Jason Cowan, President
Jason Cowan is President and co-owner of Spark Solutions Group. Jason has worked in the point-of-sale industry since 1996, taking on the role of president in 2001. As president, he finds himself involved in every aspect of the point-of-sale industry, including sales, marketing, operations, technical support and consumables, such as paper, ribbons, and gift cards.
Keeping his finger on the pulse of the industry, Jason has been a member of the Retail Solutions Providers Association (RSPA) board of directors for nine years, serving three of those years as the board’s chairperson. He also served on the Micros Dealers Association (MDA) board for six years, leading two of those years as board president. Currently, Jason is serving his second year on the Mercury Customer Advisory Board (CAB) while continuing his three-year commitment to the Micros Dealers Association board.
While earning his BS in business marketing from the University of Utah in 1997, Jason met his lovely wife Kristen. The Cowan’s family are very active outdoors and enjoys all the activities that Utah has to offer.
Randy Gunter, Vice President
Randy Gunter is vice president and co-owner of Spark Solutions Group. At Spark, Randy oversees the service and sales operations as well as all of the company’s accounting and administrative functions. To say that he has his hands in a lot of pies is an understatement. In 2007, Randy started his career in the POS world as a programmer/trainer. A few years later, he became the director of operations at Cowans Restaurant Solutions, and then with the purchase of the Boise and Spokane markets, moved into his current role as vice president and partner.
Along with his thorough understanding of the POS world, Randy also possesses a solid background in restaurant operations. Having been the director of operations for the Trio Restaurant Group in Salt Lake City for several years offers him the unique ability to fully understand the needs of the restaurant and how best our POS products will help our customers. It is also helpful that Randy’s family owns a restaurant, Luigi’s, in Kemmerer, Wyoming. Being a foodie is definitely in his blood, mixed with a healthy dose of garlic and oregano from his Italian heritage.
However, Randy’s background isn’t all about food. His business experience was primarily attained in corporate America. Working at such companies as GE Capital, AchieveGlobal and Sysco taught him firsthand how top companies function and what best practices he could apply from this knowledge. Randy is also a true Aggie, having graduated from Utah State University in 1995 with a BS in marketing.