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Management Team

Jim Sharpe

CEO & President
Jim Sharpe joined Aventri as CEO in January 2020 and is focused on leading the global Aventri team as it executes on its vision to help the world Connect Better. Throughout his career, Jim has led high-performing teams in private equity-backed tech-enabled businesses, investing in talent, service and product resulting in significant revenue growth. Prior to Aventri, Jim was Managing Director and GM of Gerson Lehrman Group’s (GLG) largest and most profitable business unit, Financial Services. In this capacity he led several hundred professionals and achieved significant expansion of the userbase while growing revenues to over $200 million. His recent experience at GLG was his second six-year stint at the company, following a first term which saw him co-found and lead the firm’s Energy and Industrials practice. His combined tenure at GLG saw company revenues grow 100x. In between his turns at GLG, Jim engaged in an entrepreneurial venture, partnering with a New York private equity firm to acquire, rebuild, and operate a manufacturing company in the water filtration space. Over a four-year period, Jim developed strategic manufacturing and distribution relationships throughout the industry, won significant market share through data-driven analysis of its market, and ultimately sold the business to a European chemical company. Jim graduated from the University of Virginia with degrees in Commerce and East Asian languages. He resides in Westchester County, New York with his wife, son and Brittany Spaniel.

Michael Burns

Chief Revenue Officer
Michael joined Aventri in June of 2018 and is Aventri's Chief Revenue Officer. Michael’s focus in this role is on aligning and driving the go-to-market strategy of the business with the overall goal of providing the best possible experience for our customers. He has developed and scaled sales and marketing teams for companies such as RELX, marcus evans and Madison Logic and brings nearly 20 years of executive-level experience in the SaaS, Martech and events industries. Michael is a life-long New Yorker and received his undergraduate degree in History from NYU, and attended Brooklyn College to pursue graduate studies in American History.

Matthew Fish

Chief Financial Officer
Matthew joined Aventri in January 2015 as Chief Financial Officer focused on leading and aligning the finance function to be in lock-step with the needs of the business. He oversees all aspects of financial activities including financial planning and reporting, investor relations, taxes, treasury and risk management. With 20 years of experience in the technology, financial services and business consulting industries, Matthew most recently served as the Chief Financial Officer for TuneSat, a leading SaaS technology company that revolutionizes the way music copyrights are identified, reported and monetized. Prior to TuneSat, he served as the CFO for JP Morgan Equities Technology and Head of North American Finance & Business Management for Deutsche Bank Private Bank. Matthew holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management Information Systems from the University of Albany, SUNY.

Karin Wichman

VP, Legal Affairs
Karin joined Aventri in May 2017 as the company’s first in-house attorney, coordinating legal activities across all departments. Integrating legal requirements with practical business goals, Karin’s responsibilities include client and vendor contracting, employment matters, regulatory compliance, strategic partnerships, and merger & acquisition activity. Karin began her legal career 20 years ago, at Silicon Valley law firm Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison. She has been in-house counsel at several NYC-based fintech companies, serving as General Counsel at Creditex Group until its acquisition by Intercontinental Exchange/NYSE, and as Chief Legal Officer at TrueEX Group. Prior to Aventri, Karin was General Counsel for Skystream Markets, a provider of financial technology to the renewable energy markets. Karin earned her J.D. at NYU School of Law, and holds a B.A. in English and Political Science from Williams College.

Shane Edmonds

Chief Technology Officer
Shane joined Aventri in April 2014 as the Chief Technology Officer focused on executing Aventri’s technology vision. His responsibilities include managing the engineering, QA, and product teams to deliver on the Aventri’s product roadmap. As a forward-looking technologist, he plays a prominent role in guiding the long-term product vision. With 20 years of entrepreneurial software engineering and management background, he most recently served as the Chief Technology Officer of Motionsoft, a venture-backed leading provider of CRM, member management, payment processing and billing software solutions. He was recognized in 2012 as one of the top Washington area CIO/CTO by SmartCEO Magazine. Shane holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering & Applied Science from Arizona State University.

Julian Ward

Chief Client Officer
Julian joined Aventri in November 2008 to create and build the global support team for the Aventri platform. In September 2013 he was appointed Chief Client Officer – responsible for the support, implementation, professional services and ongoing client relations globally. Julian has become an expert in the customer service and technology space having held a variety of positions. Prior to Aventri, Julian headed up the regional internal support initiatives and global deployments at Gartner Inc. – creating best practices and user acceptance for several Fortune 100 companies. He was also the Event Director for info’ Products UK , a startup that produced and ran high-level hosted buyer events in financial, healthcare and datacenter technologies space. Julian holds a Diploma in Computer Science from South East Essex College of Arts and Technology (SEECAT).

Alan Ivory

Vice President, Professional Services
Alan joined Aventri as the Vice President and General Manager for the Asia Pacific region in February 2013 when Aventri acquired the long-time regional partner. In January 2015, Alan was appointed Vice President of Professional Services – overseeing this function globally, he will work with various teams to procure and deliver on-boarding, implementation, training and other paid services requested by customers. Alan brings his experience and knowledge of over 20 years within the corporate, association and government meetings and event space. Prior to joining Aventri, he owned and operated an event management company for 15 years in Asia Pacific, where he produced high profile special events and road shows. Alan’s strength is his ability to assemble, motivate and manage exceptional customers and teams. Alan holds an undergrad degree from the Auckland University of Technology.

Ivan Lazarev

Group Head, Experiential Solutions
Ivan joined Aventri in October 2018 and is the Group Head of Experiential Solutions. He leads Aventri’s global strategy around onsite services and technology while managing the team members who work on onsite services for client events. Ivan joined Aventri after the acquisition of ITN International where he was the CEO. Ivan has held key positions in the event data management industry since 1986. In 1999, Ivan co-founded ITN International. He is a game changer in both the event and technology industries. In 2012, Trade Show Executive nominated him as one of the event industry’s four most innovative people. Ivan has a Master of Mechanical Engineering from L’ école des Arts et Métiers in Paris and an MBA in International Business from the University of South Carolina.

Karen Herckis

Vice President, People
Karen joined Aventri in June 2019 as the Vice President of People. In her role, Karen oversees Aventri’s Global HR, Talent Acquisition and Learning & Development Teams. Prior to Aventri, Karen was at Epiq, a global provider of technology-enabled solutions to the legal market, where she last served as Senior Director, Human Resources. Prior to Epiq, Karen held marketing roles at Pitney Bowes. Karen received a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communications from the University of Texas at Austin.

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