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Kerry Schrader and Ashlee Ammons are the dynamic mother-daughter founding duo of Mixtroz. Prior to founding Mixtroz, Kerry spent 25 years as a senior HR professional at companies such as Alcoa, Sears, and Ford Motor Company, and she earned an M.B.A. at Kent State University. Ashlee previously worked as an Events Producer, working with the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jay-Z.

Kerry Schrader (CEO) and Ashlee Ammons (President)

Kerry Schrader (CEO)

and Ashlee Ammons (President)

Kerry and Ashlee founded Mixtroz in 2015 after both having lackluster and awkward experiences at networking events. Seeking more authentic connections and community-building, they created Mixtroz, a technology platform designed to improve networking by better engaging guests and providing hosts with easy-to-use, actionable data. In the wake of COVID, Kerry and Ashlee re-imagined and re-tooled the platform to be effective in virtual, in-person, and hybrid environments, in order to make gatherings more valuable regardless of where they take place.



  • Founded 2015

  • Secured investment from Steve Case’s Revolution Fund via Birmingham Rise of the Rest pitch competition (2018)

  • Completed Innovation Depot Velocity Accelerator (2017)

  • Awards and recognition include “Rising Startups to Watch” from Forbes, “100 for 100”: Ashlee Ammons from American Express, “100 Powerful Women” from Entrepreneur Magazine, and “Event Planner’s Choice – Event Technology” from BizBash

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