Board of Directors

The Technology Council of Southern California's Board of Directors, along with our staff and many dedicated volunteers, is responsible for the leadership and member services to the technology community. All are respected members of the local technology community and have many years of experience.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Chairman, Uri Blackman, Founder & CEO, Gideon Informatics
President, Rick Sharga, Senior Vice President, RealtyTrac Inc. 
Vice President, Mike Andrews, Managing Director & Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales, NovaStor
Secretary, Jay Molloy, Attorney at Law
Treasurer, Kris Kaufmann, Partner, Deloitte & Touche

DIRECTORS

Feyzi Fatehi, Chief Executive Officer, Corent Technology, Inc.
Ben Kuo, CEO of socalTECH.com
Richard Neff, Partner, Neff Law Firm
Himanshu Palsule, Vice President Product & Marketing Strategy, SAGE Software
Ned Sherman, CEO, Publisher and Executive Editor, Digital Media Wire, Inc.
Brad Spahr, Founder & CEO, Fan Space Media
Robin Zucker, Marketing Director, Yahoo!
Jeff Zwelling, CEO, Convertro
 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Mike Andrews, Managing Director & Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales, NovaStor

Mike Andrews was promoted to the position of Managing Director in January 2007, retaining the title of Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales, a position which he has held at NovaStor since July of 2000. He is responsible for the operations of NovaStor’s North American head quarters and for the global sales of NovaStor’s complete product line.

Prior to NovaStor, in 1990, he managed a Canadian government inventory tracking and security initiative for 7 years leading to hundreds of millions in cost avoidance and savings, In 1997, he then became the Executive Vice President of Sales at Authentex Software, acting as the North American Distribution for ThunderByte Anti-Virus and a world wide distributor for the award winning DataSafe Encryption Software solution.

He is a 17 year veteran of the data security industry, is co-founder of a system integration and services company and currently sits on the board of Paradox, a non-profit organization that furnishes under privileged students with computers and professional training to assist in the creation of better work opportunities.

Uri Blackman, Founder & CEO, Gideon Informatics

Uri Blackman is founder and CEO of GIDEON Informatics an online medical publishing company he founded with Dr. Berger while in undergrad. The flagship product, GIDEON, is installed in hundreds of institutions in over 45 countries.

Uri served as Vice President of Corporate Development at Speedbit. In this role, Uri developed and managed strategic relationships for Download Accelerator, a software product whose user base grew from 13 to over 90 million users during his time with the company. Uri also managed a successful M&A process for the company. Uri came to Speedbit after founding Oloop, a venture backed online insurance brokerage firm. Prior to Oloop, Uri managed the computing and download channels on Netscape's website and was a product manager for two generations of the Netscape browser. Following the AOL-Netscape merger, he worked in Business Development at AOL.

Uri has served on the advisory board of a number of technology companies in the Silicon Valley. Uri served as Commander in the Israel Defense Forces Intelligence Corp. He received his BA in Computer Science and Philosophy from Tel Aviv University and his Masters of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Feyzi Fatehi, Chief Executive Officer, Corent Technology, Inc.

Feyzi Fatehi is the CEO of Corent Technology, Inc. the provider of Multi-Tenant Server™ (MTS™), an innovative and powerful software “plug-in” that rapidly transforms conventional software applications into robust, multi-tenant SaaS (Software as a Service) solutions.

Feyzi’s career is distinguished by building high-performance organizations within Fortune 100 all the way to early stage start-ups. These include global multi-billion dollar organizations at HP and four software start-ups in Silicon Valley and in Southern California - ranging from $100M to $1B in valuation. Corent – a technology disruptor in Cloud Computing space – was named The Emerging Software Company of the Year and received the Best Investment Opportunity Award at Harvard Business School Entrepreneurs Conference.

Feyzi has been a keynote speaker around the globe including speaking at events at Harvard Business School, Wharton, Stanford, Pepperdine, and UCLA.   

Feyzi earned a master’s degree in Computer Science and an MBA in International Management. He received his director/corporate governance certificate from UCLA and is a graduate of Anderson School of Management’s prestigious M&A program. More recently, he was named to the IBM Partner Advisory Council and to the Engineering Leadership Council at the University of California at Irvine. 

Kris Kaufmann, Partner, Deloitte & Touche

Kris Kaufmann is a partner in the Los Angeles practice of Deloitte & Touche LLP focused on serving the high technology and venture capital industries. Kris leads Deloitte's Venture Capital Services for the greater Los Angeles area. Throughout his more than 17 years with Deloitte & Touche Kris has assisted numerous rapidly-growing technology companies with the unique issues they face, such as raising venture capital, securities and intangible asset valuation, corporate structuring, acquisitions and SEC registration and compliance. Kris has worked on numerous initial public offerings and other security offerings.

Kris has served companies across the entire spectrum of the technology industry, including software, interactive gaming, semiconductor, telecommunications and biotech. Some of the clients he has served include Candle Corporation, eMachines, MannKind Corporation and THQ.

Kris is active in the Southern California technology community. He has lead Deloitte's sponsorship of the Technology Council of Southern California's VentureNet program for a number of years, participating both as an organizer and speaker. Kris also manages the Deloitte Technology FAST 50 program for Los Angeles.

Kris received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern California's Leventhal School of Accounting.

Jay Molloy, Attorney at Law

Jay Molloy has, for more than three decades, assisted clients with issues faced by entrepreneurial and middle market companies, including: mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; joint ventures; public and private equity and debt financings; complex contractual matters; business formation; and tax planning. His clients include healthcare providers, software and hardware development companies, service and maintenance firms, telecommunications firms, medical device manufacturers, Internet companies, measuring devices manufacturers, and research and development partnerships involving the makers of robotics, supercomputers, digital switches, laser disc equipment and CAD/CAM systems. Mr. Molloy also has experience in animated film production, avionics, construction, food distribution, metal fabrication and child care.

Mr. Molloy earned a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Southern California in 1968 and his J.D. from the University of Southern California Law School in 1972. He is admitted to practice law in California and before the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, the U.S. Tax Court and the U.S. District Court, Central District of California. He is a member of the Los Angeles Chapter Committee of the Technology Council of Southern California and a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of California.

Richard Neff, Partner, Neff Law Firm

Neff is a well known technology, media and copyright lawyer.  He specializes in licensing and diverse transactions, intellectual property protection and copyright counseling for technology, Internet, media and e-commerce companies. His clients include/have included Microsoft, Intuit, Apple, Symantec/Veritas, Yahoo!, Informatica, Logitech, Aldon, Roland, Lynda.com, Dailymotion, pricegrabber.com, APM Music, Mandalay Entertainment, SunGard, Glu Mobile as well as many mid-market companies and startups.  He has a strong specialty in international law and practice, and often handles international transactions for US-based companies.  He formerly headed the Technology and IP Dept. at Greenberg Glusker.  He is a former Chairman of the Business Software Alliance and current Board member of the Technology Council of Southern California. He is a graduate of Yale Law School (J.D.) and Cornell University (B.A.).  

Himanshu Palsule, Vice President Product & Marketing Strategy, SAGE Software

Accomplished Executive with over 22 years experience in successfully growing operations, revenue, and overall returns within the information technology and software industries. Excels at business management, setting product and technology directions, sales and service leadership, strategic planning, organizational improvement, and customer relationship management. Skilled at strategy development, operations management, and executing to targets. Proven capability in leading large teams and managing multi-hundred million dollar business units and services portfolios and motivating a workforce of over five hundred employees. Hands on experience at managing large globally distributed product development teams. Motivational speaker at key industry events. Masters in Software Engineering with an additional degree in Electrical Engineering

Himanshu’s specialties:

General Management - product, marketing, sales, services
Mergers and Acquisitions
Leadership
Motivational Speaker
ERP / CRM / HRMS / BI / Asset Management expertise

Rick Sharga, Senior Vice President, RealtyTrac Inc. 

One of the country’s most frequently-quoted sources on foreclosure, mortgage and real estate trends, Rick has appeared on NBC Nightly News, CNN, CBS, ABC World News, CNBC, MSNBC and NPR. Rick has briefed government organizations such as the Federal Reserve and Senate Banking Committee and corporations like JPMorgan Chase, Citibank and Deutsche Bank on foreclosure trends, and done foreclosure training for leading real estate organizations such as Re/Max, Prudential and Keller Williams.

Rick joined RealtyTrac in 2004 as Vice President of Marketing, responsible for the development and management of the company’s brand, public and investor relations. In his current capacity, he also oversees business development and data operations.

Prior to joining the RealtyTrac, Rick spent more than 20 years developing corporate and product sales and marketing strategies for corporations such as DuPont, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Toshiba, JD Edwards, Cox Communications and Honeywell. The 2006 Stevie® Award Winner for Best Marketing Executive, Rick began his career with Foote, Cone & Belding, and also held executive positions with Ketchum Communications and McGraw-Hill.

Ned Sherman, CEO, Publisher and Executive Editor at Digital Media Wire, Inc.

As CEO, Publisher and Executive Editor of Digital Media Wire, Inc., Ned Sherman works at the center of the rapidly growing digital media industry, where he brokers relationships and keeps a tab on the most important developments shaping the industry.

Ned has established Digital Media Wire as a leading online media company that provides daily news, information and community to tens of thousands of executives and professionals at entertainment, media and technology companies throughout the world and owns and produces nine annual conferences. The advertising, sponsorship, client, partner and subscriber relationships that Ned has brokered make Digital Media Wire one of the best known media and entertainment industry brands to emerge in the digital age.

Ned is active in alumni affairs for Brown University and is currently Los Angeles Chair for Brown University's Alumni Interview Program. He has traveled extensively from Europe to Asia to South America to Northern Africa. Ned is married and lives with his wife, son and daughter in Los Angeles, California.

Brad Spahr, Founder & CEO at Fan Space Media

Brad Spahr brings over 11 years of digital media experience in product development, business development/licensing, sales and operations. Spahr spent six years at Sony Pictures Entertainment in a variety of roles related to gaming and digital media. As Executive Director of Digital Distribution, he focused on content licensing and strategic development for multi-platform content distribution in the U.S. market. Prior to that role, Spahr ran sales, operations and product development for Sony Pictures’ mobile gaming, video and personalization content businesses, elevating Sony from the 17th-ranked to the 5th-ranked mobile game publisher in the U.S. in less than 18 months and building a digital product catalog of over 1,000 entertainment-branded items. Prior to that, he was instrumental in building and launching the casual gaming portal SonyPicturesGames.com. Spahr has also held positions related to Digital Rights Management and web site/interactive television development. He is an active board member of the Technology Council of Southern California.

Spahr is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a bachelor's degree in Radio and Television (new media focus), and a minor in marketing.

Robin Zucker, Marketing Director at Yahoo!

Robin Zucker has spent her entire career in the advertising business starting on the agency side in New York.  She has spent the past twelve years focused on the business of internet advertising and monetization.  She is a currently Marketing Director at Yahoo!.  In her role she focuses on delivering marketing and communications for the company’s advertising products.  She has launched numerous products and new features to several hundred thousand customers, generating billions of dollars of revenue for the company.  

She has works on a broad range of marketing initiatives from product communications, to online and offline marketing techniques and social media to deliver results.  During her tenure at Yahoo, Robin has consistently been singled out to handle key product launches and initiatives across a range of target audiences.  Her success stems from her knowledge of the online world and her unwavering focus on achieving quantifiable results.  

Prior to joining Yahoo!, Robin was the Vice President of Marketing and Sales for VastVideo, Inc. a broadband video company focused on bringing searchable information content  to all digital platforms, and several models for monetization.  Before that Robin was at Director, Marketing at AOL, Inc. where she oversaw the marketing team responsible for creating category marketing programs to grow ad revenue in top advertising verticals, during her tenure she worked on projects that generated hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue.  She entered the Internet space in 1997 at Netscape where she helped to build the foundation for a multi-million dollar per year advertising business that transitioned Netscape from software to a media company.  

Robin began her career in New York in the advertising agency business working on accounts like KitchenAid, Gillette, BMW Motorcycles and USA Network.  She has an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA, and a BS in Communications from the University of Illinois.  Robin resides in Los Angeles with her family.

Jeff Zwelling, CEO at Convertro

Jeffrey Zwelling is an experienced software entrepreneur who has started and sold several companies.  He was formerly head of product development at Crystal Dynamics, a video game developer that was sold to Eidos Interactive, and subsequently worked at GeoCities, which was acquired by Yahoo.  Jeff also co-founded EchoSign, a digital signature SAAS company in Palo Alto.  As a consultant, he worked with companies including ReplayTV, Vcommerce, Avamar, and co-lead the LBO of Columbia House.  Most recently, YLighting, a lighting ecommerce company he co-founded, took a substantial investment  from private equity.  In addition, he has served as an expert witness for intellectual property cases and is a frequent speaker on online marketing and ecommerce.

Jeff is currently the CEO of Convertro, an online marketing optimization company. He has a BA from UCLA and a JD from USF.

 

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