roles, helping them grow from $53 million in revenues to over $1 billion. He led their investor-relations efforts from Life Time’s IPO in 2004 thru 2010. He helped garner over $1 billion in capital for the company, and built their blueprint for strategic decisions for years to come. He also led their Athletic Events & Endurance division, as well as serving in their M&A department.
With over 14 years of experience in new media design. Ala Dadan leads the design efforts behind the new product features in DigitalTown.com across their full life cycle — concept, scope, design comps, and prototype support. He started his career in 2001 & during that time he was a member of different design teams in several companies in Jordan - the Middle East and as a consultant for many design firms abroad. Mr. Dadan has also served as Vice President of Design at Epik.com and was the founder of O2 Alternative, a trend-setting design house in Jordan.
For 20 years, Ken led Software Masters. Acquired by DigitalTown, the company developed website solutions for communities and local governments. Since coming on board, he has taken primary responsibility for the development of software solutions for local governments.
Lars is a serial entrepreneur and created or been part of creating 3 successful companies, namely, Ascio , Toweb GmbH, and Towebbrasil. With over 16 years of experience in the domain name industry. He started in the Domain name industry as COO for Ascio taking Ascio from Denmark to be coming a global player and a industry leader. He has a very strong global network with direct access to key decision makers. Lars is people and business developer, he does that out of Luxemburg where he enjoys life with his wife and three children.
Mr. Madrid is expert with extensive International experience in information technologies with more than 35 years of experience in the public and private sectors. He worked over ten years at Microsoft, overseeing the development and implementation of projects for Governments in various countries. In addition, he worked for 15 years as a partner of several leading software companies. He also served as CIO at the Secretary of Education in São Paulo – Brazil.
With extensive experience in defining public policies, Mr. Madrid is recognized by academic institutions for his work in Governance, public value and public policies to promote economic and social development. Mr. Madrid is a "Fellow Member" at the Centre of Technology in Government – State University of New York. Mr. Madrid was also a member of United Nations ICEGOV Advisory Board and lecturer at the Lee Kwan Yew School in Singapore, the School of Business in Dubai, and at FIA-Management Institute at the University of São Paulo. During his career he worked as a consultant for several Governments, in the areas of eGov, citizen services, intelligent city infrastructures and defining public policies for social and economic development. Mr. Madrid has published several books and articles as well as being Key Note Speaker in countless conferences and events.
Chris leads DigitalTown’s development team. He’s responsible for engaging with clients to understand their challenges and needs, and delivering customized solutions to meet them. Prior to joining DigitalTown, he founded Cloud.Market, an online marketplace serving local communities. He was a senior technical program manager at Amazon, CTO of Voxeo Labs (acquired by Aspect), and held leadership and technical roles at Tellme (acquired by Microsoft), AT&T, Edify, Intervoice (acquired by Convergys), Verizon and EDS. Chris earned a BA from Baylor University and an MBA from the University of Dallas.
Robert joined DigitalTown at CEO in May 2015, bringing significant experience with him. Among his many accomplishments, he founded and served as Managing Director of Monster Venture Partners LLC, and founded Global Market Insite (GMI). Prior to founding GMI, he was a global product development manager at Procter & Gamble with leadership roles in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Robert earned both a BS and an MBA from Cornell University. He was recognized as Ernst & Young’s 2006 Entrepreneur of the Year. He also authored Market Research in the Internet Age, published by John Wiley and Sons.
Faris has experience in countless industry verticals from tech to architecture. He’s a storyteller, listener, strategist, rapid learner, and a natural connector of ideas who has secured projects across 8 industries in over 30 countries. Prior to DigitalTown, Faris led large pursuits for CH2M with a focus on mega infrastructure and smart city projects across the Middle East and India. School wise he holds a B.S. in Marketing from Virginia Tech (Go Hokies) and MBA from Auburn (War Eagle).
More than 23 years of IT experience. The first 18 years, dedicated to management software (including eGov) serving large multinationals in the field: Infor, IFS and Exact. In the last two, Jorge assumed the position of general manager. Academically, Jorge was professor in BPM at the University of Minho. In recent years, Jorge co-founded a mobile / software development lab (CodeAngel) and made some investments through TST organization. But Jorge's main activity since 2012 is the Smart Cities! Based on his extensive experience in eGov, CRM and mobile, Jorge founded Engage Citizen and co-leads EIP Citizen City at European Union. Being one of the most active evangelists in Smart Citizens among several European city clusters. Jorge believes that through co-creation, the city's economy thrives and, in this sense, Digital Town has an unquestionable value proposition for any Smart City.
Since 2001, Clint has been fuelled by a passion for combining technology and travel into a market-leading software solution for the travel industry. As CEO of Rezserve Technologies Ltd, Clint has brought his vision to life, enriching yet simplifying the user experience of booking lodging and other travel related products. Since coming on board at DigitalTown through the acquisition of Rezserve, Clint has led product development and use his experience and expertise to increase the usability and functionality of DigitalTown with an emphasis on providing intuitive Merchant Solutions that help businesses of all sizes to win locally and compete globally.
Kenny joined us in March 2016. As Marketing Director, Kenny oversees the knowledge base, training, support and SEO. Prior to DigitalTown, Kenny had spent over a decade at the helm of 360 Media Group. Kenny brings a wide range of experience with media buys, traffic generation, web development and is a published photographer.