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PeopleFun Names First New CEO Since its Launch

Plus, SaaS company Thryv names president of international markets; Joe May named chancellor in residence for Educate Texas; and more.


Carol Miu, Chief Executive Officer

Carol Miu

Carol Miu, who most recently served as chief product and analytics officer for mobile gaming company PeopleFun, has been promoted to head the company. She succeeds its founder and longtime leader Tony Goodman, who launched the company in 2011 and successfully led it through its acquisition by AppLovin in 2018. Miu joined PeopleFun that year as its first employee on its product development team. Prior to PeopleFun, she was lead product manager at Culver City-based mobile gaming company Scopely for just over a year.

Education: University of Maryland, College Park (MSBA), Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Educate Texas

Joe May, Chancellor in Residence

Joe May

Joe May previously served as chancellor for Dallas College for eight years, where he helped consolidate what was then seven campuses operating under Dallas Community College into a single institution. Now, as chancellor in residence for Educate Texas, an educational initiative from Communities Foundation of Texas, he will forge new relationships with stakeholders in higher education, bring forward new initiatives for leadership development and educational policy, and more. May will also support the initiative’s goal to add 85,000 new higher education degrees and certificates, primarily from underserved students, by 2025.

Education: Texas A&M University (Ed.D.), Stephen F. Austin State University (M.S., B.S.)


Marie Caron, President of International Markets

Marie Caron

In her role, Marie Caron will be responsible for managing SaaS company Thryv’s international expansion. Most recently, Caron served as senior vice president of global channel and alliances at Coveo, where she led the company’s alliance and channel strategy worldwide, including relationships with Adobe, SAP, Microsoft, and more. She also recruited and led more than 250 channel partners, including global firms.

Education: Université Laval (MBA, BBA)

Propelled Brands

Stacy Eley, President of Suite Management Franchising

Stacey Eley

Stacy Eley has been with Suite Management, a franchise brand under parent company Propelled Brands, for the past nine years, most recently serving as chief operating officer since February 2020. Now, she will be lead Suite Management’s two brands, My Salon Suite and Salon Plaza, focusing on increasing franchisee profitability, collaboration, training and more.

Education: University of Massachusetts Amherst (B.A.)

Merriman Anderson Architects

David Masters, Vice President

David Masters

David Masters joined MAA as a principal and director of architecture in 1995. Now, he will take on more responsibility as vice president, one of a handful of promotions recently made across the company’s Dallas, Austin, and Charlotte offices. The firm is responsible for projects including master-planned developments, urban housing, office buildings, corporate facilities, hotels, schools, and retail projects throughout the United States and abroad. 

Education: Texas Tech (B.Arch)

Shawn Sinnie, Director of Marketing

Shawn Sinnie

Shawn Sinnie joins MAA following nearly 15 years with Plano-based Titus HVAC, where he held marketing specialist and marketing manager roles over the years. His new responsibilities include implementing new technologies and a new creative strategy to develop new and existing projects.

Education: Grambling State University (B.A.), Westwood College Fort Worth (A.A.)

First Community Mortgage

Jeff Raich, Regional Sales Manager, Wholesale Division

Jeff Raich

In his new role, Jeff Raich will focus on third-party originator lending, hiring account executives in broker, delegated correspondent, and non-delegated correspondent categories for a Mortgage Boutique, a division of First Community Mortgage. Prior to joining First Community, Raich was director of third-party originations at Swift Mortgage for just under a year. Prior to that, he was a regional sales manager of MGIC for more than 12 years.

Education: Southern Illinois University (B.S.)


ORM Technologies

Brad Almond, Executive Advisory Board Member

Brad Almond

Brad Almond currently serves as an operating partner with DFW Capital Partners as well as a board member of Vertex Business Services and IntelliSite. He is also a part-time consultant at his eponymously named business, specializing in Saas and high-growth businesses. Almond has more than 30 years of experience as a finance executive and 20 years as a CFO at Vertex, Cambium Learning, and more.

Education: Texas McCombs (MBA), UT Dallas (M.A.), Texas A&M University (BBA)

Dick Barr, Executive Advisory Board Member

Dick Barr

Dick Barr is a professor in the department of operations research and engineering management at Southern Methodist University, whose research focuses on network optimization and data mining. Barr has worked with SMU for more than 21 years.

Education: University of Texas (PhD, MBA, BSEE)

Eli Olinick, Executive Advisory Board Member

Eli Olinick

Also a professor for more than 20 years at Southern Methodist University, with expertise in applied optimization and network design, Eli Olinick is Barr’s colleague in the department of operations research and engineering management.

Education: University of California (PhD), Brown University (ScB)

David Wagner, Executive Advisory Board Member

David Wagner

David Wagner is a former president and CEO of security technology company Zix, as well as the former president of Entrust, where he worked for more than 20 years, rising to the CEO role in 2016. He also helped Entrust successfully navigate its acquisition by Datacard in 2013.

Education: Penn State University (MBA, B.S.)


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