Semyon is a serial entrepreneur, inventor, board member, philanthropist and angel investor with a passion for building great companies. He co-founded Fast Engines, Vert, Global Cycle Solutions, PDFfiller, and East of Air. He received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Columbia University and his Master’s degree from MIT, where he was known in the early nineties for creating the SNPP Internet payment protocol, as well as for managing one of the notorious MIT Blackjack Teams.
John L. (Rens) Troost has been a director since July 2010. Since April 2010, Mr. Troost has served as President and Chief Technology Officer at Virtual Clarity, and from 2003 to February 2010, he was the Head of Platform Design and Core Technology Architecture at UBS, AG. Previously, he served as managing partner at Surgam Technology Partners, Chief Technology Officer at NAME, Inc., Manager of Systems and Network Engineering at Moore Capital Management and Senior Systems Administrator at Lehman Brothers. Mr. Troost is a contributor to the development of the original standards for email attachments (MIME standard RFC). Mr. Troost has a degree from Columbia University.
Over the past fifteen years, David Buckel has served as Chief Financial Officer for public and private companies in the IT, software, service, healthcare, Internet and technology industries, ranging from startup ventures, consolidations, turnaround situations and leading fast growing profit driven corporations. His extensive experience spans SEC reporting companies, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, deal structure and investor presentations. He has recently served on the board of directors of SouthPeak Gaming (public company) and Racemi Inc., as the audit committee chair. Mr. Buckel received his MBA from Syracuse University and a BS from Canisius College; and is a Certified Management Accountant with National Certification.
CEO, SharpSpring Inc. / Founder, SharpSpring
Rick is a founder of SharpSpring and CEO of the group. He started with the goal of bringing marketing analytics and automation tools to small and medium businesses on an affordable and easy-to-use SaaS platform. Rick has 12 years of executive management experience in the technology sector, holding positions such as president, CEO, general manager, and board positions at several successful Internet security companies such as AVG. Rick now seeks to transform the digital marketing technology sector by offering an innovative, easy-to-use digital marketing solution to customers around the world.
An experienced executive in leading and growing technology-based businesses, Huey has managed aggressive and innovative management teams during his 30-year career. Currently, Huey is CEO of Capture Higher Ed, an industry-leading technology firm that helps educational institutions meet their enrollment goals. Prior to that, Huey was COO of The Learning House, Inc., where he was instrumental in tripling the size of the company in three years. Mr. Huey received a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from Miami University and an MBA from Emory University.