About Us ›Executive Team
Leon Heller › CEO
Leon cofounded Cappex in 2006, and has overseen its growth from a startup to becoming Your College Decision Headquarters™ for more than 6 million students, 750 higher education clients, and 20,000 high school counselors. Prior to Cappex, Leon was the CEO of FastWeb.com, which was sold to Monster.com in 2001. Originally from South Africa, Leon graduated from Georgetown University.
Chris Long › President and General Manager
As President and General Manager of the Cappex.com business unit, Chris is accountable for all aspects of the business, including the P&L, product vision and strategic direction, and ensuring that its college clients, students, and counselors get the most out of the site. Chris graduated from Northwestern University with a BS in Journalism and also holds an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management.
Kurt Reilly › Chief Technology Officer
Kurt is responsible for managing the technology team and infrastructure that powers Cappex's family of websites, with a focus on software engineering, operations, and hosting. Kurt has a BA in Communications with studies in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management.
Alex Stepien › Senior Vice President of Sales
Alex heads our sales group, responsible for company revenue and client growth across all business units, including developing and maintaining relationships with our college, university, and foundation partners across 7 countries. Alex holds a BS in Economics from the University of Michigan.
Chris Homberg › Senior Vice President of Product Development
Chris leads product development efforts, where he oversees the team responsible for developing, building and delivering best-in-class products for the entire Cappex product platform suite. Chris graduated from Michigan State University, home of the Spartans, with a BA in Advertising.
Holly Katz › Vice President of Human Resources
Holly leads the human resources department, focused on talent acquisition, employee and organization development, executive and management coaching, employee relations, and compensation and benefits. Holly is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, a Master's in Counseling from National Louis University, and a BA from University of Wisconsin Madison.
Sarah Wilde › Vice President of Marketing
Sarah leads marketing and communications efforts at Cappex, overseeing the team responsible for student acquisition and promotion of Cappex to students, counselors, parents, colleges, and foundations, based on modern digital marketing best practices. Sarah holds a BS in advertising from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a MBA from the University of Chicago.
John Cidulka › General Manager, STARS Online
John manages the STARS Online business, ensuring we have the right people, processes, and technologies in place to deliver a world-class experience to users of our scholarship management solution. John graduated from Indiana University with a BA in Telecommunications.