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About Us Team

  • Alex Stepien CEO

    Alex joined Cappex in 2008 as the company's first Account Executive, building relationships with college and university partners. He then led the sales group for 6 years, overseeing the growth of 600 college and university relationships across 7 countries, before assuming a senior leadership role in 2014. Alex holds a BS in Economics from the University of Michigan.

  • Leon Heller Chairman

    Leon cofounded Cappex in 2006. Prior to Cappex, Leon was the CEO of FastWeb.com, which was sold to Monster.com in 2001. Originally from South Africa, Leon graduated from Georgetown University with a BS in Accounting.

  • Jonathan April General Manager

    As General Manager of College Greenlight, Jonathan is responsible for developing our strategic vision, ensuring that our community members (students, organizational partners, and college clients) are delighted with our efforts, and managing our incredible team. He has been with Greenlight since its inception and is thrilled with our growth and impact. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and received his MBA from the University of Chicago.

  • Tim Brennan Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing

    Tim currently heads up the sales and marketing groups at Cappex. Prior to joining Cappex, he was the Chief Operating Officer at ParkWhiz where he helped lead the fast growing start-up through two rounds of funding and triple-digit year-over-year growth. Tim has his MBA in finance and marketing from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and BA in English from Gettysburg College.

  • Steve Kania Senior Vice President of Product Development

    Responsible for driving innovation into the college recruiting and admissions process, Steve and his team are committed to helping each high school student get into the college that's right for them. Prior to Cappex, Steve's award winning products helped build SurePayroll into the online payroll leader. Steve holds a bachelor's degree from Illinois State University and an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.

  • Mark Kantrowitz Publisher and Vice President of Strategy

    Mark is the nation's leading expert on financial aid for college. He is interviewed regularly by news media and has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Reuters, Huffington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Newsweek and Money Magazine. Mark has written 11 books, including 4 bestsellers about planning and paying for college. Mark served as Publisher at Edvisors, Fastweb and FinAid. Mark has served as a member of the board of directors of the National Scholarship Providers Association, and is a current member of the board of trustees of the Center for Excellence in Education, the editorial board of the Journal of Student Financial Aid and the editorial advisory board of Bottom Line/Personal.

  • Junho Park Vice President of Technology

    Junho is responsible for managing the technology team and infrastructure powering Cappex's family of websites, with a focus on software engineering, quality assurance and operations. Junho earned his Bachelor of Science in computer science at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

  • David Pruitt Chief Privacy Officer and Corporate Counsel

    David is responsible for Cappex's legal and privacy matters and draws on years of experience as a corporate and technology lawyer in the financial services and higher education industries. David holds a BA from the University of Illinois, a JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

  • Jeanne Valenta Vice President of Finance

    Jeanne Valenta is responsible for all aspects of the Company's financial management including accounting policies and procedures, budgeting, monthly closing process, forecasting, cash management, controls, accounts payable and receivable, management reporting and other financial processes. Jeanne holds a BS in Finance from DePaul University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, and a MS in accounting from Roosevelt University.

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