About Deal Co-op

Deal Co-op is a technology startup with its roots in the South, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. In 2010, Deal Co-op participated in TechStars Seattle and maintains a satellite office in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. InstaGift, the parent company of Deal Co-op, was founded by brothers Nate and Mike Schmidt in 2007.

Meet the Team

Nate Schmidt Co-Founder & CEO

Nate brought his online marketing skills to the South after meeting his Birmingham-born wife in law school. No rookie to the world of online deals and local business, he’s been providing creative couponing solutions for restaurants across the nation for over a decade. When he’s not at Deal Co-op HQ, he’s chasing around his twin sons and/or their older brother. He’s the reigning office cornhole champion (disputed).

Mike Schmidt Co-Founder

From designing databases to pushing pixels to defining SEM strategy, if it's online, on your phone, or in your inbox, Mike was probably responsible. Before founding InstaGift and later Deal Co-op, he was quickly moving up the ranks at ESPN.COM working on projects like Fantasy Football, Community Blogs and managing their early social media efforts. He received a Computer Science degree from the University of North Carolina.

Darlene Victoria Gonzalez Senior Support Specialist

Darlene applies her Business Administration education and experience from the non-profit and healthcare sectors to her position at Deal Co-op.  Service with a smile is her motto, even if you can’t see her, she is smiling. If you get on her good side, she might just send you some brownies!

Greg Wingo Business Development

Greg joined InstaGift in 2013, bringing 12 years of public relations and marketing experience. His interests include trail running, lacrosse, art and any activity involving his five-year old son, Shep. He's the only person in the office dumb enough to run 100 miles at one time.

Brooke Gillis Inside Sales Manager

Brooke joined Deal Co-op team in 2011 and brings 7 years of sales experience to the business. She is known by her husband as a "Super Mom Extraordinaire" staying busy with two very energetic boys.Brooke loves to sing Adele and is also an avid runner.

Jordyn Welden Community Manager

Jordyn joined the Deal co-op in 2012 after graduating from the University of Alabama with a Masters degree in Marketing. She really loves daily deals, playing the guitar, and finding obscure videos on YouTube.