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Management Team


Coppy Holzman CEO

Coppy Holzman is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Charitybuzz. Coppy has over 25 years of experience as a senior level internet and consumer products executive. He is credited with developing the upscale cause marketing fundraising niche that is now gaining such momentum. Coppy was one of the founders of, where he defined the brand, helped raise capital, and wrote the business plan that ultimately resulted in the largest e-commerce IPO in United States history. Under his leadership, following its initial IPO, webvan had a market cap exceeding $7 billion and had raised in excess of $750 million dollars to finance its expansion plans. His responsibilities included all merchandising, buying and marketing activities including supervision of content management and all website publishing. He also 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.


Patrick Farrell COO

Patrick Farrell is the Chief Operating Officer at Charitybuzz. He has over twenty years of diverse, progressive experience, including twelve years in executive level positions with public and privately held companies. Prior to his position at Charitybuzz, Patrick served as Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer for Burch Creative Capital, where he led the strategic, operational and financial planning for six brands at various stages of development, including C. Wonder LLC. Prior to Burch Creative Capital, he served as the Vice President, Finance & Operations Planning for J.Crew Group, Inc. where he led the strategic financial and operations planning for the growth initiatives for all J.Crew brands and channels. Prior to J.Crew, he served as the President & Chief Financial Officer for Blue Tulip Corporation. From 1999 to 2007, Patrick served as the President & Chief Financial Officer for iParty Corp. where he raised $30 million in equity, secured a $15 million asset-based line of credit and successfully managed the company through a registration statement process with the SEC. From 1996 until joining iParty, he was a Director, Financial Planning & Analysis and Controller for N2K Inc., where he helped negotiate that company’s merger with CDnow. Prior to N2K, he served as Controller at EMI Music Group/Angel Records and as Manager of Finance and Accounting for Polygram/Def Jam Recordings, Inc. Patrick began his professional career at Arthur Andersen LLP, where he was an Audit Senior when he left in 1994. Patrick graduated with honors in Accounting from Temple University, holds an M.B.A. from New York University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Vice Presidents


Ben Erwin

Ben is Vice President of Business Development and has been with the company for over seven years, previously as the Director of Business Development. 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.

Ian Manheimer

Ian is Vice President of Product Management. He is responsible for new feature releases to the website and iOS apps. Prior to joining the Charitybuzz team, Ian was CEO of the award-winning site and Executive Director of Glassbooth, a nonprofit focused on civic education. Glassbooth was named “Best Political Website of 2008” by CNET. In his free time, Ian is President of the RFK Young Leaders, a program of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, he co-founded in 2011. Ian holds an undergraduate degree from Tulane University.

Jennifer Promis

Jenn is our Vice President of Auctions. She is constantly finding ways to enhance and improve the auction process for the team of auction specialists that report to her, as well as for 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.

Company Directors


Nichol Carlson

Nichol is based in Los Angeles and is Director of Strategic Partnerships. Her 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.

Richard OReilly

Rich is the Director of Technology 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, which was awarded a Webby and listed in PC Magazine’s Top Ten Websites of 2010. Rich holds a bachelor’s degree from New School University.

Erin Hall

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.

Dwayne David

Dwayne is the Director of Customer Service, managing both on 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.

Biggie Smalls

Biggie is a mixed breed rescue dog who is living out his Golden Years as the Director of Sanitation here at Charitybuzz. As part of his job he ensures that no lunch goes uneaten and that every napkin and piece of tin foil gets licked clean prior to disposal. His biggest achievement is beating Richard O’Reilly in a sushi eating contest in 2010.


Houston (Houst) is a terrier mix from Texas who prides himself on keeping Charitybuzz safe from intruders. His duties include barking at mailmen, delivery people and anyone who looks suspiciously tall. When he’s not manning the elevator he can be found begging for cheese.

Board of Directors

Peter Borish is Chairman and CEO of Computer Trading Corporation, an actively managed fund focused on macroeconomic investing. The company is a spinoff of Tudor Systems Corporation. Mr. Borish was a founding partner of Tudor Investment Corporation where he was Director of Research for 10 years. As a philanthropist, Mr. Borish is a founding member, with Paul Jones and Glenn Dubin, of the Board of Directors of the Robin Hood Foundation which funds New York City educational projects for disadvantaged children. He is a founding board member of Math for America, an non-profit led by Jim Simons to improve mathematical education in U.S. public schools. He is currently a mayoral appointee to the Youth Board of the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development. Identifying opportunities that enhance financial market efficiencies has driven many of Mr. Borish’s other endeavors. This includes Quadriserv, Inc. a technology driven securities lending platform, which emphasizes price transparency and process efficiency. He has also served as CEO of Twinfields Capital Management, a global macro hedge fund focused on the fixed income sector, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of OneChicago, LLC. Additionally, Mr. Borish now serves as Chairman of the Institute for Financial Markets, a nonprofit dedicated to participating in the development of standards and fostering best practices initiatives in the financial services industry. Previously, Mr. Borish served as a Board Member of the Futures Industry Association (FIA), a Special Advisor to the Board of Directors of the Chicago Board of Trade, and as a staff member of the Presidential Task Force on Market Mechanisms (Brady Commission) to study the stock market decline of October 1987. He earned his BA in Economics and Masters of Public Policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.

Brad Reisner is a co-founder and former Chief Technology Officer of Charitybuzz. His vision enabled the suite of applications and global scalability across platforms. He has over 20 years of technology experience with a specialization in database technologies and application server logic. Mr. Reisner is also a co-founding partner of Igicom, a web development and applications consulting firm. He has managed engagements for Time Warner, Proctor & Gamble, Chicago Tribune, Cablevision, Fortune Live Media, Bertelsmann, WNYC, AFL-CIO, HomeDelivery, Jones Apparel Group, Tommy Hilfiger, AIG, DDB Worldwide, Advance Magazine Group (CNP), Vitamin Water and Nike. Mr. Reisner is also the Chief Technology Officer of Nehst Studios, a film, television and production company that enables internet financing for film concepts. Mr. Reisner was named the Vice President of eCommerce Technologies for the Book-of-the-Month Club and Time Life Books, both divisions of Time Warner.

Peter Sachse was named Macy’s Chief Stores Officer in February 2012. Previously, he served as the company’s Chief Marketing Officer since May 2007 and chairman of since April 2006. Sachse is responsible for the nationwide portfolio of Macy’s stores, as well as the region and district stores organization and visual merchandising. He also has responsibility for the company’s omnichannel strategy, which brings together stores, online and mobile capabilities to serve customers whenever and wherever they want to shop. Sachse began his retail career in 1980 at Macy’s in Kansas City. Throughout the next nine years, he held positions of increasing responsibility. In 1992, he was named senior vice president and general merchandising manager at The Bon Marché in Seattle. Five years later, he was named executive vice president and general merchandise manager at Macy’s East in New York. In 1999, he was named vice chairman, director of stores at Macy’s East, and in 2001, became the president of The Bon Marché. Sachse was Macy’s first chief marketing officer when the Macy’s Corporate Marketing organization was formed in 2003.