Our Team

Leadership Team

Zak Ammar

Founder & CEO

As Founder & CEO, Zak executes all of Vixster’s core business functions. Zak received his MBA - Supply Chain Management at Appalachian State University. His skillset includes leadership, financial analysis, logistics, sales, and project management. Zak's passion and vision is to revolutionize the waste & recycling industry, and to reduce the overall amount of recyclable material in our landfills. Apart from Vixster, he enjoys spending time with family, playing music, cooking, and raising chickens.


Paul Pessina

Partner & CFO

As partner and CFO, Paul performs forecasting, budgeting, and financial analysis activities. He also works behind the scenes with Vixster to manage, routes, invoicing, and daily pickups. Paul worked for 7 years at Bank of America and received his Bachelors from Appalachian State University.


Kathryn Pope

CTO & Partner

As CTO & Partner, Kathryn Pope leads the custom website and application development at Vixster. She has a wealth of experience developing front/back-end solutions for websites and mobile applications in the sharing economy. Kathryn holds an MS in Computer Science, lectures frequently on web and software development, founded two software development companies, and has completed over 200 development projects across the region.


Aaron Ammar

Advisor & Partner

As Advisor to the CEO, Aaron’s focus at Vixster is business strategy analysis, product development and risk management. Aaron co-founded and operates SPA Properties, and is a Partner at Y-Risk. Prior to this role, he was Head of Risk Aggregation & Analytics at XL Catlin. Aaron earned his degrees in Risk Management & Insurance and Finance & Banking while playing college soccer at Appalachian State University. Aaron is a professional performance coach who enjoys spending time with his family, and dog - Zane.


Kurt Rathmann

Advisor & Partner

As Advisor to the CEO, Kurt Rathmann provides compliance and tactical experience to all things financial, accounting & strategy to Vixster. Kurt serves as the CEO at ScaleFactor and brings a keen focus for growing revenue, refining operations and developing people. Kurt is a licensed CPA and a Masters graduate of the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a news junkie, and has inherited the travel bug with a passion for exploring the world with his awesome wife and their 10 year old Pug.




Meet Our Drivers

Our drivers are members of the community who wish to supplement their income by providing trash and recycling services through Vixster’s web-based network. Vixster drivers are friends, neighbors, moms, dads, students, and long-time local residents who meet Vixster qualifications to provide this service. To be able to drive for Vixster, our drivers undergo a screening process which ensures that they are operating in safe state-inspected vehicles and have clean driving backgrounds. Our drivers must have the following items to drive for Vixster:

1. Valid Driver’s License

2. Valid Insurance

3. Motor Vehicle Report- obtained upon hire

4. Background Check- obtained upon hire

5. Vehicle that meets Vixster’s needs (pick-up truck, large van able to transport items)

6. Completed our tutorial training package