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Biographies ofExecutive Team
William G. Wade-Founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors
Bill Wade is the founder and organizing executive of Company.com, a business-to-business information and lead generation services portal for SMBs, which launched in 2009 by way of its acquisition of Matchpoint Online,Inc. Prior to Company.com, Bill served as Vice Chairman of Sage Payment Solutions, a division of Sage Software plc. Prior to the acquisition of Verus Financial Management by Sage Software,Bill served as Executive Vice President (President effective 2005), corporate secretary and board member for Verus Financial Management, Inc. Verus and its subsidiary operations processed in excess of $8 billion in transaction settlement activity annually prior to the acquisition by Sage Software for $325,000,000 in cash. Bill merged Network 1 Financial as the platform company for Verus’soperations and also served as Chairman and CEO of Network 1 Financial, apayment processing company he founded in 1989. Bill assisted in raising inexcess of $85,000,000 in venture capital and debt financial between 2000 and 2006 for Network 1 and Verus Financial Management prior to the sale of Verus.Bill spearheaded the Verus negotiations with Sage Software leading to the company’s acquisition by Sage in February 2006.
James Edwards, ChiefFinancial Officer: Mr. Edwards joined Company.Com in April 2009. Before joining Company.Com, he had been CFO of Verus Financial Management (Verus) since June 2002. Verus provided payment services to over 100,000 small to mid-size merchants. In January 2006, Sage Software acquired Verus. Prior to joiningVerus, Mr. Edwards was CFO of ValuBond as well as Talus Solutions, which was acquired by Manugistics in 2000. Mr. Edwards graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1977 and is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Peter Adams, EVPProduct: Prior to Peter joining Company.com as EVP of Product, Peter was President of Matchpoint.com - a local business search engine that helps people and businesses find the right match when it comes to locating or hiring a business vendor. Prior to founding Matchpoint, Peter was Chief Technology Officer for Connexus (a diversified Internet marketingcompany) where he built a number of high volume Internet marketing. Widely recognized as an authority on Internet marketing, product development and webanalytics, Peter speaks regularly at conferences and has contributed articlesto publications such as Businessweek.com, The Advertiser, DM News, Forbes, andADWEEK.
Matt Grosso, ChiefTechnology Officer: Matt Grosso serves asCompany.com’s VP of Technology as well as Matchpoint's Chief Technology Officer and oversees technology operations and software engineering. Matt joined the company from Connexus Corporation, where he served as CTO and led technology operations and product development. Previously Matt was vice president of technology, business intelligence for LookSmart, Ltd. Matt holds a BA from the University of Chicago, where he majored in international relations.
Keith Deavon, VP of Marketing: Keith joined the Company.com team in March 2009 as the VP of Marketing. In addition to his role with Company.com, he is the Co-Founder of Mediabarn; a business that operates a creative studio, placement services, and a User Experience Lab. Prior to Mediabarn, Keith spent nearly 10 years at America Online where he held a variety of product design and leadership roles, setting the strategy for entire AOL product line and leading creative teams. Keith’s most recent position was Executive Director of the Producer Team for AOL's creative studio. There he led the team that was responsible for the design and delivery of nearly every consumer-facing property on AOL, regularly used by over 28 million people. Keith received a B.S. degree from Penn State University in Labor and Industrial Studies.
George Chidi, ContentDirector and Staff writer: Prior to George joining Company.com as its content director and staff writer, he was a former journalist for the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the International Data Group NewsService. George's coverage areas include dot-com era technology start-ups, small business, telecommunications and emerging technologies, politics, security, economic development and crime. George is an MBA candidate at the Georgia Institute of Technology, studying under a merit-based scholarship. The MBA class of 2010 named Chidi its Outstanding Student of the Year.
Biographies of theBoard of Directors
William G. Wade, Chairman of the Board ofDirectors (See above Biography)
Peter Adams, Executive Member (See aboveBiography)
Kamyar Kaviani, Non-Executive Member
Mr. Kaviani currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Application Corporation. He is focused on raising capital, business development, and sales strategy. Prior to founding Application Corporation, Mr. Kaviani co-founded HTR, a local system integrator and served as chairman and CEO. Under the leadership of Mr. Kaviani, HTR shifted its focus to a national training, consulting, and publishing company serving IT professionals in the latesttechnologies. Mr. Kaviani was instrumental in the transition.
In 1997, Mr. Kaviani merged HTR into Vcampus, a publicly traded application service provider providing online content. In 1998 Mr. Kaviani served as Executive Vice President of Business Development focusing in the public sector market at Vcampus. In addition, Mr. Kaviani also co-founded Saba, a human capital development software company that is publicly traded on NASDAQ. Mr.Kaviani received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland.
Shervin Pishevar, Non-Executive Member
Named "Bill Gates' Worst Nightmare" by the Financial Times, Shervin is a visionary technology entrepreneur, published researcher and technology incubation expert. Shervin has raised nearly $40m in venture funding for his start-ups. Shervin is the founder and CEO of SGN, one of the leading social and mobile gaming companies, and over 11 million installs on the iPhone and tens of millions of users on Facebook with title such as iBowl, iBasketball and (fluff) friends.
SGNgames are on over 30% of all iPhones and iPod Touches. Shervin raised a $15mSeries A for SGN from such investors as Greylock Capital, Founders Fund, Bezos Expeditions, Columbia Capital and Novak Biddle Venture Partners. Shervin was founding President and COO of Webs (formerly Freewebs), one of the largest social publishing communities in the world with over 30 million members and adding 1 million members every 60 days.
Shervin raised $12m for Webs from Novak Biddle and Columbia Capital. Shervin currently serves on the Board of Directors of both SGN and Webs. Shervin has co-founded such companies as Hotprints to revolutionize the personal printing and direct marketing world and Hyperoffice, a leading SAAS provider for small businesses.
Colin Digiaro, Non-ExecutiveMember
Colin has spent his entire career helping build Internet Start-ups. In addition to being one of the co-founders of MySpace, he most recently served as their SVP of International Corporate Development where he was responsible for the deployment of MySpace's global revenue strategy encompassing Sales and Sales Operations as well as overseeing and driving strategic partnerships and alliances.
Priorto his work on the International business, Digiaro led MySpace's monetization efforts as its SVP of Sales, where he established and built the Sales team into one of most formidable Web2.0 sales teams in the country. Digiaro also led Sales & Business Development for Response Base Marketing as well as Silicon Valley start-up Signio, which was acquired by VeriSign.
Digiaro holds a B.S. degree from the University ofSouthern California, where he had dual concentrations in Management and Policystudies.
Judy Starkey, Non-ExecutiveMember
Judith Starkey is the founder of Chamberlin Edmonds & Associates, Inc. (CEA) - an innovative solution for hospitals andphysicians to secure funding for indigent patients. Due to a personal situation, Judy was able to develop a process for tapping into government dollars for the disabled and under-insured.
Judy began the firm in 1986 and sold it in 2008. During her tenure, three rounds of capital were raised and the Company became the largest nationally known financial solution for the uninsured patient. Judy is a graduate of Spring Hill College with a Master's Degree from Georgia State University. Judy currently participates on the boards of three privately held companies as well as three not-for-profitentities including Baddour Memorial Center (a community for adults with intellectual disabilities); CADEF (Childhood Autism Education Foundation) and the Emory Hospital Visiting Committee. Judy is also a member of the AtlantaRotary Club.
Michael McChesney, Non-ExecutiveMember
Michael McChesney, founder and Chairman, brings more than 20 years of experience in technology and venture capital investing. He is a founding partner of Five Paces Ventures and has been the founder or Chairman of four successful Internet-based technology companies: SecureWare,Inc., Technologics Inc., S1 Corporation and WebTone Technologies, Inc.
Mr. McChesney founded hisfirst company, SecureWare, Inc., in 1986. SecureWare developed software and encryption technology for securing Unix-based operating systems, and was sold to Hewlett Packard in 1994. In 1995, Mr. McChesney co-founded S1 Corporation, one of the top IPO's of 1996. Today, S1 Corporation is a leading global provider to more than 4,000 banks, credit unions and insurance providers ofenterprise software solutions (NASDAQ: SONE). In 1998, Mr. McChesney founded WebTone Technologies, aleading provider of Internet-enabled customer service and support solutions,which was sold to Fidelity National in 2003. Michael is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and holds an MBA from the Wharton school of business.
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