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

Product Manager

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

Recruiting 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

Customer Advocate Senior Manager

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.

Shilo Lucyk

Marketing Campaign Manager

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

Marketing Operations Manager

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

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 Gant

QA Analyst

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”

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

Senior Market Development Representative

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.

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.

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 LucykMarketing Campaign Manager
            • Dan Chernoff
              Dan ChernoffDirector of Technology
              • Mary Kenney
                Mary KenneyMarketing Operations Manager
                • Eric Blackwell
                  Eric BlackwellSoftware Sales Professional
                  • Matt Share
                    Matt ShareProduct Manager
                    • Kristi Fitzgerald
                      Kristi FitzgeraldRecruiting Specialist
                      • Heather MacBride
                        Heather MacBrideCustomer Advocate Senior Manager
                        • 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
                                  • Karina Velez
                                    Karina VelezQA, Systems Analyst & Release Engineer
                                    • Amy Cho
                                      Amy ChoSenior Market Development Representative
                                      • Tracy Stevens
                                        Tracy StevensSoftware Sales Professional
                                        • Nate Fiedler
                                          Nate FiedlerCustomer Advocate
                                          • Kimberly Gant
                                            Kimberly GantQA Analyst
                                            • 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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