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Todd Wagner Founder & CEO, Charity Network / CEO, 2929 Entertainment

Todd Wagner is founder and CEO of Charity Network, a company that harnesses the power of celebrity, technology and media to raise awareness and funds for some of the world’s toughest challenges. With a mission to help charities transition from analog to digital, Charity Network has raised hundreds of millions for causes across the globe through three digital platforms - Charitybuzz, Prizeo and Chideo. For Wagner, the transition from analog to digital has been a long-time theme of his career. In 1995, he introduced streaming media to the world when he launched Broadcast.com with business partner Mark Cuban. Wagner served as CEO and later sold the company to Yahoo! for $5.7 billion. He then co-founded 2929 Entertainment, a portfolio of companies spanning content creation, distribution and exhibition, including Landmark Theaters, 2929 Productions, Magnolia Pictures and AXS-TV. At 2929, he pioneered the practice of releasing films simultaneously in theaters, on DVD and digitally. Wagner has also committed millions of dollars and his own time and energy to helping improve the lives of at-risk children through the Todd Wagner Foundation.

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Ben Erwin Chief Revenue Officer, Charity Network / President, Charitybuzz

Ben Erwin is the President of Charitybuzz – the leading auction site for cause – and the Chief Revenue Officer of Charitybuzz's parent company Charity Network. In addition to Charitybuzz, Charity Network is comprised of sweepstakes-for-good platform Prizeo and strategy consulting firm Global Philanthropy Group, all working in concert to maximize fundraising strategies for nonprofits, celebrities and brands.

One of the first Charitybuzz employees, Erwin has fostered the company’s growth from a small startup 11 years ago, to joining Charity Network, helping to raise nearly $400M for cause to date. Now leading both Charitybuzz and Charity Network, Erwin leverages his extensive industry knowledge and network to help organizations embrace digital solutions to achieve their philanthropic goals.

Erwin is a contributor to Entrepreneur.com, and has been quoted and featured in various media outlets, including CNBC, Barron’s Penta, Golf Channel, Dallas Morning News and CheddarTV.

He is also active in many charitable organizations across the country, including RFK Young Leaders – a program of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights that he founded in 2011 that is dedicated to empowering human rights defenders and motivating a diverse community of young people to take action for social justice.

Erwin holds a BA in Political Science from The George Washington University.

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Patrick Farrell COO/CFO, Charity Network

As the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Charity Network, Patrick has over twenty years of diverse, progressive experience, including twelve years in executive level positions with public and privately held companies, including Burch Creative Capital, J.Crew Group, Inc., Blue Tulip Corporation, iParty Corp., N2K Inc., EMI Music Group/Angel Records, Polygram/Def Jam Recordings, Inc., and Arthur Andersen LLP. Patrick graduated with honors in Accounting from Temple University, holds an M.B.A. from New York University, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Jan Svendsen Chief Creative Officer, Charity Network

Jan joined Charity Network in 2016 as Chief Marketing Officer after 17 years as the Director of Marketing and Business Development for the Broadway League and the Tony Awards where she built the brands for Broadway and the Tonys. In Jan’s current role as Chief Creative Officer, she works on unique business development opportunities, strategic relationships and innovative ideation for celebrities, charities and brands. Jan has worked closely with Lin-Manuel Miranda and his fundraising efforts on the Charitybuzz and Prizeo platforms. Jan has also worked as an executive producer of various televised specials and has an Emmy nomination. Jan was a Vice President at Ogilvy Advertising where she managed several multinational clients. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from San Diego State University and an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management at Arizona State University. She serves on the boards of several causes that are near and dear to her heart.


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Wesley Adams
VP, Private Client Services

Wesley leads Private Client Services at Charitybuzz with a focus on arranging bespoke, once-in-a-lifetime experiences for our top donors. Prior to joining Charitybuzz, Wesley was an early employee at Purpose where he helped launch and grow All Out, a global fundraising and advocacy organization, into the world’s largest community working toward equality. Previously, he co-founded a hospitality and events company, developing new properties around the country and garnering multiple James Beard Award nominations. He's launched nearly a dozen businesses and produced celebrity- and performance-driven experiential marketing events for a variety of major corporate clients. In his free time, he's helped produce a documentary for HBO, The Out List, and a book highlighting leaders in sustainability space, I Am EcoWarrior.

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Dwayne David
VP, Customer Operations, Charitybuzz

Dwayne is the VP of Customer Operations, heading the Customer Concierge, Redemption Specialists, Shipping and Quality Control teams. Dwayne’s focus is to deliver improvements to the bidding and auction redemption process resulting in a seamless customer experience. Prior to joining Charitybuzz, Dwayne managed the national customer service team for the luxury spa brand Bliss and managed operations as the Customer Service/Quality Control Manager for Pitney Bowes International Mail Services.

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Nicole Orzo
Vice President, Campaign Development

Nicole manages the accounts team with a focus on auction strategy and campaign-driven communication. She works closely with internal teams on the development and implementation of cohesive brand voice, ensuring all messaging and collateral align with the values and standards of The Charity Network. Since joining the company in 2010, Nicole has cultivated several key partnerships, and has helped Charitybuzz grow into the industry-leading platform it is today. Prior to Charitybuzz, Nicole worked on the NBC Sports and Olympics Digital team, where she supported production and logistical needs for in-studio and on location productions during the 2006 Torino, 2008 Beijing and 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. She holds a BA in New Media and English from Fairfield University, where she remains an active member of the alumni community.

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Nichol Carlson
Vice President, Business Development, Charity Network

Based in Los Angeles, Nichol’s focus is on developing unique, large-scale partnerships with brands, corporations, and nonprofits to fit each partner’s individual needs. Prior to joining the Charitybuzz team from the West Coast, Nichol was the Vice President of Artist Development at Sony Music where she was responsible for identifying, developing, and monetizing the touring aspect of artists signed to the Columbia Records (and later the Sony BMG) roster. Nichol sits on the board of Children Mending Hearts. She holds an undergraduate degree from UCLA.

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Richard O'Reilly
VP, ENGINEERING AND DATA SECURITY, CHARITY NETWORK

Rich is the VP of Engineering and is responsible for technology strategy, platform development, data protection, and all internal/external infastucture for Charitybuzz and Prizeo. He was previously a senior fullstack engineer and dev op for three years and led the development of projects like the website redesign in 2013 and creation of the site’s API and iOS apps. Prior to Charitybuzz, Rich helped create Measy.com, which was awarded a Webby and listed in PC Magazine’s Top Ten Websites of 2010. Rich holds a bachelor’s degree from The New School.