Board and Advisors
Mike Sayre, Director / Advisor
Mike was enlisted in July 2016 to serve as interim CEO until transitioning out in January 2017. Mike is an accomplished C-level leader with a career history of successfully leading organizations through transformational change resulting in ever higher levels of performance and 25+ years of experience starting up, turning around, improving, growing, acquiring, integrating and divesting businesses in pre-revenue technology to $2B diversified manufacturing organizations. Prior to his roles at Capture Education, Mike served on public company, joint venture and privately held company boards, including four start-ups. He holds MBA and Bachelor of Science degrees in business, computer science and accounting from the Ohio State University.
Dan Quigg, Chairman of the Board
Dan is CEO of Public Insight Corporation, a public data benchmarking platform, and CEO of Tecquiti, LLC, a communications infrastructure company. He is also an active partner in the North Coast Angel Fund, the fifth largest angel venture fund in the country. Dan has also served as an Adjunct Professor in the Entrepreneurship program at Kent State University; Sr. Vice President, North American Sales and Professional Services for Merge Healthcare; CEO of RIS Logic (sold to Merge Healthcare); Vice President and General Manager of Best Software (acquired by Sage Software); CEO and Co-Founder of Omnivista Software (acquired by Best Software); and CEO and Founder of Business Systems Consultants. He started his career as a Manager in the Middle Market Practice at KPMG. Dan holds an MBA from the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management and a B.S. in Accounting from Valparaiso University. In addition to sitting on the board for Capture Education, Dan was appointed to the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2013, served on the LC2 Fellows for 2014, and serves on the National Council of the Valparaiso University College of Business.
Victor Thorne, Board Member
Victor holds the title of Innovation Vanguard for ForgeX, an organization he created that is aimed at accelerating high-growth businesses. He is also a co-founder and partner at Broadline Capital, a global private investment firm. Prior to his current affiliations, he served as Managing Director for Columbus 2020, an economic development strategy designed to spur economic growth in central Ohio, and was Managing Director and member of the Ohio TechAngel Funds, one of the largest angel investor networks in the US. Prior to his involvement as an investor and start-up mentor, Victor was co-founder and led Business Development for EFS Network Inc. EFS was a leader in supply chain SaaS technology solutions for the trillion dollar global food system. EFS merged with iTradeNetwork in 2003, and the resulting company was acquired by Roper Industries in 2010 for $525 million. Victor holds an MBA from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and an A.B. in Biological Anthropology from Harvard University. Victor currently sits on the boards of multiple companies and is a trustee of Columbus Academy.
Brady J. Churches, Board Member
Brady is owner of MRL Sports. Prior to his current business, he served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Tuesday Morning Corporation; President of Columbus, OH-based Marketing Results, Ltd; President of Value City Department Stores, Home Store Division; and President of Mazel Stores, Inc. Prior to joining Mazel Stores, Inc., Brady worked for Big Lots, Inc. (formerly known as Consolidated Stores Corporation) where he served in roles of increasing responsibility that included Vice President of Merchandising, Senior Vice President of Merchandising, Executive Vice President of Merchandising, and President. During his tenure, Brady played a pivotal role in transforming Big Lots from an automotive discount retailer into the market leader in the off-price retail industry.
Jean-Claude Brizard, Advisor
Jean-Claude Brizard is President of UpSpring Education Group, a national network of highly experienced education practitioners and not-for-profit leaders who support the strategic, instructional, and operational work of school superintendents, public charter leaders, and education organizations across the United Stated and abroad. Prior to his current role, he was Chief Executive Officer for Chicago Public Schools, Superintendent for the Rochester City School District, Regional Superintendent for the New York City Department of Education, and the Executive Director of Secondary Schools for the New York City Department of Education. Jean-Claude is a Senior Advisor for The College Board and a Trustee for The Field Museum of Natural History. His work frequently appears in educational publications.