Schmitz has been an entrepreneur and executive since 1983, focused primarily on creating and building value for technology companies. Mr. Schmitz was a founder/principal of three technology companies that were acquired by publicly traded companies.
Most recently, Schmitz was the founder/CEO of Insight First, a web analytics firm, that was acquired by 24/7 Real Media in January 2003. After the sale, Schmitz was President and CTO of 24/7’s Technology Division. Schmitz joined 24/7’s Board of Directors in October 2004 and remained on the Board through July 2007 when the company was sold to WPP.
In October 2004 Schmitz was a founding General Partner of Pine Street Capital Partners, a New York-based private equity firm where he remains a Managing Director. Schmitz is also on the board of StreetEasy.com, a New York City-based real estate web portal.
Mr. Mintz currently is Chairman and Co-Founder of QED Technologies, Inc., a Rochester, NY manufacturer of patented finishing equipment and software for the high-end optics industry. He also is Chairman and owner of Byelocorp Scientific, Inc., dealing with non-proliferation defense conversion and transfer of scientific technology from the former-Soviet Union.
He co-founded and previously co-owned LMF Servizi Finanziari SA, a Swiss financial company; BelOMA-BSI JV a Belarusian optical company; Supcodue srl, an Italian petrochemical equipment engineering and manufacturing firm; and Byelkamit JV, JSC, a Kazakhstani petrochemical equipment manufacturer.
He is senior partner in Mintz & Co., a privately held investment and trading company. He also owned and operated a commodity futures floor brokerage firm for 25 years.
Previously, Mr. Mintz was Chairman of the Board of Governors of Commodity Exchange, Inc. He is still a member of both New York futures exchanges.
Mr. Mintz earned a B.A. from Rollins College.
Brian Maloney has most recently taken on a role with Unisys Corp. (NYSE:UIS) as president of Unisys Global Industries, a new organization that will combine the company's global financial services, commercial and public sector businesses. Mr. Maloney previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of Perot Systems from March 2002 until October 2004. During his tenure with Perot, Mr. Maloney had responsibility for the company's market-facing activities including its major vertical industry concentrations: financial services, healthcare, industrial services and strategic markets, its global infrastructure support unit, its India-based software development and maintenance unit, its BPO unit and its consulting business. He directed the Perot Systems operations across all 40 countries in which the firm conducted business.
Mr. Maloney joined Perot Systems after 24 years with AT&T, where he served as Senior Vice President of AT&T, and President and CEO of AT&T Solutions, the multi-billion dollar networking professional services and outsourcing arm of AT&T.
Mr. Maloney serves as a director of Globecomm Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: GCOM) where he is the chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee and a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees. He is also a director of VisionTEK, a privately held information technology company, an advisor to Tech Mahindra, an India-based software development firm, and an advisor to Aregea, Inc., an outsourcing advisory firm. In addition, he is the Vice Chairman of the Board of the Thomas Edison State College Foundation in New Jersey and a director of The Boy Scouts of America – Greater New York Council.
Before Co-Founding Ascend, Mr. Crockett was a Director with The Beacon Group, a $2 billion private equity firm. At The Beacon Group, Mr. Crockett worked on leveraged buyout and management buyout transactions in a variety of industries. Mr. Crockett started his career in the Structured Finance Group at Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Mr. Crockett received his JD from Stanford Law School and his BS from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Crockett is a currently a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Software Industry Association and of the Board of Visitors of Stanford Law School.