Panos Bethanis, CEO
As CEO, Panos is responsible for the strategic vision of the organization and M&A. Panos was instrumental in the technology acquisitions at the core of Survey.com’s current data platform, as well as the acquisitions of Survey.com and Peekaboo Mobile. Prior to Survey.com, Panos was the CEO of Interaction Media Group, an online content aggregator. Panos is currently the Chairman of the Board for Alkemy Ltd., a green technology firm with multiple technology patents designed to provide the world’s largest urban communities with a long-term alternative to land-filling. He is also on the Board of Directors for Opinion, a market-research company based in Southeast Europe, and Hireyard, a data aggregator for employment recruiting. Panos earned B.A. degrees in Economics and International Relations from Brandeis University and a J.D./MBA from Boston University. In addition, he was named one of The Boston Business Journal’s “Top 40 under 40” in 2010.
JEAN-ERIC PENICAUD – COO
As COO, Jean-Eric supports the day-to-day execution of the business with a primary focus on Survey.com’s team. JE has spent the past 6 years building community and local advertising companies, while developing innovative products and services to support them. Prior to Survey.com, Jean-Eric was the manager of Arthur Anderson’s Global Research and Innovations Boston Group, where he supported the creation and development of alternative business products and information delivery capabilities. He is also an advisor to several start-ups, as well as an Alkemy LTD board member. JE earned a B.A. degree In Economics from Connecticut College
JIM WOODROFFE – CTO
As CTO, Jim is responsible for the architecture and development of the Survey.com mobile platforms and architecture. He leads the day-to-day and strategic development of the iOS / Android applications using in-house and contract teams. At nSphere, Jim led a team of 30 local and overseas engineers and computer scientists in the development of a global data aggregation and distribution platform. The nSphere platform gathered data from web crawling, database integration and API intake. The distribution platform spanned consumer desktop web, mobile web, mobile applications and APIs. Before nSphere, Jim was the CTO of DirectoryM, an interactive yellow pages platform. Prior to that he was the lead developer at rfpMarket. Prior to that, he was a Software Engineer with Circle Strategies, a boutique consulting firm during the dot.com days. Jim earned a B.A. degree in Physics from Oberlin College with minors in Math and History. Jim spends his free time advising incubation stage companies in Boston and New York on product development & software engineering methodologies.
Michael was the founder of Survey.com, where he pioneered the usage and acceptance of online market research by Fortune 500 companies. As CMO, Michael supervises all marketing functions including advertising, public relations, market research, and creative design in collaboration with top management and business line leaders. A true hands-on marketing expert, Michael has consulted global firms such as Cisco, Microsoft, eBay, Johnson Controls, Ford, CondeNast, Visa, Honda, and many others. Prior to founding Survey.com, Michael was the VP of Sales and Marketing for Practical Software. Michael attended the University of Buffalo.
IMAD QAWI – CHIEF ARCHITECT
As Chief Architect, Imad leads design, development and architecture of database infrastructure for Survey.com platform. At nSphere, Imad led architecture and infrastructure for the technology platform that aggregated, classified and distributed local data via mobile, web and API channels for SMB organizations. Prior to that, Imad spent number of years at Cambridge Technology Partners and Doreen Evan Associates, where he served in Enterprise Architect, Technical lead and Senior Consultant roles for engagements with organizations in Manufacturing, Insurance and Financial industry. Imad also served as Director of Engineering and Technology for Zooba, a database marketing company. Imad has a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University and an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
STEVE BURR – VP OF PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
As VP of Product, Steve specializes in new product development for all web and mobile product lines. Utilizing a market-driven, consumer oriented approach, Steve guides product development from conception to completion, including strategy, design, prototypes, build-outs and post-launch data analysis. Steve is also responsible for the development and execution of all marketing materials to promote the new products. He manages teams of developers, designers, DBAs, and marketers both in-house and outsourced, and works with internal sales and clients to develop new market opportunities. Prior to leading the product team, Steve was the head of monetization and ad ops, where his efforts led to large increases in click through rates and CPM. Prior to joining Survey.com in 2006, Steve worked in sales and operations management positions for 5 years. Steve earned his B.A. degrees in Psychology and Political Science from the University of Vermont.
KYLE QUINLAN – VP OF DATA
As VP of Data, Kyle manages the business side of Survey.com’s data infrastructure, and is proficient in SQL specifically and relational databases generally. Kyle also manages data acquisition, mapping, aggregation, and publishing functions, and additionally provides large-scale data analysis, defining the potential impacts of database changes. Prior to joining Survey.com, Kyle served as Supply Chain Manager/SRM at Staples, where he worked closely with both internal and external stakeholders to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Staples Supply Chain. His role as SRM included working closely with the largest suppliers to remove inefficiencies from the process, reduce cost, and reduce inventory need. Kyle earned a B.A. Degree in Finance from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst.
THOMAS GENNARO – MOBILE SALES AND ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT
As the Mobile Market Research Sales and Account Manager, Thom introduces Survey.com’s innovative market research product to Fortune 500 companies, negotiates pricing, and helps set up execution timelines. Thom provides top quality service to his customers, and plays a key role in the development of projects and creation of marketing materials. Thom came to Survey.com with 2 years of sales experience, and was also a research assistant at Indiana University. Thom earned B.A. degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from The George Washington University, and an M.A. degree in History and Philosophy of Science from Indiana University – Bloomington
Board of Directors
TAS PARAFESTAS, JD, LLM, CPA
Tas serves as an advisor at CarGurus, LLC. Mr. Parafestas serves as the Managing Member of The Bollard Group LLC (“TBG”), and of its private equity arm, Spinnaker Capital, LLC. He has 17 years of experience as a tax and financial advisor, and has predominantly been focused on helping very high net worth entrepreneurs develop their businesses and manage the growth of their family wealth. He also advises a number of U.S. And foreign corporations on matters associated with mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and divestiture transactions. Prior to founding TBG, he was affiliated with Ernst & Young LLP. He serves as a director of MTPV LLC and director of CarGurus LLC. He served as a director of VisEn Medical, Inc. He is an attorney and Certified Public Accountant. Spinnaker Capital LLC is the principal lead investor in nSphere.
PAUL S. EFRON, ADVISORY DIRECTOR AT GOLDMAN SACHS AND COMPANY
At Goldman Sachs, Paul serves as an advisory director, co-chairs the firm’s Credit Capital Markets Committee and is a member of the firm’s Capital Committee. He has held management responsibilities for a variety of groups, including the Capital Markets Group, the New Products Group, and Leveraged Finance. He is also a director of Insurent Corporation. Mr. Efron earned his B.A. Degree in English and was named Phi Beta Kappa. In 1980, he earned an M.B.A from the Wharton Graduate Division of the University of Pennsylvania.