SpotHero is the Orbitz of parking spots. We work with some of the largest parking operators in the country to make parking reasonably priced and readily accessible for customers. Need a parking spot for the day, an event, or on a month-to-month basis? SpotHero has you covered.
Co-Founder & CEO
Bitten by the entrepreneurial bug early, Mark started his first business in the 2nd grade. Through his career, he quickly realized his passion for innovation, both in technology and in everyday living. This drive ultimately led Mark to the Chicago parking industry, where he found an entire industry ripe for innovation. Prior to his professional experience, Mark graduated with BS in Finance from Bradley University.
Co-Founder & COO
Jeremy graduated from the University of Illinois in 2008. Out of school he worked at Motorola and he eventually ended up becoming roommates with Mark Lawrence. During his short time in Chicago, he amassed $3500 in parking tickets! That's when SpotHero was born. When he's not out being a SpotHero for Chicago residents, Jeremy loves catching sporting events with friends, checking out new places around the city, and frequenting local dive restaurants.
Co-Founder & CTO
After receiving his Master's in Electrical Engineering at University of Colorado at Boulder, Larry spent a number of years designing Microprocessors for Advanced Micro Devices, and then building mobile devices for Motorola. This experience helped Larry break off from the traditional corporate job, and pursue a lifelong goal of being an entrepreneur. A few iPhone apps later, SpotHero found Larry, and the rest is history.
VP of Business Development
Born and raised in San Diego, this climate-confused Michigan grad snagged his degree in business, dove straight into the start-up world and never looked back. After being one of Belly's first employees, his entrepreneurial ambition led him to SpotHero to help drive cars into a garage near you. Snowboarding, backpacking, eating peanut butter and parking cars are a few of his favorite things to do--just not at the same time.
Director of Marketing
During college, Elan built a website for one of the biggest companies in the parking industry. He went on to work in venture capital and management consulting, and joined two venture-funded startups in Chicago as the first marketing team member (ifbyphone & doggyloot). Years after building his first parking website, he joined SpotHero to lead the marketing team. When he's not at work, he's home helping teach his daughter how to park her Little Tikes car.
Justin’s drive and determination was apparent when the SpotHero team discovered him at Depaul University. Justin graduated from Depaul with a degree in Finance. Justin keeps the company running by building out new markets and optimizing current markets. Justin is responsible for driving the company’s vision and growth. He’s one of the team’s early “parking expert,” using technology to create new solutions to solve everyday problems. Outside of work, Justin likes cycling, Moto GP, Formula 1, hockey, and snowboarding.
Mandy’s entrepreneurial spirit, passion, and interest in start-up tech companies brought her to SpotHero. She is smart and ingenious, bringing a depth of industry knowledge and vast experience to the team, which has helped to build the SpotHero brand. She graduated Bowling Green State University in Ohio with a BS in Liberal Studies and was in the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. As Community Manager, Mandy manages customer engagement and client relations. If you need a parking space or issue resolved, Mandy will come to the rescue. Mandy recognizes the importance of networking and is currently involved with the Kappa Kappa Gamma Chicago networking group and the Chicago Interactive Marketing Association. Outside of work, Mandy has an active life running, boating, and attending sporting events. She even makes time to give back to the community, working with Chicago PAWS and The American Cancer Society.
Copywriter and Creative Content Strategist
After graduating from DePaul University with a degree in Advertising, Joe decided he needed a change of scenery and moved to Shanghai, China. While in China, Joe began to grow a liking to small business and after spending a year learning how to say "Hello" and "I come from America" in Chinese, he returned to the land of the free in search of a new creative adventure. Lo and behold SpotHero was there with open arms! Outside the office, you can find Joe venturing into the Chicago comedy scene through Improv Olympic and local open mic nights.
Senior Front End Developer
Born and raised near Scranton, Pennsylvania, Gerard currently lives in San Diego. A US Navy veteran, Gerard also holds a B.S. in Digital Media from Drexel University, where he specialized in Interactivity. With more than 10 years of professional experience, Gerard has applied and developed his eclectic skills in Media/Publishing, Financial Services, eCommerce, Education and Interactive Agencies. He is also a hobbyist mobile game developer, writer and artist.
Adam “Cezar” Jenkins
Senior Python Czar
Hailing from the mountains of West Virginia, Adam “Cezar” Jenkins has been working with computers since he was eight. During middle and high school he did computer repair under the name Cezar Computer Services. After receiving his black belt in Shotokan he decided it was time to venture out of the woods and in 2005 was awarded a BS in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Cezar spent eight years as a software developer for the Insitute of Design in downtown Chicago developing internal and external web applications and has been championing Python and Django since early 2007. When not slinging code he runs the Folks on Spokes cycling club, is a proud member of the Brewers of South Suburbia homebrewing club, and enjoys a good game of peek-a-boo with his son.
Born and raised in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago, Eric attended Milwaukee School of Engineering, where he completed his degree in Computer Engineering, what he calls "the coolest major possible." After graduating, he worked as an Android developer at Motorola. The experience he received there allowed him to start his own app development company, which he still operates in his spare time. Eric is now responsible for SpotHero’s snazzy Android and iPhone apps, which bring you the powers of parking right to your fingertips. On Eric's down time he enjoys taking his dog to the dog beach, playing basketball, and trying all of the diverse new foods in the Albany Park neighborhood.
Customer Hero Manager
Born in Chicago, Kate lived in St. Louis, Omaha, Eastern Shore Maryland, and Florence, Italy before returning to her Chi-Town roots. Her unusual mix of creative and analytic skills led her to Washington University in St. Louis where she studied both Sculpture and Marketing. After graduating, Kate joined Anthropologie and fine-tuned her Visual Merchandising and Managerial talents by occupying nearly every position the company had to offer. Her innate drive to learn, and desire to be part of an entrepreneurial culture, brought her to SpotHero. Whether she’s selling floral dresses or parking spots, Kate is passionate about creating that kind of positive, memorable experience that makes everyone’s day just a little bit better. When not at work, Kate can be found creating miniatures-focused artwork, or teaching herself random - not entirely useful - new skills via YouTube.
Customer Hero Manager
A Washington D.C. native, Leah migrated to the Midwest to attend the University of Michigan, and has been living in Chicago since graduating in May of 2012 with a degree in English. Her previous work in sales at Groupon built the foundation for her dedication to customer satisfaction, and developed her passion for building relationships and helping everyone and anyone who crosses her path. When not going above and beyond to help (or chat with) customers, you can find Leah trying samples at Whole Foods or attending spin classes at Flywheel.
Terrance Chatman is a native Chicagoan and currently resides in River North, a hop, skip and a jump from the SpotHero office. After a year at a liberal arts college in Iowa, he transferred back to the big city where he majored in Political Science at DePaul University. Prior to joining SpotHero, Terrance spent time at Modern Luxury, Rockit Ranch Productions and most recently he served as the Client Relations Coordinator at MicroTrain Technologies. His interests in politics led him to become part of the first intern class of then Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign where he worked directly under Hans Reimer; former director of the Rock the Vote organization. Terrance brings years of customer support, content strategy and project management experience to his role at SpotHero. When he is not busy helping scale our customer operations department, he likes to stay active by playing club volleyball and serving on the Young Professional Board at his alma mater.
Office Manager and Bookkeeper
Stephanie graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in English and Professional Writing. While in college Stephanie managed a small office in Bridgeport. After graduation she started working part-time for SpotHero as the bookkeeper, as well as managing another office full-time. Stephanie joined the SpotHero team full time in the summer of 2013 as the Office Hero and bookkeeper, keeping things organized, helping each employee be more efficient, and organizing team building events. Stephanie loves cooking, going to movie and film theaters in Chicago, hiking out in the suburbs, and exploring the city and lake front with her dog, Neeson. Having traveled most of the southern US, Stephanie loves Chicago, but always has her next road trip destination planned.
Originally from Arlington, Virginia, Will headed south to study Psychology and Business at Elon University. From there, Will worked with a prominent parking operator in D.C., and collaborated with SpotHero on several projects. After a stint in Southeast Asia, exploring six countries and living out of a backpack, Will returned home and could not have been more excited about joining SpotHero. When he's not working to make the SpotHero experience the best it can be, you can catch Will running, YouTubing pug videos, or testing how spicy is too spicy when it comes to his cooking.
Born and raised amongst the corn fields and dairy farms of Southern Illinois, Kevin Harriss was destiny for a career in computers ever since he got his first computer. While in JR High and High School he dabbled in programming and kept his school’s computers and infrastructure running. He knew eventually he would leave the farm-land for the big city. This happened when he got his degree in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. After graduating he honed his skill and knowledge with computer infrastructures working at the Institute of Design. During this time he was involved with and organized multiple tech groups and conferences, including the former BARcamp Chicago. When not in front of a keyboard you can find him watching soccer, traveling or brewing beer.
A UC Berkeley graduate and now a University of Chicago grad student, Melinh thrives in connecting with others on a whole other level (she prefers the second floor but is indifferent to the third floors). After working in sports managment and in CPG, she's excited to be apart of SpotHero. When she's not being an Account Manager, she can be found walking her wiener dog, waiting for winter to end, and commenting on Joe's hair.
Senior UX Specialist
Theresa hails from both Illinois and Texas, and currently resides in the W Loop of Chicago. With more than 12 years in the Visual Design and UX industry, Theresa has worked with Fortune 500 clientele such as Orbitz, Sears, Deloitte, Euromonitor, Aon Hewitt, and other corporations, as well as small start-ups and design agencies to help create pleasing user experiences. She's recently decided to pursue a supplemental HCI program at Stanford University and can't wait to get started. She thrives on exploration, and is driven by a passion for aesthetics, human-to-computer interaction, research, sociological behavior, and creating a great experience for SpotHero customers. Theresa can also be found shooting a bow & arrow, working with horses and other animals, skiing, traveling, getting involved in lots of other sports, and checking out industry conferences.
Elise Fox is an experienced PR professional who has led and assisted on numerous successful media campaigns, social media and new product launch events. A strong writer and media relations expert with a keen interest in researching, reporting and forecasting trends, Elise has helped companies create buzz and raise awareness about their products and services to help increase sales and meet business goals. She's passionate about the startup and technology industry.
Director of Product
Born and raised in northwestern Illinois, Wayne soon left the corn fields for the U.S. Army. His tour of duty took him from Fort Knox to the Korean Demilitarized Zone and back to the University of Illinois where he studied Marketing. After graduation, Wayne dove headlong into digital product development and never looked back. Driven to seek out complicated problems to solve, his career started at Verizon where he successfully launched the online sale of Verizon services and learned the term “swivel-chair”. Then, at Match.com, he took on the dating world with searching and matching technologies that grew from simple to full-on facial recognition to help daters find their perfect match. Now at SpotHero Wayne will use his powers to find our customers their perfect parking match by integrating the offline world or parking with SpotHero’s online products.