Rellevate’s Board of Directors Include:
Greg Schneider – Co-Founder & CIO
Greg Schneider serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Rellevate.
Previously he was Chief Information Officer for The J.G. Wentworth Company, a position he held since 2014. Prior he served as a consultant to SCA Promotions Inc., a marketing agency.
Greg was Senior Vice President, Marketing Information Management at The Western Union Company from 2008 to 2012. At Western Union he also led the prepaid card opportunity that yielded over 1 million cards.
Prior to these engagements, Mr. Schneider held senior leadership positions in consumer and financial services businesses, including Simon Property Group (built Simon Giftcard Program, which at the time was the world’s largest Visa giftcard program), Conseco and Banc One Corporation dating back to 1984.
He holds a B.B.A. with honors from Ohio University and lives in Columbus, Ohio.
Joel Whitley is a Partner and Principal with IAG Capital Partners based in Charleston, South Carolina. Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, Joel has worked as an investor, counselor and lawyer, previously serving as a Director at Sherman Capital Markets in Charleston, as General Counsel of ASRC Energy Services in Anchorage, Alaska, and as an attorney at Munger, Tolles & Olson in Los Angeles. Joel graduated from the University of Chicago Law School and has a B.S. in engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Kevin King – Observer
Kevin King is a seasoned, successful corporate and community leader, investor and attorney with over 30 years experience recognizing opportunity in multiple business segments, designing growth strategies, implementing process improvements and positioning companies for sale or liquidity events.
His background includes leadership positions with ten privately-held companies and encompasses startups, acquisitions, turnarounds and high growth environments resulting in successful dispositions to publicly traded companies, private equity firms and strategic acquirers.
He serves on the board of directors of many private companies and major charitable organizations.
Mr. King began his career at Fulbright and Jaworski (now Norton Rose Fulbright). He has an undergraduate degree from SMU in Finance and JD from the University of Houston.
Mark Parsells serves as Rellevate’s first Independent Director. Mark is a FinTech and financial services expert with deep experience in operations, marketing, technology, regulatory compliance and data privacy. Mark is the former President of Citigroup’s #1 Ranked Citibank Online and Head of Online Banking technology globally in 52 countries. He led multi-billion-dollar business units at American Express and Bank One (acquired by Chase). He was also Chair and CEO of three venture-backed Financial Technology (FinTech) businesses backed by firms including Bain Capital Ventures and Goldman Sachs. As a Marshall Goldsmith Top 100 Global Executive Coach, he advises CEOs and senior leaders at some of the world’s leading companies and academic institutions. He is Founder and Managing General Partner of the financial intermediary and strategic consulting firm Montpelier Ventures, based in Wilmington, DE.
Peter Longo is a senior managing director of investments at Connecticut Innovations, Inc. (CI) and has spent over 25 years in numerous roles at CI. Peter is currently responsible for evaluating investment opportunities, structuring investments and monitoring portfolio companies through active board participation. Peter currently sits on the boards of: Aureus Analytics (insurtech analytics), Aeromics (clinical stage stroke therapeutic), Continuity Control (financial regulatory compliance software), COVR Financial Technologies (digital insurance), DiA Imaging Analysis (AI medical software), Iridia (DNA data storage), OdinAnswers (analytics software platform), Payveris (mobile banking software) and Rellevate (digital bank). Peter is also a board observer of: Paygilant (financial fraud prevention platform) and Splitty (travel tech).
Peter’s past CI investments include: Achillion Pharmaceuticals (IPO then acquired by Alexion), Cardium Health (acquired by Centene), CYA Technologies (acquired by enChoice), Aventri (acquired by HGGC), Device42 (acquired by PE syndicate), NeuVis (acquired by Rational Software), Nufern (acquired by Rofin-Sinar), SilverSky (acquired by BAE Systems), PCC Technology Group (acquired by Clearview Capital), and Post-N-Track.
Peter also serves on the board of the College Street Innovation Fund and the investment review committee for Invest Michigan preseed fund.
Peter received his B.S., Business Administration from the University of Connecticut and his M.B.A. from the University of Hartford. Peter is a Certified Public Accountant and a Charter Financial Analyst. In addition, Peter served 8 years in the Connecticut Army National Guard.
Stewart A Stockdale – Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO
Stewart A. Stockdale is Chairman & CEO of Rellevate. He is responsible for the company’s vision, strategic planning, and business growth. He is also responsible for overall fiscal management.
Stockdale brings broad experience with world-class companies in the payments, financial services, and consumer products sectors. He was named one of the Top CEO’s of tomorrow by Bloomberg / Business Week. Most recently, he served as Chief Executive Officer of The J.G. Wentworth Company. J.G. Wentworth is a diversified consumer financial services company specializing in mortgages, structured settlements, payment systems, and personal loan options. There he stabilized, diversified and restructured the enterprise.
Previously he was President at the Western Union Company, where he ran Western Union’s Money Transfer and Consumer Payments businesses across five global regions (North America, Latin America & the Caribbean, Europe & CIS, Middle East Africa, and Asia Pacific). At Western Union, some of his successes included repositioning and turning around the U.S. Domestic Money Transfer and Consumer Payments businesses and returned them to growth after years of steep declines as well as launching the U.S. Prepaid Card business, delivering almost one million cards-in-force in the U.S. alone.
Stockdale also held roles such as Senior Vice President, Global Marketing & Product Management at MasterCard Worldwide, among other positions at leading multinational companies such as Simon Property Group where he launched and built the largest Visa Giftcard program in the United States, American Express, and Procter & Gamble.
Stockdale holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in marketing from the University of Denver and completed The Executive Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. He resides in Darien, Connecticut with his wife and six children.
Rellevate’s Strategic Advisors Include:
William M. Rodgers III, Ph.D.
William M. Rodgers III serves as a Strategic Advisor for Rellevate.
He holds a BA from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Currently he is professor of public policy and chief economist at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, and serves on the New Jersey Governor’s Restart and Recovery Commission and the Public State Bank Board.
He is an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and serves as the Academy’s Board Chair. Rodgers also serves as Treasurer for the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. He is a Non-Resident Fellow at The Century Foundation and has served in many public capacities, including on President Obama’s Department of Labor transition team, and as chief economist at the US Department of Labor from 2000 to 2001. He served on the US Board of United Way Worldwide and currently works on the Board of Trustees of McDaniel College.
Rodgers’ expertise on compensation, pay equity, diversity and inclusion, labor market and general economic trends is frequently called upon by industry trade groups. Journalists for the The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Financial Times, and many other publications tap his expertise. He is a frequent guest on numerous television and radio talk shows: MSNBC, Yahoo Finance, CNBC, NPRs Marketplace, Weekend Edition, and America Amplified.
Elaine L. Arozarena is an International Advisor with vast experience in tangible asset management to service, design and manage capital initiatives (programs) for companies (private and publicly-held) building leading domestic and international teams entering new or emerging markets. She is also specialized in start-ups and turn-around operations to ensure results.
Elaine is President and Managing Partner of Global Strategic Advise Services and the sister company “Global Human Capital Solutions”. She has conducted more than 300 senior management projects for over the past 15 years. She specializes in International, Diversity/Multi-cultural and Board Level projects. Her strengths include emerging markets and change management cases. Prior to her career in Executive Search that includes periods with Russell Reynolds Associates (developed Latin America markets from start), Heidrick & Struggles (International Practice Head) and Korn Ferry International (Iberian Peninsula Head), Elaine served as VP and Managing Director of Media and News Services for Nielsen International, and VP of International Client Sales and Services for Nielsen Europe. Earlier, she held several senior Regional Management positions in Latin America and Europe with Dun & Bradstreet International- Credit Services Division. She started her career with the Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público (Treasury Department)-Asuntos Hacendarios Internacionales of the Mexican Government, in Mexico City and also worked in the Renewable Energy Resources Division of the World Bank in Washington, D.C.
Elaine’s present Board activities include Jenwood Global with HQ in Miami, FL and. NGC Partners in Luxembourg, Europe., and Rellevate- Digital Banking Services, with HQ in NY and QPagos with HQ in Miami, FL. She is .President of Sabores Autenticos de Mexico Foundation and of Asociacion de Restaurantes Mexicanos; VP and Treasurer of CCMEXES (Camara de Comercio Mexico-Espana).She is also on the Board of Advisors for Violy & Co. Her past Boards include Software AG, Hatton Investments, Sabertia Capital Partners, based in Barcelona, Spain, EYELOCK, a Biometric NYC based start-up and Board of Trustees of Sweet Briar College. She supports Jorda Partners with HQ in Vienna, Austria in special global projects.
Elaine is a Member of the International Women’s Forum (IWF), and has founded various chapters globally, including Spain, Venezuela amongst others. She is the Global Strategic Advisor to Art Solution and MasterArt (Belgium) and to Athena Art Financial Services (NYC) , to Falcon Group (UK) and to Student Global Llc with HQ in NYC. She is a member of the Cousteau Society, The Smithsonian Institution, The World Wildlife Fund, The Sierra Club, the Americas Society and Council of the Americas in NYC, and she is an elected member of the two leading business organizations, El Círculo de Empresarios and SECOT in Madrid and El Círculo de Economía and Circulo Ecuestre in Barcelona.
Elaine, a Mexican, Spanish and a US-citizen, is married to a Spaniard, has lived in more than seven countries and speaks fluent Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and English. She earned both a BA in International Affairs and a BS in Environmental Studies from Sweet Briar College in Virginia, USA. She also has a Diploma from Institut des Sciences Politiques and from Universite de Paris VII in Paris, France.