As CEO and president of TaskEasy, Ken Davis' vision of empowering customers to connect with exterior maintenance services as easily as buying products in a store was the driving factor behind TaskEasy's creation.
Ken is a natural entrepreneur with a successful record of founding and establishing companies. He previously started Exterus Technology Services, an on-demand tech services group, and Oakley Networks, a cyber security company which sold to Raytheon in 2007 for $250 million. Ken continued at Raytheon for more than three years following the purchase in the capacity of vice president of technology. He was primarily focused on due diligence and integration for Raytheon's multi-billion M&A activity, along with directing Raytheon's only commercial sales team.
Ken received his bachelor's degree in finance and mathematics, cum laude, from the University of Utah. He is an experienced speaker and lecturer, having presented at tech and security conferences including RSA, the Gartner IT Security Summit, TechForum, DoDIIS, Interop, Secure World, and others.
As VP of Engineering, Alex Smith leads the engineering function at TaskEasy. He and his team are responsible for delivering and maintaining the technology that enables TaskEasy to serve its customers and contractors with intuitive and reliable services and applications.
Prior to joining TaskEasy, Alex has held software leadership roles at Forcepoint, GE Healthcare and Symantec. At GE Healthcare he lead multinational software development projects for fluoroscopic imaging systems. At Forcepoint and Symantec he lead development on various cyber-security products ranging from Incident Management to Intrusion Detection and Insider Threat monitoring. Alex brings over 18 years of software development leadership experience to the team. He is committed to communication, building up others and delivering timely yet simple solutions with consistent quality and performance.
Alex has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Westminster College of Salt Lake City.
As General Counsel, Vanessa Stewart is responsible for driving the strategic legal direction of TaskEasy, as well as overseeing the day-to-day legal operations.
Vanessa brings to TaskEasy a business-orientated legal perspective, drawing upon her experience working both in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to joining TaskEasy, Vanessa worked as General Counsel for NM Group, which was acquired by Trimble, Inc. in 2017. Based in the United Kingdom, Vanessa oversaw NM Group’s U.S. legal operations and ITAR compliance. Vanessa began her legal career in California, where she interned for the CA Superior Court and Orange County District Attorney, and then gained extensive litigation experience defending high-visibility clients working with regional law firms.
Vanessa earned her J.D. from Chapman University School of Law and B.A. in Communication Studies from Loyola Marymount University.
As Senior VP of International Operations, Nelso Villamizar is responsible for bringing our U.S. and international teams together. He is passionate about building relationships of trust across borders and turning international challenges into competitive advantages. Nelso is devoted to developing the next generation of leaders who understand cultural differences and establish global policy.
Before joining TaskEasy, Nelso worked with a wide range of clients from small, high-growth start-ups to well established Fortune 500s. His experience in domestic and international environments enabled him to design, launch, and manage operations in 16 countries. Nelso's understanding of business and cultural idiosyncrasies led him to develop "The Formula for Success in Latin America" and "Why Companies Fall in International Business".
Nelso has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Utah, an MBA from the University of Phoenix, and Six Sigma Black Belt certification. Nelso is also fluent in English, Spanish and conversational Portuguese.
As Executive Assistant to the CEO, Caroline Casazza organizes and coordinates for the leadership team at TaskEasy. Caroline also supports company-wide administrative functions and assists the Marketing and Finance teams with special projects.
Caroline holds a strong skillset of project management, partner relations, and cross-departmental communication, allowing her to be an essential multi-tool asset to TaskEasy’s company growth.
Caroline holds bachelors degrees in psychology and peace & conflict studies from the University of Utah.
As VP of Human Resources, Jamie Nagle oversees the entire team member experience from sourcing and acquisition to engagement and retention. Jamie’s passion for people drives her success in creating and sustaining a thriving culture where team members feel valued and are encouraged to bring their “whole-self” to work everyday. Her HR career in virtually all areas of human resources has provided an opportunity to understand how all elements of the business benefit when people are at the core of the decision-making process.
Jamie has received national recognition for her work in team member development and engagement, and she has been formally recognized as a leader who helped Utah gain recognitions as the “Best Managed State in the Nation."
Jamie is an honor graduate in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Utah.
As Senior VP of Operations, Chris Griego is responsible for helping accelerate growth through strategic initiatives and by optimizing existing processes.
Chris brings deep experience in home and commercial services and real estate internet and technologies. Before joining TaskEasy, he was a Vice President at Closetbox, a venture-backed valet storage business where he established a partnership and BD function, tripled the service pro network and secured a series B round. Prior to that, he was helping a seed-stage mobile job management software company raise capital and framework, staff and execute the operational side of the business. Before that, he was at HomeAdvisor (ANGI HomeServices) for 10 years where he led a team that contributed over 20% of EBITDA annually and built many of the modern business development, partnerships, advertising and sponsorships functions that still exist today. Additionally, he represented HomeAdvisor in a $750 Billion industry on government and institutional boards and steering committees and advocated for advancement, curricula, and development of service pros to foster a better customer-pro marketplace.
Chris brings a thorough understanding of the trades with a background in transformational technology solutions and business process. This promotes a better experience for homeowners, property owners and managers, and service businesses while unlocking and accelerating enterprise value. He has a Bachelor of Finance and MBA from the University of Colorado.
As the Director of Product Management for TaskEasy, Sam Richards is responsible for maintaining long-term vision, formulating short-term strategy, and cultivating talent and ideas to innovate and grow the business.
Prior to joining TaskEasy, Sam spent several years as a professor, pedagogue, researcher, and collaborator roaming between the arts, sciences, and creative entrepreneurship. He’s held posts at Brigham Young University and Boise State University, working to overcome academic silos and forge productive interdisciplinary relationships for himself and others along the way. His appetite for the creative engagement of unwieldy conceptual problems and penchant to question everything has made him well-suited to tackle all manner of product, market, and process in TaskEasy’s fast-growing portfolio. Sam’s eclectic background provides him with a distinct perspective on the challenges that TaskEasy faces, and he regularly utilizes his experience as a teacher and mentor to motivate and help the business thrive.
He has earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Utah, a Master of Music from the University of Oregon, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan.
As Director of Contractor Success, Juel Tailor is responsible for the heart and soul of TaskEasy - their nationwide network of service providers. By prioritizing transparency, honesty, and fair market pricing, TaskEasy’s gives their independent service providers the opportunity for small business growth with a partner invested in their success.
Previously, Juel worked at Sinclair Oil, where she oversaw their nationwide network of oil distributors. Managing the sales and operations for a rapidly growing division, Juel increased profit margins by 40% and year-over-year sales by 20%. She also worked extensively in the learning and development industry consulting with Fortune 500 companies, including Domino’s Pizza, Cisco, and CEB on how to increase business performance through optimizing people, process, and technology.
Juel has a Bachelor’s of English Literature and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Utah.
As CFO for TaskEasy, Jeff Davis, CPA, has built the corporate finance and administration functions from the ground up. He brings extensive knowledge in GAAP and accounting compliance to his team.
Prior to joining TaskEasy, Jeff was an audit manager in public accounting for several years with an emphasis in SaaS companies, tech companies and startups. As an auditor, Jeff provided his clients with valuable insights into modeling future performance and implementing the process needed to grow effectively. Jeff brings to TaskEasy management skills and leadership qualities obtained from his early career in public accounting, and understands internal control environment and specific requirements to mitigate certain business risks.
Jeff earned his bachelor's degree from the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah and his master's degree from Weber State University.
As VP of Business Development for TaskEasy, Ryan Heck is responsible for directing sales efforts, establishing relationships with owners and managers of large property portfolios, and building strategic partnerships with other service companies in the space.
Previously, Ryan established management operations for American Homes 4 Rent, with an initial focus on hiring and training property management teams, and establishing regional offices throughout the United States. In addition, he served as Assistant Vice President of Acquisitions, managing the acquisition of single family rental homes in multiple states, and identifying new markets for the company. Before joining American Homes 4 Rent, Ryan ran a successful fix-and-flip fund focused on acquiring properties at trustee sales to be renovated and sold to end users and investors.
Ryan holds a Bachelor's Degree in Finance and Economics from Western Washington University.
As Director of Client and Consumer Success, Amy Ames is responsible for leading the operations of TaskEasy’s Client and Consumer verticals. Under Amy's direction, both Client and Consumer teams are responsible for the day-to-day success of each client’s portfolio of residential and commercial properties, and providing excellence in customer service to TaskEasy’s nationwide homeowner, renter, and portfolio manager base.
Previously, Amy managed the TaskEasy Operations department where she was instrumental in managing training of new operation employees, the success of day-to-day client operations, and placement, recruitment, and quality of contractor-fulfilled jobs. Amy has always been a key leader through TaskEasy’s company, revenue, and customer growth.
Amy has a Bachelor’s of Business Management, magna cum laude, from Brigham Young University-Idaho.
As the Chief Operating Officer & Chief Marketing Officer of TaskEasy, Karl Sowa leads the operations and marketing teams for the company, and together with Sam Richards drives the product roadmap.
Before joining TaskEasy, Karl was CMO at homeAdvisor, a $220 million per year lead generation company in the home services vertical. At HomeAdvisor he helped rebrand the company from ServiceMagic to HomeAdvisor, and launched the company's first successful national DRTV campaign. Prior to that he served as the CMO of NetQuote, where he helped grow sales from $70 million to over $100 million per year in just over 2 years, and helped complete a $205 million successful exit for private equity investors. Prior to NetQuote, he was involved with creating and launching online businesses at Teleflora, wwwrrrr, and Musicland Group/SamGoody. Karl started in online marketing and social media back in 1996 as the seventh employee and head of marketing for GeoCities, which grew to be the #4 most visited site on the internet during his tenure.
Karl has a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering with academic honors from Columbia University, and an MBA from Stanford University.
TaskEasy's genesis was in solving a problem. Ken Davis was a property owner with a modest portfolio, dealing with the hassle of managing lawn care and snow removal in multiple cities. He was sinking countless hours into finding and vetting contractors, and then auditing the work to verify performance. Ken also discovered that pricing was often not fair to either him or the contractor, who felt they were "working two jobs," or "charging for travel and performing services for free." The entire services industry was plagued with inefficiencies, which caused unnecessary tension between customers and contractors.
As an entrepreneur with several successful ventures under his belt, Ken was in the perfect position to solve the problem. He began developing a method to make buying services for customers — and fulfilling services for contractors — as easy as buying products online. His proprietary, patent-pending solution established fair market pricing in 403 statistical metropolitan areas throughout the United States, bypassing the sunk time on bidding and establishing contracts. The system lets customers buy vetted, insured, and guaranteed services instantly. Contractors are freed up to spend more time performing billable work, and less on back office functions like scheduling, bidding, marketing, billing, and collecting.
TaskEasy is the company Ken created around this innovative solution, and it launched to consumers in April 2013. Total investments of more than $45 million have resulted in a state-of-the-art platform, which includes a website, financial system, supporting apps, and strong network security. The result is a powerful ecosystem that automates and audits exterior property maintenance services, manages exceptions, and provides reporting and accountability to clients.
Since launching, TaskEasy has mowed lawns and services yards in over 12,000 cities and across all 50 U.S. states. TaskEasy works together with landscaping businesses in each area, supporting local industry with over 1.5 million tasks performed to date. TaskEasy’s network of screened and insured lawn maintenance vendors is the nation’s largest.
TaskEasy makes ordering and scheduling yard maintenance simple and convenient, and we guarantee that all service work is done to our customer's satisfaction.
Once a service has been completed, customers have 2 days to approve or reject the work, at which point it auto-approves and the contractor is paid. In the rare event a job was not performed to a customer's satisfaction, we give the contractor 2 days to respond to the feedback and fix the issue. If the customer is still not satisfied, at the customer's request we will either dispatch a new contractor to redo the job correctly or refund the service fee in full.
TaskEasy has the nation's largest network of licensed and insured local landscape contractors, and constantly tracks the customer feedback on each contractor in our system. Contractors that do not maintain a high standard are removed from our system.