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Ken Potashner

Ken Potashner

Executive Chairman & CEO

Ken has extensive executive and board level experience in high growth, high technology global organizations. He has been CEO, Director and Chairman of several companies that achieved Billion+ valuations. He has served as a director in the US and in Asia of eight public company boards in addition to numerous private boards. Ken was most recently Chairman of Newport Corporation (NEWP), which was sold in 2016 for $980M to MKS Instruments. Previously, Ken served as the CEO and Chairman of Maxwell Technologies (MXWL) and Sonicblue (SBLU). Both companies experienced explosive growth by introducing revolutionary technology platforms. Ken has a BSEE from Lafayette College and an MSEE from SMU and an Advanced Professional Director certification. When away from the office, Ken is running, hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding or on some form of danger-infused adventure travel.

John Todd

John Todd

COO

John brings a combination of private equity and executive level management experience. He has a proven record of working with growth companies to maximize their potential. John’s private equity experience includes time as Managing Director of Consumer Capital Group, Managing Director of Maven Capital and COO at Cervantes Capital. He has been responsible for managing the portfolio of companies as well as working with management to grow companies. John has been part of several Fortune 500 companies including Pepsi, Allied Signal and Gateway Computers. He has been CEO and Chairman of Metromedia Restaurant Group, CFO of Boston Market, CFO of Gateway Computers, CFO of Allied Signal’s Engines and Aftermarket Business and EVP/COO of Sonicblue Corp. He has held public board positions as Lead Director of Watchguard Securities and Director of Quiznos Corp. John has no interests other than maximizing return on investment.

Tom Owen

Tom Owen

Co-Founder/Product

Prior to HomeBay, Tom co-founded Zurple, a software company that powers marketing for more than 4,000 realtors and reached #33 on the Inc. 5000 before being acquired in 2015. Tom also started a tech-powered real estate brokerage in Southern California that continues to dominate its local market. He has over a billion dollars in transaction experience, worked in the White House speechwriting office, graduated from law school at UCLA, was an M&A attorney at Cooley and completed his undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley. When he isn't helping HomeBay customers, you may find him playing soccer, skiing or jamming on his guitar.

Ryan Owen

Ryan Owen

New Growth, GM Buyer, Co-Founder

Prior to HomeBay, Ryan was CEO of Zurple, a software company he cofounded in 2009 and led to a successful exit in 2015. Ryan also cofounded a tech-powered real estate brokerage in Southern California whose expertise in real estate lead generation and conversion was the genesis for Zurple. Earlier in his career, Ryan ran business development and international operations at Savings.com, which was acquired by Cox Media for $100M. Ryan graduated from the MBA program at UCLA Anderson and also completed his undergraduate studies at UCLA. In addition to HomeBay, Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, traveling abroad, watching La Liga soccer and drinking European wine.

Joe Zulli

Joe Zulli

CTO, Co-Founder

Joe has been building and scaling startups for the last 13 years, which includes co-founding 3 of his own. Prior to HomeBay, Joe co-founded Savings.com, where he served as CTO. A veteran of the online advertising industry, Joe led the design and engineering of the company's technology and marketing platforms. He also played a pivotal role in leading Savings.com through its eventual $100M exit in 2012. Joe holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of California Santa Barbara. In addition to HomeBay, Joe enjoys spending time playing guitar, doing CrossFit, practicing yoga, traveling, and being a die-hard Lakers fan.

Chris Crocker

Chris Crocker

EVP Partnerships

Chris has been passionately engaged in real estate and technology for two decades. Prior to HomeBay, Chris served on Zillow’s executive team as VP Strategic Partnerships, was Chief Operating Officer of Pacific Sotheby’s, and was a Regional V.P. for the NRT Division of Realogy. When he isn’t helping to map the future of real estate, you can find him chasing fresh powder on his skis or the latest ocean swell with a van full of surfboards.

Lisa Edwards

Lisa Edwards

VP of Marketing

Lisa comes to Homebay most recently from ForSaleByOwner.com, where she was Head of Marketing and led its digital transformation while also supporting new products and business models across Tribune’s real estate sectors. Lisa focuses on leveraging data and technology to drive growth, brand and enduring differentiation. Prior to joining Tribune, Lisa worked on growth plans for brands including Harrah’s Entertainment, Abbott Laboratories, Marriott and Intercontinental. She also served on the board of the American Marketing Association. When not working, you can find Lisa lining up travel plans, attempting a new craft cocktail or spending time with her husband and 9-year daughter, Elle, the other CEO in her life.

Ross Bixler

Ross Bixler

VP Operations

A self proclaimed automation guru, Ross has been leveraging technology to streamline and simplify business processes for startups, government agencies, and non-profits for over 10 years. He leverages a background in econometrics combined with practical experience in data science, CRM science, and business analytics to build enterprise tech stacks for growing teams. Ross recently served as the Director of Business Operations & Intelligence for Underground Elephant before joining the HomeBay team in June 2017. He holds a BA in International Studies - Economics and a Master of International Affairs both from UC San Diego. When he's not busy automating, Ross enjoys gaming, sailing, theater, and all things Zelda.