NewTek Management

Tim Jenison - NewTek Founder

Tim Jenison is considered the visionary force behind the desktop video revolution. Jenison founded NewTek in 1985, and led the way in the development of a series of highly successful products, including DigiView (the first video digitizer for a computer), DigiPaint, and the Amiga Video Toaster®.

Jenison learned about technology and electrical equipment from his father, who ran an electrical engineering firm. At an early age, he learned to play the piano, and his keyboard talents propelled him to leave college to join a rock band—where, of course, he continually worked on ways to improve the sound equipment.

Tim Jenison was one of the early enthusiasts for personal computers. By the late 1970s, he saw the computer as the integrating medium for his various passions: electronics, music, film and video. He decided that forming a company was the best way to fuel his endeavors to create sophisticated, yet affordable video software tools that everyone could use and enjoy.

 

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Jim Plant - President and CEO

Jim Plant joined NewTek in 2001. Before joining NewTek, Plant served as vice president of marketing communications at Geocast Network Systems. Prior to that, he was director of marketing and director of corporate communications at ReplayTV, Inc., a pioneering digital video recorder company. Plant is best known in the NewTek community as the founding editor-in-chief of Avid, the Amiga-Video Journal, and Video Toaster® User Magazine. As CEO of AMG Media, he oversaw the launch and development of Alpha Visual FX magazine, LightWave™ Pro and the Video Toaster User Expo. He began his career as the director of corporate and educational sales at HT Electronics, focusing on the sales of desktop video production and visual effects hardware and software.

 

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Stephen Doubleday - CFO, Vice President of Finance and Administration

Stephen Doubleday joined NewTek in 1994. During his years at NewTek, he has directed financial planning and forecasting. He came to NewTek with 20 years of experience in accounting and finance. Previous, he was the executive vice president and chief operating officer for Plastic Sales & Manufacturing Co. in Kansas City, Missouri. From the time he joined Plastic Sales in 1977, Doubleday rose through the ranks, from controller, to vice president of finance, to vice president of operations, and finally to the position of executive vice president. Doubleday started his career with Arthur Andersen & Co., as an auditor. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Missouri.

 

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Dr. Andrew Cross - Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Cross joined NewTek in 1998, as a senior software engineer. Since then, Cross was promoted to lead engineer on the Video ToasterT [2] project, and subsequently to director of video engineering and vice president of video software engineering. While at NewTek, he has managed the development of numerous projects, including Vidget™, VT[3]™, VT[4]™, LightWave® 8.0 and TriCaster™. He has also contributed technology to Aura Video Paint™. Prior to joining NewTek, he worked on high-end graphics software including GenesisVFX, a special effects program for use with NewTek's LightWave 3D® animation system. Cross earned a Bachelor of Science degree from The Victoria University of Manchester, a Doctorate of Philosophy from The University of York, and has published more than 20 technical papers in peer-reviewed scientific conferences and journals.

 

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Chuck Silber - Chief Operating Officer

Chuck joined NewTek in March of 2008, after a successful tenure at Avid Technology. Chuck is responsible for driving and managing the strategic growth of NewTek's reseller channel, developing and enhancing the company's sales organization, and increasing revenue in its core video and 3D animation businesses. As vice president of sales and service operations at Avid Technology, Chuck managed a $280 million per year sales and professional services organization, including a direct sales force of more than 50, a service organization of more than 200, and a reseller network of more than 100 companies. He played an integral role in negotiating $10 million+ contracts with major broadcast networks, including NBC, CBS, ABC/Disney, and Turner Broadcasting. Chuck began his career in digital media at MicroTech Solutions, where he rose to the post of vice president of sales, before his departure in 2000.

 

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Carter Holland - Chief Marketing Officer

Carter Holland is responsible for NewTek's global brand image and integrated marketing efforts. He drives the company's corporate identity, segment and product marketing, global demand generation, sales enablement, channel marketing, public relations, and worldwide market penetration to ensure strong customer growth and revenue performance. 

Prior to NewTek, Carter held a range of marketing leadership positions at Avid Technology, where from 2000 to 2007, he implemented organic and M&A growth strategies that doubled the company's revenues to just under $1 billion annually. 

As VP of corporate marketing from 2008 to 2011, he led the successful consolidation of the Pro Tools, M-Audio, Sibelius, Pinnacle and Avid brands into a new corporate identity for the company. Before Avid, Carter was a management consultant specializing in change management strategy, organizational research, and communication programs for Fortune 100 and 500 companies.

He's contributed articles to Billboard Magazine, is an active member of the internationally acclaimed The CMO Club, currently serves on the Program Advisory Board for the National Association of Broadcasters, and is also a professional recording and performing musician.

 

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Philip Nelson - Chief Relationship Officer

Philip oversees the cultivation of strategic customer relationships across all markets and is the champion for NewTek corporate culture.  Nelson also leads NewTek's social media efforts. Beginning as a sales rep in 1998, Nelson has been promoted several times; first as central sales manager, then east coast sales manager, director of worldwide sales, vice president of sales and video marketing, SVP of Artist & Media Relations and finally Chief Relationship Officer, where he is a driving force in increasing sales and market share. Nelson has overseen numerous product launches, including  TriCaster™,  VT[4]™ (Video Toaster) and SpeedEDIT™. At NewTek, Nelson has forged successful relationships with the NBA, NFL, Disney, ESPN, Fox Sports, and MTV. Prior to joining NewTek, Nelson was an entrepreneur, focusing in video production, post production and ISP. Previous clients included Phil Robertson's Duck Commander, Tim McGraw, San Antonio Spurs, The Smithereens, MTV, Coca-Cola and Georgia Pacific.

 

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Joe Tighe - Chief Information Officer

Joe is a seasoned IT executive, responsible for IT/MIS systems and software development. He also oversees the office software and telecom services used by the operations, accounting, marketing, sales and finance departments. In managing the design and development of NewTek's IT infrastructure, Joe relies on his proficiency in IT management, cost containment, planning and execution, governance, compliance, consolidations, content management, CRM/ERP, virtualization, data warehousing, storage, cloud computing, social networking, and professional services. Bringing his natural aptitude for business alignment, infrastructure design, program management, cross-disciplinary development, enterprise architecture, and risk management to the table, Joe has more than earned the respect of his peers.

 

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Pat Grogan - Senior Vice President of Operations

Pat Grogan oversees day-to-day operations of the company including human resources, shipping and receiving, purchasing, facility management, and customer support services. Pat has been a key member of the NewTek organization since the company's relocation to San Antonio, in 1997. He joined NewTek as director of education and training, and has served in a number of roles at NewTek, including sales management and director of operations. Prior to joining NewTek, he spent 18 years at Washburn University in Topeka, as producer/director, media center director, and faculty member. He was active in video production, and produced and hosted many different TV programs for Washburn Cable Television. In conjunction with NewTek, he established the first NewTek Authorized Video Toaster® Training Center on the campus at Washburn University. Pat Grogan holds a Bachelors degree in Radio & Television Production from Washburn University, and a Masters in Educational Technology from Kansas State University.

 

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Michael Kornet - Executive Vice President of Business Development

Michael is responsible for identifying and implementing strategy that leverages the combined strength of NewTek's user-base and partner ecosystem, to build new revenue streams. Most recently, he led the marketing group as Chief Marketing Officer, overseeing all marketing efforts and executing NewTek's growth strategy. Before accepting the CMO position, he was the vice president of business development, forging partnerships with other technology leaders, like AMD, Apple, Intel, Microsoft, and others. He also created the OEM products division, and developed strategic vertical markets for NewTek product lines. Michael joined NewTek in 2002 and was previously Replay TV's vice president of business development for media, where he helped secure Series B financing, and forged Replay TV's strategic agreements and relationships. Prior to Replay TV, Michael was publishing director for the digital video properties of the Entertainment Technology Group at Miller Freeman Inc., and held positions as president of AMG Media and advertising director at Cahners. He is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles, and holds elections to Who's Who in California, and Who's Who in Advertising.

 

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Rex Olson - Vice President of Content Development

Rex oversees the development and implementation of all strategic and tactical decisions related to NewTek’s content development. Rex initially worked as a consultant for NewTek, heavily involved in webpage and print design for the LightWave® Learning Edition website, and the LightWave® MacWorld presentation. He also produced many LightWave 3D® User Video profiles, including one for the motion picture 300, and the network television series 24. Rex was supervisor for the Live virtual set production for the launch of TriCaster STUDIO™. Prior to joining NewTek full-time, he was owner and chief producer of Desktop Images where he led his team in the production of hundreds of training videos and DVD titles for digital video and 3D animation software, including training videos for LightWave 3D®, and NewTek's Video Toaster®. Prior to Desktop Images, Rex was an owner and producer of RAVE Video Productions and has worked with celebrities like Charlton Heston, Steve Allen, Leonard Nimoy, and others. Rex Olson has a long record of experience in the television and music recording industry, and has worked on projects such as, the American Music Awards, the BBC Rock Hour, and other live album projects.

 

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Rob Powers - President of LightWave 3D Group

Rob Powers is the President of the NewTek LightWave Group and leads the LightWave 3D software development design. Powers was one of the original "Malibu Five" Avatar concept design team and the first CG artist to join James Cameron’s team as Animation Technical Director for the film. Powers was a key team member during the development of the virtual workflows used by Cameron and created the industry's first Virtual Art Department (VAD) for "Avatar." Powers was also the Los Angeles based Virtual Art Department Supervisor for Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson’s animated film "Tintin" based on the world famous graphic novels by artist Hergé.

Powers is a graduate of the University of Southern California Cinema Production. After graduation, he continued his formal film school education at the American Film Institute. At the time, the digital side of filmmaking didn’t exist and no schools offered programs in computer graphics (CG) animation. Self-taught in digital filmmaking methodologies, Powers is among the pioneers of the CG revolution. He has created animation and effects for a wide range of projects such as James Cameron’s stereoscopic IMAX film "Aliens of the Deep," Disney’s "Honey I Shrunk the Kids", and Jet Li’s "The One." Powers was also the lead animator for the 3D-dancing baby and animated tongues and exploding heads that debuted on the Emmy-Award winning "Ally McBeal" television show in the mid-90s.

 

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