Stephen Temes – Co-Founder & Chairman
A highly successful entrepreneur and trader with over 25 years of experience in the equity and option markets, Stephen uses his strong investment acumen to evaluate businesses for potential investment campaigns on the EarlyShares platform. An expert on raising and investing capital, he is also the Founder and Managing Director of Lincoln Capital LLC, a hedge fund, and Lincoln Partners Group LLC, a venture capital fund.
Joanna Schwartz – Chief Executive Officer
Joanna is an accomplished senior executive and entrepreneur with over 16 years of experience founding and leading financial services, technology, consumer product, and ecommerce businesses. As Managing Director of small-balance commercial lender Silver Hill Financial, Joanna led the company from inception to over $1 billion in annual volume. She has a BA from the University of Vermont and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mark Gillanders – Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer
A UK-trained accountant, Mark has spent the majority of his career in senior-level finance roles in highly acquisitive groups in the aviation industry. In his decades of experience working with startups, Mark has executed more than 25 acquisitions and helped launch five companies. He holds an MBA from the University of Florida.
Heather Schwarz-Lopes – Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer
Heather has a 15-year track record of financial industry success in wealth management, business development, and entrepreneurship roles. In addition to launching her own successful startup businesses, Heather built and led a successful entrepreneurial division during her years as a Senior Vice President and Private Banker at Wells Fargo. Heather is a Certified Financial Planner™ with Series 7 and 66 certifications, and holds a BA from the University of Tennessee.
Salomon Wancier – Chief Marketing Officer
Salomon is an accomplished, creative senior executive with more than 17 years of experience leading marketing and sales initiatives for financial services companies and other businesses. In addition to launching his own successful business, Salomon has managed Fortune 1000 accounts built cross-functional teams for both startups and industry-leading US companies. An authorized Duct Tape Marketing Consultant, he earned an MBA from the University of Miami and is fluent in Spanish.
Stokes Nielson – EarlyShares Music, President
A successful musician and entrepreneur, Stokes has 15 years of experience as an artist and executive in the entertainment industry. In addition to being an award-winning songwriter, Stokes is Founder and Owner of Stokes Tunes, a multi-media branding and production company. He was discovered and given his first role in the music industry by Willie Nelson during his senior year at Vanderbilt University and continues to work with leading music industry innovators.
Paul Bauersfeld – Chief Data Architect
An expert technology executive, entrepreneur, and engineer, Paul has more than 20 years of experience in software product development for entrepreneurial organizations and other businesses. He is the Founder of Varsity Networks and Co-Founder and CEO of MessageOne – a provider of managed services for enterprise email that was acquired by Dell. Paul also worked in key technology roles for Ziff-Davis, Viacom’s Nickelodeon Online, GiftOne (acquired by SkyMall), Apple, and Xerox.
Jonatan Alava – Director of Engineering
Jonatan has more than ten years of experience delivering software products to large enterprises. An experienced manager and entrepreneur, he served in a key IT management role for TracFone Wireless, Inc., a subsidiary of America Movil. A published researcher in the field of Software Testing, he is a former PhD candidate and has an MSc in Computer Science from Florida International University.