Our Leadership Team
CEO and President
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.
VP of Engineering
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 led multinational software development projects for fluoroscopic imaging systems. At Forcepoint and Symantec he led 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.
Senior VP of Sales
As SVP of Sales, Gary Gentry leads the sales and growth function at TaskEasy. He is responsible for developing strategic sales plans based on company goals that will promote sales growth and TaskEasy customer satisfaction.
Prior to joining TaskEasy, Gary has held sales leadership roles at Wildfire Interactive (acquired by Google in 2012 for $450M), Google, and Linkedin. He has also held senior leadership roles at several tech start-ups in the Chicagoland area. Gary's positive leadership style of empowering sales directors, account management teams, and sales reps via a data-driven approach has made him a well respected digital sales leader.
A Chicago, Illinois native, Gary enjoys skiing, hiking, biking, and exploring the world.
Fun Facts: He was born in Germany and has been to 23 countries as well as 47 US states.
He has a Bachelor of Business from Loyola University Chicago. He also holds an MBA from Defiance College in Ohio.
VP of Human Resources
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.
Senior VP of Operations
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.
Director of Product
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.
Director of Contractor Success
As Director of Contractor Success, Skyler Evans is responsible for the heart and soul of TaskEasy - our nationwide network of service providers. By prioritizing transparency, honesty, and fair market pricing, it’s his responsibility to drive acquisition of new providers to support consumer and client demand, while ensuring quality fulfillment across 12,000 cities.
Having spent almost a decade at Netflix, Skyler is a customer-focused thought leader with experience developing and managing world-class operations. In a fast-paced growth environment, he played a key role in scaling their global support landscape and grew the team of internal and sub-contracted employees by the thousands. With a laser-focus on operational excellence, he and his team improved core quality metrics by as much as 50%, while simultaneously reducing operational cost relative to business growth.
Skyler has a Bachelors degree in Social Science from Western Oregon University.
Chief Financial Officer
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.
Director of Client and Consumer Success
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.
Chief Operating Officer & Chief Marketing Officer
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.
Senior VP of Business Development
As SVP of Business Development, Ty Christensen is responsible for identifying and executing on strategic growth opportunities for TaskEasy.
Before joining TaskEasy, Ty was COO at Clearlink, a performance marketing company focused on the home services vertical. Ty spent over 15 years at Clearlink as one of its first employees. He had several key roles throughout his tenure including Director of Sales, VP of Business Development, VP of Sales, Executive Vice President, and finally Chief Operations Officer. Through his expanding oversight, Ty helped grow Clearlink from a startup to a company earning over $200 million in annual revenue. As COO, Ty led all operations, business development, and client relationship development for Clearlink.
Ty has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing from the University of Utah.
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 landscaping 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 landscaping 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 exterior maintenance services for customers — and fulfilling services for contractors — as easy as buying products online. His proprietary, patent-pending solution established fair market pricing for yard care and snow removal 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, like lawn mowing, 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.
Grotech Ventures has built a reputation for being a collaborative, long-term partner for entrepreneurs. Headquartered near Washington, DC, Grotech initially invests between $500,000 and $5 million in early stage, high growth technology companies, reserving significant capital for subsequent investments to support companies through early and growth stages.
Delta Electronics Capital is the corporate investment arm of Delta Group, the world's leading provider of power management and thermal management solutions, and a major source for components, visual displays, industrial automation, networking products, and renewable energy solutions. Delta Group has sales offices worldwide and manufacturing plants in Taiwan, China, Thailand, Japan, Mexico, India, Brazil and Europe.
Based in Chicago, IL, Moderne Ventures is an early stage venture fund investing in technology companies that are innovating within real estate, mortgage, finance, insurance, and home services. Moderne leverages its Moderne Network™, a membership of more than 200 corporations and executives within Moderne's target industries who are investors, mentors and advisers to the fund and its portfolio companies.
From their Boulder, Colorado offices, Access Venture Partners invests nationally in early stage technology companies with a passion for helping entrepreneurs build phenomenal fast growing businesses. Access has invested in over 65 companies that have collectively raised over $1 billion in equity capital and employ nearly 4,000 people and growing.
Founded over 80 years ago near Cleveland, OH, MTD Products has grown to become a worldwide leading manufacturer of outdoor power equipment with facilities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia producing equipment for both residential and commercial markets. MTD's premier brands include Cub Cadet Troy-Bilt, Remington, Yard-Man, and many more.
Based in the Salt Lake City metro, Kickstart Seed Fund supports the best entrepreneurs in Utah and the Mountain West with capital, connections and intelligence to launch hyper-growth companies into the world. Since 2008 they have backed over 60 of the best startups in the Mountain West in diverse sectors including SaaS, cloud, mobile, e-commerce, clean tech and health tech.
Camber Creek contributes in a direct and significant way to the success of its portfolio companies by leveraging the real estate expertise, operating experience and portfolio of assets of its partners, investors, and advisors. Their investment team has investing, operating, and technology experience and expertise across a range of real estate businesses, including construction, property management, development, and leasing. Their investors own, operate and manage over 150 million square feet of real estate in the U.S., giving us a unique competitive advantage as an investor and value-added partner in the real estate technology space.
River Cities is a growth equity firm investing in high-potential healthcare and information technology companies. A consistent, cohesive team has honed its strategy over five funds with compelling performance. River Cities seeks to be a business partner first and a capital provider second, investing significant human capital to leverage its domain expertise and a network of thought leaders assembled over the last 20 years. With nearly $600 million of capital raised and a consistent track record of success, River Cities has established itself as a preferred source of growth capital. The firm, located in Cincinnati, OH and Raleigh, NC, is actively seeking new investments for its
$200 million Fund V.
Height Ventures is a human first venture fund that works with new companies and teams who are agile, teachable, transparent, innovative, fun, and inclusive.