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 Axciom 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.