Jeffrey S. Peterson
Chief Executive Officer
Jeffrey S. Peterson was the original founder of Quepasa.com, and Quepasa Corporation, a Nasdaq and New York Stock Exchange traded public company (Nasdaq: QPSA, NYSE Euronext: QPSA) that was the first nationally branded online community for Hispanics in the USA. Under his leadership, during a period of approximately ten years, Quepasa achieved a peak market capitalization in excess of $450 million. Key investors in Quepasa included Sony Corp., Telemundo, football star John Elway, and pop superstar Gloria Estefan. Quepasa was continually ranked as the #1 most popular Hispanic online community, beating competitors Starmedia and Yahoo! en Español. At Quepasa, Peterson held the positions of CEO, Chairman, President, and Chief Technology Officer.
In July 2003, Mr. Peterson was appointed by Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano to the Board of Directors of the Arizona – Mexico Commission (“AMC”). Peterson served the AMC under Governor Napolitano on the Board and Executive Committee until her departure from Arizona to Washington, D.C. in 2009 when she became United States Secretary of Homeland Security. In Arizona, Peterson also served from 2006 to 2010 on the Business Advisory Committee of Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard. In New York, Peterson served on the Hispanic Committee of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (“IAB”).
Mr. Peterson has received national and international media attention for his accomplishments in the technology sector, currently serves on the board of directors of several privately-held technology related companies in both the United States and Latin America and serves as a technology consultant to the government of Mexico. Quepasa was sold in 2007 to investor and venture capitalist Richard Scott, who is now the Governor of Florida. In 2011, Quepasa changed its corporate name to MeetMe Corp.
Michael D. Silberman
Executive Vice President & CFO
Mr. Silberman has over 30 years of experience as a seasoned financial, strategic and operational executive. He has held positions in the technology sector with a focus on internet portals and application design and development as the original co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Quepasa Corporation, a Nasdaq and New York Stock Exchange traded public company (Nasdaq: QPSA, NYSE Euronext: QPSA), that was the first nationally branded online community for Hispanics in the United States. He was also the Chief Financial Officer of Internet Century, Inc. and Chief Financial Officer of Net Century, Inc. the predecessor companies. Previous experience included positions in the fields of multimedia and content development, production and publishing such as Controller of Fred Weintraub Productions, Chief Financial Officer of Jolson Media Corporation, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Rock Magazine, Controller of two U.S. subsidiaries of Televisa S.A. and Controller of Braverman Productions.
Mr. Silberman earned his B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his M.B.A. from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is an active California licensed Certified Public Accountant, an active Certified Fraud Examiner, a Chartered Global Management Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Institute of Certified Management Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Special Advisor to CEO
Don Bivens is immediate past chair of the 55,000-member Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association and is a former President of the Arizona State Bar. He handles complex litigation of all types and corporate investigations. He has tried cases involving securities fraud, patent infringement, trade secrets, lender liability, environmental liability, professional negligence, officer and director liability, products liability, employment discrimination, real estate and construction matters, significant estate disputes, business torts, and class actions. Don leads internal investigations for corporations and special committees of corporate boards on a variety of issues. He also handles election law and government relations.
Special Advisor to CEO
Mr. Lopez is a founder of Manos Accelerator a company designed to foster a new generation of Latino technology entrepreneurs by providing access to early-stage capital, mentorship support and resources that will enable them to build and grow their startup companies. He is also a twenty-five-year veteran of the insurance industry, working as a computer technician from the high-tech district of New York. Following his retirement, he relocated to California to advise his daughter, actress and musician Jennifer Lopez. Together, they opened up a restaurant called Madre’s, where he was a partner and general manager.