Meet the Team
The folks behind Critical Mention.
Don Yount joins Critical Mention after having served as president and CFO of Corente, Inc., a cloud networking-technology company acquired by Oracle Corp. Previously, Mr. Yount served as executive vice president and COO of TVI Corp. (NASD: TVIN), a publicly-traded supplier of health and safety technology devices, and served on TVI’s Board. Prior to TVI, Mr. Yount was operating principal at Mid-Atlantic Venture Funds. Earlier in his career, Mr. Yount served in executive corporate strategy and finance positions at several high-tech firms in the telecom, datacom, software development and media industries. He received a BS in Business Administration and an MBA from the University of North Carolina, where he won the Richard H. Jenrette Fellowship and was a Dean’s Scholar. Mr. Yount has served as chair of the Early Stage East Venture Conference and as a past board member of the Greater Philadelphia Venture Group, now called PACT.
Steve Shannon joined Critical Mention in 2009 after 17 years with BurrellesLuce, a media monitoring firm. In his last position as executive vice president, he oversaw sales, marketing and product development. Starting out at BurrellesLuce in an account executive role, he was appointed regional sales manager in less than three years. Among his accomplishments are doubling the sales of the media database service. In the product development arena, Mr. Shannon conceived and led the launch of the BurrellesLuce web portal, which delivered per unit revenue increase of 32 percent. He also designed and implemented the iMonitor service, launched in October 2008 and led his team to close more than 600 sales of the service in the first six months. Mr. Shannon earned a BA in Communications from Kent State University.
Michael Berman rejoined Critical Mention as General Counsel in 2008. He had previously worked with Critical Mention crafting the firm’s first user agreements and negotiating the first content partnerships. Prior to joining Critical Mention in 2002, Mr. Berman was in private practice with the national law firm of Mintzer, Sarowitz, Zeris, Ledva and Meyers, P.A. in Miami, Florida. Returning to Florida in 2004, Mr. Berman served as senior associate and head of the legal team at Silver, Levy Feldman & Pass, P.A. in Tampa. He received his J.D. from Nova Southeastern University Law School in Florida and earned a dual degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Syracuse University.
Nancy Ellman’s career spans more than over 25 years. She has an extensive background in all aspects of product development including program management, engineering, test and delivery of world-class solutions to global markets. Ellman has held executive level and senior management positions as large corporations such as Symantec and Microsoft. Her strong background in helping early stage companies through growth and/or acquisition include Passlogix (Oracle), Vidavee (Open Text) and Xanboo (AT&T). Earlier in her career, Ms. Ellman served in a variety of technical and management roles including senior software engineer and director of development. Nancy holds a CIS degree from Hofstra University.
Meet the Board
Sean Morgan founded Critical Media Inc. in 2002 and built it into a company at the forefront of real-time broadcast media capture, search, syndication, and information services. Now chairman of the board, he served as CEO from inception to 2016. Previously, Mr. Morgan co-founded Screaming Media (later Pinnacor), which became the largest text syndication service on the Internet based on his innovative revenue sharing model. Screaming Media is credited with changing the business model for online syndication around the globe. Mr. Morgan helped raise more than $65 million in various funding rounds before Pinnacor went public in 2000. The firm and was eventually sold to MarketWatch for more than $100 million.
Alexis Egan is a managing director and head of origination for Providence Strategic Growth. Prior to joining Providence in 2014, had worked at Garvin Hill since its inception in 2009. Previously, she served as an executive director at CIBC. Earlier in her career, Ms. Egan was an associate at TA Associates, a Boston-based growth equity firm focused on technology investments. Previously, she was a financial analyst at the investment banking firm Alex. Brown. Ms. Egan received a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College.
Mr. Griffin is currently CEO and a member of the board of ActivBody Inc., a health technology company. Previously, Mr. Griffin was a principal at Clarity Partners, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm primarily focused on investments in technology, media and telecoms. From 2003 through 2006, Mr. Griffin was a principal at Monitor Ventures, the venture capital and advisory arm of the Monitor Group, a global strategy consulting firm and merchant bank. From 1998 through 2003, Mr. Griffin served as a strategy consultant with Monitor Group’s consulting arm. From 1992 to 1996, Mr. Griffin was with Braxton Associates, where he advised companies in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East. Mr. Griffin holds a degree in Industrial Economics from the London School of Economics and received his MBA with distinction from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.
Marty Kahn is chairman of Code Ocean and formerly vice chairman of ProQuest, LLC. He also consults with ProQuest and its parent company, Cambridge Information Group (CIG). Previously, Mr. Kahn served as ProQuest’s CEO after its acquisition by CIG in 2007. Widely known and respected throughout the information industry, Mr. Kahn has led a variety of companies to success. He served as chairman of the Board of Directors for OneSource Information Services, Inc. from 1993-2004 and in the same capacity for Ovid Technologies, Inc. from 1989-1998. He also chaired the Board of Vista Information Solutions. Earlier in his career, Mr. Kahn served as president of BRS Information Technologies; general manager of the Health Professions division of McGraw-Hill; and as vice president, sales and marketing, of the W.B. Saunders Company. Mr. Kahn is a member of the board of directors and the finance committee of TrickleUp, a charitable organization. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA cum laude from Yale College.
Anthony E. Meyer is a New York City-based entrepreneur, private investor and philanthropist. He is the President of Ocean Road Advisors, Inc., a privately-held “family office” investment management company, and also serves as the chairman of privately-held Meyer and Co., LLC, a New York City-based merchant banking firm. A serial entrepreneur, Mr. Meyer founded and managed companies in the education, healthcare and investment management areas. As an investor, he co-founded and managed the investment management affiliates of Lazard Frères & Co. LLC and Trammell Crow Company. Mr. Meyer serves as a Trustee of the City University of New York’s Macaulay Honors College, AJC, Dr. Mehmet Oz’s Health Corps and the Geneva-based UN Watch. Mr. Meyer graduated from Harvard College in 1982 as a John Harvard Scholar, with a magna cum laude degree in economics, and received his MBA from Harvard Business School with distinction in 1984.