Management

Zach Marks
Founder

Zach Marks is the creator of Grom Social. Early on, Zach developed a strong interest in computers, technology and business, and often attended his father’s business meetings and marketing events. At the age of 12, Zach's parents repeatedly denied him access to Facebook because of their concerns about security and suitability. As a result, Zach put all of his energy, knowledge and creativity into the development of Grom Social. Zach is the second oldest of Sarah and Darren Marks’ six children.

Darren Marks
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer / President

Darren Marks has served as our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of our Board since June 2012. From January 2011 to February 2016, Mr. Marks was the President of DNA Brands, Inc., a beverage distributor and formerly a public company quoted on the OTCBB.  During the period from August 2014 to August 2017, Mr. Marks was a Director of Illumination America, Inc., a publicly traded LED lighting company. Mr. Marks has more than 20 years of executive management experience. In 1991 Mr. Marks co-founded and served as Vice-President of Sims Communications, Inc. a telecommunications company that formerly traded on the NASDAQ, where he was responsible for the creation, design, and funding of a national telecommunications program for clients such as Alamo Rental Car and the American Automobile Association. Mr. Marks attended the University of Florida/Santa Fe Community College from 1986 to 1988. 

Melvin Leiner
Vice-Chairman and Executive Vice President & Secretary

Melvin Leiner has served as our Vice Chairman, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary since December 2012. Mr. Leiner was the co-founder of DNA Brands, Inc., a beverage distributer and formerly a public company quoted on the OTCBB, where, from January 2011 to February 2016, he served as Executive-Vice President, and Director. During the period from August 2014 to August 2017, Mr. Leiner was a Director of Illumination America, Inc., a publicly traded LED lighting company. Mr. Leiner co-founded Sims Communications, Inc., a telecommunications company in 1991 that went public with an IPO on NASDAQ in 1995. Mr. Leiner served as its Chairman, President, and CEO until his resignation in 1997. Mr. Leiner has 50 years of entrepreneurial domestic and international business experience ranging from product creation, development to sales and marketing for public and private companies. He attended Marshall College where he studied business. 

Wayne Dearing
Executive Vice President of Global Finance

Wayne Dearing has served as our Executive Vice President of Global Finance since July 1, 2016. He has served as managing Director of TD Holdings LTD the parent company of Top Draw animation a company he founded in November 2002, Mananging Director of Top Draw Animation, Inc. since November 1999 and Managing Director of Mango Distribution Ltd since June 2006. During Mr. Dearing’s long career he has also served as financial and operations leader of Hanna-Barbera Australia and Hanna-Barbera Asia. He previously was General Manager of multiple division of Broadcom Australia, which at the time was one of Australia’s largest independent media companies.

Dr. Thomas J. Rutherford
Independent Director

Dr. Thomas J. Rutherford has served as a director on our Board of Directors since July, 2015. Mr. Rutherford is a highly-respected and world-renowned oncologist and a national expert in cancer, with more than 30 years of surgical and clinical expertise in gynecologic cancer with in excess of 200 published articles and case reports. In January 2017, Dr. Rutherford was appointed the Director of Oncology for South Florida University and Tampa General Hospital. In addition to his medical background, Dr. Rutherford has extensive leadership, operational and organizational experience, having headed a team of more than 100 physician sub-specialists, including surgeons and medical and radiation oncologists, that annually treated more than 2,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients as Director of Oncology for Connecticut Oncology, a Division of Women’s Health of Connecticut and director of Cancer Services for Western Connecticut Health Network. Dr. Rutherford previously practiced at Yale Oncology and served as Professor of Oncology and Director of Oncology Fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine.

Robert Stevens
Independent Director

Robert Stevens, founded Somerset Capital Ltd in 2001, a private capital firm that employs industry-specific skillsets to make strategic investments in distressed and turnaround situations as well as merger and direct investments in private and pre-public companies, where he serves as president and managing director. Mr. Stevens also serves as a court appointed receiver. Prior to founding Somerset Capital Ltd, Mr. Stevens was Managing Director of Technology Partners, a private equity and M&A firm from 2010 to 2013.

Norman Rosenthal
Independent Director

Norman Rosenthal, founded Tempest Systems Inc. in 1986, a leading technology consultancy offering a wide range of services, from traditional business development to relationship management and competitive intelligence, and has served as CEO from 1986 to the present. Mr. Rosenthal has also served in senior management/advisory positions at Micro Focus and Computer Associates.

Advisory Board

Eric Tannenbaum

Eric Tannenbaum is one of the Executive Producers of CBS’ “Two and a Half Men” and “We are Men.” Prior to establishing his own production compay, Eric was President of Artists Television Group, where he was a producer. He previously served as President of Columbia TriStar Television. During his tenure, the studio produced such hits as “Mad About You,” “Party of Five,” “Dawson’s Creek,” “The Nanny,” and “The Odd Couple.”

Alice Cahn

Alice Cahn is former VP of Development and Acquisitions for Turner Broadcasting’s Cartoon Network and founder of Carton Network’s award winning “Stop the Bullying: Speak Up” project. Prior to working with Turner, Cahn served as PBS’ head of Children’s Progammnig, acquiring the netowrk’s highest rated and most profitable youth series: “Barney,” “Arthur,” “The Magin Schoolbus,” and “Teletubbies,” and was Group President of Television, Film, and Video at Sesame Workshop.


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