Our Team

Management

Panos Bethanis

Chief Executive Officer

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 nSphere’s current data platform, as well as the acquisitions of Survey.com and Peekaboo Mobile. Prior to nSphere, 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.

Jim Woodroffe

Chief Technology Officer

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.

Jean-Eric Penicaud

Chief Operating Officer

As COO, Jean-Eric supports the day-to-day execution of the business with a primary focus on nSphere’s global 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 nSphere, 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

Nick Mammola

Interim Chief Financial Officer

As CFO, Nick is responsible for the all financial and reporting matters, including debt and equity offerings, audits, investment interactions, and conference calls with investors and the board of directors. Nick is also a Co-Founder, Principal Financial and Operating Officer of Stoneacre Partners. In this role, Nick is responsible for identifying, sourcing and securing focused new business opportunities consistent with strategic fit and required investment criteria and attributes. Prior to founding Stoneacre Partners, Nick was a Managing Partner at Kingside Partners, the EVP of Business Affairs, CFO, and COO of CYRK, Inc, a leading promotional products company with over $1B in annual revenue, and before that was the SVP and CFO of Papa Gino’s, Inc., New England’s largest quick service Italian restaurant chain.

Nick earned a B.S. Degree in Accounting/Finance from Boston College, and and MBA degree in Finance from Suffolk University - Sawyer School of Management

Michael Bach

Chief Marketing Officer

Michael was the founder of Survey.com, now a wholly owned subsidiary of nSphere, 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.

Chris Williams

General Counsel, Senior Vice President of Operations

As General Counsel, Chris manages the various aspects of nSphere's legal and transactional matters and is engaged in issues ranging from Corporate/Business, Finance and M&A to Employment. Both functions work very closely with the COO and CEO and provide balance and guidance in all business matters. Also serving as the SVP of Operations, Chris is engaged in the daily management and tactical implementation of the companies' strategic objectives. Prior to joining nSphere, Chris was an attorney at Goodwin Procter, LLP, Goulston & Storrs, and Bringham McCutchen.

Chris earned a B.A. degree in International Studies from Emory University, and a J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Imad Qawi

Chief Architect

As Chief Architect, Imad leads architecture and infrastructure for the technology platform that aggregates, classifies and distributes local data via multiple channels including mobile, web and API for SMB organizations. Imad also designs, develops and manages database and infrastructure that host millions of pieces of local data for nSphere’s publishing partners. Prior to joining nSphere, Imad was a Senior Consultant at Doreen Evan Associates, where he led business analysis and enterprise architecture reviews to develop process and technology maps for organization in Insurance and Financial industry. These models were used as drivers of business product lines and critical factor in development of organizational strategic plans. Prior to that, he was the Director of Engineering and Technology for Zoomba, a database marketing platform.

Imad earned a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University and an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Scott Feinberg

Head of Mobile

Scott is a mobile startup veteran, whose first mobile startup was before the iPhone or Android as at Cadec Global, building mobile applications for custom devices mounted in trucks and buses, in addition to the web applications to manage them. As a campaign technology consultant he built and managed the technology and social media presence for political campaigns on the state and local level. As a developer at Commonplaces E-Solutions, he built high-end Drupal web applications for startups and large companies, with clients like Staples, Waste Management, Intuit, and many others. While CTO of a mobile couponing startup in the early days of the daily deals sites, Peekaboo Mobile, he built, launched, and scaled multiple web applications and mobile apps across their platform. After nSphere purchased Peekaboo, Scott became the Head of Mobile, focusing on all aspects of their mobile initiatives including the development of Survey.com's mobile market research platform. Scott also works with multiple non-profits, early stage startups, and organizations to mold their mobile and web strategies.

Steve Burr

Vice President 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 nSphere 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

Vice President of Data

As VP of Data, Kyle manages the business side of nSphere’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 nSphere, 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.

James Schortemeyer

Director of Research

As the Director of Research, James manages research projects from design to analysis, and serves as the official point of contact for clients. James utilizes a wide variety of methodologies to ensure that he provides the best possible service to the assorted group of clients and industries that he works with. In addition to handling the mobile market research clients, James manages traditional market research projects as well. Prior to joining nSphere, James was an Assistant Director in the Office of Financial Aid at Bentley University, where he provided guidance about financial assistance.

James earned a B.S. degree in Marketing, and an M.S. degree in Marketing Analytics from Bentley University.


Advisors

Michael Gatzke

VP, Grab Networks

Michael is a business leader with a strong track record in strategic business development, marketing, operations, and P&L management for media and technology enterprises. Head of Product, Engineering and GM of Media Business at Grab Networks, Michael is responsible for company wide operations including product development, websites, content licensing, publisher relations, network management, ad operations and technical operations for media business. Since joining Grab Media, Michael has restructured the network revenue sharing model and publisher acquisition marketing, thereby reducing operating losses substantially. He also recruited new, larger publishers with sustainable economics, launched software-as-a-service business as a means to build networks advertising and reconfigured publisher value propositions, led development of new offerings and go-to-market strategy.

Prior to joining Grab Media, Michael served as CMO for Bain Capital Ventures and Stoneacre Partners. In this role, he turned around the struggling NASCAR Members Club by developing a new, innovative online lead generation program and direct sales efforts, resulting in an over 400% increase in new membership additions. Prior to that, he was the VP at AOL/Time Warner.

Michael earned a B.A. In a Physics and Mathematics from Johns Hopkins University, as well as an M.A. in Physics and Ph.D in Physics from Princeton University.

Ed Komo, Advisor

VP of Engineering, One Kings Lane

As VP of Engineering at One Kings Lane, Ed was responsible for overall technologies, including everything from the e-store and mobile store to supply chain to cloud infrastructure and everything in between. Ed built and led a team of 30 engineers and developers from the ground up during a very tough hiring market, and also launched a highly scalable, brand new flash sales ecommerce platform, also built from the ground up within a few months, and smoothly migrated from the old platform. Ed’s efforts have helped One Kings Lane gain a large lead over its competitors.

Prior to One Kings Lane, Ed was the CTO at FanIQ, where he led the Software Engineering, Architecture, Database Engineering, Shard-based System Architecture, and Network Operations teams. Ed’s accomplishments at FanIQ include stabilizing the databases, nearly eliminating slow queries, drastically improving load times, and greatly dropping the employee turnover rate. Before FanIQ, Ed was the VP of Engineering at Jigsaw.com, where he led all technology departments, solved many quality issues, and developed several complex technologies. Before Jigsaw, Ed was the VP of Engineering at Hotwire.com, a unit of Expedia, Inc.

Ed earned a B.S.E.E. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas - Austin, and an MBA degree from the University of California - Berkeley.