Buzztime’s Board of Directors
Jeff Berg is Chairman of NTN Buzztime, Inc. Berg became Chairman in late 2008 and assumed the interim CEO role in June 2012.
Additionally, Mr. Berg is Chairman and chief pilot of Surfline Inc, the world’s largest digital media property in the surf and marine space. In 1999, he co-founded Swell, a direct marketer of surf apparel and accessories, which was sold to Billabong in 2009 and is the cornerstone of their e-commerce efforts. Berg assumed a leadership role on the Board and as an owner in late 2006 and reconfigured the Board and team.
Between 1995 and 2000, Mr. Berg was Chairman of AccentHealth, a network that provided segmented, patient education-oriented TV programming to over 10,000 medical waiting rooms. Berg was the head cheerleader and financier during a period when the company grew from less than 100 locations to over 10,000. The company was one of the early success stories in the out-of-home media business and has been through several successful transactions. Mr. Berg has over 20 years’ experience as a professional investor, having founded Matador Capital Management in 1993, and before that working for 9 years at Raymond James Financial as an institutional securities analyst.
From 2000 to 2006, Berg was on the Board of Surfrider Foundation and has experimented with solar systems and windmills since the early ‘90s.
He pilots an Aero Commander throughout the Caribbean, Central America and Baja in support of Surfline’s research & development and quality control programs.
Ram Krishnan was appointed as our chief executive officer and as a director on our board in September 2014. From November 2011 until March 2014, Mr. Krishnan served as senior vice president of Active Network, a cloud-based activity and participant management solutions provider. From May 2008 to November 2011, Mr. Krishnan served as the global vice president and general manager of GE Healthcare. Mr. Krishnan was chosen to serve on our Board of Directors because of his extensive experience in transitioning businesses through changing market and business conditions.
Steve Mitgang has served on our Board of Directors since August 2010. Since June 2012, Mr. Mitgang has been serving as Chief Executive Officer of SmartDrive Systems, a company that provides driving intelligence solutions that improve safety, reduce collisions and improve fuel efficiency, and he also has served on SmartDrive’s Board of Directors since June 2012. Since February 2011, he also has been serving on the Board of Directors of MapMyFitness, Inc., an online business featuring fitness-oriented social networks and training applications. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Mitgang was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Veoh Networks, an internet television company. Prior to his tenure at Veoh Networks, Mr. Mitgang worked at Yahoo! from 2003 to 2007. Mr. Mitgang joined Yahoo! after its acquisition of Overture Services, where he was the head of the Performance Marketing group. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Mitgang was President and Chief Executive Officer of Keylime Software, a web analytics company that was acquired by Overture Services during Mr. Mitgang’s leadership. Mr. Mitgang holds a degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Mitgang was chosen to serve on our Board of Directors because of his extensive experience in business development, marketing and advertising within the digital media and technology industries.
Richard Simtob was appointed to serve on our board of directors in July 2017. Since January 2001, Mr. Simtob has been serving as president of Simtob Consulting Group Corporation. Mr. Simtob is a minority-owner of Zoup! Fresh Soup Company, L.L.C., a company that operates and franchises fast-casual soup restaurants. Since April 2010, he has served as one of its directors, and served as its president from April 2010 to July 2017. From January 2004 through July 2009, Mr. Simtob was also a partner at Wireless Toyz Franchise, LLC, a cellular service provider, where he also served in various roles such as vice president of development, chief financial officer and chief operating officer. Mr. Simtob studied at the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Simtob was chosen to serve on our board of directors because of his experience in the restaurant industry.
Gregg Thomas was appointed to serve on our board of directors in July 2017. In December 1994, Mr. Thomas founded CFO Advisors, LLC, a financial services and advisory firm for the restaurant and retail industry, and where he has been serving as partner. He began his career at Plante Moran, where he earned his CPA. Mr. Thomas holds a B.S. in accounting from the University of Michigan and a masters in taxation from Walsh College. Mr. Thomas was chosen to serve on our board of directors because of his experience in the restaurant industry and his financial and accounting background.
Paul Yanover has served on our Board of Directors since July 2012. Mr. Yanover currently serves as President of Fandango, LLC, a position he has held since October 2012. From February 2011 to September 2012 he served as President of Lookout Interactive Media, a consulting practice focused on strategy, product development, marketing and monetization for digital media, technology and entertainment companies. From June 2006 to January 2011, Mr. Yanover served as Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Disney Online. From December 2001 to June 2006 he was Senior Vice President in charge of Disney’s Parks and Resorts Online and was a founding executive of the Buena Vista Game Entertainment Studio, a startup within Disney. From July 1999 to December 2001, Mr. Yanover was co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ceiva Logic, a consumer electronics company. Since June 2011, Mr. Yanover has served on the board of directors of Clarity Media Group, LLC, a media company. Mr. Yanover holds a double honors Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and economics from the University of Western Ontario, and a Master of Computer Science from the University of Southern California. Mr. Yanover was chosen to serve on our Board of Directors because of his extensive experience in developing and monetizing digital media, marketing and game environments.