Executive Team

Marty Malysz
President

Marty is the president of Dependable Solutions, Inc. based in El Segundo, California. Over the past 25 years, he has successfully sold and managed 500 licensors, agent and licensees systems. Marty leads the sales and marketing efforts of DSI and Dependable Rights Ltd. (UK). He provides strategic direction in partnerships across all resources. Marty hails from University of California, Los Angeles where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics Systems Science. He is a former LIMA board member and speaks at industry forums on the benefits and issues involved in licensing back-office systems.

Jackie Ferguson
Commercial Director

Jackie Ferguson, Commercial Director based out of London is in charge of working with European & Australian Licensors, Licensing Agents and Licensees to improve their automation processes.  Jackie brings a wealth of knowledge in strong licensing practices from BBC Worldwide, Saban Entertainment and LCI/Fox Kids across all major genres.  "We look forward to Jackie's strong communications skills to help us foster new relationships and to help keep our existing clients moving along smoothly," says Marty Malysz, managing director of Dependable Rights Ltd.

Debbie Olshan
West Coast Sales Director

Debbie Olshan brings 15 years of industry experience to DSI, most recently as executive director of licensing with Shine America, responsible for product licensing and licensed promotions for properties including "MasterChef," "The Biggest Loser," "The Face" and "Minute To Win It." Previously, as director of worldwide publishing for 20th Century Fox, she created franchise plans and licensed many of the studio's television brands including "Modern Family," "How I Met Your Mother," "Family Guy" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" as well as feature films such as Avatar, Aliens, Ice Age,Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Alvin and the Chipmunks. She has a BA degree from UC Santa Barbara.

Chris Szabo
Director, Software Development

Chris brings over twenty-three years of experience to the Development Team.  His experience provides a very unique insight into different facets of the IT industry.  With advanced knowledge of both systems administration and enterprise level development, Chris has the expertise necessary to build robust software solutions within Microsoft based environments.  This prowess has been proven many times in a myriad of industries that include video games, health care, government, education, and professional services.  

Ron Hougardy
Director of Consulting Services

Ron Hougardy has joined in a new role for the company as Director of Consulting Services.  Ron had previously worked with Marty Malysz, DSI President, at Right Track Solutions, Inc. and PLX Systems many years ago.  Ron has a true passion for software implementations having worked in royalty and licensing automation in the music and entertainment industries prior to joining DSI. Ron is charged with bridging our technical development and client services so we can stay on top of the many enhancements requested by our clients.

Samantha Gunther
Director of Marketing & Events

Samantha Gunther, based in El Segundo, CA is your contact for marketing and advertising campaigns, promotional materials, training sessions, trade shows and our annual Licensing Summit. She joins us with over 20 years of experience in the Entertainment Industry where she co-developed and marketed ABC TV’s production music library 5th Floor Music. She entered the world of licensing with Disney/ABC’s Franchise Management team building licensing partnerships, planning events, as well as coordinating and developing products and assets for properties such as LOST, Once Upon A Time, Grey’s Anatomy, Dancing with The Stars and Shark Tank.

Masud Ahmed
SQA Manager

With over 11 years of experience in Software Quality Assurance in government and casino gaming industry Masud oversees and maintains the SQA Testing of DRM and deliverables. He graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI with BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering. His expertise is focused on Blackbox , whitebox and backend testing using Software Testing Life Cycle (STLC) methodologies in Agile environment.

Jackie Downe
Director of Client Services

Jackie Downe is the Director of the Dependable Solutions, Inc. Client Service Team. She has been with DSI for 3 years bringing with her a backround in retail as a Operations Manager at Dillards for over 16 years. Jackie is bilingual, she lives in Texas with her two kids but her hometown is Montreal where she cheers on her favorite hockey team Go HABS!!!!

events

Aug 14 - 16 2017
MAGIC
Las Vegas
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Sep 14 2017
Dive Social Club Licensing Professional Event
Brass Monkey
55 Little West 12th St
New York, NY 10014
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Oct 10 - 12 2017
Brand Licensing Europe 2017
Olympia, London
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