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

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Todd Wagner has made a significant impact across a range of industries including technology, entertainment, and the charitable world. Wagner revolutionized streaming media when he launched Broadcast.com with business partner Mark Cuban in 1995, serving as CEO and later selling the company to Yahoo! for $5.7 billion. He then built a portfolio of entertainment companies spanning content creation, distribution, and exhibition with Landmark Theaters, 2929 Productions, Magnolia Pictures, and AXS-TV. In 2001 he established the Todd Wagner Foundation, focusing on at-risk youth. In his current entrepreneurial pursuit as founder and chairman of the Charity Network, Wagner assists charities with the transition from analog to digital, a long-time theme of his career. The Charity Network harnesses the power of celebrity, technology, and media to raise awareness and funds for some of the world’s toughest challenges through three leading digital fundraising platforms—Charitybuzz, Chideo, and Prizeo—raising more than $200 million for charities to date.

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Patrick Farrell COO/CFO, the Charity Network

As the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at the 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 Marketing Officer, the Charity Network

Jan recently joined the Charity Network 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 her current role, she oversees the marketing for the Charity Network’s three leading digital fundraising platforms—Charitybuzz, Chideo, and Prizeo. Jan was also a Vice President at Ogilvy Advertising where she managed the American Express and Kraft General Foods accounts. 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 (Thunderbird campus). She serves on the boards of several causes that are near and dear to her heart.

Vice Presidents


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Ben Erwin
Vice President of Business Development
the Charity Network

Ben has been with the company for over seven years, previously as the Director of Business Development at Charitybuzz. In his role, Ben forges long-term partnerships with charity and brand clients looking to raise funds for incredible nonprofit causes. Prior to Charitybuzz, Ben held positions with Callaway Golf and the Corporate Executive Board. In 2011, Ben co-founded the RFK Young Leaders, an official program of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. Ben is a graduate of George Washington University.

berwin@charitynetwork.com
646.998.6170
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Jennifer Promis
Vice President of Auctions
Charitybuzz

As Vice President of Auctions, Jenn is constantly finding ways to enhance and improve the auction process for her team of auction specialists, as well as the company’s over 2,500 nonprofit and brand clients. Prior to her VP title, Jenn was the Director of Auction Process and an Auction Specialist when she started with the company in 2007. Before joining the Charitybuzz team, Jenn was a merchandising/sales associate at the corporate headquarters of Martin Lawrence Galleries. She holds an undergraduate degree from Fairfield University.

jpromis@charitybuzz.com
646.998.6178

Company Directors


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Wesley Adams
Director of Custom Experiences

Wesley leads the Custom Experience program, our concierge level service through which we work directly with top donors to create unique experiences benefiting amazing causes. Prior to joining Charitybuzz, Wesley helped launch and build All Out, a tech-focused, global advocacy organization, into the world’s largest community taking action for equality. Before All Out, 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.

wesley@charitybuzz.com
646-998-6174
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Nichol Carlson
Director of Strategic Partnerships
the 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.

nichol@charitynetwork.com
310.948.4413
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Dwayne David
Director of Customer Service
Charitybuzz

Dwayne is the Director of Customer Service, managing the customer concierge and shipping teams. Dwayne’s focus is to deliver a seamless customer experience throughout the bidding and auction redemption process. 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.

ddavid@charitybuzz.com
646.998.6183
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Erin Hall
Director of Celebrity Relations
Charitybuzz

Erin was one of the first employees of Charitybuzz in 2005. As Director of Celebrity Relations she works directly with talent to help make bidders’ dreams come true through the Dream Big program. Want an experience that isn’t up for auction? Erin can help make that happen! Erin has an undergraduate degree from Ithaca College.

ehall@charitybuzz.com
646.998.6173
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Richard O'Reilly
Director of Engineering
the Charity Network

Rich is the Director of Engineering and is responsible for technology strategy, platform development, data management, and IT infrastructure and operations. He was previously a senior engineer for three years prior 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.

roreilly@charitybuzz.com
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Coppy Holzman
Brand Ambassador

Coppy Holzman is the founder of Charitybuzz. Coppy has over 25 years of experience as a senior level internet and consumer products executive, and is credited with developing the upscale cause marketing fundraising niche that is now gaining such momentum. Coppy was one of the founders of webvan.com and spent many years in senior level corporate retail positions serving as Senior Vice President for Federated Department Stores responsible for Global Sourcing and Production. Coppy has a B.S. in Economics and International Business from the Wharton School of Business. Coppy is a proud board member for the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, Christie’s Charity Board, and the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Leadership Council.

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