Team

Chris Kern

President and Chief Executive Officer
Chris has over twenty years of media, telecom, software, and Internet investment banking and executive management experience. He successfully turned around an Internet network services firm and grew it to become a Deloitte & Touche FAST50 Company two years in a row with average annual sales growth in excess of 300%. Extensive technology finance and M&A background with firms such as Lehman Brothers, Fisher Francis Trees & Watts, Gunn Allen and New Century Capital Partners – facilitated over $650 million in financings, commitments and M&A transaction value. Accomplished investor and advisor for many start-ups, early stage and growth companies that resulted in successful exits. Graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo B.S.B.A. with a dual major in Finance and Management Information Systems.

Allan Sabo

Chief Marketing Officer, Board Member
Allan has 20+ years of experience in pioneering strategies and technology platforms that have changed the landscape of Internet advertising and e-commerce. Co-founder of the world’s second ever interactive advertising network (Ad-Network), which within one year of launching was acquired by Petry Interactive, and became the underlying technology platform and business model that became 24/7 Media – one of the largest Internet advertising networks in the market. Director of Affiliate Relations and also completed thirteen acquisitions of online ad networks growing the company’s reach to over 20,000 affiliate publishers at 24/7 Media. Founder of e-Sports.com which became the largest community for sports editorial content online. At its height, e-Sports created more editorial content from its 1,100 fan authors than ESPN, Sportsline.com, Reuters and the Associated Press combined. E-Sports syndicated content to over 2,600 media outlets.

Peter Tyrrell

Chief Technology Officer, Advisory Board Member
Peter has in excess of twenty years in senior technology development and management roles with companies which include Bankers Trust and MetLife. Developed high profile interactive websites for Major League Baseball and National Basketball Association teams as well as pop stars such as Shania Twain. Worked at the U.S. Department of Defense developing on-board training systems. Peter is the past President and CIO of the Enthusiast Online Network (EON) –the media assets of which were acquired by Domain Media Corp.

Michael Sawtell

Advisory Board Member
25 years of executive leadership experience including 9 years as a C-level public company executive. $23 million IPO of Local Corporation in 2004. Grew Local.com from $0 to over $20 million in its first four years. In past three years (2011 – 2014) Michael served as Local.com’s President & COO – and grew revenues from $77 million to a run rate of $107 million and increased revenue per employee from approximately $325,000 to $1,100,000.

Richard Egan

Advisory Board Member
Over twenty years as a cutting edge media executive with major online media firms such as NewsCorp, was the Staff Editor for Ziff Davis, Inc. and was the named home-page editor for ZDNet Products. Lead Editor for Lycos, Inc. managing some of its top online brands such as Tripod and HTMLGear. Lycos was later acquired by Terra Networks for $12.5 billion. Marketing Communications Manager & Editor in Chief for Mindbranch. Mindbranch was later acquired by its leading competitor, MarketResearch.com, for an estimated $60 million. Manager of Community, Social Media, and SEO for Everyday Health – one of the leading online websites serving over 42 million unique users a month in the health & wellness industry.

David Lyons

Advisory Board Member
David is a seasoned business development and M&A executive with over 25 years of executive leadership experience, including 14 years as a C level public company executive or board member. Mr. Lyons was the vice president of acquisitions of Expanets, Inc., which acquired 28 businesses in four years, creating a company with profitable aggregate revenues in excess of $500 million. Other board member roles include GoAmerica and Kingstone Companies, Inc. Collectively, David has completed over 30 acquisitions for the respective companies he ran, and aggregated over $600 million in profitable annual revenue.

Bill Volhein

Advisory Board Member
Bill has over 20 years of product development and leadership experience which includes developing and managing large scale website and software development projects such as the 2000 Olympics, the U.S. Department of Education, Magento, USWeb, and ClearVoice. From product development, to global CMS and ERP design, his online accomplishments are vast; the initial creator of the Child Nutrition Program for the U.S.D.A, UI developer for the Course Applicability System for the U.S. Department of Education, Online Director for Village Voice Media and their 17 online publications, one of the original product developers of Backpage.com, VoicePlaces.com and many more. The wide variety of projects that Bill was instrumental in creating and launching positively impact the lives of millions of people world-wide.

Ron Davies

Advisory Board Member

Ron has a long standing Internet professional spanning a career of over 18 years. A decorated veteran of 23 years, Ron received numerous awards for innovation from the Canadian Federal Government and the Chief of Defense. Ron retired from a senior position in Department of National Defense Technical Training Systems, having worked with Army, Navy, and Air Force elements of numerous NATO countries in roles from search and rescue to submarine hunting. Ron also founded FreeHits.com, which at that time grew to becoming the largest traffic exchange system in the world. An Impact 100 Award recipient, Ron has built teams that have been highly sought after by internationally known influencers ranging from the Public Relations Advisor to the President of the United States and the Prince of Wales to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. In his most recent role at Cloud Income Properties, Ron served on the Board of Directors, and was the Vice President of Acquisitions, providing seasoned direction for the company’s merger and acquisition activities.