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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.

Kerry and Ashlee are available to speak at your events.  Get more information.

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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. Notably, Ashlee was hired as the first intern to NBA Star LeBron James. Following graduation, Ashlee moved to New York City and 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 large brands like Moet Hennessy and Coca-Cola. Much of Ashlee’s passion for Mixtroz comes from her vast knowledge of events and the integration of technology into the landscape in an effort to track analytical data while optimizing consumer experiences. Ashlee serves on the Boards of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and Tech Birmingham and is involved with community initiatives such as Black in Tech Nashville and Girls to the Moon.

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

Kerry Schrader

Co-Founder, CEO

Kerry Schrader, Cofounder/CEO of Mixtroz, holds a BBA, MBA from Kent State University and has held both the SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications. Kerry has more than 25 years of 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 workforces with results that increase productivity and bottom-line profitability. Residing in Birmingham, AL Kerry serves on the Board of Albuquerque based Creative Startups and is the Corporate Treasurer for a Nashville-based investment group. In addition, Mrs. Schrader is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Black in Tech Nashville and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. One of her passions includes volunteering for programs that support the education and development of girls and underrepresented children.

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