Ajay Gupta has served as CEO of Stirista since founding the company in 2010 at age 26. Without accepting external funding, Ajay has overseen the data-driven, marketing services company’s rapid year-to-year financial growth as it has progressed from 2 employees, working out of an apartment, to a 41-person team spanning three continents. Ajay holds a bachelor’s degree in financial economics and creative writing with a mathematics minor from St. Lawrence University, as well as an MFA in creative writing from Texas State University. He has been named a Marketing EDGE Rising Star and was part of the San Antonio Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list. Under his leadership, Stirista has won an Ad Age Best Places to Work award, a DMA Silver ECHO award, a third-place DMN Award, and a spot on the Inc 5000 list.MY LINKEDIN
Vice President of Sales
David graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BA in Political Science. Since June 2013, David has worked with Stirista from Long Island, New York, leading the sales efforts. With experience in graphic design, direct mail, printing, and even acting, David is truly Stirista’s Renaissance man. He has a passion for making connections with people and brings this zeal for life to the table in everything he does.MY LINKEDIN
VP of Digital Marketing
Blaine graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2011 with a BBA in Corporate Finance. With a mind for making sense of data and preemptive problem-solving, Blaine joined Stirista in January of 2015 as a Data Analyst. Prior to joining Stirista, Blaine worked in marketing and sales, creating simple summaries of large quantities of purchasing and sales data. Outside of work, you can find Blaine squaring up for 3s or hitting home runs in “Rec” leagues, cheering on his fantasy teams, and chasing after his newly mobile daughter, Mackenzie.MY LINKEDIN
Director, Client Services
Valarie joined Stirista in April 2019, bringing over a dozen years of client service and digital agency experience. Her background includes account, project and operations management, marketing strategy, copywriting, web development and lead generation campaign execution. She’s passionate about producing positive change and solving problems for the people and organizations with whom she interacts. She has a B.A. in Communications from St. Mary’s University.MY LINKEDIN
Outside of the office Valarie is a fan of trivia competitions, the San Antonio Spurs, working on DIY home improvement projects, as well as hiking with her husband and chocolate labrador retriever.
Candice Cochran Gupta
Candice is a founding partner at Stirista. She designed some of the very first collateral, business cards, and websites at Stirista. She majored in graphic design at Full Sail University. Conference planning is one of her favorite things to do at Stirista. When not at work, she’s usually playing with her one-year-old, Avatar, or reading a book. She’s also a fan of Japanese Chins and thinks very highly of them.MY LINKEDIN
Jane Diane Hasse
Director of Human Resources
Jane has been at Stirista since (almost) the beginning! She has lived and worked all over the world, giving her a unique global perspective on client relationships. Most people don’t know that she earned three Gold Medals and one Silver Medal at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Though she no longer needs any assistive devices, Jane still loves working and playing with fellow Wounded Warriors. The water is Jane’s true passion and come autumn you will find her fly fishing in the Adirondack Mountains. Or perhaps just out in a kayak somewhere with her beloved Queensland Red Heeler.
Patrick is a digital marketer who helps marketers in a variety of industries bridge the gap between data-driven audience targeting and creative messaging. He believes that data is an often overlooked–and vital–part of the creative process, and enjoys helping clients apply that lesson to their own campaigns. In his free time, Patrick enjoys reading and playing video games with his cat.MY LINKEDIN
Director of Data Services
Arin has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He started at Stirista in August 2013. Arin takes on special projects and campaigns from the more demanding clients, along with overseeing integration of Stirista’s data with other platforms, such as Salesforce. Before his time at Stirista, Arin worked as a .NET developer for a number of years. Arin loves sci-fi and his life was forever changed when Star Wars was re-released in the 90s. Can’t find Arin anywhere at the office? He’s probably outdoors playing a variety of sports or fishing in Corpus Christi. After a long day you’ll find him playing with his goofy (and slightly spoiled) dog, Aspen.MY LINKEDIN
Accounts Receivable Manager
Mamdouh graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy from the Faculty of Commerce – Alexandria University, Egypt. After graduation, he continued working in Egypt for four different companies, in various industries, where he worked his way up to senior positions.
In 2010, Mamdouh and his family came to the U.S. and settled in New Jersey before making the move to San Antonio in April 2016. Prior to coming to Stirista, Mamdouh worked as a salesman at a local car dealership.
Sarina graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in International Business Management. Originally from Germany, she moved to the United States in 2011. Sarina has a background in both customer service and data analytics. In her down time, she enjoys crafting, designing, as well as creating costumes and props.MY LINKEDIN
Andrew joined Stirista In December of 2015, bringing with him over four years of technical and customer support. His ability to think outside of the box and to analyze problems is what motivates him. Aside from his passion of The Legend of Zelda, in his spare time, he enjoys quality time with his family and keeping up with the latest technology advances.MY LINKEDIN
Data Research Analyst
Dipankar joined Stirista in March 2016 as a data research analyst. He has extensive experience in internet data research, blogging and SEO as a freelancer and has done freelance work for Stirista since January 2014. He also is a Silva graduate. In his free time, Dipankar enjoys traveling and learning about affiliate marketing.MY LINKEDIN
Daniel joined Stirista in February 2014, bringing with him over five years of experience in Information Technology. A jack of all trades, Daniel has touched everything in his field, from server implementation to network troubleshooting. He has a knack for solving problems and will go above and beyond to meet every one of our clients’ needs. Daniel indulges in his love for innovation and technology by building or repairing PCs and reading the latest tech blogs.MY LINKEDIN
Director, Loyalty & Acquisition Programs
Olivier joined Stirista in January 2016 as Western region Sales Manager. He is a data marketing professional with 20 years experience in sales and marketing in the U.S . and Europe. Olivier is passionate about helping clients grow revenue with data-driven solutions. He led the targeting group of Advo, and drove Valassis database marketing services to ad agencies, non-profit, finance, retail and services clients. He also brings lead-gen agency experience as well as data segmentation from his time with Acxiom. Olivier resides in southern California with his wife and two sons.MY LINKEDIN
Graphic Design Manager
Arlene graduated from the Art Institute of San Antonio in 2015 with a BA in Graphic Design. Before joining Stirista in January of 2016, she gained experience while working as a design intern at the San Antonio Zoo. Arlene works on all the current designs for Stirista from ideas to creation. When not at the office she likes spending her time with her family and friends as well as drawing and painting, and her cat.MY LINKEDIN
Director, Strategic Partnerships
Before joining Stirista, Brian was a part of several startups, and has held various positions including Employer Relations Manager, Director of Business Development and VP of Sales. Brian has a natural ability to connect with people from all backgrounds, and enjoys helping individuals and businesses connect. He is creative, resourceful and truly takes satisfaction in building long term professional partnerships. When Brian is not at Stirista, you can find him in his vegetable garden, on the tennis court or finding new ways to entertain his son.MY LINKEDIN
Born and raised in San Antonio, Michael joined Stirista’s team in 2015. With experience in video production, IT support, and customer relations, Michael works to find solutions to problems before they appear. As Digital Analyst he monitors display and email campaigns, while still finding the time to conduct QA testing and contribute to Stirista's Blog. Outside the office, Michael is often split between his love for competitive video games and hiking through the south Texas hills.MY LINKEDIN
Jane joined Stirista in Nov. 2017 and graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington (go Mavs!) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. New to San Antonio, she comes to Stirista with almost 20 years of communications experience, most recently with a major cosmetics manufacturer based in Dallas. In her free time, Jane enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends; playing bingo on weekends and seeing the latest flick. A self-proclaimed connoisseur of Tex-Mex cuisine, Jane, and her husband can usually be found exploring spicy new haunts around town.MY LINKEDIN
Dan grew up in the San Antonio area before moving to Colorado Springs with his family in 2005. While in Colorado, he studied a wide variety of topics ranging from astronomy to culinary arts. A man of varied interests, he spends his free time enjoying video games and cooking. During the winter months, you can find him cheering on the Colorado Avalanche hockey club. He has a strong food service and customer service background, carrying his calm demeanor into the professional world. As a Digital Analyst, he is responsible for helping improve the digital services offered by Stirista.MY LINKEDIN
Megan was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio with a double major BBA in Marketing and Business Statistics. Her background is in sales marketing, event planning, social media advertising, and inventory management. In Megan’s spare time, she enjoys playing with her dog and powerlifting training. Her extreme motivation and dedication make her a perfect fit as a Digital Analyst for Stirista.MY LINKEDIN
After moving to San Antonio from Brownsville, Vinnie continues his studies in Communication at UTSA, which he began at UTB. He is an illustrator, writer, designer, and cartoonist. Outside of work and school, Vinnie works on comic book projects he writes and illustrates for as well as cosplay.MY LINKEDIN
Global Sales Executive
Dan brings 21 years of experience in the technology training industry as a Senior Account Executive with New Horizons. A diligent new business hunter, Dan’s industry knowledge and down-to earth approach to meeting prospective clients is a most welcome addition to the Stirista team. He was born and raised on Long Island, NY where he still resides along with six of his 5 sisters and 3 brothers (all within a 30 mins drive). He is the proud father of sons Kenneth and Robert, 20 and 14 yrs old.MY LINKEDIN
Fun fact; while studying for a degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management, Dan worked at the Arena Club Restaurant in the Nassau Coliseum during the NY Islanders Stanley Cup dynasty and met the likes of Charlie Daniels, Bob Weir, Ted Nugent, Billy Joel, Peter Frampton, Dicky Betts, Ian Anderson, James Taylor, Carly Simon and Dave Mason.
Arlene America Martinez
Arlene America Martinez graduated from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in 2017 with her BFA in graphic design and a minor in marketing. Arlene's specialties include typography, digital photography, advertising, and branding. She has been involved in projects ranging from music video production and marketing campaigns to small project logos, illustration installations, and web design. Constantly creating a variety of projects has kept her inspired to try new strategies, try new perspectives, and research innovative technology to stay up to date on current design trends. Outside of the office, Arlene enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing video games, and working on personal projects.MY LINKEDIN
Philip graduated from Texas A&M University at College Station in 2014 with a BS in Petroleum Engineering. After college, he gained oil/gas field experience, as well as training and experience in the IT industry as an analyst and software developer. He started at Stirista in June of 2017, and is focused on providing both data and deployment services to clients. In his free time, he enjoys staying active and playing sports, especially basketball, tennis, and golf.MY LINKEDIN
Erika Nelson Reyna
Erika graduated with a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at San Antonio and started as Stirista’s Account Director in June of 2013. Erika keeps Stirista’s books in order and works to keep up with our clients. If you stop by our booth at a conference you probably will run into Erika, who is experienced with customer service. A lover of both animals and the outdoors, you can find Erika playing volleyball, fishing, hiking, or playing with her dogs when she’s not at work.MY LINKEDIN
Katelyn graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio in December 2018 with a BS in Computer Science and a concentration in Software Engineering. She has a passion for problem-solving, working with computers and all forms of technology.MY LINKEDIN
Katelyn joined Stirista in January 2018 as a Data Analyst. Prior to joining Stirista, Katelyn worked at her alma mater, UTSA, where she created, edited and published the university’s online courses. In her free time, Katelyn collects vintage clothing and furniture. She also likes to sew, crochet, dance, and play video and board games. Katelyn’s pet parrot also keeps her very busy.
Karl Van Delden
Manager, Deployment and Software Services
Karl graduated from Texas A&M University in December 2010. A specialist in Information Systems by trade and PC tinkerer by hobby, Karl leverages his experience in business process analysis, coding, project management, agile software development, and technical writing. He coordinates the deployment of marketing campaigns and supports Stirista’s ongoing expansion of new customer interfaces. Born and raised in San Antonio, Karl is an avid appreciator of music, art, sushi, and the outdoors, indulging his wanderlust by swimming, hiking, and scuba diving.MY LINKEDIN
Creative Copy Manager
Jared joined Stirista in September 2018 as Creative Copy Manager, tasked with overseeing the development of visitoridgraph.com and the rewrite of Stirista.com.MY LINKEDIN
Jared’s professional career before joining Stirista is varied, having worked as a technical writer, web editor, and university professor. This diversity of experience makes Jared a great fit for the dynamic nature of the work Stirista does. He holds a B.A. in English with a minor in Spanish from Sam Houston State University, as well as an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Texas State University.
When Jared’s not at home hanging out with his wife and twin daughters, he’s writing jokes for Funny or Die, or telling his own around central Texas.
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