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Our Team


Take some time and get to know us, we’re chill. ​
Take some time and get to know us, we’re chill. ​

Doug Baird
President & Chief Operating Officer

    • Husband
    • Dad7
    • Scout Master
    • Hikes deserts and mountains for fun

With 20+ years solving customer problems with technology, Doug went from programmer to founder and CEO at various small and large companies.

Today, Doug’s original technology vision remains the foundation for most current enterprise events programs, and he continues to share his knowledge and experience speaking at keynotes, round-tables, and frankly to anyone willing to reach beyond the status quo.

JR Sherman
Chief Executive Officer

    • Hubby
    • Dad 1 + 12
    • Lacrosse Hero
    • Wicked good with the clothes

With 20+ years of leading highly impactful service and SaaS businesses, JR is highly regarded for his expertise in SaaS, events, marketing and now experiential marketing. After leading companies such as Right Source, Active Network BSG, and Lanyon, he now turns his eye to deliver on the vision other organizations have been chasing for years…but never could deliver.

So today as the CEO of RainFocus he leads this elite team of high-performance innovators. JR’s focus is creating and nurturing a culture that is grounded in pride and dedication to high-performance, balanced with a commitment to nurturing family and private lives.

JR’s been named one of the top 25 most influential executives in Events & Travel, but we’re all still waiting for GQ’s best dressed.

Mike Olson
Chief Financial Officer

    • Husband

    • Dad 3
    • Passionate Utah Jazz Fan
    • Living life one cruise at a time

Our seasoned finance executive with 20+ years of experience in accounting, auditing and financial planning, Mike has become one of the most recognized and awarded CFOs in Utah.

He has earned his masters in accounting from Utah State University, is a Utah Jazz fan, has been honored with Winning Utah Business Magazine’s CFO of the year in 2010 and he now calls RainFocus home. Confirming that Utah is the place to be.

Lucky us!

Kevin O’Rourke
EVP, Global Sales

    • Husband

    • Father
    • West Point Graduate
    • Former DI Lacrosse Player

Kevin brings his rich history of sales leadership to RainFocus with one mission: to lead the industry transformation from monolithic Event Management Software to SaaS-based Event Marketing Software.

With a background as the Global Sales Leader for three successful hospitality software companies, Kevin’s fervor for organizational growth is rivaled only by his passion for Pearl Jam.

In Eddie he trusts.

Mike Bushman
Chief Technology Officer

    • Husband

    • Dad 4
    • Traveler
    • Former Offensive Lineman

With 20+ years of experience, Mike brings a passion for architecting solutions as well as a wealth of knowledge on distributed architecture, building-block components, and cloud computing.

This has allowed RainFocus to build a world-class SaaS with exceptional code that can handle the most complex events in the industry.

Travis Cushing
Chief Product Officer

    • Husband

    • Dad 5
    • CFB Buff
    • Trying out for Real Salt Lake Striker

With 15+ years in the events industry, Travis’s compassion for others gives him great insights as he guides products and merges service and technology. A great strategist up for any puzzle, he likes to get his hands dirty —and we mean dirty since he can be found scanning badges at events.

His passion for people and experiences has built bridges between customers and development allowing RainFocus to execute and build great software.

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Brian Gates
SVP Marketing & Strategy

    • Hubs

    • Sleepless dad3
    • Jeeper
    • Currently pinteresting his log furniture

For 18+ years, Brian has combined his passion for design, excellent customer experience, and marketing to help build proven technology companies. From forming his own company to guiding ones such as Infusionsoft and Canvas, he now brings his talents to help develop the next big thing, RainFocus.

A great strategist he helps bring clarity to our mission, however, a great strategist in the Jeep he is not…he’s still working on those particular set of skills.

Irene Marytnova
VP, Enterprise Sales

    • Wife

    • Mom2
    • Foster Parent to Fur Children
    • Sushi Connoisseur

For 17+ years, Irene has been cultivating a passion for the execution of sales strategy, and lucky for us – she has brought this to RainFocus. With an impressive resume of building some of the most influential relationships with the most significant organizations in the world, we can’t wait for her to do that for us.

As great sales strategist and relentless executor, when she isn’t racking up her airlines’ miles traveling the world, she’s behind the desk racking up our numbers.

Kory Knell
SVP Operations

    • Husband

    • Dad3
    • Extreme Sports Lover

    • Ask Him About ‘Back in the Day’

Kory brings to RainFocus what everyone needs, a watchmaker. With 11+ years of experience of driving best practices and growth for innovative software companies, he brings a level of systems thinking that enables us to work smarter and faster.

Take his data-driven approach combined with a team player attitude, and we achieve operational excellence, and who doesn’t want that?

Robert Buckley

    • Husband

    • Father
    • Dedicated Runner
    • Futbol Aficionado

For 28+ years, Robert has directed and grown HR departments with the belief that ‘people create all value’. He has a proven track record and strives to create a thriving culture by combining data with collective experiences, allowing RainFocus’ People Operations to scale for ongoing growth.

All that while still managing to run five miles over lunch each day.

Happy to have this overachiever on our team.


We are looking for people as passionate as we are for transforming the events industry and impacting millions of events, customers, and attendees.