Howard A. Tullman
Howard A. Tullman serves as Chairman of Tribeca Flashpoint
Media Arts Academy. He is the former President of Kendall College in Chicago
and the former Chairman/CEO of Experiencia, Inc. Mr. Tullman is the General
Managing Partner for the Chicago High Tech Investors, LLC and for G2T3V, LLC.
He is also the Chairman of the Endowment Committee of Anshe Emet Synagogue, a
member of Mayor Emanuel's ChicagoNEXT and newly-formed Cultural Council, a
member of Governor Quinn's Illinois Innovation Council and Illinois Arts
Council, a member of President Preckwinkle’s New Media Council, an Advisory
Board member of HighTower Associates, Immerman Angels and uBID.COM and an
Adjunct Professor at Northwestern's Kellogg School as well as a regular guest
lecturer at the Northwestern University School of Law. Mr. Tullman also serves
as a Director of Snapsheet and PackBack Books and served as a long-time
Director and Board Chairman of The Cobalt Group, a Trustee of the Museum of
Contemporary Art in Chicago and of the New York Academy of Art and the Mary and
Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, and as the lead Director
(and briefly Chairman) of The Princeton Review.
Mr. Tullman has over 40 years of start-up, management, IPO
and turn-around experience and an extensive operations background in web
development, online services, large-scale information assembly and delivery
systems, database design and implementation and the development, creation and
production of all types and formats of multimedia, computer games and audio/video
digital content. He has designed and developed GUI and natural user interfaces,
interactive and immersive games and instruction systems and other electronic
entertainments, training products and services, as well as other
information-based products and services in a variety of fields including
automotive, insurance, CRM, employment, real estate, consumer goods and social
Mr. Tullman was selected as the new President of Kendall
College in September, 2002 and immediately set about developing a strategy to
change the College into a competitive and significant participant in the
culinary and hospitality education market. Nine months after his arrival, Mr.
Tullman sold the College's Evanston campus, bought and renovated an existing
facility on six prime acres in the heart of Chicago, raised $60 million, and
moved the entire school into a brand-new state-of-the-art facility which could
accommodate thousands of students. In connection with this complex financial
and real estate transaction, Mr. Tullman also entered into a long-term
strategic partnership with Laureate Education, Inc., one of the world's largest
for-pay public education corporations and a leader in online and distance
learning, and eventually sold the College to Laureate.
Mr. Tullman served previously as the Chief Executive Officer
of Worldwide Xceed Group, Inc., a public Chicago-based provider of digital
strategy and Internet design services. Mr. Tullman was recruited as CEO for
Xceed in September 2000 and led a successful reorganization and sale of the
business in July 2001 to a public company, eSynergies, Inc., based in
California. Prior to serving as CEO at Xceed, Mr. Tullman was the Chairman and
CEO of Tunes.com, Inc. (formerly JAMTV Corporation), which operated the premier
music mega-sites on the Internet, in partnerships with the publishers of
Rolling Stone, The Source and DownBeat Jazz. Tunes.com was sold in February
2000 to EMusic.com, Inc., a public Internet music commerce company, which was,
in turn, sold to Vivendi/Universal in 2001.
Tunes.com began in September, 1996 and quickly became one of
the leading online music sites specializing in the webcasting of live music
events and the syndication of its content and those live events, as well as
other news and information, to consumers, partners and affiliates throughout
the world. In October 1997, Mr. Tullman agreed with the founder of Rolling
Stone magazine to add 30 years of music archives and editorial content to
Tunes.com's exclusive concert photography collections, artists' archives, live
performances, and state-of-the-art technology and to launch the Rolling Stone
Network on the World Wide Web. A similar arrangement followed with The Source
and with DownBeat Jazz Magazine to create online sites for their genres. In
April 1998, the initial JAMTV music site was selected for inclusion in the 1998
Permanent Collection of the Smithsonian Institute and Mr. Tullman accepted an
award for Heroic Achievement in Information Technology in the field of Media,
Arts and Entertainment.
From 1993 through 1997, Mr. Tullman was the President and
Chief Executive Officer of Imagination Pilots, Inc. (IP), a multimedia software
developer specializing in CD-ROM games and entertainment products for the PC
and Macintosh. Imagination Pilots was founded by Mr. Tullman in 1993 and
completed seven major projects, including Blown Away, Where's Waldo?
At the Circus, Where's Waldo? At the World Wide Games, Panic in
the Park, Eraser - Turnabout, an interactive cinematic CD-ROM
adventure based on the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, Virtual K'NEX, and SNAP's
Math Parade. All of the projects were conceived, designed and principally
written by Mr. Tullman, who also functioned as IP's Chief Creative Officer. IP
also created a line of educational software products (Professor Gooseberry
& Associates) with the first three titles launching at Christmas 1993 as
Professor Gooseberry's "I Can Read" Club. These products featured
original art and music, custom user interfaces, and first-line quality children's
publications from nationally known authors melded with proven educational
training and testing modules developed by recognized and certified education
consultants. Over 200,000 copies of the Gooseberry titles were distributed
worldwide, including both retail channels and OEM bundling arrangements.
The Imagination Pilots' title, Blown Away, was a
CD-ROM interactive cinematic adventure designed and written by Mr. Tullman as
part of a joint venture co-funded by MGM/United Artists to capitalize on
appropriate MGM movies. Blown Away shipped in October 1994 for the
Christmas season and won numerous awards including PC CD-ROM adventure and
role-playing Game of the Year from Computer Life and the Gold Medal
INVISION Award for Best Graphic Design in the Technical/Creative Excellence
category from NewMedia magazine as well as the '95 Innovations Software
Showcase Award and numerous other favorable reviews.
Imagination Pilots also developed Where's Waldo? At the
Circus as an interactive CD-ROM educational title for children. It was
selected as one of the featured products at the Electronic Entertainment Expo
in May 1995. Where's Waldo? At the Circus shipped in September 1995 and
won an iN!-Ovation Award from indelibleNews!. IP's second interactive
cinematic adventure, which was created by Mr. Tullman, was entitled Panic in
the Park and starred Erika Eleniak, along with a cast of 20 other Screen
Actors Guild professionals. Panic also shipped in September 1995 and was
the feature product in a four page Guided Tour in the August 1995 issue of Electronic
Entertainment. The interactive press kit for Panic won a 1995
Interactive Summit Award from the International Interactive Communications
Society and a 1996 Icon Award (Gold) from Adweek Magazine.
Imagination Pilots was featured in a 24 page article in the
April, 1996 issue of Interactivity Magazine which detailed the company's unique
production systems and management style. The second Waldo title, Where's
Waldo? At the Worldwide Games, shipped in April 1996. The first version of Eraser-Turnabout,
IP's last interactive cinematic CD-ROM adventure, which was specially developed
for Intel's MMX machines, shipped in October 1996. IP's final two projects Virtual
K'NEX and SNAP's Math Parade were completed in early 1998.
Immediately prior to founding Imagination Pilots, Mr.
Tullman was the Chief Executive Officer and lead private investor in Eager
Enterprises, Inc. (Eager), a privately held information industry venture
capital firm which he founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1990. Eager identified,
invested in and developed proprietary database and transaction-oriented
information management businesses in various fields. Eager accepted and
deployed investment funding from a number of major national venture capital
firms, including Robertson, Stephens & Co., Weiss, Peck & Greer, Sears
Investment Management Co., and Frontenac Co. Eager's funds were fully invested
at the end of 1993 and its last business, Information Kinetics, Inc., was
successfully sold to National Computer Systems in August 1994.
Prior to forming Eager, Mr. Tullman was the Chairman of
Financial Protection Services, Inc. (FPSI), a privately held corporation
providing computerized information to businesses and consumers. Divisions of
FPSI included CCC Information Services (current NASDAQ:CCCG), which provided
computerized automotive valuation data to the nation's 200 largest automobile
insurance companies; Credit Card Service Corporation, which provided various
services to over 4,000,000 members located throughout the United States; and
Original Research Customer Management Services, which provided market research
and customer satisfaction services to over 2,000 automobile dealers based on
interviews with over 8,000,000 consumers a year. In 1988, FPSI was selected as
the fastest growing private firm in the Crain's Chicago Business annual listing
with year-to-year revenues up 107.1%. In 1989, FPSI revenues jumped 69.7% to
again place the company among the top 10 fastest growing private firms in
Mr. Tullman founded CCC Information Services, the largest
subsidiary of FPSI, in 1980. CCC was the fastest growing company in Illinois
from 1981 through 1985 as well as one of the top 100 fastest growing companies
in the United States. CCC was number 31 on the 1986 Inc. Magazine 100 List and
number 54 on the 1987 Inc. Magazine 100 List as well as first in profitability
among all of the listed companies in both years. While running CCC, Mr. Tullman
was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Peat Marwick and Crain's Chicago Business
in 1986 and by Venture Magazine and Arthur Young & Co. in 1987. He was also
selected for membership in the Chicago High-Tech Division of the Young
Presidents Organization (YPO).
In 1991, Mr. Tullman became the Chief Executive Officer of
Information Kinetics, Inc. (IKI), which developed and marketed a unique
national computerized database of job candidates which was delivered online and
by CD-ROM disk to major employers throughout the country (kiNexus). The kiNexus
system was installed at over 1,800 colleges and universities as well as at
hundreds of national, regional and local employers in less than 18 months. The
kiNexus database typically contained over 200,000 candidates and was updated on
a daily basis throughout the year. A related service, Career Network, was also
developed in a joint venture with Prodigy to provide an online national private
network for career centers and employers.
At the end of 1993, the basic kiNexus system was enhanced
and offered to consumers as a new service called FasTrak which was a joint
venture formed initially with the New York Times and the Chicago
Tribune to provide an interactive electronic response program for
candidates to respond by phone to classified employment advertising. This new
service became the basis for the various online services now being used by The
Washington Post, the San Jose Mercury News, the Chicago Tribune,
The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe.
In 1994, both kiNexus and FasTrak were sold to National Computer Systems, a
public corporation based in Minneapolis, which provides computer systems and
services to large corporations and government agencies.
Also in 1991, Mr. Tullman led a group of private investors
which purchased a substantial interest in ICOM Simulations, Inc. He served as
the investors' representative on the Company's Board of Directors. ICOM
developed utilities, video games and early CD-ROM programs (including emulation
tools) for Macintosh and the PC. Titles included Deja Vu, Uninvited,
Shadowgate and the Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective series
which was among the largest selling CD-ROM games in history. In early 1993, Mr.
Tullman initiated and assisted management in selling ICOM at a substantial
premium to Viacom, Inc., where it became Viacom New Media - Chicago.
In June 1992, at the request of management and certain major
shareholders and creditors, Mr. Tullman became the Chief Executive Officer of
COIN, Inc. (COIN), located in Atlanta, Georgia, which provided automotive
information, communication channels, and information management systems
(hardware and software) to the entire automotive industry and to related credit
and financial industries as well. In 1992, COIN was recognized by Arthur
Andersen in the Atlanta Fast Tech 50 as the 11th largest high-technology
company in Georgia (by revenues) and the 8th largest computer software employer
(by number of employees) with over 5,000 customers located throughout the
United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. In June 1993, after a
comprehensive restructuring and a dramatic return to profitable operation, Mr.
Tullman sold the company at a substantial profit to Reynolds and Reynolds, one
of its largest competitors.
In January 1993, Mr. Tullman and several partners formed
Monumental Art and Events, Inc. (Monumental). Monumental was an event-driven
marketing organization created to identify, develop, implement and thereafter
exploit various national and international events and projects involving high
visibility individuals holding political office and/or within the media and
entertainment industries. Monumental created fine art paintings, reproductions,
objects, and other salable memorabilia commemorating various events and
recording or incorporating the impressions, creativity and other input of the
various participants. Projects under development included the U.S. Presidential
Monument, the World Friendship Monument, and the NASA Space Monument.
Monumental is inactive at this time.
Mr. Tullman is a graduate with Honors of Northwestern
University (B.A., 1967) and of its School of Law (J.D., 1970), where he also
graduated with Honors, was elected to the Order of the Coif, and served as the
Chairman of the Editors of The Law Review. He was selected as a Ford Foundation
Fellow and developed, along with James R. Thompson, former Governor of
Illinois, a national Ford Foundation program for the study of criminal law. Mr.
Tullman was admitted to the Bar in 1970 and, on special petition, to the Bar of
the United States Supreme Court in 1974. He practiced in Chicago for 10 years,
specializing in Federal litigation, and served by appointment as a Special
Master for class action litigation in the Southern District of New York. Mr.
Tullman has written, lectured and been interviewed on a number of legal and
career issues. He contributed a chapter on his activities to a book entitled
Life After Law which describes lawyers who have opted for alternative careers.
Mr. Tullman has also served as an Arbitrator for more than 35 years for the
American Arbitration Association.
Besides his direct business interests, Mr.Tullman has taught
an MBA class called "Start-Ups: Start to Finish" and also lectured
regularly on venturing, change management, and entrepreneurship to senior
managers, executive and business owners at the Kellogg School. Mr. Tullman has
also taught Change Management and Entrepreneurship for Kellogg internationally
in Executive Management Programs based in Hong Kong and Tel Aviv. Mr. Tullman
is a member of The Entrepreneurship Institute's National Advisory Committee and
has spoken on several occasions at the President's Symposium of Chicago. He
also served as a Participant/Panelist at the invitation of President Clinton at
the 1995 Regional Economic Conference held at Ohio State University. Mr.
Tullman wrote the preface for a new book on start-ups by Barry Moltz entitled, "You
Need to be a Little Crazy" and his business ventures are included in a
more recent book by Robert Jordan entitled "How They Did It"
as well as in several other business texts. Mr. Tullman is the author of The Perspiration Principles (Volumes I
thru IV) and writes a weekly blog for INC.
Mr. Tullman is an active art collector, lender and donor to
museums including the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Smart Museum of Art
of the University of Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago
Children's Museum, the Evanston Art Center, the Springfield Art Museum, the
Milwaukee Art Museum, the Madison Art Center, the Arnot Museum,
the Frye Museum, the Mobile Museum of Art, the Museum of the South and the
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Chicago. Mr. Tullman has worked closely
over the last 30 years with various artists and, some years ago, created a
limited edition work of art in collaboration with the internationally known
artist, Christo, which was used as a fund raising project for the Museum of
Contemporary Art, where he previously served as a Trustee. The Tullman
Collection has been featured in numerous catalogues including a major publication
of 61 paintings from the Collection by the Mobile Museum of Art.
Mr. Tullman was appointed by President Clinton to serve on
the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (www.pcah.com) and served throughout the Clinton
presidencies. Mr. Tullman wrote and produced HindSight, a newsletter for
several hundred executive subscribers, on current topics of interest to
entrepreneurs and managers for several years. Mr. Tullman was one of the lead
producers in a Broadway musical called "Swinging on a Star" which is
now being staged in various venues worldwide. "Swinging on a Star"
was nominated for a Tony Award as one of the five best new musicals on Broadway
in the 1995-1996 theater season. Finally, Mr. Tullman has served for a number
of years as a Trustee of the Democratic National Committee and a member of the
DNC Business Leadership Forum and previously served as a Vice Chairman of the
Clinton Presidential Library Committee.
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