Board of Directors
Yoram “Rami” Abada
Mr. Abada previously served as the President of Factory Direct Enterprises, one of the largest licensees of Ashley Furniture Home stores from March 2015 until March 2016. Most recently, Mr. Abada served as Jennifer Convertibles Inc.’s President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, as well as a member of its board of directors, from September 1999 until 2014. From 1997 until 2003, Mr. Abada served as a member of the board of directors of CCA Industries, Inc., a public company engaged in the manufacture and distribution of health and beauty aid products, and Mr. Abada currently serves as a member of the board of directors of 168 5th Avenue Realty Corp., a privately held real estate corporation. Mr. Abada holds a B.B.A. from the Bernard Baruch College of the City University of New York.
Mr. Abada’s background and experience as a lead executive officer and board member of public and private companies provides him with extensive knowledge of, and insights into, financial reporting and oversight, corporate strategy and board functions.
Mike Jones joined SNAP as a formal advisor in 2017. He is an internet executive, investor and strategic advisor and CEO of Science, Inc. He is Los Angeles’s most active angel investor with more than $2.5B in exits. His exits in 2016 alone included Science portfolio companies HelloSociety (acquired by New York Times), FameBit (acquired by Google) and Dollar Shave Club (acquired by Unilever). He is also a long-time entrepreneur. He started his first company in college, and he was previously the CEO of Userplane (acquired by AOL), Tsavo (acquired by Cybermedia), PBJ (acquired by JB), MySpace (acquired by Specific Media), Myspace Japan (acquired by Softbank), and FIM (acquired by Rubicon Project).
Science Inc. is the disruptive media, marketing and brand building company that creates, invests, acquires and scales successful digital businesses. The company has co-founded and invested in more than 70 companies, including Dollar Shave Club, DogVacay, HelloSociety, FameBit, Earny, Pray and Mammoth.
Science Inc. recently launched its newest incubator, Science Blockchain, which is currently undergoing an initial coin offering. The incubator has partnered with other leading blockchain companies including BLOCKv, Civic and TaaS and recently announced blockchain reputation network SpringRole, its first portfolio company. Learn more at science-inc.comand science.tokenhub.com.
Jason Katz serves as the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chief Operating Officer of PeerStream. He founded A.V.M. in 1998 and served as its Chief Executive Officer and as a member of its Board of Directors. In his capacity as an executive officer and director of A.V.M., Mr. Katz oversaw the strategic direction of A.V.M. and its subsidiaries, and also managed its system infrastructure. Mr. Katz is an authority on instant messaging as well as web-based voice and video. Mr. Katz has appeared at numerous industry forums as well as on Bloomberg Radio and CNN Radio.
Prior to A.V.M., Mr. Katz co-founded MJ Capital, a money management firm. Earlier in his career, Mr. Katz was a corporate lawyer at the New York office of Fulbright & Jaworski. Mr. Katz earned a JD from the New York University School of Law (1988) and a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania (1985).
Lance Laifer has served as a member of A.V.M.’s Board of Directors since 1999. Mr. Laifer has also served as the Chief Executive Officer of each of Old Forge Media Management and Old Forge Asset Management (together, “Old Forge”), a network of social media advertising and marketing companies, since 2013 and 2011, respectively, as well as the Chief Executive Officer of Laifer Capital Management, Inc., a hedge fund, since 1992. Prior to his service at Old Forge, Mr. Laifer was the Chief Executive Officer of Wapiti Capital Management, LLC. Mr. Laifer also served on the board of directors of ValueVision from 1992 to 1995.
Mr. Laifer’s decades of experience provide him with unique investment and capital market insights, as well as background analyzing the risks and strategies of companies in the social media and online dating industries.
Mr. Levit is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, board member and advisor at several prominent Silicon Valley companies including Docker, August, Spigot, Founders Den, Say Media and Revel Systems. Currently, Mr. Levit serves as a Venture Partner at Vision Knight Capital, a private equity fund focused on investments in internet, e-commerce, consumer retail powered by internet and e-commerce, and business-to-business services powered by information technology and internet technology sectors in China. Mr. Levit also currently serves as the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Founders Den, a shared office space and private club for experienced entrepreneurs and their friends, where he has served since January 2011.Mr. Levit has served as the Chief Marketing Officer of Paltalk from July 2004 to October 2006. Mr. Levit holds a B.A. in Business Economics, a B.S. in Mechanical and Environmental Engineering and a Master of Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Mr. Levit’s substantial investment and management experience in the technology, internet and media sectors give him particular insight into the development of early stage companies, as well as expertise regarding business strategy, leadership, marketing and strategic transactions.
Mr. Silberstein has been a member of A.V.M.’s Board of Directors since 1999 and was General Counsel of A.V.M. from 2000 to 2003. He began his career in October 1986 as a real estate attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and in April 1989 began working for The Mendik Company, which with its partners, owned and managed a portfolio of twelve million square feet of Class A commercial office buildings in New York City and its suburbs.He is on the Advisory Board of Willpower Labs, Inc., a startup that makes a weight loss lozenge. Most recently, Mr. Silberstein taught high school English at The Rivers School in Weston, Massachusetts from September 2010 to June 2016. Mr. Silberstein earned a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.
Mr. Silberstein’s experience representing A.V.M. and other companies in complex and sophisticated matters, as well as his expertise in real estate acquisition and management, provides him with unique insights into business strategy and leadership.