The Executive Team

Patrick Shaw
CEO & CO-Founder

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act but a habit.

Patrick is a life-long entrepreneur who has successfully built multiple companies and large sales teams. Energetic and inventive, he has a love of philosophy, particularly stoicism and is passionate about our ability as humans to improve our lives by improving our state of mind.

A self-confessed “freak” about studying habits and routines Patrick’s purpose in life is to always be learning and growing. He loves seeking out new concepts and strategies for improving his own life, finding out what works and sharing it with others.

In fact, RapidFunnel was born out of this exact process. Patrick originally developed the ideas behind the platform to empower a sales team he’d built during one of his enterprises.

Personally speaking… Patrick has had a lifelong interest in good health, shaped by his Mom who owned a chain of health food stores. He enjoys mountain biking, crossfit, yoga and pilates. He loves bouncing ideas off of his wife, skiing with his three kids and watching superhero movies with his son. He also admits to holding on to his collection of superhero comics, which carried him through his childhood struggles with dyslexia.

Charlie Pate
CMO & CO-Founder

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Charlie lives and breathes the creative process, with a philosophy that balances marketing communication with highly effective creative. For over 30 years he’s contributed his considerable marketing and design sense to ad agencies, direct marketing firms, production companies, and a major university; in places as far flung as New Zealand! Focused and imaginative, Charlie excels in creative/art direction and believes that developing the right message is the most important part of the creative process.

An entrepreneur at heart, Charlie created one of Denver’s top boutique agencies, the award-winning Hat Trick Creative, then added to that by starting a direct mail company, before becoming one of the founding members of RapidFunnel.

Personally speaking… Charlie’s not very good at sitting still. He loves travel, the Mediterranean and California (except for the traffic) and is passionate about photography. A golfer with a single digit handicap, he also likes snowboarding, outdoor activities and says yoga helps keep him sane. He enjoys having fun with his wife and daughter, loves dogs and has been known to spontaneously quote from “Raising Arizona”.

Kurt Frank
COO & CO-Founder

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

Kurt started his career in advertising when internet marketing was new and clients were curious. Intensely curious himself, Kurt picked up that ball and ran with it, building an internet division for his company that amassed 50% of their business by the time he left. That set the stage for both his technical abilities and keen understanding of how to enhance business, using technology.

After repeating similar results for a video production company, Kurt opened his own web-based software, custom application development shop. After 23 years immersed in every aspect of the industry, from conceptualization to implementation, Kurt now contributes his talents as a founding member of RapidFunnel.

Personally speaking… Kurt moved to Colorado for one reason – snowboarding – but also likes watersports, camping and everything outdoors. Married with two kids, Kurt has the ability to morph into a basketball, baseball or soccer coach on command. He admits to an obsession with fixing things and refuses to call a repairman. His dream is to one day sail around the world in a 48’ sailboat.

Adam Kraft
CXO & CO-Founder

Do unto others as you would have them do to you.

Adam has worked in nearly every area of technology at some point in his career to date. His entrepreneurial spirit has led to extensive experience in diverse areas, including project management, development, customer service, hardware support, home theater, automation, audio/video production and more. Resourceful and enthusiastic, there isn’t much that Adam hasn’t spent some time learning about. He likes to jump in wherever he sees a gap and fill that role until it can be passed on.

An avid reader and life-long learner, Adam is driven by the challenge of the unknown and brings this insatiable curiosity to his role as a founding member of RapidFunnel.

Personally speaking… Adam is married with two young daughters and a son. He enjoys playing video games, but these days he mostly spends his free time playing dress-up, make-believe, building Lego and helping coach sports teams. Adam loves the satisfaction of “building things” whether those are physical things like house projects (and Lego), or digital things like RapidFunnel. He also loves going salsa dancing with his wife, though he freely admits she’s far better than him. He also loves to travel both domestically and internationally with his family, experiencing new sights and cultures.

Jolene Laughlin
Director of Finance & Administration

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.

Jolene is a lover of all things math (seriously) and is passionate about solving problems, while finding more efficient ways to work. She’s enjoyed a successful career as a finance professional largely due to her ability to work closely with a company, and bridge the gap between business areas and financial well-being.

For the majority of her career Jolene worked in corporate finance for large companies. She diverged from this path to join RapidFunnel, where she now wears multiple hats. A true self-starter, who isn’t afraid of the unknown, Jolene rolls up her sleeves to take on work that doesn’t easily fall into the other executives’ areas, including helping our team in HR and Legal areas.

Personally speaking… Jolene is a Colorado native who enjoys spending time in the mountains with her family skiing and hiking. Her free time tends to be spent shuttling her two kids between hockey rinks and swimming pools, and volunteering at their school. She definitely knows how to relax though, and loves to travel to locations where she can have fun scuba diving and experiencing local culture with her husband.

Antoni Shtipliyski

Step by step, walk the thousand-mile road.

Antoni is a physicist by training, but a tinkerer at heart. He graduated with a Physics degree from the University of Manchester before joining Imperial College London to pursue his PhD. For his doctorate, he worked on designing, developing and operating upgrades to the high-speed data processing systems for Triggering and Data Acquisition the CMS experiment, at CERN.

Outside of Particle Physics he’s broadly interested in experimental instrumentation, robotics, machine learning, data-driven products and big science. His experience and exposure to big, data-driven science created a fascination about what makes successful organisations tick and the way data can be used to solve real-world problems.

Today, Antoni explores this intrigue with RapidFunnel, on a mission to build a world-class organisation that uses technology and data to create meaningful solutions for people. A complex thinker, Antoni brings an innovative spirit of “what if?” to the RapidFunnel team.

Personally speaking… Antoni lives in London with his partner and her house plants. His favourite animal is the humpback whale, while his favourite objects are a cast iron kettlebell and a buckwheat zafu. When not swinging the kettlebell or sitting on his zafu, Antoni is usually found reading, star gazing, or immersed in joyful learning about how things work. He counts radio electronics, wireless communication and space satellites among his latest obsessions.

Micah Gaudio
Grow Team Leader

As you sow in your subconscious mind, so shall you reap in your body and environment.

Micah doesn’t sit still very often and has owned and operated his own digital marketing agencies for over 25 years, specializing in automated SMS messaging, app and web development. He’s enjoyed the opportunity to consult with thousands of companies and has founded many charities, events, companies and publications.

These days, Micah brings his experience and knowledge to RapidFunnel’s clients, helping them realize the full benefits of their App and lighting up the path to success for their organization; through education, training and best practices.

Personally speaking… Micah is married with two teens in high school. A former All-American Decathlete, he also toured as lead singer for a rock band. These days, he enjoys traveling, basketball, wakeboarding, surfing, running, cross-fit, golf and cooking… just to name a few.

April Velasco
Create & Launch Team Leader

If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.

An entrepreneur at heart, April values quality client service and building great business relationships as important keys to success. Her years of experience in the BPO Industry have given her strong insight into Customer Service, Quality Assurance, and Account Operations.

April has organizational superpowers, which she fully invests in the creation and implementation of processes that improve our customers’ experience. Career driven and unafraid of new challenges, April has a soft spot for leading and coaching people.

Personally speaking… April plans to travel abroad someday, but is a homebody at heart. She enjoys spending time with her family and little Shih Tzu dog. She also loves to eat, which goes quite well with her love of cooking/baking. Deep conversations with friends, biking, walking her dog and a great cup of coffee keep April happy and she admits to loving Christmas carols so much that she sings them all year long!

Jodi Gilano
Create & Launch Team Leader

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

Jodi is a zealous content strategist with more than 30 years of experience building brands and boosting sales reps for many iconic international companies. She loves to anticipate and challenge trends in both B2C and B2B marketing and cultivate superior personal brand connections within the social media marketplace.

Her experience as co-founder/CMO of a SAAS company handling product development and market launches; and as co-founder of a social media recruiting service for networking entrepreneurs; gives her valuable insight and ability into helping our clients successfully create and launch their App.

Personally speaking… You can sum up Jodi’s friendly, collaborative nature with the advice she gives her teenage twins when they’re hitting a sports field, “Go play hard… AND really, really, really have fun with your teammates”. Jodi finds her own fun through group cross-fit training. And though she loves chocolate and the color orange, she really hates orange chocolate.

Rocco Sileo

Grow so fast that your friends who haven’t seen you in a month have to get to know you all over again.

Affectionately known as “the People’s Champion” at RapidFunnel, Rocco brings over two decades of experience in Sales, Leadership and Entrepreneurship to our team. He believes that success in business and life is discovered through personal growth; not through wins or losses. They’re just the learning experiences that propel us forward.

Rocco genuinely loves the synergy of teamwork and is committed to a never-ending expansion of the mind. Above all, he’s guided by his core values and purpose: to be inspired and inspire others!

Personally speaking… Rocco feels there is minimal shock value in learning that someone with the name “Rocco Sileo” is from New Jersey… When not working to take RapidFunnel to the next level, you’ll often find Rocco and his son, each with a guitar in hand, making music. He also loves spending carefree timelessness with his wife, friends and family.