Sam Gerace

Chief Executive Officer

 

A four-time tech entrepreneur – the founding Chief Executive Officer of Veritix®, a sports and live-entertainment SaaS platform company processing over $1 billion in commerce transactions annually; Be Free® (Nasdaq:BFRE) a digital marketing platform company processing over $2 billion in commerce transactions annually; PCXIS®, Inc. a public utility marketing software company; and PCX Consulting, Inc., a systems development firm serving heavy industry. (Veritix was acquired by AEG/AXS, Be Free was acquired by Valueclick.) Sam has raised over $2M in angel capital, $76M in venture capital/private equity, and over $200M in the public markets for those companies and is also a former Director of ValueClick (NASDAQ:VCLK) and Be Free (NASDAQ:BFRE).

Sam works to build the growth stage ecosystem in Northeast Ohio through entrepreneurial mentoring programs at Jumpstart, Inc., Flash Starts, and in the Entrepreneurial Studies program at Hawken School; through ad hoc mentoring; and by serving on the board of the Ohio Venture Association.

Sam and his wife are committed to organizations helping children facing significant challenges. Having chaired the board of Minds Matter of Cleveland for 4 years, and sitting on the board of Hawken School.

Way back when, Sam started with a Biochemistry degree from Harvard University, and later an EMBA from the Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University.

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