Dennis C. Hayes – Advisory Board Chair
Mr. Hayes is most famous for his position as Chairman, President and CEO of Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc., where he took the organization from a start up to a global company reaching revenues in excess of $240 million annually, with more than 1,500 employees. As a creator of the modem, the term “Hayes Compatible“ meant it adhered to the worldwide standard created be Mr. Hayes. The very premise of the internet can indirectly be traced to the success of the PC Modem, and Mr. Hayes. He is a recognized technology industry leader, company and association founder, entrepreneur, senior management executive, and director or advisor to businesses and other organizations with proven skills in global organization management, market and technology development, and influencing legislation for the benefit of the on-line industry. In November 2003 he was inducted to the Computer Industry Hall of Fame along with Steve Jobs, Michael Dell, and Bill Gates.
MonetaPro Corporate Strategy
Peter is CEO of Pragmaxis, LLC, a strategic management consulting firm that specializes in defining and operationalizing top-line growth, e-Business and transformation strategies for Fortune 1000 corporations. Mr. Balbus is a former Vice President and General Manager at Booz Allen Hamilton/Aestix. Peter’s career includes the position of Principal with CSC Index, and Chief Strategy Officer for Spectrum Group. Peter has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Melissa is President of Networlding, Inc. and is one of the world’s leading experts on the development of individual and community leadership networks as a means of growing and accelerating brand loyalty and performance improvement inside and outside organizations. For more than a decade Melissa’s organization, Networlding, has provided exceptional relationship marketing and management programs for organizations like AT&T, CNA, Motorola and Disney. Melissa is the author and/or co-author of eight top-selling books. Her seventh book, co-authored with CMO of Office Depot, Jocelyn Carter Miller, held the #10 spot on Amazon (in Chicago) for a year. Other books include: Networlding: Building Relationships and Opportunities for Success, 75 Cage Rattling Questions that Change the Way You Work, The Power of Two: Rethinking and Reforming Strategic Alliances, and Angels in the Work Place. Melissa has also been a guest on both radio and television including The Today Show, CNN, WGN, CNBC and FOX. One of her books was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Her unique program, The Extravaganza, has been highly evaluated by Meeting Professionals International (MPI). Melissa founded Service Showcase, Inc., an innovative consulting firm started in 1986. She has grown the company to include clients Price Waterhouse, AT&T, Dean Foods and Motorola as well as dozens of smaller companies and organizations. In 1998 she was chosen one of six extraordinary women of the year by The University of Chicago Women’s Graduate Business Alumni Board. Melissa has a BA in Sociology and a J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
Mitchell S. Roth
Mitchell is a Partner and sits on the Management Committee at the law firm of Much Shelist Freed Denenberg Ament & Rubenstein, P.C. with specialization in Corporate Law, E-Commerce, and Internet Practice. Mitchell advises a wide range of clients, from entrepreneurs and closely held businesses to public companies. Mr. Roth’s business practice includes counseling businesses and their owners, with significant experience in negotiating and structuring joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, commercial lending transactions, venture capital transactions, private placements, and public offerings. Mitchell is also a certified public accountant, with past experience at KPMG Peat Marwick, and he offers guidance in structuring corporate transactions and individual income and estate tax planning. Mr. Roth speaks regularly on corporate and tax issues and he is the author of a number of published articles on corporate and tax law topics. Mitchell is a member of the American, Illinois State, and Chicago Bar Associations. He has chaired the Tax Law Committee of the CBA’s Young Lawyers Division. Mr. Roth is also a member of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization, the President’s Resource Organization, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Illinois Certified Public Accountants Society. Mitchell’s education includes a J.D. (with honors), and a B.S. (high honors) from the University of Illinois. He anticipates completion of his studies for an LL.M. in Taxation from DePaul University in 2005.
Brian is Chief Economist at Griffin, Kubik, Stephens & Thompson, Inc., a Chicago-based investment bank. The Wall Street Journal ranked him the nation’s #1 U.S. economic forecaster in 2001. The Chicago Tribune has called him “Chicago’s most prominent New Era Economist.” He may be seen on Chicago’s Channel 11’s “Chicago Tonight” or heard on WBBM radio. His regular monthly column “The Outlook” appears in The American Spectator magazine. In addition, he is a contributor to the editorial page at the Wall Street Journal, and his comments and writing have appeared in Barron’s, Investor’s Business Daily, Forbes, and the U.S. News and World Report. In 1995 and 1996, Wesbury served as Chief Economist for the Joint Economic Committee of Congress (JEC). While at the JEC, Wesbury advised members of Congress on economic issues relating to federal budget, tax, trade, and monetary policy. He has also worked as a Vice President and Economist for the Chicago Corporation, and as an Economist for Chicago’s Harris Bank. Brian’s academic background includes a M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Montana.
Don is the President and CEO of Summit Order, a $320MM private equity investment built to provide information technology, distribution, and customer response services for market leading retailers and manufacturers. Prior to Submit Order, he was Vice President of Supply Chain Management for Homelife Furniture Corporation, a spin-off of Sears. Earlier, he was Director, International Supply Chain Management for Case Corporation. The major portion of Don’s career was spent in the U.S. Navy where he held a multitude of senior positions. Don departed the Navy in 1996, as a highly decorated Captain in an Admiral’s job. In his last assignment, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Services, where he turned around a $710MM global marketing and distribution business that employed 4,000 at 200 stores in 20 countries. DRMS sold idle assets from retail stores, industrial plants, hospitals, restaurants, schools, hotels, wholesale distributors, transportation providers, and residential/office properties. Don has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BIE degree from Georgia Tech. He has also completed the Senior Executive Program at the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.
Tony is a manager of RFID enabled supply chain solutions in the Enterprise IT practice of BearingPoint and has over 18 years of experience in Information Technology. He specializes in global supply chain solutions; IT strategies, system integration and implementation, business value assessments and process transformation. Tony is involved in a wide range of consulting assignments involving Wal-Mart and the DoD RFID mandate: including developing IT strategy, solution architecture, business case development, pilot implementation and rollout. Prior to joining BearingPoint, Tony has served as VP Product Development, CTO and SAP supply chain subject matter expert for global supply chain implementation and mobile product development.
Jim McClung is Vice Chairman of Charter Consulting. In his over thirty years of business experience, he has become a recognized expert in global marketing, alliance strategies and managing profitable businesses. Prior to Charter Consulting, Jim spent the majority of his career with FMC Corporation, most recently serving as the company’s Senior Vice President and Executive Corporate Officer. At FMC Corporation he held top management positions both domestically and internationally. He also served as President of the company’s European operations. Mr. McClung is active on the boards of several public and private corporations, including Alticor (Amway), Turtle Wax and Nanophase Technologies Corporation. He is a founding member of the U.S. Russia Business Council. He serves as a trustee for the American Graduate School of International Management and also is a trustee of the College of Wooster (Ohio) where he earned a bachelor’s degree. Mr. McClung earned a master’s degree from the University of Kansas and a doctorate from Michigan State University.
Mr. Stadd is President of Capitol Solutions, Inc., a management consulting firm located in the Washington, DC area. Recently he has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce Industry Trade Advisory Committee for Aerospace. Prior to this year he was Chief of Staff and White House Liaison for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He also led President Bush’s NASA transition team. Mr. Stadd has worked in both the private and public arenas with a primary focus on identifying and removing barriers to market-driven opportunities in aerospace-related technology areas. In previous Administrations, he has held senior space-related program management and policy positions in the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the White House National Space Council. In the private sector, he was affiliated with the establishment of several satellite and space transportation ventures, such as Colorado-based DigitalGlobe, an industry leader in providing high-resolution commercial satellite imagery. Mr. Stadd has been invited by various U.S. Congressional committees to testify on a range of high technology-related public policy matters. He has been the recipient of numerous industry and government awards including the 2002 U.S. Space Foundation certificate of honor for his contributions to advancing “the greater cause of the exploration and development of space.” In 2001, Mr. Stadd was awarded NASA’s highest honor – The Distinguished Service Medal for “his extraordinary vision, leadership, and dedication to … advancing technology into industry”.
Dr. John J. Sviokla
Dr. Sviokla is Vice Chairman of DiamondCluster International (NASDAQ: DTPI), and serves on the firm’s Board of Directors as Global Managing Director of Innovation and Research. For the past nineteen years, Dr. Sviokla has been pursing one simple question: How can executives create value with technology. He is a frequent speaker at executive forums and guest professor at institutions including Harvard, MIT, the London Business School, and Oxford. His most recent work looks at The Global Market for Services – which explores how technology enables firms to raise quality, while lowering cost by rethinking their operations in the context of a global supply network of talent. Prior to joining DiamondCluster, Dr. Sviokla researched and taught at the Harvard Business School for 12 years. In this capacity, he authored more than 100 articles, cases, videos, teleseminars and edited numerous books. His seminal articles in the Harvard Business Review, “Managing in the Marketspace” and “Exploiting the Virtual Value Chain,” were among the first harbingers of the growth of the Internet world.
Emmett T. Vaughn
Emmett is a Managing Partner for Eminent Consulting, a premier business diversity consulting firm whose clients are the Fortune 1000. The firm’s current portfolio includes: Smokey Robinson’s SFGL Foods, East Coast Foods, the parent company of the famed “Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles Restaurants”, United Armored Car Services, RL Enterprises, and Onyx Venture Capital. Previous engagements include Kinko’s Inc. and Moore Business Forms Inc. His professional experiences include designing and developing the strategic template for business diversity. His recent success at Albertsons resulted in being retained as a diversity consultant “at-large”, where he is charged with building strategic direction in diversity sourcing as well as corporate marketing/branding strategies that capitalize on inclusion of minority owned businesses in retail products. Other experiences include working as a senior consultant for RGMA Management Consultants of Chicago, where he worked on vendor development projects, supply chain diversification, and integration of operational & marketing strategies. At RR Donnelley & Sons, he designed and launched an industry-leading supplier diversity program. Emmett earned an MBA from The Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He also serves on several Boards of Directors for charitable interests and not for profit organizations which feature diversity initiatives.
Community Commerce Strategy
Benn R. Konsynski
Benn is the George S. Craft Professor of Business Administration for Decision & Information Analysis at the Goizueta Business School. He was on the faculty at the Harvard Business School where he taught in the MBA program and several executive programs. He was a professor at the University of Arizona, where he was co-founder of the university’s multi-million dollar group decision support laboratory. He was named Hewlett Fellow at the Carter Center in 1995. Benn holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University. Professor Konsynski specializes in issues of digital commerce and information technology in relationships across organizations, involving domestic and international field work on inter-organizational systems, digital commerce, electronic data interchange (EDI), channel systems, electronic integration, information partnerships, and the electronic marketplace. Benn is the author of “Information Systems and Decision Processes” and co-author of “Introduction to Computers.” He has been published the Harvard Business Review, MIS Quarterly, Journal of MIS, Data Communications, and Information Systems. Benn has served as a consultant on management and technology issues with many organizations including UPS, IBM, AT&T, Northern Trust, Texas Instruments, U.S. Army, Bestfoods/Unilever, Northwestern Mutual Life, Ernst and Young, Bank of Montreal, Plasti-line, J.C. Penney, Aetna, TESSCO, and Dillard’s Department Stores. He also serves on boards of directors and senior management advisor positions.
Bruce has held a multitude of corporate financial and other management positions, and has a huge background in the credit card industry, including Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer for Visa International, where he formed Visa International by formulating all its features; including Board structure, budgets, staffing, initial priorities, and where he obtained membership commitments from 5,700 banks in 16 countries. He spent many years at Unison Pacific Corporation, an investment company holding interests in Chinese Joint Ventures and controlling interests in U.S. manufacturing companies, while providing China investment advisory services. While at Unison, he formed 38 Chinese joint ventures, he invested in 15 Chinese joint ventures, achieving a 35% IRR, purchased 2 U.S. manufacturing companies on a leveraged buyout basis and then revitalized them. In his storied career he was Director of Corporate Planning at Kaiser Aluminum Corporation; he was CFO and Planning Officer for e-Compare; and for Broadband Home, a provider of hardware for home entertainment networks, he held both the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer positions during his tenure. Bruce has a B.A. from Oberlin College he was a Rhodes Scholar with a M.A. in Economics from Oxford University.
Michael J. Soenen
Michael is the Chief Executive Officer of FTD and a member of the Company’s Board of Directors. He has served in this capacity since May 2004 and in a variety of capacities over his seven years at the Company including: President and Chief Operating Officer of FTD and President and Chief Executive Officer of FTD.COM. During his tenure with FTD, revenue has more than doubled from $165 million to over $400 million while EBITDA has expanded four-fold from $15 million to over $60 million. Mr. Soenen led the Company’s initial public offering in February of 2005. Mr. Soenen served as President and Chief Operating Officer for FTD where he was responsible for combining FTD.COM and FTD, Inc into one company and implemented a variety of sales, marketing and financial strategies which helped turnaround the Company’s florist segment while continuing the rapid growth of its consumer segment. Through his efforts, the Company was sold in 2004 to yielding the investor original group a 12x return on their investment. From August 1996 to December 1996, Mr. Soenen was an associate at Perry Corporation, a private equity investment firm. From July 1993 to July 1996, Mr. Soenen worked for Salomon Brothers Inc, an investment banking firm, where he specialized in Mergers & Acquisitions. Michael is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and the Chicago Club. He often guest lectures at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University and is an active triathlete using those efforts to raise money for the Lymphoma & Leukemia society. Mr. Soenen received a B.A. from Kalamazoo College in 1992 and currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.
Roger Van Scoy
Roger is a 30 year veteran of the transaction processing industry with experience in card issuing, acquiring, processing and executive management. In May, 2005 he took a role with Kanbay, Inc to lead the Global Banking Practice as the domain’s Managing Director. Currently living in Europe, now for over six years, he has previously held positions with TSYS, the world’s number one processor of credit cards, as Managing Director, Europe and with First Data. At FDC, he was Managing Director for their International card processing business after serving a year in Hong Kong as Managing Director Asia/Pacific. Earlier in his career he held various positions in commercial and retail banking in Texas. His career is replete with experience in business development, operations, marketing and M&A for companies such as First National Bank in Dallas, First USA and EDS. At EDS he was the Operations Manager for the GM Card launch in the USA, the fastest growing new card product in the industry’s history (zero to two million accounts in two months). With TSYS he managed the European business which included the RBS conversion from FDI to TSYS, 9 million accounts, 4 banks in two countries while establishing business operations and a data center in the UK and supporting other new business efforts. Roger has extensive knowledge of the banking and card industries.
Richard G. Prendergast
Richard has over twenty years of senior and executive level sales experience. He has held a wide range of domestic and international sales management positions with highly respected Fortune 500 companies. He has also built successful sales channels with start up organizations. Examples of his sales experience includes American Express corporate card division, Atlantic/Lucent Technology, First Source, an e-procurement ASP, EuroPoint International, NEC Unified Solutions, Siemens Business Services and most recently, Thomson Corporation.
His success in sales at American Express resulted in a promotion to the management team that launched a start-up business within the Corporation called “Corporate Services”. Mr. Prendergast played a critical part in the development of this start-up, growing revenue to over $300 million within 5 years. He was the first VP of Sales hired at Participate.Com, an e-community provider. At Participate he designed and executed the sales strategy for Participate.com’s North America expansion.
Mr. Prendergast was recruited by Atlantic/Lucent Technology to lead a turn-around of the national sales organization that was not meeting revenue and market growth expectations, where his efforts resulted in growing the sales channel revenue by 350% in less than four years. He also led other start-up sales organizations by launching the North American sales and business development for EuroPoint. He developed and deployed the field sales force for Firstsource, an e- procurement platform focused on the middle-market. At NEC Unified Solutions, he was instrumental in driving change management where he reduced the cost of sale by 34% and grew new revenue 29% by launching a new solution-based services offering.
Business Continuity and Emergency Management Strategy
John is an executive consultant to URS/EG&G – a global planning, engineering, architectural, scientific, and program and construction management firm that provides major services to the US government. Working for URS/EG&G, John has developed over $75 million in emergency management related business opportunities that will become RFPs in 2005-2006. He provides a major backbone to the MonetaPro Emergency Management program development and acts as a liaison to our burgeoning partnership with URS/EG&G. Prior to his current position, John worked as an executive consultant to Thinkstream, Inc., Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation, GEC-Marconi Aerospace, and XL Vision, Inc. Prior to that, he was the CEO of Tower J Corporation and Saflink. John also has had a major career in business development, including Allied Signal, UNISYS and Burroughs. John has a B.S. in Mathematics from St. Louis University and a M.S. in Computer Science (magna cum laude) from the University of Missouri.