Mike Obert began his publishing career in 1992 and has specialized in monetizing magazines through ad sales, distribution and other creative revenue streams. In 2009, Mike began developing offshore publishing solutions for a US-Based Niche Media company out of the Philippines. In 3 short years, Mike noticed a void in the industry and lack of reliable outsourced options for all publishers, which ignited the vision to create Open Look. In 2012, Mike and partners formed Open Look turning void into opportunity. Currently Mike drives the direction and innovation of Open Look ensuring the services remain valuable and relevant for the ever-evolving niche media industry.
Kevin Thompson is an accomplished outsourcing professional with an outstanding record of success in the niche-publishing sector. In 2007 Kevin began his publishing career working as an Advertising Sales Executive for special interest automotive publications. In 2010, he migrated from California to reside full-time in the Philippines tasked to develop and manage his first offshore advertising team for a US-based Niche Media company. In 2 years, the team of six reps generated and managed over $1.3 million in advertising revenue. Over the years, Kevin has built and managed teams of hundreds of employees in outsourced and offshore environments spanning nearly every function of the publishing spectrum. Currently Kevin is responsible to oversee the day-to-day service delivery and overall corporate success for Open Look and customers.
Rand Havens has over 20 years of experience as a hands-on manager of accounting services in small and large enterprises, a subject matter expert in accounting shared services, and an analyst in the global outsourcing market. Since 2012, Rand has provided interim CFO services to both startups and well-established companies in the Dallas area. Prior to this, Rand had stints with two of the largest companies based in India, Wipro and TCS, as part of their respective sales forces where he brought his expertise to new clients in describing the outsourcing process. Rand has also written white papers for NelsonHall and HFS Research as part as his role as senior analyst for the business process outsourcing market. In this role, Rand he would regularly interview the world’s largest providers of finance and accounting services. His interest in accounting processes began in 1999 at the shared service center for E&Y in the U.S. He then continued his success by creating a greenfield shared service center at Meritor, a Tier-1 automotive parts manufacturer in the Fortune 250. Rand now enjoys bringing his knowledge of accounting technologies to organizations of all sizes. Rand received a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA in Management from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a Certified Public Accountant. He has delivered presentations at a number of conferences and events around the world. He now resides in Plano, Texas where he enjoys time with his two adult sons.