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.
Mr. Colquhoun is the founder & CEO of Food Matters a digital media and production company, since 2008. He was also the founder and was CEO of FMTV, a health & wellness SVOD company, until its acquisition by Gaia in June 2019. During his tenure the Food Matters group has grown to reach over 120 countries. He is the producer of the feature documentary films Food Matters and Hungry For Change and the Transcendence docu-series.
Ms. Frank has served as President of AdPredictive, a software company delivering the industry’s first outcomes-driven customer marketing intelligence platform, since September 2018. Before joining AdPredictive, Ms. Frank spent 23 years at Viacom Inc., where she served from 2015 to 2017 as Chief Operating Officer of MTV. From 2013 to 2015, Ms. Frank served as Executive Vice President of Viacom Music and Entertainment’s Connected Content Division. From 2009 to 2012, Ms. Frank served as General Manager for MTV and VH1 Digital. From 2005 to 2009, she served as Chief Operating Officer at LOGO TV. Ms. Frank currently serves on the board of Brightcove, a global provider of cloud solutions for managing, delivering and monetizing video and privately-held company boards of AdPredictive and Cornerstone Capital Group, an SEC-registered investment advisory that pursues financial returns alongside social impact.
Mr. Maisel is Founder and Chairman of Mythos Studios, a movie production company. From 2012 to 2017 he was a Senior Advisor to Rovio, the owner of Angry Birds, and is also the Executive Producer of the Angry Birds feature film, 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.
Ms. Mellencamp joined Gaia in May 2019 as an independent director. Previously, Ms. Mellencamp was General Manager and subsequently Chief Executive Officer and President of Vimeo, a leading global video platform and subscription service. During her tenure from January 2009 to March 2015, Vimeo grew to become a top video site reaching over 160 million monthly users worldwide, expanded to multiple languages and new platforms from mobile to OTT and developed a SaaS offering with over 500,000 paying subscribers. From 2004 to 2008, Ms. Mellencamp served as Senior Vice President, Product Management for About.com, a topic-based content site owned by The New York Times Company. Ms. Mellencamp began her internet career in 1997 serving in various leadership and product management roles of both early-stage start-up and established companies including Cablevision, Prodigy Services Company, iWon.com, and Ameritrade Holding Corporation. Since 2016, Ms. Mellencamp has also served as a member of the Brown University Communications Advisory Council.
Mr. Patel has served 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.
Mr. Sutherland has worked in the investment and financial advisory business since 1975. He was 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. FIMgroup was acquired by Mercer Advisors in December 2018. During his time at FIMgroup, he managed 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 Zenvesting, Creating life success the Zenvesting way, Virtues of Wealth and the AMA guide to Financial Planning. Mr. Sutherland was 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.