Meet the Team!

Get to know the Nix team. A group of experts with personalities more colorful than any fan deck!

CEO & Founder

Matt Sheridan

Color of Choice

My favorite color is #112358, I call it “Fibonacci Blue”

Important Fact

I have once had the great honor of sharing a plate of chicken wings at a party with Al Gore.

What Makes me Tick

I absolutely love problem-solving, no matter how big or small. Problem-solving is what keeps me up at night and keeps me motivated. They really should change CEO to CPO for Chief Problem Solver.

My Life Outside Nix

The one thing I love more than problem-solving is sailing. I once was a professional sailing coach and sailed in the Canadian University championship. Now I race my J24 boat with some other members of the Nix team. My ultimate goal is to eventually sail across the ocean. I am also a nerd for alternative energy and environmentalism.

Read my full bio here!

Founded Nix in:September 2012

Chief Operating Officer

Marc Directo

Color of Choice

Tangy Orange (Benjamin Moore 2014-30)

Important Fact

I’ve been part of many of Nix’s most memorable firsts, including… our first hire outside of our network, first huge sale, first million in revenue, and first team retreat.

What Makes me Tick

These days, it’s all about family. My wife and I are having a blast seeing our young kids grow up. I draw a lot of parallels with Nix. They’re learning new things every day, growing into phenomenal little members of society; much like our entire team is learning new things every day and building this amazing company. So with my kids, it’s about channeling their energy, their strengths and weaknesses and motivating them to go beyond what they think their limit is. I view my role at Nix in a similar way; how can we make this business perform better than the sum of its parts? How can I motivate the team to deliver excellence by balancing everyone’s strengths and weaknesses?

My Life Outside Nix

My hobbies seem to change with the seasons… I’ve been known to dabble in photography, vinyls, rock climbing, biking, and more recently wristwatches. But for the most part I’m a chauffeur.

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:October 2015

Mobile Developer

Alex Sundiev

Color of Choice

My favorite color is red (HEX #e63e30). But I like it even more in combination with lack. Glossy red complimenting matte/satin black – incredible match!

Important Fact

I’m pretty good swimmer. Apparently it helps if you ever end up in water.

What Makes me Tick

Constant curiosity, trying out new things and making mistakes creates perfect environment for learning and improvement. My passion for technology and learning help me be aware of advancements and also explore newer better systems and practices for programming and design.

My Life Outside Nix

I spent a lot of time in the water, as yachting was a huge hobby of mine growing up. I like all kinds of sports: cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, swimming, soccer, volleyball, running, hiking, etc.; does motorbiking count? Finally, reading a good book or listening to an Audiobook/Podcast.

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:2018

Production Coordinator

Andy Saem

Color of Choice

Bright blue #00A7EF

Important Fact

My real name is Sokunthearith and I can speak Khmer

What Makes me Tick

I am passionate about helping the team grow and growing the business through my role of procurement & production management. I strive to ensure that things run as smooth as possible on the job.

My Life Outside Nix

I enjoy playing competitive video games, I like to paint and sketch, and I love all music genres

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:January 2017

Production Team Lead

Carmen Guevara

Color of Choice

My two favorite paint colors are “Bone White” from PPG (1085-2), and “Gray Stone” from Dulux. My family is a big fan of Dulux paint!

Important Fact

When I began working at Nix, I was trained under the students working here! It was such a pleasure to learn from them, and have conversations in both English and Spanish.

What Makes me Tick

I am passionate about designing, painting, building, and color. I have always loved building and making things from scratch. I enjoy being the Nix Production Assistant because I can create, learn new ways to do things, and utilize my previous work experiences to improve the company.

My Life Outside Nix

Beyond production, I am also a journalist. I enjoy writing, designing, media, and I love working with the community.

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:March 2018

Production Technician

David Reyes

Color of Choice

Hex #7c040e

Important Fact

Other than family, music is my main drive. It makes everything better and meaningful. Without music, everything would seem soulless.

Bio coming soon!

With Nix Since:2018

Lead Hardware Engineer

Dixon Paez

Color of Choice

I like three colors in particular: #F5C400, #005394 and #C61E29. These are the colors of “la tierra que me vio nacer, mi querida Colombia.”

Important Fact

I was with Nix when we moved out of the apartment (our initial headquarters) into an actual office space at McMaster Innovation Park. It made me realize how much we have accomplished in such a small time frame.

What Makes me Tick

I am passionate about night photography. Understanding how light behaves and how a sensor can capture it to make it a memorable moment.

My Life Outside Nix

Moving out of the apartment (initial headquarters) into an actual office space at the McMaster Innovation Park. It made me realize how much we have accomplished in such a small time frame.

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:June 2015

Marketing Manager

Elaina Principato

Color of Choice

Bayberry Blue (Benjamin Moore 790), and Thermal Spring (Sherwin Williams 6761)

Important Fact

Plants are kind of my thing. I currently have over 50 plants and growing (pun intended) in my apartment, most of which were grown from seed. Some of my favorites are my lemon tree, mimosa (or touch plant), and pineapple.

What Makes me Tick

I really enjoy baking, and more specifically baking bread. I find baking bread rewarding and humbling – even though the ingredients are simple (flour, water, yeast, and salt) it can take some trial and error to get a beautiful loaf of bread. Sometimes the room is too warm and it poofs too fast, or your oven runs hot and it bakes too quickly. It’s all about finding out what the best method is for you – and sometimes, even if you follow the recipe to a tee, things just don’t turn out. And that’s okay too.

My Life Outside Nix

Plants are kind of my thing. I currently have over 50 plants and growing (pun intended) in my apartment, most of which were grown from seed. Some of my favorites are my lemon tree, mimosa (or touch plant), and pineapple plant.

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:February 2016

Marketing Intern

Gabby Espejo

Color of Choice

Viking Yellow, Benjamin Moore #321

Important Fact

I played Dora in a Spinmaster Dora the Explorer dance-along toy in 2007.

What Makes me Tick

I am passionate about dance! I have danced my whole life and trained in all styles. Taking on a new job is like learning new choreography. Confidence in your craft is a product of practice, determination to learn, and wise mentors. The end result is only as strong as the people behind the task.

My Life Outside Nix

I enjoy music, singing, playing piano, fashion, and travelling.

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:July 2018

Test Engineer

James Strack

Color of Choice

Yacht Blue (Behr S490-4)

Important Fact

I was highly involved with the electrical team of the McMaster Solar Car Project during my years at McMaster University. We participated in the 2009 World Solar Challenge which followed a route across Australia through the Outback and I was one of the solar car drivers for the team.

What Makes me Tick

Coming from an engineering background, I am passionate about problem solving and this is involved in nearly all of my work at Nix in one form or another. This could be trying to find a solution to an obvious issue (like finding the root cause of a bug in the app), or striving to improve existing solutions. Whenever I am completing a task I like to ask myself if there is a better, more efficient way to reach the goal, and if there is I work towards that improvement.

My Life Outside Nix

I have been an avid collector of music across many genres on vinyl records for the past 18 years. I also enjoy amateur photography; I have recently started to dabble in 35mm film after a long time of working in digital only and have started to develop my own film at home.

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:September 2014

Sales Executive

Jeremy Redmond

Color of Choice

My favorite paint color is grey (HEX: #C4C4C2)

Important Fact

I hiked, portaged and canoed 40 Km in Algonquin park, Ontario, over a period of 7 days and only ran into 2 other people during that excursion. I lost 15 pounds.

What Makes me Tick

I am passionate about making life easier for the everyday paint contractor, DIYer, and interior designer. I am proud to have saved companies a substantial amount of time in their field. For instance, one of our clients who is a cabinet manufacturer would spend 6 hours a day color matching. With the help of our Nix Pro Color Sensor he was able to save 3 hours of his time a day (saving a single staff member around 720 hours a year) – an exceptional ROI.

My Life Outside Nix

On my spare time I enjoy photography, gardening, SCUBA diving, Xbox, numismatics and have been an avid freshwater aquarist most of my life.

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:February 2018

Finance Manager

Korina Kaur

Color of Choice

Favorite color is Shamrock (Sherwin Williams 6454). This color reminds me of the rainforests in Malaysia and the deep green woodlands of Malawi and Ireland.

Important Fact

After university I took 5 months off to travel through south east Asia, Africa, and Europe; in total I travelled 31 countries. Highlights: I ate a tarantula in Cambodia, I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, I bungee jumped off the Zimbabwe/Zambia border bridge, I went shark cage diving in South Africa, I visited the highest point in Europe.

What Makes me Tick

Efficiency. Finding faster and better ways to pull, filter, and use data. Using those same skills to create better processes around day-to-day accounting and financial reporting. Organization. Whether it’s maintaining organized records or restocking the fridge the perfect way, organization is apart of everything I do.

My Life Outside Nix

I’m an incredibly keen traveler; I’ve visited 38 countries, and intend to reach 45 countries by the age of 30. I also enjoy food, movies, and books.

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:July 2018

Customer Experience Specialist

Matt McCutcheon

Color of Choice

Burnt Orange, #BF5700

Important Fact

I adopted a gray Netherland Dwarf rabbit back in February 2018 named Gandalf who will be soon turning 4.

What Makes me Tick

I’ve always felt the need to help and to be of service to others in my daily life. Through my roles here at Nix, I’ve been able to help many of our customers learn about the company and solve any issues that arise. Being the first point of contact for our customers, I always ensure that they are taken care of to the best of my extent.

My Life Outside Nix

You can find me at local rock/punk shows supporting my favourite bands or at home playing games on my PC

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:May 2017

Production Technician

Patricia Casadiego

Color of Choice

Hex #FFDE2F

Important Fact

Reading is one of my favorite pastimes. I love being immersed in the world of any book that I am reading. It’s really relaxing!

Bio coming soon!

With Nix Since:2018

Systems Engineering Technology Intern

Patrick Grzybowski

Color of Choice

#217773

Important Fact

One interesting fact about myself is that I enjoy spending my winter skiing and snowboarding.

What Makes me Tick

I am passionate about programming. It ties into my role in R&D, as programming is a key fundamental in the projects that are conducted. Nix allows me to practice my passions as part of the research and development team. I like that working at Nix challenges my problem solving skills, tests my knowledge, strengthens my interpersonal skills and provides a fantastic working environment that nurtures mentorship.

My Life Outside Nix

My hobbies are biking, camping and playing soccer.

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:January 2018

Business Development Manager

Ryan Turkienicz

Color of Choice

I’m really feeling Benjamin Moore’s Champion Cobalt (Hex #274965). It’s dark enough to have impact, but light enough that it wouldn’t make a room feel small. I just bought a house, and it would make for a great accent wall.

Important Fact

I am the 479th best Minesweeper player of all-time. Yes, the game that comes with Windows. I beat expert mode in 60 seconds. Not sure how interesting that is…

What Makes me Tick

I have always been an artist – I used to be a professional musician playing the guitar in a touring jazz band. I think that if paint is the way we decorate space, then music is the way we decorate time. They are two sides of the same coin. The way I work with sound is analogous to a painter working with colour. Sometimes it’s an elaborate landscape, and sometimes it’s an entire room of Cloud White. This perspective allows me to understand the user experience on a deeper level.

My Life Outside Nix

I love to play the guitar and have performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival and numerous venues around the US and Canada.

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:July 2017

Graphic Designer

Steph Hoekstra

Color of Choice

#005238 (the color of an old forest), with #9dbedd being a close second (the color of the sky). These two colors together remind me of some of my favorite places on Earth.

Important Fact

I was deemed June’s “Cutest Kid of the Month” in 1991 at our local photo studio.

What Makes me Tick

Is it too nerdy if I say I’m passionate about organization? Nothing makes me happier than when everything is neat and tidy and has its own place. I think that’s really what drives my passion for design, which to me is about organizing information in a way that makes sense.

My Life Outside Nix

I enjoy photography (especially landscapes) and being anywhere near the water. I also have to list “the Office” as an interest, having watched it from beginning to end at least seven times in the last four years (it was my background show while doing homework in the wee hours of the morning).

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:August 2017

UX/UI Designer

Tara Smith

Color of Choice

“A Rich Teal” from Farrow&Ball (No. 288)

Important Fact

You can usually find me outside biking and exploring different cities when it’s warm and snowboarding when there is snow. When I am inside, and not in front of the computer, I can be found in the kitchen experimenting with different recipes.

Bio coming soon!

With Nix Since:2018

Test Engineer

Thomas Langille

Color of Choice

My favourite paint colour is Envy by Sherwin Williams. I love green, and often test our devices using this specific colour.

Important Fact

I recently finished rebuilding a 1981 BMW that had been sitting for over 10 years. It may never be complete but it is now mechanically sound and ready

What Makes me Tick

My love for cars inspired my interest in mechanical systems. It blows my mind that someone designed the world’s most complicated systems, like car engines, by hand. At Nix the same drive is put to use when we design and build our in-house robots. We need to make systems that can do jobs, efficiently and reliably, while constantly making improvements to our own designs.

My Life Outside Nix

I am a big fan of F1 racing, and moreover a general motorsport enthusiast. I have always wanted to be a racing driver and take my own cars to as many local events as I can. I am also very active and participate in a handful of sports; hockey, soccer, golf, rock climbing, as well as playing some competitive video games.

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:June 2016

Scientific Application Specialist

Will Sheridan

Color of Choice

#00205B

Important Fact

I was the TIME person of the year in 2006.

What Makes me Tick

I’m passionate about science and the role it plays in our everyday life. Working at Nix has offered me the opportunity to use my scientific expertise to help facilitate partnerships in a wide range of fascinating industries where color is important, such as food and agriculture, and cosmetics.

My Life Outside Nix

I love watching and playing hockey, hiking on Hamilton’s many trails, trying out new restaurants, and traveling.

Read my full bio here!

With Nix Since:October 2013