Robin D. Richards
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Richards is a proven successful entrepreneur and visionary strategist and a co-founder of the company. He sets the corporate goals and leads the development of business and market strategies. Previously, his leadership has led Blackboard Connect (formerly The NTI Group) to be the number one provider of hosted, time-sensitive mass notification services focused on assisting government and civil leaders to communicate quickly and efficiently with their constituents using multi-modal technologies.
Honored as a Readers' Favorite in Inc. Magazine's 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Mr. Richards has also received Customer Interaction Solutions Magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award and the LAVA (Los Angeles Venture Association) Award for Best M&A. He is a member of several boards, including LASEC (Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission), Morehouse College Board of Trustees, and the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business – Board of Leaders.
Prior to forming The NTI Group Inc., he served as the CEO of Vivendi Universal Net USA, an entity created to oversee the U.S. Internet-related companies owned by Vivendi Universal. Mr. Richards was also the founding president and chief operating officer as well as a director of MP3.com, Inc., the Internet's first and preeminent digital music provider that had the largest IPO for an independent Internet company at that time. He was the lead negotiator in the sale of MP3.com to Vivendi Universal.
Previous to MP3.com, Mr. Richards served as managing director of Tickets.com, Inc., an Internet ticketing service company that was sold to Advantix. He was the founder, president, and CEO of Lexi International, the largest tele-services and database management company in the United States by mid-1991 and appeared twice on the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies list. The company was successfully sold to Thayer Capital.
Mr. Richards currently serves as president of the Chase Foundation.
Mr. Richards holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and attended Whittier College School of Law.
Paul L.H. Ouyang
Co–Chairman, President and Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Ouyang is a co-founder and responsible for the overall operational execution of the strategies of the company including finance, technology, customer care and general administration.
Mr. Ouyang successfully built several start-up ventures into high growth companies that either went public or were sold to strategic partners. He has been directly involved with over $15 billion of strategic and financial transactions.
Previously, Mr. Ouyang was the co-founder, President and COO of The NTI Group, Inc., the premier SaaS based time sensitive mass notification system that was later sold to Blackboard, Inc. in 2008. Prior, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Vivendi Universal Net USA, a subsidiary of Vivendi Universal in online entertainment, and also served as its Chief Operating Officer. As Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MP3.com, Inc., Mr. Ouyang played a key role in the sale of MP3.com to Vivendi Universal after orchestrating what was, at the time, the largest initial public offering for an independent Internet company. Mr. Ouyang has also served as Executive Vice President of Operations and Chief Financial Officer of Tickets.com, Inc. that was acquired by Advantix and held a similar position at Cheap Tickets Inc. He was a Managing Director of Corporate Finance at KPMG Peat Marwick LLP and a Vice President in Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan & Co.
Mr. Ouyang is currently a director of Huntington Hospital, Bluebeam Software, Inc., Internships Holding Corporation and a trustee of the Collis P. and Howard Huntington Memorial Trust. Previously, he was a director of the NTI Group, VU Net USA, FastSoft, Inc., Southern California Healthcare Systems, SeeUthere.com, and a trustee of the Chandler School. He also gives talks on entrepreneurism at Caltech, USC and other institutions.
He received his Master of Business Administration in Finance and a General Electric Fellowship from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Amherst College.
Chief Business Officer
Mr. Harvey is responsible for the TweetMyJobs and CareerBeam operating units, including business development and strategic partnerships.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Harvey was Chief Strategy Officer at Blackboard Connect, Inc., where he was responsible for acquiring and retaining the company's highest value clients. His strategic guidance resulted in the company's ranking as the premier time-sensitive mass notification service in the United States.
Prior to Blackboard Connect, he was Senior Vice President of Vivendi Universal Net USA, where he was responsible for new business development and revenue generation. He was also Executive Vice President of Sales at Tickets.com, where his strategic initiatives led to Tickets.com being ranked as the premier automated ticketing agency in the world.
Mr. Harvey is an angel investor and he is active on many nonprofit boards. He also gives numerous talks on Entrepreneurship and strategic business development at colleges and universities.
Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts from California State University Long Beach.
President of the Government Division
Mr. Cotter is responsible for the development and strategic direction of the TweetMyJobs government platform. By harnessing the power of the Internet, social network and mobile into a branded and dedicated jobs platform, government can promote and enable connectivity between local businesses that have employment opportunities for their constituents. Through this innovative new technology, elected and community leaders can create a hub where job seekers and businesses can come together so that open positions are filled with top local talent thus enhancing the economic well being of the communities.
Previously, Mr. Cotter was the senior vice president of market development at Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ:BBBB). He focused on the initiatives for the next generation of notification and alerts technology, with an emphasis on proximity and CMAS (cell broadcasting alerts). Prior, as president of Blackboard Connect for Government, he led Blackboard Connect (formerly The NTI Group) to be the number one provider of hosted, time-sensitive mass notification services focused on assisting K12 leaders, government and civil leaders to communicate quickly and efficiently with their constituents using multi-modal technologies.
Mr. Cotter has an extensive background in developing and managing new business expansion, client management, sales, and market strategy. Previous to joining the NTI team, Mr. Cotter was a founder and chief executive officer of the F2F Group, Inc., a leading business and technology process consultancy firm.
Chief Technology Officer
As the Chief Technology Officer of the company, Mr. Christie is responsible for overseeing all technical aspects of the organization including product development, architecture, infrastructure management, and vendor selection and management.
Prior to joining the company Mr. Christie ran Engineering for Spark Networks (NYSE:LOV) a leading provider of online personals services in the United States and internationally. While at Spark Networks he built the product development process into a repeatable, highly successful program tied directly to the company's strategic objectives. He also drove the design and construction of a new enterprise wide purchasing platform used across all 31 of the company's properties.
Previous to Spark Networks Mr. Christie has built and run technology organizations ranging from small teams for startups to teams spanning seven locations around the globe for companies like AIG (NYSE:AIG). His industry experience includes banking, entertainment, mortgage fraud detection, insurance, brokerage, and publishing. Mr. Christie has a broad technical background building systems and teams around architectures in Ruby on Rails, .Net, LAMP, Java, and C/C++.
Mr. Christie received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Cornell University.
Senior Vice President & Founder of TweetMyJobs
Mr. Zukowski is a successful entrepreneur and is the founder and creator of TweetMyJOBS.com that was acquired by the company. He works with senior management on product strategy and positioning for the various revenue products, as well as continued management of the TweetMyJOBS business unit. Mr. Zukowski, in 2 years, took a simple idea of "tweeting jobs" and transformed it into the largest Twitter-based job board in the world as well as a robust social media recruitment solution on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. His accomplishment earned him Business Leaders' Top 50 Entrepreneurs award in 2010, and news coverage on many major networks such as CNN, MSNBC, and Fox Business News.
Before TweetMyJOBS, Mr. Zukowski owned an IT consulting firm, EasySoft Solutions, where he provided staffing services to many corporations such as SeaLand, CSX, RR Donnelly, Textron, and Bank of America. In addition, Mr. Zukowski has worked in a technology capacity for corporations such as General Electric and MITRE Corporation.
Mr. Zukowski holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Northeastern University.
Chief Financial Officer
With over 20 years of experience in the Finance, Strategic Planning and Accounting arena, Mr. Wang is currently responsible for all finance functions in the company.
Prior to joining the company, Mr. Wang oversaw all financial, human resources, and administrative functions for MeziMedia, a start-up company in the on-line shopping and deals space. He was part of the executive leadership team that was responsible for the sale of MeziMedia to ValueClick (NASDAQ: VCLK) in 2007 and stayed on in a senior operational role subsequent to the sale.
In addition, Mr. Wang has worked in a financial and analytical capacity in a variety of industries, including such Fortune 500/multi-national Companies as Yahoo! (NASDAQ:YHOO), PPG (NYSE:PPG), and Nestle (OTC: NSRGY.PK). He began his professional career at Price Waterhouse Coopers where he earned his CPA.
Mr. Wang holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics-Accounting-Psychology from Claremont McKenna College.
Chief Marketing Officer
Mr. Riemer is responsible for leading the company's marketing and product strategy.
He was previously a founding team member at Amuzu, a SaaS mobile solution for higher education institutions, where he led product, marketing and business development efforts.
In the venture capital industry, Mr. Riemer performed due diligence on potential investments, analyzed market characteristics, and presented research findings and recommendations to a team of angel investors, primarily focused on SaaS startups. Earlier in his career as a strategy consultant at Putnam Associates, Mr. Riemer worked with Fortune 50 companies on Business opportunity sizing, growth strategy, sales & marketing analytics, and joint ventures.
He received his Master of Business Administration from Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv and his Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University.
Vice President of Client Success & Support
Mr. Sung is responsible for client implementation and integration, enterprise client retention and customer support.
Prior to joining the company, Mr. Sung was Vice President of Customer Care at MySpace where he oversaw customer support, customer care, content review and policy enforcement. He scaled the organization to support over 125 million monthly active users worldwide in six languages.
Previous to MySpace, he was the head of Content Review at Yahoo! where he led a team of over 100 editors to optimize search marketing campaigns across Yahoo!’s broad advertiser base.
Additionally, Mr. Sung has held management positions in business development, account management, operations analysis and finance in the insurance and software industries.
Mr. Sung received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College.
Director of Human Resources
Ms. Roland has been an HR management professional for over 20 years. She has built her career in dynamic early stage growth companies and has been a part of the Executive Leadership Teams contributing to their success. All of these organizations have had cutting edge technology and ideas that include Television Broadcast and Production (E! Entertainment Television and GRB Entertainment), E-Commerce (Tickets.com) and Medical Device Development and Manufacturing (Given Imaging and GenMark Dx). Ms. Roland had the pleasure of supporting the Initial Public Offering of two of these companies, acknowledging their growth and success. She also has successfully managed several organizational post acquisition integrations.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from the University of La Verne. She also attained her certification in Human Resources and Organizational Development from UCLA. She achieved the Senior Professional in Human Resources certification (SPHR) from the Society of Human Resources Management in 2001.