Board, advisors & investors
Our seasoned board, advisors and investors
bring significant value to the enterprise.
Peter has been a key advisor to Solutionz for over a decade and became the chairman of the board in 2015. He has been instrumental in vetting our advisors and leadership team and working to assemble a strong board to help the Company get to the next level.
Peter is a Senior Vice President with the American Red Cross, where he leads the Hospital Sales and Marketing organization. He also has deep experience in a wide range of leadership roles in the hospitality and travel industries. He held senior executive roles with Wyndham Worldwide, RCI, Budget and Apple Vacations.
Peter is a remarkable communicator and he brings incredible grounding to the leadership team. His advisory services are invaluable.
His current responsibilities include working with our investment team to raise the capital needed to scale the business and to find the perfect individuals to fill the open board of directors positions.
Board member and Investor
Olivier was an early believer in Solutionz new TripProximity venture. He joined the team as the Acting Chief Operating Officer as we forged important relationships that were foundational to the Company's growth. In 2016, he joined the board and then became our first outside investor.
Olivier brings his global vision to the organization, as well has his decades of experience in travel technology.
Before joining Solutionz Board, he spent 15 years as the head of Unisys Travel and Transportation. He also was a director of management consulting for Cap Gemini. He is currently the EVP Corporate Strategy and Key Accounts at SmartKargo.
Olivier has been instrumental in bringing in additional investment into the Company and advising the leadership on a wide range of topics.
The Advisors and Investors
Senior Advisor and Mentor
Chris and Chicke first worked together on a mobile travel project with Ericsson wireless in the late 90s. They later collaborated on the building of LasVegas.com for Mandalay Resort Group and Park Place International. At the end of the 18 month project, Chris remained with LasVegas.com as its first President.
Chris has been a long time advisor of Solutionz and a personal mentor to Chicke in her first startup. She also served on the board of the Executive Girlfriends' Group, a women's networking group that she helped to co-found with Fitzgerald.
Following her role with LasVegas.com, Chris worked on a number of consulting projects with Solutionz and then joined Bearing Point as an advisor in their travel technology practice. She then moved on to build two early stage ventures, PlumLife, a unique calendaring collaboration tool and BoomBox Network, an innovative social advertising platform to help companies reach the baby boomer market. Chris is currently the SVP of Sales for a manufacturing company.
Ralph Kaiser is the current CEO of UATP, one of the pioneers in FinTech. UATP launched the Air Travel Card in 1936. Ralph has taken UATP to new levels, expanding the company beyond the provision of a credit card to being a major force in payment processing technology and services.
Prior to joining UATP, Ralph was an executive in the investment and banking industries. He has his MBA from John Hopkins University - Carey Business School and his Juris Doctorate in International Law from Emory University.
Ralph became an investor in Solutionz Innovations in 2017 and has participated in two seed rounds.
Senior Advisor, Entrepreneurial foundation
John is the CEO and Founder of Startup Ignition, a 13-week entrepreneurship startup bootcamp, including actual implementation of learned tools and skills, that prepares entrepreneurs, founders, and teams to properly launch a company and take the right steps towards mitigating risk and increasing success.
Known as a "Utah Angel", John is an active angel investor having directly invested in scores of new and mature ventures as well as hundreds more through investment funds.
He was an early believer in Solutionz Innovations, investing time and energy in imparting the wisdom that he has built into his 13-week bootcamp. John was the first member of the Advisory Board in 2015. While he doesn't normally get involved in companies outside his region, we enjoy John's support of our Tampa-based venture.
international business development Advisor and Acting Chief Legal Counsel
Jody joined the Solutionz advisory board in 2015, providing core advice on the foundational agreements necessary for clients, advisors, board members and employees.
Jody and Chicke worked together with Morgan Stanley Capital Partners on the rollout of SITA Telecommunications assets into a separate entity. Jody was the General Counsel of the resulting entity, which was later acquired by Orange Business Services. He is currently the CEO of IBEX, an international business advisory firm. IBEX assists companies of all sizes plan & execute rapid-scaling and global expansion.
Jody brings decades of international business development expertise and provides invaluable oversight on global legal matters.
Israel Del Rio
IT Advisor and Acting Chief Information Officer
Israel is a Fortune 500 CIO/CTO and he brings a wealth of technical leadership experience and advisory services expertise to Solutionz. Most recently, he was the CIO/CTO for a $2b casino resort. He previously was SVP and CTO of Intercontinental Hotels and was SVP Technology Solutions at Starwood.
Early in his career, Israel worked for Galileo, where he and our Chief Product Officer worked together on various projects. Israel will be responsible for working with Mary Jo on our strategy to scale our products and our underlying systems as we expand globally.
Financial advisor and Acting Chief Financial Officer
Caryn and Chicke have worked together on multiple entrepreneurial ventures. She has extensive experience with some of the world's largest travel companies. Her expertise includes providing new perspectives and a holistic view of opportunities.
Caryn brings rich experience to Solutionz in the role of acting Chief Financial Officer, drawing on many disciplines and experiences: private equity, startup CFO, startup CMO, corporate business planning, strategy and new product development,
Caryn will be working with Nova Capital on successful completion of the current round of funding.
Investor Relations and Business Development
Erik and Chicke have been working together on various projects over the last four years. They share their vision of philanthropy as an entrepreneurial mindset, using business as an avenue for social improvement.
As a philanthopreneur at heart, Erik is focused on utilizing business opportunities to make a social impact. Erik believes that the primary goal of all business initiatives/projects is to leave the communities which surround our projects/businesses in much better condition than when we arrived.
It is our desire with Solutionz to inspire and improve both the communities and the organizations that we serve. In his role with Solutionz, Erik couples his passion for giving back with very practical strategic thinking and an awesome network of strategic relationships. He brings that to Solutionz, working with potential investors and enterprise clients alike, for the edification of all involved.
Erik's favorite quote:
"I was always looking for a shot at the moon. I'm not even interested in singles or doubles. I go for the fence."
T. Boone Pickens
FINANCIAL ADVISORY SERVICES - broker dealer registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and a member of FINRA and SIPC
Krista Kersey possesses over twenty-five years of experience and knowledge in the areas of domestic and international sales, marketing, business development, management consulting and corporate finance in the securities industry. Following six of those years with Merrill Lynch, Ms. Kersey became President and Principal of Kersey, Scillia, Forster & Brooks, Inc., a former NASD member boutique investment banking firm. Ms. Kersey then went on to Co-Found Nova Associates, Ltd. and Nova Strategic Advisors, Inc., where she provides strategic planning and management consulting for early stage, growth stage and mature corporate entities. Ms. Kersey has also been responsible for the design and execution of comprehensive product strategies for the development of new business on a global platform resulting in significant increases in market share and revenues for client companies. Over her career, she has been directly involved in public and private transactions involving multi-million dollar capital raises, restructures, mergers, acquisitions and advisory services.
Solutionz has engaged Krista and Nova Associates to help take the company to the next level.