Mr. Newman is Chief Executive Officer of MediaPlatform. Prior to joining MediaPlatform, Mike was most recently VP/GM at Polycom (NASDAQ: PLCM), where he oversaw Polycom’s worldwide video content management and streaming business. Before Polycom, Mike was CEO and co-founder of Accordent Technologies, Inc. a high growth video content management company with operations in 13 countries. For nearly ten years, Mike was responsible for shaping Accordent’s strategic vision, running internal operations, and contributing to sales and business development. In 2011, Mike oversaw Accordent’s acquisition by Polycom, Inc. (PLCM); the transaction was recognized by LAVA as the “Most Capital Efficient Exit” of 2011. Mr. Newman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Allegheny College.
Ms. Kendros is the Vice President of Finance and Administration of MediaPlatform. She is responsible for establishing and managing the company’s financial, human resources, legal and administrative functions. Ms. Kendros has over 20 years of experience and has managed venture financings, complex operational challenges and numerous mergers and acquisitions. Most recently, Ms. Kendros was the Chief Administrative Officer at SOA Software, where she was responsible for finance, human resources and administration, including internal control procedures, forecasting, budgeting, financial analysis and presentation of financial statements. Previously, Ms. Kendros was Vice President of Human Resources at US Interactive where she was involved in all aspects of the growth of the company, a vital part of its successful NASDAQ IPO in 1999 and responsible for more than 600 employees in nine offices across the United States. Prior to US Interactive, Ms. Kendros was responsible for finance at its predecessor company, and held the position of Assistant Controller at Imagic, Inc. in Hollywood, California.
Mr. Accola is VP Professional Services & Customer Success at MediaPlatform. He is responsible for delivering integrated solutions to address the challenging business requirements of MediaPlatform’s customers. Mr. Accola brings an advanced understanding of project management tools and best-practice methodology to manage complex, multi-disciplinary projects. Previously, he served as Executive Director of Business Development for the news distribution industry leader Marketwire.
Darian Germain is Vice President Marketing at MediaPlatform responsible for the company’s global marketing strategy, brand management, demand generation and sales and channel enablement. Darian brings over 15 years of enterprise software marketing experience, having served in marketing leadership roles for Accordent Technologies, ultimately resulting in an acquisition by Polycom; at Anystream, a provider of automated encoding technology that was widely adopted by media and entertainment giants; and most recently at Vbrick, where she helped re-brand and re-position the company from a hardware manufacturer to an enterprise software provider.
Amzi Jackson is General Manager of Full Service Operations, responsible for overseeing MediaPlatform’s full service streaming business. He has extensive experience in live webcasting, A/V production and VOD content creation. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Video Broadcast Production from North Carolina A&T State University and holds certifications in sound engineering and audio production. Prior to MediaPlatform, Amzi was an independent webcast producer and project manager, facilitating live events for national and state government, military institutions and worldwide corporations.
Jared Hawkins is VP Product Management at MediaPlatform. He is responsible for defining and communicating the product strategy and product vision to ensure they are in line with the long-term business goals of MediaPlatform. Jared oversees competitive research and performs technology evaluations to assess product enhancement and development opportunities. He has over 13 years experience bringing leading products in the video streaming industry to market. Jared holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from Montana State University.
Craig Myers is a long time streaming media evangelist and entrepreneur with more than 25 years of success building and managing emerging market sales teams. Prior to MediaPlatform, Craig was Vice President of World Wide Sales for VBrick Systems, an Enterprise video streaming provider. Craig was also the co-founder and CEO of a venture-backed streaming media service company, VideoScape. VideoScape pioneered the corporate use of streaming media as a business tool to train and communicate with customers, partners and sales channels. Craig was also an early executive with PictureTel. Craig holds a degree in Management from Purdue University.