Chairman of the Board
Jim Manzi served as Chairman, President, and CEO of Lotus Development Corporation from 1984 until 1995, when the company was acquired by IBM. Since 1995, Mr. Manzi has been involved in the creation and development of a number of technology startup ventures.
In 2000, Mr. Manzi joined the Board of Directors of Thermo Electron, a scientific instruments company. He now serves as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Manzi presently runs his own investment company that focuses on technology startups. He also serves on the Board of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and is an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Shereta Williams currently serves as Director of Strategy and Business Development for Cox Media Group, an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of Cox Reps. With $1.7 billion in revenue, the company operations include 15 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 86 radio stations, eight daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services. Ms. Williams has approximately ten years total experience with Cox in various investment and development roles focused on digital media.
Ms. Williams has held previous roles with two financial start-ups, and in Mergers and Acquisitions at Lazard. She also holds an electrical engineering degree from MIT where she served as president of the National Society of Black Engineers.
Senator Bill Bradley is a Managing Director of Allen & Company LLC. From 2001 to 2004, he acted as chief outside advisor to McKinsey & Company’s nonprofit practice. He was a Senior Advisor and Vice Chairman of the International Council of JP Morgan & Co., Inc. from 1997 to 1999. During that time, he also worked as an essayist for CBS Evening News, and as a visiting professor at Stanford University, Notre Dame University, and the University of Maryland.
Senator Bradley served in the U.S. Senate from 1979 to 1997, representing the state of New Jersey. In 2000, he was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. Prior to serving in the Senate, he was an Olympic gold medalist in 1964 and a professional basketball player with the New York Knicks from 1967 to 1977, during which time they won two NBA championships.
Senator Bradley holds a BA degree in American History from Princeton University and an MA degree from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He has authored five books on American politics, culture, and economy. Currently, Senator Bradley hosts “American Voices,” a weekly show on Sirius Satellite Radio that highlights the remarkable accomplishments of Americans both famous and unknown.
Bill Kling is President Emeritus American Public Media, the nation’s second largest
producer and distributor of public media programming serving over 900 public radio
stations with a combined audience of 30 million, and garnering a weekly audience of
15.6 million listeners and 2 million unique web users for programs like “Marketplace”,
Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and Krista Tippet’s “Being”.
APM is the parent company of regional public radio groups including Minnesota Public Radio,
Southern California Public Radio and Classical South Florida as well as the for-profit
Greenspring Media Company. Bill serves as an advisor and researcher on future media
impact for the public media system and for Jon McTaggart, President and CEO of APM.
Jon oversees the managers of APM’s five regional networks and its owned and operated
group of 44 public radio stations operating in Southern California, Minnesota and the
Midwest and Miami, FL; and its national program production centers in Los Angeles and
St Paul. He was a founding director of National Public Radio and founding CEO and
Chair of Public Radio International.
Current issues for Bill revolve around the polarization of commercial media and its
impact on government dis-function at all levels. He sees the need for a strong, fact-
based, reporter driven local news-oriented public media system as the tempering
element for the growing anger in America.
In addition to his roles in Public Media, Bill Kling serves as a director of private company
boards in Minnesota and California.
Founder, CEO & Director
Prior to founding Skyword, Tom Gerace launched Gather.com, a demand-driven news and entertainment property reaching more than 6M people each month.
Mr. Gerace also founded and served as President of Be Free, a publicly traded online marketing services company. Be Free transformed online advertising from pay-per-view (i.e. CPM Advertising, where advertisers paid a fixed fee every time their ads were shown) to pay-for-performance advertising (i.e. Cost-Per-Click and Cost-Per-Acquisition Advertising). Be Free-operated channels often saved customers 80 percent of their cost of new customer acquisition when compared with other marketing methods.
After Be Free’s launch and financing, Mr. Gerace served as Chief Marketing Officer through the company’s initial public offering. As Chief Marketing Officer, he was responsible for creating new and existing products and services, mergers and acquisitions, corporate and product communications, and customer acquisition. Mr. Gerace was awarded two U.S. Patents (5,848,396 and 5,991,735) for profiling computer users and targeting advertising based on that profiling. During his tenure with the company, Be Free launched both U.S. and European operations. Be Free served more than 300 leading brands including barnesandnoble.com, Citibank, eBay, AOL, Lending Tree, Bertlesmann, Time Warner, IBM, Dell, and Microsoft.
Prior to founding Be Free, Mr. Gerace was a senior business analyst at the Harvard Business School. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies, magna cum laude, from Harvard University in 1993. He serves on the Board of Advisors for Imagitas and on the Board of Visitors for the Fenway Community Health Center. He is also a director of The Open Gate Foundation.