|Stanford Graduate School of Business||1995|
Curtis Atkisson filled many roles at Affinity Labs: General Manager, VP Advertising & Operations, CFO and co-founder. Affinity Labs built the world’s largest portfolio of online professional communities and vaulted to the top rung of the educational lead generation market. Affinity Labs was funded by Trinity Ventures and Mayfield Fund in November 2006 and in January 2008 was acquired by Monster Worldwide (NYSE:MWW).
Curtis started as Affinity Labs’ CFO and led Affinity’s sales & operations efforts from its inception. He also led marketing during the early months producing Affinityâ€™s initial revenue. After the 1st year with Monster, he was given responsibility to oversee all Monster’s lead generation operations and their migration to Affinity Labs systems as well as site monetization for 3 Monster education websites including FastWeb and Education.org. Most recently at Monster, Curtis served as division General Manager, leading a high-performance, 80-person team in 4 U.S. locations, which in 2009 generated $50 million in profitable sales. The lead generation systems and operational processes Curtis developed are still being used today by Monster to maintain and transmit data with hundreds of partners and millions of transactions annually.
Curtis joined the founding team of Affinity Labs after devoting five years to corporate entrepreneurship activities for UAL Corp. Most recently at UAL Corp., Curtis served as Vice President Finance & Treasurer of Ameniti Travel Clubs and MyPoints.com, two independently run, fast-growing and profitable subsidiaries. Curtis assisted in the successful sale of MyPoints in April 2006 and of its ownership interest in SmartDM in January 2005. Curtis joined UAL Corp.â€™s United NewVentures team as a Principal in May 2001 where he built the financial plans from the ground up for a nationwide coalition loyalty program with a major credit card association. As Senior Principal, he led planning and financial analysis for UNV, whose sales had grown to $1 billion and developed business such as united.com, Mileage Plus third-party mileage sales, and United Cruises. Curtis also managed United Airlinesâ€™ exchange of frequent flier miles, data and cash settlements with its 18 Star Alliance partners through a centralized online clearinghouse.
Previously, Curtis worked at JP Morgan Chase as Vice President-Risk Management, Global Markets Officer, and Associate Corporate Finance. He advised Treasurers and CFOâ€™s on the management of interest rate, currency, and equity risks and earlier assisted in the raising of capital in the automotive and trucking industries. Curtis also worked as a Research Assistant on the banking industry at the U.S. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and interned at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Curtis has a B.A. in Economics from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Stanford University.