Christopher J. Feola, Founding Partner
Chris Feola is the Founding Partner of Privacy Chain, which replaces traditional communications and Enterprise Information Technology with a distributed architecture built on a Blockchain foundation. His background and experience have always been at the intersection of information and technology. He has been granted three data architecture patents, and led IT teams to Number 13 on the InfoWorld 100; the 2002 The RealWare Award – Best Enterprise Content Management Application; and an Honorable Mention in the 2003 CIO Magazine Enterprise Value Awards, among other awards. He has been named a Fellow by the Society of Information Management Dallas/Fort Worth chapter. He was the founding director of The Media Center at American Press Institute, one of the industry’s major think tanks, and taught at the graduate level at Columbia and Indiana universities, among others. Previous positions include Vice President/Technology, Belo Interactive, Executive Vice President/CIO of askSam Systems, and President, nextPression, inc. Technology industry leadership positions include membership on the CIO Magazine Executive Programs Advisory Board; Editor, The Society for Information Management’s SIMNews; member, STARTech Early Ventures Industry Advisor; and chairman, Marketing Committee, SIMPosium 2006.
Feola was named one of the 50 most influential people in new media by Online Journalism Review. He has appeared as a new media expert on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer on PBS and Talk of the Nation on NPR, been written up in Business 2.0 and The New York Times; and addressed a joint session of the World Newspaper Congress and the World Editors Forum in Kobe, Japan.
Feola has been a member of the adjunct faculty at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, the IUPUI School of Journalism, and Miami (Ohio) journalism department, teaching new media and computer-assisted reporting. He has worked at seven papers in 18 states and five countries on a couple of continents, including a two-year stint covering Asia as a foreign correspondent for Stars & Stripes. He has more than 4,000 published articles and 6,000 published photos to his credit.
Geoffrey M. Hayden, Founding Partner
Geoff has decades of experience in technology and telephony ranging from installing military phone lines in Asia to leading corporate technology at world class companies such as Jacuzzi Brands and Accenture. He is a global expert in development and integration, including systems architecture, applications design, telecommunications, data center operations, call center support, and security services.
Geoff received his MBA from University of Southern California.