Keith Weinberger Chief Executive Officer
Keith Weinberger joined Empire Today as SVP, Marketing in 2012 and was later promoted to Chief Marketing Officer & Executive Vice President, Sales where he led Digital Marketing, Media Buying, E-Commerce, Lead Acquisition, Creative, Research, and Sales efforts. Previously, Mr. Weinberger was Chief Marketing Officer at Enova Financial and General Manager of Enova’s CashNetUSA business unit. Previous experiences included roles in marketing, trade marketing, sales, and operations at the Heat Group, Castrol/BP, and Procter & Gamble. Mr. Weinberger earned a B.S. from Cornell University, and an MBA with Honors from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Thomas Knapp Chief Financial Officer
Tom Knapp joined the Company in 2012 as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Knapp joined the Company from Sears Holdings Corporation where he served as Chief Financial Officer of the Tools Business Unit. Prior to his CFO role, Mr. Knapp was Vice President of the Sears Financial Planning and Analysis group. In total Mr. Knapp spent roughly 10 years at Sears in various financial positions. Mr. Knapp is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst certification (CFA) as well as an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Paul Connolly Chief Information Officer
Mr. Connolly has held the position of Chief Information Officer since 2011 having previously joined Empire Today as IT Director in 2001. Prior to joining Empire Today, Mr. Connolly was an independent technology consultant for 6 years specializing in financial systems implementations. His previous experience also includes technology leadership with a private equity owned specialty retailer as well as network engineering and software development for a leading telecommunications manufacturer. Mr. Connolly holds a Bachelor of Science (Bsc) Degree from University College Cork / Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland.
Paul W. Carter Chief Procurement Officer
Mr. Carter currently oversees Merchandising, Logistics, Purchasing, as well as other transformation projects. Mr. Carter joined the company in 2009 to head its commercial business operations, and then later served as Executive Vice President of Operations. Mr. Carter obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Iowa State University. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Carter held Vice President positions at Sears Holdings Corporation in a variety of operational, strategic and development capacities, and was President of American Leak Detection, Inc.
Hillary Victor Senior Vice President, General Counsel
Hillary Victor serves as the company’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Ms. Victor joined the Company in 2012 from optionsXpress by Charles Schwab (NYSE), where she served as Chief Counsel. Prior to her role as Chief Counsel, Ms. Victor was the Vice President and Associate General Counsel of optionsXpress Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ). Ms. Victor was also a litigation associate at Jenner & Block. She earned her JD cum laude from The John Marshall Law School and Bachelor of Arts cum laude from North Central College.