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Andy Lark, is a globally awarded marketer, CEO, futurist and digital leader.
For the past three decades, Andy Lark has worked alongside CEOs and their leadership teams to define - and then attain - digital and brand greatness for their institutions. These include Xero, Air New Zealand, Google, Commonwealth Bank, Dell, and Emirates Team New Zealand.
A winner of over 100 marketing and digital awards, he has built some of the world’s most successful ecommerce sites; online communities and applications for smartphones. Today he is recognized as one of the powerful influencers on Twitter and Linked-In.
Andy has built multiple hundred million dollar-plus ventures and created billions in value for investors. His enterprises have ranged from coffee and gin through to security software, ecommerce sites and online accounting software. He was a founder and director of New Zealand’s largest venture capital firm - and today sits on the boards of Mercury Energy and SLI Systems.
Most recently Andy was chief marketing and revenue officer of Xero, the world’s fastest growing SaaS Company and leader in online accounting. Forbes named Xero the world’s most innovative company.
Today he chairs Group Lark – a growth accelerant for digital and brand transformations - working with exciting early mid stage growth companies to accelerate their path forward.
When he is not immersed in work, he is a competitive sailor, a very non-competitive cyclist, and writer. He as written NY Times and Amazon best-selling books – the most recent of which Augmented – looks at the impact of artificial intelligence and augmented technology on business and society. His Blog - thedailylark -- is in the Top 100 ranked marketing blogs globally.
Brad Tuckman is a brand innovator and the founder of OneKreate, a technology-enabled content creation agency serving global brands. Tuckman grew OneKreate from a garage office with one computer (and a dog) to today having more than 1 million sq. ft. in office space globally, and more than 1,000 employees serving clients like Walmart, Crate and Barrel, Home Depot, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Uniqol, Calvin Klein, Gatorade, Target, Chicos, Nike and more.
In 2015 while prominent in the private equity arena, Tuckman looked to further the evolution and expansion of his company’s services and geography, he didn’t look for a “small” strategy - he conducted the simultaneous M&A of the two largest creative studios in the U.S., forming the world’s largest studio network, CreativeDrive. Tuckman was the vision behind CreativeDrive re-imagining the content creation cycle to align with continuous transformation of the media landscape. Following the sale of his majority share to Bertram Capital, Tuckman continues to serve on the Board of Directors and is the largest single shareholder in the company.
Tuckman is a problem-solver who rolls up his sleeves to do what’s needed, and is passionate about achieving team success and finding ways to grow small business.
Like all growth-minded business owners, Tuckman believes that success is fueled by providing innovative products and “can’t-live-without” service. His own experience of not putting enough time and energy into bookkeeping and accounting fueled his desire to be a part of Xendoo, which helps small businesses achieve their financial goals and maximize exit value.
Erik Simons has been a serial internet entrepreneur for more than 14 years, beginning his internet career by pioneering online affiliate marketing networks for the gaming industry and providing performance-based advertising solutions that are still in use today. Simons has founded multiple internet companies around the globe, establishing software development companies in Eastern Europe and the Baltic regions.
In the late 1990’s, Simons created software platforms aimed at leveraging the rapid growth and importance of internet search. Using his performance- based solutions, Mr. Simons generated several hundred million dollars in revenues for well- known advertisers such as BestBuy, Amazon.com, eEbay, Travelocity, Walmart, Disney, Barnes & Noble, NBC, AT&T, Circuit city, DirectTV and many more. Simons also founded Carmercial in (1997), which has become the automotive industry's leading provider of innovative video advertising solutions, today serving all major automobile manufacturers.
Simons’ entrepreneurial success earned the request of the European Union (EU) Government Agencies to serve as an advisor on IT issues related to the accession of former Eastern Block countries to the EU. In this role, Simons established training programs for IT staff at Nuclear Power plant facilities in Latvia and also helped shape several IT courses at the University of Riga. In addition, through his development office in Seoul, Simons created a software platform which allowed South Koreans to navigate the web in their own native language for the first time.
Most recently, Simons invented platforms for the optimization and distribution of web video for USOnetworks, which he co-founded with entrepreneur John Ferber. USOnetworks was the foundation for Bidtellect, a leading platform in native advertising and also a basis for the creation of microgiving.com, an internet-based, charity-driven, crowd-funding site which aims to directly connect donors with those in need.
Simons continues to work towards building the future of advanced programming, specifically with a keen interest in M-commerce, developing interactive mobile systems including reverse auctions and integrated financial technology solutions, like Xendoo.
Simons has a personal passion for aviation. When he is not pushing a development team to the furthest edges of technology he is pushing his high G capable aerobatic Extra 300 to the limits during his aerobatic routines.
Jonathan Mariner is a private investor, entrepreneur, and independent board member with more than two decades of experience working in major league sports. He’s currently the Founder and President of TaxDay, LLC, a private software firm that helps users track their multi-state travel for tax purposes. His passion for tax and accounting solutions is what brought him to be part of Xendoo.
Jonathan retired from Major League Baseball, Office of the Commissioner in 2016, having previously served as Executive VP and CFO from March 2002 to December 2014; and, as Chief Investment Officer, from January 2015 until May 2016. His career in professional sports started in 1992 as Executive Vice President and CFO of the Florida Marlins Baseball Club. Jonathan concurrently served as Vice president and CFO of the Florida Panthers Hockey Club for the team’s initial startup and inaugural seasons in 1993 and 1994, and as Vice President and CFO for Pro Player Stadium, the multi-use sports complex that was home to both the Florida Marlins and Miami Dolphins at the time.
Jonathan currently serves on the Board of Directors of Ultimate Software (Nasdaq: ULTI) as the Chair of the Audit Committee. Jonathan also serves on the Boards of Directors of the following private companies: McGraw Hill Education; and Investors Exchange (IEX, the new public stock exchange featured in Michael Lewis’ book, “Flash Boys” He also serves on the following charitable boards: Little League Baseball International; and the Board of Trustees of the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
Jonathan graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and received his MBA from Harvard Business School, and is a former Certified Public Accountant.
Mike Morris has more than 25 years of experience in leadership positions in variety of industries ranging from technology-based SaaS, software and services firms to a family-owned food distribution firm. With a deep understanding of business analytics, modeling and strategy as well as operations and growth dynamics, Morris has a proven track record of helping businesses thrive.
Most recently, Morris was Vice President of Customer Acquisition and Retention at Grasshopper, the entrepreneur’s phone system, where he grew customer acquisition and revenue which directly led to a sale of the firm to Citrix for $170MM+ in 2015.
Prior to his critical role at Grasshopper, Morris was Vice President of Product Management at Fidelity Investment's HR outsourcing business where he built and launched the self-service applications and customer support for Fidelity's mid-market HR offering. He has also held senior product development and product management positions at Affiliated Computer Services and ANSYS, Inc. where he specialized in developing and executing market entry strategies for new products. Morris has also consulted for Thomson Financial, Amtrak, Standard & Poor’s, PSEG, Safeco through Deloitte Consulting and other boutique consulting firms.
Morris holds a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the Tepper School at Carnegie Mellon University. He is married with 4 children, and is actively training to compete in his second full Ironman triathlon.