George H. Conrades and Two Senior Marine Industry Leaders Join My-Villages in Key Leadership Roles

  George H. Conrades and Two Senior Marine Industry Leaders Join My-Villages
  in Key Leadership Roles

Business Wire

ARLINGTON, Va. -- January 8, 2013

My-Villages ( has taken a major step forward this week in
building its leadership team, adding George H. Conrades to the company’s board
of directors and appointing marine industry veterans Sandy Spaulding and Jim
Bronstien to senior advisory posts.

Conrades is chairman of the board of directors of Akamai Technologies, Inc.
( having previously served as chairman and CEO from 1999 to
2005. He previously served as executive vice president and president of GTE
Internetworking following the acquisition of BBN Corporation, the latter of
which he served as CEO. Prior to BBN, he was an IBM senior vice president and
member of the corporate management board, overseeing IBM United States, IBM
Asia/Pacific and two manufacturing and development groups. He presently serves
on the boards of Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Oracle and Harley-Davidson, Inc.
and is a venture partner at Polaris Venture Partners. He is also a Fellow of
the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

“George Conrades has been a business and technology innovator his entire
career,” said My-Villages Founder and CEO Kevin Hutchinson. “George is on the
leading edge of technology and has his finger directly on the pulse of
emerging trends and developments. His desire to help guide and direct
My-Villages will no doubt prove to be a major asset in our long term success.”

In addition, two senior marine industry experts have joined as independent
advisors to assist My-Villages in deploying the marine industry’s first
digital boating community. Alexander “Sandy” Spaulding and Jim Bronstien have
been tapped to help My-Villages navigate through the North American marine
community. Spaulding is currently president and managing general partner of
Sea Glass Capital Advisors (, and formerly served as
president of Hinckley Yachts, and EVP and CFO of The Hinckley Company.
Bronstien is owner of Marine Business Advisors ( and formerly
owner of Rybovich, prior to selling the company in 2005.

“Both Sandy and Jim bring not only proven marine industry expertise but also a
wealth of industry executive relationships to My-Villages and have already
contributed significantly to our initial launch and deployment activities,”
said Hutchinson.

At the 2012 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, My-Villages debuted the
boat village with a focus on the marine industry. The boat village offers a
first-of-its-kind online destination where boat owners, builders, equipment
suppliers and service providers can connect in a free digital community, or
village, to share expert information and resources that help them better
collaborate to operate, maintain and enjoy their boats.

About My-Villages

Founded in 2011, My-Villages creates online collaboratives where consumers,
service providers and product manufacturers can connect in online communities
– or villages – specific to the things they own, build and service.
My-Villages will improve communication and coordination among consumers and
industry professionals through its powerful network and online community and
mobile tools, thereby helping consumers better manage and operate the things
they own. By bringing experienced product users, service professionals and
product manufacturer information into a single online destination, My-Villages
has created a collaborative environment that improves the ownership and
service experience and ensures product quality and service efficiency – one
industry at a time.

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