The Leadership Team
Digital Air Strike’s dynamic team includes professionals with decades of experience in building, leading and creating market value in managed service and SaaS companies, and extensive automotive marketing, social and digital media sector expertise.
Co-founder & CEO
Alexi Venneri co-founded Digital Air Strike, the award-winning digital response and social media technology company that works with thousands of dealerships, seven of the top ten OEMs and 27 of the top 30 dealer groups. Prior positions include President of Auto Media/Blue Flame 6 (part of The Van Tuyl Automotive Group), VP of Marketing, PR & Investor Relations at DealerTrack (TRAK), CMO at Who’s Calling and Director of Marketing for the Major League Baseball team the Seattle Mariners. Alexi is an accomplished public speaker and author of the best-selling book Balls! Six Rules for Winning the Business Game.
Alexi has a B.A. in Marketing from the University of Calgary and she is an accredited trainer at the University of Washington as well as The Pacific Institute. She supports numerous charitable organizations and works closely with ARME and the Beagle Freedom Project, nonprofit organizations that rescue and rehabilitate animals.
Chief Financial Officer
Michael Pordon has a diverse accounting background, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Digital Air Strike, Mike spent nine years with Varian, Inc. holding various divisional finance roles and was instrumental in the acquisitions of Magnex Scientific and Oxford Diffraction, and the $1.5 billion sale/integration of Varian Inc. to Agilent Technologies. He also spent six years with Etec Systems, Inc. where he held various corporate finance roles, participated in several acquisitions, and culminated in Etec’s $1.8 billion sale/integration to Applied Materials. Mike started his career at KPMG in public accounting where he led both tax and audit engagements for a diverse client base of publicly traded and privately held entities.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from San Francisco State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Chief Technology Officer
With more than 20 years of technology and digital marketing experience, Rich Brown leads Digital Air Strike’s technology teams. Rich specializes in innovation, growth, transformation, team building and execution. Prior to joining Digital Air Strike, Rich was CTO at Rouse Services where he focused on modernizing the company’s infrastructure, platforms, applications and processes. Before Rouse, Rich spent 5 years as CTO at SourceLink designing and implementing marketing technology solutions for Fortune 500 clients including automotive clients BMW and MINI. Rich was also a Chief Data Architect building SEO and PPC keyword solutions for over 10 million daily affiliate marketing products with billions of rows of customer data. Rich has worked in various software engineering & management roles for some of the world’s largest companies such as SAP, Bank of America, American Express and Razorfish.
Rich earned his Bachelor of Science from Penn State University and holds various technology and process certifications including a Design for Six Sigma Greenbelt. In his free time, Rich is an avid photographer and dog lover who enjoys traveling with his family.
Chief Operating Officer
With a career in both retail and corporate Automotive of over 35 years, Glenn leads Digital Air Strike’s automotive strategy working closely with the sales, clients, product and consumer engagement teams. Prior to joining Digital Air Strike, Glenn was the head of Dealer Digital adoption at General Motors in Detroit including leading the national GM eSummit and Compass Dealer Conferences and Workshops that focused on bringing training and tools to GM Dealers nationwide. Glenn has incredible knowledge of how to position digital products with Dealers to help them leverage solutions to sell more cars and improve consumer satisfaction due to his first-hand experience working at dealerships in Sales and as a General Sales Manager.
Glenn and his wife of 31 years have three grown children and many family pets and contribute to animal charities for both animal rescue and welfare.
Chief Revenue Officer
Over his 25-year career, Dave Venneri has helped grow revenue at numerous technology startups and brings a wealth of sales leadership to the Digital Air Strike team. Prior to joining Digital Air Strike as Chief Revenue Officer, Dave was most recently Vice President of Inside Sales at G/O Digital (online division of publicly traded Gannett Co., Inc.) and held senior sales leadership positions at multiple technology companies including LivingSocial, Yodle, Intava and Who’s Calling. In addition to years of SMB technology experience, Dave also served in sales and marketing roles at the Seattle Mariners, Cutter & Buck and Cutters Gloves.
Dave has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Washington and is a graduate of numerous sales and leadership training programs including the world-renowned Pacific Institute. He loves sports (UW Athletics, Seahawks and Mariners in particular) and traveling with his family. Dave also supports a number of non-profits including ARME and the Beagle Freedom Project.
SVP, Product & Operations
Erica Sietsma has 17 years of retail technology experience and has been a driving force of Digital Air Strike’s vision and growth over the last five years. Her deep product and industry knowledge has earned her recognition as a subject matter expert on the topics of social media and reputation management and invitations to speak at digital conferences throughout the United States, Canada and most recently the United Kingdom.
Prior to Digital Air Strike, Erica was head of digital partnerships and corporate communications for one of the largest automotive retail groups in the US, MileOne Automotive, and held roles in business development and national account management for one of the largest call management companies, CallSource and an industry-leading CRM Solutions provider now part of Dominion Enterprises.
Erica earned her Bachelor of Science in Business and Communications from Cornell University.
SVP, People & Programs
Deke Keating has been a leader in developing and deploying technology solutions across many diverse industries for over 20 years at companies including Accenture, Siebel Systems and Zilliant. During his tenure at those organizations, he successfully led deployment teams and clients through implementations of accounting, HRMS, ERP, CRM, SEM and pricing systems at many Fortune 500 companies and large government institutions. Deke brings his passion for aligning technology, people and process to his current role as the head of our People Operations and Programs team which focus on bringing the best people into Digital Air Strike and developing the culture and tools to enable them to be wildly successful.
Deke graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in International Relations and added an MBA from the University of California, Davis.
VP, Marketing & Communication
Christina brings more than two decades of experience in journalism, marketing, communications and public relations to Digital Air Strike. Prior to joining Digital Air Strike, Christina owned her own marketing communications company providing media relations, public relations and consulting to various clients. She helped many companies and individuals obtain positive press and prepare for nationally televised on-camera appearances.
The majority of Christina’s career was spent in broadcast journalism where she worked as a news anchor and reporter at television stations in Dallas, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona covering presidential elections and everyday events.
Christina attended Texas Tech University and University of Texas at Dallas. She enjoys traveling and hiking with her husband and volunteering in the community through East Valley Women’s League.