Frederick Schlosser, Chief Financial Officer President, CFO, & Co-Founder
Mr. Schlosser has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry in a range of senior management roles. Mr. Schlosser was most recently Managing Director at Solstice Strategies, LLC, a financial advisory firm. Prior to that, Mr. Schlosser was a Managing Director and Partner at Brevet Capital, a special opportunities hedge fund. He was the transactions and structuring partner, and sat on the investment committee. He was responsible for deploying in excess of $150 million in capital, in a variety of transactions including LS transactions. Previously he was the COO of Life Settlements International. While there, he reviewed, priced and bid on more than $6 billion in face, structured and executed a collateralized life settlement bond ($250,000,000 face) with Fortis Bank and CSC Trust Company as counterparties, and structured and executed a cross-border LS deal with a German hedge fund. He facilitated the sale of LSI to Cantor Fitzgerald. Mr. Schlosser has been a CFO and COO of a variety of small companies, including acting as interim CFO of two publicly traded companies. Mr. Schlosser has been active in the private equity markets, both as an advisor to entrepreneurs and consulting for companies on matters of strategy, restructuring and financing.
Mr. Schlosser began his career with Price Waterhouse Coopers. He is a licensed CPA, has an undergraduate degree from Williams College and a MS in accounting from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Jim Lindsey, Chief Marketing Officer
Mr. Lindsey has 40 years of managerial, creative, and account supervision experience with bottom line responsibilities for international, national, and regional advertising agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide, where he served as a Vice-Chairman, Fairfax/Saatchi & Saatchi, McCaffrey & McCall, Hill Holiday/Wakeman & DeForrest, Lindsey, Bradley & Malloy and LBK Holdings.
Mr. Lindsey significantly influenced and directed corporate development, specializing in West Coast and Pacific Rim clients. He also served as Executive Vice President of Hill, Holiday/Wakeman & DeForrest’s West Coast operations. And he has been responsible for national and international agency operations involving business development, marketing, advertising, and strategic planning for worldwide clients including MGM/UA, Orion Films, Sears, Marriott Resorts, Mercedes Benz, DeBeers, Int., T. Row Price, Geneva Corporation, Infinity, MONEX plus Epson Computer Printer Products. Other notable clients included Jenny Craig, Shaw Industries, White Westinghouse, PacTel Cellular/Pacific Telesis, Vartech, RCA, Sears, Mayflower, McDonalds, Carl’s Jr., Falcon Jets and The Cotton Council. While Executive Producer of Metromedia Producers Group, Mr. Lindsey also created and produced primetime specials and network series television releases. Mr. Lindsey has been honored with more than 50 ADDY Awards, Clio Awards, and Golden Quill Awards.
Ned Barnett: Chief Communications Officer
Ned Barnett has more than 40 years of award-winning corporate and non-profit public relations, strategic planning, market research, issues management, fundraising and advertising copywriting experience, much of it in the healthcare field. He has focused on providing these services through national and regional agencies and as an independent consultant.
Mr. Barnett served as Regional Marketing Director and National PR Director for both Republic Health Corporation and AMI Healthcare, and as a partner at both Notch/Bradley and BRAND Marketing. He was also a senior executive at the Silicon Valley subsidiary of Fleishman-Hillard, the world’s largest PR firm. He is a member of the editorial board for PR News – the leading industry trade magazine – and he served as a columnist on Crisis Public Relations for the International Association of Business Communicators’ flagship magazine, CW.
Mr. Barnett earned his BA in Public Relations and did his masters work in Advertising. In 1978, he became the youngest person ever to earn Accreditation by PRSA, and in 1984 he became the first person to be named a Fellow in PR and marketing by the American Hospital Association. He is the only person to have earned four consecutive MacEachern Awards for excellence in healthcare communications.
Russ Kirin: Chief Branding Officer
Mr. Kirin has a broad spectrum of experience in creating high-level business, marketing and communications strategies, as well as producing award-winning tactical solutions for television, radio, film, multimedia, print and the Internet. Mr. Kirin has worked with major agencies and corporations including Burson-Marsteller, Bozell-Kamstra, Ketchum Communications, BrabenderCox, Elias/Savion, printCafe, Westinghouse, ARCO Chemicals and Metropolitan Pittsburgh Public Broadcasting.
At Burson-Marsteller, Mr. Kirin was part of the team that developed and introduced integrated advertising, public relations and special events services to select Burson clients such as Union Carbide, Quaker State and PPG Industries. He received the Clio Award for creating and producing innovative promotions for national sports apparel retailer The Athlete’s Foot.
Most recently, Mr. Kirin has served start-up, small-cap and established companies as a corporate development and marketing consultant, specializing in strategic concepting, development and planning, branding, marketing communications and interactive development.
Robert Fear, EVP Business Development
Mr. Fear has over 20 years of sales, marketing, organizational, and project management experience. Mr. Fear has a proven ability to form and manage sales and marketing teams focused on fund raising, financial sales, direct sales, and direct marketing efforts. Mr. Fear began his career selling computer networks to Fortune 500 hundred companies at Ameridata Technologies and managed the build out of a large trading and brokerage firm for a NYSE brokerage firm, capable of staffing 400+ brokers, operations and management staff. As a Senior Vice President there, he and the team he managed raised over $100 million for three different private equity funds. Subsequently, Mr. Fear moved onto the New York based Brantley Partners, a very successful private equity fund where he became a principal partner. Ultimately, Mr. Fear left Brantley to take on the position of Associate Director of Business Development for Pergament Advisors, a $700 million dollar Fund of Hedge Funds, where he was primarily responsible for investor relations and development efforts. Most recently Mr. Fear has specialized in the hospitality, food and beverage consulting business, where he has managed a number of projects from concept to implementation as operating partner and general manager at a number of successful restaurants in Honolulu, HI.
Board of Advisors
Bruce Silverman is one of America’s best known and most respected marketing-communication and branding experts. He served as EVP/Executive Creative Director at three of America’s largest advertising agencies (Ogilvy, Bozell and BBDO), as President of two of the nation’s best independently-owned agencies (Asher/Gould and WDC), and as President/CEO of the principal U.S. unit of the world’s largest media planning and buying agency (Initiative Worldwide). At Initiative, he also supervised more than $10 billion in annual media planning and buying for more than 500 clients, including Disney, The Home Depot, Electronic Arts, Carl’s Jr., Taco Bell, Acura, Bally’s Health & Fitness, the United States Navy and Yahoo!