Clever people

At Speck, we believe in going all in. If we aren't constantly striving to craft the best cases, discover the freshest ideas, and build the cleverest team, why even bother showing up?

Some of the Speckans who lead our company:

  • Image for Irene Baran, Chief Executive Officer

    Irene Baran

    Chief Executive Officer

    Irene has been passionate for the consumer electronics world for 30 years, and she’s been leading Team Speck since 2006 with her daily mantra: be smart, be kind, and laugh every day. Which memories stand out in the time that Irene’s been here? “The month we did so well I danced on the table. We’ve had a few of those now.” Irene’s favorite hobby is cooking and the creativity it lends her. She has also made a personal vow to herself to swim in a vat of chardonnay before the end of her life.

    Irene’s go-to case: CandyShell Inked for iPhone 6.

  • Image for Rusty Everett, Executive Vice President of Sales

    Rusty Everett

    Executive Vice President of Sales

    Rusty’s favorite part about working at Speck since 2007 has been that no two days are ever the same. The biggest thing that gets him amped about coming into work is watching product concepts go from paper (or, scribbles on napkins) to a product in people’s hands. When he’s not selling cases, Rusty is snowboarding and playing baseball with his kids.

    Rusty’s go-to case: MightyShell for iPhone 6.

  • Image for Robert Hales, Vice President of Finance

    Robert Hales

    Vice President of Finance

    Robert’s favorite thing about Speck is the energy in the office. Since 2014 he’s been making an impact by leading with the reminder to always put the customer needs first. When he’s not rallying Team Speck to financial success, Robert is playing golf on local California beaches or taking tropical vacations with his family.

    Robert’s go-to case: MightyShell for iPhone 6.

  • Image for Michael Burdeny, Vice President of Marketing

    Michael Burdeny

    Vice President of Marketing

    Michael’s been energizing the Speck brand since 2012 and says seeing his friends and family proudly sporting a Speck case keeps him motivated. He’d like to add: “I will not rest until every person in the world has tried one of our exceptionally cool and protective cases.” Michael continually reinforces Speck’s standard of quality with our Designed for Impact message. His happy place is getting hugs from his wife and kids.

    Michael’s go-to case: CandyShell Grip for iPhone 6.

  • Image for Bryan Hynecek, Vice President of Design

    Bryan Hynecek

    Vice President of Design

    Bryan started working at Speck in 2007 and says working through the obstacles of the unknown is one of his favorite things about his job. He also enjoys seeing people genuinely thrilled with using our product. If Bryan could swim in a pool of anything it would have to be either movie butter popcorn or Rockstar energy drink.

    Bryan’s go-to case: Can’t pick just one, it changes every day!

  • Image for Jarret Weis, Vice President of Product Development

    Jarret Weis

    Vice President of Product Development

    Jarret has had the pleasure of working with the excellent people at Speck since 2006. He makes an impact in his role by encouraging greatness within his group of developers and imaginers who stop at nothing to create products for the world’s latest technologies. One memory that stands out to him is the launch of the very first iPhone, and Speck’s first chance to create protective solutions for this device. If Jarret encountered a pool full of Oreo-caramel milkshake, he would jump right in.

    Jarret’s go-to case: CandyShell Card for iPhone 6.

  • Image for Bob Zielinski, Vice President of Operations

    Bob Zielinski

    Vice President of Operations

    Bob says that the most fun thing about being at Speck is the talented people he gets to work with every day. After joining in 2015, Bob enjoyed developing strength in new teams and turning his office into a home. One of the most exciting things about Bob’s job is being able to discover new opportunities to increase productivity and ultimately to improve a customer’s experience. You can find Bob jogging around his neighborhood when he’s not at his desk-turned-digs.

    Bob’s go-to case: CandyShell Clear for iPhone 6s.

  • Image for Barb DeSesa, Director of Customer Service

    Barb DeSesa

    Director of Customer Service

    Since 2014, Barb has been putting smiles on her customer’s and coworker’s faces. She finds the most fulfilling thing about her job to be turning customers into brand advocates for life—and the stellar team who helps her accomplish this. Outside of work, Barb’s favorite activities involve cooking and entertaining for friends.

    Barb’s go-to case: CandyShell Inked for iPhone 6.

  • Image for Dawn McLaren, Human Resources Manager

    Dawn McLaren

    Human Resources Manager

    Her favorite thing about her fearless coworkers when Dawn joined Speck in 2015 was their great level of enthusiasm. She gets to make an impact on Team Speck every single day with her welcoming leadership style, passion for talent development, and helping to create a lively environment that encourages expression and fun while delivering exceptional products to the market. In her free time you can find Dawn running, reading, or road tripping around California.

    Dawn’s go-to case: CandyShell Grip for iPhone 5c.

  • Image for Rachele Gillmar, Director of Communications, Public Relations & Social Media

    Rachele Gillmar

    Director of Communications, Public Relations & Social Media

    One of the first things Rachele realized when she joined Speck in 2015 was how much people love and depend on our products. Her favorite part about working here is seeing first-hand the unique design process and sharing the Speck story. When she’s not in the office, she’s enjoying the outdoors, spending time with family, or dreaming of swimming in a pool of Ghiradelli sea salt & caramel chocolate.

    Rachele’s go-to case: CandyShell Clear for iPhone 6s Plus.

  • Image for Chris Gibbins, Director of Global Brand Protection

    Chris Gibbins

    Director of Global Brand Protection

    Since 2011, Chris has been protecting Speck customers against counterfeit versions of our products. One of his favorite things about his travel-heavy role at Speck is being able to see our products out in the “wild” on television, in celebrity’s photos, or in the hands of consumers at airports and sporting events. During his off time, Chris can be found skiing with his family, mountain biking, hiking, golfing, barbecuing, and even more in Colorado’s outdoor paradise.

    Chris’s go-to case: MightyShell for iPhone 6 Plus.

  • Image for Scott Harris, Director of Sales (Americas)

    Scott Harris

    Director of Sales (Americas)

    Scott has been with Speck since 2007 and says the two biggest things that keep him going are his teammates and our (not so corporate) culture. Scott gets to make an impact every day in his role by leading a team that helps grow loyalty with customers around the U.S. The coolest thing he’s been able to do at Speck? Working with incredibly talented and passionate people.

    Scott’s go-to case: CandyShell Inked Luxury Edition for iPhone 6.

  • Image for Eric Ronberg,Director of Sales (Specialty Retail)

    Eric Ronberg

    Director of Sales (Specialty Retail)

    Eric has been driving Speck products sales across the U.S. since 2010 and finds each day different and challenging. While his focus is sales, Eric’s biggest impact on Speck is his ability to work cross-functionally with all areas of the company. Eric says adaptability is one of the coolest things about his job, since he gets to lead a team through such a dynamic, fast-paced industry. Outside of work, you can find him golfing, running, and vacationing with his family.

    Eric’s go-to case: CandyShell Card for iPhone 6.

  • Image for Tom Brady, Senior Director of Channel Marketing

    Tom Brady

    Senior Director of Channel Marketing

    Tom’s favorite part about Speck? “People are fun!” Since 2012, Tom has been making an impact by using his creative genius to bring the brand to life in retail spaces. Tom’s a self described outdoor cat who loves surfing, snowboarding, cycling, and playing soccer when he’s not in the office.

    Tom’s go-to case: CandyShell Card for iPhone 6.

  • Image for Terri Rago, Director of Field Marketing

    Terri Rago

    Director of Field Marketing

    Terri’s been with Speck since 2013 and can sum up our corporate culture in one word: inventive. Her favorite memory has to be her first Halloween where she was thrown into the spotlight as the costume contest MC. When she’s not inspiring her dedicated field team, she’s planning her next seaside vacation or designing and executing another home decorating project. Given the opportunity, Terri would swim in a pool full of JELL-O.

    Terri’s go-to case: CandyShell Wrap for iPhone 6 Plus.

  • Image for Brian Donecho, Director of Creative and Digital Marketing

    Brian Donecho

    Director of Creative and Digital Marketing

    Brian’s been with Speck since 2010 and says that his favorite part about working for a product people love is that it’s a competitive space and there’s always new challenges. He says that the most fun part about running a website is the hustle and bustle around the holiday season. Brian’s hobbies outside of the office usually involve his children, wife, and their local hang out spots in the park.

    Brian’s go-to case: CandyShell Inked Jonathan Adler for iPhone 6.

  • Image for Chris Novak, Director of Engineering

    Chris Novak

    Director of Engineering

    Chris has been conjuring up the freshest ways to create cases since 2011. His favorite part about his role at Speck is being able to watch products evolve and improve with different materials and innovative designs. One of the coolest parts of his job is that he gets to draw inspiration for cases from other industries like automotive, fashion, sports, and more. Chris takes his family to Bend, Oregon, as often as possible to raft rivers, hike, and relax. Chris’ idea of heaven is enjoying his wife’s risotto every day.

    Chris’ go-to case: CandyShell Clear for iPhone 6.

  • Image for Randy Chiang, Design Manager

    Randy Chiang

    Design Manager

    Since 2010, the hilarious people, the eclectic culture, and the constant challenge of designing new things have been Randy’s favorite things about working for Speck. Runner-ups include game lunches and team-building activities like our Lego car derby. The coolest thing he’s been able to accomplish in his role has been dreaming up new ideas that get immortalized into patents. If given the chance, Randy would swim in beef noodle soup because it’s pure umami.

    Randy’s go-to case: CandyShell Clear for iPhone 6.

  • Image for Rose Ortiz, Director of Operations

    Rose Ortiz

    Director of Operations

    Rose joined Speck in 2011 and says her favorite thing about her job is the diversity of her day-to-day work and the stellar team she gets to enjoy it with. The coolest thing she’s accomplished has been watching her operations team grow and evolve from the very beginning. When not at work, you can find Rose traveling outdoors, cooking on her grill, or enjoying good champagne.

    Rose’s go-to case: CandyShell Inked for iPhone 6.

Of course many more people help Speck operate on a daily basis make the best cases that fit you. From our accounting team to customer service, the marketing group to the tireless designers in product development, everyone has a role here at Speck. Yup, that's just how we roll. Learn more about us.