Team

Robert Preville
Founder & CEO

Travis Sherbine
Chief Growth Officer

Robin Salter
Chief Marketing Officer

Wellington Souza
Chief Technology Officer

Brian Robinson
VP Marketplace Operations

Charlie Dickinson
VP Supplier Partnerships

James Tritten
Director Business Development

Gabe Stabile
Market Director

Kate Scarborough
Market Director

Steve Slaska
Market Director

Mike Wessel
Supplier Acquisition

Tim Heistand
Senior Application Developer

Mackenzie O'Connell
Customer Service

Ryan Huaghee
Intern

Mike Casella
Intern

Opie
Office Dog

Robert is a serial entrepreneur and investor, having founded and led several high growth companies in the B2B arena. Prior to KWIPPED, Robert founded and sold GlobalTestSupply.com, a world-class provider of test and measurement equipment that ranked #800 on the INC 5000 fastest growing companies list. Prior to that, he was the founding employee and Vice President of Sales for MFG.com, the leading online manufacturing marketplace and a portfolio company of Jeff Bezos's Bezos Expeditions. Robert started his career at EDS (now Siemens), is co-owner of the Greater Wilmington Business Journal, is an active angel investor via IMAF Cape Fear in Wilmington, NC and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Travis is an accomplished veteran with 20+ years experience and a proven track record in developing and operating digital products for the B2B market. His diverse background includes leadership roles in sales, marketing, product development, and operations in both startups as well as mature organizations. Prior to KWIPPED, Travis spent over 15 years in leadership positions at ThomasNet, an industry-leading platform providing information, data, analysis, and tools for supply chain professionals in the industrial/B2B market. Prior to that, he was one of the early members and of the MFG.com management team, a leading online manufacturing marketplace and a portfolio company of Jeff Bezos's Bezos Expeditions. Travis started in manufacturing and though his career evolved from design engineering to sales and marketing to product development, for nearly 25 years one constant has been his continued focus on helping SMBs grow their business.
Robin is an expert communications strategist and a free-flowing source of creative ideas. He has worked for some of the most recognizable brands in the world, including: Berkshire Hathaway, Wells Fargo, GEICO, Duke Energy, Disneyland, Lexus and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Prior to KWIPPED, he managed multi-million dollar marketing budgets for Discover Card, including co-op campaigns with high-profile merchants like Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Sears, Target and JC Penney. Robin maintained responsibility of the Sprint account in his role as Senior Account Executive for the Martin Agency of Richmond, VA and spent nine years as the Senior Copy Writer for Banner Direct, a Manhattan based marketing firm. Robin has a B.A. in Organizational and Corporate Communications from Northern Illinois University.
Wellington is a highly experienced, delightfully creative Information Technology virtuoso with proven success developing and leveraging innovative technology to advance and grow businesses across a wide range of tech environments. He has a BS degree in mathematics and computer science from High Point University and a Master’s from Wake Forest University. His career includes the founding of a tech infrastructure company in the early 2000’s, two Vice Presidential positions at High Point University, and Vice President for Information Technology Services for Cape Fear Community College. In 2010 he was a recipient of the Triad Business Journal’s 40 Leaders under 40 award and in 2015 Wellington was the recipient of the Wilmington Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Wilmington Outstanding Class Member award.
Brian is a seasoned sales professional with several years of business development and account management experience in the advertising and technology fields. Prior to KWIPPED, Brian was Director of Business Development and Marketing for nGage, a national developer of software applications for touch screen hardware. Brian has also been successful in growing business for national companies such as Callsource and Clipper Magazine, as well as Pennysaver, as regional print advertising company in Maryland. Brian has a B.A. In Mass Communications from Frostburg State University (MD).
Charlie brings 7 years of sales and business development from varied industries including construction & industrial equipment. Most recently, Charlie was responsible for building the US distribution channel for Dustcontrol, a global manufacturer of portable dust extractors. He has deep domain expertise of industrial procurement and the equipment rental industry. Charlie earned his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and his Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Ryan is a student at the Cameron School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He has a strong aptitude for numbers, is proficient with computers (he impressed management with his use of a proxy server) and enjoys predictive modeling of basketball statistics in his spare time. Ryan lived in China and speaks conversational Mandarin.
Gabe brings a professional background of sales and business development across varied industries including sales management with the Sherwin Williams Company, property management, and most recently mortgage lending. After a brief stint of collegiate athletics, Gabe landed in Huntington, WV where he studied business management and received his undergraduate degree from Marshall University.
Steve joined KWIPPED in Q1 2019, bringing a wealth of Sales and Business Development experience working with Fortune 500 companies such as Wyndham and Lenovo. Steve credits his successful track record in hospitality, manufacturing, and logistics to his personal commitment to excellence and his dedication to providing extraordinary service and support to his clients. After growing up in Huntington, NY, Steve moved to Wilmington, NC and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a Bachelor of Science in Management. After graduating, Steve lived in Ocean Isle Beach, Raleigh, and Emerald Isle, NC for several years before returning "home" to live, work and play in Wilmington.
James is a multi-talented business professional with decades of experience as a sales and operations leader. Having worked in the hospitality industry for twenty-seven years with Ritz-Carlton and Marriott, James demonstrates expert knowledge in audio/visual, food & beverage, high-tech production and event management operations. He also has expertise in the music industry having been a professional musician, booking agent, and record label owner. James grew up in Jacksonville FL, and has lived in Boston, Tucson, and Raleigh.
Mike
Mackenzie
Kate brings more than eight years of experience in the interior design industry, where client and supplier relations, effective communication, technical knowledge, and implementation of plans are vital to success. Having worked with a very wide variety of professionals and the general public, she demonstrates great understanding and empathy towards every customer to meet their needs. Kate started her journey with KWIPPED as the Marketplace Coordinator and quickly advanced to Market Director after demonstrating great success in facilitating deals between customer and supplier. Kate grew up in Durham, North Carolina and has lived in Wilmington since July of 2014.
Opie is a 5 year old Yorkshire Terrier whose dad works at our office. Opie has a taste for adventure and enjoys living on the edge. Opie's hobbies include barking at squirrels, sunbathing under one of the office windows, and laying in a "sploot" fashion. He enjoys carrots and being the center of attention. His favorite color is brown, because he is colorblind.

Directors

Robert Preville, Co-Founder/CEO

Robert is a serial entrepreneur and investor, having founded and led several high growth companies in the B2B arena. Prior to KWIPPED, Robert founded and sold GlobalTestSupply.com, a world-class provider of test and measurement equipment that ranked #800 on the INC 5000 fastest growing companies list. Prior to that, he was the founding employee and Vice President of Sales for MFG.com, the leading online manufacturing marketplace and a portfolio company of Jeff Bezos's Bezos Expeditions. Robert started his career at EDS (now Siemens), is co-owner of the Greater Wilmington Business Journal, is an active angel investor via IMAF Cape Fear in Wilmington, NC and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Rob Kaiser, Co-Founder/Director

Rob Kaiser is a seasoned publishing and media executive. He serves on the board and is co-owner of the Greater Wilmington Business Journal and Wilma magazine in Wilmington, NC. Before moving to Wilmington, he was instrumental in launching the business journal in Fort Wayne, Indiana, both as its editor and then publisher. Rob has covered all aspects of business, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, while serving as a reporter at the Chicago Tribune, Asian Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Business Journal and Lynchburg News & Advance. Rob has an undergraduate degree from James Madison University and masters degrees in business and journalism from Northwestern University.

Randy Swartz, Director

Randy Swartz has been an executive with several global organizations during his career span. Randy served as CEO of two international companies — Day & Zimmermann International and Chemtex International — and as an executive with DuPont, CH2MHill and BE&K. He has held leadership positions in manufacturing, marketing and sales, financial management, product research and development, and engineering and construction. Randy served for three years as the membership chairman for the national Construction Industry Institute and has been honored as a Distinguished Alumni by the Georgia Institute of Technology and a member of the N.C. State University's Engineering Hall of Fame.

Timur Davis, Director

Timur Davis is Principal of Canapi Ventures. Davis previously served as senior investment manager for Samsung Ventures in Seoul, South Korea, where he invested in global tech start-ups in emerging areas such as AI, big data, cloud, energy, digital healthcare and ecommerce. His decade of experience also includes serving as a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group where he focused on strategic projects in technology, finance, pharmaceutical and media industries; and fellow at Columbia Technology Ventures in New York where he analyzed the commercial potential of technologies developed by Columbia University faculty and researchers. Davis received a PhD in applied physics and applied mathematics from Columbia University in New York.

Paul Clark, Board Observer

Paul is a Co-founder and a Director of VentureSouth, an investment firm focused on early stage capital investment in the southeast. VentureSouth operates multiple angel investment groups, investment funds, venture capital investors, and educational activities across the Southeastern United States. Activities include angel investment groups from Asheville to Charleston, several committed capital investment funds like the Palmetto Angel 2014 Fund, and educational workshops and speaking activities.