Rob Tolleson - Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer
Rob Tolleson founded CPO and currently serves as its Founder, President & CEO.
Prior to founding CPO, Mr. Tolleson served as President and Chief Executive Officer of CLICK Radio, a digital music service for PCs and related devices. Previously, he founded and served as Chairman, President & CEO of Fast Forward, Inc., a new media company engaged in communicating the value of personal technology goods and services to mainstream consumers.
From 1993 to 1999, Mr. Tolleson was employed by Turner Broadcasting System, a division of Time Warner Inc., most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Business Operations and Development, and as Deputy Chief Operating Officer of the CNN News Group, where he was involved in overseeing six television networks, two radio networks, CNN Interactive and other businesses representing more than $1 billion in annual revenue.
From 1987 to 1991, Mr. Tolleson was an Investment Banking Analyst and Associate with Morgan Stanley & Co. in New York, Hong Kong and Seoul.
Mr. Tolleson received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science from Washington and Lee University. He currently sits on the Boards of the National Monuments Foundation, Foothill Family Services, and the San Gabriel Valley Chapter of Young Presidents' Organization.
Jeff Emmons - VP of E-Commerce
Mr. Emmons joined CPO in 2005 and is responsible for the Company’s marketing initiatives, including customer acquisition and customer retention, as well as managing the day-to-day performance of all the CPO websites. Additionally, he oversees the management of the Amazon, eBay, and Sears third party marketplaces. Prior to CPO, Mr. Emmons was the Marketing Manager at Cooking.com, a leading online kitchenware retailer, where he managed the company’s PPC, CSE, Affiliate and email campaigns. Before Cooking.com, he held several important roles with Disney where he spent seven years in digital commerce, marketing and consumer products. While at Disney, he played a key role on the team that grew DisneyStore.com over 500% to over $100 million. His DisneyStore.com experience included working with other Disney businesses, such as The Disney Store, Disney.com, Disney Auctions, ESPN and ABC. Mr. Emmons graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Communications.
Alan Lenertz - VP of Operations
As the Vice President of Operations, Mr. Lenertz is responsible for warehouse and shipping operations as well as inside sales and customer care. Prior to joining the CPO family, he was part of the management team for Western Athletic Supply, a major web and catalog-based company that distributes brand name baseball and softball equipment to players of all ages. While there, he spent nine years as Sales and Marketing Manager and four as Warehouse and Distribution Manager. Mr. Lenertz has also worked in inside sales for GoldMine Software Corporation. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Business Administration and an emphasis in Entrepreneurial Studies.
Yaman Ustuntas - Director of Technology
Yaman joined CPO in 2010 and manages the Company’s technology initiatives including software development, QA, ERP system enhancements, Business Intelligence and IT. He develops and maintains the backend software that updates all CPO’s third party marketplace listings. Earlier in his career he developed satellite image metadata registry for the European Space Agency and created a Complex Event Processing engine for surveillance cameras. Yaman has studied, worked and lived in Europe, Asia and Africa and speaks Turkish, German and Dutch. Yaman graduated with a degree in Computer Science from Hogeschool Antwerpen in Belgium.
Greg Reynaert - Director of Purchasing
Greg joined CPO in 2007 and oversees its inventory purchasing and replenishment team. In this role Greg has leveraged his engineering background to create and execute numerous proprietary purchasing models. These demand-based models have allowed the purchasing department to efficiently and effectively scale with the Company's rapid growth. Prior to CPO, Greg managed merchandising projects for Home Depot with Tashman & Associates. He began his career as an engineer, working at Ford Motor Company and Aisin. He received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Erik Connaughton - Director of Merchandising & Business Analysis
Erik joined CPO in 2011 and oversees the Company's pricing and data teams. He has extensive retail and consumer goods experience. At Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market (the US operation of Tesco Plc), he re-engineered and managed their U.S. pricing strategy. Prior to Fresh & Easy, Erik was in charge of internal consulting projects at Frito Lay Mexico. Earlier in his career he worked in Lehman Brothers’ Global M&A Group on retail industry transactions. Erik opened and ran the Mexico City office of Certant, a Latin American technology and consulting company. He graduated from Harvard College and received his MBA from Columbia Business School. He speaks Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese.
Susana Takuma - Controller
Susana joined CPO in 2007 and leads its accounting team. She oversees CPO’s accounting procedures and internal controls, supervising general ledger account reconciliations and reviewing all monthly closing processes. She is responsible for timely month end financial reporting and working with CPO’s external auditors at year end. Susana has 20 years of accounting experience, having previously worked at Flemings Investment Bank in Lima, Peru, where she was responsible for accounting and administration of operations in the Andean, Central American, and Caribbean regions. Earlier in her career, Susana worked for Tele 2000, the first mobile operator in Peru, as well as the Embassy of Japan, and Casapi Ingenieria y Construccion, one of the largest engineering and construction companies in Peru. Susana is a graduate of Universidad de Lima and is a CPA in Peru. She is fluent in Spanish and Japanese.
Board of Directors
Rob Tolleson - Chairman
See bio above
Chairman of Capstar Partners, LLC formed in June 2000. Capstar Partners participates in small and middle market buyouts, real estate development, and public investing. Since 2000, Capstar has invested in a broad range of industries including media and broadcasting, healthcare services, e-commerce, financial services and real estate.
Capstar Partners is the controlling shareholder in DMX Holdings, Inc., a company engaged in the provision of business media services, including video, music and scent technologies, Andrew Harper, Inc., a high-end travel publishing and services firm, and Harden Healthcare Texas, LP, a company engaged in the skilled nursing, home health, and related fields. Other holdings of Mr. Hicks include the Big EZ Ranch, Ltd., an upscale bed and breakfast lodge and real estate development in Big Sky, Montana, and a residential real estate development project in St. Barth. Mr. Hicks also currently serves as chairman of the board of directors of Healthtronics, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTRN), a company engaged in the delivery of urological products and services.
Prior to forming Capstar Partners, Hicks was Vice Chairman of AMFM Inc. (NYSE: AFM), the nation's largest owner and operator of radio stations, with over 450 radio stations in markets across the U.S. In 1996, Hicks founded Capstar Broadcasting Corporation, and led Capstar Broadcasting and its 350 radio stations to a successful public offering on the New York Stock Exchange in 1998. In August 1999 Capstar Broadcasting merged with Dallas-based Chancellor Media Corporation, another radio industry powerhouse, and in a stock swap valued at $4.1 billion, AMFM Inc. was born. In addition to serving AMFM Inc. as Vice Chairman, Hicks was President of its New Media division, which developed Internet products and technologies for the radio industry.
Hicks bought his first radio station at age 29 and co-founded Hicks Communications, Inc., in 1979, acquiring stations in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. In 1989, Hicks co-founded SFX Broadcasting, Inc., building it into a publicly traded industry leader and one of the five largest radio groups in the country. Hicks left the company in mid-1996 to begin building Capstar Broadcasting.
A 28-year veteran of the radio broadcasting industry, including 20 as a station owner, Hicks was named Radio Executive of the Year and was ranked one of the 10 Most Powerful People in Radio by Radio Ink magazine, and was also honored as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. In 1996, Hicks was recognized by the Texas Association of Broadcasters as Broadcaster of the Year. He serves on numerous charitable and professional boards.
Named the "godfather of golf e-commerce" by Golf Retailer Magazine, and "one of the most influential figures in the golf industry under the age of 40" by GolfWeek Magazine, Mr. Schofman is the former Founder and CEO of Callaway Golf Interactive, Inc (CGI) and SVP of Global Ecommerce for Callaway Golf. Mr. Schofman had previously been the Founder and CEO of Trade Up Commerce, Inc., which was acquired by Callaway Golf in May 2004. After the acquisition, CGI operated all online direct marketing and ecommerce business units including Callaway Golf Pre-Owned, Callaway Golf Gift Card, Callaway Golf VIP, Callaway Golf Shopping Spree and Shop.CallawayGolf.com.
Prior to starting Trade Up Commerce, Mr. Schofman created one of the most successful e-commerce golf retail companies, Igogolf.com, in 1995. Mr. Schofman sold the company to CBS Sportsline in June of 1998. With CBS Sportsline as a key partner, Mr. Schofman and his team soon acquired the largest online seller of used golf clubs, Golfclubtrader.com. By combining Igogolf.com with Golfclubtrader.com, David and his team were able to create a dynamic online environment that allowed customers to buy, sell and trade for brand-name new and used golf clubs. The formula proved highly successful and CBS Sportsline was able to sell the business, along with their other e-commerce assets, to Benchmark Capital in January of 2000.
Today Mr. Schofman is a Partner in 3Leaf Interests, a private equity and management consulting business. 3Leaf has a wide range of investments/partners and focuses mainly on early stage financing and growth development. In addition, Mr. Schofman operates a real-estate development company called WDS Investments. Mr. Schofman is a graduate of the University of Texas and resides in Austin, TX.
Mr. Davis joined Sanders Morris Harris Group (“SMHG” or “SMH”) in 1991 and launched PEG Fund I in 2004 and PEG Fund II in 2006. He manages the Prior Funds plus SMH NuPhysicia LLC, PEG III LLC, SMH CPO Commerce, LLC, SMH Zilliant, LLC, and all private investment funds targeting growth-oriented technology, energy, and healthcare investments. Chip has over 15 years experience investing in early stage technology businesses, a deep energy industry network, and extensive deal structuring experience. He currently is a board member or observer of RigNet Communications (NASDAQ: RNET), NuPhysicia, and Zilliant. Prior to joining SMH, Chip served in the Small Business Audit division of PriceWaterhouse and the Tax Division of Arthur Andersen. He is a graduate of Washington & Lee University and is a CPA in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Mr. Long is a General Partner of Trellis Partners, a Texas-based venture capital firm that invests in early-stage, technology-based companies. Prior to co-founding Trellis in 1997, he was a General Partner for twelve years with Southwest Venture Partners, one of the pioneering venture firms in Texas where his investments included Chipcom, Dell Computer, Pilot Software, Surgical Laser Technologies, Garden Ridge and Baseball Express. He is currently a director of Zilliant, Ziften, Wisegate, and CPO Commerce. Mr. Long holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.