Matthew Burns, Interim CEO (Co-Founder & General Counsel)
Matt was a Co-Founder of Isolation Network, Inc., and is currently the Company’s General Counsel. He oversees the Legal & Business Affairs, Corporate Development and Human Resources groups, as well as mergers & acquisitions and equity & debt financing. He previously also served as the Company’s Chief Operating Officer and was instrumental in the closing of several private equity rounds, including investments by Shamrock Capital and Universal Music Group, and the acquisition of Fontana Distribution LLC.
Before working as an executive, Matt worked as a corporate lawyer from 1995 until 2002. He has worked on dozens of mergers, acquisitions, private equity financings and IPOs as both company and underwriters’ counsel during his career. Matt received his law degree, magna cum laude, from Stetson University in 1995 and his B.A. in Finance, summa cum laude, from the University of South Florida in 1992.
Vincent Freda, Chief Operating Officer
Vinnie is the Chief Operating Officer of Isolation Network, Inc. He was previously Executive Vice President of Digital Logistics for Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s largest music label, where he worked for over two decades. Among other roles, Vinnie was UMG’s primary architect of the global infrastructure used to deliver digital content for both promotional and commercial exploitation. He has also served as Vice Chair of the Digital Entertainment Group’s Digital Supply Chain Committee for the major film studios. He previously served as Chairman of Isolation Network from 2008 to 2012.
Vinnie has over 25 years’ experience in implementing enterprise systems at large corporations and is an expert at leading creative organizations in adopting process improvements. Vinnie holds a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Ben Cary, Chief Financial Officer
Ben serves as Chief Financial Officer for Isolation Network, Inc. Prior to joining Isolation Network, he was a Managing Director with Broadway Advisors, LLC, a boutique management consulting firm focused solely on advising and assisting financially and operationally troubled companies. Before this role, Ben was a director with Prometheus Partners, a private equity fund established to invest in growth companies within fragmented industry sectors undergoing consolidation.
Ben has over 20 years of experience in financial management, including roles with Trinity Capital, Broadview International, Goldman Sachs, Metromedia International and Coopers & Lybrand. He earned an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School and a BS in Accounting from the University of Southern California. He is a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor (CIRA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and held Series 7 & 63 certifications.
Board of Directors
Jay Boberg, Executive Chairman
At the age of 20, in 1979, Jay Boberg co-founded one of the most prominent independent music labels of the 1980s, I.R.S. Records. Jay has created significant value for each of the companies he has led. Driven by such signings as R.E.M., Oingo Boingo, the Go-Gos, English Beat and Fine Young Cannibals, I.R.S. attained more than $500 million global sales before being acquired by Thorn/EMI in 1993.
In 1994, Mr. Boberg left the indie world to serve as President of MCA Music Publishing, where he reshaped and re-staffed the company, achieving immediate success with Alanis Morissette. Eighteen months later, he was appointed President of MCA Records where he presided for nearly 10 years, signing and developing artists as diverse as Blink 182, New Radicals, Sublime, The Roots, Mary J. Blige, Sigur Ros, Shaggy and Drive Thru Records.
Having served as CEO of two major music companies –MCA (now Universal) and CBS (now Sony), Al Teller guided the careers of many world class artists including Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Elton John, Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, The Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, George Michael, Public Enemy, LL Cool J, Mary J Blige, Electric Light Orchestra, Meat Loaf, George Strait, Reba McEntire, Marvin Gaye and Wynton Marsalis. Al was the first major label head to enter the rap music genre, signing Def Jam Records to Columbia Records. At MCA, he oversaw the acquisition of Geffen Records and a major expansion of MCA’s international profile, launching operations in 24 countries in 2 years.
Al has both a BS in Electronics Engineering and an MS in Operations Research from Columbia University and an MBA from Harvard University.
Stephen D. Royer
Steve is the President and CEO of Shamrock Capital Advisors, LLC with over 20 years of media, entertainment, and communications investment experience. Since 1998, Steve has managed Shamrock’s private equity investment activities. He currently serves as a director of Mobilitie and Screenvision and has previously served on the board of Learfield Communications, Media Storm, RealD, TeleGuam Holdings, Modern Luxury, Triad Broadcasting Company, PortalPlayer, PRN and NETGEAR.
Prior to joining Shamrock in 1991, Steve worked as an investment banker with Lehman Brothers. Steve graduated from Stanford University and earned an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management as a Venture Fellow.
Mike is a Partner at Shamrock Capital Advisors with over 10 years of media, entertainment, and communications investment experience. Mike currently serves as a director of Isolation Network, MOcean Mobile, and Giant Creative. Previously, he served on the board of Harlem Globetrotters International, Media Storm and Modern Luxury Media before Shamrock exited these investments. Prior to joining Shamrock in 2000, Mike was an investment banker at the mergers and acquisitions boutique, Putnam Lovell Securities.
Mike graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and earned an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management as a Venture Fellow.
Robb McDaniels, Founder
Robb McDaniels is the founder of Isolation Network, Inc.
As IN enters its 13th anniversary year, McDaniels remains on the razor’s edge of new technological developments in the music business. He has emerged as an industry thought leader on the subject of “cloud based” streaming models, regulatory changes for ISPs and the increasing popularity of mobile and web applications as the new interactive format for media consumption.
Robb’s leadership and innovative thinking has resulted in featured stories in Forbes, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Business Week, Entrepreneur and was named to Billboard Magazine’s “40 Under 40” list in both 2012 and 2013.
As Global Head of Digital Accounts at Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Amanda Marks is a key member of UMG’s worldwide digital team. A new media executive with 15 years of experience with all business aspects of emerging business models (partner relationship management, business affairs and business development, strategy operations, and internal controls), she has long been at the forefront of the evolving digital landscape. As the former EVP & General Manager for the distribution division of UMG, she helped lead the company through its transition from being focused on physical product to being format agnostic. Prior leadership roles as Executive Vice President of eLabs and General Manager of Jimmy and Doug’s Farmclub.com placed Ms. Marks at the center of transformative, first-of-their-kind digital initiatives creating new ways for content to be distributed and consumed.
Jim Urie is President & CEO of Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD). In this capacity, Mr. Urie oversees the activities and business strategies of UMGD, the sales and distribution arm of Universal Music Group. Mr. Urie assumed the role of President in August 1999 and has played a pivotal role in strategically breaking new ground in the areas of marketing and artist development.
Mr. Urie began his career in 1972 as a college rep for CBS Records in Washington, D.C. In 1987, his artist-driven approach to sales caught the attention of PolyGram executive Dick Asher who recruited him to Senior Vice President, Sales and Distribution, for the newly reorganized PolyGram Records. In 1989, he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Marketing, and in 1993, Mr. Urie joined Arista Records as Senior Vice President of Sales.
Brian Napack joined Providence Equity Partners LLC as a senior advisor in 2012, after serving as president of Macmillan, the global publisher, in the U.S. from 2006 to 2011. During his tenure at Macmillan, Mr. Napack oversaw businesses in education, consumer books, digital media and magazines and managed the growth of Macmillan’s digital businesses. Prior to Macmillan, Mr. Napack was a partner at global management consulting firm L.E.K. Consulting, and was founder and CEO of ThinkBox, an educational software company. Previously, he worked for The Walt Disney Company and held senior roles at Simon & Schuster and at the consulting company A.T. Kearney. Mr. Napack currently serves on the board of Ascend Learning, Blackboard, Education Management Corp. and Zero-to-Three, a national advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of infants and toddlers.