Thomas E. Wheeler
Chairman of the Board
Tom Wheeler has spent nearly three decades at the forefront of telecommunications policy and business development. He currently is a managing director of Core Capital, a Washington, D.C.-based venture-capital firm that he joined in 2005. As an entrepreneur, Tom founded multiple companies offering cable, wireless and video communications services, and co-founded SmartBrief, the largest online-targeted news service. As a policy expert, he has been intimately involved in the development of the government’s telecommunications policy at both the legislative and regulatory level. In 2009, he led the Obama-Biden Transition Project’s Agency Review Working Group in charge of transitions for the science, technology, space and arts agencies.
Tom was president of the National Cable Television Association from 1979 to 1984. After several years as CEO of various technology startups, including the first company to offer high-speed data to the home and the first digital video-delivery service, he was asked to lead the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association, where he was CEO until 2004.
President Barack Obama appointed Tom to the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. Previously, Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush had appointed him a trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Tom is the former chairman of the Foundation for the National Archives and a board member of PBS. He is the author of two books: "Take Command!: Leadership Lessons of the Civil War" (Doubleday, 2000) and "Mr. Lincoln’s T-Mails: The Untold Story of How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War" (HarperCollins, 2006).
Tom is a graduate of The Ohio State University and the recipient of its Alumni Medal for national and international career achievement. He resides in Washington, D.C.
President & CEO
Rick Stamberger is president and CEO of SmartBrief, which he co-founded with Dan O’Brien and Tom Wheeler. He has spent much of his career at the intersection of business, public policy and the not-for-profit sector.
Before his work at SmartBrief, Rick was a founding partner of Quest Partners LLC, a management consultancy based in Boston. He also served as executive vice president and a director of a Washington, D.C.-based technology firm owned by nine cable television companies and NBC. Rick began his career in Washington with the National Cable Television Association.
Rick served as a White House Fellow in 1984-85 in the Office of the Vice President. From 2008 to 2009, he was a member of President-elect Barack Obama’s Transition Project, serving as an agency lead for the Executive Office of the President.
Rick is chairman of the board of directors of the Van Eck Funds. He is also an independent trustee of the Van Eck Market Vectors ETF Trust. He has been an active board member of numerous nonprofit organizations and was executive producer of "John Gardner, Uncommon American," a documentary for public television that aired in 2001. He is a graduate of Williams College and the Harvard Business School.
Daniel F. O'Brien
Chief Financial Officer
Dan O’Brien is the chief financial officer and co-founder of SmartBrief. He also is a partner and co-founder of Quest Partners LLC, a management consultancy based in Boston. Since 1988, he has assisted executives in service industries to develop differentiation strategies, assess the performance of key corporate processes, and design and lead organization-wide change efforts.
Dan also serves on the central committee of LabelsAreForJars.org, a nonprofit service initiative focused on feeding the hungry in Lawrence, Mass. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Business School.
Member of the Board
Steven Price is chairman and CEO of Townsquare Media Group and is the co-founder and managing director of FiveWire Media Ventures. Prior to co-founding FiveWire, Steven was a senior managing director at New York-based private equity firm Centerbridge Partners. He previously had held a similar position at Spectrum Equity Investors.
Before joining the private-equity business, Steven served as deputy assistant secretary of defense (spectrum, space and communications) from 2001 to 2004. Prior to joining the Pentagon, he served as president and CEO of LiveWire Ventures, a software and services company. Steven also was formerly the president and CEO of PriCellular Corp., a publicly traded cellphone operator focused on small to midsized markets, which was sold in 1998 for $1.4 billion. Earlier in his career, he worked as an attorney at Davis, Polk & Wardwell and as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs.
Steven graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, from Brown University and earned a J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law. Among other activities, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a consultant to the Army Science Board and the Defense Business Board.
Gregory C. Simon
Member of the Board
Greg Simon is the CEO of Poliwogg, an online investment marketplace. He has held senior positions in both houses of Congress and the White House, has been a senior strategy consultant to a number of international technology CEOs, led a national patient advocacy nonprofit co-founded with Mike Milken and has served as a senior executive at a large pharmaceutical corporation.
Most recently, Greg was senior vice president for Patient Engagement at Pfizer. In that role, he focused on engaging patients more productively in research and clinical trials and on helping Pfizer develop policies, practices and medical solutions to improve health, happiness and productivity. From June 2009 to February 2010, he was head of Pfizer’s Worldwide Policy group. Prior to joining Pfizer, Greg was the founding president of FasterCures/The Center for Accelerating Medical Solutions, an independent, nonpartisan organization, which is a center of the California-based Milken Institute. Immediately prior to joining FasterCures, Greg was CEO of Simon Strategies and provided strategic advice to CEOs of major international firms such as Sony, Cisco, Netscape, Motorola, Sega and AOL.
Greg was chief domestic policy adviser to Vice President Al Gore from 1993 to 1997. He was the lead staffer for the Clinton-Gore administration for development and passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 as well as development of the National and Global Information Infrastructure. He also was instrumental in crafting the regulatory framework that is now the foundation for the biotechnology industry.
Greg served as Sen. Gore’s legislative director from 1991 to 1993. He was staff director of the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology from 1985 to 1991. He received his law degree from the University of Washington in 1983, where he was a member of the Law Review and the Moot Court. He has a B.A. in history from the University of Arkansas. He is a resident of Bethesda, Md.