Company Leaders

Our Inquisitive Executives
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DALE P. HOLT

PRESIDENT

 

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Dale grew up enjoying Utah’s outdoor life and developed a passion (addiction) for golf and bike riding. He attended the University of Utah, where he studied business and enjoyed attending “Runnin’ Utes” football and basketball games. He also began his career in the electrical distribution industry. In 1975, he founded Codale Electric Supply with just five employees and a 5,000-square foot building in Salt Lake City. Codale steadily became one of the most innovative and fastest-growing electrical supply distributors in the nation, culminating with a state-of-the-art 210,000-square foot headquarters facility, 13 branch locations, 260+ top-tier employees and $330,000,000+ in sales. He sold his “little company” to Sonepar, the largest electrical distributor in the world, in 2012, and eventually stepped away to enjoy some well-deserved free time.

 

During what would turn out to be a short, 14-month (a.k.a. boring) retirement, he took the reins at his wife’s technology company, which inspired him to create a new business to provide what he saw as a much-needed service to distributors struggling to embrace and compete in the new world of e-commerce. Dale continues to be blown away at what the DDS team of “wizards” crank out as they work tirelessly to grow another successful and important business serving an industry he remains passionate about. As he puts it, “It has been so fulfilling to see our vision come to life and then some, with our unparalleled product data and associated tools.”

 

In his free time, Dale enjoys fly fishing, golfing, dabbling in the stock market, and especially spending time with his lovely wife and their grandchildren.

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MATT CHRISTENSEN

VICE PRESIDENT

 

Matt couldn’t be more excited or proud to be part of the incredible team at DDS. Having worked closely with Dale for more than ten years as IT Manager at Codale Electric Supply, he has long recognized and appreciated the innovative, decisive, go-big-or-go-home mindset that Dale brings to the table. He is equally impressed, day after day, at the amazing group of talented staff at DDS and the technology they are building, and he looks forward to the challenges and successes that come from helping distributors and manufacturers conquer their e-commerce goals.

 

Matt was born in Nebraska (Go Huskers!) and raised in Wyoming (Go Pokes!), where he grew up living by one of his dad’s favorite mantras: “You’ve gotta be tough to live in the West.” He has always enjoyed going “full speed”—starting out on bicycles and dirt bikes, joining the ski patrol in college, and logging some serious hours on a snowboard—a quest that continues today, where you’ll find him testing the limits of his Polaris RZR (and occasionally, his wife) as often as he can.

 

After attending the University of Wyoming, Matt was more than ready to start applying his skills and determination toward real-life projects. He moved to Salt Lake City in 1999, where he was able to pursue some great opportunities in IT management roles. While the focus of his work experience has been on information technology, he has always had an interest in and a knack for the business and operations side of things, enjoying all aspects of the entrepreneurial process.

 

When he’s not working, Matt enjoys camping, ATV-ing, bowling, woodworking, and hanging out with his wife Jenny and their “spirited” young Dane (she hasn’t earned her “Great” yet), Macy.

Data Team

Our Devoted Deans of Data
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JOEL MANCHAK

DIRECTOR OF DATA OPERATIONS

 

Joel uses his diverse background in the financial sector and sports management industry to bring fresh thinking and outside-the-box solutions to the data world. He thrives on simplifying and organizing complex data, which results in accurate and detailed deliveries to clients. Joel sees an unquestionable need for e-commerce data that not only drives sales but is a true information source. He strives to be a difference maker wherever he is.

 

Joel comes to DDS with a bachelor’s degree, having earned a double major in finance and economics from Eastern Washington University. He is a talented decision maker who enjoys being in the details. He believes leadership is about setting an example of trust, hard work and focus. When Joel is not in the office he can be found podcasting about fantasy sports and spending time with his family.

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JAMES WOODBURN

MARKET ANALYST

 

James has been an analyst with DDS since 2015. What started with a bachelor’s degree in business from Eastern Washington University (Go EAGLES!!) has quickly transformed into a passion for the tech industry. Despite his own assessments, he is technically considered a “millennial,” and does his best to keep DDS relevant in the social media game. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, he’s got it covered. His tweet game is strong (insert strong arm emoji here).

 

Although marketing was his emphasis in college, he has gravitated towards becoming a full-time nerd in his time with DDS. He has continued to develop his Python and SQL database skills in his quest to become a truly certified nerd. He is not afraid to mess it up, but you better believe it’s going to get done right. He enjoys what he does and has never seen a challenge he isn’t ready to rise to. He enjoys taking something that may seem impossible and turning it into the standard. Known to be extremely meticulous, he is his own biggest critic. When he isn’t helping DDS become the greatest supplier of data on the planet, you can find him outside enjoying the beauty of his personal playground, Utah.

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CRAIG MERRELL

DATA ANALYST

 

Craig joined the DDS team as a data analyst in June of 2015. He received a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from Utah State University where he discovered an interest in working with databases and large data sets. He is gaining more and more appreciation for programming, and enjoys developing these skills to better work with data and solve problems.

 

In his free time, Craig can be found hammock camping, mountain biking, snowboarding, or basically anything else in the mountains. He has also taken up traveling and happily spends his time off visiting other countries.

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TYLER WOODBURN

DATA ANALYST

 

Tyler began working for DDS as an Intern in 2016 while finishing up his bachelor’s degree in Geological Sciences at Brigham Young University. Observing the ease with which his coworkers could write and manipulate code inspired him to develop more computer science skills. He finished his degree at BYU and has continued working at DDS as a data analyst while pursuing a second bachelor’s in Computer Science from the University of Utah. He has a strong desire to continually contribute to the team dynamic as DDS strives to produce the best e-commerce data possible.

 

A huge UCLA fan, Tyler’s favorite quote is from legendary coach John Wooden: “It isn’t what you do, but how you do it.” Most of Tyler’s life outside of work revolves around sports and family. He is a firm believer in loyalty, whether it’s to those he surrounds himself with or his sports teams. Someday Tyler hopes to travel and see the northern lights from Iceland.

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BRYCE DRAPER

DATA ANALYST

 

Bryce joined the DDS team in May 2017 as the Best Damn Data Analyst Ever. He has years of experience finding creative ways to organize and express data to generate useful insights. He is also the weirdest data analyst because of his love of data munging. He thinks working at DDS is the best job he’s ever had and that there will never be cooler or more handsome people than his bosses, Matt and Joel.

 

Bryce is proud to be half centaur and a Utah native. He spends his summers riding motorcycles and his winters skiing and the rest of his time playing video games. He is known for his groan-inducing jokes – people are always surprised to find that he does not have kids. Bryce dreams of one day riding a motorcycle from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi.

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JORDAN JUAREZ

DATA ANALYST

 

Jordan is a data analyst at DDS.  He recently received a master’s degree in Information Systems from the University of Utah, where he focused on database theory and design, business intelligence and data analysis.

 

While earning his degree, he worked in the University of Utah’s IT Department, coordinating the installation, maintenance and repair of the university’s more than one million feet of fiber optic cabling! It was here that he saw the power of data firsthand, and how it could be used to make smarter business decisions.

 

When Jordan’s not working, he’s spending his time with his wife and two children. He enjoys photography, watching NBA games, and playing piano.

DALLIN SHAW

DATA ANALYST

 

Dallin joined DDS in 2018 as the self-certified Excel Ninja of the team. He graduated from the BYU Marriott School of Business in marketing and has since found a passion for data science and analytics. While working with everyone at DDS, he has a new mission to master SQL and Python. A firm believer that work is supposed to be fun, he’s always up for mini chat breaks and making co-workers come with him to lunch.

 

Nicknamed “Dad” at the office, he is also a dad at home to three little kids. He will take any opportunity to socialize and make new friends. It’s rumored that he often opens a package of treats in the grocery store after buying them, and offers one to anyone he passes on his way to the car. Dallin is proud to be an American and wears an American flag pin every day.

Development Team

Our Engineers of Elegance
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ERIC DUMMER

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

 

Eric has been with DDS since March of 2015 and has been the Developer Manager since March 2017. He has over a decade of experience in web software and APIs. He graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Information Systems with a dual emphasis in Management Information Systems and E-commerce. He also has received a certification in Functional Programming in Scala from Coursera. He is very excited about the cutting-edge technologies and Big Data practices that DDS is using. He enjoys the challenge of solving technical problems and designing and architecting robust solutions.

 

Eric has a large puzzle cube collection that keeps his mind sharp and his wife in tears. He also enjoys discovering new salsa recipes and doorbell ditching the neighbors. You will find him home on Friday nights appreciating a good bowl of popcorn and a Star Wars movie marathon with his wife and son.

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BENJAMIN GRAFF

SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER

 

Benjamin has been a software developer for DDS since November of 2015. After working in disparate fields developing processes and applications, he is excited to be at DDS working on systems to enhance data collection and management. A graduate of the NC State Master’s program, he enjoys explaining things to his children and working on home improvement projects.

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SEAN CARRICO

SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER

 

Sean is a consummate data and information junkie. Sean’s background work as a Business Reference Librarian planted a seed of interest in the underlying design in information indexing and abstraction systems. This in turn pushed him into the world of Web development, where he worked his way to Lead Developer at ZAGG, and later, CTO of InboundBrew. However, the limits of traditional web languages and web data storage methods lead him to the world of Big Data, where his passion for data and information indexing and abstracting has found fertile grounds. Sean holds a BA in History from the University of Utah and a MS in Information Systems from the University of North Texas. On his off time, Sean enjoys hiking, cycling, swimming and cooking.

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TYSON NAVVAB-SAFAVI

SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER

 

Tyson was raised on farms in Utah and Idaho. He carries his work ethic from the farm to his engineering and UX work at DDS. From reading web development books and building websites at 18, to studying computer science at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, he’s always seeking education to improve his craft. Most importantly though, he’s a lucky husband and father of two daughters. Some of his favorite pastimes include eating breakfast burritos and hanging out with his wife. (Not necessarily in that order.) (But sometimes definitely in that order.) Plus he really, really loves writing self bios.

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IGOR BIRIOUKOV

SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER

 

Igor joined DDS in June 2016 as a Java expert software developer. He has extensive background in back-end development using C#, Java, Scala, as well as JavaScript front-end development. Igor is happy to be part of the great DDS team and helping to develop its innovative products.

 

Igor earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Moscow State University in Russia, and worked as an accelerator physicist in the early years of his career. He became a professional programmer more than 20 years ago.

 

An avid snowboarder, Igor enjoys Utah’s long winter season.

Administration

Our Steadfast Support Staff
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DIANE SCHMIDT

ACCOUNTING

 

Diane has worked with the founders of DDS for 19 years, starting at Codale Electric Supply with Dale as his corporate controller. She handled the accounting for Dale’s wife’s technology company for several years, and when Dale started DDS, he brought her in to head the accounting and administration once again.

 

Diane graduated from Southern Utah University with a master’s degree in accounting and she is a licensed CPA. She has long recognized that the best part of accounting is the relationships you build. Utah-born and -raised, she comes from a farming community of less than 1,000 residents. She learned the value of hard work from her dad, which has served her well through her life. She also learned to love the outdoors and the simpler things in life from her small town upbringing.

 

In her free time, Diane can be found reading a good book, working on her many yard and gardening projects, or vacationing with her family. She especially enjoys visiting Yellowstone and Disneyland, two of her favorite places in the world.