Learn about the Daxko DNA.





We define integrity as doing the right thing when nobody is looking. At Daxko we treat our customers, partners, and fellow team members with fairness, honesty, and respect. Without integrity, our best efforts will fail, no matter how good our software and services are.

Sense of ownership is the deep resolve to do what needs to get done. We stay focused on our goals and have a high degree of accountability in the commitments we make.

Effective teams beat individuals every time. Our success is not dependent on the heroics of a few individuals. It is dependent on team members working together towards a common goal, accomplishing things they couldn’t do on their own.

Fun is that extra, intangible dimension that helps us enjoy our jobs and makes us enjoyable to work with.It helps us keep our jobs in perspective, egos in check, and allows us to be better, creative problem solvers for our clients, every day.

Dave Gray

Dave Gray


Dave serves as CEO of Daxko. He is responsible for leading the company’s strategic direction, growth, and unique culture. Prior to joining Daxko, he held management positions at Calico Commerce (now part of Oracle) and in Grant Thornton’s management consulting practice in Chicago. His past clients include a number of Fortune 500 corporations and leading technology companies. In addition to his position at Daxko, Dave is on the board of directors of YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly, the board of directors and executive committee of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, the board of directors for the YMCA of Greater Birmingham, a member and two-time past chairman of TechBirmingham, and an emeritus member of the Auburn University College of Business advisory council. He is also a frequent speaker at university and industry events on the topics of workplace culture, leadership and entrepreneurship. Dave holds a Bachelor of Science in management information systems from Auburn University. He and his wife, Susan, along with their three children, live in Birmingham.

Bjørn Bjerkøe

Bjørn Bjerkøe


Bjørn (pronounced “B-yearn”) serves as Daxko's Chief Technology Officer. He has a successful track record developing people, process and innovative software solutions as a servant leader in the software industry. He is passionate about customer-centric focus in all sides of the business, from support to product strategy as well as development. With 17 years of experience leading operational and software development teams, Bjørn uses innovation as a tool to benefit customers and team members alike. Bjørn grew up in Norway. He now lives in Denver, Colorado with his family, where he enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking and eating a lot of pizza. Bjørn means “Bear” in Norwegian.

Jonathan Blackburn

Jonathan Blackburn


With over 15 years of experience in sales, Jonathan has a passion for business development and leads Daxko’s Enterprise business. At Daxko, his responsibilities include: meeting and exceeding sales targets, forecasting sales results, establishing a healthy sales culture, growing new channel opportunities, and providing an overall structure for business development. Prior to Daxko, Jonathan spent 9 years at ADP working his way from entry-level sales representative to Vice President of Sales for ADP’s Major Accounts Division. As VP of Sales for ADP, he doubled sales from 2010 to 2013. Under Jonathan’s sales leadership, Daxko has integrated its largest competitor, expanded its addressable market, and established new revenue channels all while celebrating three excellent sales years. Jonathan credits his passion for people, work ethic, emphasis on continuous teaching, and his ability to be a change agent as the major drivers for his success.

Brittany Foust

Brittany Foust


Brittany Foust comes to Daxko with almost 10 years in Customer Success. She has a proven track record of identifying and executing operational improvements that directly result in an enhanced customer experience. Accountability to both customers and internal teams is at the core of her values and she is a strong believer in ensuring that the customer experience is front and center. Prior to joining Daxko, Brittany held multiple leadership roles within SaaS companies in the healthcare and sports verticals. She also served as a consultant to executive leadership teams helping to draw up operational blueprints for accelerated growth while maintaining high customer satisfaction. As a Daxko leadership team member, she is an advocate for both Daxko and ZenPlanner clients, ensuring that our company focus remains on keeping our customers wildly successful. Brittany is a Birmingham native and received both her B.A. and M.A. in History at the University of Alabama - Birmingham.

Winston Gillum

Winston Gillum


Winston is responsible for all financial and administrative activities of Daxko, including financial planning and analysis, accounting and controls, and legal affairs. Prior to joining Daxko, Winston worked for 16 years as an associate, vice president, and managing director in Harbert Management Corporation’s Private Equity Group. While at Harbert, Winston focused on acquisitions and divestitures of lower middle market companies (companies with revenues between $20 and $100 million) across a broad range of industries. Winston began his career in accounting at Ernst & Young and later joined McKinsey & Company as a management consultant. Winston received his undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Alabama and his MBA from Harvard University.

Phil Stern

Phil Stern


Phil serves as Vice President of Growth & General Manager of the SMB line of business of Daxko, also known as Zen Planner. He is responsible for executing the line of business strategy for the SMB and also leads sales and marketing and go-to-market for his line of business. Most of all, Phil is passionate about small business success and works constantly with Zen Planner’s customers, partners and team members to ensure our customers hit their business goals. To this end, Phil is also an advisor and mentor to startups in Denver and Boulder, CO. Prior to his current role, Phil led sales for Zen Planner and served as a sales and business development leader at two different public companies in Boston, MA. He earned a BA from Bowdoin College where he co-captained the Men’s Lacrosse team. He lives with his wife, son and dog in Denver, CO.

Jeff VanDixhorn

Jeff VanDixhorn


Jeff is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in the athletic club industry. He purchased his first club in 1995 and over the course of the next 8 years grew the organization to include multi-purpose athletic facilities in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. In 2007, Jeff founded Club Automation, a sophisticated club management system used today by over 400 facilities nationwide. Now that Club Automation is a part of the Daxko family, he oversees the enterprise side of the business. Jeff is based out of the Daxko Chicago office.

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Be Like a Bee: 5 Lessons Beekeeping Can Teach us About Work

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My interest in beekeeping started at a farmer’s market. There’s always a booth with local honey at the farmer’s market I love to visit at the beach. When I visited…

Daxko Believes in Giving Back .

Naturally, as both a company and as individuals, we strongly believe in our responsibility to give back. As such, we established a 501(c)(3) called the Daxko Foundation.

Daxko team members participate in semi-annual Impact Days, in which team members take a day to work outside of the office to give back to our local community. Most recently, Daxko worked with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Birmingham, and the Young Women’s Christian Association.

Additionally, other projects beyond the Y have included sending care packages to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, internal fundraising for Haiti relief, and other similar projects as the need arises.

We believe focusing on our local community is the most effective way for us to make a lasting and meaningful impact.