Who we are
Thomas R. Evans became President and CEO of Bankrate in June of 2004, after having been elected to the board a month earlier in May 2004. From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Evans was Chairman and CEO of Official Payments, an internet processor of payment to government entities which he took public and subsequently was acquired by Tier Technologies. From 1998 to 1999, Mr. Evans was president and CEO of the internet company GeoCities, which he took public and was acquired by Yahoo!. Prior to that, Mr. Evans was a 20 year veteran of the magazine publishing business, his last post being the President and Publisher of U.S. News & World Report, Fast Company and the Atlantic Monthly Magazines.
Edward J. DiMaria joined Bankrate in April 2006. Prior to joining Bankrate, Mr. DiMaria has held Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer positions at Official Payments Corporation and Best Friends Pet Care, Inc. He also has a broad M&A and project management background, consulting with companies such as Jostens Intermediate Holdings, Inc., where he spearheaded an acquisition completed by KKR, as well as Financial Interactive, Inc., Navisite, Inc., and CorVu Corporation.
Mr. Hoogterp has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology officer of Bankrate since May 2005. From 2002 to 2005, he was Chief Executive Officer of TQuist, LLC, a technology consulting company. From 2001 to 2002, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Enamics, Inc., a company specializing in business technology management. From 1999 to 2001, he served as SVP and CTO of Sagemaker, Inc., a provider of enterprise information portals to energy, telecom, insurance and other industries. From 1991 to 1999, he served as CEO and Chief Architect of Retrieval Technologies, Inc. In each position, Mr. Hoogterp focuses on linking business operations and drivers with innovative, timely technology solutions. He is an occasional speaker at events in search engine and online service areas.
Michael Ricciardelli was appointed SVP, Business Development and Consumer Marketing after joining Bankrate in September 2006. Prior to joining Bankrate, he was Vice President - Marketing & Media Sales at Apartments.com/Classified Ventures where he managed all marketing functions and online advertising sales efforts. From 1999 to 2003, he was Co-Founder & Vice President of Strategic Development for Insurance.com - venture funded by Fidelity Capital and sold in 2003 to Comparison Market. Earlier in his career, Mr. Ricciardelli also held positions in strategy consulting and business development at Fidelity Investments, and financial analysis at Salomon Brothers.
Donaldson M. Ross joined Bankrate in September 2006. Prior to joining Bankrate, Mr. Ross was Senior Vice President - Sales & Marketing for Harris Connect the foremost leader in affinity marketing for the directory, internet and data services business in the education and association market place. Earlier in his career, Mr. Ross held an executive management position at zUniversity.com. Mr. Ross also worked at U. S. News & World Report in various media sales and sales management positions for 11 years where he rose to the position of Vice President of Advertising Sales.
Bruce J. Zanca joined Bankrate in July of 2004. Previously, Mr. Zanca owned and operated his own communications consulting practice. Earlier in his career, he held the top communications and investor relations posts at both GeoCities, Inc. and Official Payments Corporation. He was a Vice President of corporate communications at U.S. News & World Report Magazine from 1995 to 1998. And, from 1981 through 1992, Mr. Zanca was a press aide in the Reagan and Bush administrations. There, he was a White House Spokesman and deputy to Marlin Fitzwater in the first Bush White House.
Mr. Damm has served as Senior Vice President – Corporate Finance and M&A since January 2012 having joined Bankrate in December 2009. Prior to joining Bankrate he worked as a Principal in the New York office of Apax Partners, a leading global private equity firm, which he joined in June 2006 in their Munich office. At Apax, Mr. Damm focused on buy outs in the media sector in the US and Europe. From November 2002 to September 2005 he was employed by PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance Consulting in Germany. Mr. Damm is a CFA charterholder and received a degree in Economics from the University of Bonn and a Master in Finance from Princeton University.