About CrowdPlay

Our Story

The foundation of any sports property is the team which competes, its fans, and its brands - 3 fundamental cohorts. When CrowdPlay originated, we asked ourselves two questions: how can we further connect these 3 cohorts together in a way that maximizes the full potential of each cohort, and how can we elevate engagement beyond the game itself? The answer unlocked a unique way to help teams deliver the ultimate fan experience through an innovative engagement program - 365 days a year.

Executive Profiles

Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder

Andrew Pizzi

The visionary behind CrowdPlay. Andrew fills the shoes of an effective leader, while handling all strategic management decisions, leading and driving the company’s road map, and serving as the main point of communication between the board of directors and the company's investors.

Fun Fact: Andrew was once a ball boy for the Boston Celtics!
Chief Operating Officer, Co-Founder

Michael Cusano

Our sports guru! Mike helps drive top-tier decisions and is in charge of game operations. He oversees the company’s daily functions and promotes CrowdPlay’s culture and vision. Michael has extensive experience in the IT industry, business development, and sales.

Fun Fact: Michael was a Massachusetts Division 1 Football State Champion in 2009 with the Xaverian Hawks!
EVP, Partnerships & Strategy

Harold Topper

Harold oversees CrowdPlay’s strategic plan as well as serving as the primary point of contact for CrowdPlay’s partners and sponsors. Harold has a deep and varied background in software development and business management which includes leading the development of the first online automatic sports scores feed and the first online baseball fantasy game while working at Prodigy.

Fun Fact: Harold was enjoying retirement until he joined the CrowdPlay team!
Chief Technology Officer

Andrew Takao

The brains behind functionality and development of the CrowdPlay platform! His role consists of driving high level decisions as they regard to CrowdPlay's proprietary technology. Along with developing and overseeing the CrowdPlay platform (user application, admin website, and backend), Andrew focuses on product planning and works with our other IT team leaders and specialists to implement those plans.

Fun Fact: Andrew is a master at the game Tetris. Do not challenge him!
Marketing Director

Vinny Pizzi

Our brand warrior! Vinny manages CrowdPlay's marketing efforts and activations. His role consists of developing marketing campaigns - working closely with organization/teams to aid in the fan adoption process. Vinny works closely with our sales department to evaluate and develop marketing strategies.

Fun Fact: Vinny was an extra in a movie with Kevin James - Zookeeper!
Senior Marketing Analyst

Chris Burke

Chris drives CrowdPlay's marketing strategy, creating breakout brand elevation and engagement programs. For over 20 years, Chris has served and led numerous strategic marketing efforts  - developing extensive knowledge and experience in brand marketing and communications.

Board of Directors

Josef Volman

Josef Volman is Co-Chair of the Business Law Department at Burns & Levinson LLP. Josef focuses on the representation of entrepreneurs, start-up and emerging companies, private equity and venture funds, investors, public companies and investment banking firms in his core industry focus areas, which include: Technology and Life Sciences, Media and Entertainment, Sports, Hospitality, including restaurants, restaurant suppliers and franchises.

Rod Fletcher

Rod spent nine years on Wall Street doing private equity & debt financings as well as M&A, followed by five years as the Chief Financial Officer of City Sports, a venture backed chain of sporting goods stores. Rod currently is the COO and CFO for Mobile Virtual Player LLC, the company that invented the first self-righting robotic tackling dummy for football, and he serves as a director on the boards of MVP, FairwayiQ, and CrowdPlay.

Advisory Board

Rick Alessandri

Rick spent more than 10 years in various roles at ESPN, Inc., culminating with roles as senior vice president and managing director for the X Games franchise and senior vice president for ESPN Enterprises and consumer products. Rick joined Turnkey Search in October, 2018 as Managing Director - where he is now expanding its growing media and tech practice leveraging his vast experience with major media entities.

Tim McGhee

Tim is a marketing professional with 20 years of brand side and agency experience in developing and executing integrated marketing programs designed to bring brands to life through sponsorships, content, digital and experiential and event marketing.