Meet Our Board of Advisors
The board of advisors works with the operations team to help Acceleration Partners keep improving. Together they have decades of experience at the highest levels of business. Their expertise is an invaluable asset to the company and one of the reasons Acceleration Partners has been so successful at driving growth for its clients.
Liz Ramos is a Partner and leads Human Capital at Cambridge Associates. She served as an advisor to Acceleration Partners and led strategic projects related to expansion in Europe and APAC as AP put an on-the-ground network in place to support global brands. Liz has served as President of executive search firm Isaacson, Miller, as an Executive Committee member and Human Capital leader at publicly-traded service firm Charles River Associates, and as a leadership team member during Fidelity Private Equity’s establishment and expansion of three private investment funds. Liz is a former Bain & Company partner, serving in consulting and firm leadership roles for over twenty years. She earned her BA in International Economics from DePauw University and her MBA from Harvard. She and her husband, a robotics entrepreneur, have four grown children and live in Newton. Liz is also an active non-profit board member.
Mr. Anstiss is the President of Anstiss & Co. an accounting, audit, tax, and financial consulting firm headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts. Prior to joining Anstiss & Co. in 1993, Mr. Anstiss served on the audit staff of KPMG from 1988 to 1992. Since 2011 he has served on the Board of Directors of Fidus Investment Corporation and is the chairman of the audit committee and a member of the nominating and governance committee. He serves as a member of several private company Boards of Directors and Advisory Committees. He is also a Director at Lowell General Hospital where he currently serves as the Chair of the Investment Committee.
Nancy Cremins is the General Counsel of Globalization Partners, which was ranked #6 on the 2016 Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies and the fastest growing woman-led company in America. Prior to joining Globalization Partners, Nancy was a partner at Gesmer Updegrove in Boston where she represented emerging companies. Nancy is also the co-founder of SheStarts, which supports the growing pipeline of women founders through networking, coaching, and events. Nancy was a member of the inaugural class of the Boston Pipeline Angels, an angel investing boot camp that teaches women to become angel investors. She has also served as a member of the board of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts since 2005 and was a founding board member of Prosperity Catalyst. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Boston College and her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. She resides in Mansfield, Massachusetts with her husband Mike and her two children, Rory and Aoife.
William Schawbel is the founder and CEO of The Schawbel Corporation, a business he formed in 1981 through the acquisition of two divisions from The Gillette Company. The Mosquito Repellent division of the company was sold in July 2014, which precipitated a name change to Schawbel Technologies, LLC. The company has founded or acquired more than 30 businesses include personal care hardware and baby products.
Prior to founding The Schawbel Corporation, Bill held senior management positions with The Gillette Company, including President of Gillette-Japan and President of Braun North America. His marketing and management experience includes significant contributions to many of Gillette’s divisions within the United States and internationally, with particular success in the areas of acquisitions and new business development. He also served as a captain in the US Army.
Bill is a 1961 graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and has served his alma mater as a Trustee, Chair of the Board of Overseers, School of Veterinary Medicine, and Co-Chair of the James Brister Society. Bill is an alumnus of the Boston Latin School where he has served as President of the School’s Foundation and chaired its Capital Campaign Committee.
Bill’s philanthropic interests are in public education, diversity, and entrepreneurship. He has also been and is involved with over 20 nonprofit boards. At age 74 he ran and completed the Boston Marathon.
Jill Smith served as Chairman, CEO, and President of DigitalGlobe Inc., a global provider of high resolution satellite images. Prior to joining DigitalGlobe Inc. she served as President and CEO of eDial, a VoIP collaboration company, and President and CEO of SRDS, a business-to-business publishing company. She was the Chief Operating Officer of Micron Electronics, a co-founder of Treacy & Company, and a partner at the consulting firm Bain & Company. She also serves on the boards of Endo Health Solutions and Soundbite Communications. Smith holds an MSc from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Steve Tritman currently serves as a thinking partner/consigliore to over a dozen growth oriented CEOs and non-profit Executive Directors. He also serves on the Board of Advisors of both Power Consulting and Linear Air. In addition, Steve consults to for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in the areas of strategic planning, unique value propositions and board retreat facilitation. Previously, Steve was a serial President, having run 9 businesses of all types—high tech, low tech, manufacturing, service, profit, not-for-profit, turnarounds, and startups. Under his leadership, the median growth rate of these companies exceeded 35% per year. Previously, he was a director of Lifeline Systems (NASDAQ: LIFE) and Cambridge Sound Management, Trustee of Clarkson University, and Chairman of the Boston Learning Center. He is the Forum Officer of the New England Chapter of the World President’s Organization. Steve has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University and an MBA from Boston University.
Carl Rosendorf has been actively involved in the Internet space since 1994, with a specific focus on the business-to-consumer market. Carl established his consulting practice in 2005 with clients including Textbooks.com, Foraycollective.com, Skyword.com amongst others. Carl’s career in the retail & e-commerce space spans over 40 years with 24 Years of Retail Experience and 20 Years of E-Commerce Experience. Carl was named by Ad Age Magazine as one of the “Digital Masters” of 1998.
Prior to his consulting practice, Carl was CEO of SmartBargains.com from 2001-2005. SmartBargains was a venture backed, online retailer of off-price merchandise. During Carl’s tenure, SmartBargains received industry recognition as one of the top 50-ecommerce sites.
Prior to 2001, Carl was a Senior Executive at Barnes & Noble. From 1997-2001, Carl was Executive Vice President of Barnes & Noble.com and from 1988-1994 Carl was Executive Vice President of Barnes & Noble College Bookstores. During the gap from 1994 to 1997, Carl was one of the founders of Cybersmith, an Internet café company.
It was during Carl’s tenure at Barnes & Noble.com from 1997-2001 that Carl was recognized as one of the top e-commerce executives. He was named by AdAge Magazine to the list of 1998 Digital Masters and was instrumental in transforming Barnes & Noble from a bricks and mortar retailer into a multi-channel retailer with a strong web presence.
While Executive Vice President of Barnes & Noble College Bookstores from 1988 to 1994, Carl was responsible for buying & merchandising, store operations for over 400 stores as well as store design and construction. During Carl’s tenure, the company’s sales grew from $225 million to over $600 million in six years. Before Barnes & Noble, Carl was the President of a division of the Follett Corporation, which Follett acquired from Carl. Carl’s company, United College Bookstores had been a small, family owned 16-store chain that Carl grew to a national retailer with 110 stores.
Carl lives in Boston and Miami and received a political science degree from American University.