Exchange Solutions

Board of Directors

Alan Grant

Alan Grant

Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

The founder of Exchange Solutions, Alan led the innovation of the value exchange networking platform. Alan currently provides thought leadership and strategic guidance to the company's executive team and the Board of Directors. Additionally, Alan is actively involved in helping the company find and develop significant new commercial and business partnership opportunities.

Before founding Exchange Solutions, Alan was the CEO and founder of a company (Exchange Partners, Inc.) that used Alan's innovative "value exchange" methodology to build one of the first campaign-management software applications. Earlier in his career, Alan gained a solid grounding in the science and methods of customer profit improvement as result of his 10 years of experience at Bain & Company where he was a leading practitioner in the customer value management practice area.

Alan has an MBA from the Harvard Business School, a Canadian Chartered Accountancy designation and a BS in Accounting from the University of Toronto.

Steven J. Hoffman

Steven J. Hoffman

President and Chief Executive Officer

Steve has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Exchange Solutions since January 2012. He has had a long involvement with the company, serving on the Board of Directors continuously since 2004 and acting as the Chief Operating Officer from 2005 through 2007.

Previously, Steve was the President and Chief Executive Officer of ThinkFire, a leading intellectual property advisory and transactions firm. He has also held a number of leadership positions in the consulting and software industry, including serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Sapient. At CSC Index, Steve led the Chicago office and the Global Strategy Practice as a Senior Vice President. As a Partner at Bain and Company, he ran the firm's Boston office and led engagements for CEOs and other C-level executives. Steve has been a frequent speaker at conferences and corporate events on the subjects of strategy implementation, generating predictable business results from technology investments, and defensive patent portfolio strategy.

He holds a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University and an MBA in Finance and Business Statistics from the University of Chicago.

Geoffrey S. Oblak

Geoffrey S. Oblak

Geoff is a General Partner at Ascent with 16 years of experience investing in early stage information technology companies. He specializes in opportunities within information security, data analytics, and enterprise infrastructure. Prior to joining Ascent in 1998, Geoff served as an Investment Analyst in the Boston office of Norwest Venture Partners, where he researched emerging technology markets and worked on successful investments, including Quadritek Systems (acquired by Lucent) and Nashoba Networks (acquired by Cisco). Prior to Norwest, he worked in the audit/business advisory division of Arthur Andersen LLP, where he was sponsored by the firm in an accelerated MBA program.

Geoff currently represents Ascent on the boards of ClickFox, Exchange Solutions, Fidelis Security, Vi Labs, WebLayers, and Auction Holdings. His prior Ascent investments include Guardium (acquired by IBM), Network Intelligence (acquired by EMC), Business Layers (acquired by Netegrity), Synchronoss Technologies (NASDAQ: SNCR) and Forefield (acquired by Broadridge).

Geoff serves as an independent consultant to the US Department of Defense Venture Catalyst Initiative (DeVenCI).

Geoff has a BA in Economics from Hamilton College, an MBA from Boston University, and studied at the London School of Economics. He is a former CPA and current CFA Charterholder.

 

Brett J. Rome

Brett J. Rome

Since founding North Hill Ventures in 1999, Brett has worked closely with companies in several financial services sectors, including information services, compliance management, and electronic payments. Previously, Brett was a Principal at Westbury Capital Partners, a New York-based venture capital firm. Prior to Westbury, Brett was a Principal at The Parthenon Group, a Boston-based strategy consulting firm. Brett's current portfolio includes not only Exchange Solutions, but also Smart Destinations and Live Well Financial.

Brett holds an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College, where he was an Edward Tuck Scholar and an AB, magna cum laude, from Princeton University.

Harry D'Andrea

Harry D'Andrea has served as the Chief Financial Officer for both established and startup companies for over twenty years.

Harry also served as the Chief Financial Officer for Yurie Systems. In this role, Harry was instrumental in the 1998 acquisition of the company by Lucent Technologies for over $1.1 billion in cash. This remains one of the largest technology mergers in the Washington DC area. Prior to Yurie Systems, Harry served as Chief Financial Officer for American Communications Services, Inc. ("ACSI"), a facilities based publicly traded competitive local exchange carrier. Earlier in his career, Harry held positions with Marriott Corporation and Xerox Corporation.

Harry is a member of the Nasdaq Stock Market Listing Qualifications Panel; he also serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington chapter of the Private Equity CFO Association, the Board of Directors of the Alumni Society of the College of Liberal Arts of the Pennsylvania State University and on the Advisory Board of MTECH Ventures. Harry was on the Board of two public companies, Martek Bioscience Corporation [NASDAQ: MATK] and Informax, Inc. [NASDAQ: INMX], was a judge for the Greater Washington Technology CFO Awards, and was a charter member of the CFO Steering Committee of the Maryland Hi-Tech Council.

Harry received a Masters in Business Administration from Drexel University and a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Service from The Pennsylvania State University. Harry lives in Potomac, Maryland with his wife and son.

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