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.
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 works to perfect his craft as much as possible.
Director of Training
Eric joined Big Nerd Ranch in the spring of 2019 to lead the training initiatives.
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 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.
After co-founding Big Nerd Ranch in 2001 with Aaron Hillegass, Emily has served in various leadership roles from President to Chief Operating Officer to Head of Products.
With such success and her love of startup, Emily left BNR in 2015 for an opportunity to lead Roadie, Inc. a multi-disciplinary product team creating the software and predictive models to manage delivery logistics for a two-sided, crowd-sourced marketplace.
Fortunately for BNR, in early 2018, she re-joined BNR as the COO, leading the teams that deliver brilliant digital products and training to BNR clients. Emily is perpetually in search of the perfect question – the one that will unlock a transformative experience, product, or conversation – so she asks a lot of them.
Emily has served on many startup and logistics industry discussion panels and mentors several young women in technology careers. Her experience with technology consulting and training clients runs from Apple to AT&T to bootstrapped startups.
Director of Design & Instruction
Angie joined BNR in 2014 as a senior UX/UI designer. Just a little 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 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.
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.