About Airex

Airex is redefining how the world buys, sells, and consumes financial apps, information, and reports

The old model of selling these products door-to-door via a direct sales force is expensive, inefficient, time-consuming, and incapable of addressing market demand. It’s painful for both buyers and sellers, restricting access and opportunities.

Airex is changing that. The AIREX™ Market is a cost-efficient, frictionless, and immediate marketplace for what are, after all, digital products. They should be available in an online marketplace.

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Airex, Inc. was founded in 2012 and is based in New York, NY.

Our Mission

Airex is committed to democratizing the world's financial apps, information, and reports, enabling suppliers and customers to cost-effectively conduct business through the AIREX™ Market.

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Our Team

Our leadership team boasts over 150 years of combined experience in creating disruptive solutions for finance, technology, and sales.

Richard Korhammer

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Korhammer has spent his entire career building or growing companies within the technology, trading and market data, finance, and exchange sectors. Mr. Korhammer was CEO, Co-founder and Chairman of Lava Trading Inc, which he successfully guided from its inception to its sale and acquisition by Citigroup in 2004.

Richard has been Chairman of the Board of Directors for Yieldbroker PTY LTD, since January 2012, a Sydney Australia based bond and derivatives exchange, a cooperative venture between 12 leading global banks. Richard was a Senior Advisor to Lightyear Capital, based in New York City, from March 2013 to April 2014, which is a Private Equity firm.

Richard co-founded Lava Trading in 1999 was CEO and Chairman. Lava Trading designed and built innovative sell side and multi-broker buy side DMA EMS platforms; a sell-side OMS; and a dealer-to-client and dealer-to-dealer FX trading platform. Lava developed at the time one of the fastest market data and execution routing technologies available.

Richard was the Chairman of the Receivables Exchange (TRE) since its founding in 2007 through 2012. In 2011. TRE is a trading platform for SME and Fortune 500 corporations to place their receivables for sale in a competitive marketplace of buyers.

Richard is a graduate of Princeton University where he earned his B.S.E. in computer science and electrical engineering.

Christopher Williams

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Chris Williams is Airex’s technology visionary, coordinating with our engineers, customers, trading experts, and advisors, both internal and external.

Chris has over 30 years experience founding, managing, and selling technology companies. He has deep experience bringing new technology to profitability in a variety of markets by using his strategic vision and research abilities to uncover and develop opportunities that drive growth.

Chris is presently the part-time/advising Chief Strategy Officer at Infinetics Technology, a network infrastructure software startup. Recently, he was CTO and a member of the board of directors at Kit Digital, a publicly-traded digital media software vendor, where he was responsible for, among other things, the company’s global intellectual property strategy and for M&A technical diligence. He co-founded Free Flow Power, a renewable energy company developing hydroelectric devices and projects where he served as CTO. He has also co-founded several Internet startups, including Waypoint Software, Nexaweb Technologies, and Valent Software, where he was the CTO and, post-acquisition, Chief Architect at Lycos.

Chris graduated from MIT with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with an emphasis on signal processing.

Stephen I. Bookbinder

Global Head of Sales and Business Development

Steve is bringing over 30 years of experience in financial sales, business development and sales management to Airex. As Airex's Global Head of Sales and Business Development, Steve is responsible for developing strategic alliances, customer acquisition and leading our global sales team. Steve reports directly to our CEO, Richard Korhammer. As part of our executive management team, Steve will be closely involved with products, marketing, finance and customer service. Steve's commitment is to ensure Airex continues to deliver the best user experience for our customers.

Spanning his 30 years in the global financial markets, Steve has held senior positions with many prestigious firms. Bear Stearns, Bloomberg, Cantor Fitzgerald and Dow Jones to name a few. At Bloomberg, where he spent 15 years, Steve was co-founder of Bloomberg Tradebook, where he built and managed an international sales team of 150 people generating well in excess of $300M in revenues.

Steve has been a trusted advisor to many Wall Street firms and service providers. He has developed strategic relationships with senior financial service executives around the world. Due to his vast experience in the financial sector, he is frequently invited to speak at many industry events.

Steve graduated from Baruch College with a degree in Marketing and Finance and earned his MBA from Baruch College. He currently holds a NASD/FINRA Series 7 license.

Alan Kucheck

Vice President of Engineering

Alan Kucheck manages Airex’s development of technology, platform, and applications, and enjoys a strong reputation among the hundreds of engineers that have worked for him throughout his career. He has held the post of Vice President of Engineering for multiple software companies, managing software engineering teams for over 25 years.

Most recently as Vice President of Engineering for Quest Software from 2005 to 2012, he managed a global team of 650 engineers in 14 offices, over 70 products, and a $50M budget.

As Vice President of Engineering for Borland Software, he managed over 60 engineers. A key role he played at Borland was working closely with Fortune 500 customers such as FedEx, McKesson, Pepsico, and USAA to insure Borland tools scaled to meet their most extreme requirements.

Prior to Borland, Alan was a key contributor at Starbase Corporation, envisioning and creating a suite of long-lived products that have generated over $450M dollars in sales over their lifetime. He holds several patents as a result of this effort.

Board of Directors

Airex’s Board of Directors provides leadership in finance and technology, and sets the strategic direction of the company.

Ken Bado

Member of the Board

Ken Bado has been transforming software companies for the last 25 years. Under his sales and marketing leadership, Autodesk grew its revenue over 200% to more than $2.2 billion in less than 6 years. Ratable revenue went from zero to over $800 million, enterprise revenue from zero to $500 million and non USA business grew from $400 million to over $1.3 billion.

Ken recently took a late stage “Big Data” company from $55 million to over $70 million in less than a year as its CEO. Additionally, he sits on boards of high growth software companies and various non-profits. He is based in San Francisco, California, USA.

Richard Korhammer

CEO and Member of the Board

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Stephen Kuhn

Executive Chairman and Co-Founder

Stephen Kuhn is co-founder and Executive Chairman of the AIREX Market, where he leads corporate vision and the executive team, and oversees the Company’s fundraising and investor relations efforts.

Stephen is an experienced entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in US, Europe, and Asia helping public, private, and start-up companies grow and achieve their objectives through M&A, corporate finance, business development, strategic relationships, and technology. He has an extensive international network of contacts and relationships in the financial services, technology, and wine sectors. He has been founder or co-founder of a number of companies, and as an engineer in his early career, created many successful software products. He currently serves on the Advisory Boards of several companies, in the technology, fund/wealth management, and wine sectors.

Stephen graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in the Classics, studied graduate-level managerial finance at Harvard University, and has held NASD/FINRA Series 7, 63, and 24 licenses.

Christopher Williams

CTO and Member of the Board

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Kyle Zasky

Member of the Board

Kyle is an industry-recognized pioneer in the electronic trading space. He co-founded, EdgeTrade in 1996, a broker-dealer specializing in progressive trading technologies which was sold to Knight Capital in 2008. Post sale, he continued to steward the institutional business to a $60 million plus revenue subsidiary. He has been a guest on CNBC, CNN, and featured in countless industry publications as an authority on trading technologies and market infrastructure. Kyle is a founding member of SenaHill Partners LP, and sits on the BOD of Wealthforge, Tradelegs, and Untapt.

Advisory Board

Airex has an outstanding Board of Advisors. They help guide us by leveraging their deep experience and contacts in financial services, technology, and data.

Mark Alexander

Advisor

Mark Alexander is a senior financial-services executive with an extensive background in securities, derivatives, wealth management, banking, and related businesses with expertise in operations, technology, client services, finance, risk management, and investment/banking products and solutions. Mark currently serves on the Board of Directors and chairs the Corporate Governance Committee of Ladder Capital Corporation, a public company that is an internally-managed real estate investment trust and leader in commercial real estate finance.

For 24 years, Mark held various leadership positions at Merrill Lynch and then Bank of America Merrill Lynch, running a range of functions and businesses, including Chief Information Officer and Head of Technology and Operations for both Global Markets and Global Wealth and Investment Management, Chief Administrative Officer for Global Wealth Management, and Global Head of Operations and Client Services, as well as overseeing businesses in clearing, online investing, and fund administration.

Mark joined Merrill Lynch in 1991 after working at Deloitte & Touche for seven years, where he was a manager of auditing and consulting engagements for financial services companies. Mark is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive), holds an MBA in finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University, and is licensed with FINRA in Series 7, 24, 27, and 63.

Mark has played an active role in numerous securities industry associations in the U.S. and Europe and has served on the boards of Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation, where he was Lead Director in 2012/2013 and Chair of the Audit Committee for three years, as well as Euroclear, LCH.Clearnet, the European Securities Clearing Corporation, the Government Securities Clearing Corporation, and the Participants’ Trust Company, where he was Chairman in 1996/1997.

John Chu

Advisor

John’s career in financial services stretches over 15 years. It started in management consulting, then CFO of Personal Lines and culminated with the role of CIO and Operations at The Hartford.

More recently, John has worked in the Private Equity industry as an Operating Partner for Golden Gate Capital and now with Altamont Capital Partners. John also sits on the boards of FirstBest Systems and Wedbush Securities.

John graduated with a BA in Economics from UCLA and with a MBA in Finance from NYU.

John Philip Coghlan

Advisor

John was formerly the President and CEO of Visa USA, where he led its transformation from a member-owned association into a for-profit company, culminating in the largest IPO in US history. Prior to Visa, John was Vice Chairman of the Charles Schwab Corporation. During his 18-year tenure John led each of Schwab’s client-facing businesses, and started Schwab’s businesses serving independent investment advisors and corporate retirement plans. Prior to Schwab, John co-founded San Francisco Grocery Express, a home delivery service that he ran successfully for 5 years.

John holds a BA in Psychology with Honors in Social Thought from Stanford University, an MA in Economics and Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

John is President of HDS, a large-scale startup that partners with category and specialty retailers to create a branded “mall in the cloud” that offers same-day delivery. John serves on the Board of the KIPP Bay Area Schools, where he was Board Chair for the previous three years. KIPP is the largest national network of charter schools. KIPP schools are free, public, nonselective, college prep K-12 charter schools in low-income neighborhoods, and deliver 4x the national college graduation rate of low-income students. John is also Campaign Chair of KIPP Bay Area's $75 million growth campaign.

John is also Board Chair of Life360, a smartphone app that "keeps your family safe and in synch." Life360 serves 6 million monthly returning users globally.

Andrew Corn

Advisor

Andrew Corn's 20 year career spans marketing, asset management, ETFs, Fintech document automation, publishing, and advertising. He is an expert at uncovering revenue generating models, and designing and implementing marketing funnel optimization for both consumer and B2B companies. He has been chosen as an out-sourced CMO to energize firms from public companies to start-ups. He works closely with clients on strategies that move revenue forward in significant ways, or create opportunities with investors and shareholders. Most recently, as the CEO of E5A Integrated Marketing, a revenue accelerator, Andy heads strategy: marketing planning, brand, revenue and distribution. Prior to founding E5A, he found Admaster Communications, a full service agency, focused on financial services and technology, and MasterApproach, a FinTech firm that focused on investment banks and asset management marketing document automation. Both firms were sold to Incepta Group, an agency holding company, traded on the London Stock Exchange in 2001. Before founding Admaster and MasterApproach, Andrew founded Clear Asset Management and Clear Indexes. The firm created a multifactor model (originally managing long-only equities), and began designing indexes tracked by ETFs and UITs, and in early 2008, a long/short equities hedge fund. As CIO, he achieved a top quartile track record. The firm was sold to Beacon Trust in late 2008, where he was CIO-Equities.

Benjamin Gross

Advisor

Benjamin Gross has focused his career on the intersection of quantitative analysis and portfolio management. He currently is co-founder and CEO of Visualize Wealth, LLC — an interactive portfolio analysis platform for sophisticated investors and financial professionals. Prior to founding Visualize Wealth he served as Managing Director of the Product Development & Quantitative Strategies Group at Newfound Research LLC where he focused on developing dynamic investment strategies. Before joining Newfound Research, Mr. Gross was a Quantitative Analyst at Investment Technologies Group where he researched algorithmic performance under different Macroeconomic regimes. Benjamin began his career in Finance as part of the Wealth Management Group at AXA Advisors, LLC, where he designed portfolio allocation strategies and investment policies for retail clients. Mr. Gross completed his Masters in Computational Finance from Carnegie Mellon in 2011, and received a Bachelors of Business Administration from the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University where he also completed the course-equivalency of a Minor in Applied Mathematics.

Thomas M. Joyce

Advisor

Tom Joyce is a recognized leader in the financial services industry. He has over thirty years of experience, both domestic and international, most recently as Chairman and CEO of Knight Capital Group. He joined Knight in 2002 and retired in July 2013. From January through May of 2002, Mr. Joyce was Global Head of Trading for S.C. Bernstein & Co. Prior to that, he held a variety of leadership roles in the Global Institutional Equity business during his almost fifteen years at Merrill Lynch & Co. He is a member of the Boards of Special Olympics Connecticut, the Ronald McDonald House of NYC, and the Alfred E. Smith Foundation. Mr. Joyce received an AB in Economics from Harvard College. He resides in Darien with his wife, Lisa. They have three children.

Jim Long

Advisor

Jim Long currently works with startups while ramping down Partner duties for Gabriel Venture Partners second fund. Jim has many years of experience and success in building businesses in the high technology industry, as well as in developing new technologies and patents for the Internet and PC environments. He has been a co-founder or CEO in such companies as Veritas (IPO: VRTS), Ruckus Wireless (IPO: RKUS), Starlight Networks (“Streaming” video pioneer sold to Picturetel), Linkware (sold to Ungermann-Bass) and RioPort (Digital Music pioneer merged with Ecast).

Jim has been an angel investor or adviser or part-time executive to others such as Chegg (IPO: CHGG), TiMetra (sold to Alcatel), Applied Microcircuits (IPO:AMCC) and Jibe Networks (sold to Citrix). Recently he has been involved with Aurora Algae (Algae for Nutrition & Green Diesel), CrowdSpot (Big Data Crowd Sourcing), Turbine BioFuels (algae fuels), Pops Worldwide (Vietnamese gaming company), PlantSense (Home Gardening technology sold to Parrot), and AeroSpike (Next Gen Flat Database).

Previously Jim worked for Adler Ventures, Hewlett Packard (invented world’s first presentation graphics program) and BCG and received a BS:EECS from UC-Berkeley and an MBA from Harvard.