Our Management Team

Patrick B. Comer
Patrick B. Comer

Patrick has ten years experience with start-ups as either founder, investor, or executive and seven years experience in the market research industry specifically. In 2005, he was brought in to OTX Research to improve sample acquisition and matching technology. Within 9 months, key vendors were brought on and technology upgraded which added $1-2MM in EBITDA annually. In 2006, he started the Sample Services group at OTX which grew to $4MM in revenue in 2007. By 2008, merged with programming and hosting unit, RSX, with combined revenues of $7.5MM and led the growth up to $15MM (25% of total OTX revenue) and 30 FTEs. Ipsos announced its acquisition of OTX in January.

Previously, Patrick was the founder and VP, Operations of Sample Czar, a sample broker, where he built the core technology and brought on initial client sales pipeline. In 2003, Mr. Comer joined IFILM and founded the IFILM surveys group doubling their revenue in six months and created new vendor relationships.

Patrick got his entrepreneurial start in the halcyon days of dot-com. He was Chief of Staff of govWorks, an e-government startup, which raised $65M in the US. Patrick also started govWorks Europe and was responsible for marketing the 25 million pound raise out of London. govWorks is also known for the documentary of its rise and fall, "Start-up.com," in which Patrick has a few key scenes.

Mr. Comer has his MBA from Columbia Business School and Bachelors from Sewanee: The University of the South.

Christopher B. Schultz
Christopher B. Schultz

Chris is the founder and President of Voodoo Ventures, a technology company incubator in New Orleans. Current portfolio projects include: Launch Pad, a co-working space that now has 50 members, and is currently expanding to other cities, TribeCon, the premier NOLA tech conference focusing on leveraging online communities to create offline action, Flatsourcing.com, a software development firm, and Huckabuck, a meta-search engine, which was acquired in 2006.

Prior to Voodoo Ventures, Chris founded Destination VIP, Inc. a Las Vegas-based internet travel company which was acquired in 2003 by VegasHotSpots.

In 2009, Chris was honored as a Junior Achievement Rising Star. He won a New Orleans CityBusiness Innovator of the Year award in 2006, 2007, & 2009. Chris sits on the Board of Net2NO and the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation.

Mr. Schultz received his MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California in 2002, and his Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia in 1996.

J. Walton Comer
J. Walton Comer

Walton is currently the founder & Principle at Falcon Bridge Partners in NYC which is a highly successful high-frequency commodities trading platform. Mr. Comer is developing the proprietary matching and optimization methodologies being used by our algorithms.

He was previously a Vice President of risk at SAC Capital, a major hedge fund. Before SAC, he was Director of Research at Thornhill Partners, a consulting firm specializing in media strategy and acquisitions. His clients included IBM, NBC, Viacom, and PBS. Before Thornhill, Walton was a Partner at Instant Gravity LLC, which developed new media and financial services technologies.

Mr. Comer has a Masters degree in Mathematics of Finance from Columbia University; a BS in Electrical Engineering, a BS in Mathematics and a BS in Physics. While an undergrad, Walton was the highest Putnam scorer at Columbia University.