An entrepreneur for 35 years, Sean is an internationally recognized pioneer in creating marketplaces and companies that disintermediate opaque products and services for the benefit of the larger community of users. He actively supports companies focused on the consumerization of healthcare through pricing and information transparency.
Sean spent the first 25 years of his career in the financial industry as owner of a futures and options trading firm, active angel investor and operator of financial market start-ups. He is co-founder of Intrade, world’s largest prediction market, Quadriserv, a centrally-cleared marketplace for the securities lending transactions, Exchange Lab Inc., an intellectual property development company focused on building a “universal trading platform”, and Binary Event Network, created a social trading platform called Pivit for engaging in a game surrounding real-world events. He also served on the Boards of the New York Futures Exchange, Financial Instruments Exchange (Chairman), FINEX Europe (Founder), and New York Cotton. In 2006, he shifted his efforts to supporting early-stage healthcare opportunities focused on the consumerization of healthcare and currently serves on the Board of RxLive. He is also a co-founder of SeniorGen, LLC and active investor and advisor to other CDH portfolio companies.
Sean is a Fairfield University graduate. From Basking Ridge, NJ, he currently lives in St. Petersburg, FL with his wife and has three adult children.
Steve Burks is a senior sales and marketing executive with over 20 years of experience. He has held many senior sales and marketing positions with Disney Vacation Club, Ritz Carlton Destination Club, Marriott Vacation Club and Bluegreen Resorts.
Steve has developed a special skill set in forging strategic alliances with the largest companies in travel such as American Airlines, Delta, Hertz, Universal Studios, Six Flags, Priceline, Expedia, Travelocity and more. As well as in banking, with Bank of America, American Express and Barclays Bank.
Burks helped procure and execute over $6 billion dollars in strategic alliance sales through various marketing channels that has spanned over 15 years. He has a passion for finding the right set of alliances, forging the relationships and developing the execution and successful velocity with the various teams.
Steve has also been classically trained in the sales disciplines which include recruiting, selection, training, reward and recognition along with performance coaching. He worked on the Marriott Vacation Club executive team that was voted the #1 sales force in the world by the American Business Awards – hailed as the Oscars for business.