John Fees is one of the country's leading affinity and collegiate marketers and a repeat entrepreneur. Mr. Fees co-founded MassDrive Insurance Group (operator of MyLifeProtected) and is the co-founder and CEO of GradGuard, the innovative digital insurance platform in the Higher Ed industry. Previously, Mr. Fees co-founded Y2M: Youth Media + Marketing Networks, which he sold to MTV Networks, and Members Connect, which he sold to Collegiate Funding Services and later JPMorgan Chase. In addition, Mr. Fees has invested in and advised a variety of technology start-ups.
Lou Geremia is a pioneer in the field of digital insurance distribution. Mr. Geremia is co-founder and CEO of the Internet Insurance Group, which sells commercial insurance to small businesses shopping online. Previously, Mr. Geremia was president of Goji, a national personal lines agency helping consumers shop for auto insurance, the CEO of Bankrate Insurance, and co-founder and president of Insurance.com, one of the Internet's original insurance research and shopping sites.
Carl Novotny is a managing director for Venture Capital Fund of New England (VCFNE) and a significant limited partner in the fund. Mr. Novotny oversees the fund’s investments in all direct marketing related investments made by VCFNE in early stage companies. Prior to joining VCFNE, Mr. Novotny was the co-founder of First USA Partners and Trans National Financial Services. Mr. Novotny is regarded as one of the pioneers of the affinity credit card business model.