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Jim Mead, Co-Founder of MakeYourDeal.com has more than 34 years of progressively responsible experience in Startups, dotcoms, mature companies and business turnarounds. His career reflects success in the corporate world and entrepreneurship, founding several companies who all remain in business today. His leadership is an integral part of MakeYourDeal.com, bringing together all of the components into one cohesive venture. Jim is the brains who provided the vision to make this endeavor a reality. Jim enjoys travelling, sailing, ice hockey and a good glass of wine!
Pennie Mead, Co-Founder of MakeYourDeal.com, is a highly experienced Operations Executive. She has led diverse teams of professionals to new levels of success in a variety of ecommerce business ventures. She has strong technical and business qualifications with an impressive track record of more than 20 years of hands-on experience in strategic planning, business development, project development, product management and system engineering strategies. Pennie has proven the ability to successfully develop innovative and cost effective solutions for enhancing competitiveness and increasing revenues. She loves working with her team at MakeYourDeal.com and her passion and enthusiasm for the company, as one of the visionaries, are evident at every level of the corporation. She enjoys travelling to exotic places, cooking and donating time to worthy causes.
Tim is a seasoned technology executive and entrepreneur with an exemplary record of leading US and international sales, business development, and product management operations for start-up through highly visible businesses and public companies. Previous employers include RingCentral, SDL, Passmark (acquired by RSA), Intuit, Siebel Systems (acquired by Oracle), Keyfile (acquired by OpenText), Lotus (acquired by IBM), and Eastman Kodak. Highly skilled at starting up multi-million dollar geographies from the ground up, and developing direct sales and channel operations worldwide A leader and motivator of people, with a sense of urgency and academic credentials that include an MBA. When he's not working, Tim enjoys swimming, sailing, traveling and good food.
Sarah is head of our IT development and management team. She has over 13 years experience in coordinating, overseeing and managing enterprise websites. Sarah coordinates our IT team and graphic artists providing a seamless front end user and backend website experience. She runs reports and daily security checks, ensures performance for optimal speed, functionality and an enhanced user experience. Sarah, as one of our key executives, is the key that holds together the MakeYourDeal.com team with overwhelming dedication and devotion. Her passion for MakeYourDeal is evident in what you see today in our ecommerce shopping experience.
Christine has more than 35 years of extensive experience working in many facets of the business sector. During her career she has worked for industry giants such as Bank of America, Hughes Aircraft Company, Kidder Peabody, Smith Barney and the Automobile Club of Southern California to name a few. Her focus has been on sales, marketing, relationship building, networking, collaborating, customer relations and customer service. Christine’s contributions as Executive Director are significant assets in furthering our progress in the development and expansion of the company. She analyzes the organization’s critical business requirements and identifies potential business opportunities. Her vision and attention to detail have been vital. She is an integral part of the MakeYourDeal.com team as well as a significant investor. Christine is a native Los Angelino, a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Dornsife College and is a passionate philanthropist. She not only supports many schools and organizations throughout USC, but she also supports many other philanthropic endeavors throughout the greater Los Angeles area with an emphasis on medicine as well as the arts.
Jamie MacPherson has more than 25 years of corporate finance and investment banking experience. During his career, he has completed more than $2 billion of transactions. Jamie is a co-founder and principal of Avanti Healthcare Holdings, LLC, a hospital holding company that currently owns and operates four Los Angeles-based acute care hospitals. Between 2009 and 2011, he served as COO of Avanti. In 2004, he co-founded CompWest Insurance Company, a California-based workers compensation insurance company that was sold in 2007 to Accident Fund Insurance Company of America, a unit of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan. From 2003 to 2008, Jamie served as Managing Partner of Paladin Capital, LLC, a corporate finance advisory firm. Jamie is a key executive advisor to the company for finance, development and expansion initiatives currently underway for MakeYourDeal.com.
Maria holds a degree in Graphic Design and Advertising. She has more than 12 years of experience working for both small and enterprise companies in graphic design, advertising and marketing, merchandizing and product curating. Maria is enthusiastic and hard working with a ‘can do’ attitude and the determination to make everything she touches a success. Maria is in charge of curating our product collections, creating visual mailings, graphic designs, and social media advertising materials. She enjoys working in a motivated and friendly atmosphere here at Make Your Deal. She works with passion to deliver creative and beautiful pieces ensuring every minute detail is in place so that every collection and design has high visual impact and outstanding quality.