Chairman and CEO
Mr. Howe has been a member of the Company's Board of Directors since November 2008, and currently serves as the Companies Chairman and CEO. Prior to joining Inuvo, Mr. Howe served as Chief Marketing and M&A Officer at the Acxiom Corporation ( NASDAQ : ACXM ), one of the largest Marketing Services companies in the world, which he joined in 2004. From 2001 to 2004, he was the general manager of Global Marketing Services at Fair Isaac & Company ( NYSE : FICO ), a leading provider of risk management software and analytics products and services. Between 1999 and 2001, Mr. Howe started, grew and sold private Internet search innovator, ieWild.
Mr. Howe has over his career led the acquisition, merger or divestiture of numerous companies on three continents. Mr. Howe has both undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering having studied at Concordia and McGill University, Canada.
Chief Financial Officer
Wally serves as Inuvo's Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for the company's financial functions, budgeting, human resources, legal affairs and investor relations. Wally has been the chief financial officer of both public and privately-owned companies in several industries. Prior to joining Inuvo in June 2010, he was the CFO of SRI Surgical Express, a nationwide provider of healthcare services where he was a key member of the team driving its turnaround. Wally started his career in the New York offices of Ernst & Young and has led the finance function of companies in the consumer products, oil and gas, retail, fashion and high tech industries. Wally has helped start ups through successful IPOs and growing enterprises with bank and private placement financings. Outside the office, Wally has been an adjunct professor of International Finance at the University of Miami and a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. He currently serves as a director on the board of the Florida Institute of CFOs. Wally earned his MBA degree in Accounting and Finance from Columbia University and a BS degree in Computer Science from St. John's University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Information Technology Professional.
John Pisaris has served as the General Counsel and Secretary of Inuvo since our acquisition of Vertro in March 2012. John joined Vertro in 2004 and served as Vertro's General Counsel and Secretary. Prior to joining Vertro, John was a partner in the law firm of Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur LLP, a firm which he joined as an associate. At Porter Wright, John practiced in the corporate and securities group and advised clients on business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, financings, securities offerings and securities compliance. John is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Hillsdale College.
SVP of ValidClick
Dana Robbins joined Inuvo in 2013 to launch the Company’s publishing product line and build its flagship digital publishing site, Alot.com. Leveraging Dana’s experience in data, data management, and analytics, the business has grown to include an entire suite of websites as well as several large direct clients.
As SVP, Dana oversees the operational management of product development, campaign management, client management, publishing, strategy, and innovation for ValidClick products and services.
Prior to joining Inuvo, Dana served as the Director of Product Management at Acxiom, where she worked on an online data management platform. As part of her work at Acxiom, she also shares two patents related to anonymizing consumer data to protect consumer privacy used in advertising. Additionally, Dana worked as Director of Product at Choicepoint and was EVP of Marketing and Technology at General Health Corporation. While at GHC, her team developed an integrated, portable screening system that enabled field techs to administer 10 key heart health-related tests and delivered results to the consumer in less than 30 minutes. Dana has a BA in Economics from Hendrix College.
Senior Vice President, Advertising Technology and IntentKey Products
Amir Bakhshaie has been integral in merging California-based company NetSeer, purchased by Arkansas-based company Inuvo in February 2017, and Inuvo’s technologies to better serve the advertising technology industry. His leadership skills enabled both teams and home-based employees across the nation to transition smoothly while also teaching Inuvo about NetSeer’s technology: how it was built, its functionality, and how it updates.
As SVP, Amir leads Inuvo’s IntentKey™ brand development, develops a life cycle management plan to extend business potential, and conducts continuous research and analysis of product performance. He has an affinity for mentoring, grooming, and developing others in the company and has a love for continuous learning.
Prior to joining Inuvo, Amir made significant contributions working for Apple, Sun Microsystems, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Turn APP. He received a Bachelor of Science in International Relations at the University of California, Davis; a Master’s in Science and Technology Studies from Virginia Tech, and a Master’s in Information Technology Management: Web Technology and Product Development from Carnegie Mellon University.