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Board, advisors & investors

Our seasoned board, advisors and investors
bring significant value to the enterprise.

The Board

 
Peter and his wife live in Orlando, FL.  When not saving lives with the RedCross, he can be found on the golf course or enjoying great food and wine with friends.

Peter and his wife live in Orlando, FL.  When not saving lives with the RedCross, he can be found on the golf course or enjoying great food and wine with friends.

Peter Giamalva

Chairman

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.

 

 

 
Olivier and his wife Catherine are recent empty nesters, living in Blue Bell, PA.  He is devoted to seeing his daughter succeed in her studies at Carey Business School at ASU.  He is addicted to golf and has a passion for aviation history.  He is a cigar and wine aficionado and loves rugby.  His "give back" area is in providing education for "in need" children.

Olivier and his wife Catherine are recent empty nesters, living in Blue Bell, PA.  He is devoted to seeing his daughter succeed in her studies at Carey Business School at ASU.  He is addicted to golf and has a passion for aviation history.  He is a cigar and wine aficionado and loves rugby.  His "give back" area is in providing education for "in need" children.

Olivier Houri

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

 
Chris and her husband live in Dallas with their two German Shepherds, Blitz and Aoesee.  She has a passion for travel, for reading and for spending time with dear friends, no doubt with wine in the mix.

Chris and her husband live in Dallas with their two German Shepherds, Blitz and Aoesee.  She has a passion for travel, for reading and for spending time with dear friends, no doubt with wine in the mix.

Chris Bradshaw

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 and his wife and daughter live in the DC area.  His interests include travel, sports and politics and he enjoys competition in every facet of life, at every level.

Ralph and his wife and daughter live in the DC area.  His interests include travel, sports and politics and he enjoys competition in every facet of life, at every level.

Ralph Kaiser

Investor

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. 

 
John and his wife live in Provo, Utah.  When not helping entrepreneurs, he loves to travel and in the past year has been to Antarctica and Cuba.  

John and his wife live in Provo, Utah.  When not helping entrepreneurs, he loves to travel and in the past year has been to Antarctica and Cuba.

 

John Richards

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.  

 

 

 
Jody and his family live in the Atlanta area.  He is passionate about clear water, clear thinking, Old Potrero, Bach, firewood, VDH, Rhone rouge, Genesis, guitars, hardware stores, geopolitics, carnitas, ‘71 Ford Broncos, Bruce Cockburn, flashlights, and Liberty Ale.

Jody and his family live in the Atlanta area.  He is passionate about clear water, clear thinking, Old Potrero, Bach, firewood, VDH, Rhone rouge, Genesis, guitars, hardware stores, geopolitics, carnitas, ‘71 Ford Broncos, Bruce Cockburn, flashlights, and Liberty Ale.

Jody Newman

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 resides in the Philadelphia area.  He is a man of many passions, including playing the guitar and writing music.  He also loves to read and has written written a couple of self-published fiction books which were read by a total of ten people (mostly friends and family) with rave reviews.

Israel resides in the Philadelphia area.  He is a man of many passions, including playing the guitar and writing music.  He also loves to read and has written written a couple of self-published fiction books which were read by a total of ten people (mostly friends and family) with rave reviews.

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.

 

 

 

 
Caryn is a modern day nomad.  Since she can work from wherever she is, she spends time with people that she cares about and in places that make her happy.  She is passionate about natural health and healing, the creative process, cooking, human potential and truth in all things.

Caryn is a modern day nomad.  Since she can work from wherever she is, she spends time with people that she cares about and in places that make her happy.  She is passionate about natural health and healing, the creative process, cooking, human potential and truth in all things.

Caryn Smith

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.

 
Erik is a philanthropreneur, based in Dallas.  He is passionate about helping companies build their value in ways that create a legacy.  He is a networker extraordinaire and fearless about pursuing opportunities that have a lasting, legacy component.  On any given day, you are very likely to find Erik at the Network Bar, doing what comes naturally to him!

Erik is a philanthropreneur, based in Dallas.  He is passionate about helping companies build their value in ways that create a legacy.  He is a networker extraordinaire and fearless about pursuing opportunities that have a lasting, legacy component.  On any given day, you are very likely to find Erik at the Network Bar, doing what comes naturally to him!

Erik Williams

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

 
Krista is passionate about helping women founders and business owners grow their companies.  She brings this energy and enthusiasm to Solutionz along with her financial and business acumen. She resides in South Florida, but also spends time in New York City. She loves horses and it is telling that the gypsies are her favorite breed!  She and Caryn will get along well, the nomad and the gypsy!

Krista is passionate about helping women founders and business owners grow their companies.  She brings this energy and enthusiasm to Solutionz along with her financial and business acumen.

She resides in South Florida, but also spends time in New York City.

She loves horses and it is telling that the gypsies are her favorite breed!  She and Caryn will get along well, the nomad and the gypsy!

Krista Kersey

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.