Matt Warta

Chief Executive Officer
Matt has been a mainstay in the entrepreneurial community over the past 15 years co-founding 2 companies and funding dozens of others as a venture capitalist.
Insight: When not working on GutCheck, Matt also enjoys biking, running, and swimming -- sometimes all three of those together.

Renee Smith

Chief Research Officer
Renee has 25+ years experience conducting research into why people do what they do -- first as a journalist, then as an academic, and for the last 15 years as a market research professional. Most recently, Renee worked on innovation and re-inventing research solutions as Chief Research Officer at Kantar.
Insight: Renee has been known to write poetry and to sing second soprano in choral groups.

Keith Johnson

Chief Product Officer
Keith is a marketing, data, and technology executive with an entrepreneur’s heart. He has over 15 years of experience building and creating businesses, leading corporate expansion into new markets around the world, and growing leading brands.
Insight: Keith loves trying to keep up with his highly active teenage boys and, much to his body's chagrin, he will try just about anything in their pursuit of adventure from cliff jumping to snowboarding and kitesurfing.

Shawn Vaughn

EVP of Sales and Client Services
Shawn has spent the past decade plus helping hundreds of clients apply smart research to critical business objectives. He’s a great believer in the powerful combination of high-quality product and outstanding service.
Insight: When not working at GutCheck, Shawn enjoys live music and time with his family. Shawn is also a bit of a comedy nerd; he recently co-wrote a show at the Second City.

Lisa Whetstone

VP of Marketing
Lisa brings experience from several industries including storage and agile software development. She enjoys leveraging new marketing technologies to provide the most relevant and educational assets to clients.
Insight: Lisa loves food and happy hours and urban hiking is a great way to find great new spots to enjoy both.

Josh Ashton

VP of People Operations
Josh has 15 years of human resources experience, most recently at SendGrid where he helped the company scale from 40 to 400 people, and holds a bachelor’s degree of science in I/O psychology from Colorado State University.
Insight: When he isn’t busy helping GutCheck develop its most important asset—the people—he spends most of his free time caddying for his daughter, a globally ranked junior golfer.

Linda Davis

Director of Finance
Linda has worked across a multitude of industries in the finance role, including Western Governors’ Association, Gulf Oil and ICG.
Insight: She enjoys anything that takes her outdoors, especially skiing, hiking, mountain biking and sitting on the patio with wine and friends.

Candace Dale

Director of Business Operations & Strategy
Candace brings GutCheck 10 years of consulting experience focused on improving operations to drive customer experience. Bringing together cross-functional teams energizes her on a daily basis.
Insight: Candace is a Michigan Wolverine surrounded by Hawkeyes, Buckeyes, and Jayhawks oh my! She's the consummate transplanted Coloradan who loves doing all things outdoors and getting her daughters to do the same.