CEO and Founder, Mobile Accord
James Eberhard, CEO and Founder of Mobile Accord and its core product, GeoPoll, has established himself as a visionary within the global mobile community. As Founder and CEO of Mobile Accord, Inc., Eberhard directs and oversees the vision for Mobile Accord’s business operations. Mobile Accord provides widespread access to the mobile marketplace with innovative turnkey mobile business solutions. As a solution, Mobile Accord allows nonprofit organizations to communicate with supporters and accept charitable contributions via SMS technology. Eberhard is using his expertise to help guide and develop mobile charitable giving in the U.S. to instill consumer confidence and achieve regulatory compliance while maintaining the integrity of the mobile and nonprofit spaces.
Prior to founding Mobile Accord, Eberhard founded and created 9 Squared, Inc., a mobile content and services company that launched one of the first multi-platform mobile content delivery systems in the United States. Under his leadership, and with less than $50,000.00 in start-up capital, 9 Squared quickly evolved into a leading mobile content and services business. In 2004, 9 Squared was acquired by Monstermob Group plc.
President, Mobile Accord
Steve Gutterman, President of Mobile Accord, has led and built companies that use technological innovation to propel growth for over 20 years. From 2005 – 2011, Gutterman was the President and Managing Director of MBH Enterprises, a holding company that acquires controlling interest in financial service and B2B companies. Prior to MBH, Gutterman spent six years at E*TRADE Financial, where he served as EVP and COO of E*TRADE Bank. During his tenure, Gutterman improved profitability in his businesses by over $100 million (or 300%) annually, and his businesses won numerous industry awards for best products and best innovation.
Gutterman holds a JD/MBA from Columbia University and a BA from Tufts University.
Chief Technology Officer, Mobile Accord
Nick Becker serves as the Chief Technology Officer for Mobile Accord. Becker is a mobile software development pioneer combining innate technical aptitude with exceptional business acumen to drive innovation and generate growth. He is excited by new technologies with a record of translating market needs into dynamic and profitable new products. Becker was the co-founder and chief technologist of 9 Squared Inc. and now leads our specialized teams in the development of edgy mobile technology.
Becker has a BS from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Finance and Information Systems.
VP, International Business Development, GeoPoll
Timur Nusratty serves as VP of International Business Development, GeoPoll, where his main areas of focus are Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Central and South Asia. Before joining Mobile Accord, Nusratty was Director of Public Policy & Senior Legal Counsel for Roshan (Telecom Development Company Afghanistan Ltd), Afghanistan’s largest mobile telecommunications company. While at Roshan he covered a wide range of commercial and public-related legal and business issues, from project finance transactions to regulatory liaising and negotiations. He also focused on the development and management of relationships with the US Government, the provision of legal support for government and military segment bids and contracts, as well as supporting M-Paisa, Roshan’s mobile money transfer solution.
Before joining Roshan, Nusratty worked as a legal advisor/consultant for the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Nusratty holds a law degree from Columbia University School of Law in New York City, and is a member of the California and Washington DC Bar Associations. He also holds a BA in Environmental Science and a BA in Italian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. Nusratty is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
VP Business Development, Africa, GeoPoll
John Muthee is the Vice President of Business Development, Africa, at GeoPoll, where he oversees GeoPoll’s Africa-based sales team and engages with clients to identify needs for mobile surveying research in the international development and commercial sectors. In this role Muthee also develops initiatives focused on building new GeoPoll capabilities and products to deliver measurable results to global clients.
A leader in market and social research with more than ten years of experience in East African markets including Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania, Muthee came to GeoPoll after 7 years at market research firm GfK, where he was the Managing Director for GfK Retail and Technology in East Africa, and previously served as Country Manager for the Steadman Group.
VP Business Development, GeoPoll
Cathy VonderHaar has over 20 years’ experience in sales and has spent the majority of her career building world class sales organizations. Her successes were gained across multiple positions and geographies that have led to advanced positions and promotions in the corporate world. Her expertise is in building and developing sales teams to achieve market growth with particular strength of taking underperforming organizations and turning them into high performing teams. Proven ability to transform sales teams by changing momentum and is a passionate sales/training leader that holds a firm belief in fostering and developing sales consultants’ skills and confidence to achieve peak performance.
Prior to joining Mobile Accord, VonderHaar served as Vice President Sales at Dex One Inc. with responsibilities for 300 sales representatives and $240M in revenues. She also has designed and executed a world class recruiting organization that dramatically improved retention and performance of first year hires at Dex One Inc.