Founder & CEO
Niko founded SurePeople on a belief that people are the most important investment a business makes. This principle and his vision are the foundation that guides SurePeople, from our mission and culture to the solutions we provide.
Prior to leading SurePeople, Niko was Chairman and CEO of Akoo International – named one of Advertising Age's "Best Places to Work." An accomplished executive leader, lifelong entrepreneur and five-time patent-holder, he is a member of the University of Illinois Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame.Linkedin
EVP of Strategic Partnerships
Demetra has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of leadership training and organizational development. Over the years, she has spearheaded programs for companies such as Capital One, F. Hoffman-La Roche, Facebook, GE and PepsiCo.
Before joining SurePeople, Demetra spent over two decades with Interaction Associates, a global consulting firm that is routinely named one of the "Top 20 Leadership Training Companies" by Training Industry magazine.Linkedin
James Brooks, Ph.D.
EVP of People & Culture Analytics
A sought after executive coach and accomplished expert in employee engagement, organizational culture and executive assessment, James has more than 20 years of experience in the human resources and talent management fields.
James holds a Ph.D. from DePaul University in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification, and is a member of HR People & Strategy (HRPS) and the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology. He spent over 10 years in various HR executive roles with Cisco Systems and worked as a consultant for Personnel Decisions International (PDI) earlier in his career.Linkedin
EVP of Sales
Lon is a highly accomplished business development, marketing and sales executive with over 30 years of experience providing leadership and consulting for national and global organizations within Fortune 500 environments.
In his previous roles, Lon served as SVP of Sales & Marketing for Smart Wires, and as the VP of Sales for Revenue Storm. Lon spent over 20 years with MCI leading various sales and marketing organizations both in the U.S. and in Europe.Linkedin
EVP of Technology
Dax is an accomplished enterprise architect who knows how to align a big picture vision and strategy with technology and software. As our EVP of Technology, he is responsible for the innovative platform that brings SurePeople’s customer experience to life.
For over 20 years, his passion for coding and technology has translated into large-scale enterprise solutions with Fortune 500 companies and global businesses across industries. Prior to joining SurePeople, Dax served as the Director of Technology for Sapient Corporation.Linkedin
EVP of Learning Experience
Juan is a learning and development expert with over 20 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies across industries. He has led hundreds of programs for global organizations, including: Facebook, Comcast, Nokia/Alcatel-Lucent, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Biogen, and DigitasLBi (a member of the Publicis Groupe).
During his tenure at DigitasLBi, he shaped the learning agenda for nearly 3,000 workers around the world and spearheaded leadership development workshops for employees. Juan’s workshops were also implemented by other Publicis Groupe agencies, including Leo Burnett and Razorfish.Linkedin
EVP of Healthcare Practice
Anne has more than 20 years of experience in leadership and organizational development and executive coaching. In addition to serving as a consultant with The Coca-Cola Company and SABMiller, Anne spent more than seven years as the Director of Leadership & Organizational Development at Jackson Health System.
During her tenure at the academic medical system with over 11,000 employees, she created and facilitated its leadership development for the healthcare provider's top 500 executives, directors and managers. She also directed its efforts to align patient, physician and employee surveys while implementing an action planning process that positively impacted Jackson Health System's engagement results and value-based purchasing.Linkedin
EVP of Product
Yanni has been managing cross-functional teams and bringing digital products to life for over a decade. As our EVP of Product, he leads our UX and UI designers and collaborates with our technology team to provide SurePeople's partners with innovative solutions that exceed their expectations.
In addition to his expertise in product development, Yanni has more than 20 years of experience in digital media, creative direction and deploying enterprise websites across industries. Prior to joining SurePeople, he served as the Chief Creative Officer at Akoo International. And before that, Yanni was the Senior Art Director at Orbitz Worldwide.