Dan Pelson, Chairman and CEO

Dan Pelson is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bolt, Inc., a leading marketing services company focused on teens and young adults. Dan co-founded Bolt in September 1996, making the company one of the first to recognize the value in empowering teens and young adults and in doing so, provide marketers with an outlet to reach this critical demographic. In the past four years under his strategic direction, Bolt has expanded beyond its initial Bolt.com site into multiple platforms that include wireless access, co-branded sites (with aol.Bolt.com) and global sites in the UK, Canada and Australia. Bolt has over 6 million members and is recognized by leading Fortune 500 companies as the partner of choice for building relationships with the youth market. Dan was also chairman of Concrete Media, an Internet Services company that he co-founded in 1996.

Prior to founding Bolt, Dan created Word in 1994, one of the first advertising-supported online magazines, which was acquired by Icon CMT Corporation. From 1988 to 1993, he served as a marketing, sales and product development executive for Sun Microsystems and honed his skills in marketing services to the media industry. Dan serves on the Board of Directors for Teach for America. Dan holds a B.A. degree in political science and economics from Colgate University and a M.B.A. from New York University's Stern School of Business.