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Meet our leadership team

Julie Auslander

Julie Sue Auslander

President, Chief Cultural Officer

Julie Sue Auslander is the company’s Chief Cultural Officer or Corporate Evangelist and avoids the traditional “President” persona. These terms better reflect her commitment to a process of insight and discovery—a process that shaped her role as a leader of a successful woman-owned business.

Year after year, her leadership earns Couranto national recognition, including a spot on Inc 5000 and “Top 50 Women Owned Business” in New Jersey. She was also named a WBENC National Star in 2012. Auslander was honored with the “2008 Enterprising Woman of the Year” recognition and made the Women’s Enterprise list of 2008 top businesses in the U.S. She earned her MA and MEd from Columbia University and a BS from Pace University in New York.

Dave Rifkin

David Rifkin

Executive Vice President, Chief Client Officer

Innovation and creative problem-solving are the cornerstones of David Rifkin's career. Before Couranto, he was a founder and Senior Vice President of LoJack of New York/New Jersey Corporation, responsible for marketing a stolen vehicle recovery system linked to Federal and State Police crime computers and patrol cars.

Earlier, Rifkin served in developmental marketing and advertising at NYNEX Corporation, where he was involved in the nation’s first launches of cellular service. He was also on the Western Union Corporation team, where he was responsible for promoting the company’s largest and most prestigious telecommunications services. He earned his MBA with Distinction from New York University’s Leonard Stern School of Business, and his B.Sc. from Temple University in Philadelphia.

Ken Redler

Ken Redler

Chief Technology Officer

Ken Redler has been conceiving, building, and shipping web software since 1994. He brings a designer’s sensibility to software engineering, and a software engineer’s pragmatism to design. His passion is making products, and teams that make products, informed by art, science, and market fit. At Couranto, Redler heads up technology, product strategy, and research and development. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and events worldwide. Prior, Redler was CEO and co-founder of Comvision, a web software firm in New York City, and built several web-based services and companies.

He is also on the board of directors of FwdCode, a non-profit Hackathon organization that helps bring the passion and creativity of tech to the collegiate market. Ken holds an AB in English from Dartmouth College.

Nick Collison

Nick Collison

Director of Business Strategy, Market Development, Library & E-Content

Nick Collison has worked in the information industry for more than 20 years, and currently serves as Director of Business Strategy, Market Development, Library & E-Content. Originally from the United Kingdom, he moved to the United States 12 years ago to meet the challenges of the U.S. market. Collison has been a member of the Special Library Association for over a decade and served on the SLA Centennial Committee, Finance Committee, and has been SLA’s Treasurer and on the Executive Board for the past three years.

He is extremely passionate about his craft, and works primarily with business information, knowledge, research & development, and libraries across multiple disciplines. Collison has a BA in Business Marketing, and is seen as a thought leader among his peers within the industry.

Stephen Phillips

Stephen Phillips

Director, EMEA Business Development

Stephen has worked in the information industry for many years. He joins us from a leading global investment bank where he led a large research team and managed an extensive portfolio of suppliers. He is a trustee of the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals and was vice chair of their Knowledge & Information Management group. He is an SLA fellow and the 2021 European Chapter Conference Chair. He regularly contributes to a wide range of industry think tanks, events & journals.

In his spare time, Stephen is a trustee of two schools, a keen golfer, vacations in Portugal, and enjoys long walks with Reggie (his Airedale terrier).

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Hunter Samuels

Sr. Director, Client Support Services

With more than 20 years of successful customer support leadership experience in both large enterprise organizations and tech start-ups, Hunter's expertise includes building out global service desk organizations, implementing innovative technologies, creating efficient processes, and developing premium customer service experiences.

Prior to joining Couranto, Hunter served as a Senior Director at a Fintech company providing technology services to banks, and at Starbucks Coffee Company, holding leadership positions in their Global Technology Service Desk and Human Resources Service Desk.

Outside of work, Hunter is an avid outdoorsman, usually found on a hiking trail, bike path, or trying to stay on a stand-up paddleboard. When not traveling, Hunter spends time working on DIY projects around the house. Hunter has an adult daughter and two cats, and resides in Phoenix, Arizona. Hunter attended Bellevue College in the early 2000s, majoring in Computer Engineering.

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