April 24, 2014
Chief Marketing Officer
Duke Chung leads all aspects of Parature's global marketing strategies and corporate strategy to include overall branding initiatives and programs, product packaging and marketing, strategic alliances, and corporate development. He co-founded Parature with a vision to provide superior customer support software accessible via the Internet, and today, Parature's Software-as-a-Service product suite supports millions of end users worldwide in diverse industries from government to higher education, gaming and interactive media, services and associations, and software and technology.
Chung has been widely recognized for his efforts in pioneering innovation. He has been named to Fast Company
's Fast 50, Washington Business Journal
's 40 under 40, the CIT Gap 50, Washington Techway
's Top Technology Executives, SmartCEO Magazine
's Smart100, Washingtonian Magazine
's Power 150 and is a Bisnow Media Top 35 under 35 Entrepreneur in the Washington, D.C. region.
Chung provides thought leadership and serves as the chief evangelist for Parature. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and conferences throughout the country including Digital East, the Customer Management Summit, CRM Magazine, SearchCRM, EY's Cloud Computing Summit, the Social CRM Expo and Executive Biz. His speaking engagements also include the Stanford Business School, Darden School of Business, George Washington University, Georgetown University and the MIT Enterprise Forum. Outside of Parature, Chung enjoys basketball, biking, skiing and collecting.
Chung holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University.
Managing Director, East Coast Technology Banking
Jeff Hoffmeister is a Managing Director in Morgan Stanley's New York office where he leads Morgan Stanley's East Coast Technology Banking team. Previously, Jeff served as head of Morgan Stanley's European Technology Banking franchise. Jeff has 14 years of experience of advising leading Technology companies on a variety of strategic and financial initiatives. During his tenure at Morgan Stanley, Jeff has advised on 25 IPO's, 20 equity follow-ons, 40 equity/debt financings and 40 M&A transactions. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Jeff has worked at Raymond James Financial, Anheuser-Busch Inc.'s M&A department, and in the auditing and consulting divisions of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Georgetown University.
Mark M. Phillips
Mark Phillips is a senior manager in Aronson LLC's Diversified Commercial Services Group. With nearly 20 years of public accounting experience, he is a highly knowledgeable practitioner with a diverse background. He provides audit and other assurance services to clients operating in a broad range of industries, including government contracting, real estate, leisure and technology. In addition, Phillips has worked on a number of SEC clients, ranging from very small registrants to multi-billion dollar corporations. Prior to joining Aronson, he spent several years as a partner with Argy, Wiltse & Robinson, as well as BDO USA.
Phillips holds a degree in monetary economics from the London School of Economics and a post-graduate degree in international relations from the University of Keele. Phillips is a Certified Public Accountant in Virginia and Maryland, and a Fellow Chartered Accountant in England and Wales. He is an active participant in the local business community and is the treasurer of Tysons Corner Children's Center.
Schmidt is the founder of Chessiecap Securities Inc. in Bethesda, Md., a boutique investment bank that provides investment banking services to growth and technology companies. He has been an active member of the Mid-Atlantic financial community for more than 20 years and is one of the most experienced middle market professionals in the region. As an investment banker with Ferris, Baker Watts and Legg Mason Wood Walker and as an investor with Grotech Capital Group, Schmidt has participated in the exceptional economic growth of technology in the region. Schmidt began his investment banking career in the 1980s with First Chicago and then Drexel Burnham Lambert in New York, where he was a merger and acquisition specialist.
Schmidt is a former director of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA), past chairman of the Greater Baltimore Technology Council, and an active member and past committee chair with the Northern Virginia Technology Council.
Schmidt holds an BA from Harvard College and an MPPM from the Yale School of Management.