DIGITIZING & OPTIMIZING THE WORLD’S RESTAURANTS

 

WAND has dedicated 30 years to optimizing everything about the restaurant industry through innovative technology and world-class service.

 

We have pioneered innovations in Digital Menu Boards, Point of Sale and Back Office systems, all deployed through our cloud-based Total Restaurant Management (TRM) platform, allowing operators to manage their restaurant anytime, on any device, from anywhere in the world.

As the restaurant industry has transformed, so have we. We’ve worked hard to create futureproof technology specifically designed for multi-unit restaurant operators.

More than 50 partnerships later, WAND is still going strong. Some of the largest global brands trust our results and 24/7/365 technical service. Below, you’ll find just a hint of what makes WAND the worldwide technology leader in the Fast Casual and Quick Service Restaurant industries.

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OUR MISSION

To be the greatest restaurant management and technology partner in the world.

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OUR VISION

Revolutionize worldwide restaurant operations through technology, services and data.

1Integrity – Build a foundation of trust through honesty and integrity.

2Commitment – To our customers, our teams, and our company.

OUR VALUES

WAND functions according to four key core values that serve as an absolute guide in hiring, our team development, and our culture.

Drive – Push ourselves and our company to get better every day.

Positive Attitude – Positivity is infectious and shows for those who truly want to be here.

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LEADERSHIP:

 

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Dave Perrill  

  President [ownership]

Dave believes what fundamentally makes a great company is amazing colleagues. And what attracts these great people is a driven, positive, and trusting culture. His belief is that a combination of these two elements with outstanding and groundbreaking technology is the formula for a wildly successful and fun company. As a true people person with a passion for technology, there’s no one better to serve as president of WAND Corporation. With a history of over 20 years of experience in IT and senior leadership, Dave brings high energy and a wealth of innovative ideas to WAND’s winning team.

Before drawing up plays for WAND, Dave founded and ran SecureConnect, a leading managed security provider that merged with Trustwave in 2013.

Outside of work: When not knee-deep in technology and driving WAND’s future, Dave enjoys playing softball, traveling, watching a great movie, and spending time with his friends and family.

Favorite thing: Red Bull

Best part about working at WAND Corporation: “I get to work with incredible people and really cool technology every day.”

Education: University of Minnesota – MBA in Finance University of Minnesota – Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems

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Michele Anderson

Director of Human Resources

Michele puts people first. As WAND’s primary HR expert since 2008, she handles all recruiting and office administration for the company. Outside of recruiting such a talented collection of individuals, perhaps her biggest accomplishment has been fostering and inspiring WAND’s high-energy, highly positive culture. In June of 2013, Michele celebrated earning her Professional in Human Resources certification. Michele enjoys, and is motivated by, the challenges of working for a growing company. Her HR laser-sharp focus is now set on WAND’s world domination — #WD! Favorite thing: Her family and two small dogs Best part about working at WAND Corporation: “Working with high-achieving, dedicated employees to help WAND excel.” Education: University of St. Thomas Business Management, French minor

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Chuck Gehman

Vice President of Product Management

Chuck’s mission is to accelerate WAND’s development of great products, building on the company’s deep experience and unique intellectual property. Listening to what customers need and want, and how they value WAND’s offerings, are the key elements to making the company’s vision become reality. His background includes work for large companies as well as fast-growing startups, where he built B2B and B2C web and mobile applications used by thousands of companies and millions of users. Outside of work: Chuck is a dedicated CrossFit athlete and occasional Mud and Obstacle racer when his wife and three daughters allow. Favorite thing: Taking the kids to the movies. Best part about working at WAND Corporation: “Being part of an incredibly smart and passionate team, operating in a highly competitive environment, making a very real contribution to our customer’s continuing success.” Education: Beverly Hills High School

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Erik Hanson

Vice President of Software Development

Erik and his team of highly skilled developers work to create cutting-edge software to support WAND in its mission to the be the greatest restaurant management technology partner in the world. His background includes 15 years web and software development experience. Erik’s goal is to develop software to expand WAND’s capabilities in the Digital Menu Boards space, as well as increase its Point Of Sale and Back Office restaurant management capabilities. Outside of work: Erik enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters, and pursuing the perfect cup of coffee. Favorite thing: Great conversations with friends and family. Best part about working at WAND Corporation: “Working with passionate people who are dedicated to building industry leading technology to exceed our customer’s expectations.” Education: Grinnell College – Bachelor’s Degree, University of Illinois – Chicago – Masters in Health Informatics.

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Shane Sargent

Vice President of Operations

Shane has responsibility for ensuring fanatical customer service in every interaction whether that is with support, creative services, shipping and logistics, or new installations. His breadth of experience ranging from data analytics to technical support to professional services enables him to take a multi-faceted approach in fulfilling WAND’s customers’ needs. Shane is passionate about asking why until he gets to the root of a problem and arrives at a clear and actionable solution. Outside of work: Shane is active in the local rugby community including playing on a men’s side (St. Paul Pigs) and coaching a boy’s high school team. When not nursing bruises, he enjoys quiet down time with his wife and two dogs. Favorite thing: The smell of simple roasted chicken on a lazy Sunday afternoon with his wife and dogs close by. Best part about working at WAND Corporation: “The passion that everybody has to provide a fantastic customer experience.” Education: University of Iowa – Economics; Go Hawkeyes!

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Spencer Barron

VP of Finance

Healthy business growth is based on informed decisions. As WAND’s chief bean counter, Spencer plays a vital role in bringing visibility to the reality of different financial situations so informed decisions can be made. Whether it’s planning and budgeting, or managing the accounts receivable and accounts payable functions, Spencer is motivated to help make WAND the company he knows it can be.

Outside of work: Spencer enjoys spending as much quality time with family and friends as possible. Whether it’s a walk through the neighborhood with his wife, son and dog, or getting together with old friends he hasn’t seen in a while, Spencer cherishes who he spends the time with just as much as the activity. To fuel his competitive side, Spencer enjoys playing softball and racquetball.

Favorite thing: A great summer afternoon spent with family and friends grilling and playing lawn games (bean bags are his favorite), followed by a bonfire at night. In the winter he has to settle for margaritas on the beach with his wife at their favorite vacation spot in Mexico.

Best part about working at WAND Corporation: “Being a part of a positive culture where everyone loves what they do, and are driven to consistently improve.”

Education: Gustavus Adolphus College – Accounting; CPA (inactive)

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Tim Butler

EVP of Sales and Marketing

Tim’s extensive sales and marketing leadership experience will help guide WAND’s growth strategy. He has a deep background in developing high-performance sales cultures. He is not only a dynamic leader but also a coach and mentor to his teams.

Outside of Work: Tim enjoys spending quality time with his wife and kids.

Favorite things: Avid fly fisherman in the spring and summer and pheasant hunter in the fall.

Best part about working at WAND: Being part of a passionate, driven and hardworking team.

Education: MBA in Marketing, Carlson School of Management- University of Minnesota; BSBA in Finance, University of Missouri; Pragmatic Marketing Certification (PMC)

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Gabriel Rein

Director of Operations & Customer Success

 

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John Perrill Sr.  

  Executive Chairman [ownership]

John Perrill, Sr. serves as Executive Chairman of WAND Corporation. John founded WAND in 1982 and served as President and Chief Executive Officer from 1982-2011. Under his leadership, WAND Corporation grew from a home-based business to a strong leader of restaurant management technology for limited service restaurant companies across the United States.

John has a storied and compelling background comprising over 40 years of experience in business, electronics, and computers. His background began at Boeing Corporation as an Engineering Aid where he worked in research and development. John’s love of computers and warm weather led him to Australia where he worked for Control Data and was in charge of the Australian government’s super computer project. John also served at AC Electronics as a Development Engineer in charge of airborne missile deployment systems. Jet Propulsion Labs came next where he served as a Lead Development Engineer working on celestial guidance systems used for unmanned spacecraft. Following tenures at TRW and Norand in various sales and management roles.

John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington. He has raised four sons of which three are active in the business. John resides in Chaska, MN with his wife of 50 years, Irene.

Education: University of Washington

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Irene Perrill  

  Owner [ownership]

Irene Perrill served as the Sr. Accountant and handled all bookkeeping for WAND from 1992 – 2011. Irene was known to be the kindest bill collector in history and would even have delinquent accounts thanking her for the phone call. Irene was able to work with any customer and always make the best of the situation.

Irene has had a wide ranging career both at WAND and in the general community. Following a career in teaching, Irene started a family and raised 4 boys. She re-entered the workforce and served as Teller for Canterbury Downs Racetrack from 1985 to 1992. In 1992, Irene joined her husband John at WAND handling accounting and general office duties growing it to the company it is today.

Irene attended the University of St. Benedict in Collegeville, MN for a teaching degree. She has raised four sons which have expanded into 11 grandchildren. She is a member of Guardian Angel’s Catholic Church in Chaska and has a love of horses and travel with her husband, John.

Education: University of St. Benedict

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Dave Perrill  

  President [ownership]

Dave believes what fundamentally makes a great company is amazing colleagues. And what attracts these great people is a driven, positive, and trusting culture. His belief is that a combination of these two elements with outstanding and groundbreaking technology is the formula for a wildly successful and fun company. As a true people person with a passion for technology, there’s no one better to serve as president of WAND Corporation. With a history of over 20 years of experience in IT and senior leadership, Dave brings high energy and a wealth of innovative ideas to WAND’s winning team.

Before drawing up plays for WAND, Dave founded and ran SecureConnect, a leading managed security provider that merged with Trustwave in 2013.

Outside of work: When not knee-deep in technology and driving WAND’s future, Dave enjoys playing softball, traveling, watching a great movie, and spending time with his friends and family.

Favorite thing: Red Bull

Best part about working at WAND Corporation: “I get to work with incredible people and really cool technology every day.”

Education: University of Minnesota – MBA in Finance University of Minnesota – Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems

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John Perrill Jr

IT Systems Manager [ownership]

John — or Junior, as we like to call him — has been with WAND almost since the beginning. Junior knows the business inside and out. So, it’s no wonder why he has an intuitive sense of what it takes to make things happen at WAND. His dedication and insight combine to make him the ideal person to further the business’s growth, enhance customer experience, and serve clients in the best ways WAND can. At WAND Corporation since 1986 Favorite thing: The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Van Morrison. Best part about working at WAND Corporation: “The best part about working at WAND is the opportunity to work with so many dedicated employees with a desire to create technology to understand and help manage our customers’ day-to-day processes.” Education: University of Minnesota – Bachelor of Science

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Greg Perrill  

Owner [ownership]

Greg helped grow WAND from a family-run operation to a family-owned enterprise with over 100 employees. “The key,” he says, “is to know what you’re good at and what you’re not.” To that end, Greg utilized his strategic leadership skills and robust knowledge of operations to steer WAND in the right direction. He believes that consistent marketplace growth is the true measure of greatness.

Prior to joining WAND, Greg experienced huge success as sales manager at Dart Distributing, where he ignited sales from $2 million annually to over $50 million in seven years. Leading by example is one of Greg’s personal tenets, and outside of work, Greg is active in his community. He’s an involved member of his church and the Boy Scouts of America, and enjoys playing softball and tennis.

Education: Minnesota State University