People: IZEA Inc (IZEA.PK)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Edward Murphy

38 2013 Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer

LeAnn Hitchcock

39 2014 Chief Financial Officer

Ryan Schram

34 2012 Chief Operating Officer, Director

Brian Brady

56 2012 Director

Jill Golder

52 2015 Director

Daniel Rua

46 2012 Director

John Caron

2015 Independent Director

Lindsay Gardner

54 2013 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Edward Murphy

Mr. Edward H. Murphy is Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer of Izea Inc. He was appointed as Chairman of the Board of the Company on April 26, 2013. He founded IZEA in February 2006 as part of MindComet Corp., an interactive advertising agency that he started in 1999 and served as Chief Executive Officer. IZEA was later spun out of MindComet in September 2006. Mr. Murphy is a serial entrepreneur who is recognized as a pioneer in paid blogging and a catalyst behind the social media sponsorship industry. As the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Murphy leads company, both with his day-to-day operational leadership and with his strategic vision for the company and its products. His efforts have received recognition from media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Wired, USA Today, Forbes, The New York Times, Business Week, PC World, CNN Money, Fortune, Fortune Small Business and Business 2.0. In addition to media coverage, Mr. Murphy has spoken and keynoted panels at a variety of events including Blog World Expo, Always On, Florida Venture Forum, SMX and Dow Jones Venture One Summit. Mr. Murphy attended Florida State University before starting MindComet and several other earlier Internet-related businesses..

LeAnn Hitchcock

Ms. LeAnn Hitchcock is Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Ms. Hitchcock began working with IZEA as a consultant in November 2011, where she was responsible for SEC compliance, filings and coordinating the audit process with IZEA's independent auditors. She was named IZEA's interim CFO in June 2013. Prior to working with IZEA, Ms. Hitchcock worked as the Chief Financial Officer of NBI Juiceworks in 2010 and in 2009 as the SEC Compliance Officer of Workstream Inc., a SaaS company that provides enterprise management solutions for employee tracking. From 2002 to 2009., Ms. Hitchcock worked at Galaxy Nutritional Foods as its Chief Financial Officer and later its SEC Compliance Officer where she successfully repositioned the debt structure of the company, created and filed all SEC reports and worked to sell and privatize the company through a tender offer in 2009. In 1997, Ms. Hitchcock became the Chief Financial Officer of FoodMaster International, an international dairy food company that operated dairy production facilities throughout the former Soviet Union. She oversaw the financial training, management, accounting and consolidation of over 12 entities until its successful sale to a French dairy company in 2004. Ms. Hitchcock started her career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen and PriceWaterhouse Coopers with a strong emphasis on public companies. Ms. Hitchcock holds a double major in Accounting and Business Administration from Palm Beach Atlantic University and a Masters in Accounting from Florida State University.

Ryan Schram

Mr. Ryan S. Schram has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer, Director of Izea Inc. effective November 01, 2012. He joined the company in September 2011 as a senior executive client development, account management, brand marketing, public relations, and publisher alliance organizations. Prior to joining the company, from 2005 to 2011, Mr. Schram served in various leadership roles, most recently as Group Vice President, at ePrize, integrated engagement marketing. Prior to that Mr. Schram held roles of increasing responsibility at CBS/Westwood One and Clear Channel Interactive. Mr. Schram holds a B.A. degree in management from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University..

Brian Brady

Mr. Brian W. Brady is appointed as Director of Izea, Inc. Mr. Brady is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Broadcasting, Inc., which owns and operates seven television stations including FOX affiliates in four U.S. markets, since 1995. Mr. Brady has also been the President of Eagle Creek Broadcasting, which owns and operates a CBS affiliate in Laredo, Texas, since 2002. Mr. Brady served on the FOX Affiliate Board for nine years, serving as Chairman for four of those years. The FOX Affiliate Board is a representative body of independent stations affiliated with the FOX Network, part of News Corporation. He currently serves on the Boards of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and Syncbak, Inc. Mr. Brady previously served on the board of directors of The Ferris Foundation and Saga Communications, a publicly-traded media company. Mr. Brady holds a B.S. degree in advertising from Ferris State University..

Jill Golder

Ms. Jill Golder is Director of IZEA, Inc. Ms. Golder has 26 years of finance, accounting and corporate governance experience and has served in numerous leadership roles at Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining Ruby Tuesday, she was the Chief Financial Officer for Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants. Ms. Golder spent 23 years at Darden Restaurants, holding progressively responsible positions in finance. During her last 10 years with Darden, Ms. Golder held the position of Senior Vice President, Finance, leading finance for brands including Olive Garden, Red Lobster and the Specialty Restaurant Group. Ms. Golder has also served as Director of Strategic Planning & Corporate Analysis at Dominos Pizza and she earlier served as a Manager of Finance at Walt Disney World. Ms. Golder serves on the University of Tennessee Economics Advisory Council. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Economics at Kalamazoo College and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Daniel Rua

Mr. Daniel R. Rua is the Director of IZEA, Inc. He rejoined board of directors on July 31, 2012. He was previously the executive Chairman from September 2006 to May 2011 and an early investor in the predecessor entity IZEA Innovations, Inc. Mr. Rua has been a Managing Partner of Inflexion Partners, an early-stage venture capital fund, since January 2002. Prior to Inflexion, Mr. Rua was a Partner with Draper Atlantic, the east coast fund of Silicon Valley's early-stage venture firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson, from 1999 to 2002. Prior to Draper Atlantic, Mr. Rua led internet protocol development at IBM's Networking Labs in Research Triangle, from 1991 to 1999. Mr. Rua is a former director of InphoMatch (acquired by Sybase) and AuctionRover (acquired by Overture/Yahoo), and serves other board and operating roles as part of his technology investing. Mr. Rua holds a B.S. degree in computer engineering from the University of Florida. He also earned a J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law and an M.B.A. from the Kenan-Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina..

John Caron

Mr. John Higman Caron is an Independent Director of IZEA, Inc. Mr. Caron has 27 years of marketing experience in the consumer packaged goods and restaurant industries and has served in numerous senior marketing leadership roles including Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Darden. He joined Darden Restaurants as Olive Garden's Executive Vice President of Marketing in April 2003. During his tenure he oversaw the successful launch of a national Hispanic advertising campaign, the first for a casual dining brand, developed and implemented Olive Garden's first digital media strategy (the first in the category) and delivered relevant new promotions and advertising campaigns, all leading to sustained results that far outpaced the casual dining industry. Before joining Darden Restaurants, Mr. Caron served as Vice President and General Manager of Lipton Beverages for Unilever Bestfoods North America. His 17-year tenure with Unilever also included leadership roles for a variety of food businesses including the +$600 million sauce portfolio (Ragu and Five Brothers) and international assignments in Canada and Germany leading the company's portfolio of margarine brands. Mr. Caron received a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from The Colorado College and a Master's degree in American Politics from New York University School of Politics. Mr. Caron earned an MBA in Marketing from New York University School of Business.

Lindsay Gardner

Mr. Lindsay Gardner is an Independent Director of the company. Lindsay Gardner has 25 years of executive management and leadership experience at companies ranging from technology startups to the world’s largest media and entertainment companies. Currently, Mr. Gardner is Senior Advisor to Oaktree Capital Management, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm with $80 billion under management. Since May 2010, he has focused on global buyout opportunities in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors, as well as providing strategic support to various Oaktree portfolio companies. Until mid-2007, Mr. Gardner was President of Affiliate Sales and Marketing for Fox Networks. During his tenure, he built Fox’s cable network portfolio from a handful of small channels into one of the industry’s largest, most diverse and most profitable content companies, launching more than a dozen networks, including three that surpassed 20 million subscribers in their first year of operation. Mr. Gardner received a Masters of Business Administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Brandeis University..

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Edward Murphy

614,332

LeAnn Hitchcock

265,757

Ryan Schram

340,726

Brian Brady

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Jill Golder

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Daniel Rua

28,934

John Caron

--

Lindsay Gardner

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As Of  30 Dec 2014

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