George Deeb - Managing Partner
From 2009-2010, George was the CEO of MediaRecall, a B2B digital video services and technology business. George lead the sale of the business to Deluxe in February 2010 at up to a 10x return on invested capital. George helped to build a $25MM sales pipeline from big brand entertainment clients and cut a strategic content monetization and strategic distribution relationship with Getty Images. George provided growth capital for MediaRecall prior to the sale to Deluxe.
Between 1999-2008, George was the Founder and CEO of iExplore.com, the #1 adventure travel website with over 1MM visitors per month (now a division of TUI Travel PLC, the largest seller of leisure travel in the world). Here is where George sharpened his skills in digital marketing and monetization for ten years, including launching an ad sales business from scratch. iExplore was a venture backed business, including a strategic relationship with National Geographic. George was the seed capital for iExplore. George was named an Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2001, for his efforts at iExplore.
Between 1991-1999, George was an Investment Banker with Credit Suisse First Boston, doing mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance in the retailing/consumer industry group. Key clients included Home Depot, Pep Boys CVS, CompUSA, Linens N Things and Babies R Us. George was a top ranked banker amongst his peers and completed over 50 corporate finance and M&A advisory assignments.
George received his BBA in finance from the University of Michigan in 1991. He is also a founding mentor of the Chicago chapters of TechStars and Founder Institute.
Jay Stocki - Partner
Prior to Red Rocket, Jay was an executive with Bering Media (via the acquisition of his startup, DirectGeo), leading the use of big data in local display advertising. Jay has also held management roles with several large digital businesses, including Yahoo! (Regional Director of Sales & Operations in Chicago, and launched enterprise sales efforts as National Account Director), NVIDIA (helped to grow from $60MM to $2BN and IPO as Industry Evangelist and Director-Products) and Corio, now part of IBM (helped to IPO as Senior Director--Products & Markets). Prior to that, Jay was senior strategy consultant for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in their high tech practice from 1990 to 1998. Jay has also run his own consulting business, Talmont Consulting, in the ISP industry. Some of Jay's consulting clients include: Verizon, Verizon Wireless, CenturyLink, Embarq, Qwest, McDonald's, Snap-On Tools, Quaker Oats, Federal Express and Sony.
Jay has his MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Jay serves on the Innovation Committee for Choose Dupage. He also serves on the board of Practical Philanthropy and is President of the District 58 Education Foundation.
Red Rocket has a network of other successful entrepreneurs that it taps on an as needed basis, depending on the needs of a particular project. This includes seasoned founders, CEO’s, venture capitalists and other industry veterans in both the B2C and B2B space.
In addition, be sure to check out the digital dream team members of our alliance partners at Ensemble, who are pros in technology development, search engine marketing, social media marketing, public relations and other high ROI marketing tactics needed to profitably grow your businesses.