MEET THE TEAM

Jeff Gardner

Chief Executive Officer

What is the best part of being on the Zen Planner team?

Our people and our customers. Both are passionate about helping to make people better. I love the passion.

My favorite thing to do when I'm not working:

Enjoy a long ride or workout, then unwind with family and friends over a cold beer.

Words to live by:

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you are right.” – Henry Ford

Dennie McGarry

Vice President of Sales

What is the best part of being on the Zen Planner team?

Zen Planner has a culture of being passionate about fitness and small business. The product is amazing, the people are fantastic, and our customers are the best in the world.

My favorite thing to do when I'm not working:

Cycling! Whether it’s road biking 120 miles, mountain biking the Colorado Trail, commuting in the fresh snow on the South Platte River, cruising to the ice cream store with the kids, or doing the maintenance and repairs, I love it all.

Words to live by:

“To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift.” – Steve Prefontaine

Ashley Dennis

Quality Assurance Engineer

What is the best part of being on the Zen Planner team?

I don’t think of Zen Planner as a team I think of us as a family moving forward to accomplish the same goals. I don’t mean to brag…..but we have such amazing individuals here and we work so well together to help each other and our members.

My favorite thing to do when I'm not working:

I live to spend time with my loved ones and enjoy the time we have together.

Words to live by:

“It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.” – Steve Young

Matt Share

Customer Advocate

What I like best about Zen Planner:

I talk to a new fitness business every day. I may be optimizing an industry leader or launching a new garage gym – always exciting!

My favorite thing to do when I'm not working:

Eat. Sleep. Seasonal Activity.

Words to live by:

“If you always put a limit on everything you do, physical or anything else it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. there are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”

Kristi Fitzgerald

Sales and Marketing Specialist

What I like best about Zen Planner:

The best part of being on the Zen Planner team is to experience our companies growth and to work together to achieve a common goal.

My favorite thing to do when I'm not working:

I live to have fun, spend time with my family & friends, to be outside and to push my physical capabilities to the limit.

Words to live by:

“You want me to do something… tell me I can’t do it.” – Maya Angelou

Heather MacBride

Sales

What I like best about Zen Planner:

I love coming to work and being surrounded by people I consider friends. It is amazing to be part of a company full of people who are passionate about life, health, hard work & fun!

My favorite thing to do when I'm not working:

Teach & practice yoga, hang out with my dogs, cook, see live music, head back to the east coast to be with family!

Words to live by:

As taught to me by my father: Always be on time, always have a plan, never give up, always do the right thing, be kind to everybody, always count your blessings.

Craig Burlingame

Senior Application Developer

What I like best about Zen Planner:

Working with so many like minded people with a zest for life and such positive attitudes is, for me, the best thing.. it is an amazingly rare thing that we are so lucky to be a part of.

My favorite thing to do when I'm not working:

World Exploration… and Technology.

Words to live by:

“I Love deadlines, I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by” – Douglas Adams

Shilo Lucyk

Director of Culture and Team Engagement

What I like best about Zen Planner:

Working for a company that truly cares about the happiness and wellbeing of every team member and client. Oh, and wearing yoga pants to work every day!

My favorite thing to do when I'm not working:

Downhill mountain biking.

Words to live by:

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, it’s not going to get better. It’s not” – Dr. Seuss

Mary Kenney

Manager, Customer Support

What I like best about Zen Planner:

The awesome people I get to work with everyday – my coworkers and our clients!

My favorite thing to do when I'm not working:

I love to spend time with my family and friends. Any day that I am able to ski, hike, cook, or read is a great day to me!

Words to live by:

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?

Tracy Stevens

Software Sales Professional

What I like best about Zen Planner:

I love that my role helps me to make a positive difference in the world.  It’s truly fun to show people a high quality product that helps grow and manage a business so that the owners can focus on what they truly love to do.

My favorite thing to do when I'm not working:

I can be found hiking almost every day – I love being active outside.  I also like making my kids laugh or read (to them or myself).

Words to live by:

“I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.” – John O’Donohue

Eric Blackwell

Customer Advocate

What I like best about Zen Planner:

We have the greatest staff you could ever ask for and I truly enjoy coming in to work every day because I am surrounded by such amazing people. I also love having the opportunity to work with instructors and coaches as they find new ways to unlock the potential in their clients and drive this industry forward.

My favorite thing to do when I'm not working:

I love woodworking and building things from scratch, playing hockey/soccer/tennis, running stairs at Red Rocks, and helping others on their fitness journey. I am also a huge tech nerd and totally obsessed with the idea of space travel.

Words to live by:

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” – Carl Sagan

Dan Chernoff

Director of IT

What I like best about Zen Planner:

What I like best about Zen Planner:

Words to live by:

Hiking, backpacking, being outdoors.

Words to live by:

Never give up, Never Surrender.

Nicole Kennedy

Controller

What I like best about Zen Planner:

I love that I get to combine my personal passions with my professional skills and work alongside fun loving people everyday!

My favorite thing to do when I'm not working:

Anything that challenges my body, enjoying the outdoors, hanging with family/friends/my dog, and traveling the world.

Words to live by:

“At the end of the day, the only questions I will ask myself are…did I love enough?  Did I laugh enough?  Did I make a difference?” – Katrina Mayer

Justin Landers

Software Engineer

What I like best about Zen Planner:

I love the people I work with. I enjoy waking up everyday and being excited to go to work.

My favorite thing to do when I'm not working:

Snowboard, run, bike, swim, rock climb, anything outdoors.

Words to live by:

“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” – Jesse Owens

Alicia Huss

Lead Acquisition Specialist

What I like best about Zen Planner:

The culture of the company and the fact that Zen Planner truly is my second family.

My favorite thing to do when I'm not working:

I’m a huge sports fan so I love catching whatever game is on (Go Broncos!). I also love heading to the mountains as often as I can. My fitness passions are barre and yoga.

Words to live by:

“Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.”

Michelle Burrows

VP of Marketing

What I like best about Zen Planner:

I love how hearing what a difference we’ve made in our customers’ success. It makes my job much easier to have such passionate customers!

My favorite thing to do when I'm not working:

Ski, hike, run, play legos with my son and have dance parties with my daughter.

Words to live by:

When something goes wrong in your life, yell “Plot twist” and move on.

Kimberly Bollard

Senior Customer Advocate and Account Manager

What I like best about Zen Planner:

The best part about being on the Zen Planner team is being apart of a company who truly cares about every single one of its employees.  I also love the fact that I work with people who share the same interests outside of work!

My favorite thing to do when I'm not working:

I absolutely love to Dance. I currently dance for a professional sports team in Denver. It’s amazing the kinds of people that you meet everyday, as well as the life long friendships that you create with your team members. I also love spending time with my new husband hiking, camping, and hanging out with our pups!

Words to live by:

“Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder”

Ed Bossert

Customer Advocate

What I like best about Zen Planner:

I love our customers, being from a martial arts and fitness background it makes it so easy to connect and genuinely want to help the people I’m serving, because they are so much like me!

My favorite thing to do when I'm not working:

Tricking, Rock Climbing, Adventuring and Snowboarding

Words to live by:

The best plan doesn’t involve all the steps, it involves one step and a destination. The rest is jazz.

Brian Lucyk

Chief Customer Advocate and Chief Operating Officer

What I like best about Zen Planner:

Our passion helps our community realize their passion!

My favorite thing to do when I'm not working:

Riding bikes, any kind, up hills and down.  Learn something new from my two awesome daughters.

Words to live by:

Every decision has a consequence, even the decision to do nothing.

Cole Dillon

Onboarding Coach

What I like best about Zen Planner:

I love being able to help people improve their business & make their lives easier!

My favorite thing to do when I'm not working:

Skiing, surfing, hiking, traveling & homebrewing .

Words to live by:

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” -Samuel Beckett

Justin Landers

Software Engineer

What I like best about Zen Planner:

I love the people I work with. I enjoy waking up everyday and being excited to go to work.

My favorite thing to do when I'm not working:

Snowboard, run, bike, swim, rock climb, anything outdoors.

Words to live by:

“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” – Jesse Owens

Amy Cho

Lead Acquisition Specialist

What I like best about Zen Planner:

The people who work here – we all believe in what we are doing, care about the company and our clients, and  motivate and inspire each other to be the best we can be.

My favorite thing to do when I'm not working:

Lifting, anything out in the sun involving being wet with sweat, trying new things, being weird and off the wall, and making everything an adventure regardless of the place, situation, or destination.

Words to live by:

Never settle and always be your authentic self!

Karina Velez

QA, Systems Analyst and Release Engineer

What I like best about Zen Planner:

Riding around the office on a scooter while wearing a stormtrooper helmet is perfectly acceptable, as are cartwheels and handstands.

My favorite thing to do when I'm not working:

Olympic weightlifting, heavy squats, playing on gymnastic rings, pretending to Crossfit, and playing paperboy.

Words to live by:

Do not pray for a lighter load. Pray for a stronger back.

Kelly Hartig

Customer Advocate

What I like best about Zen Planner:

I love working for a company that supports my goals both inside and outside of the office.

My favorite thing to do when I'm not working:

Crossfit, Hiking, Camping, Rock Climbing, Spending time with my Family.

Words to live by:

Love life. Be brave. Dare greatly.

Jacob Warren

Technology Infrastructure Administrator

What I like best about Zen Planner:

I like that I could wear my superman cape with my batman mask to work if I wanted to. I enjoy working with fellow superheroes of technology.

My favorite thing to do when I'm not working:

I love to travel with my family! I like to play golf and basketball, and take long drives in the mountains looking for wildlife.

Words to live by:

“Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible. ” – Cadet Maxim

Elizabeth Frazee

Onboarding Coach

What I like best about Zen Planner:

I love that I’m helping people make their dreams of running their own business a sustainable reality.

My favorite thing to do when I'm not working:

Hiking in the mountains.

Words to live by:

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.

Layne Partington

Customer Advocate

What I like best about Zen Planner:

My coworkers! We truly are a family here and I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to spend my days with.

My favorite thing to do when I'm not working:

My favorite thing(s) do when I’m not working: When I’m not at work I can either be found in some silly costume or baking cupcakes for my friends and coworkers. Sometimes I can be found baking cupcakes while IN a costume!

Words to live by:

It’s better to be absolutely ridiculous, than absolutely boring.

Jeff Stanek

Onboarding Coach

What I like best about Zen Planner:

My coworkers! We truly are a family here and I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to spend my days with.

My favorite thing to do when I'm not working:

CrossFit, fly airplanes, play live music, read as much as I can, and hang out with my dog.

Words to live by:

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.

Nate Fiedler

Customer Advocate

What I like best about Zen Planner:

I love being a part of a client oriented culture. Being able to help facilitate success (in workout clothes) for businesses through our  software is a wildly gratifying experience.

My favorite thing to do when I'm not working:

Snowboarding and Traveling…If only there was a way to travel by snowboard, I would never complain about anything…ever again.

Words to live by:

“You’ll never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – Buckminster Fuller

Kinnick Wheaton

Marketing Operations Manager

What I like best about Zen Planner:

I adore everything about Zen Planner from the people I work with to the industry we serve; I truly believe in what we are doing.

My favorite thing to do when I'm not working:

When I’m not at my local CrossFit™ box I enjoy spending time cooking all kinds food and hitting up a sunny patio for some quality time with friends.

Words to live by:

“There are too many mediocre things in life. Love shouldn’t be one of them.”

Kathleen McGonagle

Customer Advocate

What I like best about Zen Planner:

I love the work hard, play hard mentality and the environment here! The members of this incredible team instantly make you feel like a member of the family.

My favorite thing to do when I'm not working:

Backpacking, hiking, running, camping. I’ll take any opportunity to be active outdoors!

Words to live by:

“The key to happiness is freedom, the key to freedom is courage.” Parkside
  • Jeff Gardner
    Jeff GardnerChief Executive Officer
    • Brian Lucyk
      Brian LucykChief Customer Advocate & COO
      • Michelle Burrows
        Michelle BurrowsVP of Marketing
        • Dennie McGarry
          Dennie McGarryVice President of Sales
          • Shilo Lucyk
            Shilo LucykDirector of Culture & Engagement
            • Dan Chernoff
              Dan ChernoffDirector of Technology
              • Mary Kenney
                Mary KenneyMember Advocate Manager
                • Eric Blackwell
                  Eric BlackwellSoftware Sales Professional
                  • Matt Share
                    Matt ShareOnboarding Manager
                    • Kristi Fitzgerald
                      Kristi FitzgeraldSoftware Sales Professional
                      • Craig Burlingame
                        Craig BurlingameSenior Application Developer
                        • Heather MacBride
                          Heather MacBrideSoftware Sales Professional
                          • Ashley Dennis
                            Ashley DennisQuality Assurance Engineer
                            • Jacob Warren
                              Jacob WarrenInfrastructure Administrator
                              • Elizabeth Frazee
                                Elizabeth FrazeeOnboarding Coach
                                • Layne Partington
                                  Layne PartingtonCustomer Advocate
                                  • Nicole Kennedy
                                    Nicole KennedyController
                                    • Kelly Hartig
                                      Kelly HartigCustomer Advocate
                                      • Karina Velez
                                        Karina VelezQA, Systems Analyst & Release Engineer
                                        • Amy Cho
                                          Amy ChoLead Acquisitions Specialist
                                          • Jeff Stanek
                                            Jeff StanekOnboarding Coach
                                            • Tracy Stevens
                                              Tracy StevensSoftware Sales Professional
                                              • Nate Fiedler
                                                Nate FiedlerCustomer Advocate
                                                • Alicia Huss
                                                  Alicia HussCustomer Advocate
                                                  • Kimberley Bollard
                                                    Kimberley BollardSr. Customer Advocate
                                                    • Ed Bossert
                                                      Ed BossertCustomer Advocate
                                                      • Cole Dillon
                                                        Cole DillonOnboarding Coach
                                                        • Kinnick Wheaton
                                                          Kinnick WheatonMarketing Operations Manager
                                                          • Kathleen McGonagle
                                                            Kathleen McGonagleCustomer Advocate
                                                            • Justin Landers
                                                              Justin LandersSoftware Engineer
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