Meet The Team

Meet the hardworking people who make NextGen happen.

Meet The Team

The hardworking people who make NextGen happen.

Chris Kelly

CEO

Chris Kelly briefly worked as an investment banker before starting his career in earnest at Google, where he held product and marketing positions with AdSense and Google Apps. He left in 2010 to start his first successful online advertising business, primarily focusing on lead generation. He founded NextGen Leads in 2014 with the aim of modernizing the way insurance leads are generated and sold, putting a strong emphasis on improving agent experience through technology. Chris graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Claremont McKenna College. In his spare time, he enjoys playing with his son, learning piano, reading and travel.

Our goal from the outset has been to provide a superior customer experience through a relentless focus on lead quality and solving problems with technology. I'm very proud of what this team has built, and excited to see where we go next!

Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly

CEO

Ronnie Garcia

CTO

Ronnie Garcia is a San Diego native that has been working in the online marketing industry since 2000. He started his career doing mostly work as a designer and front-end web developer, but soon after transitioned into full stack development. Ronnie has done work for brands such as Sony Playstation, American Red Cross, Honeywell and RailEurope. Ronnie spends most of his free time relaxing and going on adventures with his wife, son, and daughter.

What sets NextGen apart from all other lead companies is our unique technology. We are always working on developing the next cutting edge feature to enhance the quality and conversion rates of our leads.

Ronnie Garcia

Ronnie Garcia

CTO

George Mueller

VP, Sales & Operations

George Mueller is a passionate teacher and salesman who began his career in insurance and marketing after graduating from San Diego State University with a degree in Psychology. George likes to brag about being one of NextGen’s first hires, but is most proud of his own employees’ professional growth and desire to succeed, and is grateful to be a part of such an amazingly talented team. He looks forward to developing a deeper understanding of the powerful and complex world of advertising and programming.

At NextGen we leverage our technological advantages to provide superior leads. Our passion and commitment to education create awesome company culture.

George Mueller

George Mueller

VP, Sales & Operations

Cassie Carlon

Director of Business Development

Cassie Carlon is a Central Coast native with a reputable history in sales achievements from various industries. After completing her education at Allan Hancock College, she ventured off to San Diego to pursue her marketing and advertising career at NextGen Leads. Cassie oversees strategic accounts and is passionate about optimizing and maximizing the sales success of her partners. Her extensive background in sales and customer service allows her to reach her goal of profitably connecting her partners with their ideal sales prospects. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at the beach, chasing sunsets, traveling, trying new brunch spots, and exploring beautiful San Diego.

True, raw, transparency is a personal trait I take pride in, so you can imagine my excitement to be part of a team that also carries that core value. NextGen’s commitment to remain truly transparent provides a strong sense of authenticity and trust between our team and clients.

Cassie Carlon

Cassie Carlon

Director of Business Development

Marcus Bergamaschi

Director of Accounts

Marcus Bergamaschi is a San Francisco Bay Area native who began his professional career at Intuit after graduating from California State University, Chico. He is passionate about client retention and what it takes to meet the needs of potential and current customers alike. Marcus migrated down to San Diego to be a part of an exciting, rapidly growing family at NextGen Leads. When he is not watching his favorite bay area sports teams, you can catch Marcus running on the beach or eating San Diego's best burritos.

Seeing NextGen grow to what it has become in such a short amount of time, while continuing to exceed customer expectations, is truly inspiring and keeps me motivated to see what we can accomplish next!

Marcus Bergamaschi

Marcus Bergamaschi

Director of Accounts

Melvin Merritt

Call Center Director

Melvin Merritt has lived in the San Diego area for over six years. Melvin started with NextGen Leads almost from the time of inception in the Call Center as a Live Transfer Agent, due to his extensive experience in management, he was promoted to Call Center Director. Prior to working at NextGen Leads, Melvin worked for a major food chain as the General Manager, Melvin left that industry to pursue his bachelor's degree in Psychology. Melvin enjoys spending his leisure time at the gym or on the couch watching sports.

NextGen Leads is the most employee-first oriented company that I have ever worked for. It feels great to work for a company that truly appreciates everyone's hard work. From management, to the floor production, we all know that we are a vital part of the success of the company.

Melvin Merritt

Melvin Merritt

Call Center Director

Kevin Girgis

Director of Marketing

Kevin Girgis is originally from Columbus, Ohio, but his career has taken him to more than 20 countries on five continents. Kevin began his career interning for an ad agency in Singapore and now works on marketing analytics and strategy for NextGen Leads. A Division 1 track and field athlete, Kevin graduated magna cum laude from the University of Cincinnati in 2016 and joined NextGen Leads because of the focus on creating great work/life balance in a friendly environment.

NextGen is a close-knit team. We bring our unique skills and talents together each day to create an amazing company culture. The result is a great place to work and a superior experience for our customers.

Kevin Girgis

Kevin Girgis

Director of Marketing

Christina Antunez

Call Center Supervisor

Christina is a Chicago native who recently moved to San Diego to immerse herself in new adventures and escape the cold. She has over five years of call center experience and is well equipped in coaching, developing and expanding her leadership team in order to produce results and increase productivity. In her free time you can find Christina at the dog park with her pups or lounging on the couch with a good book in hand.

NextGen Leads is team driven and an inclusive environment. I’m proud to be part of an organization that promotes positivity from the inside out and have it reflect in the customer service that we provide. I’m excited to see where our continued growth takes us!

Christina Antunez

Christina Antunez

Call Center Supervisor

Robert Mah

Accounting Manager

Robert Mah began his career in accounting in sunny Orange County, California after graduating from UC Irvine with a B.S. in Biology. He is a licensed CPA with public and private company experience. Robert has an affinity for new technology and is naturally drawn to startups and forward thinking companies. He appreciates working smarter and aims to leave things better than when he found them. In his spare time, Robert enjoys travel, food, and petting his two dogs.

NextGen Leads takes pride in its work-life balance and company culture. The team is knowledgeable, respectful, and always looks for ways to improve. I’m grateful to work with such good energy and excited to see the company grow!

Robert Mah

Robert Mah

Accounting Manager

Daniel Rohsler

Media Buyer

Daniel has touched every aspect of digital advertising in his 8+ years of experience as a marketer. Primary strengths pertain to PPC management, SEO, and most importantly - analytics. Daniel began his career working alongside Gary Vaynerchuk at Vaynermedia, learning from the best in the industry for creative branding and media. Daniel joined the NextGen Leads family in June of 2019 as a media buyer, handling internal and affiliate lead-gen campaigns for the company.

Our focus on data-driven decision making is what really sets us apart from other lead-gen companies. As a media buyer, reliable and actionable data is the key to running successful campaigns which in turn means more successful campaigns for our clients.

Daniel Rohsler

Daniel Rohsler

Media Buyer

Sarah Blanco

Account Manager

Sarah Blanco is a California central coast native who decided to take a leap of faith and move to San Diego in hopes of growing both personally and professionally. During her time on the central coast she worked at a large dental supply company where her focus was customer support and sales. She has also completed her education at Allan Hancock College. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends, traveling, and going to the beach with her two Australian Shepherds.

Two things that really excite me about NextGen are the work culture and the advanced technology we use to provide outstanding support to our buyers. This combination is what sets us above and makes us go beyond on what is expected in our field.

Sarah Blanco

Sarah Blanco

Account Manager

Jan Cruz

Account Manager

Jan Cruz began his career with the U.S. Marine Corps where he participated in two campaigns in the Al Anbar province of Iraq. He aided in multiple missions and provided support for hostile regions like Fallujah, AR Ramadi and Baharia. After receiving his honorable discharge, Jan attended Concorde Career College, earning his AAS in Medical Science. Post college he helped set up two satellite stores for retail store, J. Tomson. He enjoys going to the beach and spending time with family and his two dogs.

NextGen is a team full of individuals who want to change the lead industry by providing the best experience for our customers, using a combination of unique technology and personalized account support.

Jan Cruz

Jan Cruz

Account Manager

Lisa Montgomery

Account Manager

Lisa Montgomery moved to San Diego at 8 months old. She was homeschooled all the way through high school and has spent time in Europe, South Africa, and Australia as an exchange student. She started her professional career working for start ups in the preventive medicine space, here in San Diego. With medical administration as her background, Lisa has joined NextGen as an account manager. In her spare time she enjoys anything involving sunshine: beaches, hiking, exploring new cities, and traveling outside the country are amongst her favorite activities.

NextGen Leads has transformed the lead purchasing market! We provide a modern and seamless experience for our customers and are committed to staying true to our authenticity. I take pride in working for NextGen Leads and can’t wait to see the magnitude of impact it will continue to have in this space.

Lisa Montgomery

Lisa Montgomery

Account Manager

Eliazar Valdez

Account Manager

Eliazar Valdez was born in Albuquerque New Mexico and moved to San Diego early in his life. Eli enjoys going to beach with family and friends and taking in all of the beauties that San Diego has to offer. Eli started as a member of our sales development team and has worked his way up to his current role of Account Manager.

I really enjoy working for Nextgen Leads! I Am currently assisting Health and Medicare agents grow their book of business by utilizing our innovative methods of filtering, helping them achieve the highest ROI possible.

Eliazar Valdez

Eliazar Valdez

Account Manager

Jay Araiza

Account Manager

Jay Araiza is a San Diego native who’s experience in customer service and marketing molded his professionalism. Jay’s passion is the driving force of his career development which was prominent during his time at a San Diego startup in the alternative health care sector. Jay attended Missouri Baptist University on an athletic scholarship. In his free time, Jay is learning to code, learning Portuguese and exploring new parks throughout San Diego with his son.

Coming soon...

Jay Araiza

Jay Araiza

Account Manager

Rizaldee Balza

Sales Associate

Rizaldee Balza is a San Diego native whom’s experience in the sales industry has molded her professionalism. Starting in 1998 as a Property and Casualty Insurance Agent, Rizaldee has since been employed in various professions and excelled in all. Now, instead of selling insurance she plays a major role in connecting major health companies with a large volume of individuals who need it. Her extensive background allows her to follow her passion in sales and customer service. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, trying new eateries and going to the gym.

I love working for NextGen Leads because it allowed me to move up and around while gaining experience within the company. By promoting within, NextGen is comprised of many strong individuals that make this company enjoyable to work for.

Rizaldee Balza

Rizaldee Balza

Sales Associate

Kristin Crawford

Sales Associate

Kristin moved to San Diego in 2009 after graduating high school. Her sales career began shortly after moving when she started working in the retail industry and slowly moved to call centers where she was introduced to NextGen Leads. During her time in San Diego, Kristin has pursued her love for beauty by getting her Esthetician license and providing services to a variety of clientele. She realized how much she enjoys helping people whether it’s in fashion, beauty, or in general. She also enjoys music, movies, and raising her fur baby, Wynter.

I love working for NextGen Leads because it allowed me to move up and around while gaining experience within the company. By promoting within, NextGen is comprised of many strong individuals that make this company enjoyable to work for.

Kristin Crawford

Kristin Crawford

Sales Associate

Andrenique Manson

Sales Associate

Andrenique Manson was born and raised in San Diego and has worked in customer service for over 5 years. She began working at NextGen in 2017 and enjoys providing support to help meet customer needs. In free time she enjoys reading, taking her son on outings, and spending time with family.

I love working for NextGen Leads because it allowed me to move up and around while gaining experience within the company. It has allowed me to grow and gain experience in sales and learn about lead generation. Everyone here is very helpful and I could not have asked for a better team to be a part of!

Andrenique Manson

Andrenique Manson

Sales Associate

Ryann Jones

Senior Full-stack Developer

From Canada, Ryann started his career in Calgary, AB within the oil and gas industry as a Digital Marketing Coordinator responsible for maintaining and growing online presence. Following two years in a marketing capacity, He found the intricacies of SEO and challenges of development to be his calling. Four years later, Ryann has built a strong portfolio of web development skills in both front and backend capacities. Fluent in Javascript, PHP, Python and everything SEO, Ryann is passionate about optimizing the web for a better tomorrow.

NextGen has a fun team dynamic that empowers you to contribute and grow. With the focus on modern technology, you can rest easy knowing your skills will always be at the forefront of the industry

Ryann Jones

Ryann Jones

Senior Full-stack Developer

Luis Sanchez

Full-stack Developer

Luis was born south of the San Diego border and grew up in Chula Vista, CA, a southern suburb of San Diego. He graduated from the University of California San Diego with a Computer Engineering degree in 2017. Luis' last semester was spent studying abroad in Lund, Sweden. During his time at UCSD, Luis was part of a few different research groups and worked closely with hybrid network topologies, cloud service providers and optical circuit switches. After a year of working in automation testing, using tools like Selenium, Appium and Postman, Luis turned his attention to full stack development. In his free time, when Luis is not working on his personal meal-prep/cookbook web application, he is at his parent’s house smoking ribs and pulled pork with an offset smoker he made himself.

NextGen generates high quality leads because we focus on building robust and cutting edge features. Our ability to adapt and grow speaks to our passion for technology and our clients' success.

Luis Sanchez

Luis Sanchez

Full-stack Developer

Brett Wray

Front-End Developer

Brett Wray is a San Diego native that began his career as an office assistant for a marketing and technology company where he worked alongside a team of developers each day, after only a few months working there Brett realized he had a passion for web development and began teaching himself to code, after years of moonlighting as a developer after work, Brett was ready to start his career as a Web Developer which is what brought him to NextGen Leads. When Brett is not at his computer you can find him driving his boat on the Colorado River, exploring San Diego with his girlfriend Jann, or spending time with his best friends Dozer the english bulldog and Tank the french bulldog.

NextGen has built an extremely fun and talented team of individuals that truly care about the product and the success of our clients, the modern technology that our platform is built on allows us to continuously innovate and build new features to ensure that we’re delivering the highest quality leads.

Brett Wray

Brett Wray

Front-End Developer

Jonathan Johnson

Web Designer

Jonathan originally hails from Boston, MA, and graduated from James Madison University with his BFA in graphic design. He moved to San Diego because he never wanted to deal with another Boston winter again, and he has no regrets about the decision. He has worked as a professional graphic designer for several years, and is currently pursuing his Masters in graphic design. When he isn’t doing something design-related, he is usually out and about enjoying all the fabulous things San Diego has to offer.

NextGen has been a dream job. I couldn’t image when I started working here that I would be working with such smart and innovative people who take such passion in what they do.

Jonathan Johnson

Jonathan Johnson

Web Designer

Josh Lapid

Front-End Developer

Born and raised in San Diego, Josh discovered his passion for web development when his family needed a website for a restaurant they opened. As his interest grew, he taught himself how to code and built out a portfolio which allowed him to land a position at a marketing agency and start his web development career. Josh joined NextGen Leads in 2019 and handles split testing and API integrations.

NextGen Leads has an awesome work atmosphere with many talented individuals. I enjoy my work at NextGen because of the focus on the most modern technologies.

Josh Lapid

Josh Lapid

Front-End Developer