Yona Shtern Bio

Executive Chairman




Yona Shtern is the executive chairman of ParkWhiz – the high-growth market leader in delivering mobile services like parking to consumers. The company operates complementary B2C and B2B marketplaces and powers the data, transactions, and customer service layers for partners like SAP, Sirius, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Ticketmaster, Groupon, Staples, and many others.

Prior to joining ParkWhiz, Shtern was co-founder and CEO of Beyond the Rack. Launched in 2009, Beyond the Rack grew exponentially to over 13 million consumer members, 5,000 brand partners, 400 employees, and annual revenues in excess of $150 million.


Previously, Shtern was president of Gosh Marketing, CMO of Ice.com, and CMO of Microcell Telecommunications, where he launched the Fido wireless brand. He was also vice president of direct and database marketing at Saks Fifth Avenue and director of direct marketing at Avon Products. He began his career with a BA in English literature from McGill University.

Shtern has been an entrepreneur for over 15 years and is a frequent speaker at international marketing, start-up, and technology conferences. He is an active angel investor and serves on a number of advisory boards for start-up companies. 


He also acts a mentor to young entrepreneurs at FounderFuel and the Founder Institute, and he is a board member of Startup Canada.


He has received numerous awards for his advertising, product launch, and marketing strategies and was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015