About Us2019-10-25T11:04:00-06:00

We are people, people & we know that even in a digital world face-to-face connections drive the most electricity.  Our mission is to create valuable community where 50 or more are gathered.

Ashlee Ammons and Kerry Schrader, the mother/daughter duo who co-founded Mixtrox.

Ashlee Ammons and Kerry Schrader

The Story

In November 2014, while living in NYC, co-founder Ashlee attended a conference.  For a “networking’ opportunity during lunch, the event host suggested attendees “go up to someone with the same color dot on their name tag.” Ashlee deemed that networking activity awkward and enjoyed lunch with her smartphone, but made zero connections.

Later that same day, Ashlee shared this experience with her mother, Kerry, who ironically had had a similar experience that same weekend.  The soon-to-be founders discussed at length the awkwardness of meeting people at live events.

And following a four hour conversation on November 9, 2014…

Mixtroz was born!

The Bio

Kerry Schrader and Ashlee Ammons are a dynamic Mother/Daughter duo in the new wave of entrepreneurs who create services to make work and play simpler and more satisfying. Without formal tech backgrounds, they’ve blazed trails in the male-dominated tech startup space with their company, Mixtroz, which creates community by increasing engagement and collecting data.

Following remarkable progress in 2017, Team Mixtroz kicked off 2018 by joining Alabama’s prestigious Velocity Accelerator and starring on an episode of A+E®’s series “Rooster & Butch.” In May 2018, the duo was selected to pitch to AOL Co-Founder Steve Case during the Rise of the Rest® tour stop in Birmingham, AL and secured a $100,000 investment from Cases’ Revolution Fund. The team went on to close a $1M round of funding, making them the 37th and 38th black females to ever close a million dollar round of funding.

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How We Got Here

November 2014  Mixtroz is Born

June 2016  2 F/T Founders Join Gigtank Accelerator, TN

March 2017  Mixtroz v2 Launch

August 2017  Film A+E®‘s “Rooster & Butch”

November 2017  Pitch Creative Business Cup,Denmark: WIN

January 2018  Join Velocity Accelerator, AL

May 2018  Rise of the Rest® Birmingham: WIN $100K Investment

October 2018  Close $1M Seed Round

This is Us

Ashlee Ammons: The Co-Founder and President of Mixtroz.

Ashlee Ammons

Co-Founder, President

Ashlee Ammons holds a BA in Mass Communications and Public Relations from Baldwin Wallace University.  She is the 38th Black Female Tech Founder to raise over $1M in pre-seed funding.  Prior to Cofounding Mixtroz with her mother, Kerry Schrader, Ashlee established a career as an Events Producer working with an impressive list of A-Listers including Oprah Winfrey, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jay-Z, as well as legacy brands like Moet Hennessy and Coca-Cola.  Ashlee serves on the boards of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and Tech Birmingham, is a 2019 Birmingham Business Journal 40 Under 40 recipient and a proud member of Delta Zeta Sorority where she was named 35 Under 35 in 2018. 

Kerry Schrader: The Co-Founder and CEO of Mixtroz.

Kerry Schrader

Co-Founder, CEO

Kerry Schrader BBA, MBA, is the Cofounder/CEO of Mixtroz. She is the 37th Black Female to ever raise over $1m in tech. Kerry has more than 25 years’ experience positively impacting the human assets of large companies including Ford, Alcoa, and Sears Holdings Corporation. Mrs. Schrader has vast experience developing programs that engage work-forces with results that increased productivity and bottom-line profitability. Mrs. Schrader is a board member of Creative Startups, Birmingham’s inaugural Mayor’s Small Business Council, UAB’s O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Advisory Board, a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Black in Tech Nashville.  Most importantly, she is a breast cancer survivor! #earlydetectionsaveslives

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