Who We Are

Aries Solutions is a composable commerce partner focused on implementing best-of-breed commerce solutions for businesses of all sizes. We are a team of headless technology experts who believe in its capabilities.

Our Story

Let’s go back in time. It’s 2020 again. Jake Mays and Tim Steele have been collaborating with an up-and-coming technology and have now launched Express’s new commercetools commerce platform. This project pioneered the first commercetools platform implementation in North America. Everything went well. Tim and Jake enjoy working together, along with the rest of their team. And most importantly, they see a promising future for companies like commercetools in the broader composable space.

“We believe in composable and the flexibility it offers customers. The team we were working with was great. We wanted to replicate that,” says Jake. And so, Aries Solutions was created.

You need to be opinionated about what is Best Practice in this industry. For that reason, we are composable-focused and platform-focused. We specialize in commercetools implementations. And we stand apart from other commercetools partners because we’ve taken many steps to amass the highest concentration of commercetools talent on this continent. Jake adds, “Odds are if there has been a commercetools implementation in North America in the last five years, someone on our team has been a part of it.”

Composable allows our customers to differentiate themselves the way they want to. It enables them to choose what’s most important to their business without any extras or parts of a commerce service that underperform. As the world trends toward needing custom, headless and cloud-based commerce platforms to run their companies efficiently, Aries Solutions will continue to meet the needs of businesses on a global scale.

Odds are if there has been a commercetools implementation in North America in the last five years, someone on our team has been a part of it.

Jake Mays, CEO

Meet Our Leadership Team

commerce platform CEO

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, CO-FOUNDER

Jake Mays

Jake Mays is the CEO and co-founder of Aries Solutions. He is heavily experienced in project and program management with a demonstrated history of successfully leading large-scale implementations. He has expertise in retail, focusing on e-commerce and omnichannel fulfillment.

CTO of commerce platforms

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Tim Steele

Tim brings decades of experience in software development and commerce to his position as CTO. Before joining Aries Solutions, he was the Vice President of Commerce in North America for Valtech, where he led the growth of their regional commerce division, focusing on headless commerce platforms. Tim’s industry knowledge in retail, insurance, and finance comes from his years of experience. Tim is excited to continue to break ground and deliver innovative commerce projects at Aries.

HEAD OF CLOUD PRACTICE

John H. Patton

John is a thought leader with over 20 years of experience modernizing and supporting large-scale enterprise ecommerce applications. He has experience in on-prem and cloud architecture, cloud migration, development operations methodologies, DevSecOps practices, implementation planning, operations best practices, and advanced systems integration. He is an expert with origin web tier implementations using NGINX and Apache and has deep knowledge of edge technologies like Akamai or Fastly. John has created ecommerce bot mitigation techniques to reduce the impact of abusive and malicious automated reseller scripts using tools like Perimeter X and Datadome. He has led teams to manage the broad list of tools and technologies under the Platform Engineering umbrella.

HEAD OF FRONT-END PRACTICE

JM Presley

Jonmichael (aka “JM”) has been building ecommerce solutions for over a decade, with a focus on building dynamic user experiences.

What excites him about our work at Aries is that we’re building some of the largest ecommerce storefronts you’ve seen. All of our work has a big impact, and we often get to leverage the latest technologies.

SOLUTION ARCHITECT

Chirag Dua

With twenty years of experience delivering customer journeys, Chirag is committed to providing robust end-to-end commerce solutions using MACH vendors. He is passionate about composable architectures and using them to give customers the freedom and flexibility to innovate and create more exciting experiences. When he’s not architecting, Chirag is also an avid runner and tennis player.

DIRECTOR OF CLIENT AND PRODUCT STRATEGY

Chris Rogers

Chris has over ten years of experience delivering ecommerce in retail. Before joining Aries Solutions, Chris served as the head of Business Analysis (BA) for Digital and Stores Solutions Delivery at Abercrombie & Fitch. He was the leader in adapting and scaling traditional BA practices for enhanced agility. Chris’s focus areas included emerging digital channels, new markets, personalization, loyalty, omnichannel, payments, PIM/MDM, and mPOS across multiple international brands. At Aries Solutions, Chris is excited about helping clients obtain the flexibility and speed to adapt to their customer’s changing needs.

HEAD OF DELIVERY

Dustin Biddle

Dustin has over 15 years of delivery experience working with a broad range of clients aligning company operational objectives with results. His skills also lay in effectively managing process improvements, solutioning, agile program development, and business-critical project execution across a range of initiatives. Dustin has a passion for helping organizations develop modern delivery practices, product and project portfolios, teams, and vendor execution administration across data, MarTech, and ecommerce.

SOLUTION ARCHITECT

Chris Svajlenka

Chris brings over fifteen years of software engineering experience. Prior to joining Aries, he worked as an engineering manager in commercetools’ professional services department. Chris has a love for clean, efficient code and optimizing systems. When not in front of a computer, Chris spends his time cooking, baking, camping, and brewing beer.

HEAD OF QA

David Leslie

David fell into QA by accident when he signed up to test a CD-ROM digital magazine for CompuServe and never looked back. His current professional focus is on test strategies for MACH projects, cloud testing of mobile applications, warehouse/order management system testing, and searching for ways to automate functional tests at the speed of agile. He also enjoys giving back to the QA community by mentoring new QA testers and attending events like QA or the Highway. When he’s not testing, he volunteers with the Civil Air Patrol as a Senior Member working with young people interested in aerospace and is working on his commercial drone pilot’s license.