• The leadership Team

    Our mission is to provide an efficient, cost effective store
    information and execution management tool that increases
    productivity and improves retail enterprise communication.
    All of this is achieved through an easy to access, easy to 
    implement solution for any retail environment.


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Janet Hawkins

Founder and president

Janet has more than 20 years of experience in the Retail market working for industry leaders such as NCR, Triversity and SAP. She has held a wide variety of positions with areas of responsibility including global strategic business partner relationships, third party technology partners, clients and resellers, business development, and project management. This has contributed to her strong relationship management, leadership and team building skills.
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Gary Stonell

Senior Vice President of sales & operations

Gary has 20 years of sales management and business development experience in CPG and SaaS. Beginning his career in CPG, he worked for Kraft Foods, Philips Electronics, then SunRype Products fostering partnerships with retailers and managing various aspects of the sales and marketing processes. More recently at Sysomos/Meltwater, a SaaS based Social Media content management platform, Gary led the Enterprise sales team responsible for managing existing clients and new logo acquisition. The key to his success has been a meaningful focus on building business relationships with collaborative solution based partnerships.
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Rick Peters

Founder and Chief Product Officer

Rick has 20 plus years of experience designing, delivering and supporting retail applications to several high and mid tier retailers around the world. Previously at SAP, Rick held Product Management responsibility for the SAP next generation Java POS solution including original product creation to customer implementations. At Triversity Inc. he held several positions including Project Management, Training and Product Management of Triversity's flagship product. Before his career in retail software began, he had several years of direct experience managing and working in retail stores.
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John Denham

Chief Financial Officer

John has over 20 years experience in a financial and operating role. He previously held the position of Chief Financial Officer of Route1 Inc., a Canadian public company listed on the TSX-V. During his time at the technology start-up, the company became a public company and raised approximately $20 million in start up capital. Prior to this he was at CIBC World Markets where he assisted over 250 small to mid-sized businesses in raising growth and operating capital and in completing mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. John is a Professional Engineer and Chartered Financial Analyst.
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Ian Long

Founder and Chief Software Architect

Ian has over 20 years experience as a Software Architect, Developer and Team Leader successfully developing and delivering large-scale software systems in a wide-range of industries. Previously, he was a Software Architect at startup Route1, a provider of security and identity management where he was responsible for the design and implementation of the Route1 MobiKey. He was also involved with the design and development of the MobiNET, a communications and service delivery platform. At netMedia Technologies, another startup, he was responsible for the team that designed and implemented Purolink, the Purolator desktop shipping software used to ship over 5 million packages worldwide. He has also been an integral part of the development teams for Embarcadero Technologies' DBArtisan and RapidSQL, as well as Delrina's (now Symantec's) Winfax Pro.

“We rely heavily on OPSCENTER to help us disseminate the information to stores and field leaders. With OPSCENTER, we have a tool that allows us to target specific stores for communications and give field leaders visibility into where they need to focus or follow up.” 

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Consistent and intuitive, Opterus solutions effectively streamline communications for minimal change management — allowing for greater employee satisfaction, increased performance, and a greater sense of connectedness.