Shawn Riegsecker is the founder and CEO of Centro. He founded the company in 2001 intent on developing software to fix the inefficient operations in the media industry, making it easier to buy, sell and deliver digital media. Since then, he has built Centro into the only provider of both managed services and cloud software to simplify and streamline the full digital campaign lifecycle.
Shawn's leadership, commitment to innovation and modernized approach to culture and employee happiness have led Centro to receive many accolades, including appearing on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500, the Inc. 500 and No. 1 on Crain’s Chicago Business’ Best Places to Work for three years in a row – 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Shawn has been a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization since 2010. He serves on the advisory board for Techweek, the Directors’ Invitational Ski Classic (DISC) and is a founding board member of the Centrist Party, a political party dedicated to creating a home for moderate Americans. Locally, Shawn is a member of the selection committee for 1871 and an angel investor in the FireStarter Fund.
Prior to founding Centro, Shawn held leadership positions at Real Media, Everstream and Cleveland.com. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a B.S. in Business Administration.
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