BRIAN SHETH / CHAIRMAN
Brian Sheth co-founded Vista Equity Partners with Robert Smith in 2000 and is the firm’s president. He is vice-chairman of the investment committee and is actively involved in the execution of all of the investment activities for the portfolio. He is also focused on the development of Vista’s personnel and executive leadership of the portfolio companies. Brian sits on the boards of Accruent, The Active Network, Advicent, Aptean, Autotask, Bullhorn, DealerSocket, Greenway, MRI Software, Relias Learning, SirsiDynix, STATS, SumTotal Systems, Taxware, and Websense.
Prior to joining Vista, Brian worked at Bain Capital, where he focused on leveraged buyouts of technology companies. Brian also previously worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions Groups at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, where he advised clients in a variety of industries, including software, hardware, semiconductors, and online media. In addition to his responsibilities at Vista, Brian is also a Director at Waterfall, MarVista Entertainment, and Global Wildlife Conservation. Brian received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The University of Pennsylvania.
SCOTT MCDONALD / BOARD MEMBER
Scott McDonald is an independent management consultant and financial advisor specializing in start-up organizations, small non-profits, and social capital investing.
Previously, Scott was the co-founder and executive manager of a national IT consulting firm specializing in mission critical systems for Fortune 100 companies. Currently, he is active in several philanthropic initiatives related to environmental protection and human rights, including Our Children’s Earth Foundation, a charity he co-founded in 2001 that is recognized for its effectiveness in using litigation and advocacy to protect clean air and clean water. Scott has a master’s degree in information systems from the University of Virginia.
COTTER CUNNINGHAM / BOARD MEMBER
Cotter Cunningham is the founder, president and CEO of RetailMeNot, Inc., the world’s largest digital coupon marketplace. Founded in 2009, RetailMeNot, Inc. has grown to more than 400 employees with offices in five countries and headquartered in Austin, Texas. In 2012, the company facilitated an estimated $2.5 billion in merchant sales. RetailMeNot’s portfolio includes RetailMeNot.com and VoucherCodes.co.uk — the largest online coupon sites in the United States and United Kingdom, respectively. The company has raised more than $700M from public and private investors including an IPO in July 2013 (NASDAQ: SALE).
Prior to RetailMeNot, Cotter was the senior vice president and COO of Bankrate Inc. (NYSE: RATE) for seven years, taking the company public in 1999 and growing its revenues eight-fold over the next seven years. Cotter was also a vice president and general manager with advertising agency VML and he also worked in the corporate development group at H&R Block, where he worked primarily with its CompuServe subsidiary. He wrote the book Your Financial Action Plan: 12 Simple Steps to Achieve Money Success. He has an MBA from Vanderbilt University and lives in Austin, Texas.
DANIEL RICHARDS / BOARD MEMBER
Dan has served as the chief executive officer of Global Rescue since he founded the company in 2004. He also serves as the president of Crisis Services Company, a Vermont-based captive insurance company.
In these roles, he has implemented and led risk management and crisis response services for hundreds of organizations during thousands of events worldwide. Daniel has been a featured speaker on CNN, Fox News, NPR, and other major media outlets regarding crisis response, mitigation and travel risk management topics.
Prior to founding Global Rescue, Dan spent a decade in the private equity and financial services industries. He previously worked at the $1.3 billion private equity affiliate of Thomas Weisel Partners and in various positions at Thoma Cressey Equity Partners, Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette and Deutsche Banc Alex Brown. Over the last two decades, he has been involved in financings and private equity investments for more than 30 companies.
Dan is a graduate of Middlebury College where he played football, rugby, and was a competitive powerlifter. He received his MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College where he has served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence.
JOHN MITCHELL / BOARD MEMBER
John Mitchell is a Managing Partner at Episode Six (E6), a venture that he co-founded with payments industry pioneers. Aside from providing tailored and focused management services, E6 develops advanced payment platform solutions for a broad range of partners.
Prior to E6, John was the Chief Executive Officer of Rêv Worldwide which provides innovative, end-to-end payment solutions to global partners. John was responsible for building Rêv’s global business and operating platform and developing its core product, the world’s first multicurrency travel prepaid loyalty products.
Prior to Rêv, John spent seven years at NetSpend Corporation where he was responsible for shifting NetSpend’s strategy to serving underbanked Americans. He also built the largest sales and distribution network in prepaid payments.
John holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas.
ERIC GOODE / BOARD MEMBER
Eric Goode is an American entrepreneur and conservationist, whose conservation work has been profiled on 60 Minutes, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Charlie Rose as well as highlighted in the feature documentary film, Racing Extinction. Eric is the founder of the Turtle Conservancy, a global conservation organization whose mission is to preserve and protect natural ecosystems, focusing on turtles and tortoises, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the Earth’s biological diversity. Goode created a conservation center and retreat located in Ojai, California that serves as an assurance colony for endangered turtles and tortoises. The conservation center is the only AZA-accredited captive-breeding facility dedicated solely to turtles and tortoises in the world. Eric is the publisher and co-editor of The Tortoise magazine, a high-end conservation annual publication of the Turtle Conservancy. He also created the Turtle Ball, an annual fundraising event that brings together artists, celebrities, philanthropists, and conservationists for a festive evening that shines a light on the global turtle extinction crisis.
Among other accomplishments, Eric and the Turtle Conservancy established the first nature preserve in South Africa dedicated to the protection of the Critically Endangered Geometric Tortoise. He helped form the Sinaloan Nature Preserve for the protection of Goode’s Thornscrub Tortoise, which was recently named after Goode (Gopherus evgoodei) in recognition of his passion for the smaller forgotten creatures on the planet.
Eric has focused much of his effort on in range conservation initiatives around the world, making expeditions to over forty countries, including Madagascar, Thailand, China, Myanmar, Namibia, Brazil, Indonesia, and Mauritius. On his travels he has filmed and produced a number of documentaries featuring his conservation interests and experiences in the field. Having personally witnessed the decline and virtual disappearance of many common species, he is determined to make a difference both locally and in the far corners of the Earth.
Goode has authored and co-authored over 20 academic publications and popular articles on subjects ranging from the plight of the world’s rarest tortoise, the Ploughshare in Madagascar, to the reproductive biology of turtles, to Pacific Pond Turtles in his own backyard of California. He is currently in production on a feature documentary film, working with Executive Producers Fisher Stevens and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Eric Goode currently sits on the board of the Chelonian Research Institute, the Turtle Conservation Fund, the advisory council to the Rainforest Trust and is a member of the Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group.
J.D. MITCHELL / BOARD MEMBER
J.D. is an Adjunct Scientist at the New York Botanical Garden and Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution – National Museum of Natural History. He is the former Executive Secretary and Chairman of the Beneficia Foundation and now serves on the Board of Directors of Turtle Survival Alliance and Rainforest Trust.
J.D. belongs to a wide variety of scientific and environmental organizations and has special interests in conservation and birding, having pursued these activities worldwide from the Antarctic and Africa to Borneo and South America. He is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London and a member of the Explorers Club.
He has a B.S. in biology from Muhlenberg College and pursued Ph.D. studies in ecology at Rutgers University. He has authored and co-authored many scientific papers, publications, and books dealing with tropical vegetation, tropical tree identification, and the taxonomy of the Cashew – Poison Ivy family.
WES SECHREST, PH.D. / BOARD MEMBER – CHIEF SCIENTIST & CEO
Wes Sechrest founded GWC and serves as chief scientist and CEO. He leads the organization’s efforts to explore, document, and protect the world’s most endangered species.
Wes is a conservation biologist, with a focus on international wildlife conservation. His interests in conservation science vary widely, and include work on threatened species, zoology, protected areas, biodiversity patterns and processes, natural history, environmental science, and the link between academic and applied conservation science. His research focuses on global conservation issues, as well as field-based biodiversity conservation. Wes is an expert on species conservation, and is extensively involved in advancing conservation efforts, particularly for mammals. He has published numerous scientific papers in leading journals including Science, Nature, BioScience, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. His research has been used to set priorities for international conservation to advance protection of the planet’s biodiversity. Additionally, his work has examined the effectiveness of protected areas for species conservation, as well as how to conserve species in areas under high threat from humans and their activities. He has international work experience in more than 25 countries.
Wes also serves on the Board of Directors of Bat Conservation International and the Global Council of the Amphibian Survival Alliance.
DON CHURCH, PH.D. / BOARD MEMBER – PRESIDENT & DIRECTOR OF CONSERVATION
Don Church works with GWC partners to develop projects aimed at conserving globally threatened species and their habitats. He focuses on identifying priority sites and opportunities for species conservation through the creation of new protected areas, and also developing innovative strategies to address threats beyond habitat loss. Globally declining amphibian populations are a focus, and he currently serves as executive director of the Amphibian Survival Alliance, an international partnership of more than 100 organizations, to catalyze conservation for this especially imperiled group of animals. Prior to joining Global Wildlife Conservation, Don led the Biodiversity Division at Conservation International.