Founder and Chairman
Jirka Rysavy, founder, Chairman and CEO of Gaia, has been Chairman since inception and has served as Chief Executive Officer (except from March 2009 to July 2016). Mr. Rysavy is the beneficial owner of approximately 38% of Gaia outstanding shares. In 1986, Mr. Rysavy founded Corporate Express, Inc., which, under his leadership as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, grew to become a Fortune 500 company with $4.7 billion of revenue. Mr. Rysavy also founded and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Crystal Market, a health foods concept, which was sold in 1987 to become the concept and first Wild Oats Markets store. Mr. Rysavy was also Chairman of Real Goods Solar, Inc., founded within Gaiam in 1999 and brought public in 2009. Mr. Rysavy resigned from the board of Real Goods Solar in June 2013 after Gaiam sold its investment.
Ms. Frank’s career spanned 23 years at Viacom where she served from 2015 to 2017 as Chief Operating Officer of MTV combining her background as both a creative and business driver to lead MTV’s revenue growth, operations and long-term strategic planning initiatives. Previously, from 2013 to 2015, Ms. Frank served as Executive Vice President of Viacom Music and Entertainment’s Connected Content division, with general management responsibilities for MTV, VH1 and LOGO TV. From 2009 to 2012, Ms. Frank served as General Manager for MTV and VH1 Digital where she was instrumental to MTV’s growth to 210 million fans on Facebook. From 2005 to 2009 she served as Chief Operating Officer at LOGO TV. From 1996 to 2005, she held multiple positions at Viacom Media Networks including serving as Senior Vice President, Multiplatform Distribution at LOGO TV as well as Regional Vice President, MTV Networks Content Distribution and Marketing Group overseeing distribution strategy for MTV, VH1, CMT, VH1 Classic, MTV 2 and Logo.
In 2017, Mr. Jaeb founded BeingWell Media, an artist-based content distribution service. In 2006 he co-founded, and until 2010, served as the President of Malama Kauai, a Hawaii-based nonprofit organization. In 1995, Mr. Jaeb co-founded AudioNet (previously Cameron Broadcasting Systems), an internet-based aggregator of digital media, which changed its name to Broadcast.com prior to its initial public offering in 1998. In 1999, Broadcast.com was sold to Yahoo for $5.4 billion. In 1995, Mr. Jaeb founded eAds, the first fee per click advertising company on the Internet.
Mr. Maisel has been a Senior Advisor to Rovio, the owner of Angry Birds, since 2012 and is also the Executive Producer of the Angry Birds feature film, which was released in May 2016. From 2004 until 2011, Mr. Maisel was with Marvel Entertainment, Inc., where he was the Founding Chairman of Marvel Studios and architect of the strategy to make its own films and obtain its $500 million plus film facility. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Maisel headed up the Corporate Strategy and Business Development for Endeavor Talent Agency. He served as Managing Director of Chello Broadband in Europe from 1999 to 2001 and as President of Livent, Inc., a live theatrical production company, from 1998 to 1999. Before that, Mr. Maisel served as Director of Strategic Planning and Corporate Development for The Walt Disney Company and held positions with Creative Artist Agency and The Boston Consulting Group. Mr. Maisel serves on the board of Eros International.
Mr. Patel serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Fuse+Media Pvt. Ltd. Since 2008. Mr Patel was a Co-Founder and a Chairman of Fabrik, LLC., led the turnarounds for Inktomi and Maxtor, and incubated, hatched, and ran a number of successful companies including Brience, Metrius, Webvibe, and Phoenix Software. He served as a General Partner of ComVentures. Mr. Patel has also served as the Managing Partner and Chief Strategy Officer of KPMG Consulting Worldwide, Chief Executive Officer at KPMG Internet business, and Managing Partner and Managing Director of the Price Waterhouse Technology Consulting Practice.
Since 2014, Ms. Schoppert has been focusing on her role as a director for the boards on which she serves. From April 2005 to February 2014, Ms. Schoppert served on the Senior Executive Team of Sleep Number® Corporation, where she held the positions of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Chief Information Officer, interim Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of International and New Channel Development. Prior to joining Sleep Number, Ms. Schoppert led US Bank’s Private Asset Management team and served as Head of Product, Marketing & Corporate Development for the bank’s asset management division. She began her career in the airline industry, serving in various financial, strategic, and general management leadership positions at American Airlines, Northwest Airlines and America West Airlines. Ms. Schoppert serves on the boards of The Hershey Company, a global confectionary company, and Big Lots, Inc., a national retailer, and she is also Vice Chair of Cornell University’s “President’s Council of Cornell Women.”
Mr. Sutherland has worked in the investment and financial advisory business since 1975. He is founder and President of Financial & Investment Management Group, Ltd. (“FIMgroup”), a registered investment adviser that manages investment portfolios on a discretionary basis for individuals, trusts, foundations and retirement plans that he founded in 1984. As the Chief Investment Officer for FIMgroup, he has been managing values-driven, sustainably oriented, global total return, growth and income investment portfolios for more than 25 years. Mr. Sutherland served on the board of directors of the Utopia Funds, a registered investment company, between December 2005 and March 2009. Mr. Sutherland is Chairman and a founding board member of the Utopia Foundation, Squaring the Education Pyramid Institute, and is author of various books including Virtues of Wealth and the AMA guide to Financial Planning. Mr. Sutherland is also owner of Spirituality and Health Media LLC, the publisher of Spirituality & Health magazine, part owner of Smartwired LLC, owner of The Smart Parenting Revolution, which provides educational tools for parents, and educators, and Yen Yoga and Fitness LLC, the largest yoga, spinning and fitness studio in northern Michigan.