Ted Finch, Chief Executive Officer
Ted is one of the top channel and marketing experts in the high-tech industry, having help launch over 450 products into the channel for over 200 vendors (Microsoft, HP, Adobe, Corel, Intel, Aldus, Epson, AOL, WordPerfect, Novel, Autodesk, Citrix, IBM, Sony, Disney, Mitsubishi, Lotus, DCA, Netscape,3M, GE, Motorola, BigCommerce, Apple, Compaq, Leadmaster, Alias, IQ Tech Pros, Boeing, AMF, Ingram Micro, NEC, Toshiba, AOL, Western Digital, ATI, Disney, Iomega, Ashton Tate, Lotus, Creative Labs, PTC plus over 70 start-ups and mid-sized companies with retail, enterprise and SaaS products).
He started in the animation industry (competing with Hanna Barbara and Disney–while heading up a 350 person sales force), is a former VP of Sales and Marketing with TAC (now called MarketStar) with over 2,300% growth, a VP Marketing at Goldmine Software (doubled in size 10 consecutive years), VP Marketing at $4 billion Harcourt (Seaworld, Neiman Marcus, Harcourt Education), Sr. VP Marketing Metrowerks (over 90% market share for dev tools), Sr. VP Marketing at $33 billion Motorola, VP Marketing at $130 billion GE, wrote the marketing plan and helped form Red Storm Entertainment with Tom Clancy (press event held on the USS Nuclear Sub Cheyenne), led the marketing team that published AOL and wrote the marketing plan and published Netscape Navigator, the #1 best-selling software in the world at the time that inaugurated the .com era.
He has helped raise over $27 million in funding, gone through five successful acquisitions, been quoted in over 100 books and publications, including Marketing Computers, Entrepreneur Magazine, CNN, Internet World, Computer Reseller News, VAR Business, ABC, CBS, Business Week, Software Success, Channel Advocate, Tom Siebel’s “CyberRules,” “In Search of Stupidity,” and wrote the forward and contributed content for, “The Product Marketing Manager’s Handbook for Software.” He was on the board of advisors for CompTIA’s SofwareCEO, and at several software companies. When not raising his five beautiful children, he writes marketing content, produces videos, trains and consults (has helped over 270 companies and counting). View LinkedIn profile for full background.
Xime Finch, Chief Operating Officer
With a degree in Marketing and a second degree in Industrial Engineering (graduating valedictorian of her class), with experience in IT Project Management and HR, Xime (pronounced “He May”) handles the operations, alliances and promotions for Chanimal. Recently, she has started to head up the Chanimal Certified Channel Manager program, including building the coursework and managing the LMS system.
Rick Chapman, Advisory Council
Rick is the managing editor and publisher of SoftLetter (the software industry’s longest-running and most trusted source for primary research, benchmarks, metrics and business insights), the author of The Product Marketing Handbook for Software, In Search of Stupidity: Over 20 Years of High-Tech Marketing Disasters, and just released, SaaS Entrepreneur: The Definitive Guide to Succeeding in Your Cloud Application Business. Rick has worked for MicroPro (WordStar), Ashton-Tate and consulted for IBM, Novell, Microsoft, Sun and others and is well known and respected in the high-tech industry.