A part owner of Skolnik since 2012, Brian is a valuable source of creative and innovative ideas. With experience in the fields of investment management, internet services and investing in early stage technology companies, Brian applies his expertise to the integration of existing operations, new opportunities, and future expansion. Driven to continuously improve Skolnik's global reach, Brian is critical to achieving broad possibilities. Brian is co-founder of FireStarter Fund and founder and CEO of Timelines, Inc. Previously he was founder and CEO of ShopLocal LLC, and Vice Chairman of First Analysis. A native of New York, he received Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Northwestern University. In addition to his work at Skolnik, Brian is an active mentor and investor in Chicago's vibrant technology community.