Board of Directors
Stephen R. Collins
Mr. Collins invested in Moontoast and joined the Board in May 2009. From 2009 to 2010, Mr. Collins served as acting CEO of Moontoast. Mr. Collins has 20+ years of leadership experience, including the last 15 years in the technology field. Between 2002 and 2007, Mr. Collins was CEO of Juris, Inc., an enterprise software company serving mid-sized law firms. During the period 2004 to 2007, Juris more than doubled its revenue and was acquired by LexisNexis in 2007 for 3x revenue and 8x EBITDA. Prior to Juris, Mr. Collins was one of the original management team members at DoubleClick (1997-2002) and served as CFO and CIO. Mr. Collins began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and later worked overseas with Colgate-Palmolive. Mr. Collins is a CPA in New York State.
G. Edward Cassady III
Mr. Cassady has been a trusted member of the Moontoast Board of Directors since 2009. Mr. Cassady serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President at Robins & Morton where he launched the company’s power & industrial division to provide engineering and construction services to the chemicals, hydrocarbons, minerals, power, and pulp and paper markets. Previously, Mr. Cassady served as the Chief Operating Officer for The Martin Companies where he provided operational and financial support to its portfolio of companies. Mr. Cassady joined The Martin Companies following nine years in executive leadership for BE&K, Inc., a global engineering and construction firm headquartered in Birmingham, AL. Prior to joining BE&K, Mr. Cassady practiced law for 15 years with the law firm Bradley Arant Rose & White (Now Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP) in Birmingham, AL.
Leslie B. Wilkinson, Jr.
For over 13 years, Les Wilkinson has been a trusted legal and business advisor to local and national seed, early stage, and growth businesses. Mr. Wilkinson joined the Martin Companies in 2009. Prior to joining the Martin Companies, Mr. Wilkinson practiced law with the Nashville firm of Harwell, Howard, Hyne, Gabbert & Manner, PC from 1998-2008 where he represented business clients with respect to start-up issues, venture capital financing, joint venturing, mergers and acquisitions, and contract negotiations. Mr. Wilkinson is listed in the Best Lawyers in America for 2009 and was also named as a Mid-South Rising Star in 2008 and 2009 by Super Lawyers magazine. Mr. Wilkinson is a member of the American, Tennessee, and Nashville Bar Associations.
Mr. Simpson joined The Martin Companies in October of 2009 and serves as the Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Simpson comes to The Martin Companies with 33 years of experience in both the healthcare industry and public accounting. Prior to joining The Martin Companies, Mr. Simpson served as Senior Manager of Tax at Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC, the largest regional accounting and financial services family of companies based in Tennessee. Mr. Simpson was Vice President of Tax at Vanguard Health Systems, Inc. for almost a decade. Mr. Simpson led a five person tax department as Vice President of Tax at OrNda Healthcorp that was later acquired by Tenet. He also served as Tax Partner and Senior Manager for eleven years at Ernst & Young. There, he was the Partner in charge of a 15 person tax department and Senior Tax Manager. He also spent time working with The Freeman Companies and Touch Ross and Co., as well as Blankenship, Summar & Associates as a Tax Manager and Corporate Controller.
Joseph Glaser II
With William “Bucky” Baxter, Mr. Glaser founded Moontoast in early 2008. He is the founder and operator of Glaser Instruments, building and repairing instruments for the music industry professionals, designing for the guitar industry, and consulting in instrument manufacture. Since 2002, Mr. Glaser has also been a partner in A&D Gitarren Technologie, a Berlin-based manufacturer of CNC equipment used in instrument factories and repair shops worldwide. He has served as business strategist and design engineer in advancing this standalone technology. Before moving to Nashville in 1980, Glaser worked at Elma Engineering in Palo Alto, CA.
An experienced entrepreneur and executive with more than twenty years experience building and growing successful Internet and technology businesses, David Andre co-founded Cartera Commerce in 2005. A recognized expert in Internet search and e-commerce, David was founding CTO of Upromise, the largest and most successful coalition loyalty program in the United States. At Upromise David was responsible for Upromise’s technology platform and also managed ongoing business, technology and partner operations. Prior to Upromise, David served as VP of Engineering at Lycos (acquired by Terra Networks SA) and Direct Hit (acquired by Ask Jeeves). Prior to this, David held senior technology roles at Rational Software (acquired by IBM), Object Design (acquired by Progress Software) and Symbolics. He also served four years in the U.S. Air Force at National Security Agency. David holds a M.S.C.S. from the University of Maryland and a B.S.E.E. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Currently serving as VP of Corporate Strategy for ValueClick, John Ardis has broad experience developing integrated client solutions, building strategic client relationships, and spearheading key marketing efforts across public relations, adversiting, promotions, and research. Before joining ValueClick in 2000, Mr. Ardis spent over eleven years in data-driven direct marketing with the marketing firm Customer Development Corporation (now ChoicePoint Precision Marketing) where he held VP and managing director positions and was responsible for client development and key contributions to corporate strategy.
Gary Eichhorn has been a leader in the computer and medical industries for over thirty years. He is currently the Executive Director of the Music and Youth Initiative – a non- profit organization dedicated to providing underserved urban young people with opportunities to learn and perform music – (Mr. Eichhorn is an amateur musician himself), President of Eichhorn Group, LLC – a technology consulting firm, and an active member of his community. As a leader in the space, Mr. Eichhorn serves on the boards of several innovative technology companies, is a strategic advisor to the CEO’s of several high-growth companies, and is also an advisor to technology-focused venture capital firms.
Mr. Eichhorn’s previous experience includes high-level positions at a wide range of successful technology companies including CEO of Open Market, Inc, (a company he led to its initial public offering); two sequential VP titles at Hewlett Packard – Group VP of their Medical Products Group and VP of their Workstation Systems Group; and executive positions at Digital Equipment Corporation. In addition, Mr. Eichhorn has served on the Board of Directors of Ansys, Inc., and chaired boards at GeoTrust and PanGo Networks Inc, both of which were successfully sold. He was also a director of Bluesocket Inc, Songbird Hearing, Inc., SoundVision, Chosen Security, Insulet Corporation (NASDAQ PODD) and the Boston Computer Museum.
Mr. Eichhorn is a graduate of Colgate University and also attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1988.
With more than 30 years of experience in executive management, sales, and marketing for some of the world’s most successful SaaS and technology companies, Rick’s career has focused on communities, innovation, and on-demand collaboration. He currently holds the position of President and CEO for Landslide CRM. Prior to Landslide, Rick was President and CEO at Mzinga, a company he helped build into the market leader for on-demand social software solutions. Prior to Mzinga, Rick was Chief Marketing Officer of WebEx Communications and President of WebEx Small Business, where he was responsible for the company’s worldwide go-to-market and customer acquisition strategies.
Before WebEx, Rick served as president and CEO of Intranets.com, (acquired by WebEx in 2005). Under his leadership, Intranets.com secured more than 300,000 users and was named to the Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing technology companies for two consecutive years. Before joining Intranets.com, Rick was VP of Corporate Marketing at PictureTel and before that he was VP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing at Shiva Corporation where he was instrumental in positioning Shiva as the market leader in the remote networking market. Rick also spent four years at Lotus Development Corporation as VP of Corporate Marketing. Before that, Rick founded First Software, a software distribution company, which grew to more than $175 million in revenue in less than four years.
Gordon Hoffstein is an accomplished founder and CEO with a history of building strong companies with significant investment value. Over the last three decades, Gordon has successfully launched three technology businesses: distributor Microamerica in 1979, reseller PCs Compleat in 1992, and internet marketing and affiliate firm BeFree in 1996. He successfully took BeFree public in 1999 at a market valuation greater than $3B, and then led and managed the growth strategy and eventual sale of BeFree to online marketing firm ValueClick. Today, Gordon runs Prospera LLC as a CEO advisor to high-potential startups.
Mr. Pearce, has more than 30 years of executive and operations experience in the technology industry. He was recently the President and CEO of Demandware, a global leader in on-demand ecommerce. Previously Mr. Pearce served as CFO at AppIQ where he led all business model and financial matters and facilitated the company’s acquisition by Hewlett-Packard in 2005. He also co-founded SilverStream Software (SSSW, NASDAQ) and served as the CFO, Vice President of International Operations, and Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales. As the CFO and Vice President of International Business at Watermark Software, Mr. Pearce grew the business through to its acquisition by FileNet Corporation in 1995. Earlier in his career, Pearce held various operational and finance positions. He holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Curtin University, Perth, Australia.
Damian Manning is a technologist and serial entrepreneur with nearly 20 years of commercial innovation and a dedication to creating groundbreaking online experiences for consumers. Most recently, Damian was co-founder, CEO and the principal architect of Echospin, a technology company whose pioneering solutions enable rights holders to sell and promote digital, physical and mobile goods directly to fans across the globe. Acquired in 2010 by The Because Group, Echospin's partners include all four major labels, Disney Music Group, Ticketmaster and National Geographic, among many others.
Damian’s extensive experience also includes serving as Managing Partner for Digital Strategy Partners, a firm specializing in media technology services for clients including Yahoo!, Citigroup, The New York Times, MediaNet Digital and Viacom. Prior to founding Digital Strategy Partners, Damian was Vice President, Digital Media, for MTV Networks. There he was responsible for leading the global digital media strategy of the MTV Networks online properties, including more than 60 brands and affiliates around the world.
Damian began his career in 1995 at the dawn of the Internet Age, on the front lines at IDT as Senior Technologist. After helping IDT grow to millions of customers and execute a successful IPO, Damian went on to assist ICES in building one of the very first global business-to-business eCommerce platforms, where he served as Director, Research & Development. He also co-founded e-Save Networks, where he held the position of Director, Technology.