World class talent from world class organizations

We believe that it takes a diverse group to build a company.  This is not only traditional categories of diversity, but also age diversity and experience in a broad range of industries and working with various sizes of companies.  Our team is just that.  Diverse, with their energy focused on helping Solutionz Innovations reach its potential with the help of these game changers.

The Board

Peter Giamalva – Personal Snapshot

Peter and his wife live in Orlando, FL.  They have two adult children that Peter has moved coast to coast!

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
Board Chair and Investor

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.

Chicke Fitzgerald – Personal Snapshot

Chicke lives in Tampa, FL with her husband and her son (and daughter when she is home from Belgium where she attends the University). She loves cruising, a good novel and great wine, preferably enjoyed at the same time.  Her personal hero is Dumbo, who didn’t know that he couldn’t fly.

Chicke Fitzgerald
CEO, Founder and Investor

Chicke is responsible for Solutionz’ strategic direction. Her focus is maximizing investor returns and inspiring the executive team to accomplish business goals.

Chicke spent the first half of her career working for industry leading travel distribution technology and telecom companies. If you have ever made a travel booking online or checked in for a flight, chances are Chicke worked for one of the companies that pioneered that technology. The second half has been spent turning trip tech and travel storytelling on its head.  She is a game-changing technologist and business designer. In the current venture, we’ve engineered into our business model the things that we want to achieve – giving back and innovation.

Chicke builds companies and has invested over $1.2 million on her own, while raising an additional $6 million in investment capital. Recognized as a game changer, her investment actions reflect her commitment to innovation and her principles. She is also an investor in Rich Media Exchange, digital asset marketing and management. She is author of The Game Changer, published in 2017. And host of The Game Changer Podcast. She is pioneering the Sounding Board concept for early stage companies, which she is piloting with Solutionz Innovations.

 

Olivier Houri – Personal Snapshot

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.

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.

Click on the image to learn more about the Sounding Board concept.

Imagine having the talents of some of the top experts in the industries that you serve, available to you to ensure that the board makes the right decisions, with the right expertise.   Additionally, each of them bring “relationship capital” with them that can fuel the company’s growth.

The Sounding Board is a unique “virtual board member” concept that is being developed by the Game Changer Network (founded by Chicke Fitzgerald) to provide early stage companies with a vetted group of advisors that bring to the table a wide range of skills).  Solutionz Innovations is the first company to take advantage of the Sounding Board and we are working with the individuals listed below to flesh out how this pool of amazing talent can benefit other emerging companies by reducing the time that it takes to find board members and reduce risk for investors.

The 2019 Sounding Board

Ariel Patrick
MarCom Strategy
Senior Vice President
Edelman

Mary McCoy
Technology – Interim CTO
Former VP Technology Services – HP

Betty DeVita
Commercial Strategy
Former Chief Commercial Officer – Mastercard

Holly Nelson
Interim CFO
Former Chief Financial Officer – Virgin America and Jet Blue

Lisa Letizio
HR Strategy – Interim CHRO
Strategic Advisor LivingHR, Former CHRO HSNI

 

Chris Bradshaw
Business Strategy
Goldman Sachs – 10,000 Small Businesses Faculty
Former President LasVegas.com

Laurie Hesslein
Investment Strategy
Former Managing Director Citi, Head of Local Consumer Lending
and CEO/President, Citi Financial Servicing

Gerry Cunningham – Enterprise & Non-Profit
Former Partner – Global Lead Client Service Principal, Deloitte

George Lynch – Brand and Non-Profit
CEO Traffic911 and former CBO Sabre Holdings

 

Jody Newman – Interim Chief Legal Counsel
CEO IBEX Group, former . Sr. Legal Advisor – SITA and Group VP Intl Development – Orange Business Services

John Richards – Entrepreneurial Foundation
CEO and Founder Startup Ignition
Entrepreneur | Angel Investor | Former Google Exec.

Dann Hotelling – FInancial/Mktg Strategy
CFO School Outfitters, former CFO – Corporate Marketing – P&G

Keith McGregory – Business Development
Board of Directors Western Kentucky University and
Former SVP – Drexel Hamilton

Bob Reiner
Global Business & Risk Management
Former Partner – E&Y
VP Accounting/Audit Rubbermaid, Sr. Mgr KPMG

Our Professional Advisors

Krista Kersey
Nova Capital-Financial Advisory Services

Judy Robinett
Mentor and Investor Relations

Sheryl Hunter, Esquire
Hunter Business Law
Legal Counsel

Caroline Castille
Clickable Impact
Interim CMO

Ruchi Attal, CPA
Apex Financial Solutions
Financial Planning & Support

Dr. Nancy Zare
RapportBuilderz
Business Development Coach

The Investors – Pre-Seed Round

In addition to Chicke Fitzgerald and Peter Giamalva and Olivier Houri from the Board, following are the early believers in the Company.

Ralph Kaiser
President, CEO and Chairman UATP

Sergey Fitzgerald
Student, Cambridge Christian School and the future Billy Graham of his generation

Luc DuCrocq
Principal – Insights and Data – Capgemini

Kiera Fitzgerald
Business Psychology Masters Student
University of Warsaw

Paul Mouly
Vice President Operations at Unisys (retired)

Zeina Gedeon
CEO Travel Professionals Intl.