About GAD

Our Leadership Team

James Graven

James Graven, President

James Graven is the President and founder of Graven Austin & Drake. Prior to forming Graven Austin & Drake, James spent 20 years as a Vice President and financial advisor for Paine Webber. James holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Drury University and an MBA from the University of Missouri.

Jason Graven

Jason Graven, Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Jason Graven is Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Graven Austin & Drake. Since joining the company in 1998 Jason has overseen the development of hundreds of telemarketing campaigns for the company. Prior to joining Graven Austin & Drake, he held sales and marketing positions with Cover-All Building Systems and Miller Medical Services. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business from Northwest Missouri State University. Jason currently serves on BPA’s Telemarketing Advisory Committee (TMAC).

Marilea Rans, Senior Account Manager & Call Center Manager

Marilea Rans joined Graven Austin & Drake in 2010. Prior to joining GAD Marilea served 9 years in bank and finance management. During her tenure with GAD she has successfully managed hundreds of telephone marketing campaigns for audience development, event marketing, and sales. Marilea holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Purdue University.

Julie Jones, Senior Account Manager

Julie joined GAD in 2013 after spending almost 10 years with the Professional Bull Riders Association as a Licensing and Ecommerce executive. Julie has served in the capacity of Senior Account manager for a substantial number of direct-to-dentist efforts for dental publishers and manufacturers. Julie holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Central Florida and a master’s degree in Management from Embry Riddle.

Patrick Stallings, Director of Technology

Patrick Stallings joined GAD in 2013 and attended Pikes Peak Community College. His inquisitive nature has led him to discover new technologies for GAD to leverage and integrate for their clientele. Patrick’s experience includes C, NodeJS, GO, SQL, and NoSQL; just to name a few. He has successfully implemented multiple cloud-based CRM integrations.