Mike Lanese is a co-founder and managing partner of SmartCrowdz, LLC. Based
in Columbus, Ohio, SmartCrowdz is a groundbreaking technology start-up that
helps build dynamic event communities through free web and mobile
Prior to SmartCrowdz, Mike was the Chief Executive Officer of ClearSaleing,
Inc. Now part of eBay, ClearSaleing is an innovative advertising analytics
company that helps large advertisers optimize their ad spend across
multiple media channels. Before ClearSaleing, Mike worked for National City
Bank, first as the Director of Technology for the Wealth Management
division and then as the head of the Central Ohio Wealth Management
practice. As Technology Director, Mike created and implemented the
division's information and technology strategies. As the Regional
Executive, Mike managed a group of financial professionals that provided
customized wealth management solutions for high-net-worth individuals and
their families. Mike has also worked as a proprietary trader for Nomura
Securities, a Wall Street securities firm, and as the Chief Product Officer
of Trade Point USA, one of the world's first Internet-based companies.
Mike served in the United States Navy onboard USS Sterret (CG-31) as a
Surface Warfare Officer, first as the Auxiliaries Officer and then as the
Electronic Maintenance Officer. He currently serves as a Civil Affairs
Officer in the United States Army Reserve and recently completed a
deployment to Iraq. During his deployment, he worked with several U.S. and
Iraqi organizations, including the Baghdad Provincial Reconstruction Team
and Baghdad University, to help rebuild Iraqi civil capacity. He was
awarded a Bronze Star for his performance.
Mike has served on advisory boards for The Ohio State University and on the
Board of Directors for the Columbus Council on World Affairs.
Mike holds degrees from Oxford University, where he attended as a Rhodes
Scholar, and The Ohio State University, where he was a member of Phi Beta
Kappa, a captain of the football team and a two-time Academic All-American.