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Curiosity is at the heart of all GoKart Labs employees. We merge left-brain business savvy, analytics and technical expertise with right-brain intuition, curiosity and aesthetics to incubate, execute and optimize what we do.

  • Leadership
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Client Leadership
  • Solution Leadership
  • Delivery
  • HR & Support

A.J. Meyer

Co-Founder/ Chief Expansion Officer

Don Smithmier

Co-Founder/ Chief Executive Officer

Angie Swatfager

Chief Financial Officer

Amy Larson

VP, Talent

Elli Rader

VP, Client Services and Business Development

Mark Hines

VP, Delivery

Matthew Johnson

VP, Strategy

Adam Dole

Director, Solution Leadership

Beth Allen

Director, Marketing

Chris Pegg

Director, Business Analysis

Scott Jagodzinski

Managing Director, Ventures

Shawn Wood

Director, Technology

Tate Leyba

Director, Design

Jenna Alden

Project Management Lead

Amee Mungo

Client Lead

Cheryl Chotrani

Client Lead

Eric Lovold

Client Lead

Michelle Powers

Client Lead

Amber Reimer

Solution Lead

Eric Johnson

Solution lead

James Diers

Solution Lead

Kate Nolan

Solution Lead

Adam Lutz

Sr Developer

Alison Barrett

Sr Developer

Adam Papierniak

Sr Developer

Andrew Norell

Sr Developer

Andy Manthei

Sr Designer

Ben Steinbach

Sr Business Analyst

Carlos Posas

Project Manager

Carrie Bucko

Project Manager

Chad Gillard

Business Analyst Lead

Conor Flood


Devin Bezdicek

Business Analyst

Elyse Ash

Sr Writer

Matthew Volenec


Mia Crow

Marketing Manager

Nick Stark

Sr Developer

Owen Halligan

Marketing Manager

Razan Hantash

Business Analyst

Reid Ronnander

Data Scientist

Scott Miller

Sr Business Analyst

Tim Drabandt

Sr Designer

David Medwid

IT Manager

Annie Wesen

General Accountant

Denzel Moore

Administration Coordinator

Kellee Oquendo

Admin Assistant/Receptionist

Matthew Erickson

Process Management Office Leader

Randi Myhre


Nora Guerrera

Solution Lead

Amy Ward

Marketing Manager


Our core values are the glue that hold GoKart Labs together. They reflect who we are, how we measure our work, and what we expect of ourselves, teammates, clients and partners. Defined by Karters and for Karters, these values aren’t just written on a wall, they define our culture and help us protect it.

High Standards and Taste

We believe in knowing what is good and why it’s good. We value informed opinions, discerning taste, and open minds (because things change).


We believe trust is earned. To earn trust from our clients and partners requires earning it from one another first. We do what we say and follow through on our commitments. We are accountable to one another and our clients. By owning our issues, we own our future.

Pursuit of Clarity

We believe in making the complex simple. We know that to explain something, you must first understand it. Real clarity requires great questions, clear answers, analysis of data, constant dialog, and outstanding written and verbal communication. The world can’t always be clear, but we can make it clearer.

Fearless Exploration

We believe our role is to understand what’s possible, what’s happening, and what matters. We value curious minds and exploration. Because exploration means risking failure, we look for people with the courage and humility to know that failure is an essential ingredient of long-term success.

Purposeful Innovation

We believe great ideas are commonplace. Far more rare are ideas that solve problems, are well executed, and come from looking at a problem or opportunity from all sides.


We believe the best mix of people hold a diversity of interests, a broad perspective informed by experience and travel, an even mood and a healthy lifestyle.


Quotes from current employees and alumni:

“Every day, I feel like I provide value and learn something new. My teams continue to push me, and I am growing professionally and personally.”

“I love my job and love the people I work with”

“I did some of the most amazing work of my career at GKL. There are some really smart people there solving important problems.”

Awards and accolades

BPTW, Best Places To Work
Inc. 5000 Logo
Top Places To Work, Top Work Places Star Tribune Logo
Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal Fast 50