Craig Bassin brings an extensive career in emerging technology software, as well as a serial entrepreneurial spirit to EasyAsk. Recognizing the enormous potential for EasyAsk’s Natural Language based Ecommerce, Business Intelligence and Ad hoc query products, Bassin orchestrated the acquisition of EasyAsk technology from Progress Software in May, 2009, injecting a new entrepreneurial spirit within the company.
Previously, as Founder & CEO at B2Systems in 1995, Bassin choreographed a leveraged buyout of a $30 million software division of Sapiens Corporation, providing application development and data integration technology. After successfully establishing a growing, profitable company, B2Systems Data Integration technology was later acquired by Novell Corporation generating a 20X return on investment.
Bassin was VP & Partner for many years at GenevaGroup International, the premier boutique retained search firm, specializing in Computer Software and Internet Technology companies. GenevaGroup has built management teams for some of the world’s most successful software companies such as Oracle Corporation, Business Objects, SalesForce.com, NetSuite, Siebel Systems, GoldenGate Software, Gomez Corporation and many others.
Craig began his career in Software in the early days of the RDBMS boom, was the top sales manager at Ingres Corporation later the first Director of National Accounts at Oracle Corporation.
Nick Halsey has over 25 years of experience in enterprise software, and has played a leading role in the emergence of both the business intelligence and commercial open source markets. He currently serves as chief marketing officer at Keynote® (NASDAQ: KEYN), the global leader in Internet and mobile cloud testing and monitoring. Prior to Keynote Mr. Halsey was the chief marketing officer and executive vice president of corporate development at SugarCRM, where he managed the company’s overall go-to-market strategy.
Previously Halsey served as the vice president of marketing and product management at Jaspersoft Corporation, the leading open source business intelligence company. He was a co-founder and board member of Biz360, an innovator in social media monitoring and market intelligence solutions that was recently acquired by Attensity Group, and also served as the founding vice president of sales and marketing for Brio Software, where for over six years he helped lead the company to $200 million in sales and a successful IPO. Mr. Halsey has also served as the CMO and executive vice president of corporate development at Alphablox, guiding it to an acquisition by IBM.
Mr. Stuart C. Pann serves as General Manager of Business Management Group at Intel Corporation. Mr. Pann served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Intel Corporation. Mr. Pann served as General Manager of Customer Fulfillment, Planning and Logistics divisions at Intel Corporation. Mr. Pann joined Intel in 1981 and has held several positions. He served as Vice President at the Desktop Platforms Group and Director of Microprocessor Marketing and Business Planning. He has been responsible for microprocessor and chipset pricing, demand forecasting and various sales strategies since 1999. His group also influences the long range demand forecasting, competitive analysis and market planning and analysis. He managed several Fortune 500 company sales accounts from 1994 to 1999. Previously he managed a Midwest sales district and ran Intel’s U.S. automotive sales efforts. He serves as Director of The Tech Museum of Innovation. Mr. pann earned an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1993. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1981.
Marc Schnabolk serves as Chief Operating Officer for Contactive and brings more than 27 years of high technology experience to EasyAsk. Marc has been instrumental in growing sales organizations and operations in many start-up and young entrepreneurial software companies such as Ingres, Oracle, Gain Tech, Open Text and Just Systems. He has been involved with several successful IPO’s (Oracle, Open Text, and Eloquent) and acquisitions (Gain Technology, Cartesis). Marc was also previously VP Eastern Region sales for Endeca, where he helped guide the region through a difficult time in the company’s history, focused on Internet Commerce and Media and Manufacturing. Mr. Schnabolk holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Bates College and an M.B.A. in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University.