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Management Team

  • Aaron Schumm

    Aaron Schumm

    Founder & Chief Executive Officer

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    With almost 20 years of FinTech, FinServ, and wealth management experience, Aaron founded Vestwell in 2016 to modernize the way 401(k) plans are offered. Prior to Vestwell, Aaron co-founded FolioDynamix which was sold to Actua in 2014. Additional roles included time at Northern Trust, Citigroup, and Fiserv.

    • MBA, Duke University, Fuqua School of Business
    • BS in Finance, University of Illinois
  • Allison Brecher, JD

    Allison Brecher, JD

    General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer

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      Allison brings almost 20 years of legal and regulatory experience to Vestwell, having handled high profile and complex litigation involving employee benefits, ERISA, regulatory matters, data privacy, and electronic discovery. Previously, Allison was Senior Assistant General Counsel and Director of Information Management at Marsh & McLennan Companies. Prior to that, she handled ERISA, securities, and directors and officers claims for AIG.

      • Global cybersecurity certificate, UCLA
      • JD, DePaul University College of Law, Law Journal, merit scholar
      • BA, cum laude, Union College
      • Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US)
    • Ann-Marie Gorczyca

      Ann-Marie Gorczyca

      Senior Vice President, Client Services & Operations

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        Ann-Marie joined Vestwell with almost 20 years of servicing strategy experience with a focus on driving innovative targeted servicing opportunities in the consumer finance industry. Prior to Vestwell, Ann-Marie spent time reworking high value servicing for clients of The New York Times and, before that, honed her customer service experience at both Citibank and Goldman Sachs.

        • BA, Pace University
      • Benjamin Thomason, JD

        Benjamin Thomason, JD

        Executive Vice President, Revenue

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          Ben comes to Vestwell most recently from Goldman Sachs Investments Management division. Ben's industry experience was honed across his time with Securian, JPMorgan, and Fidelity Investments in their respective Institutional Asset Management divisions.

          • JD, Gonzaga University School of Law
          • BBA, James Madison University
        • Dave Sheen

          Dave Sheen

          Chief Financial Officer

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            Dave comes to Vestwell having been an investor in early-stage FinTech and SaaS companies at Primary Ventures. Prior to that, Dave held finance roles at Morgan Stanley, HIT Entertainment, Dixons Group and LEK Consulting.

            • MBA, New York University, Stern School of Business
            • MEng, Cambridge University
          • John Skovron

            John Skovron

            Chief Technology Officer

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              John joins Vestwell with an extensive technology leadership background, including SVP Platform Engineering at Integral Ad Science, CTO at Credibly, Sr. Director Software Engineering at TIBCO Software, SVP Engineering at DataSynapse, and SVP Engineering at ILX Systems.

              • BA concentrating in Comp Sci, Columbia University
            • Jon Mark

              Jon Mark

              Senior Vice President, Business Operations & Strategy

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                Jon has over a decade of experience building and leading operations, service, and support functions, predominantly for tech and financial services companies. Prior to Vestwell, Jon was the Head of Business Operations for the talent & culture incubator within Bridgewater Associates that was responsible for Ray Dalio's "Principles" book and HR tech product line.

                • Carnegie Mellon University
              • Jonathan Ferrara

                Jonathan Ferrara

                Senior Vice President, Operations & Platform Architecture

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                  Jonathan has over 15 years of FinTech, FinServ, and wealth management experience. Prior to Vestwell, Jonathan held product and project management roles at FolioDynamix, JPMorgan Chase, State Street, and Boston Financial Data Services.

                  • MBA, Rutgers Business School
                  • BS in Finance, Boston College
                • Richard Tatum

                  Richard Tatum

                  President, Retirement Services

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                    Richard brings with him over two decades of experience in the retirement plan industry. As former CEO of TPA Avintus, he expanded its service suite to include payroll, HR, and 3(16) fiduciary outsourcing solutions. After its acquisition by Ascensus, Richard became a divisional VP where he led sales for FuturePlan by Ascensus' Southern Division.

                    • BA, Lipscomb University
                  • Ryan Anderson

                    Ryan Anderson

                    Senior Vice President, Product & Design

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                      Ryan has been designing financial applications for more than 20 years. Most recently, Ryan was the Chief Product Officer for Advizr, a financial planning technology that was acquired by Orion Advisor Services in July 2019. Prior to Advizr, Ryan was Managing Partner & Chief Creative Officer of Alchemy50, a product design studio he founded in New York City. Clients of Alchemy50 included UnitedHealthcare, Thomson Reuters, DataMinr, Artivest, and 1 Second Everyday. He has also served as a mentor and EIR to early-stage startups in the Barclays FinTech Accelerator, powered by Techstars in NYC.

                      • University of St. Thomas

                    Board of Directors

                    Advisory Board

                    • Jamie Bernardin

                      Jamie Bernardin

                      Special Technical Advisor

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                        Jamie runs his own Data Science consultancy, having formerly been CTO at Integral Ad Science, VP Technology at TIBCO Software, and CTO & Co-founder of DataSynapse, Inc.

                        • Josh Brown

                          Josh Brown

                          Special Industry Advisor

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                            Josh is CEO of Ritholtz Wealth Management and founder of The Reformed Broker. He is frequently featured on CNBC’s “Halftime Report”.

                            • Peter Kennedy

                              Peter Kennedy

                              Special ERISA Advisor

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                                Peter is Principal, PAK Consulting, LLC. Formerly, he was COO and Managing Director at TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services as well as CAO and Senior Vice President of UBS Financial Services, Managed Accounts Business.

                                • Drew Lawton

                                  Drew Lawton

                                  Independent Director, Board of Trustees at BlackRock

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                                    Drew recently completed a 35-year career in financial services, retiring as the CEO of New York Life Investment Management. He currently holds several board positions and advises a number of firms both within and outside of the financial services industry.

                                    • Lowell Putnam

                                      Lowell Putnam

                                      Special Technology Advisor

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                                        As Co-Founder and CEO of Quovo, Lowell was previously at Barclays Investment Bank and Lehman Brothers.

                                        • Aaron Schildkrout

                                          Aaron Schildkrout

                                          Special Marketing Advisor

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                                            Aaron is Head of Driver Product at Uber and an all-around serial start-up advisor. He co-founded HowAboutWe which was sold to IAC in 2014.

                                            • Mike Shuckerow

                                              Mike Shuckerow

                                              Special SEC Advisor

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                                                With over 18 years of legal and regulatory experience, Mike has a deep understanding of our industry, having lobbied Congress directly related to DOL Fiduciary Rule. Mike’s in-house career was spent at UBS, Citigroup, and Columbia – Threadneedle, and he’s also held multiple CCO roles across other organizations.


                                                • Allianz Life Ventures
                                                • BNY Mellon
                                                • Commerce Ventures
                                                • Fintech Collective
                                                • Fin Venture Capital
                                                • F-Prime
                                                • Franklin Templeton
                                                • Goldman Sachs
                                                • Greenspring Associates
                                                • Manulife
                                                • Morgan Stanley
                                                • Nationwide
                                                • Northwestern Mutual
                                                • Point72 Ventures
                                                • Primary Venture Partners
                                                • Teamworthy Ventures
                                                • Wells Fargo