Our Leadership Team

Our success is a team effort, with every member of every department working toward the same goal—making you happy.

Our staff exemplifies our core values, but we take our cues from a leadership team that inspires greatness at every turn.

Ryan Downs

President and CEO

Since joining Proxibid, in August, 2010, Ryan has been responsible for driving the strategy, vision and day-to-day operations for the Company. Ryan joined Proxibid from eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY), where he served in a number of roles, most recently as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations for PayPal, eBays payments division. In that role, Ryan was responsible for customer service, risk operations, merchant operations and various other functions. As one of the top executives at PayPal, Ryan was instrumental in PayPal’s integration with eBay, expansion to Europe and Asia, and the launch of the merchant business. He also spearheaded efforts to improve the end to end user experience for PayPal and eBay customers. Ryan serves on the Board of Directors for Live Ops, a leading provider of on-demand call center technology and home agent outsourcing services. He is also a member of the Corporate Board for the Raikes School at the University of Nebraska, an honors program focused on the intersection of business and computer science. Ryan earned a B.S. in Agricultural Sciences in 1991 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1994.

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Jason Nielsen

Senior Vice President of Operations

As Senior Vice President of Operations, Jason is responsible for the oversight of Proxibid’s Client Services, Product Management, Logistics and Risk Management departments. Additionally, Jason oversees Proxibid’s payments business, Auction Payment Network (APN). Jason is one of the nation’s foremost experts in online safety and risk management. He joins Proxibid from eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY), where he served as Vice President of North American Operations at PayPal, eBay’s payments division. Jason brings with him a long-tenured presence in operational and risk leadership, and was a driving force behind customer- and market-centric improvements and infrastructures credited with accelerating PayPal’s growth, while stabilizing operations practices. Jason is an expert in developing enhanced chargeback strategies, new-market risk practices, employee selection tools to maintain top performance, and morale-building measures to ensure employee retention during high-growth periods. Jason holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Bellevue University as well as several industry designations. He also serves as a board member and speaker for the American Heart Association, and serves on the boards of Great Western Bank, the City of La Vista Planning Commission Board, and Bellevue University.

Connect with Jason: Twitter  |  LinkedIn

Tim Kryszak

Senior Vice President of Marketing

As Senior Vice President of Marketing Tim is responsible for defining and driving the Proxibid marketing and communications strategy to support business growth, and enhance brand equity and awareness. Tim’s expertise in developing marketing campaigns, building sales teams and creating partners has led to significant growth across the entire organization.

Tim joined Proxibid in 2003 as the Company’s National Sales Director. He was quickly promoted to Vice President of Sales, where he managed the company’s growing sales team and developed a strategy for securing large auction company clients. In 2008, Tim became Proxibid’s Vice President of Sales and Client services, where he restructured the company’s account management and sales teams to increase efficiencies and drive revenue. He was named Executive Vice President of Operations in 2009 and was elevated to Senior Vice President of Marketing in 2012.

Prior to joining Proxibid, Tim served as national sales director and general manager for several nationwide companies. Tim brings 20+ years of experience leading large, established businesses and startups though periods of high growth and organizational change. His breadth of experience in leading sales and marketing efforts across multiple industries has enabled him to help cement Proxibid’s position as the most trusted place for buying and selling highly valued items online.

Connect with Tim: LinkedIn

Gregory Nichols

Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

As Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Proxibid, Greg is responsible for establishing, maintaining and developing the Company’s technical vision, technical operations and all aspects of the company’s technology development. Greg plays an integral role in the Company’s strategic direction, research, development, and future growth with regards to technology products and services.

In this role, Greg is responsible for establishing technical standards and ensuring adherence to them for development and company operations. He anticipates and reacts to technology changes to ensure the maintenance of Company leadership in the competitive landscape. Greg works with his team to bring new features and functionality to market to ensure Proxibid’s role as an industry leader.

Prior to joining Proxibid, Greg served as Vice President of Software Development at CSG Systems and Vice President of Product Development at ACI Worldwide. He brings with him more than 20 years of continuous achievement in aligning cross-functional teams to effectively deliver to the company’s strategic objectives.

Connect with Greg: LinkedIn

Joe Petsick

Vice President of Business Development

In his role as Vice President of Business Development, Joe oversees new business and sales opportunities for Proxibid. As a principal in Proxibid, Inc., Joe brings knowledge of financial analysis and investing, coupled with a high technical aptitude with an understanding of the technology needs of today, and tomorrow.

Joe has dedicated most of his career to helping seasoned companies further develop their businesses, or in helping build new ideas into businesses that quickly become functional and successful ventures. During his work with a number of start-up and growth-stage companies, Joe assisted each group in securing their capital needs, developing in international markets, executing equity and financial events, and building their management teams.

Using his financial and technical aptitude he was instrumental in assisting in the development of the online trading system and protocols for Ameritrade, Inc., a national online brokerage firm. He led several successful projects and assignments while managing both technical and financial teams throughout the development process. Joe’s business development skills ultimately brought him upon the creation of one of the first Internet Auction Service Provider companies to enter the auction market. The Company opened subsidiary offices in Europe and Japan, and quickly became the leader in the live online auction marketplace. It was during this time that Joe was promoted to the role as President of the Company. His involvement in the business operations, sales, and securing of capital investments, allowed for the company to move quickly to a level of profitability.

Joe earned a Bachelor’s degree in both economics and finance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has also secured several financial trading licenses used in the financial investment community.

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Christine Tjelmeland

Vice President of Finance and Administration

In her role as Vice President of Finance and Administration, Christine is responsible for managing all aspects of Finance/Accounting. Christine’s expertise in budgeting, forecasting and cash management has led to improved insight into the business to evaluate financial needs, opportunities, and risks. Christine is also responsible for managing all Human Resources activities including assessing hiring needs and maintaining competitive compensation packages. Christine joined Proxibid in 2011 from eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY), where she managed the global operations budget for PayPal, eBay’s payments division. Christine has also held similar roles at ConAgra Foods (NASDAQ: CAG) and CLAAS, a German-based agriculture equipment manufacturer. Christine holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and an MBA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Connect with Christine: LinkedIn

Bob Burnett

Senior Vice President, Reverse Logistics

As Senior Vice President, Reverse Logistics for Proxibid, Bob Burnett oversees Divvy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Proxibid. Divvy provides end-to-end reverse logistics solutions including refurbishment, returns process, marketing, sales, warehousing and fulfillment. As part of its operation, Divvy provides new and recertified consumer electronics for sale through various channels including its own ecommerce site, www.shopdivvy.com, eBay, woot! and others, and also sells direct to enterprise-class customers. Under Bob’s leadership, Divvy earned top billing as the #1 seller of audio products and #2 seller of TVs on eBay in 2014.


Prior to joining Proxibid, Bob co-founded and served as Chairman of the Board of Badger Holdings, and oversaw the launch of seven start-up companies, including Value Recovery Services, LLC., a reverse logistics company, which was acquired by Proxibid in 2014.

Bob has thirty years of product development, marketing, and management experience in the technology arena. He spent 11 years at Gateway, Inc., a Fortune 250, publically traded company, where he held a variety of positions, including Executive Vice President for Products, Executive Vice President of International Markets, and Chief Technology Officer. In his role as EVP of Products and CTO, Bob was responsible for the P&L and development of all Gateway products and managed a global team of more than 4,000 people. During this time he led the company’s expansion into new product categories including digital cameras, Plasma TVs, LCD TVs, and MP3 players, and architected and deployed the world’s first commercial PC-based Grid Computing platform.

Bob was also the pioneer of Gateway’s entry into the laptop market.  Under his leadership as Vice President of Mobile Systems for Gateway from 1993 to 1999, he grew the business from the ground up to over $1B in annual sales and a top 5 market share in the world. Innovations include the first notebook with a built-in CD-ROM, first Pentium-based notebook, and first to ship with 13.3”, 14” and 15” displays.

Prior to joining Gateway, Bob worked at IQV, which developed the world’s first sub-notebook and sold the design to Gateway.  He also held product management and development positions at Zenith Data Systems, where his projects included the world’s first true laptop computer.

Bruce Hoberman

Bruce Hoberman

Chairman of the Board

Bruce has been with Proxibid since early 2003 in the capacity of CEO and now as Chairman of the Board. As Chairman, Bruce is responsible for maintaining investor relations and overseeing the board of directors.

Bruce is the founder and former President of Homers, Inc., a retail/wholesale company which sells prerecorded music, consumer electronics and electronic home office products. Bruce has served as a director of the Buckle (BKE NYSE), a retail clothing store, since 2000. In 1988 he received the Business Excellence Award from the Alumni Association of the College of Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and in 1991 he received the District II Small Business Person of the Year Award from the Small Business Association.

In addition to the many leadership positions in various community service programs Bruce has held, he has also served as an executive volunteer for the International Executive Service Corps. As part of his volunteer services, Bruce has assisted in the development of multiple business incubators, training centers, trade associations and businesses in Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Zambia, Africa.


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