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.
National Expansion Manager
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.
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.
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.
National Expansion Manager
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.
Sr User Experience 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, as well as start-ups and 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, playing the piano, working with horses and other animals, skiing, traveling, and nerding out at Meetups.
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 of parking with SpotHero’s online products.
Content Marketing Strategist
Born and raised in New York, Suzannah has found herself strangely attached to Chicago. She came to the area in 2010 to study Psychology at Northwestern University and after meeting the SpotHero team she decided to stick around! Suzannah contributes to the marketing team by researching and writing snazzy content for the SpotHero website and hopes to be able to apply some of her psychological wisdom to marketing strategy. When she's not in the office, you can find Suzannah watching live music or looking at pictures of cats (which also sometimes happens in the office).
Jordan is an experienced Customer Service Representative who has spent his post-collegiate career working with businesses and customers in the Chicagoland-area. After graduating from the University of Iowa with a degree in Political Science and Entrepreneruial Business, Jordan returned to Chicago to continue his love affair with great hot dogs and delicious deep dish pizza. A self-prescribed sufferer of "parking anxiety," Jordan's previous work as an Account Manager in the environmental and waste industry helped develop his passion for solving problems and making your life (the Customer) easier. Outside of the office, you will find Jordan snowboarding, playing guitar, boating or tailgating at a SpotHero lot for his beloved Chicago Bears/Bulls/White Sox.
Finance & Data Analytics
Prior to SpotHero, Jay served as CFO of a start-up in India called Piramal Sarvajal, a for-profit social enterprise bringing clean drinking water to villages and slums as a healthcare initiative. He also has three years of experience in public accounting at Deloitte & Touche LLP and the PCAOB. Jay is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and graduated in 2005 with degrees in Finance and Accounting from the University of Maryland. Currently, he is a full-time MBA student at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business (Class of 2015). On the basketball court, Jay plays a combo guard utilizing his patented step-back jumpshot and court vision.
Born and raised in Oklahoma, with a short detour to Dubai, Rachel found her way to Chicago via St Louis. She earned a BA in Mass Communications and BS in Business Administration with minors in International Business and Business Management from the University of Missouri St Louis. Prior to joining the SpotHero team she was the in house bookkeeper for a small family owned restaurant group in Chicago. When she isn't working she is most likely running, at a concert, trying out a new restaurant, participating in her bowling and kickball leagues, or feeding her craft beer obsession by either brewing her own or tasting something new.
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.
Nate was born and raised in the DFW metroplex but took a detour from the city for his undergraduate in Arkadelphia, Arkansas (that's right). After missing the city life he moved to Chicago for graduate school where he received his masters degree from Wheaton College and joined the SpotHero team. Although he's a native Texan and a genuine southern gentleman, he loves Chicago and his opportunity to become a hero for customers. When not working, you can find Nate hanging out with friends, traveling home to Texas, or finding some kind of adventure in Chicago.
Lead Front End Developer
Born and raised in Saint Louis, MO, Brett is a Cardinals fan first but the roles of full-stack developer, entrepreneur and general internet addict are all tied for a close second. He brings his front-end development expertise to the SpotHero team in hopes to ship a more engaging user experience on a daily basis and loves to dabble in server-side code whenever he gets the chance. His free time is filled with hanging out around town with his lovely wife Samantha and his teddy bear like Chow mix Barksdale. Eating, drinking and biking the days away in Chicago, IL over the last 7 years, he has made it his mission to enjoy the cold months as much as the warm.
Tatiana stumbled upon SpotHero after using the website for parking downtown. Looking to venture away from a strict, corporate call center environment Tatiana knew SpotHero would be the place for her. Tatiana possesses 12 years of corporate call center customer service working for many companies such as Wells Fargo, Sears, City of Chicago, RedBox, and Cingular Wireless just to name a few. Tatiana has received a lot of praise, recognition, and personal achievement while working as a customer service representative. Customer service is not only Tatiana’s passion but her niche. Tatiana is originally from Chicago but has resided in California and Las Vegas. Tatiana is also studying to become a dental hygienist and would love to own a business someday. In her spare time, Tatiana loves to bowl, shop, shoot pool, and attend fashion shows.
Amanda hails from the Mistake on the Lake (Cleveland) and attended both college and graduate school in central Ohio, earning several undergraduate and Masters degrees in the fields of art history, religious studies, and archaeology. After cultivating a diverse background through experience in research, customer service, event planning, retail and restaurant management, and athletic training, Amanda escaped the Heart of it All and happily made her way to Chicago, where she combined her myriad skills into a delicious amalgamation called "office manager". When not assisting the Hero team, Amanda is always doing something exciting: you may see her teaching Zumba at a local gym, racing through a crazy obstacle course, bustling about her craft studio trying to finish ten projects at once, or even at a local gaming store laying the MtG smackdown on the nerd boys!
Business Development Intern
Jeff is a Chicago native who stayed local and is studying at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He’s pursing a degree in Finance while trying to pick up anything important along the way to help him to become a successful businessman. During his sophomore year he got accepted into Illinois Business Consulting where he worked hand in hand with a fortune 500 company. Prior to SpotHero, Jeff spent a summer interning at ESPN Chicago and two summers at Nordstrom. When he’s not at work or doing schoolwork, Jeff spends his time wrapped around sports. With a major dedication to fantasy football and playing sports, there is little time for rest. Then again there’s no time to rest when he’s trying to come up with the next big idea.
Megan likes to say she’s taken the “scenic route” in life. She graduated with a degree in Secondary Education and a focus on English. Along the way she worked as a pre-school teacher and middle school English teacher. Most recently Megan decided it was time for a change of pace. As a frequent SpotHero user, when she saw a posting for the Customer Hero position at the company she jumped at the opportunity. She decided to put teaching on hold to become a member of the SpotHero team, and is excited to be a part of such an amazing new company! When she’s not chatting with customers, Megan loves to go for runs along the lake or take in a yoga class at CorePower.
National Expansion Intern
Borja was born and raised in Madrid but has also lived in Italy, France, Mexico and now the US. Prior to SpotHero, Borja was a consultant in Accenture and Europraxis, working in the Telcom and Transportation industries. He studied engineering and is now a full-time MBA student at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business (Class of 2015). Soccer is one of his passions, although he is always the worst player in the team!
Matt was born in Nebraska, raised in San Diego and has come to Chicago by way of Boston. He graduated from UC San Diego and has a background in management, operations and sales. In his last role, Matt helped a small company grow in several new markets to become a national player in their industry. Looking for another startup with a strong entrepreneurial spirit, Matt found his way to SpotHero. He is helping to grow several East Coast markets and doing his part to make sure Bostonians don't have to wander aimlessly for parking like he did. When he isn't working, Matt is DJ-ing, shooting photos, mixing fine cocktails and dressing his 8-month old son in those handsome SpotHero onesies!
Originally from Oshkosh, WI, Eliot has lived in Chicago for more than a year. Upon graduating in 2012 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a finance degree, he decided to take a less-than conventional first job, driving the Oscar Mayer Winernermobile all across the country. Though he relished his time as a “Hotdogger” it was only a yearlong position. Soon thereafter, he moved to Chicago and worked for a year at Groupon in inside sales before becoming the Account Coordinator at SpotHero! Outside of work, Eliot is a die-hard Badgers, Packers and Brewers fan (which can be difficult at times in Chicago!) and loves traveling and tasting new adult beverages.