About Us

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 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 or student loan account. 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 contributing 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 CEO 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 of the investing community.

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 20 years. He works with broker dealers and investment advisers on regulatory/compliance issues. Currently, he's registered with Progressive Asset Management, Inc. (member FINRA/SIPC, Oakland, CA) as Chief Compliance Officer and CFO.  He also is a compliance consultant with Foresters Equity Services, Inc. (member FINRA/SIPC, San Diego, CA). Rob received his Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration, Real Estate and Finance from California State University, Northridge (CSUN). He holds his Series 4, 7, 24, 28, 53, 63, 79, and 99 securities licenses.

Brian Pautsch

CTO

Brian has more than 20 years of software architecture and development experience spanning a number of vertical markets including insurance, education, healthcare and retail. He specializes in designing and building solutions that utilize the latest technologies, are very responsive and will scale as businesses grow quickly.

Prior to Gift of College, Brian was the President of KeyLimeTie, a company he helped grow from 2 employees to over 35 in the first 3 years earning them a place on Inc. Magazine’s 5000 List as well as Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For several years in a row. His main duties revolve around operations, specifically ensuring the highest efficiency and quality of work was achieved between clients, project managers, developers, quality assurance and hosting. His passion has always been software architecture and development. During his 8 years at KeyLimeTie, he continued to learn and utilize the latest technologies and led many projects for customers including AAA Auto Club Group, PartsTown, PLS, Universal Insurance, and many more.

Before co-founding KeyLimeTie, Brian was the CEO of New Vision Consulting Group, where he led the design, development, and implementation of large-scale, mission critical applications for their clients, including Allstate Insurance, Kemper Insurance, Thomson Learning, United States Air Force, Eaton Corporation, Register.com and eNom.com.

Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Minor in Business from Northern Illinois University, and is a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer and 8-time Ironman finisher.