FOUNDER & CEO
Raz started his career at age 19 as an Engineer at IBM. Raz spent six years leading IBM’s major Northeast accounts such as Goldman Sachs, Mitsubishi International Trading, and AXA Equitable. Raz’s numerous professional certifications as well as broad expertise in internet technologies drove him to strike out on his own. In 1999, Raz founded and ran USAWeb® - now Office Interactive® - an award-winning app development and lead generation technology company based out of New York City.
Raz Choudhury’s 17-year career as a Tech CEO lead him to found SAM to solve the data silo problem that plagues the industry and offer true innovative AI driven technology to a vastly underserve growing and mid-sized market. SAM was founded with some of the best engineering talents from Raz’s former organization as well trail blazing executives in the industry that Raz had affiliation with. Raz attended Columbia University.
FOUNDING MEMBER & CTO
Sekki is a founding member and CTO of SAM.AI and oversees all aspects of the platform’s architecture and integrity. He works closely with a team of data scientists and software engineers to rollout the product vision and roadmap.
Sekki has over 10 years of expertise in building enterprise applications and working with big data. Prior to SAM, Sekki was the chief software architect for Office Interactive and built SAAS oriented CRM and CMS solutions from the ground up.
His extensive knowledge in software architecture and a decade of hands on experience in developing robust enterprise application allows him to lead his current team at SAM to work on some of the most advanced solutions utilizing Artificial Intelligence.
ADVISOR - CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER (CMO)
Bill Carmody is the Chief Marketing Officer of SAM. Bill oversees all aspects of SAM’s strategic Sales and Marketing goals and works closely with clients to help them realize their sales and marketing goals.
Bill has been trailblazing in digital marketing since its inception in 1994, having launched the very first commercial websites for AT&T, MasterCard, CBS, and Coors Brewing Company. Prior to SAM, Bill Carmody founded two top-ranking marketing agencies including Trepoint, which was ranked the 83rd fastest growing private company in New York by Inc Magazine.
Bill Carmody is an international keynote speaker, published author and regular columnist for Inc Magazine. As a 23 year career MarTech geek, his passion is the future of sales and marketing, including big data wrangling and machine learning.
ADVISOR – CUSTOMER ACQUISITION
Gary Kreissman on SAM’s advisory board and is a customer acquisition entrepreneur and marketing strategist. Gary has a substantial track record of rapid revenue generation for clients in financial services, premium products and digital media.
He co-founded, managed and sold Precision Prospects Inc., a multi-million online lead generation business and the leading source for highly qualified investor leads. Gary is currently Managing Partner of S2L, which converts social media passion to high ROI acquisition email and Group PRM, which develops and markets innovative, proprietary lead generation and conversion programs.
Previously, Gary was SVP of Lipper Inc., the mutual fund information provider, where he managed the New York office, created a profitable online data feed business and was instrumental in the sale of Lipper to Reuters. Earlier, he was CEO of ActDirect, the first database-driven couponing company. Gary has also held senior positions at ValPak, Remy Martin and Ogilvy & Mather. Gary is a regular columnist for MediaPost’s “Performance Insider” and frequent speaker, focused on performance marketing and customer acquisition. In addition to SAM, he also serves on the advisory boards of Pink Honey, Tempesta Media and The Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Gary has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from the University of Michigan.
ADVISOR – GROWTH HACKING
Jeremy Scharage is on SAM’s advisory board. He is based in New York City and is a Managing Director at Oakview Advisors where he focuses on M&A and capital markets in the technology sector.
Prior to joining Oakview, Jeremy created and managed a portfolio of mobile app investments that returned over 175% in two years by completing 16 transactions. He also co-founded GoFastCab, a start-up in the on-demand transportation sector. Jeremy raised capital and expanded service to 18 metros, eventually selling to Total Transit, Inc. and merging into Veyo Logistics.
Jeremy began his career at VC-backed start-ups and smaller firms that were acquired by Ericsson, Nokia, and Bosch. Over the course of a decade, Jeremy helped commercialize products in the automotive, networking, printing, and mobile industries. He has two patents in mobile telecommunications. Jeremy rose to a technology leadership position at QUALCOMM, where he hired, trained and led a 20-person global team to support mobile device manufacturers such as Samsung, LG, and Motorola. Jeremy holds a B.S. in Physics from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Jeremy lives in the financial district of downtown Manhattan and enjoys rock climbing and chess in his spare time.