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Leadership

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Our team is a band of brilliant leaders with top-notch industry expertise in innovation, technology, finance, creativity, and communications. But having talented people alone does not necessarily lead to great performance.

Creating innovation solutions for corporations involves making the most of the collaborations, conversations, insights and ideas that occur when a great team like this comes together. Boomtown is an ecosystem of trust, with common goals and established ways of working together to achieve greatness for corporate partners and startups.

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  • Chief Executive Officer
    Toby Krout
    Toby Krout is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Boomtown Accelerators. He has been an active participant in the global startup ecosystem for more than 25 years as an investor, advisor, founder, and board member.
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  • Chief Operations Officer
    Erin Stadler
    Erin Stadler is Chief Operating Officer and a partner at Boomtown Accelerators, where she leads business strategy and oversees client services. Erin has invested in and advised more than 200 startups across multiple industries and technologies.
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  • Chief Financial Officer
    Jason Searfoss
    Jason Searfoss is Chief Financial Officer/Chief Investment Officer and a partner of Boomtown Accelerators. Jason utilizes his experiences with creatively structuring and negotiating complex transactions and investments to help companies of all sizes innovate.
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  • General Counsel
    Jack Donenfeld
    Jack Donenfeld is the General Counsel and a partner of Boomtown Accelerators. Jack helps Boomtown’s startups and clients navigate complex governance, corporate finance and deal-making issues to take advantage of opportunities and maximize results.
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  • Portfolio Director
    Jose Vieitez
    Jose Vieitez is the Portfolio Director and a co-founder and partner at Boomtown Accelerators. Jose applies his 15 years as a serial entrepreneur, startup founder, and company advisor to identify the best investments for clients.
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  • SportsTech Director
    Chris Traeger
    Chris Traeger is an Executive Director at Boomtown where he oversees the Comcast NBCUniversal relationship. Chris applies his diverse experience in legal, marketing, sales, business development, media, and operations to help find and fast-track the growth of early-stage companies.
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  • Head of Marketing
    Kerri Beers
    Kerri Shea Beers is the Head of Marketing at Boomtown Accelerators, where she oversees marketing, communications, and PR strategy. Kerri helps clients with her ability to solve complex business problems and her rare combination of creative and analytical thinking.
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  • Managing Director & COO of Investment Management
    Mark Faulkenberg
    Mark Faulkenberg is Chief Operations Officer of Investment Management at Boomtown Accelerators. Mark is a pioneer in the fields of fund administration, investment operations, and operational due diligence, and has held leadership roles at some of the world’s leading money managers and financial services institutions.
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  • Accelerator Director, The Farm & SportsTech
    Ken Durand
    Ken Durand is Head of Accelerator Operations for Boomtown, where he leads the design and delivery for the founders participating in Boomtown programming. Ken engages with clients and startup founders internally and externally to find hidden value within ideas and opportunities.
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  • Marketing Director, The Farm
    Amy Wright
    Amy Wright is a Marketing Director at Boomtown Accelerators, where she works with startups and clients in the programs serving Comcast NBCUniversal, Comcast NBCUniversal IGNITE Studio, and The Farm. Amy focuses on driving company vision with a mission to advancing the goals of clients and founders through the development and delivery of innovation and social impact programs.
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  • Head of Research
    Tripp Baltz
    Tripp Baltz is the Head of Research at Boomtown Accelerators. Tripp uses his extensive experience as a writer, researcher, and interviewer to generate the platform’s strategic content for thought leadership in corporate innovation.
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