Meet the Wild Apricot Team

There are a lot of people behind Wild Apricot... let us introduce you to our team members:

Norbert Orth

Norbert Orth

Norbert Orth has enabled many of the world’s leading organizations to leverage technology solutions to drive business performance. Before joining Personify, Norbert held a number of CEO and senior leadership positions over 30 years, primarily in the software industry, and for the past decade in the construction software space. Most recently as Chief Operating Officer of Viewpoint, a Portland-based construction software firm leading the transformation of the industry with integrated construction accounting and project management solutions. Orth led over 350 employees worldwide, held over $125m of revenue responsibility and was instrumental in driving significant YoY increase in recurring revenue. Norbert worked closely with Bain Capital, owners of Viewpoint, consummating in an acquisition by Trimble in July 2018 for $1.2B.

Prior to Viewpoint, Norbert was CEO of Dexter + Chaney, a Seattle based construction software firm which was acquired by Viewpoint in 2017. He successfully led the company through a period of rapid growth. Norbert transitioned the firm to SaaS while rebuilding the executive team and implementing a winning sales & marketing playbook that leveraged a hybrid direct/indirect model. During Orth’s time with Dexter + Chaney the company more than doubled revenues while driving best-in-class retention rates, CSAT and nearly 30% EBITDA.

Norbert holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Washington, Foster School of Business and serves as a board member and mentor for several software companies. Norbert is also involved in numerous philanthropic organizations including the YMCA of Seattle Youth and Family Services and Big Brother’s & Big Sisters organization.

Shawn Klerer

Shawn Klerer

Shawn is the General Manager of Wild Apricot at Personify. He has been with the organization since 2016, most recently as Chief Financial Officer, Wild Apricot. Shawn has served in multiple executive roles, including being the CEO for a publicly traded education company, as well as holding CFO and GM roles in the financial services and travel industries.

Shawn holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University and is a CPA. He lives in Toronto with his wife and four children.

Donald Cowper

Donald Cowper

Donald Cowper is the Director of Marketing of Wild Apricot at Personify Corp.

He is a bestselling author of several business books and a marketing professional who has worked with some of the top SaaS businesses in Toronto. He also cofounded a successful training business from his kitchen table, which grew into a multi-million-dollar enterprise working with leading financial institutions all over the world. His books have been translated into multiple languages, and his ebook with FreshBooks, Breaking the Time Barrier, saw over 130,000 downloads within the first three months.

He has also written a popular business-advice column on that profiled leading entrepreneurs in the tech space. Long before all of this, he was a child actor on SCTV.

He lives with his wife and daughter in Toronto and loves writing, tennis, and playing the piano.

Chalini Vallepuram

Chalini Vallepuram [Chalini]
Chalini joined the support team in the fall of 2014. She has a background in biology and computer technology and loves to help others. She is happiest providing great hospitality and gains most satisfaction from knowing her help has benefited those in need. In her spare time, she enjoys the arts, music, literature, film, reading and dancing.  She is also always on the lookout to learn something new and exciting! 

Steve Andrews

Steve Andrews [Picky Apricot] Steve Andrews [Picky Apricot]

Steve is Wild Apricot's technical communicator, responsible for our product documentation. Steve has been a technical writer for over 20 years and plans to use his experience to improve Wild Apricot's online help and videos. His educational background includes English, Political Science, Psychology, and Journalism. Steve enjoys playing guitar, hockey, soccer, and biking.

Denis Fokin

Denis Fokin [Artistic Apricot]

Denis Fokin is our Creative Director and brings a wealth of creative experience, graphic design knowledge and passion to the company.

Among his many accomplishments, Denis has designed websites, magazine covers, ads, corporate style guides, 3D objects, animations, paintings, and many more. His Maya 3D designs were showcased by Alias (now Autodesk) for Maya Learning Edition. Denis enjoys working at Wild Apricot because of the spirit of teamwork -- he appreciates that every successful online project requires very close cooperation between a team of experts from many different disciplines.

His hobbies and passions include digital painting, being outdoors and traveling.

And the rest of the Wild Apricot Team:

Dmitriy Smagliy [Bearded Apricot] Dmitriy Smagliy [Bearded Apricot]
Sergey Denikin [Muscular Apricot] Sergey Denikin [Muscular Apricot]
Kseniya Garipova [Cheerful Apricot] Kseniya Garipova [Cheerful Apricot]
Ivan Rudakov [Snowy Apricot] Ivan Rudakov [Snowy Apricot]
Vasiliy Luckinykh [Lucky Apricot] Vasiliy Luckinykh [Lucky Apricot]
Vasiliy Kholopov [Ghostbuster Apricot] Vasiliy Kholopov [Ghostbuster Apricot]
Kirill Zharkov [Net Apricot] Kirill Zharkov [Net Apricot]
Anatoliy Oblauhov [Cat Apricot]
Ekaterina Tyukina [Funny Apricot] Ekaterina Tyukina [Funny Apricot]
Pavel Febenchukov [Siberian Apricot] Pavel Febenchukov [Siberian Apricot]
Sergey Vinogradov [Raisin Apricot]
Andrey Pustovoit [Happy Apricot]
Miroslava Aristova [Zippy Apricot]
Maxim Ivanov [Sweet Apricot]
Sergey Ilyenkov [Air Apricot]
Yuri Karatunov [Quality Apricot]
Julia Ivanova [Lively Apricot] Julia Ivanova [Lively Apricot]
Dmitry Fefilov [Lanky Apricot]
Vladimir Tazin
Michael Nikitin [Sharp Apricot] Michael Nikitin [Sharp Apricot]
Dmitry Avilov
Oleg Shinkarenko
Alexey Grigoryev
Artem Chernousov
Dmitry Stepanov Dmitry Stepanov
Dmitry Smirnov
Vivian McDonald [Vibrant Apricot]
Oleg Nesterkin Oleg Nesterkin
Gleb Smagliy
Alexandra Birillo
Nadya Rerikh [Lush Apricot]
Romie Battista [Bubbly Apricot] Romie Battista [Bubbly Apricot]
Alex Febenchukov [Iron Apricot] Alex Febenchukov [Iron Apricot]
Romlin Babarodi [Friendly Apricot]
Oleg Musienko Oleg Musienko
Alexey Tkach
Vladimir Yarovenko
Stephen Rowlinson [Square Apricot] Stephen Rowlinson [Square Apricot]
Rami Ali Rami Ali
Ekaterina Testova
Grigory Smyslov [Appricot] Grigory Smyslov [Appricot]
Ekaterina Groshnikova [Perry the Apricot] Ekaterina Groshnikova [Perry the Apricot]
Iuliia Rotcheva
Nickolay Kazantsev
Ranojoy Ghosh
Lorelie Borromeo
Maxim Antakov
Nicki Kowsari
Eugene Khlebnikov
Alexander Gurin
Yevgeniy Goncharov
Michael Leroux [Canuck Apricot]
Mark Faccia
Gordon Cheng
Jennifer Quadros
Ellen  Craig
Olga Bogacheva
Tatiana Morand
Kate Hawkes
Sonia Khosla
Andrey Mitsyk
Thomas Kuruthukulangara
John MacKenzie
Tyler Hutchinson


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