Tarik Sansal, Founder & CEO

Tarik Sansal, Founder & CEO

Tarik Sansal is the founder and CEO of Romio, a game-changing new local services app based on trusted recommendations through friends, family and experts. Scheduled to officially launch early fall, Romio is a social movement to drive genuine prosperity for users of the platform, democratizing digital commerce in a peer-to-peer ecosystem while rewarding loyalty and credibility. Romio has raised more than $12 million in funding from global investors to date. Tarik and his team have a vision of putting social purpose with a human touch into the digital economy, creating a place where equilibrium can be possible—solving waste, fake reviews, anonymity and inequality of wealth. Romio seeks to give ordinary individuals a fair chance in gaining prosperity.

Tarik started his career as a Research Analyst on Wall Street with his first job at Sharpe Capital after graduating from University of Westminster in London in 1994.  He then joined the Asian Institutional Equities sales desk of Yamaichi Bank at the former World Trade Center. He later became the first employee of Moon Capital, the emerging markets hedge fund started by John Moon in 1996. Moon Capital went on to become the emerging markets investment arm of Oak Tree Capital and was one of the best-performing emerging markets hedge funds for the following 10 years. Tarik left in 1998 to form InvestmentPositions.com, a job site focused on jobs in investment management and banking, backed by Planet Zannett – then a publicly listed incubator.

Tarik then started OnTargetJobs.com, a roll-up of niche recruitment sites in 2004, which raised over $160 million from Warburg Pincus and then sold to Dice in 2013.

Born to a family of scientists and acclaimed writers with roots in Algeria and France, Tarik was married to Rechelle Balanzat, founder of Juliette Laundry. Together for 12 happy years, they currently share custody of their two magnificent cats, Mark Anthony and Cleopatra. During his down time, Tarik loves fitness and sports including SoulCycle, tennis and soccer (he was a professional soccer player at age 13!). He enjoys exploring his favorite places in Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe, as he’s fluent in French, Arabic, Spanish and some Portuguese. Fun fact: he once asked Brad Pitt for a $2 million investment within 10 seconds of getting into an elevator with him at Bergdorf Goodman. Brad laughed his head off before begging to ask what the idea was – at which point Tarik froze. This is Tarik – an insatiable, serial entrepreneur full of genius and bombastic ideas that inspire and make people think.

Chris Budden, Chief Officer of Operations Chris is a seasoned marketing executive and team leader. He's been a driving force behind several iconic brand campaigns like Dos Equis, MasterCard and Verizon to name a few.  

Chris Budden, Chief Officer of Operations

Chris is a seasoned marketing executive and team leader. He's been a driving force behind several iconic brand campaigns like Dos Equis, MasterCard and Verizon to name a few.

 

Nigel Morris, Investor Nigel is the Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer at Dentsu Aegis Network – the fourth largest network of media, digital and creative communications services.

Nigel Morris, Investor

Nigel is the Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer at Dentsu Aegis Network – the fourth largest network of media, digital and creative communications services.

 
Botond Denes, Head of Technology Botond has a Masters of Computer Science and 15 years of experience in the field, He oversees many of the web development flavors.

Botond Denes, Head of Technology

Botond has a Masters of Computer Science and 15 years of experience in the field, He oversees many of the web development flavors.

Matt Zarzecki, Head of Product Matt has 15 years experience leading the concept, creation, design and delivery of web products and solutions. He has previously worked at AOL, Buddy Media and CafeMom.

Matt Zarzecki, Head of Product

Matt has 15 years experience leading the concept, creation, design and delivery of web products and solutions. He has previously worked at AOL, Buddy Media and CafeMom.

Chris Aiello, Head of Finance Chris has several years experience as CFO of Pan, handling all their real estate investments, accounting and ventures.

Chris Aiello, Head of Finance

Chris has several years experience as CFO of Pan, handling all their real estate investments, accounting and ventures.

 
Kaitlin Dunning, Marketing Manager A former Disney performer, Kaitlin has 5+ years of experience working with Cititec Recruiting and Young Rewired State, where she the directed the Festival of Code.

Kaitlin Dunning, Marketing Manager

A former Disney performer, Kaitlin has 5+ years of experience working with Cititec Recruiting and Young Rewired State, where she the directed the Festival of Code.

Eric Ho, Marketing Manager Eric hails from the tech and digital marketing space and previously lead social media efforts for Shapeways and Pipedrive.

Eric Ho, Marketing Manager

Eric hails from the tech and digital marketing space and previously lead social media efforts for Shapeways and Pipedrive.

Sarah Stannard, Marketing Manager Sarah has 8 years of Social Media and Blogging in the Fashion and Accessories markets. An influencer herself, she blogs about personal style and life in NYC.

Sarah Stannard, Marketing Manager

Sarah has 8 years of Social Media and Blogging in the Fashion and Accessories markets. An influencer herself, she blogs about personal style and life in NYC.

Laurie Espino, Marketing Manager Laurie has 10+ years in the fashion industry focused in digital marketing, Laurie previously held roles at L'Oreal and Refinery29.

Laurie Espino, Marketing Manager

Laurie has 10+ years in the fashion industry focused in digital marketing, Laurie previously held roles at L'Oreal and Refinery29.

 
Arjun Busani, Lead iOS Developer Arjun has 7 years of total IT exposure working with a range of multinational companies, including Accenture, HUGE INC and Google. His expertise is native iOS, Android and Spring development.

Arjun Busani, Lead iOS Developer

Arjun has 7 years of total IT exposure working with a range of multinational companies, including Accenture, HUGE INC and Google. His expertise is native iOS, Android and Spring development.

Joshua Cleetus, Senior iOS Developer Joshua began teaching himself iOS programming after getting his first smartphone in 2011. Since then he has helped code an app called Yooka and apps for Instagram.

Joshua Cleetus, Senior iOS Developer

Joshua began teaching himself iOS programming after getting his first smartphone in 2011. Since then he has helped code an app called Yooka and apps for Instagram.

Valentin Chelaru, Software Architect Valentin is an experienced developer with a decade of hands-on experience in various fields of software engineering working in many different start-up environments.

Valentin Chelaru, Software Architect

Valentin is an experienced developer with a decade of hands-on experience in various fields of software engineering working in many different start-up environments.

Mariana Buleandra, QA Tester Mariana has more than 5 years of testing experience on various platforms (mobile and web). She possesses a solid understanding of the essential quality and efficiency in the process of product development.

Mariana Buleandra, QA Tester

Mariana has more than 5 years of testing experience on various platforms (mobile and web). She possesses a solid understanding of the essential quality and efficiency in the process of product development.