As Cobalt’s CEO, Russ provides the vision and entrepreneurial spirit that drives the company. He draws upon 20 years of experience in technology and business to manage client and investor relations, general company operations, and strategic planning. Before serving as CEO of Cobalt, Russ worked on Capitol Hill and in investment banking. Russ has a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and accounting and a Master of Arts degree in international affairs both from Georgetown University.
Chris has been implementing management systems and providing strategic consulting in the association and certification industries for the past two decades. As president, Chris leverages that experience to drive Cobalt’s ongoing product evolution and innovation. Before serving as President, Chris spent the last 14 years as Cobalt’s Chief Operating Officer overseeing Cobalt’s consulting operations. Prior to joining Cobalt, Chris was the Director of Business Development and Marketing for a joint project between the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Chris has a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree in science, technology and international affairs from Georgetown University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of San Francisco.
Peter leads Cobalt’s team of in-house developers and has been with Cobalt for over nine years. His extensive experience architecting and developing enterprise-level database applications includes commercial media relations software, government relations software and PAC management software while working for Vocus and Public Affairs Technologies as well Cobalt’s line of web-based association and certification management systems. All of these systems feature extensive communications tracking and complex contact relationships necessitating advanced use of CRM databases, reports and system integration capabilities. Peter has extensive experience creating web portals and online member-service tools within content managed web sites for member-based organizations.