The SMS Assist board of directors is comprised of successful business professionals, investors and industry experts, collaborating to build and scale a technology platform that is revolutionizing the way multi-property portfolios are managed.
Chairman of the Board & Founder
Michael Rothman has over 25 years of experience in the industrial service sector and 10 years in the retail services industry. Mr. Rothman served as chairman and CEO of SMS Assist, L.L.C. since its startup in 2003 to May 2017. Mr. Rothman currently serves as chairman.
Mr. Rothman founded SMS Assist in 2003 with six employees. Under his leadership, SMS Assist transformed into one of the fastest-growing technology companies in Chicago. In...more
Chief Executive Officer & Board Member
Taylor Rhodes joined SMS Assist in 2017 as Chief Executive Officer, where he is responsible for the creation and implementation of the company's vision, strategy and operations. Mr. Rhodes focuses on the combination of an engaging company culture, technology innovation and a customer-first service orientation to differentiate SMS Assist from its competitors.
Mr. Rhodes joins SMS Assist with two decades of technology and services...more
Venture Partner at Pritzker Group Venture Capital
Carter received his early training in the restaurant division of PepsiCo, Inc. (Pizza Hut International and Taco Bell) from 1986-1990 and then at Frito-Lay from 1992-1997, where he became director of Marketing, managing the $1.5 billion tortilla chip category and launching Tostitos salsas and dips. Carter then served as vice president of product marketing and marketing communications at...more
Christopher Dawe is the Co-Head of Private Investing for Goldman Sachs Investment Partners. Christopher has spent the past 10 years focused on late-stage venture and growth equity investing and oversees many of the fund’s media, internet and consumer investments. His prior investments have included Uber, Facebook, Pinterest, Spotify, Compass, Media Rights Capital and GoEuro. He has invested more than $3.5 billion in private capital...more
Ryan Hinkle joined Insight Venture Partners in 2003 and has worked across many industries, geographies and deal structures, spanning internet, e-commerce, infrastructure and application software companies in Europe, Australia and North America. Ryan’s investments include growth equity, leverage buyouts, growth buyouts, and platform roll-ups. Current investments include eCommerce companies (Hayneedle, Fanatics, Newegg, Ozsale), mobile...more
Mr. Huang was previously the Chief Operating Officer of Morningstar, Inc., a leading independent provider of investment research around the world, until his retirement in December 2010. Mr. Huang spent almost 20 years with Morningstar, taking on increasing levels of responsibility from his start as an entry level technical programmer. He was the Director of Technology in 1992 and was named as the Chief Technology Officer in 1996; he started...more
Chief Product Officer, Board Member
In the past several years and as the Chief Innovations Officer, Mr. Rothman has reviewed the needs of operations and demands of the current market to reimagine SMS Assist systems purposed to strengthen the value proposition and overall solution offering to both the subcontractor and the client. In the design, the focus has been to gather and interpret data in a manner in which leverages the efficiencies of the subcontractor and operations in...more
David Bradley is President of Huizenga Capital Management, the family office for the Huizenga family. Huizenga Capital Management was founded in 1990 and oversees investments in a wide range of asset classes, including private equity, hedge funds, public securities, real estate and oil & gas. The Huizenga family has been involved in founding, operating and investing in numerous successful businesses including Waste Management, Blockbuster...more
Matt joined New World Ventures in 2009 and remains co-founder & Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson Portage Venture Partners.
Matt’s current and past investments include Analyte Media, Apptera, BrightTag, Cognitive Concepts (acquired by Houghton Mifflin), Everdream (acquired by Dell), Feedburner (acquired by Google), Imago Scientific (acquired by Ametek), Lefthand Networks (acquired by HP), Performics (acquired by...more