PILYTIX growth strategy continues with multiple new hires

Feb 22, 2022 (Austin, TX) –PILYTIX, an Austin-based artificial intelligence company, welcomes four new employees to its growing tech operation in the sports sales and university fundraising space. With recent growth in new clients and expanded client success services, the new team members will contribute to ongoing growth and strengthen the overall operation.

“We strive to build both value and success that is proven by sharing results of product usage with our clients. There is no question that our ability to do this is dependent on the rich backgrounds and unique skillsets of our employees,” said CEO Jim Dries.

  • Parker Barnes joins PILYTIX as a data scientist after his experience as a data analyst for the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch. He brings extensive knowledge in applied machine learning to the role from his B.S. in Statistics from Brigham Young University and his M.S. in Business Analytics from the University of Utah.
  • Curtis Dean comes to PILYTIX as a data scientist after serving for over 3 years as a systems analyst in the banking industry. Curtis brings a successful track record of providing revenue insights from historical trends, and as a former athlete he is passionate about applying his data analysis skills to the sports industry.
  • Tristan Smith joins PILYTIX as a data scientist following his data and sales experiences with Frost Bank, KSAT12 News, and Spurs Sports & Entertainment. Focused on machine learning and sports analytics, Tristan received his B.S. in Business Analytics & Technology from Trinity University.

“Data science is the lifeblood of our organization, and we are excited to welcome three highly-qualified data scientists to scale our team and better serve our clients,” said CTO Hendrik Kits van Heyningen.

In addition to expanding data science capabilities, PILYTIX announces an addition to sales leadership.

  • Jamie Hays Szelc joins PILYTIX as director of sales for university fundraising. She arrives with more than 20 years of experience in the university environment, with the last 14 years focused on fundraising. Jamie’s diverse university fundraising background includes stints with Marquette University, Colorado State, University of Texas – Austin, and the University of Kansas.

“The energy and optimism these professionals bring to the table allows us to continue to raise the bar for our clients. We welcome and look forward to an exciting future with the newest additions to our team,” said Dries.


PILYTIX is an artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technology company based in Austin, Texas, offering data-driven solutions that help organizations improve sports sales and fundraising efforts. PILYTIX’s proprietary AI and machine learning software encourages a philosophical shift in the sales and fundraising processes, enabling sales representatives and gift officers to focus on the right customers at the right time. In addition to their pipeline management tools, PILYTIX has expanded their offerings for sports sales and university fundraising teams to now include lead scoring, retention, and data quality products. PILYTIX also offers data management solutions that allow for powerful insights from the integration of disparate data sources. PILYTIX was co-founded in 2015 by Jim Dries and Hendrik Kits van Heyningen.