- Executing the Vision
Consisting of Founder Lanny Rutkin, proven visionary and entrepreneur leading the Board of Directors who have experiences in: SaaS software development, engineering, AI, Machine Learning, Big Data, Ecommerce, Retail, C Level management, Finance, QA, Business Development, Funding and other key areas needed for success.
- Lanny Rutkin – President and CEO, Chairman
Lanny acts as entrepreneurial leader, chief visionary and fundraiser for Click Deal Buy! He has over 32 years’ experience in sales and marketing, with emphasis on the application of new technologies. For example, he was instrumental in bringing to market the Mac DisplayLink, the first ever Mac- to-TV D/A converter.
Lanny makes a specialty out of “out-of-the-box” thinking to envision potential niche markets and trends. His strengths are in business development, strategic planning and operations management.
At Photo and Sound Company in 1984, he managed over 300 Education, Business and Government accounts in Northern California – Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Chevron, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan to name a few – during the initial emergence of PCs as essential business tools. Lanny rapidly advanced through increasingly responsible Senior Sales/Account Executive roles at companies including GE Capital IT Solutions, NetTV, Troxell Communications, and CompView. He consistently achieved and surpassed aggressive sales quotas, and was recognized as a President’s Club member multiple times. Lanny prides himself in his mastery of the “art and science” of sales; as evidenced in his success in revitalizing under-performing territories, generating new accounts and cultivating C-level relationships within Fortune 500 companies.
Lanny’s professional experience has given him “hands on” knowledge of e-commerce in diverse business landscapes – start-up, market downturn, turnaround and accelerated growth. He founded three companies: Display Tech Multimedia Inc. (created some of the first-ever PC/Mac to TV scan converters), R3D Entertainment Inc. (emerging 3D stereoscopic (3DS) industry), and most recently, Click Deal Buy! Inc.
Click Deal Buy! Inc. is the brainchild of Lanny’s growing perception that the expanding and revolutionary business of e-retail commerce is in serious need of a radical new and systematic application of IT to the process of retail sales. Lanny envisions an approach which allows the e-retailer to focus on, and profit from, the customer’s larger expectations while involved in the shopping process. He believes that bringing this approach to life in the form of products greatly attractive to e-retailers in this highly competitive environment will lead to great technological and commercial success.
Lanny was born in 1954 and has a 1980 BA from Sonoma State University Consisting of Founder Lanny Rutkin, proven visionary and entrepreneur leading the Board of Directors who have experiences in: SaaS software development, engineering, AI, Machine Learning, Big Data, E-commerce, Retail, C Level management, Finance, QA, Business Development, Funding and other key areas needed for success.
- Tom Spitzer - Board Member / Interim CTO
Tom is a software industry and IT services veteran, having been the lead technologist at both consulting and software development companies for over thirty years. Tom and his teams have been building data intensive applications for security sensitive government and industry clients throughout that period. As part of the EC Wise senior team, he leads the company’s secure development and secure database implementation practices, which have built products and services for leading business services providers to the health care and banking industries as well as for casinos and other regulated industries. Tom has led the company’s design efforts on many projects, and provides architectural direction across the firm’s practices and has served as project manager on many key projects.
Prior to EC Wise, Tom was CTO at a late 90’s venture backed e-commerce startup. From 1987 to 1995 he was VP of Engineering and Chief Architect for SBT Accounting Systems, which at the time was the leader in providing source code accounting software and accounting software built on commercial database products.
Tom has contributed extensively to such publications as DBMS, Intelligent Enterprise, and Web Techniques, and has presented on design, development and database topics at many technical conferences. During 2017, he made presentations on data security at XPlor 17, Data Summit 2017, Enterprise Data World, and MongoDB World.
Tom was born in 1955 and has a 1977 BS with distinction from Cornell University.
- Kevin Hanrahan – Board Member
Kevin is an entrepreneur with over 30 years’ leadership experience in Big 4 consulting, high-tech start-ups, and Fortune 500 companies. Currently he is Chairman and CEO of TranSigma Worldwide Inc. and board member of Financial Executives International. Past executive leadership positions have included PWC, Arthur Andersen, General Electric, ING and numerous start-ups. In addition to teaching financial accounting at the Masters level, he has written and presented extensively on topics such as operational risk, Lean Six Sigma and agile program management techniques.
Kevin is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP). He is a member of Financial Executives International (Manhattan Chapter), the Ohio Society of CPA’s, American Institute of CPAs, Agile Alliance, Information Systems Audit and Control Association, the Risk Management Association and the Project Management Institute.
Kevin was born in 1959 and has a 1981 BSBA and 1982 MBA from Xavier University.
- Ronald Lifton – Board Member
Ron is currently CEO of SaaS Technology Investors LLC and Arcbazar.com, Inc. He is also on the Board of Directors of Whooster, Inc. An experienced manager of technology-driven companies, Ron has lead privately held, venture-backed and publicly traded companies through all phases of growth, from start- up to exit, by identifying opportunities in ever-changing markets and leveraging organizational capability to capture them. Ron’s expertise in operational and financial strategy helped build highly efficient technology-centric infrastructures in companies across diverse, competitive markets.
His achievements can be summarized as follows:
- Structured and executed multi-million-dollar partnerships and JV’s with F500 companies.
- Grew companies in fledgling marketplaces into revenue engines
- Oversaw multi-million-dollar budgets, revenue streams of more than $100M and assets over $250M, and designed complex financial strategies and M&A’s that generated returns.
- Pioneered businesses in the early internet of telecommunications, internet, new media, cloud based technologies, artificial intelligence and SaaS / DaaS / PaaS markets, and created companies in the space.
- Served as industry expert for FTC re: anti-competitive activity.
Ron was born in 1959 and has a 1980 BA from University of Buffalo.
- Dan Jablons - Board Member
Currently, Dan is the owner of Retail Smart Guys, Inc., a retail consulting firm, specializing in open to buy and inventory planning, helping retailers properly forecast their business, plan their inventories, and become more profitable as a result. Unlike other planning companies, his company also focuses heavily on the expense side of the business, and often helps retailers find money that they are wasting in areas such as credit card fees, rent, and insurance.
Dan was born in 1960. He has a 1982 BSBA degree from Ohio State University.
- Brian L. Smith CPA – Interim CFO
As a manager with RSM US, LLP. Brian is a certified public accountant with more than eight years of diversified taxation, accounting and business consulting experience. Brian’s experience involves corporate compliance and planning, multinational income tax provisions, partnerships, LLCs, and high net worth individuals. Brian has significant experience in preparing and reviewing the relevant business tax forms required to be filed by large public companies.
His technical proficiencies include BNA research tools, CCH Checkpoint, Microsoft Office, Corptax and ProSystem Fx Tax.
Kevin was born in 1959 and has a 1981 BSBA and 1982 MBA from Xavier University.
- Corporate and Securities Council: Geoffrey Chalmers, Esq.
- Intellectual Property: Hayes Soloway PC, Todd A. Sullivan, Managing Attorney
- Click Deal Buy! Inc. is a Chapter C corporation in good standing registered with the State of Nevada