The Movers and Shakers
Dave Scott | Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Dave Scott has been a frustrated marketing executive for years. Having faced the lead-generation problem while serving as vice president of marketing for a number of businesses, he quickly became an expert. While touring the country speaking on lead generation, Dave quickly realized that every company has the same problem. This is why Marketfish was formed.
Prior to founding Marketfish, Dave was the chief marketing officer for a local Seattle startup. Dave has also served as vice president of global marketing and strategy at Intermec, Inc. (NYSE:IN), and vice president of marketing and strategy for the global services division of PeopleSoft, Inc. (acquired by Oracle [NASDAQ:ORCL]). His management pedigree also includes AT&T Wireless, Boston Consulting Group and General Electric. He earned dual bachelor degrees in computer science and political philosophy from The College of William and Mary, and earned his MBA at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with distinction. Dave sits on the boards of Goodwill and Powerful Schools and is a member of Rotary International. He is an avid sailor, scuba diver and nationally ranked board game champion. Dave is also the recipient of the CMO Council’s “CMO of the Year” award in 2004 and Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 Under 40″ award in 2007.
Board of Advisors
Jack Breese is a director for the Washington Advisory Group (WAG), a management consulting firm for universities, companies, governments and non-profit corporations. Prior to WAG, Jack was the director of research for Microsoft. Jack has joined in establishing The Advisory Group at Huron (September 14, 2010). Jack received his PhD in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.
Paul Chachko is currently the chief executive officer of V12 Group and a serial entrepreneur. Mr. Chachko has over 20 years of experience in marketing services, with leadership speaking roles at DMA, NARM, iMedia and several technology councils. Paul holds a degree in Business Administration from Monmouth University, and has served on a variety of Advisor Boards and Boards of Directors. Paul was a 2005 finalist for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
As a high-tech CFO since 1995, Mike has helped raise over $150MM in angel and venture funding in more than 60 different funding rounds and has managed mergers and acquisitions. He has contributed to companies that have created over $1Bn in wealth for entrepreneurs.
Neal Hansch brings over fifteen years of venture capital, technology operations and financial advisory experience to Rustic Canyon and its portfolio companies. Neal earned his BA from Duke University and his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Clark Kokich is the chairman of Razorfish, one of the largest and most influential interactive agencies in the world, employing more than 2,000 professionals in 21 offices in eight countries. In 2007, Razorfish was acquired by Microsoft for $6 billion.
Gary Laben is chief executive officer of KBM Group. Laben is a 20-year veteran of the information marketing industry. Prior to joining KBM Group in 2000, he served as vice president of marketing and business development at Experian. Laben was named 2009 Direct Marketer of the Year by the Taylor Institute for Direct Marketing. He is actively involved in the direct marketing community and is immediate past chairman of the DMA’s Direct Marketing Educational Foundation, and he serves on the DMA’s board of directors and Ethics Policy committee.
Alexander Lloyd is the founder and managing partner of Accelerator Ventures, a venture fund focused on seed-stage investments. Prior to founding Accelerator Ventures, Alexander was a venture partner at Rustic Canyon Partners, where he oversaw the development of their seed-stage investment strategy. Alexander earned a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School.
Janis Machala is the founder of Paladin Partners, which assists high-growth companies with strategic and operational needs. She is also the co-founder of the Seraph Capital Forum and a member of the University of Washington tech transfer program.
Dr. Charles W. Stryker
Dr. Charles W. Stryker is the founder and president of The Venture Development Center, Inc. (VDC). Prior to founding VDC, he was the President of infoUSA. Dr. Stryker holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from New York University. He is a speaker and author on database product development, and was a part-time faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Keir Walton has more than 20 years of marketing and leadership experience. Most recently, Keir was a group vice president for IEG, a WPP subsidiary. Prior to IEG, Keir was an executive vice president and COO at IDG.