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Executive board


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Executive board


Scott Wilkerson – CEO, Founder and Chairman of the Board

Prior to forming WebRotator, Mr. Wilkerson was the CEO/Co- Founder of Ovallink, Inc, a hyper-local digital advertising company specializing in rotating ad space in high traffic areas. While at Ovallink, he identified several key areas in the advertising and web search ecosystem that were under served, as well as revenue streams that had yet to be discovered. With this vision he formed WebRotator in 2009.  Prior to Ovalink, and after graduating from Seattle University in Political Science/Pre Law with a minor in Business, he went into banking. During his 12-year tenure in the Banking industry, Mr. Wilkerson served as a National Sales Manager for some of the top financial institutions in the country. He was responsible for directing a staff of over 250 employees and a P&L with over $2 billion in annual revenue.  Scott brings over 15 years of experience in startup companies and proven ability to lead teams to excel in today’s fast paced software markets.  Scott had the original vision for WebRotator after conducting research, including working with the University of Washington, Fosters School of Business. He launched WebRotator full time in 2013.

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Erik Ploof – CMO (interim) and Board Member

Erik Ploof brings an extensive list of marketing credentials to his advisory role. Erik has spent his entire professional career in the world of marketing high tech companies. For sixteen years Erik held various senior roles stewarding the global brand and marketing strategies for ARM Ltd, located in Cambridge England. During his tenure with ARM he directed several innovative corporate, product and affiliate marketing programs catalysing the company’s growth from $300K to $1.8 Billion. He also was responsible for overseeing the development of ARM’s extensive partner ecosystem where he united a community of over 2,500 hardware, software, semiconductor, and consumer electronic companies, around a single architecture responsible for delivering over 50 Billion ARM-based devices into the marketplace. Prior to joining ARM, Erik worked at Motorola and established the Motorola Northwest Software Center as part of the management team leading the development and support of PowerPC for WindowsNT. Erik has twenty-five years of experience developing world-class brands and marketing programs that accelerate revenue growth and establish market leadership. He is a published author and was the editor in chief for Information Quarterly (IQ); a quarterly design journal for the ARM architecture with a circulation of 80,000 and two localized issues in Japan and China. His many roles in ARM have given him a deep understanding not only of the technologies involved throughout the embedded and consumer electronics marketplace but also of the business models and Partner engagements critical to ARM’s success. Erik currently is owner and principal consultant of BrandPrecision and a board member of The Executive Network of Seattle (TENS).


Otto von Nostitz – SE Asia Business Development

Otto comes to WebRotator with multiple years working in the technology, telecom and energy industries. He has successfully co-founded and launched internet start-up RisingStars Asia Online, Asia Pte. Ltd. in the Philippines and Malaysia. Otto will be instrumental in the launch and success of WebRotator’s Southeast Asia operations. Otto’s international experience with technology companies makes him a valuable asset as he works closely with WebRotator’s CEO to identify new opportunities as the company expands into additional international markets. 


Paul Beattie – Legal Counsel

Paul Beattie is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer with over 80 victories and a 90% success rate in trials and commercial arbitration's. He has taken or defended hundreds of depositions. Mr. Beattie’s practice focuses on general commercial litigation and business counseling and intellectual property counseling and litigation, including patent, plant patent, design patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, non-compete, and licensing cases. He also represents clients in other types of business disputes, including employment, breach of contract, tax, partner-ship dissolution, and tort cases. Mr. Beattie drafts contracts, non-compete agreements, and other documents and provides strategic business advice. He also does appellate work for select clients. His strengths include strong writing and communication abilities (with over 70 successful dis-positive motions), extensive first chair experience, and an ability to explain difficult concepts and technologies to juries. Mr. Beattie has been repeatedly recognized as a Washington Super Lawyer, an annual listing of 2-5% of Washington lawyers who have achieved significant professional accomplishment. Mr. Beattie previously worked as a litigator at Merchant & Gould, P.C., where he was a partner, and at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, a Northwest regional law firm, where he was also a partner, and before that, at Darby & Darby, P.S., an intellectual property firm formerly headquartered in New York. Earlier in his career, Mr. Beattie worked at Foley & Lardner in Chicago, where he represented Pioneer Hi-Bred in several corn genetics cases. While at Darby, Mr. Beattie was the primary author of chapter 1 of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Patents: Law and Practice (Aspen Pub. Dec. 2007). Immediately after graduating from the University of Michigan Law School with honors, he clerked for the Honorable Jacques L. Wiener of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. During law school, Mr. Beattie was awarded the Stanfield Scholarship and was nominated for the Book Award for Legal Writing and Advocacy. He also taught Legal Research & Writing at the William Mitchell College of Law. Mr. Beattie currently teaches various aspects of intellectual property litigation as an Adjunct Professor at the Seattle University School of Law. 


Brian G. Forrest – Patent Attorney

Mr. Forrest represents clients in a wide range of intellectual property matters including strategy counselling, patent-ability studies, non-infringement and validity studies, due diligence, licensing and preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications before the USPTO. His background includes working in house at Intel Corporation in their corporate licensing group, and has prepared and prosecuted both domestically and in foreign jurisdictions for industry leaders including Intel, Microsoft, Cisco, General Electric, lnFocus, as well as for mid-sized companies, start-ups and independent inventors. Today Brian resides in Oregon with his family and owns the company PatentFlo.com.  Brian has been working with WebRotator’s CEO since 2008. Brian was instrumental in filing the first patent application for WebRotator in 2013 and continues to work closely with WebRotator CEO on other patents.  


James B. Parsons – Securities Attorney

Jim has been practicing law for more than 30 years, and concentrates in the areas of securities, both public filings and private company offerings, and general corporate law. Jim represents more than 15 public companies, and his firm prepares and files all SEC related documents. He enjoys assisting clients in the development and growth of their business, but with previous experience in securities and probate litigation, he also believes he can assist WebRotator in avoiding costly lawsuitsand achieve lasting success. Jim is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound - B.A., 1976 and Northeastern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College - J .D.,  1980

 

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Board Members


Board Members


Glenn Wieland - Board Member

Glenn is an experienced CEO and Management Professional with extensive experience in technology and communications. Glenn has owned and managed his own National and International Advertising Agencies and also an international consultant in corporate marketing, IT communications, fundraising, and strategy with over 35 years’ experience and travels as a keynote speaker on future trends in marketing, communications and business development. He currently holds the positions of Managing Director of an International company and CEO of Perth based company. Mr Weiland has won numerous advertising and marketing awards, and has created the strategy and creative for hundreds of blue chip corporate and retail clients through Australasia.


Jaques Blandin - Board Member

Mr. Jacques Blandin is the Founder of Firmware Technologies Inc. and serves as its President, Chief Executive Officer and an Executive Officer. Mr. Blandin is the Founder of Visi Inc PLC and serves as its Chief Executive Officer, President and Executive Director. He started his working life in the finance industry gaining extensive commercial and management experience. After leaving the finance industry he has held the positions of Group Accountant, Finance Manager and ... General Manager in a number of medium to large companies in the advertising, retail and hospitality industries. He has also spent time working as a contract Management Consultant. His last senior position prior to VisiInc was as Chief Executive Officer of a National Manufacturer based in Perth and was instrumental in implementing the operational and financial strategy that saw the business expand threefold during a four-year period. Mr. Blandin holds University qualifications in Finance and Management Science and has completed further studies in Marketing, Continuous Improvement and Quality Management


Edward Fitzpatrick - Advisory Board

Mr. Fitzpatrick is the founder of 8 private equity firms active today, these funds have invested hundreds of millions into private and public companies in most sectors over the course of 25 years at the forefront of the space. Edward has a wealth of experience in dealing with multiple cultures and governments all over the world. Mr. Fitzpatrick created many financial structures including convertible debentures for Regulation S investments into US public companies; Discounted Bonds using regulation 144 and more recently Quoted Private Equity and Pre VC structures that have become the new sectors in Private Equity Field. Currently, Mr. Edwards is the founder of the European Stock Exchange; a bridge between crowdfunding and conventional regulated Stock Exchanges. www.europeanstockexchange.com  


Manfred G. von Nostitz – Board Member

Mr. von Nostitz has held the position as president with the Asia Pacific Corporate Council based in Kuala Lumpur since 2005. In this role, he regularly advises Western companies on business opportunities in the Asia Pacific region. He brings a broad career spectrum of business and government relations experience derived from over 30 years of work as an adviser, diplomat and corporate director in the region. Formerly the VP of Profound Automotive in Southeast Asia and principal adviser to Southern Bank Group, he enjoys extensive experience with corporate acquisitions, technology transfers, investor relations and merger implementation. With over three decades in the Canadian Foreign service he held the posts of Director General for South and Southeast Asia, the U.N. and Security & Intelligence, and went on to serve as High Commissioner to Malaysia and Brunei and as Ambassador to Pakistan/Afghanistan, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. Fluent in multiple languages, he holds a B.A.  (Hon.)  in Arts Science and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto, in addition to International Economic Relations studies at the universities of Grenoble and Stockholm.


John Castle – Board Member and Business Adviser

John Castle teaches Entrepreneurship at the University of Washington Foster School of Business, Seattle University and the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. His practical classes have inspired many former students to found innovative new companies in many industries. He founded and ran many companies during his forty-year business career, including several that went public or were acquired. John now advises companies on how to turn their ideas and technologies into profitable businesses and his innovative methods help businesses focus on the elements of the venture that are essential for success. He was co-founder and CEO of Cantametrix, a music software company, CEO of Hamilton-Thorn, a medical electronics and diagnostics company; Executive VP and co-founder of Seragen, a biotechnology company, and a partner in Washington Biotechnology Funding, a seed venture capital fund specializing in medical technologies. John has been a principal, director or adviser to early-stage companies including, Cadence Biomedical, Energizing Solutions, Microgreen Polymers, Sharebuilder, Goodwell Technologies, Olympus Games, 3 Phase Energy, Savtech, YourSports, Sunriver Specialties, Biohe-sion, and American BioDesign, and is a member of the Keiretsu Forum which provides financing to early-stage companies.


Eric Schneider - Board of Advisors

As Absolute Mortgage’s Executive Vice President and VP of Business Development, Eric takes seriously his responsibility of hiring quality Mortgage Advisors that align themselves with the culture and qualities needed to make Absolute the company you want to work for in the Pacific Northwest. As quality MA’s join Absolute, branch expansion is required; Eric is focused on acquiring prime locations, convenient and spacious, to accommodate the positive growth of the Absolute family.

Eric joined Absolute Mortgage in 1997 as a Mortgage Advisor and Sales Manager when long-time friend and President of Absolute, Eric Bolstad, started the company. Eric has assisted in opening 17 branch locations throughout the Pacific Northwest with more upcoming.
 


Eric Bolstad - Board of Advisors

Mr. Bolstad is President of Absolute Mortgage