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
A 12-year veteran of Fortune 500 technology firms, Wayne Weber founded GiftofCollege.com
in 2007. Previously, he managed multi-million dollar software solutions for companies
such as NCR Corporation and CDW. A born entrepreneur, Wayne founded Gimmepleez.com, a social savings platform. In an effort to
bring the ease of social savings to the 529 industry, Wayne founded GiftofCollege.com.
He’s committed to bringing change to the complicated process of saving for
college. Wayne graduated from 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 17 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 and Financial West Group. 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, 66, 79, and 99 securities licenses.