Benchmark Capital: With almost 20 years of venture capital investing experience, Bob is a veteran of the venture industry. Bob's investments include Ariba (ARBA), Art.com (acquired by Getty Images), eBags, eBay (EBAY), E-Loan (EELN), Friendster, Get2Chip (acquired by Cadence), Jamba Juice, Potbelly, Synopsys, WorldWinner.com and zipRealty. See www.benchmark.com.
TVI & Boston Consulting Group: Prior to co-founding Benchmark in 1995, Bob spent 12 years as a General Partner with Technology Venture Investors. Before TVI, Bob worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he focused on issues of corporate strategy in industries ranging from retail distribution to high technology manufacturing.
Industry Associations: Bob is a past director of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a past president of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (WAVC) and chairman of the board of trustees of Kettering University.
Education: Before graduating with an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1980, Bob was a General Motors Fellow. He was a Sobey Scholar and received a BS in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Institute (renamed Kettering University) in 1978.
eBags: Since May 1999.
Lands' End: Dave started at Lands' End in early 1982 when Lands' End sales approached $40 million. By the time Dave left Lands' End, 19 years later, Lands' End revenues were nearly $1.5 billion. After beginning his Lands' End career in circulation, Dave moved into merchandising, forecasting and inventory control. Eventually, he became their General Merchandise Manager for the coed division. After his GMM role, Dave helped Lands' End's start their International, Corporate Sales and Internet divisions.
Gemplers and Duluth Trading: When Dave left Lands End, he joined Gemplers, helping sell part of the company to Lab Safety Supply, a division of W.W.Grainger. Dave stayed with a spinout of Gemplers, a two year old catalog startup named Duluth Trading, when the Gemplers transaction was complete. Dave remains with Gemplers today, serving as an Executive Vice President.
Education: After graduating from the University of Colorado with a degree in economics, Dave graduated from General Electric's Financial Management Training program. After GE, he earned an MBA from Stanford. But, most applicable to eBags are the experiences Dave gained over 19 years while starting new business divisions for Lands' End.
eBags: Since April 2003.
MARY BETH LEWIS
Noodles & Company: Mary Beth Lewis joined Noodles & Company's executive team as chief financial officer and executive vice president in October 2001. Lewis is responsible for financing Noodles & Company's growth, setting expansion strategy in collaboration with the executive team and directing the finance, accounting, information technology and purchasing departments. As of early 2004, Noodles has raised $27 million and grown to 90 restaurants.
Wild Oats Markets: Mary Beth was CFO for Wild Oats Markets from 1992 to 2001, when the company grew from eight stores in two states with $36 million in revenue to 109 stores in 22 states with $840 million in revenue. In addition to overseeing the accounting and finance departments, her accomplishments include managing a successful initial and secondary public offering, financing business growth through private equity placement and bank debt, and assisting the CEO and legal team in numerous acquisition transactions.
Price Waterhouse & Earlier: Prior to her experience at Wild Oats Markets, Mary Beth spent six years as a CPA within the Price Waterhouse audit practice. Her earliest professional experience includes five years as a restaurant manager with Red Bull Inns of America, which helped her to develop a thorough understanding of restaurant operations.
Education: Mary Beth earned her MBA from the University of Pittsburgh in 1986 and earned two bachelor's degrees in psychology and speech pathology/audiology in 1980 from West Virginia University.
eBags: Since May 2004.
JON NORDMARK, Chairman
Samsonite: Prior to eBags, Jon spent eleven years at Samsonite, the world's largest luggage company. He worked on projects in the United States, South America, Europe and Asia. During most of his time at Samsonite, Jon directed the research, design, development, marketing and lifecycles of products introduced into over 20 different distribution channels - from warehouse clubs to department stores to mass merchants and even military accounts.
Boards: Active in the Colorado's community, Jon sits on the advisory board for the Deming Center of Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado. He is also a board member of the Colorado Software and Internet Association. And in 1999, with a law firm and the Denver Mayor's Office, he co-founded an annual event, Startup Basecamp. He continues to help organize this day-long educational summit which draws about 500 attendees each year.
Education: Jon graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Business School at the University of Colorado in Boulder, 1985.
eBags: Jon has been president & CEO of eBags since 1998. He has been chairman since 2002.