The word that captures WorkStride is control. That’s what drives our recognition and incentives programs. And that describes the benefit of working with us. Everything we do is geared toward bringing our customers the freedom they need to quickly launch and fine-tune the programs they envision. These programs can be off-the-shelf, semi-custom or customized. Our online platform is built for speed and flexibility—and helps make targeting easier. As a result, our customers get more engagement from their partners and from internal employees than ever before.
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 is backed by The Riverside Company, a global private equity firm.
Our Leadership Team
Jim HemmerChief 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.
Tom SilkChief 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. In 2004, Tom was promoted to Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Today, Tom is Executive Chief Customer Officer for 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.
Daniel HawtofChief 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.
Tom AlbanoChief 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.
Sergio GomezVice 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.
Nicholas PompaDirector, 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.
Joanne GadsonHR 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.
28 FEB, 2019
WorkStride Named One Of 2019’s Best Companies To Work For In New York State
WorkStride, a leading provider of channel incentives and employee recognition solutions, announced today that it has been named one of the Best Companies to Work for in New York State for 2019.
31 OCT, 2018
Daniel Hawtof Joins WorkStride as Chief Product Officer
WorkStride announced that Daniel Hawtof has been named Chief Product Officer. In this role, Hawtof will be responsible for driving the launch of platform product enhancements as well as developing the future product development roadmap and go-to-market strategy.
15 AUG, 2018
WorkStride Hires VP of Professional Services to Lead Global Delivery and Customer Service
WorkStride announced that Sergio Gomez has been named Vice President, Professional Services. Gomez will expand customer success, services, and delivery initiatives to support the company’s rapid growth.