Agora Brands Group Advisor Board
MonaLisa Como is an innovative, accomplished and results-driven executive, board member, management consultant, and entrepreneur with over 25 years in financial services. She is the co-founder of InterPares Partners with substantial careers at E*Trade and TD Ameritrade. She has extensive results in managing large complex financial organizations in wealth management, retail and institutional business lines with multi-channel models. MonaLisa has a proven track record in improving organizational outcomes with a focus on talent management, organizational alignment, and digital solutions. She is an active board member and philanthropist dedicated to diversity, mental health and education.
Stuart Kerr is a seasoned software executive with 30 years of software experience including enterprise, appliance and Saas companies. He has held operating roles in eight software firms. Of those firms, he helped take two of them public and achieved valuations of over $2 Billion. In addition there were five total exits. Most recently, Stuart was the SVP of an IOT firm called Fleetmatics. Fleetmatics went public in 2012 and was acquired by Verizon for $2.5B to be the centerpiece of Verizon’s connected car program. Stuart is currently an advisor for Sumeru Equity Partners and serves on the board of two software firms: Azuga Telematics and 3Gtms and Stuart also provides strategic consulting. Stuart held early stints at Oracle, NeXT, and Apple.
Steve Lubin is an experienced entrepreneur, corporate development executive and early stage investor in the marketing technology and media space. Steve is a co-founder and Partner at Caspian Hill Group with a focus on monetizing media technologies. Steve previously served as Vice President of Corporate Development for Marketing Architects, Inc., a leading TV ad agency and Managing Director of the company’s venture capital arm Zoomworks Ventures. He is co-founder of Mediaguide, Inc., a leader in automated content recognition for the music and advertising industries. Previously COO for IMRSV, Inc., a leading facial analysis company.
Mia Mulrennan, PsyD is a global CHRO, CXO and organizational psychologist who is an award-winning speaker and thought leader in the psychology of leadership and ethics, company culture, and employee and customer experience. As CEO for Rave-Worthy Consulting LLC, Mia advises clients including Fortune 500 retail and global hospitality companies. She is the creator of an assessment survey for onboarding and developing customer-centric talent. She is Chief Talent Officer (CHRO) for Washington, D.C. and Maryland-based Star Restaurant Group. And earlier in her career, she was Chief Talent Officer (CHRO) for Edmentum EdTech, and CHRO for Sun Country Airlines, and was a Senior Consultant for consulting firm PDI/Korn Ferry.
Zeek Ojeh is an accomplished financial expert with over thirty years of “C” Level leadership experience in all aspects of private and government sector management. He has over 20 years of board governance experience as an independent director. In 2018, he joined the board of Arizona’s third largest bank – The Arizona Federal Credit Union. In 2010 and 2012, Arizona Governor nominated and the Legislature interviewed and confirmed Mr. Ojeh to serve on two separate state-wide boards – the Arizona Finance Housing Authority (AzFHA), and the Manufactured Housing Board. In 2009, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) appointed Mr. Ojeh to serve as an impartial arbitrator.
Jonathan Rose is an entrepreneurial and highly regarded Executive with proven success in high level management roles in Finance, Real Estate and Tech. He has an expertise in developing strategic vision, creating KPI stretch goals, and aligning senior leadership in unified vision. Jonathan is skilled in leading new and existing companies through high-growth phases. He is both Board Member and Advisor to several tech companies.
Larry Roth is Managing Partner of RLR Strategic Partners where he works closely with senior management teams and boards of directors across the wealth management space to deliver high-impact strategic growth plans, as well as plan execution support. In addition to strategic planning, Mr. Roth provides comprehensive M&A advisory solutions, delivered in association with Berkshire Global Advisors, a leading global boutique investment bank focused on mergers & acquisitions for the financial services sector. With three decades of experience in the wealth management industry, Mr. Roth serves RLR’s clients by leveraging the expertise and relationships built over time as a CEO of some of the largest independent firms in the industry; a current and past Board member of widely respected public and private entities; an investment banker who has structured dozens of value-creating transactions; and an entrepreneur who has personally acquired early-stage retail financial advice businesses, and grown them to achieve highly successful liquidity events. Mr. Roth previously served as CEO of AIG Advisor Group, as well as CEO of Cetera Financial Group, two of the nation’s largest networks of independent financial advice firms, encompassing thousands of independent wealth management practices across the country.
Rick Scrimger is an accomplished Executive and Advisor with more than 27 years of success in hi-tech, visual communications, textile, signage and graphics markets. Leveraging extensive experience in international operations and distribution channels for B2B organizations, he is a valuable asset for domestic companies looking for new markets and international expansion. Throughout his senior executive career, Rick has held leadership positions at private and public companies including Media One USA, Durst Image Technology, Roland DGA Corporation, and The Graphic Intelligence Agency. He has been responsible for international business growth, market positioning, and scaling, gaining significant experience within the North & South American continents, as well as the ASEAN & European markets.
Curtis Stephens is a seasoned executive who takes an imaginative and venturesome vision and makes it reality through both collaboration and sound strategy development. Currently he is the Chief Operating Officer of United Network for Collegiate Pantry Sharing, Inc, a company that provides short-term food relief for those experiencing food insecurities enrolled as a student at universities and colleges within the United States. He is a former Managing Director of a full-service sports & entertainment enterprise that specialized in both contract negotiation and venture management for Professional Athletes in the National Football League, where he served from September 1997 until October 2017. He has previously served privately-held and publicly listed companies in a range of leadership capacities in field, headquarters and corporate global assignments, where he has developed broad and varied business acumen in negotiations, due-diligence, financial and operations stewardship, crisis management, corporate governance, internal growth strategies, risk and external growth strategies, and organizing business resources to optimize value creation for the company.
Cindy Zu is a global financial executive, startup investor and passionate advocate for more millennials to get involved in startup investing and non-profit board work. She began her career at J.P. Morgan in Hong Kong, Shanghai, New York and Seattle in various roles within the Corporate Investment Bank and Asset Management divisions. In 2016, she led the strategy for an AI fintech company and negotiated licensing deals with major hedge funds internationally. Currently, she is an executive at PitchBook Data, a global SaaS company that delivers data, research and technology covering the private capital markets, including venture capital, private equity and M&A transactions. Her experience ranges from advising Fortune 500 companies to high net worth individuals, governments and venture capital firms.
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