Chief Executive Officer
Timothy founded WeddingWire after planning his wedding. As a groom, he experienced first hand how difficult it was to execute on the wedding plans. As a technologist, he couldn't find an online resource that would help him plan more efficiently. Together with his cofounders, Jeff, Lee, and Sonny, they threw 4 desks into his empty living room in Chevy Chase, Maryland and WeddingWire was born. They set out to utilize their collective experience in technology to build a technology company that would revolutionize the wedding and event industry.
Previously, Timothy co-founded Blackboard Inc in 1998. While at Blackboard, Timothy pioneered many of Blackboard's product and strategic initiatives, helping the company grow to over 600 employees and a valuation of over $750 Million.
Timothy holds a B.S. degree in Operations Research/Industrial Engineering from Cornell University and a Master's of Science degree in Engineering Management from Tufts University. Tim is a member of the Young Professionals Organization in Washington, D.C.
Chief Operating Officer
Lee has served as WeddingWire's Chief Operating Officer since 2006 and is responsible for overseeing business operations and driving revenue growth and retention strategies. Prior to joining WeddingWire, Lee held the post of Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Parature Inc, a software-as-a-service company in the customer support and service industry. At Parature, Lee led the efforts to evangelize and convert the commercial industry to adopt cloud based software solutions. Preceding Parature, Lee co-founded Blackboard Inc. (formerly Nasdaq: BBBB) in 1998 which was sold to Providence Equity Partners for $1.64B in 2011. While at Blackboard, Lee served a variety of roles including Director of Sales and Regional Director for the Asia Pacific and Latin America business operations.
Lee holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Masters of Engineering in Operations Research/Finance from Cornell University.
Chief Technology Officer
Jeff leads the design and implementation of WeddingWire's technology platform. Prior to joining WeddingWire, Jeff was involved in developing new analytical finance platforms that managed Fannie Mae's $150+ billion mortgage and securities portfolio. Jeff was also part of the initial rollout of the AT&T Wireless mLife Project to over 20 million subscribers, as well as part of the core technology team that developed MicroStrategy's personal alerting network called Strategy.com.
Jeff holds a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech and an M.B.A. degree from The George Washington University.
Chief Marketing Officer
Sonny leads WeddingWire's B2C/B2B marketing strategy, customer acquisition, and community development. Today, WeddingWire is the leading marketplace connecting consumers with event merchants, with an audience of over 40 million visitors each month across its network. In addition, Sonny is a widely acclaimed speaker, giving over 50 presentations across the globe each year on technology, marketing and strategy. Prior to joining WeddingWire, Sonny was in a management program at Wal-Mart where he led marketing, sales, and retail strategy development. Before this experience, Sonny spent four years at Kraft Foods where he managed numerous consumer brands, including the JELL-O business with P&L responsibility for over $800 Million.
Sonny holds a B.A. in Economics with a focus in Management and Marketing from The University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he served as President of the Marketing Club. Sonny is a founding member of NextGen Angels and an active member of the CMO Club, where he was awarded as a CMO Rising Star.
Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of Strategy
Joseph oversees finance, corporate strategy, and data science at WeddingWire. Prior to joining WeddingWire, he was a vice president at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc., where he assisted the CFO in various finance capacities including building financial forecasts, preparing Board updates, and drafting SEC filings. He also managed investor relations and led M&A initiatives, which included serving as a board member for WeddingWire, Pingg, and ZipList. Prior to joining MSLO, he served as a media and internet analyst at Bear, Stearns & Co. and Soundview Technology Group from 2003-2006. At Bear, Stearns & Co., Joseph was a member of a team ranked "Best of the Street 2006" in The Wall Street Journal. Previously, he worked at IBM Venture Capital Group and in business development roles at eBay and Gaylord Entertainment.
Joseph graduated cum laude from Harvard College and received his MBA from the Yale School of Management.
Andrew Olek is responsible for WeddingWire's legal affairs. Prior to Joining WeddingWire, Andy was the principal assistant to the General Counsel of Merkle Inc., where he helped the legal team significantly expand its capabilities. Before this, he served as a Senior Counsel at Blackboard Inc., helping the company grow from $136 to $377 Million in annual revenues. Before holding these in-house positions, Andy was an attorney in the Corporate and Intellectual Property departments of the law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLC. Previously, Andy served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy.
Andy holds a Bachelor of Science degree, with distinction, from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Master of the Arts degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, a Master of Science in Information Technology degree from the University of Maryland University College, and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He is a registered patent attorney.
Vice President of Marketing
Monica leads the development and implementation of the consumer marketing strategy at WeddingWire. She is responsible for consumer product marketing, editorial strategy, audience development, and vertical expansion. Prior to joining WeddingWire, Monica worked in corporate development, finance and strategy at two of the world's leading media companies, The Washington Post and ESPN. Prior to those experiences, Monica worked in the Seoul and New York offices of Bain & Company, where she specialized in Private Equity due diligence and corporate strategy for the Financial and Consumer Products industries.
Monica holds a BComm in Finance and International Business from The University of British Columbia and a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Jenny oversees the People Department at WeddingWire, which includes Facility Operations, Corporate Culture Events, and Human Resources. Prior to joining WeddingWire, Jenny was an HR Consultant assisting small businesses with best practice and compliance issues. Before her consultancies, Jenny served as the Director of Administration at Vocus Inc. (Nasdaq: VOCS), managing the Human Resources function. In this role, she managed the full life cycle of employment, assisted with their IPO and international expansion, and enhanced their innovative and creative corporate culture. Prior to Vocus, Jenny worked at Blackboard (Nasdaq:BBBB) as the International HR and Benefits Manager, where she assisted in the establishment of their unique start-up corporate culture, launched their full employee benefit package, and assisted with their IPO and international expansion.
Jenny holds a B.S. degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Business from Lander University and a PHR Certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute.