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.
Mary Beth Lewis has served on our Board of Directors since February 2009. From August 2007 to January 2009, Ms. Lewis served as Chief Financial Officer of Fresh Produce Sportswear, Inc., a women’s apparel company. Since August 2009 and also from August 2006 to May 2007, she has been an accounting instructor in the College of Business at Colorado State University. From October 2001 to April 2005, Ms. Lewis served as Chief Financial Officer of Noodles & Company, a restaurant chain. From September 1992 to July 2001, she served as Chief Financial Officer of Wild Oats Markets, Inc., a national natural foods grocery store chain. Ms. Lewis currently serves on the Board of Directors for eBags, Inc., an online retailer of bags and accessories, where she also serves as the chairman of its audit committee. Ms. Lewis holds two undergraduate degrees from West Virginia University: a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology. Ms. Lewis also holds an MBA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Pittsburgh. Ms. Lewis was chosen to serve on our Board of Directors because of her financial and corporate governance expertise and her prior experience as a chief financial officer.
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.
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.
Tony Uphoff was appointed to our Board of Directors in March 2013. Since January 2013, Mr. Uphoff has been serving as Chief Executive Officer of Business.com Media, Inc., a leading online B2B solutions company. From September 2006 until June 2012, Mr. Uphoff served as Chief Executive Officer of UBM TechWeb, a provider of digital media, live event and marketing services. Prior to UBM TechWeb, Mr. Uphoff was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Beliefnet.com, President of VNU Media’s Entertainment Group and Publisher of The Hollywood Reporter and InformationWeek. Mr. Uphoff was chosen to serve on our Board of Directors because of his extensive business, marketing and media industry experience.
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.