Executive & Founding Team
Richard (Dick) Zokol, (Founder/ CEO)
Richard Zokol’s PGA Tour career spanned over 20-years, winning twice on the PGA Tour (both wins in 1992) while competing in 412 PGA Tour events and winning once in 53 starts on the Web.com Tour (in 2001). Recognized as a professional golfer with a distinct perspective, Richard is one of the most dedicated and determined professionals in Canadian golf. Richard “walked-on” the BYU Golf Team as a freshman then by his senior year at BYU, he captained the team to the 1981 NCAA Championship—that team was inducted into the Brigham Young University Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. Richard was also inducted into the British Columbia Golf Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 2011. Zokol’s passion capital served him well in PGA Tour competition and then as he transitioned into business, in 2004, when he founded & co-designed Sagebrush Golf & Sporting Club, an award winning golf course in British Columbia. Richard joined Predator Ridge Resort in 2012 as Executive Director, Golf Development and is currently a Golf & Real Estate Specialist at Predator Ridge Resort in BC’s beautiful Okanagan Valley
Darrell Snow, (CTO/Co-VP, Operations)
Darrell is a seasoned executive with a successful record of delivering complex Commerce and Marketing solutions using Cloud and Mobile technology. He brings a deep Technology competency along with a combination of Business and Marketing Strategy and a broad understanding of Delivery methods and tools. Darrell has a knack for untangling complicated situations and putting things in order, he is often consulted by industry analysts to discuss relevant technology offerings, selection and implementation approaches, and strategic decision-making criteria. Darrell has served as the CTO for the digital agencies razorfish, Blast Radius, and Ascentium. While at Microsoft, he was the Software Engineering Manager for the patterns & practices group. In addition, he held the position of CTO and Head of Product Management for the Infosys’ SaaS Business Division. He has worked in IT leadership roles at Weyerhaeuser Paper Company and Starbucks. Darrell is able to bring a global perspective to the table having worked extensively in Europe, Asia, Canada and the USA. He has experience with a wide variety of industries including Finance and Insurance, Gaming, Retail apparel, Telecommunications, Travel, and Technology
Paul Winckers, (CFO/Co-VP, Operations)
Paul is an experienced financial executive with over 15-years of trusted leadership in the Okanagan high-tech industry. As a strategic, senior member of the leadership team of several companies, Paul has proven himself to be a disciplined financial manager, business partner, mentor, leader and most importantly a doer. With a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Paul brings a strong financial background along with strong business intuition. Paul’s experience has stretched through all facets of high-tech companies including managing all financial aspects, leading operations with a focus on Professional Services. Paul has been a huge part of building companies, growing its people, setting strategic direction, and engaging with all levels from customers to staff to our Board of Directors.
Greg Olson, (CMO)
Greg is a seasoned Silicon Valley marketing executive with 25 years experience building global teams in start-up and Fortune 500 organizations. He has held leadership positions in several early stage companies as well as in some of the technology industry’s most iconic brands including Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Symantec, and Amazon. He was responsible for customer engagement strategy at Apple for 14 years including supporting the launch of iTunes and the iPhone. At HP he redefined the small business go-to-market strategy that supported HP overtaking Dell in worldwide PC shipments. At Symantec he grew the Norton software subscription renewal business to over $1BB by redefining the customer renewal strategy. At Amazon he led the first engagement and retention team for Amazon Prime; perhaps the world’s best loved membership program. Greg is passionate about marketing innovation, technology, and the customer experience. He’s also passionate about golf. Greg played college golf at the University of Florida, is a former Canadian Amateur Champion, and was a member of the 1980 Canada World Amateur Team. He later turned professional, played in 6 Canadian Opens on the PGA Tour, competed on the Asian Tour, and had full time exempt status on the PGA European Tour before getting involved in technology marketing.
Ken Fisher began as a hairdresser and opened his first hair salon in 1976. Ken’s entrepreneurial spirit allowed him to achieve the vision of Chatters Canada Limited in 1994. As the founder, Director and President of Chatters, Ken and his team grew the number of Chatters to 150 salons across Canada. The Chatters franchise was acquired by ONCAP in 2015. In 2010, Ken initiated and owns TG Corporate Holding Limited, which is the franchisee of Tommy Guns Original Barbershops. Ken has enjoyed a successful 39+ years in the hair and beauty industry.
David Coombs has been in the real-estate development business and various other business ventures for over 20-years. Dave is also the Chairman of Assured Software, a privately held software company that provides solutions for the insurance industry and restoration contractors for property claims. Prior to being Chairman, he was the President and CEO of Assured for 3-years. He managed the construction of the golf course and directed operations for 10-years the group owned the property. David was a director and then Chairman of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) from 1999 to 2005. The board of TOTA is responsible for funding tourism activities in the Thompson Okanagan Regional District in partnership with the BC Provincial Government.
Mr. Zapalowski more has more than 25 years’ experience in executive positions with some of Vancouver’s most successful companies, and is currently CEO of Mazza Innovation, a nutrient extraction company. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President with Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies between June 2009 and June 2012. In this role, he established Ostara’s nutrient extract business in North America and Europe.
Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President, CDC Software, VP Business Development Pivotal (acquired by CDC Software), VP Business Development Simba Technologies (acquired by Pivotal Corp), VP Business Development, Compass Labs (acquired by Microsoft) and General Manager of International Operations at Creo Products (acquired by Kodak). He was also a Director and owner of Pemberton Cable (acquired by Shaw Cable) and Director of Wolf Medical (acquired by TELUS).
Mr. Zapalowski graduated with a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Physics from Imperial College, London
David has been working in the technology space for more than thirty years in a variety of roles including scientist, corporate finance lawyer and venture capitalist. He currently is President of Valeo Corporate Finance Ltd. (www.davidraffa.com) where he provides M&A services to small to mid-cap technology and industrial companies looking to exit, as well as longer term advisory services for companies looking to accelerate growth.
David has led or been involved with numerous successful exits including Parasun Technologies (acquired by Uniserve), ActiveState (acquired by Sophos PLC), Wolf Medical (acquired by Telus), RFind (acquired by Constellation Software), TSC Software (acquired by Stardyne), In Motion Technologies (acquired by Sierra Systems), Liquivision (acquired by Huish Outdoors) and Scorpion Software (acquired by Kaseya), to name just a few. David previously served as legal counsel to Flickr (acquired by Yahoo), Layer 7 Technologies (acquired by CA) and Avigilon (TSX: AVO) who have achieved successful exits or gone public. David retired from the practice of law in 2002 when he moved into venture fund management and investment banking.
David has a BSc (Biology) from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, BC, Canada) and LLB (Law) from Osgoode Hall Law School (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), and was named by BC Business Magazine as one of B.C.’s “Top 25 New Elite” in the technology sector in 2004.
Joel excels at creating the vision and is fearless about getting into the details of execution. He integrates very well with the Technology, Sales, Delivery and Strategy teams of both fast growth start-ups and large multi-national corporations. Always in technology Joel has worked across a wide variety of industry verticals from competitive video games to cutting edge medical devices. He currently is the Global CTO for tenthavenue.