President & CEO
Paul Seed is co-founder of StarTech.com and responsible for the strategic direction of the company as well as leading the executive leadership team. He guides the strategic planning process which is influenced by ongoing customer research and feedback. Paul is actively engaged in high-level operational aspects of the business and over the years has been involved with all key functional areas at StarTech.com.
Paul has a keen interest in personal and professional development. One of his passions is active membership in TEC Canada, an organization dedicated to “increasing the effectiveness and enhancing the lives of Chief Executives”. In addition, he is a participant in The QuantumShift program at Ivey School of Business, an exclusive developmental program for Canada's most promising entrepreneurs. Paul also serves as an Executive Board member for the London Chamber of Commerce.
Dedicated to giving back to the community, you’ll find Paul acting as both a sponsor and generous donor to the United Way. He has held board of director positions with the United Way and StarTech.com proudly remains among the top companies in overall leadership and employee contributions within the community. Paul has fostered an environment at StarTech.com that encourages all employees to give back to the community by supporting various charities and community organizations. In addition to direct financial contributions, StarTech.com employees are provided a paid day each year to volunteer for a charity of their choice.
Paul earned a degree in Economics from The University of Western Ontario.
Ken Kalopsis is co-founder of StarTech.com and as the company’s most senior ambassador, he maintains strong partnerships with key customers. Ken also spearheads StarTech.com's global customer expansion so you will frequently find him at airports and hotels around the world.
As a key member and contributor to the Executive team, Ken provides critical input and direction to StarTech.com. Having been actively involved with all aspects of the company throughout the years, he knows the business inside and out - with a particular focus in sales and operations. As a member of TEC Canada, Ken provides insights into company best practices and continuous improvement.
Ken has a longstanding record of community involvement. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Grand Theatre Foundation and the Greater London International Airport. He also served as Executive Director of the Canadian Economic Development Assistance for South Sudan (CEDASS) after serving as a director for the previous five years.
Ken earned a degree in History & Political Science from The University of Western Ontario.
Adrian joined StarTech.com in 2010, bringing over 10 years of leadership experience from several multinational organizations across multiple high tech industries with areas of focus in growth, customer understanding, and relationship development.
During his tenure at StarTech.com, Adrian has held progressive leadership positions in the areas of Sales, Product Management and Marketing. Initially serving as Manager, North American Sales & Global Support, he transitioned to lead StarTech.com’s Product team first as Director and then VP of Product Management in 2012. In 2016, Adrian moved back to Sales to lead the growth of our North American and Global Amazon business as VP, North American Sales. In 2018, Adrian was promoted to the role of Chief Marketing Officer and in January 2020 Adrian took on the role of Chief Revenue Officer, overseeing StarTech.com’s Global Sales organization.
Adrian earned an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology from McMaster University. He enjoys spending time with his wife & son, travelling and outdoor pursuits including camping, fishing, ATVs, and mountain biking.
Chief Operating Officer
Jeff joined StarTech.com in 2013 after more than 17 years leading operations for multinational technology companies. Coupled with broad operational and supply chain experience, Jeff has expertise in lean manufacturing and quality management systems as well as new product introduction and customer support. At StarTech.com, Jeff oversees Supply Chain, Global Warehouse Operations and Customer Service and Support.
Jeff spends his free time coaching his daughter’s soccer team and tinkering with technology. An active fitness enthusiast, he enjoys running and spending time in the gym. He is a single malt scotch aficionado and an avid outdoorsman who loves hiking and camping in Northern Ontario.
Jeff has a Bachelor of Engineering Science degree with distinction from the University of Western Ontario and is a Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence. Jeff has been a Registered Professional Engineer with Professional Engineers Ontario since 2000.
Chief Product Strategy Officer
Chief Marketing Officer
Chief Technical Officer
With more than two decades of service to his credit, Ellard Teeple is one of StarTech.com’s longest serving employees. His particular area of expertise is new products and strategic management of StarTech.com’s diverse product lines.
During his long tenure with the company, Ellard has played active roles in the development of the company including supply chain and product marketing. With a deep interest in technology and related trends, Ellard is a major driver behind StarTech.com’s record of launching one new product a day.
Ellard is a member of TEC Canada, an Executive Committee, focused on leadership development.
He is a coach for his children’s soccer and baseball teams as well as an active participant in fundraising activities.
Ellard holds a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from Fanshawe College.
Chief Information Officer
Walter joined StarTech.com in 2017 as the Chief Information Officer. Prior to joining StarTech.com, Walter served as the Vice President of IT consulting where he provided strategic advisory, project management, and interim IT leadership and services to mid-market clients. His expertise includes improving business and IT alignment through effective IT Governance and supporting enterprise growth and decision-making by leveraging technologies such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and Business Intelligence/Analytics.
In his spare time, Walter enjoys golfing with his family and relaxing at their summer retreat in Muskoka.
Walter received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Toronto and a MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University. He is also a past member of the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Ontario.
Based in Miami, Florida, Alain Maquet is Senior Executive Vice President Corporate for global technology distributor Ingram Micro, Inc.
Alain has been a member of the Ingram Micro executive management team since March 2005. He co-founded IT distribution company ISE International in 1982 and was Managing Director from 1987 to 1992 before joining Ingram Micro in 1993 as Managing Director, France. His roles since have ranged from Senior Vice President Western & Southern Europe to President Latin America and President EMEA.
A well-rounded management professional, Alain has expertise in logistics, e-commerce, and distribution. He is adept at developing new market segments and driving large-scale, complex cost-reduction programs such as intelligent downsizing, process optimization, drive centralization and globalized operations.
Alain is a French national who is married and has four daughters. Of his many accomplishments, a notable one includes carrying the Olympic torch in London`s 2012 Summer Olympics.
A current board member of the Giant Tiger Stores Board and the Nordstrom Credit Card Advisory Board, Marco Marrone has had a successful career holding several senior and executive leadership roles throughout. He has served in numerous functional areas including marketing, information technology, finance, credit risk management and operations.
Marco was the Chief Operating officer of Canadian Tire Retail and Executive Vice President of Canadian Tire Corporation. In this role, he oversaw three retail organizations; Canadian Tire Retail, Canadian Tire Petroleum and PartSource. In addition, he has served in several Finance leadership roles including Canadian Tire Corporation’s Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Finance. He was also the President of Canadian Tire Financial Services and President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Tire Bank.
In 2009 he was recognized with the Business Excellence award from the Canadian Italian Business Professionals Association and in 2010, was presented with the Wayne C. Fox Distinguished Alumni award from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University.
In addition to his MBA and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from McMaster University, Marco Marrone also holds a Chartered Director Designation and has been selected as a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants, FCPA.
Jim has had a distinguished career leading international technology companies. Most recently Jim was
President of Inmarsat Solutions; the $1.4 billion/yr market-facing entity for Inmarsat PLC, a London based
satellite communications company, where he lead the development and execution of Inmarsat’s global
go to market strategy. Prior to joining Inmarsat, Mr. Parm was President and Chief Executive Officer of
Stratos Global Corporation, a publicly traded Canadian company, where he oversaw the strategic direction
and global operations of the $650M satellite services company. During this time, Mr. Parm led the
transformation of Stratos from a regionally focused North American company to a global leader in satellite
services. Prior to joining Stratos, Mr. Parm was President and Chief Executive Officer of Shell Offshore
Services Company where he led strategy development and execution for the telecom startup, which
provided remote communications services to the energy industry.
In addition to his work with StarTech.com, Jim is a Partner in Inc. CEO Project where he provides business
strategy advice to CEOs and a director of the nonprofit Michigan Tech Fund. He received a Bachelor of
Science in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and an MBA from Tulane
University's A.B. Freeman School of Business and is a member of the Michigan Technological University
Electrical and Computer Engineering Academy.
Barry Reiter is a senior partner of Bennett Jones LLP, based in the firm's Toronto office. His practice focuses on corporate development and governance.
As Chair of the Technology, Media & Entertainment Group, Barry represents start-up, growth and mature companies and private equity sources, international distribution arrangements, strategic alliances, partnerships and joint ventures, licensing, international corporate structuring, private and public financings, stock exchange listings, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and the protection of intellectual property rights. As leader of the Director Protection and Corporate Governance practice, Barry advises boards, directors and management on governance and director protection issues.
Barry’s current board roles include: Baylin Wireless Technologies (Lead Director), NexgenRx Inc., HUB International (Advisory Board), and the Executive Committee of the Institute of Corporate Directors (Ontario Chapter). Former board roles include: 724 Solutions Inc., Algorithmics Inc., Alliance Atlantis Communications, Inc., Avotus Corporation, Battery Technologies Inc., Craig Wireless Systems Ltd., Delta Hotels, Eco Waste Solutions Inc., Efos Inc., Lava Systems Inc., Lorus Therapeutics Inc., MOSAID Technologies Inc., Pharos Life Corporation, RBC Technology Ventures Inc., SkyPower Corporation, Syncapse Corp. and Telepanel Systems Inc. Barry speaks regularly at director education and certification programs.
Formerly a law professor at the University of Toronto (1974-1982), Barry is also lead author of Directors' Duties in Canada, 5th Edition and co-author of Joint Ventures: Legal and Business Perspectives. Lexpert® magazine named him one of Canada's 100 Most Creative Lawyers.
Recognized as a business leader and with a reputation for entrepreneurialism, Barry Tissenbaum is an accomplished strategic advisor to senior managers.
Following a successful career with Ernst & Young LLP and predecessor firm, Zittrer Siblin, Barry has acted as a strategy consultant to numerous private companies over the past decade. A leader with a keen grasp of diverse business issues, he has a strong track record of providing innovative, practical advice and hands on implementation.
As an auditor, board member and private company advisory board member, Barry has had extensive experience with board director’s responsibilities. He has served in various capacities with Medworxx Solutions, Noranda Income Fund and Corel Corporation amongst other. He is also an experienced agent of change and a creative marketer.
Barry has long valued making a contribution to community. He has been a supporter of the United Jewish Appeal/Toronto Jewish Federation, been a director of the Canadian Cancer Prostate