About IRIS

We Simplify Your Systems and Empower Your Plans

For more than 20 years, IRIS has been delivering enterprise-level through-channel marketing automation that is comprehensive, flexible and scalable. Across a wide range of industries, leading companies trust us to help them seamlessly execute fully integrated programs to and through their channel partners.
Our GearBox® platform is a complete technology solution that integrates marketing, finance, procurement, sales and training, and lets you to customize its functionality to meet your specific needs.

Manage your programs and partnerships, your way, with GearBox®.

Paul Kotz

Founder & President

Paul Kotz is the president of IRIS. A native of Kansas, he currently lives in Louisburg with his wife, daughter, 2 dogs, 2 cats, 7 alpacas, and soon to be 11 chickens. Paul is a serial entrepreneur and has been the lead “Gearhead” since starting IRIS in 2000. I get the honor of leading the amazing group of people here at IRIS. I am part sales person, part circus ringmaster and part process engineer.”


Bachelor Degree in Photojournalism from the University of Kansas

What do you do for fun, outside the office?

Paul loves to ballroom dance with his wife. He also enjoys tractor time on the farm and when the colder months come around, working on his model railroad, Tiffany Springs, in the basement of his house.

What do you like about working with IRIS’ clients?

“I love understanding how my clients’ businesses operate to see what opportunities there are to make them more efficient using technology and proven best practices. I am thankful every day for the trust that our clients show IRIS and the opportunities that we are given to allow us to grow right along with our clients.” 

Dena Brennan

Vice President of Client Services

Originally from the Midwest, Dena’s family moved often during her childhood (seven different cities before graduating from high school!), but she’s called the Kansas City area home for many years. As the VP of Client Services, Dena leads the customer support, project management, account management and client onboarding teams.  A proud “Gearhead” for more than 13 years, she and her team take pride in being the face of IRIS and providing clients with solutions that make their jobs easier.


Bachelor Degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas

What do you do for fun, outside the office?

Traveling, reading, figure skating (watching more than doing these days), bowling, hiking, spending time with family.

What do you like about working with IRIS’ clients?

“I learn something new from each client.  Collaborating with them and my IRIS family to develop creative solutions is really rewarding.  And even among the challenges, we usually have some laughs along the way.”

Nicole Jackson


Now living in Kansas, Nicole was originally a small-town girl from Madison, IN. She moved to Missouri in 2016 and started at IRIS as a general accountant shortly thereafter. With nearly 25 years of accounting experience, Nicole brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as our Controller.


Associates Degree in Business Administrations from Ivy Tech State College, a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Campbell University and a Master’s Degree in Accounting from Stayer University.

What do you do for fun, outside the office?

If you’re looking for Nicole outside of work, you’ll likely find her behind a book. She loves to read and is hard-pressed to choose a favorite genre or author.

What do you like about working with IRIS’ clients?

“I love that each IRIS client is unique. From their products and services to the way they want to receive an invoice and pay for it. Our clients have given me the opportunity to learn about a variety of industries, their products and their operations. They’ve helped me to think creatively about to how IRIS can partner with them to meet their accounting needs.”

David Brazelton

Vice President of Technology

​Born and raised in Kansas City, David has lived around Kansas City — on both the Kansas and Missouri side of the city. Early in his technical career, he worked between clients and built channels to enable software to work together. Now, Vice President of Technology, he has held several roles since joining IRIS in 2012 including technical support, project management, development and infrastructure. In other words, he’s our technical guy.


Bachelor Degree in Computer Engineering from DeVry University and a Masters of Business Administration from Keller University

What do you do for fun, outside the office?

David’s “spare” time is spent raising his two young children with his wife. He loves giving them experiences and challenges to help them discover who they are. David also loves to “tinker”: brewing beer, building machines, coding and learning random new things.

What do you like about working with IRIS’ clients?

“The new ways each client finds to use our software will always amaze me. I enjoy learning unique ways something can be repurposed. That ingenuity creates goals for designing our software.”

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IRIS Leadership


Chief Solution Provider

Sprocket is a citizen of the world who has made Lenexa, KS home for the past 20 years. He has been Paul’s right-hand man since IRIS opened its doors and Sprocket is driven to innovate solutions that will serve the needs of our clients, making it possible for them to grow and operate efficiently.


Go Jayhawks!

What do you do for fun, outside the office?

Sprocket is a huge Star Wars fan – he loves to watch the movies, go to conventions and debate on conspiracy theories.  He’s counting down the days until the next episode.

What do you like about working with IRIS’ clients?

I love helping our clients streamline their to-do list. Most of them come to us multitasking and stressed – using different systems and legacy platforms to get their work done. We get to help them bring it all together and take back control.”


Dave Powell

Director of Online Programs

Originally from Manhattan (Kansas, that is), Dave now calls Kansas City, MO home. His career started in the printing industry where he discovered his passion for administering the technology behind ecommerce sites and online storefronts. Ultimately, this made IRIS and Dave a match made in heaven. He’s been with the company for six years and is the Director of Online Programs.


Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship from Kansas State University

What do you do for fun, outside the office?

In addition to volunteering with his son’s boy scout troop along with other local nonprofits, Dave is an outdoorsman. He loves spending time with family and friends, fishing, skiing, sailing, mountain biking, camping and riding mopeds around the nearby lake.

What do you like about working with IRIS’ clients?

“More than anything, I enjoy utilizing the experience I have gained over the years – working across different industries. Tailoring solutions to solve business challenges, meeting each client’s unique needs and making their lives easier using Gearbox is rewarding.”


Jim Roberts

Business Development

Jim leads business development and has been with IRIS for almost 10 years and works remotely from Connecticut. Most of his career has been spent in marketing and sales where he has held executive positions in sales and business development.  Jim’s extensive experience supporting the retail sector, delivering solutions for trade fund management systems (Co-op/MDF), Mar-tech tools (such as online ad builders), marketing automation systems and portal access development.


Bachelor Degree from Providence College and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania

What do you do for fun, outside the office?

Jim is a sports nut! Specifically, he enjoys fishing and is still competitive on the basketball court.

What do you like about working with IRIS’ clients?

“I love the ah-ha moments when we’re able to bring our clients solutions that make their jobs easier and their marketing strategies more successful – helping them to manage and track their long list of to-dos is really rewarding.”


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