These individuals are responsible for the overall direction and management of Olympus Games.
Skylar Kreisher, CEO. Skylar is an industry insider with more than 9 years in games. Most recently, Skylar was VP of Games for Solid State Networks. He is also an advisor for DeVry’s Game Simulation Programming department. Skylar has a BA in Economics from the University of Washington.
Colin Christianson, CMO. Colin is the founder and CEO of Tenacious Ventures, a social media consulting company whose clients include Microsoft, Bungie Studios (creators of Halo) and Demo.com. Colin has a BS in Business from the University of Washington and a BA in Psychology from Western Washington University.
Lee Powers, CTO. Lee was a founder of Adept software, and has worked on projects for companies such as MTV, CNN, Disney, and Nickelodeon.
Kiera Valnes, Operations Manager. Kiera has developed and managed projects for DeVry University and King County school district. She has BS in Game Simulation Programing from DeVry University and is completing her MBA with a concentration in Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management. She has been playing games for over 20 years.
James Jones, President of Creative Productions at Hasbro. James is a veteran games industry executive with over 15 years in digital media and online leadership. He has served integral roles on nine MMOs/Virtual Worlds since 1999 and has diverse experience across almost all gaming platforms having shipped product on 14 platforms.
Chris Taylor, Founder and owner of Gas Powered Games, the creator of multiple commercially successful PC game franchises such as Dungeon Siege, Supreme Commander and Demigod. Chris’ games are among the most heavily modded PC games to date. Gas Powered games is currently developing Microsoft’s Age of Empires Online.
J. Mark Hood, former Senior Vice President at Sierra® Online/Vivendi Universal. Mark was responsible for development and marketing with Sierra’s Core Game Business, a unit that generated $170 million in annual revenue. During his 15 years at Sierra, Hood published such renowned titles as King’s Quest®, Half-Life®, Counterstrike®, and Homeworld®. Counterstrike was originally a mod for Half-Life. Counterstrike went on to have huge commercial success at retail.
John Castle Sc.D., lecturer of Entrepreneurship at UW Foster School of Business. John is also the former CEO and co-founder of Cantametrix, a music software company acquired by Gracenote in 2002; former CEO of Hamilton-Thorn, a medical electronics company; former Executive VP and co-founder of Seragen, a Biotechnology company; and partner in Washington Biotechnology Funding, a seed venture capital fund.