|Eastern Illinois University, BA|
years of Business Development experience: Social Media, Digital Sports, Fantasy Sports, e-commerce pioneer: co-founder & CEO of Gift Express, Inc. first to market pre www 1989 (5000 online item catalog) via PRODIGY Mall (IBM,CBS-JV) expanded in 1992 CompuServe, expand again in 1994 AOL, 1995 launched www.gifte.com (exit/sold Gift Express Inc.1999) Joined “Kohlberg Kravis Roberts” KKR - PRIMEDIA group. Onto PULITZER Inc.
Part of the management team responsible for launching STLToday.com Then offered Dream Job! Joined CDM Fantasy Sports,(a Carol & Brian Matthews company, aka Godfather of Fantasy Sports) Largest Provider of Fantasy Sports games in the world, CDM invented: Budget, Points & Salary Cap money games. Media Partners: SportingNews, Golf Channel, MSNBC. (CDM was Purchased by LIBERTY MEDIA 2006) CDM’s name changed to FANBALL.- Promoted to SVP responsible for M&A, new Media Partnerships with: DISH NETWORK, Turner Sports, Gannett/USA Today, USTA/US-OPEN, SPEED CHANNEL, NBC/BEIJING OLYMPICS. ESPN. FANBALL co-founded ‘SnapDraft’ (Daily Fantasy) with NBC Sports/RotoWorld. Secured largest ever $1,000,000.00 ‘Grand Prize’ Pay out Fantasy Football Game, featuring NFL HOF “JERRY RICE” as game commissioner