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Tommy Woycik founded NEXTEP SYSTEMS in 2005 when he realized there was no reason people should have to wait in lines at restaurants anymore. He saw the potential of touchscreen self-order to revolutionize the way people order food – whether they’re at a ball game, a restaurant, or an airport – and built NEXTEP to lead the way.
 
Anticipating the role technology would come to play in hospitality, Tommy and his team created a self-order solution that seamlessly blended not only into food service operations, but also into the everyday lives of ordinary people.
 
Since then, we’ve mastered self-order and expanded our catalogue to offer a full spectrum of order management solutions. Using Foundation8™, our single-platform, cloud-based architecture delivers scalable food service technology to: restaurants; corporate, education and hospital food service; deli and grocery; airports and more.

 
 
 
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Executive Team

 
 

Tommy Woycik
President and Founder

With twelve years of success as an entrepreneur, team-builder, and manager in the self-order technology space, President and Founder Tommy Woycik drives the strategic vision and growth of the company. Under his direction, the NEXTEP team develops best-in-class self-order kiosk and mobile ordering software, producing innovations like: the Repeat Previous Order function for record-breaking speed at the Touchscreen Drive Thru; Intelligent Upsell™ for consistently boosted profits; and a facial recognition feature for the ultimate personalized guest experience.

Before founding NEXTEP, Tommy served as vice president at New World Systems, where he led the development of the company’s flagship public safety software. Tommy graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s in software engineering, and earned an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

When he’s not thinking about the future of self-order, Tommy can be found practicing Tae Kwon Do (he’s a blackbelt) or flying his plane with his wife and two daughters.

 

 

Marshall Cummings
Director of Innovation

With more than thirty years of experience in software and systems architecture, Marshall Cummings serves as the Director of Innovation for NEXTEP SYSTEMS. His experience includes overcoming countless hardware and software architecture challenges, from high-reliability and fault-tolerant systems architecture to troubleshooting complex systems.

Marshall is a named inventor on eight US patents in network-related technology and is largely credited with the invention of Power-over-Ethernet (PoE).

Outside the office, Marshall loves to fish, scuba dive, and explore caves with his wife. Never without the spirit of innovation, he recently developed a device that measures cave water levels and temperature once per second for a full year without needing any attendance (battery charging, memory card replacement, etc.).

 
 

 
 

Khris Perry
Vice President of Operations

As the Vice President of Operations, Khris Perry manages NEXTEP’s Services, Support, and Project Management teams. He has more than ten years of experience managing projects, resources, and software deployment.

Khris graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Computer Science degree.

Having lived on five continents in six different countries, Khris is now happy to call Michigan home. He spends his time with his wife, his dogs, and cars he builds and races.

 

 

Kevin Varga
Director of Development

As Director of Development, Kevin Varga brings more than fifteen years’ experience in software engineering to the table. He provides clients with solutions that demonstrate reliability, scalability, and flexibility, drawing from his experience in software architecture and mission-critical application design.

Kevin graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Computer Science degree.

When not software architecting or spending time with his family, Kevin enjoys sailing. Over the last thirty years, he has competed in countless sailboat races with friends, and more recently, has come to love solo Laser sailing.

 
 

 
 

Michael T. Schmidt, CPA
VP of Finance + Administration

Michael T. Schmidt, CPA, manages NEXTEP’s finance operations, overseeing internal and external reporting, cash management, procurement, and tax compliance matters. Michael has more than 18 years of experience, including over 8 years working for privately held service, technology, and distribution companies and over 10 years of public accounting experience at KPMG and Plante Moran.

Michael is a graduate of the University of Michigan and holds a Master’s degree from Walsh College.

 

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