Board of Directors
Sam Zales — Chief Executive Officer
Sam leads business strategy and operations for ClickSquared. As an experienced leader of venture-backed technology companies, he has led businesses to rapid growth and profitability and achieved significant shareholder returns for investors. Sam has over 25 years of executive management and leadership experience in the technology and marketing industries, and has served in a variety of roles with global brands. Most recently, Sam was president of Zoom Information where he led day-to-day operations and oversaw the company’s growth strategy into the marketing services and sales intelligence arenas. Prior to ZoomInfo, he was president and CEO of BuyerZone.com, an online marketplace for business purchasing which he led through its successful acquisition by Reed Elsevier (NYSE: RUK). Sam also spent ten years at American Express, holding a variety of senior marketing roles in both B2B and B2C business units. He began his career as a management consultant at Bain & Company. He has also served as board director and advisor to fast-growing venture-backed businesses including Performable (acquired by HubSpot), Locu, Artfact, and The Active Network (NYSE: ACTV). Sam graduated with honors from Dartmouth College and earned a Masters of Management with distinction from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Outside of work, Sam is involved in a number of philanthropic and community-service organizations. He is the president of the New England regional board of the American Technion Society. He is a member of the Lexington, MA CommUNITY committee organizing the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration. Sam has served as head agent for his Dartmouth College class, reunion and Alumni Admissions representative at Kellogg, as a board member at Temple Isaiah, and has spent significant time as a volunteer at Rosie’s Place, the Special Olympics and Junior Achievement.
Jeffrey J. Bussgang
Jeff is a General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on the consumer, healthcare and information technology markets. Prior to Flybridge, Jeff co-founded Upromise (acquired by Sallie Mae), a loyalty marketing and financial services firm where he served as President, Chief Operating Officer and Board Director. Prior to Upromise, Jeff was an executive at Open Market, an Internet commerce software leader. During his five-year tenure, he served as Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Business Development, Vice President of Worldwide Professional Services and head of Product Management. Prior to Open Market, Jeff was with the strategy consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group, and served on the executive team of Athena Design. Jeff holds a BA in Computer Science from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar and a Ford Scholar. He is the author of Mastering the VC Game, an insiders guide on how to get from Start-up to IPO on your own terms.
Martha Rogers, PhD.
Recognized for the past decade as one of the world’s leading experts on customer-based business strategies and growing customer value, Dr. Martha Rogers is an acclaimed author — having co-authored seven best-selling books with Don Peppers - educator, and a founding partner of Peppers & Rogers Group, an innovative customer-focused management consulting firm, now a division of Carlson Marketing Worldwide.
As an Adjunct Professor at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, Dr. Rogers has helped to spearhead coursework at the MBA and Exec Ed level on “Growing Your Business by Increasing the Value of the Customer Base.” She is also the co-director of the Duke Center for Customer Relationship Management and is widely published in academic and trade journals.
Bill Burgess, Managing Partner of ABS, has 25 years of experience in venture capital and corporate finance. Immediately prior to joining ABS, he was Managing Director and Global Head of Deutsche Bank Venture Partners. He has also served as Vice Chairman of Global Corporate Finance at Deutsche Bank, and Global Co-Head of Industry Groups Investment Banking and Head of Technology Investment Banking at Alex. Brown and Sons. Bill is a board member of Adeptra and High Roads and has served on many other boards including Clearforest (acquired by Reuters) and PowerDsine (NASDAQ:PSDN, acquired by Microsemi). He also serves as Chairman of the New England Aquarium Board of Trustees and is a Trustee and Treasurer of St. Mark's School. He received his BA from Dartmouth College and MBA from Harvard Business School.
Brad Woloson is General Partner at JMI based in Baltimore, Maryland and currently is Director of Apparent Networks, Inc., Aptela, Inc., Axeda Corporation, Eloqua Corporation, Empathica, Inc., Harmony Information Systems, Inc., Managed Objects Solutions, Inc., Panorama Software, Ltd. and Unica Corporation. Brad’s past JMI investment experience includes Astrum Software Corporation, NEON Systems, Inc., Network Intelligence Corporation, Primax Recoveries, Inc., Qiave Corporation and Transcentive, Inc. Prior to joining JMI, Brad was a Financial Analyst in the Technology Group at Alex. Brown. Before Alex. Brown, he spent time at Kidder Peabody International, Inc. in London as a Fixed Income Analyst. Brad is a graduate from Harvard University.
Amit Basak is a co-founder and Managing Director of Staley Capital. He is a private equity investor with executive management experience in the fields of general management, direct sales and product marketing. Amit's executive management experience includes serving as COO and CFO of Affinity Express, a BPO company specializing in graphics production, and General Manager at ClickSquared. In private equity, Amit worked at ConnectCapital, an affiliate of Insight Venture Partner focused on U.S.-India cross-border investing. Before ConnectCapital, he was at J.H. Whitney & Co.. Amit began his career as an investment banker in the M&A department at Morgan Stanley. Amit currently serves as a Director of Acclaris, Affinity Express, ClickSquared, and The Nashoba Learning Group, which is a private school dedicated to helping people with autism realize their potential. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated cum laude from Yale University with a BA in Ethics, Politics & Economics.
Bert Winemiller joined JMI in 2011 as a Venture Partner. In 2010, Bert retired from PROS Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PRO), a former JMI portfolio company, where he served as President, CEO & Chairman. He is currently a director of ClickSquared and PowerPlan.
Bert began his career at IBM as a systems engineer and software developer. He also served as President of American Business Information Inc., Senior Vice President at ADP, Inc. and was Group President at IRIC.
Bert received a BS and an MS in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Missouri and an MBA in Finance from the Harvard Business School.