Member - David Hood

David Hood


David Hood, CEO of VanillaSoft, is a successful software entrepreneur with extensive international experience in finance, business development, sales, and marketing. Under his leadership VanillaSoft has grown over the past decade from a small start-up to a leader in the inside sales and CRM space focusing on lead management and cadence automation.

Prior to VanillaSoft, David was co-founder and CEO of Hemera Technologies, which grew from a basement start-up to a world-class player in the digital image content space in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

David holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry, a Master's Degree in International Affairs, and graduated from the Owner- President Management program (OPM) of Harvard Business School.

Member - Scott Amerson

Scott Amerson

Vice President of Sales

As Vice President of Sales, Scott is responsible for leading our global sales team. He is a results-driven professional who brings more than 25 years of sales and executive-management experience to VanillaSoft. He is a proven veteran at building scalable infrastructure for inside sales and call center teams by defining key performance indicators, sales process, and training programs.

In his previous role as Director of Sales at BenefitMall, Scott built and launched their inside sales team. In this position, he created and delivered policies and procedures, strategic planning, and technology integration leading to a 42% decrease in their sales cycle, and 30% increase in revenue per sale.

Scott has also held prestigious positions at multi-million-dollar companies, including Capital One, where he overhauled the entire sales and training processes to drive goal-surpassing revenue from $300 million to $900 million.

Scott holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Marketing from Nicholls State University.

Member - Darryl Praill

Darryl Praill

Chief Marketing Officer

Darryl Praill, Chief Marketing Officer of VanillaSoft, is a high-tech marketing executive with over 25 years’ experience spanning startups, re-starts, consolidations, acquisitions, divestments and IPO’s. He has been widely quoted in the media including television, press, and trade publications. He is a guest lecturer, public speaker, and radio personality and has been featured in numerous podcasts, case studies, and best-selling books.

Praill is a former recipient of the coveted Forty Under 40 Award, and has held senior executive roles in leading companies including Sybase, Cognos (now IBM), webPLAN (now Kinaxis), and CML Emergency Services (now AIRBUS). He has raised over $50 million in venture funding across multiple organizations and consulted with world-class corporations including Salesforce, SAP, and Nielsen. He is a Computer Science graduate from Sheridan College.

Member - Simon Gregoire

Simon Gregoire

Vice President of Research & Development

Simon Grégoire is the vice president of the VanillaSoft research and development team. Drawing on over 20 years of development experience, Simon applies his expertise to strategically manage all programming activities and is directly responsible for the development of the principal application cores.

Simon has acted as Development Manager at Tomoye, a pioneer in Online Communities of Practice, Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Hemera, a leader in digital imaging and graphics management, and Senior Development Leader at G&A Imaging, a leading ID-based security company.

He has won numerous international awards for his software design and user interfaces.

Additionally, VanillaSoft has built a winning team of engineers, operations personnel, finance managers and general managers.