What is PokerFund?
PokerFund is the first company to combine fundraising concepts with social networking for poker tournaments - think KickStarter meets Facebook.
Who are Your Customers?
PokerFund caters to sports, poker, and celebrity fans and players.
When can I start using PokerFund?
We are scheduled to fully launch in time for the 2014 World Series of Poker
PokerFund Management Team
Frank DeGeorge | CEO/Founder
Frank founded PokerFund in 2012 and holds the position of Chief Executive Officer. His responsibilities include overall corporate decision making and executive oversight, talent recruiting, strategic planning, and expansion.
Prior to PokerFund, Frank held various positions within the casino industry, finance, and military. At MGM Resorts International, he was selected for the Management Associate Program where he rotated through all functions of finance in all of the Las Vegas properties. Frank spent his last 6 months at MGMRI in the newly created Corporate Casino Marketing Finance group and simultaneously assisted in the development of MGM Online Poker with Advertising, Branding, and MGM’s partner bwin. A military veteran of 8 years, Frank deployed to Kuwait and Qatar as the Financial Management Officer in charge. Other notable work experience includes positions as Registered Representative at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and as Budget Officer at the Army National Guard Bureau where he managed over $400M in recruiting and retention accounts.
Frank received his BSBA in Finance from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL. He studied for his Masters in Financial Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey while working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.
Frank recently completed the Enhanced Defense Financial Management Training and is studying for his CDFM. He is licensed by FINRA for his Series 7 General Securities Representative License and the Nevada Gaming Control Board for Gaming Employee Registration. Frank spends time between the District of Columbia, Tampa, and Las Vegas with his two dogs and fiancé. He enjoys being an entrepreneur, helping others, and participating in community development events.
Jamie Gold | PRO/Co-Founder
Jamie joined PokerFund as co-founder in 2012 and holds the position of Public Relations Officer. His responsibilities include celebrity endorsement, investor leads and acquisition, relationship building and networking.
Prior to PokerFund, Jamie was a talent agent and television producer. He is most widely known for winning the World Series of Poker Main Event. Jamie’s WSOP prize pool is the largest not only in poker tournament history but of all sporting events. Other notable work experience includes a management position with Island Breeze Casino where they have named the poker room in honor of Jamie Gold. He has over 100 hours of original poker programming on ESPN, ESPN2, NBC, GSN and MSNBC.
Jamie received his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany. He studied entertainment law at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Jamie is known in the community as The Poker Philanthropist and has helped raise over $175M for charitable causes. He ranks in the top 10 of Poker’s All Time Money List and enjoys playing poker still today. Jamie currently spends time between California, New Jersey, and Florida where he is anticipating the launch of South Florida’s only Vegas-style gaming cruise ship.
Nick DeGeorge | COO/Co-Founder
Nick co-founded PokerFund in 2012 and holds the position of Chief Operating Officer. His responsibilities include overseeing and facilitating day to day operations, providing direct support to CEO initiatives, collaborating on creative business development, establishing the operating guidelines manual, organizing meetings and recording minutes.
Prior to PokerFund, Nick held a position with Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith as a Senior Registered Client Associate supporting a Barron’s Top 1000 Advisory Team with over 500 million dollars in assets under management. Nick was originally hired on with Merrill to a 401(k) contact center for institutional clients such as Coca Cola, Walt Disney, DuPont and Walmart. He was quickly promoted and cross trained across all product lines and eventually transitioned to the Executive Stock Options overnight team where he serviced Top Level International Executives. He holds a FINRA Series 7 General Securities Representative License and Series 66 Uniform Combined State Law License. Nick has acknowledgments in Mentoring New Hires and has received multiple Global Recognition Awards.
Educational background includes earning a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University where he specialized in Management, Logistics and Safety. He then went on for coursework in a Sociology Master’s Program with the University of Central Florida while participating as a cadet in the Army ROTC.
Nick currently resides in Las Vegas Nevada, headquarters to PokerFund. He enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and dog while living a healthy fitness lifestyle. He previously toured the South Eastern Region of the US for several years as a musician and still plays guitar today.
Mike Ristoff | CMO/Co-Founder
Mike joined the PokerFund team in 2013 as co-founder and holds the position of Chief Marketing Officer. His responsibilities include managing affiliate relationships, implement marketing strategy, optimize SEO, expand social media presence, and procure merchandise and collateral material.
Prior to PokerFund, Mike held positions with two successful startup companies as their creative and marketing guru. As Director of Marketing and Media Marksman for marketing, advertising, and public relations, he grew the startups from idea to revenue. Mike has also held the position of Account Manager for Sensible Micro Corporation in procurement of supply chain electronic components.
Educational background includes earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of South Florida where he specialized in creative writing. He then went on as a J.D. candidate at the Ave Marie School of Law.
Mike currently lives in Tampa, FL. He aspires to become a serial entrepreneur and travel the world. Mike began learning the art of turntablism over a decade ago and has booked gigs as the DJ in events across South Florida.
Will Beam | CFO/Co-Founder
Will joined the PokerFund team in 2013 as co-founder and holds the position of Chief Financial Officer. His responsibilities include controllership and treasury duties, economic strategy and forecasting, business advice and guidance, networking with tech and gaming industry officials and introduction to qualified and accredited investors.
Prior to PokerFund, Will was a senior level finance and marketing executive with extensive finance, sales & marketing, operations, construction, and development experience in casino resort and technology industries. His progressively responsible 16 year career has proven his ability to improve operations, impact business growth and maximize profits. Will is well respected for wide range of knowledge and experience, creative problem solving skills, and recruiting and managing high performance teams.
His previous job titles include CEO of WBeam Consulting, Senior EVP of Sales and Marketing with DC Solar Solutions, VP of Finance and Administration in Casino Marketing with MGM Resorts International, VP of Finance with Fifth Street Gaming, CFO with R66T Digital Media/ OnSite Concierge, LLC, VP of Finance with Walker Digital Table Systems, Executive Director of Finance with Bellagio, Director of Financial Projects with City Center, Operational Evaluation Controller with The Mirage and Chief Financial Analyst with Treasure Island.
Will earned a Bachelor’s of Science from Florida State University with a Florida Academic Scholarship.
He currently lives in Las Vegas Nevada, PokerFund Headquarters, with his wife and two children. As the latest executive to join the team, Will brings invaluable experience, mentorship, and an exhaustive network of other casino executives within the industry.