About Taiga

Our Story

We founded Taiga with a goal to bring enterprise quality business intelligence and analytics to all levels of the convenience store industry. We believe that data is the key to understanding and without taking advantage of all you have access to, there's no way to see a full picture.

Taiga's core team of entrepreneurs previously built a successful software company that worked with some of the largest resorts in the hospitality industry. In their experience working with large resorts, they developed a unique expertise in managing large amounts of data as they integrated with reservation, point of sale, housekeeping, tee time, catering and other complex systems. After exitiing in 2016, we've joined forces again to develop Taiga's business intelligence platform for the convenience store market.

My team was skeptical about adopting a new software system, but now that we have experienced the power of real-time data in our business, we will never go back


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Jason Wittekind, COO of Triumph Energy

It’s so much easier to keep an eye on my stores as I travel around the region.


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Director of Operations, 38 Store Chain

My suppliers always knew more about my stores than I did. It’s changed my entire assortment strategy.


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Director of Merchandising, 18 store chain
People

The Team


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Anthony Cowart
Senior Software Engineer

Tony has nearly a decade of experience developing highly sophisticated distributed technology systems. Prior to joining Taiga, Tony managed a fleet of nearly half a million connected devices while maintaining millisecond precision. Tony lives in Indianapolis, Indiana and enjoys fitness, beer, and a good tenderloin sandwich.

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Bill Ivers
CRO & Co-Founder

Bill is an experienced entrepreneur and investor focused on SaaS companies disrupting underserved markets. Prior to joining the Taiga team, Bill was President and Co-Founder of Clubessential where he led sales, marketing and business development. Bill is an avid golfer and loves the great outdoors. He currently resides in Austin, Texas.

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Conner Wiegand
Business Development Representative

Conner is an accomplished sales professional, offering skills in customer relations, project management and a drive to achieve. Prior to joining the team at Taiga, Conner worked in property management where she started in leasing and grew to head property sales and administration. She currently lives in North Carolina and enjoys exploring, hiking and spending time with her husband and their dog.

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Greg Oakley
COO & Co-Founder

Greg leads implementation, finance, human resources, and customer service at Taiga. If you have partnered with us, there’s a good chance that you've worked with him. Prior to founding Taiga, Greg led Clubessential's software initiatives in resort technologies and helped to open a new market for the company. In his spare time, you can find him at one of his kids sporting events, trying new barbecuing recipes, and boating on one of Cincinnati's nearby lakes.

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John Oakley
CEO & Co-Founder

As Taiga's CEO, John is aligning disruptive SaaS technology, operational strategy, and AI to bring SaaS BI the independent c-store industry. Under John's leadership, Taiga is rapidly becoming the thought leader and market leader in this category within the c-store industry. He started his career at Clubessential where he grew from Software Engineer to become the company’s Lead Architect prior to exit. John lives in Cincinnati, Ohio and enjoys spending time with his family, camping and hiking.

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Matt Gattiker
CTO & Co-Founder

Matt drives all of Taiga's technology initiatives while focusing on effective scaling and long term success. Prior to founding Taiga, Matt spent over a decade with Clubessential where he became the lead developer for the company’s software and managed all aspects of the company's internal and hosted infrastructure. In his spare time Matt likes to smoke meats, tinker with electronics and enjoy the Cincinnati brewery and restaurant scene.

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Miguel Mata
Business Development Representative

Miguel is an International business professional with experience in sales and marketing strategy development. Passionate about making connections with others, new technologies and forward-thinking industries. Adaptable and efficient team player with excellent communication skills at all levels. Miguel loves to travel, surfing and electronic music. 

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Vanessa Kosloski
Director of Sales

Vanessa is a dynamic sales director who has a proven track record cultivating win-win partnerships and exceeding expectations from revenue, marketing, and branding. She previously worked in tourism and hospitality and is excited to bring her knowledge and enthusiasm to Taiga. Vanessa resides in Chicago and enjoys volunteering, spending time with her crazy pup, and a day on the water.