Mario Christopher, CFO of 7 Wire Ventures, is a highly accomplished senior finance leader with broad-based operating experience working with early-stage and rapidly growing companies. He started his career with KPMG, spending most of his time in the high technology practice.
Since then, as a chief financial officer, he has had significant experience working with technology and service-based businesses, two of which he helped launch from inception. Christopher has held executive positions at Tribeca Flashpoint College, UAC, EdGate, and Arial Systems Corp. He is a certified public accountant and holds a BBA in accounting from Loyola University.
Gary Kreissman is a customer acquisition entrepreneur and marketing strategist. Gary has a substantial track record of strategic development and rapid revenue generation for clients in financial services, premium products, CPG, and digital media. He co-founded, managed, and sold Precision Prospects Inc., a multi-million online lead generation business that became the leading source for highly qualified investor leads. Gary is currently Managing Partner of IP & Associates LLC, a customer acquisition platform targeting investors and upscale consumers. He also heads Group PRM, which provides lead generation solutions for leading marketers.
In his corporate career, Gary was SVP of Lipper Inc., the mutual fund information provider, where he managed the New York office, created a profitable online data feed business, and was instrumental in the sale of Lipper to Reuters. Earlier, he was CEO of ActDirect, the first database-driven couponing company. Gary has also held senior positions at ValPak, Remy Martin, and Ogilvy & Mather. Gary is a columnist for MediaPost’s “Performance Insider” and a frequent speaker focused on performance marketing and customer acquisition. He serves on the advisory boards of SAM.ai, Steereo, Tempesta Media, Triggers Brand Consulting, and The Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Gary has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from the University of Michigan.
Anthony Marchese is a results-oriented financial executive and investor with direct experience in association management, not-for-profits, and real estate mortgage servicing organizations. Starting in 1974 and retiring in 2009, he served as Controller, VP/Controller, and Sr. VP and CFO of the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA), the Gold and Silver Plate Society, and IFMA Educational Foundation. IFMA is the premier trade association representing the top 500+ food manufacturers and related organizations that serve the $500+ billion foodservice industry. Responsible for the financial, administrative, and MIS functions, he brings broad experience in finance, management, accounting, and operations. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Treasurer for The Philipsborn Company, the real estate/mortgage servicing arm of IC Industries.
As an investor, he is a limited partner in the seven-course deal of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, a top restaurant group, and Speedwagon Capital Partners, a real estate investment group.
An executive with more than 15 years of experience in the Big 4 business and financial consulting sector, Tim Moegen also has held positions in global and boutique consulting firms, including PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Resources Global Professionals.
He has supported clients through growth strategy, market intelligence, financial turnarounds, mergers and acquisitions, litigation support, and corporate governance initiatives. He also led the financial efforts of the successful initial public offering of WebsideStory, Inc. (now Adobe) and provided strategic financial and operational guidance from the company’s late start-up phase.
Moegen is a CPA and has a bachelor’s degree from Temple University.
Ed Tyler is an experienced executive who has served on Tempesta Media’s advisory board since August 2011 and is also an investor in the company. He brings a long track record in leadership and entrepreneurial positions to his role.
He is CEO of Ideapoint Ventures, an early-stage venture fund that focuses on nanotechnologies. Previously, he served as President and CEO of Moore Corporation Limited, a provider of data capture, information design, marketing services, digital communications, and print solutions. Tyler worked for 24 years with RR Donnelley & Sons Company, beginning his career as an electronics engineer and ultimately serving as Executive Vice President, Sector President, and Chief Technology Officer. He also was responsible for 77 Capital, an early-stage venture capital subsidiary of Donnelley, where he was directly responsible for investment decisions and worked closely with portfolio companies while participating on many of their boards.
Tyler is a director of Nanophase Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: NANX). He is a former Chairman of the American Red Cross (Mid-America Chapter) and Campaign Chairman of the United Way of Lake County and serves as a director for several small private companies. Tyler is a member of the Board of Directors of Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, where he is also an adjunct faculty member.
Jason Wadler, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Leapfrog Online, worked with the company’s co-founders to build Leapfrog Online from a start-up into one of the largest digital marketing companies in the country.
Wadler has more than 20 years of strategy and marketing expertise, having held senior-level roles at Townsend Agency, MediaOne, Ameritech, and Discover Financial Services in addition to his role at Leapfrog.
He is also an active adviser and board member for a number of Chicago-based digital companies, and he serves on the board of the Vasculitis Foundation, an international non-profit organization.