Spud Highlights: Summer Team Additions

Spud Highlights: Summer Team Additions

Spud Software welcomes three new awesome team members to our Spud family; Meg Allen, Tyler Sasek, and David Marchbanks. The summer of 2018 has brought new growth and change for our company. With that, we are expanding our Spud team while multiplying our reach in the neighboring communities of Grand Blanc. Making a positive impact in our community is one goal that is particularly important to us here at Spud Software. We hire local and serve the local community. Derek Sommer, CEO and Owner says, “Spud has the team and the years of experience to get it done right.” Let’s get to know the new team members.

Meg Allen, our new Sales Consultant, who has joined forces with our sales team last week. Meg explains that she is excited to join the team because “The moment I met Derek, I knew he had the vision and the personality to be the visionary in driving the success of Spud.”  She recently returned to Michigan from Dallas, Texas after years with Sun Microsystem and Oracle as Director of Global Sales and Channels in the United Kingdom, Portugal and Dallas Texas. She recently has worked with several start up organizations building their Go-To Market strategies for sales and key partnerships.

Meg grew up in Bloomfield Hills, but currently lives locally to Spud Software. She brought her beautiful teenage daughter back with her from Texas. Meg is a proud graduate of Western Michigan University and she says, “Knowing Derek is also a graduate makes working here a plus.”

When Meg Allen is not driving success at Spud, she loves to be on-the-go in all seasons as an avid golfer, skier, and sailor, but also enjoys the excitement of cooking. She is active supporter of Make-A-Wish Foundation, Wounded Warriors Project and Alpha Phi Alumni.  We look forward enjoying Meg’s vibrant personality and perhaps a little of her cooking here at Spud. 

We also welcome, Tyler Sasek, a skilled Project Manager that fits perfectly with the team at Spud Software; joining us just a week ago. He is a Michigan native; born and raised. Tyler says, “I would drive by the Spud building every day before working here; I grew up driving this road.” Tyler is a University of Michigan Graduate who started his career at Hewlett Packard, years ago, where he moved into project management.

From there, he worked for Diplomat Pharmacy where he spent four years in enterprise wide project management. He specializes in facilitating great communication between all parties involved in a project. After working for Diplomat Pharmacy where Tyler explains, “Their main system was built by Spud Software and that’s why it appealed to me.” Tyler knew that Spud was the place for him, as he simply says, “Their great reputation is why I chose Spud.”

Tyler is also a family man who loves to play with his two-year old daughter. He and his wife also live near the Spud building in Holly where he walks with his spirited and loveable chocolate lab. When Tyler has time to himself, which you can imagine is not often with a two-year old, he like to play video games.
Tyler says,”I am happy to be here and hope to take Spud to the next level.” It turns out, we are happy to have you here as well! Welcome to the Spud family, Tyler.

David Marchbanks, one of our newest seasoned developers, jumped right into the Spud Development team in late May with his expertise in Server-Side tooling. David is a self-made developer with years of experience in his respective field. He worked his way up from Computer Repair to a Software Developer in various software companies. Starting his education in Davidson Community College, David has used his ability to self-teach and gained years of experience that we, at Spud, find to be the most important of qualities in our team members

David shares Spud values by giving back to the community, Grand Blanc, where he lives and works. He uses his love for gaming to donate to a great cause. David is creating a gaming fundraiser for Beaumont Children’s Hospital to incorporate his love for gaming and his selfless generosity for children in need. David explains himself as “A simple man.” He loves his wife and video games. 

When we asked him why he chose Spud in his career, David explained, “Everywhere I’ve gone there has been a cap to success; here, the ceiling is a little higher than other places.” David says “I am looking to learn and pass along any insights or knowledge I have gained over the years.” Well, we think you have a lot to offer our company, David. Spud welcomes you to the team!

Growing pains are often used to describe growth, but at Spud these new changes are exciting and our newest members are part of that excitement. We hope you have enjoyed getting to know our team as much as we have.