Behind Aktify is a team of seasoned business and tech leaders.
Kreg Peeler — Founder, CEO
Kreg Peeler is the CEO and founder of Aktify. Kreg has spent his career as a serial entrepreneur and technology innovator. He founded Aktify in 2017 and built the first versions of the product. Prior to Aktify, Kreg founded and led SpinGo which was acquired by Events.com. He studied Media Technology at Brigham Young University.
Dave Barney — Operations & Technology
Dave Barney brings extensive engineering, data science and ML experience to the Aktify leadership team. Before Aktify, Dave was the CTO of Kanopy leading to the acquisition by KKR. Prior to Kanopy, he led SWE groups in Ads, Analytics and Research for several years at Google. Dave received his MBA from the Marriott School of Business at BYU and studied ML and NLP at Stanford University with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from BYU.
Shawn Cox — Finance
Shawn Cox brings over a decade of experience in global finance, strategy and operations to Aktify. Prior to joining the company, Shawn served as CFO of cybersecurity company SecureNet, as well as Principal at Rose Park Advisors. Shawn received his B.S. and MAcc in Accounting from BYU and holds an MBA from MIT Sloan.
Curt Black — Revenue
Curt Black has spent his career leading sales, marketing, and product strategies with top global brands. At Aktify, Curt leads teams across Sales, Customer Success, Marketing and Partnerships. Before joining Aktify, Curt spent 9 years at Google leading high performing teams to grow revenue and product adoption across key verticals: top streaming services (2020-2021), federal political campaigns (2015-2020), VC-backed startups (2013-2015). Curt graduated Cum Laude from USC where he studied International Relations and Business.
Spencer Koehler — Data Science
Spencer Koehler is a data scientist with over 30 years of applied Natural Language Processing (NLP) experience, including AI research, software engineering, machine learning and applied statistics. He leads Aktify’s data science team in developing state-of-the-art conversational AI solutions. In principal roles at Proofpoint and Ancestry.com, Spencer successfully led cutting-edge efforts in both data science and engineering. The University of Utah awarded him a Ph.D. in medical informatics for innovating a way to populate medical records with encoded diagnoses and findings from dictated reports. He completed his undergraduate studies also at the U of U, graduating cum laude with degrees in mathematics, computer science, and linguistics.
Mary Inoke — People
Mary Inoke has successfully created engaging company cultures in the tech, manufacturing, and contact center industries. At Aktify, she oversees people-centric programs and talent strategies. Mary has previously held various executive positions, including CHRO at Universal Industrial Sales, HR Executive at Rocky Mountain ATV, and VP of Admin at SpinGo. She earned her B.S. in Human Resources Management and Personnel Administration from WGU.
Joe Hawkins — Product
Joe Hawkins has led product development in a variety of roles throughout Aktify’s history. With years of experience as a software engineer building marketing automation solutions, he is focused on solving problems for Aktify’s clients through conversational AI. He formerly held key software engineering roles at Adobe and Micro Focus. Joe has a B.S. in Computer Science from BYU.
Allen Greaves — Engineering
Allen Greaves is a veteran software technologist. He brings a wealth of expertise to Aktify, including building highly performant and scalable systems. Before joining Aktify, he led teams and developed software at OfferUp, Milliman, and IntelliTect. Allen earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Eastern Washington University, where he was also a Master’s candidate.
Aktify uses robust data science and machine learning to delight customers with thoughtful, productive conversations. Aktify’s solutions are invisible, integrating with CRMs and marketing automation platforms—we deliver phone calls and closed deals along with a 10x ROI to our clients.
Aktify is building a world-class AI platform. Our corporate clients use this technology to drive marketing and sales results. The AI uses NLP / NLU and deep learning to deliver natural, human conversations. It delights consumers via SMS, instant messaging, email, and web apps.
But our platform goes beyond just AI. Our technology blends research, data science, and machine learning hardware to power conversations better than humanly possible.