About WorkStride

WorkStride is a leading provider of channel incentive and employee recognition solutions.




Empire State Building
Suite 3920
350 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10118
Ph: (212) 689-1200

We have built recognition and incentive programs for clients of various sizes, including a number of Fortune 500 organizations, from a wide range of industries.

WorkStride award-winning employee recognition channel incentives

Our headquarters are located in the heart of New York City on the 39th floor of the Empire State Building, and we are backed by The Riverside Company, a global private equity firm.


We have chosen to build a culture that we can be proud to share with our employees and clients. Our own employees developed these guiding principles that we live by every day.

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We developed the WorkStride platform based on years of experience building custom recognition and incentive programs for a variety of companies across many industry verticals. Our early success was based on our strength in building complex custom websites that met our clients’ specific needs.

We held on to this flexibility as a priority in building the WorkStride platform, including the ability to combine recognition and incentives seamlessly. Our developers sit in our home office and communicate directly with our client services and customer service teams so we can ensure that every website functions exactly the way our clients and users need it to.

Our Leadership Team

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Jim Hemmer – Chief Executive Officer

Jim Hemmer has more than 25 years of experience in the high-tech and communications industries, and has been a senior executive at companies in all stages of development from early stage to Fortune 500.

Prior to joining WorkStride, Jim was President and CEO of Antenna Software. Under his direction, Antenna evolved from very early stage to the leader in the enterprise mobility market, an achievement made possible by consistently executing on a clear vision for how the market would develop and having a keen understanding of enterprise customers’ needs.

Jim has also held leadership positions at ADC Corporation’s Software Services Division, Capgemini Telecommunications, and Computer Sciences Corporation. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University and an MBA degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Tom Silk – Chief Customer Officer

Tom Silk left the mortgage industry to join WorkStride as its first salesperson in 2000. He proved instrumental in the early success of the company, bringing on customers such as Pepsico, Samsung, and Verizon Wireless as the company built up its recognition and incentive software offering. In 2004, Tom was promoted to Vice President of Sales and Marketing, heading up a nationwide partner network and taking over digital marketing activities for the company.

Today, Tom is Executive Vice President of WorkStride, having facilitated the company’s sale to The Riverside Company in 2012. He has expanded the sales team to include both channel partners and in-house representatives, built a marketing team, and formed distribution partnerships for the WorkStride platform. Under his leadership the company has grown from a small startup to serve more than 100 corporate customers, including several Fortune 500 companies. Tom has a BS in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Daniel Hawtof – Chief Product Officer

Dan Hawtof has been involved in almost every aspect of the incentives channel industry for over 30 years. He’s provided leadership at both large enterprises and small startups, including sales, strategy, product marketing and management. Prior to joining WorkStride, Dan was with Blackhawk Network as Vice President of Product & Business Strategy where he was responsible for incentive product and business solutions. Before that Dan was with Channelinsight, iSuppli, Avnet and Hewlett Packard.

Dan has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA.

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Tom Albano – Chief Financial Officer

Tom Albano has more than 15 years of experience in corporate finance and accounting. He joined WorkStride in January 2015 as Controller, responsible for monitoring and reviewing all day-to-day accounting functions. He was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in February 2017. Prior to joining WorkStride, he spent seven years at FalconStor as their Worldwide Corporate Controller, where he led the worldwide accounting team. Tom also spent six years at KPMG LLP, where he last served as a Manager in their audit practice primarily serving middle market public companies.

Tom is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BBA in Accounting from Hofstra University.

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Sergio Gomez – Vice President, Professional Services

Sergio Gomez has a legacy of leading high performing teams and driving key initiatives to improve the customer experience for both SMB and Fortune 500 clients. His vast customer success experience includes navigating complex implementations, building new service offerings, and improving operational models at high growth enterprise SaaS companies. Prior to joining WorkStride, Sergio was the Vice President, Customer Success at Betterworks and held positions of increasing responsibility at Medallia and American Express.

Sergio has his BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from Stanford University.

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Nicholas Pompa – Director, Engineering

Nick Pompa is a seasoned software engineer who has held positions of increasing responsibility during his tenure at WorkStride. Prior to his promotion to the leadership team, Pompa was on the product team acting as a Team Lead and Principle Architect of the WorkStride platform. He has spent the last four years dedicated to making WorkStride a best-in-class product inside its respected industry.

Pompa has a BS in Computer Science from Ramapo College of New Jersey.

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Joanne Gadson – HR Business Partner

Joanne Gadson has over 20 years’ human resources experience in the pharmaceutical, consumer packaged goods, and software industries, holding positions of increasing responsibility during her tenure. Prior to joining WorkStride, she was Senior Director, Human Resources for Antenna Software.

Joanne is a strategic business partner with the innate ability to understand high-level business objectives and translate them into an HR strategy that will achieve them. She has expertise in the areas of performance management, employee relations, full cycle recruiting across functions, and employee coaching and counseling. Joanne has her BBA in Finance and Banking, with a concentration in Psychology, from Hofstra University.