GiftofCollege.com was born when founder Wayne Weber discovered just how complicated
it can be to donate to a college savings account. Wayne designed an innovative social
savings platform that makes it easier than ever for friends and relatives to help
parents save for a child’s college education.
By transforming the way that parents, relatives and friends think about saving for
college, GiftofCollege.com has created an easy, fun, social way to contribute to
a 529 plan using a credit card. Parents who are stressed about the need to save
tens of thousands of dollars for their child’s college education can enlist
friends and relatives to help with this critical task.
Through an innovative social savings platform, GiftofCollege.com now makes the task
of donating to a college education fun and easy. We also help parents create a community,
a place where they can share their child’s hopes and dreams about their college
choices and career plans. Overburdened parents are no longer alone; they can share
their progress in meeting their college savings goals and celebrate their successes.
WHO WE ARE
Wayne Weber, CEO
Wayne Weber is President and Founder of GiftofCollege.com. He is passionate about providing families a simple and easy way to save for college tuition – bringing change to a complex process. Since 2008, Wayne has developed Gift of College into a social savings platform for parents, friends and communities with the aim of establishing the company as the leading gifting platform for college savings plans. GiftofCollege.com builds innovations and technologies that encourage the awareness, use and growth of college savings investment plans. Wayne has built significant partnerships across the industry to ensure that GiftofCollege.com supports not only the needs of the investor but also meets the high standards the investing community expects.
Before founding GiftofCollege.com, Wayne led business development and sales efforts of multi-million dollar software solutions for Fortune 500 companies including NCR Corporation and CDW. In 2007, Wayne founded Gimmepleez.com, a social savings platform that was the forerunner to his current company. Wayne is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a B.S. in Marketing.
Kristine Sickels, CMO
A 17-year marketing and sales veteran, Kristine Sickels has designed and managed branding efforts for Fortune 500 companies and start-ups. As Vice President of Marketing at Newell Rubbermaid, Kristine leads the innovation and commercialization strategies for premier consumer brands such as Calphalon cookware, Levolor blinds and Goody hair accessories & styling tools which total over a $1B in sales revenue. As co-founder of Gimmepleez.com & GiftofCollege.com she has developed the branding and consumer engagement strategies for these new and innovative business models.
Kristine is passionate about education and its ability to better our world, she is currently pursuing her doctorate in the field of business in a program that is founded on the principles of engaged scholarship at Georgia State University, this highly regarded program is unique in its purpose to foster community amidst business practitioners and academia. She also holds a B.S from Indiana University and attained her MBA from the University of Michigan.
Robert Creaser, COO
Robert has worked in the financial services/compliance field for over 18 years. He currently consults broker dealers and investment advisers on regulatory compliance issues and regulation through ComplianceWorks, Inc. He is presently registered with Progressive Asset Management, Inc. as Chief Compliance Officer and CFO. He is also the Financial and Operational Principal for GovDesk LLC. Rob received his B.S degree in Business Administration, Real Estate and Finance from California State University, Northridge. He holds his Series 4, 7, 24, 28, 53, 63, 79, and 99 securities licenses.