Leadership and Board of Directors
Our leadership and Board of Directors care deeply about Rheaply and the environment. Learn about these humble reuse champions guiding the ship.
Dr. Garry Cooper is the Co-founder and CEO of Rheaply, a Chicago-based tech company that enables Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and universities to better visualize, quantify, and utilize their physical resources. He also serves on the boards of directors of P33 Chicago and 1871, the faculty of Northwestern University, and the investor team at LongJump Ventures, of which he is a founding partner. Previously, Garry facilitated supply chain and performance improvement for enterprise businesses at Ernst & Young. As a result of his work, Garry has received recognition on the Forbes Next 1000, Chicago Magazine’s The New Power 30, and Crain’s 40 Under 40, and as a Scholar at Google for Entrepreneurs. Garry has published in high-impact, peer-reviewed international journals and holds a U.S. patent. He holds a PhD in neuroscience from Northwestern University, a certificate in management from the Kellogg School of Management, and a BS & BA in mathematics and chemistry from Indiana University.
Garr Punnett is the Chief of Staff at Rheaply where he leverages his unique experience in production, sales and climate tech to assist large academic, government and Fortune 100 enterprise partners in building technology that empowers zero waste and circular solutions. With a B.A. in Economics, Garr began his career helping produce inspirational programming such as Super Soul Sunday and special interviews for the Oprah Winfrey Network. After his stint in the entertainment industry, Garr decided to pursue a passion for environmentally friendly and financially viable commercial solutions and graduated with a Master of Sustainability Solutions from Arizona State University.
Connie Kim is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Rheaply. Connie has spent the whole of her career focusing on operational excellence starting from McKinsey & Co. to Google and most recently at Unilever where she was the Vice President of Technology Operations for their prestige eCommerce beauty brands. She brings with her expertise on building out scalable and lean operations, utilization of technology as a digital driver, and familiarity with the importance of B2B SaaS platforms for company growth. Connie is acutely familiar with Rheaply’s value proposition to businesses as she was involved in one of the very early enterprise contracts during her days at Google.
Peter Tucker is a Co-Founder and the Chief Technology Officer at Rheaply. Before Rheaply, Peter was a Senior Software Engineer at Guaranteed Rate, Inc. where he created web applications for marketing and originating home mortgages. As team leader, his responsibilities included designing, developing, and delivering web applications. He also mentored other developers, evaluated potential candidates, and collaborated with other senior software engineers to design the overall architecture for the department. Before moving to Chicago, Peter attended University of Northern Iowa where he earned a Bachelor Arts degree from the College of Business studying Management Information Systems. Upon completing college, he spent the next six years working at the University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics. While there he spent the first three years of his tenure building web applications for Hospital Epidemiology before moving on to the Department of Anesthesia where he led the effort to migrate clinicians to an electronic anesthesia information system.
Tom Fecarotta is the VP of Marketing & External Affairs. Tom’s leadership responsibilities include RevOps marketing & event strategy, and development of Rheaply’s channel partner marketing program. Prior to joining Rheaply, Tom worked for 10+ years as a content marketer for various life science brands & technologies, developing event campaigns and launch strategies for leading biotech/biopharma and healthcare organizations.
Board of Directors
Rob Eckardt is the Founder and Principal of Thrive Advisory Services, LLC where he acts as an Executive Coach, Angel Investor and/or Board Member for growing businesses ranging from pre-revenue to over $100 million annual revenue run rates. As a senior level executive with more than 30 years of success, Rob possesses a proven track record of guiding and incubating businesses in building sales teams, go-to-market strategies, revenue growth, capital formation, M&A, and executing exit strategies. Rob is an investing member with Hyde Park Angels, the most active angel group in the Midwest. Rob holds a BS in Computer Science (Engineering) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to his Executive Advisory roles, Rob is the Director of the Western Golf Association / Evans Scholars Foundation where he supports the Foundation’s efforts to award full tuition and housing college scholarships to high achieving caddies with limited financial means.
Mike Fitzgerald is a Founding Partner at High Alpha, a venture studio that conceives, launches, and scales enterprise software companies. Mike is a seasoned entrepreneur specializing in acquisitions, spinoffs, and startups. His spirit for entrepreneurship began at Roche Diagnostics and continued as President of RICS Software and Oxygen Education, two Indianapolis-based software companies. Mike then co-founded software companies TinderBox, Lesson.ly and Visible as well as Gravity Ventures, a member managed venture firm. Prior to co-founding High Alpha, Mike spent five years as EVP of Corporate Development for ExactTarget, leading international expansion and several strategic acquisitions through the IPO in 2012 and the sale to Salesforce in 2013. In addition to serving on the board for Rheaply, Mike serves on the board of directors for Tinderbox, Orr Fellowship, RICS Software, Lesson.ly, Visible and The Young Actors Theatre. Mike received his degree in Communications from Miami University in Ohio.
Mike Werner is Lead for Circular Economy at Google where he focuses on eliminating waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and driving the development and use of safer chemistry and healthy materials across operations, products, and supply chains. Prior to Google, Mike led safer chemistry and biocompatibility initiatives at Apple and product sustainability for Haworth Inc, a global contract office furniture manufacturer. Mike has worked in the green building and product design space for 15 years including with renowned green architect Bill McDonough. Mike holds a BS in Chemistry from Villanova University. In addition to serving on the board of directors for Rheaply and the Healthy Building Network, he also serves on advisory boards for several organizations including the Green Science Policy Institute, ChemForward, and Materiom.org. Mike previously served as a sustainability advisor to the Department of Homeland Security and National Institute of Building Sciences.
Betsy Ziegler is the first female CEO of 1871, the #1 ranked university affiliated-tech incubator in the world. Prior to 1871, Betsy was the Chief Innovation Officer at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, responsible for portfolio innovation and integrating technology into the educational experience. From 2011 to 2015, she served as Associate Dean of Degree Programs and Dean of Students. Before Kellogg, she served as a principal in McKinsey & Company’s Chicago office, leading the firm’s Life Insurance Operations and Technology practice and co-leading its Financial Institutions Operations and Technology practice. She is on the board of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and the Museum of Science and Industry, and is an advisor and investor in many young technology companies. Betsy holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and received a B.A. in economics from The Ohio State University, where she graduated with distinction.
Rheaply is changing the way organizations manage, use, and share valuable resources. Over $12 million in capital has been raised from leading investors who are passionate about the Rheaply mission and vision for a better world.