Our team of Mobile and Wireless technology experts offer highly diverse backgrounds, a fierce dedication to client success and world-class business skills which are just some of the reasons executives around the globe trust 151 ADVISORS to help solve their most pressing business problems.




Valerie Kahn, Managing Partner, 151 Advisors
 

Valerie Kahn
Managing Partner

Valerie has over 25 years of experience helping build some the world's most successful mobile and wireless technology and service businesses, including Cingular Wireless, AT&T, Dun & Bradstreet, AXA Group, Citibank, and SunGruard.

Valerie's extensive technical, operating, marketing, and business development experience spans corporate, venture and entrepreneurial business environments.  During her distinctive career, she has managed Fortune 100 business units, helped found numerous new businesses, and was instrumental in some of her industry's largest mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to co-founding 151 ADVISORS, Valerie served as EVP for Emitac Mobile Solutions (EMS), VP Business Channel Marketing, Sales and Business Development for Cingular Wireless, led the first introduction of BlackBerry products by a U.S. mobile operator, and held the position of SVP of the AXA Group; Paris, France, where she was responsible for eBusiness activities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. 

Valerie's entrepreneurial experience includes Security APL, a leading provider of investment management software that was acquired by CheckFree Corporation.  She also founded PAWWS, which powers Internet brokerage trading for companies such as National Discount Brokers, Vanguard Brokerage, and American Express Brokerage.

 

Bill Rom, Managing Partner, 151 Advisors 

 

Bill Rom
Managing Partner

A serial entrepreneur with Fortune 500 executive experience, Bill has over 25 years of sales, marketing, operational, technical and capital raising experience.  His extensive executive and entrepreneurial background, together with his operating and executive management success, spans corporate, venture and entrepreneurial settings.

Prior to co-founding 151 ADVISORS, Bill was COO of EMS, a Dubai-based provider of mobile and BlackBerry solutions, where he was instrumental in launching the company in the UAE.  Prior to the formation of EMS, he held executive management  positions at Outercurve Technologies and Vaultus Mobile Technologies, and co-founded Mobile Computing Solutions, a mobile computing integrator and managed services company.

Earlier in his career, Bill led the development and creation of wireless solutions such as the NCR Virtual Office, the first solution integrated with commercial wireless services.  He also served as Regional Sales Manager for NEC Technologies and held executive sales positions at LinkData and Victor Electronics.

 

Andy Maunder, Prinipal, Corporate Development, 151 Advisors
 

 

Andy Maunder
Principal, Corporate Development

Andy's background is in building companies. He has over 25 years experience assisted companies from start-up fund raising, through later stage growth, and eventually through Initial Public Offering and M&A transactions. Andy has built a reputation for strong leadership and strength in operational and financial management and is effective at all levels including board, executive, and advisory levels. He has served as a board member for numerous companies in the United Kingdom and the United States and served as a member of the Executive Committee for the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA).

Before joining 151 ADVISORS, Andy served as CFO of Traffic.com, a market leader in the collection, processing and delivery of traffic information to consumers, media groups and businesses. During Andy's tenure he was instrumental in taking the company public and its subsequent sale to NAVTEQ. 

Prior to Traffic.com,  Andy co-founded and served as CEO of Kayak Interactive Corporation, a publisher of community and multiplayer mobile games to wireless carriers,  and of Valaran Corporation, a premier infrastructure software company providing enterprise-level business process modeling, application and network interoperability and integration solutions.

Earlier in his career, Andy served as CEO of Telesciences which he took public and subsequently sold, and as CFO for UK-based Oxford Molecular which he took public on the London Stock Exchange.

 

Steve Brumer, Partner, 151 Advisors

 

Steve Brumer
Partner

Steve has over 25 years experience in the wireless/mobile space and has unprecedented knowledge of the industry.   During his accomplished career, Steve has been a dynamic entrepreneur with proven expertise in sales, marketing and channel development. His expertise is helping wireless/mobile products and services find the right distribution and channels to ensure commercial success.

Before joining 151 Ventures, Steve co-founded and served as CEO of Wireless Rain which helped wireless carriers, manufacturers and solution providers build  channel programs for B2B products, machine-to-machine products, and professional services.

Prior to Wireless Rain, Steve co-founded and served as President of Global Wireless Data, a national master dealer and value-added distributor of wireless products and services. Under his tenure GWD grew from a self-funded start-up to the largest master dealer for AT&T Wireless, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint.

Earlier in his career, Steve founded and served as CEO of Wireless Data Corp, and held executive management positions at Millicom Radio, Timeplex, Ossmann Computer Technologies, and RAM Mobile Data & BellSouth Wireless.

Steve serves as a Board Member of Maverick Wireless, Georgia Technology Council, Mobile Enterprise Magazine, CTIA's Wireless Internet Caucus, and the Enterprise Mobility Foundation.

He is an active presenter/speaker in the wireless industry, having spoken on wireless technology, products and future trends at CTIA, Wireless IT, CIO Symposium, C3 Expo & AFSM.

  

Phil Sheehy, Associate Partner, 151 Advisors
 

Phil Sheehy
Associate Partner

Phil Sheehy, beginning his career with IBM mainframe system software and computer telephony solutions has 25+ years of business development experience in the software industry. Phil has spent the last 15 years helping mobile and wireless software companies launch new products via innovative sales, marketing and business development practices.

Prior to joining 151 Advisors, Phil was VP of Business Development for iEnterprises, a mobile CRM solutions company, where he grew revenue over 200% year over year. During his tenure, Phil successfully guided product development and was responsible for the marketing and sales of the company's wireless CRM Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions based on the iEnterprises' MobileEdge software platform.

Before joining iEnterprises, Phil was the Director of North American Operations for CommonTime Ltd, a UK based software company that developed wireless solutions for Microsoft, Palm and Symbian mobile platforms. Phil and his team successfully delivered these early mobile solutions to companies like JP Morgan Chase and the US Forest Service generating more than $10M in annual revenues. Prior to CommonTime, Phil held the position of Director of Business Development for Ericsson's Mobile Internet Solutions Group where he was successful in launching and selling Ericsson's Virtual Office to and with Mobile Network Operators in North and South America. 

Phil has helped many guide many top Fortune 100 Financial Services, Pharmaceutical, Government, Retail and Defense organizations to develop and deploy strategic mobile enterprise software solutions. At the same time he has nurtured key partnerships with companies like IBM, Microsoft, RIM, Apple and Avaya while working closely with Mobile Network Operators.

Phil is a member of the Board of Directors of ARC Morris, dedicated to the care, support and advancement of people with intellectual and related developmental disabilities and their families. He is proud to have completed the 2000 New York City Marathon and is an avid hiker, traveler and beekeeper.

 

Laurie Lamberth, Associate Partner, 151 Advisors
 

Laurie Lamberth
Associate Partner

Laurie Lamberth is a business development, marketing and strategy executive specializing in the Internet of Things, machine-to-machine communications (M2M), location-based services (LBS) and digital media. Laurie began her 20-year wireless career by launching U.S. Tier 1 mobile operator Nextel Communication's first market, propelled Nextel's growth in various Marketing positions, and recruited mobile network, device and application partners as Business Development Director for Nextel, Sprint Nextel and Powerwave Technologies. Laurie led the Enterprise Business Development Team at Sprint Nextel for seven years, including five years heading up M2M business development.

Laurie leveraged her mobile experience and massive collection of contacts in the global mobile, M2M, enterprise mobility and digital/mobile advertising industries into an independent practice, Lamberth & Associates, through which she helped high-tech clients launch, scale and grow their businesses. The mobile industry has noticed Laurie's expertise: Connected World Magazine recognized Laurie as one of the "Women of M2M" in February 2013, and AlwaysOn Networks named Laurie a "Power Player in Mobile" in October, 2013. 

Laurie is a graduate of the Executive MBA program at UCLA's Anderson School and holds a B.S. in Accounting from California State University, Long Beach. She is a California CPA and Certified Management Accountant (both inactive).

 

Jay Rector, Associate Partner, 151 Advisors

Jay Rector
Associate Partner

Jay is a 151 Advisors Associate Partner with over 20 years of experience in telecom, and an innovator in wireless and data services. Jay wrote the go-to-market strategy for BellSouth Mobility in 1999 for mass market wireless data including requirements that all cell phones have browsers, messaging, and location capabilities.

Jay then led product development and infrastructure deployments building the national data networks for Cingular/AT&T. Today Jay continues helping businesses grow and evolve using wireless data services and is available for market research, cost and pricing analysis, architecture and product planning initiatives, channel development and deployment program execution.

Jay is also helping to innovative product and service concepts for Connected Car programs and advising companies working indoor solutions including Neutral Host with Small Cells providing multi-operator traffic and usage analytics, visitor messaging and interactive services creating new revenue for clients.

George Rivers, Associate Partner, 151 Advisors

George Rivers
Associate Partner

George is a dynamic wireless marketing and business development executive with over 25 years of experience in the Canadian wireless industry. He is recognized as a major contributor to the growth of the Canadian wireless industry with direct involvement with companies like Rogers Wireless, Bell Mobility, PageNet Canada, Dejero Labs, and Advanced Wireless Data Inc.

George brings extensive 'hands-on' experience in marketing, sales, business development, first-round funding and operations consistently demonstrating creativity and entrepreneurial flair in developing and managing organizations.

As COO at Advanced Wireless Data, George demonstrated strategic vision in establishing Advanced Wireless as the leading Canadian provider of managed wireless  and mobile infrastructure. He also successfully lead negotiations with Industry Canada to secure wireless spectrum and overcame various regulatory hurdles in quick succession.

He also played a critical role in obtaining first-round financing for Dejero Labs for their innovative live television broadcast system that bypassed traditional satellite/microwave trucks in favor of "live" broadcasting of events utilizing mobile for wireless backhaul networks. After securing the necessary funding George went onto negotiate re-sell airtime agreements with major international wireless carriers.

George brings a unique, well-rounded skillset to 151 Advisors combining deep relationships in the Canadian wireless market with a pull-up-the-sleeves mindset necessary for early stage growth companies, or companies looking to expand into the North American market.

 

Matthew Morookian, Business Development Manager, 151 Advisors
 

Matthew Morookian
Business Development Manager

Matthew has significant business development, marketing and sales experience in supporting companies enter and expand in the U.S. market. Matthew has developed and executed go-to-market strategies for companies targeting industries ranging from predictive analytics to industrial software applications.

Prior to joining 151 Advisors, Matthew was the US representative for Infocomm Investments, a $200 million Singapore Government investment fund, and sourced investment opportunities within the US technology market. He acted as the lead in qualifying investment opportunities through review of current business model and future growth strategy. 

Matthew obtained his MBA from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College and holds a B.A. in Political Science from Marymount Manhattan College. Matthew has also volunteered with La Esperanza Granada and The American British School in Granada, Nicaragua.


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