Lara is a highly experienced consultant who started in SalesPad’s Support department, and she believes in going above and beyond for the customer. She has a bachelor’s degree in interior design, as well as an associate’s degree in software development. Dedicated to SalesPad and its success, Lara puts her energy into finding the best and most efficient solutions for the customer. She loves helping others and assists customers and coworkers wherever she can. Off the clock, Lara enjoys many outdoor activities, social events, and live entertainment.
“Each project is an opportunity to learn and be a part of the customer’s success. SalesPad is constantly evolving. It’s an honor to be a part of the success of so many companies, and I look forward to future opportunities with new customers.”
Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Dan Madura graduated from Davenport University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. A loyal Spartans fan, Dan loves watching and participating in a wide variety of sports.
One of several SalesPad newlyweds, Dan and his wife Morgan were married in June of 2019. They now live in Rockford, a little village just north of Grand Rapids, with a pair of canine fur babies: Ollie and Finn. When he’s not working, Dan enjoys being outdoors in any capacity, whether that be hunting, fishing, exercising, or boating (or just playing with the dogs).
Emily joined SalesPad as a Project Manager and has a wide range of experience in project and account management for both consulting and marketing firms. She’s a proven taskmaster who is passionate about both her clients and her internal team. In addition, she’ll seize any and every opportunity to make her team shine by delivering solutions — on time and on budget — that help her clients’ businesses run more efficiently.
Emily prides herself on developing strong relationships with her clients and making them feel like an extension of the SalesPad team. When she’s not at work, she’s home wrangling her chef husband and toddler daughter. She loves a good adventure and enjoys all the seasons Michigan has to offer, but especially Summer.
Kreg graduated from Davenport University with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Networking and Network Security. He grew up in a small town in Michigan and moved to Grand Rapids after high school. Kreg ran on the track team in college, where he competed in the 800 meters and even tried the javelin throw.
“I love running outside, playing slow pitch softball, hanging out with friends, and I am a huge movie person — especially in the winter.”
Christina graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Software Engineering & IT Management from Grand Valley State University, and she obtained her Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification in 2018. Christina solely manages custom projects (post-implementation) in her capacity at SalesPad.
Christina enjoys dressing up her cat in festive outfits for impromptu photo ops (because her dog won’t let her), acrylic painting, bowling, and going on nature walks.
Brandon hails from Muskegon, MI, but has lived in Grand Rapids for the past 10 years. He graduated from Grand Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems.
He enjoys both drinking and brewing beer, music (his first CD was the Pokemon: The Movie soundtrack), reading, and traveling whenever possible. As a young kid, Brandon’s dream was to be an astronaut, and given the opportunity, he would absolutely take a trip up into outer space.
EDI Implementation Consultant
Marlene is SalesPad’s resident EDI expert. She attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI, where she met her husband of 21 years. Together, they have one son, who is currently a student at Kendall College of Art & Design here in Grand Rapids.
Marlene is very active in her church, where she has been the President of Membership Management for the past ten years. In her spare time, she likes to entertain and host social gatherings for family and friends.
After leaving California to attend college in Grand Rapids, Carina has worked in the Design and Insurance industries before joining the SalesPad team. Carina thrives as a Project Manager and enjoys tackling the challenges that come with the position.
In her spare time, Carina loves spending time with her husband and son. As a family, they enjoy exploring Michigan and cooking challenging new recipes for friends. Whenever possible, Carina makes the trek back home to California to visit family and friends.
Michael hails from Rochester, New York, but has lived in Grand Rapids, MI, for the last 14 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Michael’s hobbies include amateur photography and hunting for various collectibles, and he’s a big fan of good movies, cool cars, and quality watches. If he could learn any skill instantly, it would be how to shred on the guitar, and if he had to choose one food to eat for the rest of his life, it would be pizza — but the good, mom-and-pop shop kind.
Sam is a Grand Rapids man through-and-through — he was born and raised here, attended Grand Rapids Community College, and currently resides slightly north of the city. He’s engaged to his high school sweetheart, and their wedding is scheduled for Fall of 2019!
“When I’m not working, I like to head to Northern Michigan and spend some quality time outdoors. I also enjoy riding my motorcycle, spending time on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan, and hosting gatherings with friends. Oh, and I’m a die-hard University of Michigan fan — go blue!”
Sage Intacct Implementation Consultant
Rory Dill is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with an MBA and BBA from Davenport University, where he majored in Accounting. Dedicated to finding solutions for problems that his clients face, Rory’s past experience includes both public accounting and working as a controller for private companies.
In his spare time, Rory enjoys spending time with his wife, Jordan, pursuing home improvement projects, weight lifting, cooking, and experiencing the great outdoors. Ever the optimist, Rory continues to root for Detroit sports teams, even though they’ve made that pretty tough to do these days. Maybe next year.
No one appreciates a good cheeseburger more than Emily. A Chicago native, Emily got her degree in English Literature from Calvin College here in Grand Rapids. While attending Calvin, Emily played midfield for their women’s lacrosse team, and she dares you to try and out-maneuver her on the field.
Emily loves to read (her favorite book is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein), fly fish, and spend time in the great outdoors. She has watched the entire run of Grey’s Anatomy three times, can throw down movie quotes with the best of them, and her dream entourage consists of Michael Scott, Jim Halpert, and Dwight Schrute.
Megan De Frietas
Professional Services Manager
Megan grew up in Otsego, Michigan (otherwise known as Small Town USA). She attended Central Michigan University and has worked at SalesPad for eight years. She’s passionate about helping people make the most of their business processes, and about creating the right team to get the job done well.
The mother of two curly-haired daughters, Megan loves Michigan summers and all of the fun times they bring. Not embarrassed to sing along with the Spice Girls, Megan’s favorite movie is A League of Their Own, and her best childhood Halloween costume was Marge Simpson — towering beehive of blue cotton balls and all.
Before working at SalesPad, Kevin was a Technical Support Analyst at a manufacturing company. Over the course of his four years there, he worked with department leaders to help develop and implement new processes within their ERP solution, which gave him a strong understanding of a wide variety of manufacturing processes. One of Kevin’s newer hobbies is learning how to write and record music; he also helps moderate a Reddit music forum that sees roughly 40,000 unique visitors each month.
“I really enjoy making connections with people and helping out with projects that will have a noticeably positive impact on a company’s performance.”
Bryan graduated with a BBA in Finance from Grand Valley State University, but he also attended both Hope College and Davenport University, where he played on their soccer teams. Before coming to SalesPad, he worked as an IT Manager with Manufacturers Supply Company/Fastenal. Bryan thoroughly enjoys working with business users to improve processes and remove pain points in a systematic fashion.
Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Bryan currently resides in Byron Center with his wife and four children. When he manages to find some free time, he enjoys a good barrel-aged beer, music, or anything outdoorsy from the beach to the back yard. He loves competing in any type of sport or game, but fair warning — he plays to win.
Tommy Jacobs was born and raised in Bay City, Michigan. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Northwood University, where he was also a member of the football team. Immediately after college, he moved to the Detroit area and worked first as a recruiter, then as a project manager for a marble and granite company.
Tommy is incredibly excited to be located in Grand Rapids now. In his spare time, he likes staying active and has been a part of soccer, volleyball, and kickball leagues. He also enjoys musical theater, traveling, and reading.
Reneé grew up in the small town of Fruitport, MI, and has lived there for most of her life, other than when she enjoyed a few years out in Lake Stevens, WA. While living out west, she would check out Pike’s Place Market in Seattle a couple of times a month. She eventually made her way back home to Fruitport, though, where she lives today.
Reneé took a few college courses at Muskegon Community College while still in high school and earned her associate’s degree in 2005. From there, she went to Grand Valley State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies in 2008. Reneé has 2 wonderful boys who keep her busy with baseball, basketball, fishing, hunting, magnet fishing, golfing, metal detecting, and anything else they can think up! When she manages to steal a few moments for herself, Reneé enjoys gardening, traveling, comedy, and target shooting.
Born and raised in SalesPad’s own Grand Rapids, MI, Mary Kailing graduated from Grand Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. After graduating, Mary lived in Peru for several months, where she volunteered as an English teacher. Before coming to SalesPad, she worked at Daymon/SpartanNash as a Business Manager, creating new private label programs for their deli and bakery.
Mary’s hobbies include reading, attending concerts, and staying active by running, hiking, or playing a variety of sports. She’s passionate about travel, and she’s been married to her high school sweetheart for two wonderful years.