Under Gary Polson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cydcor, the company has tripled its revenue in the past seven years to become the market leader in outsourced sales. Gary’s passion for the company and never-satisfied approach has led Cydcor to earn both industry and employer recognition.
The company received the most prestigious recognition in its industry by earning "...the distinction of being the most respected sales outsourcing company in the world," according to Datamonitor and "The Black Book of Outsourcing" 2009 annual survey. Cydcor earned the survey's highest overall client satisfaction ranking at 93 percent and placed first in 9 of the 18 performance categories evaluated as part of the annual survey. Since 2008, under Gary’s leadership, Cydcor has been selected as one of the “Best Places to Work” by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal and Los Angeles Business Journal for eight consecutive years. The recognition is based on employee satisfaction, benefits, internal working conditions, and the quality of local management.
The culture Gary has created includes a special emphasis on volunteerism. The company offers every Cydcor team member a paid volunteer day, sponsors a Neighborhood Leader Program, and incorporates community outreach into company business meetings and events. The company has helped raise more than $750,000 for Operation Smile, funding more than five international medical missions.
Gary has more than 25 years of experience in business operations including accounting, legal and senior management. Prior to joining Cydcor in 2000, he served as CEO of T/O Printing, a commercial printing and direct mail business. He also practiced as a corporate attorney specializing in commercial transactions for Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp (MS&K), a prominent Los Angeles law firm. Prior to MS&K, he was a staff accountant at Price Waterhouse.
Gary holds a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award for Constitutional Law and Evidence. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1994, Gary co-founded a private parochial school and still holds his position on its board of directors. He is also a member of the Board of Visitors for Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy.
Married to his wife of 23 years, he has three children and resides in Los Angeles, California.
Jim Majeski, Vice Chairman of Cydcor, has attracted such Fortune 500 clients as AT&T, Bell South, Verizon and UPS. Jim also took Cydcor global, leading business development in Germany, Spain and most recently the UK. He has played a key role in increasing the company’s network of independently-owned corporate licensee sales offices to more than 350 today. Jim’s current focus is on continued international expansion and delivering results for new clients. He is passionate about coaching, mentoring and inspiring people across Cydcor’s business.
Prior to joining Cydcor in 1994, Jim served as Director of Business Markets at MCI. With more than 20 years of experience in corporate sales, management and strategic brand marketing, Jim currently serves on the board at Pennsylvania State University and St. Thomas University. He founded the Majeski Charitable Foundation in 2002 to support and develop health and education programs for children.
Jim holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from St. Thomas University, and continued his executive education at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.
As a 20-year Cydcor veteran, Vera Quinn has been a driving force behind Cydcor’s success. She was named President and Chief Revenue Officer in 2015, taking the helm at a key point in company’s history. Vera embodies the power of Cydcor’s opportunity model, having risen from within the ranks to the C-suite, first joining the Company in 1995. She has held positions across multiple disciplines at Cydcor, each tapping into her strong leadership skills and drive for growth.
As President and Chief Revenue Officer, Vera’s primary accountability is for client relationships and overall revenue for Cydcor. She is responsible for continued growth of the company, as well as strategic business development and new client acquisition among Fortune 100 companies. Vera oversees Business Development, Campaign Management, Field Management, Field Solutions and related functions such as Learning and Recruiting, as well as the Retail and Solar business lines.
In her previous position as Chief Operating Officer at Cydcor, Vera was integral in driving revenue, supporting the expansion and diversification of Cydcor's client base, focusing on the growth of Cydcor's independently-owned sales offices, and playing a vital role in the ongoing expansion of Cydcor's face-to-face business.
During her earlier senior management tenure at Cydcor, Vera developed innovative programs to support the network of independently-owned sales offices throughout the United States and Canada. Always an advocate for the people and culture of Cydcor, she has helped create world-class personal and professional development programs for team members, supporting the pursuit of knowledge and self-development.
Beginning her career at Cydcor's former headquarters in Toronto, Vera developed a passion for the direct sales industry early on, successfully building door-to-door, commission-based sales teams for a variety of client campaigns. Using her operational expertise and entrepreneurial mindset, she then ran her own bookkeeping and consulting business, serving the needs of 15 clients through Cydcor's network of sales offices. As a result, she obtained invaluable insight into office ownership, client relationships, and the field.
In 2000, Vera took her extensive knowledge to Cydcor's corporate office in California, where she helped the company grow by 300 percent. She was named Vice President of Operations in 2005, Senior Vice President of Sales Operations in 2008, and Chief Operating Officer in 2011.
Vera studied political science and history at the University of Toronto. She currently resides in Thousand Oaks, California, with her husband and son.
Chris Laurence joined the Cydcor executive team as Chief Operating Officer in 2015. He leads the operational implementation of Cydcor’s strategies, building a scaleable organization to support the company’s growth. As COO, Chris oversees several departments, including operations, finance and accounting, IT and legal.
Chris’ background includes C-level roles at $500 million to $2 billion companies, building on a decade of experience in private equity. Most recently, Chris served as CFO for 99 Cents Only Stores, a 400-store extreme value retailer. Previously, he spent twelve years in China as CEO of ThreeSixty Group, a leading product development and sourcing company supplying consumer products to top North American brands and retailers. Prior to ThreeSixty, Chris was a General Partner of Brentwood Associates, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, and he began his career at the investment bank Morgan Stanley. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with concentrations in Economics and Organizational Behavior and Management.
Peter Yaskowitz joined Cydcor as Chief Marketing Officer in 2015 and is responsible for building multi-channel marketing platforms to support client and field partners, combining technology, analytics, lead management and telesales. He is focused on delivering data-driven decisions for every stage of the sales process, enabling unparalleled performance in customer acquisition, retention and cross-sell.
A nationally recognized expert in the multi-channel field, Peter has built extremely successful high-performance sales and marketing programs on a large scale for a variety of companies. Before joining Cydcor, Peter held senior executive roles at Fortune 100 companies including JPMorgan Chase, Countrywide, Bank of America and HSBC, as well as start-ups Contifinancial and most recently Verengo Solar. His roles have included, President, Student Lending; Chief Marketing Officer; Managing Director; and National Sales Leader. In addition, he has experience leading product development, information technology, and operations functions.
Peter earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Bowling Green State University and has completed executive programs in leadership, marketing and product development.
Ron Nathanson, Chief Financial Officer at Cydcor, is responsible for all of the company's finance functions in the U.S. and Canada, and acts as a liaison for institutional investors. Under his leadership, financial and IT functions expanded their capabilities to support Cydcor's growth. A CPA, Ron is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and has served as treasurer on the board of directors of a private religious school in his community.
Prior to joining Cydcor in 2001, Ron served as president and chief financial officer for Data Exchange, a worldwide computer repair and logistics company. Previously, he served as a senior staff accountant for CPA firms in the Los Angeles area, specializing in tax audits for corporate clientele.
He holds a B.A. in accounting from California State University, Northridge.
Jeannie Finkel is responsible for leading various functions for Cydcor, including strategy, organization, governance, talent, and corporate services. In this capacity, she develops the strategies and people management practices to drive Cydcor’s future growth. With more than twenty-five years of business experience, Jeannie is a seasoned senior team executive with particular expertise in all aspects of talent management, organization design and change management.
Prior to joining Cydcor, Jeannie was a Partner with a leading global retained search firm, Heidrick & Struggles, active in the Financial Services and Human Resources Officer practices. In addition, Jeannie served as Head of Human Resources and Administration for Trust Company of the West (TCW), a leading asset management firm.
Her previous positions included serving as Managing Director, Talent Management Systems and Strategies for a Fortune 100 organization. Prior to this, Jeannie was with Charles Schwab & Co. for nearly twelve years as a Senior Vice President of Human Resources, and served as Chief of Staff to Schwab's CEO and Executive Committee. Her early career roles were in commission-based sales as a recruiter.
Jeannie received her BA in Comparative Literature from Brandeis University and completed the Executive Program in Human Resources at the University of Michigan. She serves on the National Board for INROADS, a national non-profit organization providing leadership development services and internships to increase access, experience and exposure opportunities for high potential students from diverse backgrounds.
Harold Unroth is Global General Counsel for Cydcor and has held the position since 2003. Prior to his involvement with Cydcor, Harold had extensive experience in the direct marketing industry.
As in-house counsel for Cydcor, Harold is responsible for all legal issues and relationships with clients and independent corporate licensees. He deals with the negotiation of all contracts and resolving all issues of a legal nature.
Harold received his Bachelor of Arts degree from York University in Toronto. He received his Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Windsor Law School in Windsor, Ontario. While studying there, he won the Thomson Rogers prize for corporate finance. He articled for the law firm of Shuber-Gluckstein in Toronto in 1973 and practiced with them as an associate following his call to the bar in Ontario in 1974.
In 1975, Harold joined the law firm of Salter, Apple, Cousland & Kerbel, as an associate, later becoming a partner in 1976. Then, in 1984, Davidson Partners Limited, a boutique brokerage firm across Canada, hired him out of private practice to become its director, executive vice president and general counsel.
Bobby Park joined Cydcor in 2000 and has more than 20 years of experience in developing sales strategies, building sales organizations, and working with start-ups to increase revenue.
In his current role as Senior Vice President of Campaign Development, Bobby uses his expertise in creating successful office supply and shipping verticals for Cydcor, focusing his efforts on the immense opportunities in the wireless industry. Additionally, he fully leverages his client and sales expertise to help Cydcor expand into the emerging and growing wireless market for business-to-business and residential sales campaigns.
Bobby is also responsible for procuring, implementing, and managing some of Cydcor's largest direct-sales initiatives. He has successfully pioneered the use of Cydcor's face-to-face sales teams to acquire customers in the highly competitive office supply sector.
Park pursued his undergraduate degree in molecular biology from C.W. Post College in New York.
Darlene Mitchell, Cydcor's Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President, Operations, focuses on developing and enhancing the technology solutions that support Cydcor and its network of independently-owned sales offices. Darlene has more than 25 years of experience in designing and implementing large-scale technology initiatives in the retail, sales, and manufacturing industries.
As a technology leader with a track record of delivering leading-edge solutions to business, Darlene focuses on introducing innovations that position Cydcor for ongoing success. She leads the development of technology initiatives that enhance information capabilities, ranging from business applications to data networking and custom information programs.
Before joining Cydcor, Darlene held the position of Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Dunn-Edwards Corporation. Prior to that, she served as a Senior Manager/Advanced Development Center Leadership for Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, where she successfully managed client relationships generating more than 20 million dollars in revenue. Darlene also served in an IT leadership position with Hunt-Wesson, Inc.
Darlene holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of LaVerne. Her other achievements include "The AWT Award: Celebrating Women in Technology" award, a nomination for Orange County Business Journal's "Businesswoman of the Year" in 2005, and the Gartner Group's Mid-Size Enterprise "IT Executive of the Year" award.
Brooke Levy was named Senior Vice President of Strategic Growth Initiatives in 2015. She previously served as the company’s U.S. General Counsel, joining Cydcor in 2013. After joining the company, in addition to her legal responsibilities, Brooke was tasked with various business roles including identifying opportunities in emerging industries, and overseeing a new business line in the residential energy market. Because of her success in these activities, she transitioned to her latest role to focus full time on new mid-market sales opportunities. Brooke is responsible for building and analyzing business models and then matching the right clients to those successful models, ensuring long term growth.
Before joining Cydcor, Brooke was an attorney with several law firms including Stroock, Stroock & Lavan and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where she focused on mergers and acquisitions as well as private equity. She holds her Juris Doctorate from Northwestern University School of Law, and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas, Austin.