Our real secret sauce is our talented team, bringing enthusiasm, skills, and passion to every venture. 

Our real secret sauce is our talented team, bringing enthusiasm, skills, and passion to every venture. 

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Chris Schiavino, Founder and CEO

Chris has an extensive background in building companies, raising capital and marketing that has lead him to found Sheer as the leading experts in the crowdfunding space. As CEO, Chris leads every engagement providing executive level experience, strategies, and actions bringing together the critical success factors needed to reach the next level of success for our clients.

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Steve Cass, Executive VP and Co-Founder

Steve leads the Sheer deliverables for Media Strategy – Planning & Execution. His extensive 25 year experience and background position him well to bring the benefits of this critical communication channel to drive our client’s efforts to “Go to Market”.

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Jaki Gruber, Creative Director and Co-Founder

Jaki leads the development of our client’s brand, messaging, and overall marketing strategies to complete a successful campaign. Jaki’s greatest asset is the ability to take our client’s entire marketing plan from concept to strategic implementation. With experience in graphic design, web development, and video production, Jaki dynamically transforms a story into effective marketing collateral across all channels.

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Paul Lipschutz, Partner

Paul Lipschutz is an expert at sourcing products & parts, eliminating inefficiencies in the supply chain, and opening-up retail channels. He leads such efforts for Sheer Clients. His primary forte’ is the rapid development and growth of business revenues and getting the financing in place to make it happen. He is an expert at developing process to get into retail stores, leading sub teams, and yielding profit from these efforts. His experience across sectors not only gives him an understanding of myriad industry landscapes, but he’s also developed a network of connections and supporters that he leverages for the best possible outcomes.


Alan Zeppenfeld, Senior Consultant
Alan Zeppenfeld is a highly experienced Financial Services sales, program management and portfolio services executive with extensive experience advising Fortune 100 firms, leasing and servicing companies.  Alan is a skilled business developer, asset manager and relationship builder; a highly effective implementer of new financing and servicing opportunities that have led to the achievement of major business objectives and significantly increased revenue. He has a wide range of business consulting experience and is a Certified SCORE Mentor.