Prior to joining True as chief communications officer for True and its subsidiary brands, Channa represented the National Venture Capital Association, the AICPA, and numerous top tier venture capital funds through her work with PR firm Tenor Communications. Channa began her career as a broadcast news journalist in Virginia and North Carolina and is a graduate of James Madison University. Channa drives employee engagement and supports company culture through internal communications strategies and programs. She is also responsible for amplifying the brands’ market visibility through PR and media relations.
Tori is an experienced operator and investment professional leading investment sourcing and diligence, fund operations, platform development, and strategic sector expansion at Vera. Tori earned her MBA from The Wharton School, majoring in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, where she held key positions as Managing Partner of Dorm Room Fund and VC Fellow at Harlem Capital. She previously worked at Intel as a Mechanical Design Engineer and Product Manager. She holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Spelman College and a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Tori is deeply passionate about fostering diversity in entrepreneurship and tech.
In 2012, Brad Stadler co-founded True with the mission to disrupt outdated practices in the executive search industry. Since then, True has become the global leader in efficient, forward-thinking talent management. With more than 20 years’ experience working with investment firms and their portfolio companies, Brad helps set and oversee True’s strategic direction; drive innovation and growth initiatives; and ensure the firm is operationally aligned with its short and long term business goals. Prior to founding True, Brad and co-founder Joe Riggione established and built IronHill Partners, a national retained search firm acquired by Heidrick & Struggles (NASDAQ: HSII) in 2008.
Joe Riggione co-founded True with the goal of disrupting an antiquated executive recruitment industry. Joe brings to True 20+ years’ experience working with high growth tech companies and the VC and PE firms that back them. As co-CEO, Joe helps oversee True’s strategic direction; drive innovation and growth initiatives; and ensure operational alignment with short and long-term business objectives. Prior to founding True, Joe and co-founder Brad Stadler built IronHill Partners, a national retained search firm acquired by Heidrick & Struggles (NASDAQ: HSII) in 2008.
Maria is an experienced investment professional with a passion for people and entrepreneurship that led her to join the team in launching Vera in 2021. She continues to manage the operations, fundraising, and deployment of the fintech funds. Previously, Maria was on the investing team at General Atlantic where she helped source and diligence high-growth technology companies. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.B.A. in Finance and Spanish, magna cum laude. She remains involved in mentoring students at her alma mater as a board member of the Notre Dame Venture Capital Club, and is also a proud Girls Who Invest alumna.
Jon is a leader in financial services executive search, working with the world’s premier fintech companies, founders and investors to identify and recruit board and senior management teams. Since joining True Search in 2018 as a founding member of the FinTech practice, he has built a team of more than 50 people bringing in >$50M in revenue. Jon is also an angel investor driven by his deep passion for and understanding of innovation in financial services.
Mike is an accomplished fintech operator, investor and advisor. He has spent 20+ years at high-growth tech companies. Most recently as the COO of Venmo, he helped lead the business from its Series A round in 2011 to acquisition by Braintree in 2012, and then again by PayPal in 2013 as part of the $800 million Braintree deal. By the end of Mike’s tenure, Venmo had grown to 40M active users and $300M annual revenue run-rate. Since leaving Venmo in 2019, he has spent the past few years as an active angel investor, building a portfolio of more than 75 high-growth tech companies, and is currently an operating partner at Stripes, a growth equity investment firm.