Long-time friends and associates Brett Cravatt and Jason Cohen decided to form Centerfield one night over a few too many beers. After Jason invested in Achieve Card (a business co-founded and chaired by Brett), Brett suggested the possibility of joining forces to build a powerhouse media company. Thankfully a week later and with a bit clearer head, Brett followed up and the rest is history. Centerfield has quickly attracted some of the best talent in the marketplace and continues to focus its efforts on building an industry leading team, developing innovative products, offering best-in-class services and expanding through organic growth initiatives and strategic acquisitions.
Jason Cohen is a well-recognized leader in the interactive marketing industry. He began his career at DoubleClick and thrived as the company's top global sales representative. An entrepreneur at heart, Jason left and founded WiseAds New Media (an early player in the niche ad network business). Jason served as CEO and was responsible for expanding the company from zero to sixty plus employees in just eighteen months. WiseAds was subsequently acquired by About.com (An IAC Company) in August of 2000. Jason served as President of MediaWhiz, a leading online direct marketing company which he founded in 2001, for which Jason was a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2007. After joining forces with Brett Cravatt, he formed the advertising technology company, Centerfield Holdings in 2011. Centerfield has continually been recognized as a best place to work in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Jason is also an active Venture Partner at Cross Cut Ventures and has personally invested in successful online companies like Voicestar (exited to Marchex), Hautelook (exited to Nordstroms), and AchieveCard (exited to Greendot).
Brett Cravatt is a seasoned entrepreneur and executive in the digital advertising sector. Brett co-founded Centerfield in 2011. Prior to Centerfield, Brett founded and worked as the CEO of WebYES! During this same time period, Mr. Cravatt co-founded Achieve Financial Services, one of the fastest growing GPR debit card businesses in the prepaid industry, which was recently acquired by GreenDot (NASD: GDOT). From 2001-2006, Mr. Cravatt served as the COO of Vendare Media guiding the business from 10mm in annual revenue to over 120mm in annual revenue and 20mm in ebitda. Brett has also served on various Boards including Interclick (NASD: ICLK), which was successfully acquired by Yahoo! in 2012. Brett holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from U.C. Berkeley and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Over the course of 25 years Glenn Goad has led teams and companies in consumer facing businesses. Goad started his career with 4+ years of service in the United Sates Air Force. After leaving the Air Force Goad had a successful career in the hospitality industry before transitioning into the Digital Customer Acquisition industry. In the late 90’s Goad made the transition to technology driven companies that focused on Customer Acquisition. Companies Goad has been associated with are the likes of Ticketmaster-Citysearch, Network Communications, Allconnect, and Aequitas Capital Management. Goad held roles as President, COO, Chief Strategy Officer, and VP of Sales in these companies. Prior to joining Centerfield he was the CEO of Qology Direct. Qology Direct was a leading performance based sales and marketing company in Home, Wireless, and Business service segments. In Goad’s 2.5 years with Qology the company grew from 400 employees to over 1200 employees and generated over 1.5 Million Customer Sales in 2016.
Mr. Michael D. Toplisek serves as our Chief Operating Officer. In this role he is responsible for day to day leadership and general management of the company. In this role Mr. Toplisek has helped establish Qology Direct as a respected leader in the digital sales marketing world. The company has seen 300% growth during his tenure. Prior to joining Qology, Mr. Toplisek served as Chief Revenue Officer & Executive Vice President at EarthLink, Inc. In this role he oversaw sales and marketing; and was instrumental in transforming the company from its consumer ISP roots to a leader in the Managed Service Provider space. During his tenure EarthLink was twice named the number 1 MSP on the globe by MSP Mentor magazine. Mr. Toplisek was previously employed as President by Concentric Cloud Solutions LLC, CMO and Executive Vice President - Advanced Solutions by XO Communications, Inc., and as Senior VP-Global Enterprise & Collaboration Services by Global Crossing Ltd.
Gary Pak serves as Centerfield's Chief Technology Officer where he is responsible for the company's core technology products and engineering infrastructure. Prior to joining Centerfield in 2011, Gary was the VP of Engineering for WebYES! and was responsible for developing and scaling out their technology. From 2006 to 2008, Gary spent several years at online startup Spot Runner holding various technical management and leadership positions. He brings over 16 years of technical experience in building mission critical and enterprise level software applications.
Brian is the Chief Information Officer for Centerfield managing technology, compliance and quality assurance for the company’s sales centers. Prior to joining Centerfield, Brian was the Chief Information Officer for Qology Direct and the former Chief Privacy Officer of FIS. Brian McLaughlin served in various positions in technology and risk management disciplines throughout his career, enjoying stints with both Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Ernst and Young. Brian was trained in Accounting and is a current CPA, but married technology and business acumen throughout his career.
Michael serves as our Chief Financial Officer. In this leadership role, he is responsible for all financial and administrative aspects of the company. Prior to joining Qology, Michael was a Vice President at American Express where he helped them launch a new mobile commerce platform. In the US and a Joint Venture in China. Prior to American Express, Michael led the Corporate Finance function for Virgin Mobile USA and its subsequent integration with Sprint, and spent seven years with XM Satellite Radio as Vice President, Corporate Finance where he helped the company grow from pre-commercial launch to generating over $1billion a year in revenue. Michael has a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from the University College Cardiff, UK.
At Centerfield, Mr. Miao manages all legal matters concerning the company. Prior to joining Centerfield, Mr. Miao practiced in the business department at Buckner, Alani & Mirkovich, where he was a member of the commercial transactions, business litigation and corporate law practice groups. Mr. Miao received his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola of Los Angeles Law School, a master's degree in health administration from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Sarah Greene serves as Centerfield's Director of Human Resources where she is responsible for Recruitment, Employee Engagement, along with Employee Perks and Benefits. Prior to joining Centerfield, Sarah spent several years at TeleSign Corporation as Senior Manager of Human Resources and prior to that served for 7 years in various management positions on the Human Resources team of EnerNOC, Inc. in Boston. Sarah brings over 10 years of experience supporting high-growth high-tech startups with an enriching and engaging culture. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Toro has ruled the roost at Centerfield since its inception when he was just a pup running around the office. Toro is a key contributor to enterprise level planning and decision making when he's not sleeping. Toro has inspired the entire Centerfield Team by his steadfast dedication and commitment to eating, sleeping and drooling. Success at Centerfield begins by thinking outside the box, having fun, making informed decisions, and paying homage to Toro.