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The Leadership Team

Lance Merker

Chief Executive Officer Read Bio
Lance Merker has been president and CEO of OmniUpdate since 2001 and CEO of OmniUpdate + Destiny Solutions since 2019. At the helm of two industry-leading software solutions, Merker uses his passion and leadership power to drive forward the most innovative technologies in the higher education industry— always backed by superior customer service.

Merker holds a B.A. in Business Administration and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Riverside.

Peter DeVries

President and Chief Operating Officer Read Bio
Peter DeVries provides operational leadership for Destiny Solutions. He establishes best practices and governance across critical business areas within the company. Peter has over 25 years of enterprise software company operations experience in CTO and COO roles, including senior positions at Workbrain (acquired by Infor), Necho Systems (acquired by CyberShift), Classwave Wireless, The BullDog Group (acquired by EMC), and IBM.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Mathematics degree with joint honors in Computer Science and Economics from the University of Waterloo. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Project Management Professional (PMP), Risk Management Professional (RMP), and an Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP).

Mark Triest

Chief Revenue Officer Read Bio
Mark Triest oversees all direct and indirect revenue generating activities as well as outbound sales development. He is a passionate and experienced education technology executive, advisor, and investor, and has held senior executive positions at leading EdTech companies including, SunGard Higher Education (acquired by Ellucian), ExLibris (ProQuest), and Digarc. Mark is also an advisor at LearnLaunch, the Boston-based EdTech accelerator, where he mentors education start-up companies.

Mark received his Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University.

Gordon Dyer

Chief Financial Officer Read Bio
Gordon Dyer is responsible for reporting, business planning and analysis, treasury, tax and M&A. Gordon has over 20 years of finance leadership experience and has successfully led M&A activities and integrations across multiple businesses. His prior experience includes CFO roles in public and private companies including Tenzing Managed Services (now Pivotree), Q9 Networks, LexisNexis and McGraw-Hill.

Gordon holds an MBA from Syracuse University and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University. He is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

Jeremy Fleming

Vice President, Professional Services and Community Engagement Read Bio
Jeremy Fleming is responsible for ensuring high quality and on-time delivery for all Destiny One implementation projects. He also overseas community engagement initiatives for the company including planning for the GROW! User Conference and the GROW! Community portal. A 20-year technology project and program management veteran, Jeremy was the Director of Program Management and Operational Readiness (IT) for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Organizing Committee prior to joining Destiny Solutions.

Jeremy holds a B.A.H. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Guelph.

Matthew White

Vice President, Customer Success Read Bio
Matthew White is responsible for long term customer retention through high quality support delivery and customer relationship management. He has over 18 years of experience in various operations, support and leadership roles. Matthew built and managed the support organization and customer success program, achieving exceptional levels of client satisfaction.

Matthew holds a B.A. with Dean’s List Honours from the University of Waterloo.