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Board of Directors

James G. Crawford – Chief Information Officer and Director
John M. Devlin - Director and Audit Committee Chairman
David J. Ide – Chief Strategy Officer and Director
Shelly J. Meyers – Chairwoman Board of Directors
Mark Severini – Chief Executive Officer and Director

 

 

James G. Crawford – Chief Information Officer and Director

A successful and life long entrepreneur and founding member of both AudioEye, Inc and Kino Communications, LLC Jim raised the seed capital through private investment to fund Kino’s initial move into the Streaming Media sector in 2001. With the 2006 merger of Kino Interactive and Surfnet Media (which became Modavox®) Jim became Director of Interactive Production overseeing the production of the Interactive Product line, as well as managing the content management system that powered the radio platform. In March of 2006 he joined the Board of Directors for Modavox® and assisted the company in maneuvering through the initial challenges of the merger. He assumed the title of Chief Technology Officer in July of 2006 and worked on the development of the companies new radio platform, as well as leading the effort in managing the upgrade and setup of the companies server infrastructure. He also developed and managed the Stream Syndicate product line managing high end clients such as ABC Disney, New Times Media, and more. In April 0f 2007 Jim assumed the role of Chief Information Officer to focus in more on internal product development and infrastructure build out.

 

He continues to lead the Interactive team and has multiple product releases under his belt.

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John M. Devlin - Director and Audit Committee Chairman

Mr. Devlin has been in the investment and asset management business for over 23 years. Before retiring from J.P. Morgan Investment Management, he was a Senior Portfolio manager for ten years, responsible for directing investment activity, providing pension asset and liability advice as well as tactical and strategic portfolio management for institutional relationships with over $44 billion in assets. Mr. Devlin was also the Committee Chairman for client portfolio guidelines, compliance and performance review for J.P. Morgan accounts with an asset size over $200 billion. Throughout his career at J.P. Morgan, Mr. Devlin worked in all aspects of the investment and asset management business in areas such as fixed income trader and portfolio manager.  Mr. Devlin is currently Managing Director of the American Irish Historical Society where he is responsible for managing day-to-day operations of the Society and its Fifth Avenue Brownstone headquarters, including banking relationships, financial reporting, administration, and trustee and fund raising relationships. Prior to that, Devlin was the Vice Chairman of McKim & Company LLC. where he was responsible for providing strategic planning and direction for McKim & Company, a venture capital source firm for start-up companies in the $1mm to $20mm bracket.  Sourcing new ideas, due diligence, corporate governance, business plan review, discussions and discernment with company managements and assistance in subsequent financings. Previous experience includes positions at U.S. Steel Corporation including Accounting Manager, Treasury Manager and Corporate Auditor and Consultant. Responsibilities also included being responsible for the direct management of United States Steel & Carnegie Pension Funds with an asset size of over $7 billion. Devlin holds Series 7, 63, 66 and 3 FINRA Registrations. Mr. Devlin received an MBA from Pace University and completed his undergraduate degree in Finance at Georgetown University. 

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David J. Ide – Chief Strategy Officer and Director

Mr. Ide is one of the original founders of Kino Communications and Kino Interactive, LLC. David J. Ide has a proven record in Executive Management spanning ten years of service with Fortune 500 Companies. He has directed the newest venture of Kino in transitioning the management and service infrastructure of Surfnet Media Group into the new Modavox®, Inc. operation. In doing so David has exhibited his capabilities to manage the expectations of share holders, customers, and employees with a complete command of the operation. Terminating numerous legacy issues, retiring over bad debts of Surfnet Media Group, Inc. and providing financial stability to the operation, while growing sales to record levels, taking the company to sustained positive operational cash position are all factual benchmarks of his tenure as CEO. From 2000 – 2004, prior to the engagement with Modavox®, David directed the operations of two separate private companies with combined annual revenues exceeding thirty-six million dollars. David also spent time as an Operations Manager for Westin Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: HOT), Omni Hotel & Resorts, and an Executive Manager for Avatar Holdings (NASDAQ:AVTR) subsidiary Rio Rico Resort & Country Club. In April 2009, Mr. Ide captured the role of Chief Strategy Officer to work on the overall strategy of the company and execute the forward vision of the organization. Taking a page from other Chief Executive Officers, such as Howard Schultz of Starbucks, Mr. Ide will focus on the product value needed and provide hands on leadership to an emerging company. Mr. Ide will continue to utilize the foundation of no-nonsense executive management, finance, sales, and marketing to continue the forward momentum of Modavox®.

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Shelly J. Meyers – Chairwoman Board of Directors

Shelly J. Meyers (MBA, CPA) comes to Modavox® with over 20 years of financial and investment experience. She is Founder and President of Palisades Management LLC, a Registered Investor Advisor (RIA) that provides investment management services to high net worth individuals and institutions. The Firm also provides strategic advisory services to corporations pertaining to corporate finance and capital market activities. Prior to founding Palisades Management, Ms. Meyers served as Executive Vice President for Pacific Global Investment Management Company (PGIMC), where she played an integral role in launching PGIMC's high net worth management business, merging the separately managed account business of Meyers Capital Management (MCM) into PGIMC in mid-2003. While at PGIMC, the Firm's high net worth business grew from less than $1,000,000 to approximately $100,000,000. Ms. Meyers also managed the Pacific Advisor Funds' Multi-Cap Value Fund from inception (April 2002) to a five year record that beat the S&P 500 on an annualized basis, and which ranked the Fund in the top 10% in its five year Morningstar peer group. Ms. Meyers founded MCM and the Meyers Investment Trust in June 1996, and managed the Trust's Meyers Pride Value Fund from inception in June 1996 to September 2001. The Fund was awarded a five star ranking by Morningstar under her management, and in 2001 the Fund was recognized as the #1 large-cap value fund in the United States by Morningstar with Ms. Meyers as manager. The Meyers Value Fund was sold to Citizens Funds in September 2001 with Ms. Meyers serving as sub-advisor until October 2002.


From 1993 to 1996, Ms. Meyers served as Assistant Vice-President at The Boston Company Asset Management, Inc. (BCAM). She acted as an Assistant Portfolio Manager and equity research analyst for the institutional investment group in a team responsible for equity investments valued at $10 billion. Prior to that, she served in the Finance Department at Chevron Corp, and was the first woman sent to important oil and gas operations throughout Asia and the South Pacific. Ms. Meyers has often addressed national audiences on investing issues, with regular appearances on CNBC's Power Lunch, CNN, and Bloomberg TV.She's also been featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Investor's Business Daily, USA Today, The Washington Post, Mutual Fund Magazine and Business Week. In 1998, Ms. Meyers was named to the Board of Trustees for E*Trade Funds, serving until September 2006. She was elected to the U.S. National Registry of Who's Who, first listed in the year 2000 edition.


Ms. Meyers received her MBA from Dartmouth College's Amos Tuck School of Business Administration. She received her BA with a major in Political Science and minor in Economics from the University of Michigan. Ms. Meyers was issued a CPA license by the state of California in 1990.

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Mark Severini – Chief Executive Officer and Director

Mark Severini, CEO and Founder of the Gramercy Group, began his career in advertising in 1978 working in account management at a number of major agencies, including Grey Advertising in New York City. In 1987, Mr. Severini started his own integrated marketing communications company, named the Gramercy Group, which provided clients with an array of marketing solutions from strategic marketing and branded advertising to direct marketing, sales promotion and interactive advertising. While heading the Gramercy Group, Mr. Severini designed and executed integrated marketing assignments for a number of Fortune 500 companies including Smith Kline and Beecham’s Consumer Products division working on well-known household names such as Tums and Aqua Fresh. The Gramercy Group under Mr. Severini’s leadership also developed advertising, sales and interactive promotions for major consumer product clients including Michelin, Pepsi and Subway. Gramercy’s hallmark was generating marketing initiatives aimed at driving the client’s top line as well as bottom line sales with metrics in place to chart ROI on marketing expenditures. The Gramercy Group, as a result of Mr. Severini’s management and new business efforts grew to capitalized billings of $50,000,000 and was acquired by the Publicis Group, S.A., the fourth largest advertising and media conglomerate in the world.  In October of 1999, Gramercy was assimilated into Publicis Dialog, a unit that was established to provide integrated, holistic marketing and public relations programs, to in-house clients of Publicis Advertising such as Siemens and L’Oreal. For two years following the sale to Publicis, Mr. Severini served as CEO and then as a consultant, after which he established Severini Communications LLC.

 

As CEO and Creative Director of Severini Communications, Mr. Severini has focused on developing Branded Entertainment programming that integrates clients’ products and services into film and television properties. Mr. Severini also consulted an interactive advertising company, Morpheus Media, on new business and acquisitions.

 

In 2008, Mr. Severini started Augme Mobile, an interactive mobile marketing company that provides brands and their agency a web-based platform to create, manage and track mobile marketing campaigns. Mr. Severini graduated summa cum laude from Boston College with a B.A. in 1977. He attended Northwestern’s Medill School of Broadcast Journalism.

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