President and CEO
Connect with Ryan Downs: LinkedIn
Since joining Proxibid in August, 2010, Ryan Downs has been responsible for driving the strategy, vision and mission for the Company.
Ryan Downs 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, eBay’s payments division. In that role, Ryan Downs was responsible for customer service, risk operations, merchant operations and various other functions. As one of the top executives at PayPal, Ryan Downs 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 Downs also 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 Downs 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.
Senior Vice President, Operations
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As Senior Vice President of Operations, Jason Nielsen is responsible for the oversight of Proxibid’s Client Services, Logistics, Risk Management and Product Development teams, as well as the Company’s payments business, Auction Payment Network (APN).
Jason Nielsen 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 Nielsen 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 Nielsen 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 Nielsen holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Bellevue University as well as several industry designations.
Chief Financial Officer
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In his role as Chief Financial Officer, James Hajek leads Proxibid’s financial operations and investor relations teams. As a business leader with an accounting, finance, and operating background, James brings a wealth of experience positioning investor-backed companies for growth, managing private equity relationships, and working proactively with executive and management teams to achieve profitability.
James Hajek joins Proxibid from Corepoint Health, LLC, where he served as Chief Financial Officer, responsible for all financial reporting, forecasting, treasury, tax, investor relations, debt compliance, contracts, and all aspects of HR, legal and risk management. Prior to Corepoint Health, James served as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance and Operations for Pivot3, Inc., where he helped the company grow its revenues and finalize a growth capital equity round with Samsung Ventures. He also served as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance and Strategic Programs at GE Asset intelligence, Inc., Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Terion, Inc. and has held financial leadership positions at Marconi plc, and CS Wireless Systems, Inc. James Hajek is also a licensed CPA.
James Hajek holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management, Finance, and Accounting from The University of Texas.
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
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As Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Proxibid, Gregory Nichols is responsible for establishing, maintaining and developing the company’s technical vision, technical operations, and all aspects of the company’s technology development. Gregory Nichols plays an integral role in Proxibid’s strategic direction, research, development, and future growth with regard to technology products and services.
In this role, Gregory Nichols 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. Gregory Nichols 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, Gregory Nichols 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.
Chief of Staff
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As Chief of Staff, Jacqueline Glassman works alongside the executive team to drive Proxibid’s strategy and realize the company’s vision. In this role, Jacqueline Glassman provides insight into executive vision and strategy to individual business units as she works with department leadership to establish and refine key performance indicators to maximize organizational performance. Her responsibilities include communicating business performance, goal progression, and key partnership updates for all executive, investor, and board meetings.
Jacqueline Glassman joined Proxibid in 2009 and has served multiple departments, most recently as Director of Client Services and Sales. In this position, she managed Proxibid’s Customer Support, Account Management, and Sales teams, overseeing the three groups largely accountable for all client interactions. Jacqueline Glassman was previously the Manager of Proxibid’s Account Management team, as well as Proxibid’s Operations Support Supervisor.
Jacqueline Glassman holds a Bachelor’s Degree in political science and organizational sociology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Senior Vice President, Reverse Logistics
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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 Burnett’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 Burnett 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 Burnett 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 Burnett 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 Burnett 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 Burnett 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.
Connect with Bruce Hoberman: LinkedIn
Bruce Hoberman has been with Proxibid since early 2003 in the capacity of CEO and now as Board Chairman. As Chairman, Bruce Hoberman is responsible for maintaining investor relations and overseeing the board of directors.
Bruce Hoberman 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 Hoberman 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 Hoberman has held, he has also served as an executive volunteer for the International Executive Service Corps. As part of his volunteer services, Bruce Hoberman has assisted in the development of multiple business incubators, training centers, trade associations and businesses in Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Zambia, Africa.