Rheaply's Leadership Team
Garry Cooper, Jr., PhD
Chief Executive Officer/Co-Founder
Dr. Garry Cooper is CEO and Co-founder of Rheaply, a climate technology company working to scale reuse and the circular economy by bringing better visibility and utilization of physical resources; therefore reducing waste, costs, and carbon emissions. He also serves as a founding General Partner at LongJump, the most active pre-seed venture fund based in Chicago, designed to invest in the next generation of underrepresented founders and overlooked ideas.
Previously, Dr. Cooper was an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Northwestern, helping trainees, faculty, and staff more seamlessly connect to the Chicago business community. Prior to his faculty position, Dr. Cooper facilitated supply chain and performance improvement for leading biotechnology enterprises at Ernst & Young. Before this, he began his career as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Scholar at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, where he led the drug discovery effort to find a selective L-type calcium channel inhibitor for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, for which he holds a US patent. In addition to Vice-Chair of P33 Chicago, he also serves as a board member of 1871, Northwestern’s Master of Product Design and Management program, and startups Mycocycle and Improovy.
Dr. Cooper is the Chairman of the Board of Rheaply. He has been twice recognized as a Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs 2021 & 2022, an Emerson Collective Dial Fellow, one of Crain’s 40 Under 40 Chicago, Chicago Power 30, and Forbes Next 1000. He is a former Google for Entrepreneurs Fellow and a member of YPO Chicago Chapter, the Forbes Chicago Business Council, and The Economic Club of Chicago. Dr. Cooper is a member of the 2023 Class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.
Watch the TED Talk
What if we could harness the power and value of all that we discard? Circular economy builder Garry Cooper presents a compelling vision for transforming cities into sustainable, circular economies.
Dr. Garry Cooper
Founder & CEO
Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer
Connie Kim is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Rheaply. Connie has spent the whole of her career focusing on operational excellence starting from McKinsey & Co. to Google and most recently at Unilever where she was the Vice President of Technology Operations for their prestige eCommerce beauty brands. She brings with her expertise on building out scalable and lean operations, utilization of technology as a digital driver, and familiarity with the importance of B2B SaaS platforms for company growth. Connie is acutely familiar with Rheaply’s value proposition to businesses as she was involved in one of the very early enterprise contracts during her days at Google.
Chief Technology Officer/Co-Founder
Peter Tucker is a Co-Founder and the Chief Technology Officer at Rheaply. Before Rheaply, Peter was a Senior Software Engineer at Guaranteed Rate, Inc. where he created web applications for marketing and originating home mortgages. As team leader, his responsibilities included designing, developing, and delivering web applications. He also mentored other developers, evaluated potential candidates, and collaborated with other senior software engineers to design the overall architecture for the department. Before moving to Chicago, Peter attended University of Northern Iowa where he earned a Bachelor Arts degree from the College of Business studying Management Information Systems. Upon completing college, he spent the next six years working at the University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics. While there he spent the first three years of his tenure building web applications for Hospital Epidemiology before moving on to the Department of Anesthesia where he led the effort to migrate clinicians to an electronic anesthesia information system.
Chief Product Officer
Sushma Kittali-Weidner is the Chief Product Officer at Rheaply where she has responsibility for all product related functions. Sushma has 15+ years of experience building B2B SaaS and platform products for enterprises in automotive, electronics, med-tech, aerospace and apparel industries. She has deep domain knowledge in environmental compliance, social compliance, supply chain data management, sustainability, digital product passports and circularity principles. Her alma mater is University of Michigan. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband and two sons. During her free time, Sushma enjoys cooking, hiking, kayaking and art.
Chief Marketing Officer
Tom Fecarotta is the Chief Marketing Officer. Tom’s leadership responsibilities include RevOps marketing & event strategy, and development of Rheaply’s channel partner marketing program. Prior to joining Rheaply, Tom worked for 10+ years as a content marketer for various life science brands & technologies, developing event campaigns and launch strategies for leading biotech/biopharma and healthcare organizations.
Joe Kim is the VP, Head of Sales at Rheaply where he has responsibility for all revenue functions. Joe has been in a leadership capacity for 15 years and has worked in SaaS, B2B tech-enabled, and service businesses. He has worked in a variety of industries including the compliance, proprietary trading, online immigration, and recruiting spaces. Joe graduated from Calvin University with his B.A. in Business and is originally from southern California but now calls Chicago home along with his wife and three sons.
Jared von Halle
Jared von Halle is the VP of Engineering at Rheaply. Prior to Rheaply, Jared worked in a variety of industries including healthcare, consulting, and industrial supplies. He has experience managing teams across web development, data, and architecture, with a deep expertise in cloud, devops, and security. Jared graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in economics, but quickly found a new passion in software development, later completing a masters degree in computer science at DePaul. He currently lives in Denver, Colorado and enjoys taking advantage of the local mountains through hiking, camping, and skiing.