Monday, July 15, 2013

[NEWS] Red Rocket Adds New Partner--Welcomes Jay Stocki

Posted By: George Deeb - 7/15/2013

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CHICAGO, IL -- In 2010, Red Rocket started out as a fun side project of George Deeb, its Founder and Managing Partner.  But, over the last two years, Red Rocket quickly evolved into a real business, with over 400 startups and other digital businesses approaching the company for consulting or financial advisory help.  In order to better keep up with the increasing demand, Red Rocket announced today that Jay Stocki has joined the company as a new Partner.



Jay is a serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years experience in strategy development and process execution in the technology industry. He is passionate about solving problems through new technology and is working diligently to help make Chicago a global technology center. Jay's skills include product strategy and marketing, business and revenue development, positioning and brand marketing, financing, digital marketing and executive team development.

Prior to Red Rocket, Jay was an executive with Bering Media (via the acquisition of his startup, DirectGeo), leading the use of big data in local display advertising. Jay has also held management roles with several large digital businesses, including Yahoo! (Regional Director of Sales & Operations in Chicago, and launched enterprise sales efforts as National Account Director), NVIDIA (helped to grow from $60MM to $2BN and IPO as Industry Evangelist and Director-Products) and Corio, now part of IBM (helped to IPO as Senior Director--Products & Markets). Prior to that, Jay was senior strategy consultant for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in their high tech practice from 1990 to 1998. Jay has also run his own consulting business, Talmont Consulting, in the ISP industry. Some of Jay's consulting clients include: Verizon, Verizon Wireless, CenturyLink, Embarq, Qwest, McDonald's, Snap-On Tools, Quaker Oats, Federal Express and Sony.
Deeb said, "I am really excited to have Jay join the team.  He has a very unique background that blends successful startup, big digital company and brand-name consulting experience in one person.  The fact he has been associated with four successful exits over his career, will go a long way in helping Red Rocket's clients receive trusted advice and results."
Jay has his MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Jay serves on the Innovation Committee for Choose Dupage. He also serves on the board of Practical Philanthropy and is President of the District 58 Education Foundation.

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LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jstocki
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