Board of Managers
David Pessis is the co-founder of Fippex. A proven entrepreneur, David has devoted his career to creating and managing solutions for companies who want to streamline and simplify their enterprise application portfolios. David has worked with leading technology companies such as IBM and Accenture.
David earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from The University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and his Master of Science in Information Technology from Northwestern University.
Bill Burnett is the co-founder and President of Fippex. Bill is responsible for new business development, sales strategy, and client relationship management. In 2007, Bill founded a successful sales and marketing firm for which he currently serves as a consultant. He was also the top sales associate for a major branding and promotional agency for numerous Fortune 500 consumer product companies.
Bill earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from The University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
Jacques is Managing Partner of Nexus Partners. Nexus is the general partner for a portfolio of companies with over 7,200 employees and assets in excess of $600MM. Prior to Nexus, he was the founding member of Banc of America Equity Partners – Latin America, having joined Bank of America in connection with the Continental Bank merger in 1994. He joined the former Continental Bank in 1980 and served in a variety of positions in international, corporate and investment banking. He was among the group responsible for launching Continental's operations in Chile in the early 1980s and, later, the bank's Corporate Finance Department in Chicago, which specialized in highly leveraged transactions, buyouts and restructurings.
Jacques is President of Difusión Panorámica S.A. de C.V. He is also a director of Maxcom Telecomunicaciones S.A. de C.V., Organización Rescarven C.A., Crown Linen LLC and, Geoplan Brasil Development Ltd.
Jacques received a Master of Management from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a BA in Economics and Political Sciences from the University Rochester.
Kevin J.P. O'Hara
Kevin is a co-founder and partner of Diamond Oak Capital Advisors. He is on the Board of Directors of Investment Technology Group, Inc. (NYSE-listed: ITG) and the Board of Advisers of Quadriserv, Inc. He previously served as the Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Strategy Officer of CBOT (Chicago Board of Trade) Holdings, Inc. and as Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Archipelago Holdings, Inc. He has extensive international experience in building financial markets in developing markets and worked as a prosecutor in the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (Washington, D.C.) and at the Department of Justice, (Washington, D.C.)
Mark is the former Chief Technology Officer of NYSE Regulation. Mark began his career in the commercial software industry, where as a principal in a leading statistical software firm he co-created early versions of exploratory data analysis and business intelligence tools. He then joined the Chicago Stock Exchange and worked on the design and development of some of the first distributed architecture exchange trading systems. He later joined Archipelago, where as a Managing Director he concentrated on trading and market surveillance systems and brokered a pivotal replacement of Archipelago's trading technology. He was appointed Chief Technology Officer of NYSE Regulation when the New York Stock Exchange acquired Archipelago.
Mark earned his BA from the University of Chicago.