S. Hoby Darling joined us in March 2013 and serves as our President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining us he served as General Manager of Nike+ Digital Sport, Nike, Inc. (NYSE:NKE). During his tenure with Nike he was a member of the Nike Affiliates Global Leadership team and served as the Head of Strategy and Planning for Nike Affiliates (Converse, Cole Haan, Hurley and Umbro). Prior to Nike, Mr. Darling served as Senior Vice President, Strategic Development and General Counsel, and other senior leadership positions, at Volcom from its initial public offering in 2005 until its sale to PPR (Kering) in early 2011. Mr. Darling received MBA degrees from the University of California at Berkeley Haas School of Business and Columbia University in New York, a Juris Doctorate from Northwestern University in Chicago, and a B.A. from Western Washington University. Mr. Darling serves on the Board of Directors of Again Faster, LLC, a leading Crossfit and functional training e-commerce business and Ragnar Relay Series, a national running relay race series. Our Board has concluded Mr. Darling should serve on the Board based on his depth of executive leadership experience in the retail and action sportswear industries.
Jason Hodell joined us in October 2013 and serves as our Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. From October 2013 to November 2015, he served as our Chief Financial Officer and Head of Business Operations, leading the finance, accounting, supply planning and IT organizations. Mr. Hodell previously served as Skullcandy’s Chief Financial Officer and Head of Business Operations since 2013From 2012 to October 2013, he served as the CFO of Shopzilla, one of the leading families of comparison shopping engines in global Internet retailing, where he led the company’s finance and business operations organizations. Prior to joining Shopzilla, from 2010 to 2012, Mr. Hodell was the CFO / COO of Move Networks, an IPTV technology pioneer. From 2008 to 2010, he held multiple senior level positions, such as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, with the AVP pro beach volleyball tour, ending with the position of Chief Executive Officer. From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Hodell was the Founder, Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager for Plainview Capital. Prior to that Mr. Hodell was Senior Director of Business Operations for Digex, a publicly-traded managed IT services and web-hosting firm and an Associate in the Technology Investment Banking group of JPMorgan. Mr. Hodell received his B.S. in Economics (Mathematical) from the United States Military Academy at West Point and then served for five years as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army. He received his MBA in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business.
Sam Paschel joined us in September 2012 and serves as our Chief Commercial Officer. From September 2012 to July 2013, he served as our Executive Vice President, Product Development and Merchandising. Prior to joining us, he served as the Senior Vice President, Marketing, from 2010 to 2012 for Burton Snowboards, the leading and largest international snowboard brand. From 2001 to 2010, Mr. Paschel served in other management roles at Burton, including General Manager – The Program and Strategic Business Director. Mr. Paschel received a B.S. in Engineering from Swarthmore College.
David Raffone joined us in August 2014 and serves as our Chief Revenue Officer and Head of Global Geographies, leading the global sales organization. From August 2014 to November 2015, he served as our Chief Sales and Revenue Officer. From May 2012 to July 2014, Mr. Raffone served as Vice President, U.S. Sales Division with Sony Electronics Inc., a global industry leader of consumer electronics. From February 2011 to May 2012, he served as its Director of Channel Sales and Strategy Sales Planning. From May 2007 to February 2011, Mr. Raffone served as its National Sales Manager / Senior Manager of Channel Sales and Marketing. He has held multiple senior sales and marketing roles during his 18 year tenure with Sony after beginning his career with American Express and Johnson & Johnson. Mr. Raffone received his B.S. in Business Administration from Monmouth University.
Patrick Grosso joined us in July 2013 and serves as our Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Corporate Affairs. Mr. Grosso previously served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Tilly’s (NYSE: TLYS) from 2008 to 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Grosso served in various management and legal capacities at public national lending companies, as an associate with the international law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP and as an attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Grosso received a Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University and a B.S. in Economics from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Mr. Grosso is also a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).