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Our Senior Leadership Team


Jud VanZee, CEO

Jud VanZee is the Chief Executive Officer of etailinsights. With 20 years of experience, he's a proven leader of growth and development for start-up, small business, and enterprise-level companies. He exudes confidence with his vigorous work ethic and consistently uses a team-focused approach in management.  Prior to working with etailinsights, Jud was an essential and dedicated management professional at two companies that became publicly traded during his tenure. He was Global Channel Services Manager for Client Services and Senior Manager of Account Services in Account Management at ChannelAdvisor. He was also a Manager of Client Services at MarketSmart, a marketing and advertising agency that grew to over 200 employees in total. Jud has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) and is a graduate of the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University. Jud is the proud father of three children and loves to spend quality time with his family.

Rachael Love

Rachael Love, President & COO

Rachael is the President & Chief Operating Officer of etailinsights.  She joined in the early "start-up" stages of etailinsights and has been committed to growing our company ever since.  Her current role might as well read “wearer of many hats” or “Jill of all trades”, as Rachael is the go-to person here at etailinsights. She plays a major role in the company’s overall performance, maintaining operational excellence, and implementation of all HR strategies that drive our work culture. She also oversees all initiatives involving charitable activities. Rachael holds a BS Business Administration degree from North Carolina State University with a concentration in Human Resources. When she’s not giving it her all at etailinsights, Rachael enjoys traveling, watching college athletics, aiding in animal rescue, and exploring local hiking trails.

Erik Minges

Erik Minges, CTO

Erik Minges is the Chief Technology Officer at etailinsights. Erik has significant experience leading development teams and driving business growth through strategic planning and technology innovation. He brings a dynamic background in data science and engineering, with a strong focus on machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Prior to joining etailinsights, he was a software engineer and data analyst at MetLife. Erik holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Applied Mathematics from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from North Carolina State University. In his downtime, you can find him "shredding the gnar" on his snowboard, traveling, cooking, working out, reading, and spending quality time with friends and family

Advisors and Shareholders

Darren Pierce - Founder & Chairman

Darren Pierce is the Founder and Chairman of etailinsights. Prior to launching etailinsights, he spent many years working with B2B start up companies, specializing in leadership, strategic development, enhancing client relationships, and maximizing revenue growth. Read the blog post describing why Darren started etailinsights here.

Preston Brown - Senior Technical Consultant

Preston Brown is the former Chief Technology Officer of etailinsights and is currently serves as an advisor to our engineering team. He has significant experience in guiding the growth and development of start up software companies. Prior to joining etailinsights, Preston served as Vice President of Software Engineering for Bronto Software, where he guided the development of that company’s technology through significant expansion in both capability and scalability. 

Adam Covati - Technical Consultant

Over the last 12 years, Adam has been building and managing web software for both the online and offline marketing world. Prior to etailinsights, Adam was a product manager for enterprise marketing applications at Unica and Bronto Software. He earned a BS in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Marty Wesley - Marketing Consultant

Marty has spent more than a decade in product management and marketing with companies such as IBM and Red Hat. He was previously VP of Products at Bronto Software, leading the company’s initiative to focus on the retailer segment. Marty holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

Bobby Martin - Advisor 

Bobby Martin has cofounded two successful startups, one of which, First Research, a leader in sales intelligence, was sold to Dun & Bradstreet. Martin is author of The Hockey Stick Principles. He is chairman and cofounder of Vertical IQ, a leading provider of sales research insight for banks. He speaks frequently about entrepreneurship at universities around the U.S. and at corporate events. In 2006, he was the recipient of the Triangle Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” Award in Raleigh.