Meet the HeyOrca team!
HeyOrca was founded to solve a common problem:
How can we make social media planning and collaboration seamless for marketing agencies and their clients? With a little creativity and a TON of hustle, we’ve built the ultimate sandbox for social media planning, collaboration, and easy client approvals.
Meet the Team
Co-Founder & CEO
Originally from Malaysia, Joe graduated from Memorial University with a joint degree in Finance and Economics. An internship at a startup inspired him to create a solution to help agencies better manage social for their clients. He met his eventual co-founder, Sahand, while working as a campus ambassador for Microsoft. The rest, as they say, is history. Joe continues to be inspired by both the challenge and satisfaction of helping marketing teams around the world work smarter.
Co-Founder & CTO
Sahand has a background in both Computer Engineering and Computer Science. He launched his first entrepreneurial venture at the age of eight, cooling and reselling pop back to his family for 50 cents each. As the CTO of HeyOrca he focuses on aligning engineering efforts with customers’ needs, evolving the development team to deliver better solutions, and keeping ahead of technology trends that will benefit the marketing teams HeyOrca was built for.
Head of Growth
Cristian has 10 years of experience helping startups improve their market reach, strategic positioning, and disruptive potential. He is marketing professional with a broad range of experience and deep technical expertise; a self-taught web developer with a background in sales, who is particularly passionate about using qualitative insights to solve quantitative problems.
Sales Lead & Account Executive
Equal parts girl power, intuition, and french bulldog mom. Maggie has an academic background in the humanities and extensive experience in sales and customer service. At HeyOrca she can be found leading the pod in bad-dance-a-thons and sending messages in a bottle.
Wes’ aspiration to create better products for people made his switch from development into UX design an obvious choice. Always seeking a challenge and a place to grow his skills, Wes joined HeyOrca in early 2016 where he continually makes HeyOrca even more user-friendly. In his spare time, Wes enjoys furthering his design skills, writing about experiences and lessons he’s learned on his professional journey, a good craft beer, and the occasional video game.
Customer Experience Lead
Jacob’s interest in relationship-building and storytelling made his entry into sales and marketing an inevitability. His winding road eventually led him to his current role, developing exceptional customer experiences for the HeyOrca pod of customers. Jacob is also the obnoxiously proud father of @barneythemalamute, one of our many loveable office dogs.
“Never laugh at live dragons.” – Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit
Customer Success Operations
Think of a connect-the-dots puzzle, only without the numbers – that was the short version of Neil’s career before joining HeyOrca. With a Bachelor of Music (saxophone) and an MBA, Neil has dabbled in a little bit of everything from manufacturing to banking. His passion for supporting people, driven by a love of solving problems and getting things done, has led him to HeyOrca, where he finally found the numbers to complete the puzzle. His favourite quote? “We are all like one-winged angels. It is only when we help each other that we can fly.”
Sam joined HeyOrca as part of the customer experience team in June 2017, with a BA in Law & Society, and over ten years experience in the service industry. Turning frowns upside down is kind of her jam, and she’s a sucker for small wins. In her free time, you can find Sam spending time with her family, taking in some live music or reading a good book, and working on mastering the banjo.
Ryan is a business grad from Memorial University, a former college basketball player, and a local townie. After spending his first post-university summer in southeast Asia, Ryan came across a young promising startup in his hometown, applied for the sales executive position, and hasn’t looked back. When he’s not hustling with the pod, you can find him beating Joe in FIFA.
Patrick joined HeyOrca in 2016 as a work term student, starting his SaaS journey in the Lead Generation role. Since then, he has worked as an outbound sales development rep, and most recently as an account executive, giving him the chance to work with customers at all stages of their journey. Outside of the office, Patrick enjoys giving back to the local start-up community, and working on social impact projects.
Stephanie joined the pod in 2017 with a background in strategic sales and human resources. She has worked for some of the top local companies in St. John’s and loves nothing more than to be a part of a hyper-growth company. When she isn’t swimming with the orcas, she can be found on the volleyball court, in a yoga class, or pursuing her artistic interests.
Ryan is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate with an array work experience ranging from project coordination to social media strategy. He loves working with the pod and thoroughly enjoys the teams drive to continuously improve all aspects of the business. Mercer spends most of his weekends outside or creating art and furniture. He also enjoys music, dancing, fitness, and the oxford comma.
Hilary completed her business degree in 2017, and joined the pod a month later. Having 5+ years of experience in the sales industry in a corporate environment, she was whaley’ excited to immerse herself in the exciting and challenging startup world. Hilary loves to cook and travel, and dislikes writing in the third person while simultaneously trying to incorporate whale puns.
Marketing Operations Specialist
Tapiwa is always up for any challenge, no matter how big or small. He enjoys riding the emotional rollercoaster that is the thrills and chills of the startup world. In his free time, Tapiwa also enjoys his creative hobbies including music production and photography.
Digital Marketing Specialist
Bukhtar has extensive experience scaling high growth companies through paid media with a focus on Facebook ads. He previously held growth positions at Shoelace (500 Startups Batch 20), CareerJSM (MaRS IAF), and at Kitty’s Co. His past clients include: Sanebox, SAP, General Assembly as well as Cover (YC Alumni). In his spare time, Bukhtar teaches digital marketing at Bitmaker Labs where he is currently the youngest instructor.
Before making content marketing at HeyOrca his bread and butter, Jay used to teach children both in Canada and England. They exhausted him. He has spent the last few years channeling his inner Doge to write fun, useful and informative things for the Internet. In his spare time Jay is into blogging, video games, long walks in nature, sarcasm, and putting a smile on your face.
Quality Assurance Lead
Andrew comes to HeyOrca after 7 years in the video game industry as a producer, project manager and quality assurance analyst. Joining the pod in August 2017, he’s excited to embark on this thankless adventure of breaking other people’s hard work for the sake of making a better experience. When not in the pod, Andrew can be found playing video games, watching hockey and football (while yelling at the TV), and spending time with his cat and dog.
Hailing from The Land of Wind and Ghosts, Peter was constructed on the second moon of Mars in the year 2279 by the EFSF (Earth Federal Space Forces).
He is an Internet Paladin, caffeine-powered robot, and 16 cats in a human suit, built for one purpose: to destroy Wiley’s army of evil robots build elegantly-architected web applications.
While not powering his fuel cells or cleaning themselves, Peter can be found lazing about in a cat-like state of readiness sharpening his razor-sharp dev management skills.
Nadia has a background in IT and has been working as a developer for the past 5 years. She’s been a part of the HeyOrca team since its inception in 2014. Nadia is responsible for helping the development team implement HeyOrca’s website and solution. Outside of work, she loves watching movies and playing games such as PS4, Backgammon, and Poker.
Navid is a full stack developer at HeyOrca, which he believes is one of the most exciting and dynamic roles in which he can contribute as a team member. Navid has a background in information technology and artificial intelligence, and is a computer science graduate student of Memorial University. Navid enjoys playing electric guitar, playing Warcraft, and is a big fan of Real Madrid soccer team. He also prefers cats to dogs.
Darwin graduated from Memorial University in 2015 with a B.Sc in Computer Science. He’s excited to work as a member of the HeyOrca development team. Besides his love of computers, Darwin enjoys spending his time outdoors and trying new things! Originally from Belize, he certainly doesn’t live here for the weather. His favourite quote is, “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”
As a computer science undergraduate and a web developer at HeyOrca, Moustafa enjoys two splendid flavors of activity in his daily life. Moustafa joined HeyOrca in May 2017, and since then has been primarily working on the frontend of the product. He strongly believes in his personal motto, Docendo Discimus – Latin for “by teaching, we learn” – and so he does when spending his time outside the pod, as a tutor for Memorial University’s library, and a technology officer for the university’s Computer Science Society.
His interest in programming from a young age led Adam to pursue a degree in Computer Science from Memorial University. A recent addition to the development team, Adam helps ensure that the HeyOrca platform is running smoothly. When he isn’t at HeyOrca working as a Web Developer, Adam can be found gaming, snowboarding, mountain biking, or hiking.
Xiao holds a degree from Memorial University in computer science, and a background in wireless communication technology. In his spare time, Xiao loves playing online PC games, his favorite being World of Warships. He enjoys working with other wonderful whales at HeyOrca.
While being a computer science student at Memorial University, Mark joined the team as a full stack Web Developer, and since then his passion has only gotten bigger. If you dont find him coding then he is playing his favorite game (Ark Survival). Mark loves playing guitar and learning new things, he strongly believes in his motto Do what you love and money is the by-product.
Uzziah enjoys a good adventure, and sees himself as Bilbo from The Hobbit, crossing from the Pacific to the Atlantic coast to swim with a pod of killer whales. He enjoys making the complex simple, and the basic robust.
Since joining HeyOrca two years ago, Justin has completed his business degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland and is returning to school this year to finish his honours degree in psychology. Justin plays a supporting role within the business team, applying an eye for detail and love of numbers to help the rest of the pod be at their best. He is also the current holder of the HeyOrca sushi-eating record.