Mr. Mark Richey is the Founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer at Synchrony Communications. He also serves as a Partner at 1809 Capital. Mr. Richey co-founded and served as Managing Director at West Capital Advisors. He serves as a Board Member at AssureCare. He serves as Advisor at Renalis. He also served as Advisor at CincyTech. He is an experienced technologist, executive, founder, and private equity investor. Most recently, he served as a Managing Director in Draper Triangle Ventures, an early-stage venture fund and affiliate of the Draper Network of funds headed by Draper Fisher Jurvetson in Menlo Park, CA. Mark maintains a relationship with Draper Triangle in the role of Venture Partner. He has been involved in many entrepreneurial ventures. Mark founded Synchrony Communications in 1997 raising $38 million in funding from leading VCs and strategic investors, including Charles River Ventures, APAX Partners, and GE Equity. He grew the company to a size of more than 130 employees in four cities serving over 80 customers, including Cincinnati Bell, Bank of America, and Proctor & Gamble. In prior years Mark served in management roles with a series of venture-backed Silicon Valley companies, including Gain Technology (sold to Sybase), Siebel Systems (IPO), and Genesys Telecommunications (IPO). After graduate school, he worked in management consulting with Theodore Barry & Associates (Los Angeles). Mark began his career as a software engineer with Cincom Systems (Cincinnati). Mark holds an M.B.A. from The Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, and a BS in Systems Analysis from Miami University. He currently serves as an observer on the boards of Thinkvine, and CardioInsight, the advisory board of Priority Consult (a division of Mayfield Spine Clinic), and the TechColumbus Investment Committee. He served as Board Observer at Oversight Systems. Mark is a past member of the Business Advisory Council of Miami University's Richard T. Farmer School of Business Administration. He served as Advisor at Rev1 Ventures.