Brimming with Passion and Talent
As Big Nerd Ranch's CEO, Stacy oversees the creation of world-class digital products that support large-scale businesses around the world, including Google and Amazon.
Prior to Big Nerd Ranch, she worked in various capacities as a public accounting expert for public and private companies, including Arthur Andersen. Fittingly, she is also a former high school teacher (she taught in Florida for three years).
Outside of Big Nerd Ranch, Stacy sits on the Board of Advisors, Metro Atlanta CoC and is an active member of the CFO Leadership Council (where she speaks at conferences). As a kid, Stacy dreamed of being a vet, but discovered she doesn’t like getting dirty or the way animals smell. It was a great thing for BNR. When she isn’t working, Stacy enjoys coaching, playing and umpiring girls lacrosse.
Director of Design & Instruction
Angie joined BNR in 2014 as a senior UX/UI designer. Just over a year later she became director of design and instruction leading a team of user experience and interface designers.
All told, Angie has over 15 years of experience designing a wide array of user experiences with companies like Coca Cola, Chick-fil-A, Nationwide, Dragon Army and more. Throughout her career, she has been “devoted to design solutions that meet the unique needs of the user while never neglecting core design principles.”
Passionate about sharing her knowledge, Angie has had many speaking engagements at conferences like QCon SF, SXSW, ConnectJS, IxDA, Amex, and Ladies that UX. Some of her topics have been “Animating the UI,” “Design Guidelines for Conversational Interfaces” and “The Maker Movement.”
Angie always wanted to become a French philosopher when she grew up and has an ongoing love of Paris. When she’s not daydreaming about her next visit to the city of lights, she might be running, biking, or indulging her love of ‘80s John Hughes movies.
Director of Training
Eric joined Big Nerd Ranch in the spring of 2019 to lead the training initiatives and brings a wealth of experience in both training and consultancy work.
Eric loves spending time with his family: wife, two growing daughters, and one pup. He enjoys playing the guitar, hiking in the outdoors and playing Ultimate Frisbee.
Director of Marketing
Holly joined BNR in the winter of 2020 and brings over 15 years of marketing, advertising, and public relations experience to the BNR Marketing team.
Prior to her start at the Ranch, Holly was the Head of Marketing at CompliancePoint. There she set strategy and defined tactical plans for the entire marketing operation from start to finish.
Holly is a committed life-long learner on a continual quest for new ideas, techniques, and insights into ways to support and understand the buyer journey, drive customer acquisition and increase engagement across all touchpoints. She also has an outstanding track record of positioning brands for profitable, sustainable growth, increased market share, and customer loyalty and engagement in highly competitive spaces.
In her spare time, she loves to read, try new restaurants, take her dog on adventures and spend time traveling with her husband.
Vice President of Engineering
Chris has been a key part of BNR's Android team since 2011 and became team director in 2013. He is dedicated to constant improvement and working to perfect his craft.
Director of Project Strategy
In 2015, Daniel Ra brought his wealth of experience fostering creative and proven tech solutions to Big Nerd Ranch, working first as a product strategist.
Looking to join a smaller, faster company led Daniel to his Google search that ended up bringing him to BNR. Beyond his role as Director of Product Strategy, Daniel has been a guest speaker addressing Agile Software Development and Product Management Practices. He’s also led breakout sessions at conferences.
Daniel’s talents extend beyond his day job. He’s a musician who prefers the electric guitar but can also play traditional Korean percussion instruments. And he’s a connoisseur of beer, whisk(e)y and coffee, enjoy a good hike and just spending time at home with his wife and their Shih Tzu Louie.
Director of People Operations
Rachel joined BNR in the fall of 2019 and leads a team of HR and operational professionals that impact all functions of BNR’s business.
When she moved on from the corporate space, Rachel jumped feet first into the startup and consulting world. During this time she served as the head of HR for several startups where she worked closely with the leadership team to create sustainable growth and development plans, further talent attraction efforts, and create high-performance cultures. As an HR consultant, Rachel provided strategic planning services, HR function set-up, talent solutions, organizational development strategies and outsourced solutions to startups, small and mid-sized companies.
When not ensuring that BNR is operating at maximum efficiency, Rachel enjoys taking part in a mentoring program for school-aged girls that teaches self confidence and effective habits for the business world. She can also be found exploring the culinary delights that the Atlanta food scene has to offer.
Director of Sales
Jake joined the Ranch as Director of Sales in the Winter of 2020 and brings over 10 years of experience in sales leadership and management.
Most recently, Jake was the Senior of Director Sales at POLITICO in Washington D.C. where he was responsible for leading a sales team and accountable for driving revenue growth exclusively in the form of new business sales. Jake is passionate about leading with a servant mentality and earning the trust of clients through world-class delivery.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing golf, and reading the latest spy/thriller novels.
Aaron Hillegass founded Big Nerd Ranch after spending several years as a trainer and programmer at NeXT and Apple, helping the teams understand and adopt new operating systems.
Charles Brian Quinn
Charles is a co-owner and board member of Big Nerd Ranch. Prior to this, he has contributed to the growth of different tech companies in likewise different capacities, including Highgroove Studios, Scout, Greenzie, CloudTags and Kelp Engine.