June 23, 2014By iHigh Staff of News from iHigh.com
David Bertram CEO
David Bertram serves as the Chief Executive Officer. Bertram joined Volar in 2012 as the Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. Prior to Volar, he served in various roles at IMG College over a 14-year span, most recently as Vice President of National Properties and Executive Director for NCAA Football USA, Inc.
During his tenure at IMG College, Bertram worked with some of the country's premier college sports properties and corporate brands including: the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame (NFF), the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), the Football Bowl Association (FBA), EA Sports, Facebook, Hershey's, Coca-Cola, General Motors, CBS Sports and Turner Sports among many others. He also worked closely with IMG's National Business Development team to develop marketing platforms leveraging the myriad licensing and multi-media rights IMG held at major universities, conferences and collegiate associations across the country.
Bertram has lectured on sports marketing at several universities and associations including the Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley, the Gatton School of Business at the University of Kentucky, the Haile/US Bank School of Business at Northern Kentucky University and he is currently an adjunct instructor at the Gatton School of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky.
Bertram earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a Master's degree in Sports Administration from the University of Kentucky. While in graduate school he served as an intern for the University of Kentucky Athletic Department.
John Farris CFA
John R. Farris serves as Chief Financial Advisor. He is also the Founder and President of Commonwealth Economics. He began his career as an economist at the Center for Economics Research at the Research Triangle Institute. Mr. Farris continued his professional career as a senior economics consultant with the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation. From 2006 – 2007, Mr. Farris served as Secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, where he oversaw the collection, investment and distribution of over $8 billion dollars in annual tax revenue. Mr. Farris served as an adjunct Professor of Economics and Finance at Centre College in Danville, KY from 2008 to 2012. Mr. Farris sits on the Board of Directors for: Farmers Capital Bank Corporation (NASDAQ: FFKT), Kentucky Technology Inc. (KTI), Connected Patients Inc., and Secat Inc. Mr. Farris also serves as an Advisor to the Board of the following companiesCorporex Capital, 1020 Digital, Connected Nation, and International Network for Outcomes Research.
Mr. Farris received a full-tuition fellowship to study economics and finance at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, where he was awarded a Master’s Degree. Before attending Princeton, Mr. Farris studied economics and philosophy at Centre College from which he graduated, Phi Beta Kappa, attaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Philosophy.
Ben Askren President and CTO
Ben Askren serves as President and Chief Technology Officer of the Company. Askren joined Volar in the Fall of 2012 and became CTO in February 2013. Before working with Volar, Askren had 18 years of experience at Lexmark International in engineering and management. Askren has been a part of 34 U.S. patents and 9 European patents and has technological expertise and a strong record in building and leading teams to quickly develop high function multimedia and engineering mobile apps, concept research and development, and managing technological transfers.
David Larson CFO
David Larson serves as Volar Video's Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining the Volar Video team, Larson was a Director at Commonwealth Economics, a financial and operational consulting firm based in Lexington, KY. While at Commonwealth Economics, Larson worked closely with companies and management teams across Kentucky and throughout the surrounding region, advising on capital raising processes and providing in-depth financial guidance and analysis to help build new and improve existing businesses. Prior to joining Commonwealth Economics, Larson served as an analyst at Svoboda Capital Partners, a Chicago-based private equity group with over $250 million under management. While at Svoboda Capital Partners, Larson was heavily involved in all aspects of the investment process, transaction execution, and management of portfolio companies. Larson's experience includes working closely with companies and management teams in the healthcare, value-added distribution, consumer products, business services, technology, and direct mailing industries, among others.
Prior to joining SC, Larson was an analyst at Harris Williams & Co. in Richmond, Virginia, where he advised clients in sell-side mergers and acquisitions. He has extensive experience in investment screening, financial modeling and analysis, performing detailed due-diligence on new investments, financial planning and budgeting, and working closely with management teams to build leading businesses across a variety of industries. Larson graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting with special attainments in Commerce from Washington and Lee University.