Epik.com Management Team
The Epik.com team is led by successful technology managers who have a passion
for internet property development.
ROBERT W. MONSTER
Founder and CEO
Rob is Founder, Chairman and CEO of Epik and Managing Director of Monster Venture Partners LLC.
Rob was the Founder of GMI (Global Market Insite, Inc.), a leading provider of technology-enabled services to the global market research industry. Mr. Monster served as Chairman and CEO from 1999-2007, during which time GMI achieved annual revenue growth of 100+% per year and served customers in more than 60 countries. GMI is backed by Technology Crossover Ventures, FT Ventures and Voyager Capital.
Prior to founding GMI, Mr. Monster was a global product development manager with Procter & Gamble. During an eight year technology management career with P&G, Mr. Monster worked and lived in Europe, Asia, and North America. He also traveled extensively in Latin America as part of his global role in leading the development and commercialization of a series of successful new product initiatives.
Mr. Monster, a Dutch-American, is fluent in English, Dutch, and German. Mr. Monster has both a BS and an MBA from Cornell University where he studied Life Sciences and Economics. Mr. Monster is a member of ESOMAR - World Association of Research Professionals. Mr. Monster is co-author of the book‚ Market Research in the Internet Age‚ published by John Wiley & Sons.
Mr. Monster is winner of the 2005 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in Technology and Software (Pacific Northwest) and is a Director and advisor to a number of companies, notably in the area of consumer internet.
CFO and Chief Counsel
Cliff is an experienced and successful CFO having previously held CFO roles in venture capital and in private industry. These prior roles include CFO and co-founder from 2000 to 2006 of Global Market Insite, Inc. (GMI), one of the Northwest's most successful fast growth venture-backed companies.
While at GMI Cliff raised over $60MM in venture funding and helped lead the company to over $65MM in global sales in the course of executing an aggressive growth strategy including global m&a. More recently, Cliff has consulted with several early and mid-stage fast-growth companies, leading the implementation of world-class accounting, finance, HR and business development capability.
Earlier in his career Cliff was a CPA in public accounting with Deloitte & Touche working extensively with many of the largest Northwest-based companies including Microsoft, Boeing and Amazon. Cliff is also an attorney with deep experience in the areas of commercial contracts, intellectual property, venture capital, mergers & acquisitions, tax and international law and has taught classes in these areas to both CPAs and attorneys.
Prior to joining Epik, Joseph worked for 6 years as an independent domain market analyst, branding consultant, buyer's broker, and domain investor. He is well known within the industry as a writer and commentator, authoring hundreds of articles at the leading news site, DomainNameWire.com, among other publications. Behind the scenes, Joseph also worked on domain-related software projects as solopreneur.
An electrical engineer by training, Joseph served as a submarine officer during 8 years in the United States Navy. But his primary interest in life is literature. Like so many people, he stumbled upon domain names by accident. Immediately, he was fascinated by the overlap between language and market dynamics, numbers and words.
The only thing missing was teamwork. At Epik, Joseph collaborates with an international team on strategy, outreach, infrastructure, and new product development – including Undeveloped.com. Along the way, he continues writing for DNW and plans a forthcoming blog: Slanted.com.
Director, Business Development
Matheus is a Brazilian Software Engineer with a passion for domain names. After getting his Masters, and running his own startup company focused on developing mission-critical systems, he had the opportunity to work in the financial market until he found out the domain industry in 2009, almost by accident. Having worked with domains for several years, it was a natural step to join the company where he had already enjoyed being a client!
At Epik, Matheus leads product development, maintaining the highly acclaimed website, the mobile application and managing TLDs on the backend. He is obsessed with quality and details, and is always looking for what can be improved.
Matheus is also responsible for expanding Epik into Latin America and seeking new business opportunities. He strongly believes that persistence and determination outweight natural talents in the long run. In his spare time, he is an amateur actor, loves traveling, working out and studying new languages.
With 12 years of experience, Ala is in charge of implementing and developing the Epik team‚ as creative ideas into simple easy to understand appealing interfaces.
Ala started his career back in 2001 as New Media Designer, during his career Ala was a member of different design teams in several companies in Jordan - the Middle East and as a consultant for many design firms abroad. Before joining Epik, Ala founded O2 Alternative, a trend-setting design house in Jordan.
Ala has a passion for creating web interfaces, posters, and exploring different design tools and colors that would carry his signature and style.
When he isn't designing Ala enjoys reading about history, politics, and arts in general, watching a good movie and listening to his favorite music tracks.
Director, Marketing and Social Media
Sarah is the Account Director at Epik.com and has worked in customer service and sales since she was 15 years old.
Prior to joining Epik, Sarah worked at Checks Unlimited, a call center in Colorado Springs, for over 4 years providing passionate customer service and held the record for the highest in sales with three 100% audits in a row. After leaving Checks Unlimited in 2012, she was introduced to the domain industry and has yet to leave as she’s enjoyed every challenge she has encountered. Since then she has worked for 2 different domain companies and had even moved her family to another state for one. She wore many hats for each company and loved the people she worked for and with.
Sarah is a strong believer in team work and having a positive attitude. On a personal note, she is a history nerd who loves to hike, praise Jesus and eat healthy chocolate!
Director, Client Services
Jessica has been in the domain industry since 2010 and worked with another Domain Registrar prior to joining Epik's Customer Support Team. She enjoys working with our customers, getting to know them and teaching them how to succeed with their Epik.com account.
Prior to joining Epik in 2012, I worked in a chiropractic clinic in Colorado Springs, CO. I wore many hats in my position. I have worked in the front office, the back office and everything in between, from scheduling patient appointments to prepping patients for exams. I am certified by the State of Colorado to take x-rays in a chiropractic setting. I have enjoyed being with Epik and managing support for the past four years and look forward to my future with Epik.
I am one who believes that through prayer and lots of hard work, we can achieve anything we set our mind to. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and being outdoors!
Michelle is an experienced CPA with almost 30 years of accounting experience. Her experience began with 10 plus years in Public Accounting with a local firm where she was an Auditing Manager. Prior to joining Epik, Michelle assisted various clients with specialized accounting needs during their growth phase so that they were able to reach their goals. Her extensive experience working with closely-held and owner-managed businesses allows her to provide Epik with accounting, income tax, and business advisory services.
Michelle received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Montana State University and she is currently licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Washington. In her free time, Michelle enjoys traveling, reading and volunteering.
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