Since 2005, we’ve helped a thriving community of Independent Associates pursue their passion. Our corporate team combines expertise and experience to help our Associates grow their Kynect businesses. We invite you to read our bios below and get to know us a little better.

Who knows, we just might meet in person in the future!

Mark "Bouncer" Schiro

Chief Executive Officer

A tenacious entrepreneur and innovator at heart, Bouncer is responsible for guiding growth strategies and overseeing day-to-day operations to ensure the success of the company and its community of Independent Associates. As one of the company’s earliest outside investors, he eventually served on the Board of Managers for a total of eight years, including two years as Chairman, and previously served as the company's president and CEO from 2012 to 2016.

Dan O'Malley

President & Chief Operating Officer

Dan brings over 25 years of experience and achievement in consumer products and services to his role, overseeing all operations, including marketing efforts, product expansion and the company’s continued growth in the markets we serve and beyond. Prior to his current role, he was a significant contributor in building MoneyGram International, a Dallas-based financial services company, into a multi-billion dollar world-wide company and well known brand, in addition to serving as COO of two consumer financial services and mobile technology companies and other key executive leadership roles. 

Pierre Koshakji

Founder, EVP Strategic Projects & Governmental Affairs

A company co-founder, Pierre Koshakji serves as Senior Managing Director of National Expansion with primary responsibility for multi-state expansion program and regulatory affairs as well as secondary responsibility for all areas of operations support, payment systems, human resources and firm administration.

Steve Fisher

Executive Vice President & Chief Sales Officer

As a founding leader of our network marketing business and one of its most successful Independent Associates, Steve now brings many years of invaluable business experience and critical sales knowledge to the executive team. He leads the development of strategies, training, programs, compensation models, and promotions to empower the Associate community to succeed and increase overall sales at Kynect. Steve also provides personal and professional development training to the field during key events and presentations throughout the year. Prior to starting his Kynect business and then joining the corporate team, he held a management role at American Airlines.

Chelsey Berend

Vice President of Field Experience

When Chelsey came to Kynect as a receptionist in 2005, she admits she had no idea what she was getting into—least of all that she would one day become Vice President of Field Experience. Today, she is responsible for making sure Associates have an enriching and rewarding journey with Kynect from the day they get started. Chelsey helps define and execute company strategies and initiatives, and leads her team in event planning and production, recognition, swag creation and social media engagement. Most importantly, she is instrumental in preserving our unique culture and ensuring every touchpoint someone has with Kynect is impactful and share-worthy.

Paul Burns

Director of Product

Paul leads our corporate strategy practice, focused on product development and marketing solutions that empower our sales team to fulfill their purpose. His team is driven to deliver results that exceed the expectations of our Associates and to ensure a consistent, engaging experience across all projects and deliverables. In addition to working at Kynect, Paul is a born entrepreneur and inventor. He started his first company as a teenager and currently holds three utility patents with several more pending.

Blake Holder

Blake Holder

Director of Operations & Associate Support

As Director of Operations & Associate Support, Blake’s mission is to improve the Associate and customer experiences through technology, processes and people. He oversees Associate Support and leads the charge behind all Wireless Services and Readiness efforts to ensure high quality service for our community around the clock. With a strategic eye and a knack for relationship-building, Blake helps ensure customers have a great experience and Associates have what they need to build a thriving business.

Carolyn Lam

Senior Vice President & General Counsel

Carolyn leads Kynect’s Legal, Human Resources, and Compliance teams, leveraging her experience to design, implement and manage initiatives that avoid risk but empower our business and Associates to grow. In addition to her experience as a strategic business and legal advisor, Carolyn has expertise in compliance, litigation, risk management, and corporate governance. Prior to Kynect, Carolyn managed litigation and compliance matters for PLH Group, Inc., a leading energy infrastructure provider and portfolio company of Energy Capital Partners. Outside the office, she serves on the boards of the National Employment Law Council and the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Dallas-Fort Worth chapter.

John Lessner

John Lessner

Vice President Controller

A highly experienced financial executive, John has 40 years of overall business in experience in financial roles. For the last 8 years, he has been responsible for all financial functions of Kynect. Before joining our team, he was Vice President of Austin Bridge and Road.  His other previous professional experience includes a role as a consulting senior manager with Ernst & Young, and he has done work for Southwest Airlines, Motorola, National Steel, Haggar, Enron Chemical, and Northwest Airlines. John is a CPA, has a BS in accounting from Elmhurst College, an MBA from DePaul University and has been published in the Journal of Accountancy and the Journal of Cost Management.

Gary Boelter

Director of IT Operations

A seasoned veteran of the company, Gary leads all IT strategies at Kynect. Through his day-to-day oversight and expert planning, he ensures our technology systems continually support our business goals and objectives, and that our customer and Associate data is protected at all costs.

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