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Meet Our Leadership Team

Our Co-Founders

Ric and Dan co-founded Red Ventures in 2000, just before the dot-com bubble burst. Under their leadership, our business weathered that storm (and a few others) inspiring a culture where resiliency, purpose, and constant evolution are core to our success - as individuals and as an organization.

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Ric Elias

Chief Executive Officer

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Dan Feldstein

Chief Marketing Officer

Our Business Group Leaders

Red Ventures is organized into self-sufficient teams aligned by a shared culture, with a portfolio of proprietary brands and strategic partnerships that spans home services, financial services, health services, education, travel, and entertainment. Our team of seasoned leaders is hyper-focused on maximizing opportunity within each industry group, while amplifying insights across teams.

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Courtney Jeffus

Financial Services

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Tariq Syed

Europe

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Carlos Angrisano

Brazil & Digital Labs

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Sarah Soule

Education

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George Watkins

Connected Services

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Marc McCollum

Media & Technology

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Jeff Hallock

Health Services

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Tony Navarro

Puerto Rico

Our Corporate Leaders

Ric Elias

Ric Elias

Ric Elias is the co-founder and CEO of Red Ventures, a portfolio of digital companies headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. With over 3,500 employees across 5 continents, Red Ventures's digital platform spans many industries, including home services, financial services, health services, education, travel, and entertainment. Through its influential brands, strategic partnerships, and powerful technology platform, Red Ventures connects millions of people to premium content, intuitive digital experiences, and consumer advice to help make life’s most important decisions.

Over the last decade, Red Ventures has compounded growth at over 30%. In 2010, General Atlantic made a strategic investment in the company, and in 2015 Silver Lake also joined as a shareholder. Ric has cultivated an award-winning and technology-centric company culture, ranking as one of Charlotte’s “Best Places to Work” for ten years in a row.

A native of Puerto Rico, Ric graduated from Boston College and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. He co-founded Red Ventures in 2000, months before the dot-com bubble burst. The company weathered the storm; by 2007 it was ranked 4th on the Inc. 500 list. Ric’s leadership style has earned him noteworthy recognition; in 2011, he was named an Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year, and in 2016 he was inducted into the Carolinas Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.

In 2009, Ric survived Flight 1549, also known as the “Miracle on the Hudson,” an event which changed his life and led to his widely viewed TED Talk “3 Things I Learned While My Plane Crashed.” In 2019, he launched a podcast, “3 Things with Ric Elias,” where he shares conversations and insights with top business leaders, athletes, and remarkable guests.

In addition to being deeply committed to his family and Red Ventures, Ric is passionate about creating economic mobility opportunities for underserved groups who have the motivation and work ethic to succeed. In 2013, he founded and funded what is now Road to Hire, a 501(c)(3) that connects young adults with on-ramps to professional development and high-earning careers. Programs provided through the Road to Hire platform include career-readiness classes in Charlotte Mecklenberg Title 1 high schools, digital marketing courses at Johnson C. Smith University, on-the-job training and placement with top employers in Charlotte , and scholarships for high-performing undocumented students seeking college degrees.

Additionally, in 2018 Ric launched Forward787, a $100M social enterprise committed to building digital businesses based in Puerto Rico. To date, the program has trained and supported more than 100 Puerto Rican professionals, fueling a new economic growth engine on the island.

Dan Feldstein

Dan Feldstein

Dan Feldstein is the Chief Marketing Officer and co-founder of Red Ventures. Dan focuses on new marketing, new business incubation and launch, and marketing innovation.

Dan co-founded Red Ventures in 2000, just days before the dot-com bubble burst. The company weathered the storm and by 2007 it was ranked 4th on the Inc. 500 list. That same year, the Charlotte Business Journal honored Dan as a Top 40 Under 40 Award Winner.

Prior to founding Red Ventures, Dan held a variety of general management and senior marketing positions within CUC International (later Cendant). His roles have included general manager of Sidewalk.com, a joint venture between Microsoft and Cendant, SVP, Marketing, for Cendant's membership group; and general manager of Shoppers Advantage, a $300MM online and catalog retailer.

Dan began his career with the global consulting firm Bain & Company. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and is also a graduate of the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

Mark Brodsky

Mark Brodsky

Mark Brodsky joined the Red Ventures management team in 2003, bringing a wealth of financial and general management experience.

He began his career at General Electric Co. in 1986 and in that capacity met Ric Elias, founder of Red Ventures. After GE, Mark held several executive positions at Merrill International, where he was involved in large-scale industrial project development. From 1999 to 2000, he worked at Arthur D. Little as EVP, Finance & Development, and in 2001 became CEO of ADL spin-off Nuvera Fuel Cells, based in Boston and Milan, Italy.

Mark received his undergraduate degree in accounting from Drexel University and is also a graduate of the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

In 2009, Mark was named a finalist at the Charlotte Business Journal’s CFO of the Year Awards.

Shannon McFayden

Shannon McFayden

Shannon has been with Red Ventures since 2010 as a trusted advisor on leadership effectiveness, talent management and company culture.

Shannon has invested more than 30 years in helping leaders and organizations drive results. Prior to joining Red Ventures, Shannon served as Vice President and Head of Human Resources & Corporate Relations for Wachovia Corporation, the nation’s fourth largest financial institution in 2008 with $764 billion in assets and 120,000 employees globally. She was named one of the “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking” by US Banker.

Shannon graduated cum laude from Davidson College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

Tariq Syed

Tariq Syed

Tariq Syed joined Red Ventures in 2017 and is charged with leading Red Ventures’ growing business in Europe including managing well known consumer brands in the UK such as uSwitch and Money.co.uk.

Originally from London, Tariq has held numerous executive roles in the media and telecoms industries including at the Antenna Group and NBC Universal. He started his career in mergers and acquisitions at British Telecom and then with Bear Stearns TMT Investment banking team. He holds a BSc in Mathematics and Management Studies from Kings College London and an MBA from IESE Business School.

Hallie Cornetta

Hallie Cornetta

Hallie joined Red Ventures as a marketing coordinator in 2009 and has catapulted to senior leadership after rising through the ranks on the marketing and business side. In 2014, she stepped into the role of CMO for our largest Telco business before becoming Head of Human Capital. In her current role, Hallie leads company-wide talent management and development initiatives and has been a key driver of Red Ventures’ exponential growth and international expansion.

In 2016, Cornetta was the recipient of the Charlotte Business Journal's "Woman in Business" Award, Charlotte Agenda's "30 Under 30" Award, and Elon University’s "Top 10 under 10" which recognizes alumni with significant accomplishments in their organizations and communities in the first decade after graduation.

Hallie graduated from Elon University with a degree in Corporate Communications, Business and Leadership Studies.

John Sutton

John Sutton

John Sutton joined Red Ventures in 2009 and has overseen some of our most cutting-edge proprietary technologies and digital marketing strategies. In 2018, he played a key role in launching and growing RV's European presence, while also continuing to guide our global digital strategies. Before that, John led the development of our internal accelerator (out of which our healthcare vertical spun out) guided the rapid expansion of our marketing and creative teams, and launched the incubator that developed much of our partner-facing marketing technologies as they exist today.

Before joining Red Ventures, John owned and operated his own Internet marketing consulting firm, worked for a large digital marketing agency in Chicago, and built and sold his own direct-to-consumer business during his time in college.

John attended Indiana University's Kelley School of Business in Bloomington, Indiana and majored in computer information systems with a minor in psychology. John went on to pursue his MBA at IUPUI: Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis. In 2015, he was named a winner of Charlotte Business Journal’s prestigious 40 under 40 award.

Melinda Narciso

Melinda Narciso

Melinda has led the Human Resources team at Red Ventures since 2004. She is responsible for developing an effective human resources infrastructure to successfully support Red Ventures' business operations. Her responsibilities encompass all facets of human resources, including employee relations, compensation and benefits, payroll, compliance and HR technologies.

Prior to Red Ventures, Melinda established and led the human resources team at Synapse Technology (now Conclusive Marketing). She also held various HR management roles at Info Systems of NC and Sykes, Inc., where she was responsible for launching the Charlotte customer interaction center to support a strategic relationship with Microsoft.

A native of North Carolina, Melinda graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

George Watkins

George Watkins

George joined Red Ventures in 2010 and has launched and led business units in several industries, including telecom, home security and wireless. In his current role, he leads our Connected Services.

Prior to RV, George was a nuclear-trained Naval Officer. He served onboard a cruiser and an aircraft carrier, where he led his divisions through lengthy deployments to the Persian Gulf.

George has a BS in Economics from Duke University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Steve Sibley

Steve Sibley

Steve Sibley joined Red Ventures in 2009 and has managed some of the company’s largest and oldest businesses. In his current role, he leads our Travel vertical.

Earlier in his career, Steve held leadership positions in the Home Improvement Finance, Healthcare Finance and Strategy Services divisions at Capital One Financial Services in Boston, MA, and London, UK. He also held research and consulting positions at StubHub (now owned by eBay) and Corporate Decisions, Inc./Mercer Management Consulting.

Steve received his undergraduate degree in mathematical economics from Brown University and his MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Tim Kullick

Tim Kullick

Tim Kullick has been a senior leader at RV since 2008 and has led everything from its financial services and insurance lines of business to the company’s entire digital marketing platform. He currently serves as Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to joining Red Ventures, Tim owned and operated a chain of home improvement franchises specializing in bathroom remodeling. While taking the business from startup to four locations in five years, he also provided strategy and operations consulting services to several retailers, retail industry vendors and private equity firms with retail industry holdings.

Tim also has held leadership roles in strategic planning, e-commerce and home services at The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer. He spent 6 years advising senior leadership of Fortune 500 companies as a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company.

Carlos Angrisano

Carlos Angrisano

Carlos joined Red Ventures in 2015 and launched our first-ever international expansion in Brazil, paving the way for continued global growth.

Originally from Sao Paulo - Brazil, Carlos was previously a Partner at McKinsey & Company, working mostly with marketing and sales in consumer-facing and industrial businesses. He holds a BA in Industrial Engineering from University of Sao Paulo and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

Courtney Jeffus

Courtney Jeffus

Courtney joined Red Ventures in 2009 and spent time on the business and operations side before moving into marketing, where she was a key driver of the company’s overall digital strategy. She has held a number of leadership roles within Red Ventures, including Chief Marketing Officer of our Home Services and Credit Cards verticals.

In 2018, Courtney took lead of Credit Cards, which includes large digital partnerships as well as proprietary brands such as The Points Guy and CreditCards.com. After substantial growth in that vertical, Courtney’s role expanded; she now oversees the Financial Services industry group, which is inclusive of our Credit Cards, Travel, Deposits, Mortgages, and Loans partnerships and assets, including Bankrate.com.

Before Red Ventures, Courtney gained experience in the banking world as a Finance Enterprise Associate. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Wake Forest University. She, along with her husband and two children, live in Charlotte, NC.

Jeff Hallock

Jeff Hallock

Jeff joined Red Ventures in 2015 to lead DISRUPT, RV’s digital innovation team, where he launched and led businesses across entertainment, consumer products and healthcare. He is currently the President of RV Health which includes the world’s largest consumer health information site, Healthline.com.

Previously, Jeff was Chief Marketing Officer at Sprint where he led advertising, media, brand, promotions, customer acquisition & retention, sponsorships, digital & mobile marketing, product management and sprint.com.

Jeff holds an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Wake Forest University.

Sarah Soule

Sarah Soule

Sarah joined Red Ventures in 2012 and spent time on both the marketing and operations side of the business before moving into leadership roles as General Manager, Executive Vice President, and now President. She’s led a number of businesses at Red Ventures, including several of our largest and most mature partnerships.

Prior to joining Red Ventures, Sarah led marketing teams responsible for customer acquisition, ecommerce strategy, and digital marketing for both E*TRADE Financial and Rosetta Stone.

Sarah holds an MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from James Madison University.

James LaPlaine

James LaPlaine

James LaPlaine joined Red Ventures in 2018 as the company’s Chief Technology Officer.

Prior to joining Red Ventures James was SVP and CIO at AOL, where he was responsible for the company’s overall IT infrastructure, oversaw all consumer-facing applications and advertising services, led the development teams for AOL's consumer identity system & data warehouse/analytics capabilities, and initiated AOL's multi-year initiative to build API-enabled services and refactor applications for public cloud deployment.

Prior to AOL, his previous roles included consulting and service delivery for Perfect Sense Digital, where he filled in as interim CTO at SnagFilms, consulted at Scripps Network Interactive, and led a team of developers replacing Internet Broadcasting’s content management system. At Strategic Technologies, James worked with Fortune 500 companies in the Research Triangle, NC area on operational best practices and systems integration.

He is currently a board member for the Technology Business Management Council, and has served on technical advisory boards for Intel Corporation, Amazon Web Services, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. He is actively involved in youth activities promoting the importance of STEM education and a champion for advancing women and minorities in technology and leadership roles. James is an upstate New York native and holds a computer science degree from State University of New York at Oswego.

Marc McCollum

Marc McCollum

Marc joined Red Ventures in 2018. He leads our Media & Technology group. In this role, Marc also has responsibility for our strategic partnerships and investments in media, entertainment and consumer technology brands including CNET, Gamespot and ZDNet.

Prior to this role, Marc launched and led the Ignite team at RV where we incubated new customer-facing digital businesses and built world class search engine optimization, content marketing and earned media capabilities.

Prior to joining Red Ventures, Marc was a partner at Accenture, leading its Distribution and Marketing consulting practice in the southeast. In this role, he worked directly with CMO’s to build digital marketing and sales programs. Earlier in his Accenture career, Marc worked extensively in Europe and Asia, including three years launching and leading the firm’s Financial Services practice in Indonesia

In his time in southeast Asia, Marc developed a passion for building digital solutions to address financial inclusion and started an innovation center in Jakarta with this mission. Marc graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Murphy Clark

Murphy Clark

Murphy Clark is the Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and M&A at Red Ventures, a portfolio of growing digital businesses that span multiple industries and help consumers seamlessly connect with the brands or services they need. Murphy joined the Red Ventures management team in November 2018, following 20+ years in investment banking and private equity.

Before joining RV, Murphy held several leadership positions at Wells Fargo Securities’ investment bank and most recently helped run the firm’s middle market financial sponsor coverage and M&A / Equity Private Placements efforts. Prior to joining Wells Fargo Securities in 2005, Murphy spent nearly a decade in private equity focused on growth equity and late stage venture capital investments with TL Ventures, Kitty Hawk Capital, and GE Capital. He began his investment banking career in Silicon Valley with Smith Barney's West Coast Technology group.

Murphy earned a B.A. degree from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Following graduate school, Murphy was selected as a Kauffman Fellow.

Brad Slutsky

Brad Slutsky

Brad Slutsky joined Red Ventures in 2019 as the Company’s General Counsel. Brad assists the company with M&A, customer and supplier agreements, regulatory compliance, and corporate governance, and manages our legal department and legal affairs across the U.S., Europe, and Latin America.

Prior to joining Red Ventures, Brad was the General Counsel of FleetCor Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: FLT) – an S&P 500 global provider of payment products and services. Before FleetCor, Brad was the Chief Counsel for three divisions of Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) as well as the General Counsel of Qualcomm’s mobile payments business. Before Qualcomm, Brad was a partner at King & Spalding – an Am Law and Global top 30 law firm – where he practiced for 18 years. Prior to entering the private practice of law, Brad was a law clerk for Judge Orinda D. Evans in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Brad received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brown University with a B.A. in Business Economics.

When he is not practicing law, Brad enjoys running and computer programming, and aspires to run the Boston Marathon as well as to contribute to Red Ventures’ machine learning algorithms.

Maghan Cook

Maghan Cook

Maghan Cook joined Red Ventures in 2009 as a senior copywriter and helped create many of RV's early online experiences. In 2014, she moved into the Corporate Communications role where she now leads all internal and external communications as well as global events for the company.

Maghan is a graduate of the Community Building Initiative's "Leaders Under 40" program, a volunteer with Girls on The Run,and a board member with Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte.

Maghan began her career in New York, holding marketing positions with publishing firms Bedford/St. Martins and Farrar Straus & Giroux. Prior to joining Red Ventures she was a senior creative at Charlotte branding agency Addison Whitney. She received her bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.

Jonathan Desrochers

Jonathan Desrochers

Jonathan Desrochers (JD) joined Red Ventures (RV) in 2004 and played a key role in developing the core technology that powers our sales center capabilities. Today, he leads our Corporate Technology team and is primarily focused on Information Security.

Prior to joining Red Ventures, JD worked at a web development startup in Charlotte. He earned a BSBA with a major in Management Information Systems from UNC Charlotte.

Tony Navarro

Tony Navarro

Francisco (Tony) Navarro joined Red Ventures in 2020 and leads our growing operations out of San Juan, Puerto Rico, with a portfolio covering financial services, home services and travel.

Prior to joining RV, Tony led Strategy and Corporate Development at IMAX Corporation. In this capacity he drove innovation businesses across the media and entertainment landscape. Tony has prior experience as a management consultant and a TMT banking analyst. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, as well as a BSc in Finance from the University of Virginia.

Stefan Valley

Stefan Valley

Stefan Valley joined Red Ventures in 2015 as a general manager within the financial services sector. In 2016, he launched our first partnership within the pharmaceutical industry and helped expand the healthcare business into one of Red Ventures' fastest growing verticals. After playing a key role in positioning Red Ventures for growth in the Education industry, Stefan now leads our Movers industry group.

Prior to joining Red Ventures, Stefan was a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton where he started and grew one of the firm's strategic capability offerings and oversaw engagement teams focused largely on mergers and integrations. Previously, he held finance positions with two international conglomerates.

He holds an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina and a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance from Miami University.