The leadership has a simple belief that teaching teens to earn is an essential part of their development
Scott Bennett, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Scott Bennett is the founder and CEO of Skratch. Building on a 25-year career focused on sales development, revenue generation, and marketing, Scott leads Skratch and oversees management, marketing, and operations. His professional tenure includes work with early stage companies, such as IndoorDirect, Poptent, and Tongal, as well as emerging marketplaces and consumer ad-driven platforms. He has served as an innovation consultant to global organizations such as Frito Lay, Anheueser Busch, AT&T, and Southwest Airlines. Scott has taken great pride in giving back across Dallas to organizations including Multiple Sclerosis, Israel bonds, and his local schools.
Scott earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from The University of Texas at Austin.
As a teenager, Scott worked in retail stores selling shoes and as a summer camp counselor. He says the greatest benefit of this work experience was developing strong interpersonal skills.
Ronen Akiva, Founder and Chief Technical Officer
Ronen Akiva is the founder and CTO of Skratch. In this role, he leverages two decades of enterprise software and hardware engineering experience to guide Skratch’s technology procurement and decision making. His professional experience has focused on technology adoption, architecture design, staff management, budget development, vendor/contract negotiations, and delivering the IT vision to execution. He previously worked for NCR, NEC, and T-Mobile, and is currently employed by Quality System Inc. as senior director of R&D. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the company’s cloud-based SaaS solution.
Ronen earned a degree in computer engineering from Tel Aviv University in Israel.
As a teenager, Ronen worked as a photographer almost every night. He believes that teens need opportunities to work so they understand the value of earning their own money.
Adam Stern, Chief Financial Officer
Adam Stern is the CFO for Skratch and oversees financial operations for the company. He is also the co-founder of Hillstar Capital. Prior to joining Skratch, Adam was a principal at American Capital, a publicly traded private equity firm and asset manager, where he led the Consumer, Retail and Food Group. In addition, Adam has invested in various industries, including consumer, industrial, niche manufacturing, business services, and healthcare. He most recently served on the board for two portfolio companies, Imaging Business Machines, LLC (IBML) and Pacific Handy Cutter, and was a board observer for Rug Doctor. Prior to his work with American Capital, Adam was at The Riverside Company where he participated in four acquisitions. Adam began his career in the investment banking division of Lehman Brothers in the Energy Group.
Adam earned a BBA in accounting from the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business. He also holds an MPA in taxation. To date, he has passed all four parts of the certified public accountancy exam.
As a teenager, Adam worked at a popular Houston grocery store, Marble Slab Creamery and did office work for his father. He learned how empowering it was to not rely on others (as much as possible) and be responsible for himself.
Stephen Goldblatt, Creative Director
Stephen Goldblatt is the Creative Director for Skratch. In this role, he oversees the marketing, and branding. He is also the founder of Partners in Crime (PiC) LLC, a marketing accelerator based in San Francisco. Before founding PiC, Stephen was the executive creative director at West, a brand consultancy focused on early stage companies. His experience with West included work with Twitter, Earnest, Jawbone, and Braintree. Prior to West, Stephen was partner and executive creative director of Evolution Bureau, a social media marketing agency, where his work for Airbnb, Facebook, Taskrabbit, and HPE earned him numerous awards from global award shows, including Cannes, Clios, One Show, and D&AD.
Adweek deemed Stephen “One of the Top Ten Minds in Digital,” and Business Insider named him one the “25 Most Creative People in Advertising.”
Stephen attended the University of Texas at Austin and received a bachelors degree in communications.
As a teenager, Stephen worked part time jobs after school at several different places including Target, a pizza restaurant and a dry cleaner. Working as a teen gave him a sense of responsibility and a feeling of pride to be able to spend his own money on the things he wanted. He learned that regardless of your job or role, you can excel or you can fail.
Lisa McCarthy, Director of Teen Advocacy
Lisa McCarthy, MSW, LCSW, is the director of teen advocacy for Skratch. In this role, Lisa handles the daily customer service for the brand, and hosts focus groups and meet ups for teens. Lisa is a clinical social worker who has spent her entire career supporting the success of adolescents, as evidenced by the decade-plus work she has spent on projects located in the Bronx, NY, and the top rated adolescent inpatient psychiatric unit at New York Presbyterian Hospital. She has also worked on projects with several school districts across the nation.
Lisa holds a degree in psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She also earned master’s degree in clinical social work from New York University, where she graduated at the top of her class. After earning her master’s degree, she spent two years pursuing her clinical licensure.
As a pre-teen, Lisa became a mother’s helper, and when she was 16, she began her first “official” job with Target. Lisa believes that it’s important for teens to have responsibilities that help develop self-confidence, independence, and a strong work ethic.
Lindsay Feldman, Director of Strategic Partnerships
Lindsay Feldman, MA; is Director of Community Relations for Skratch. In this role, Lindsay cultivates relationships with Seekers and Parents of Future Skratchers. Through creative program implementation she manages Skratch public perception and awareness.
As an educator Lindsay has spent her entire career building community, networking individuals to countless community resources, and facilitating improved partnerships between organizations. Volunteer work is a small part of her dedication to paying it forward; she is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Program and currently serves on the Executive Board for Camp Young Judaea Texas.
Lindsay holds a degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin. She earned a Master’s degree in Family Centered Early Education from Gallaudet University.
Lindsay’s first work experience was in food service alongside her Dad and sisters at their family owned restaurants. At 12 she became a certified babysitter; at 15 a hostess; and at 16 Lindsay worked at a dry cleaners. Lindsay believes that teens can be empowered and impacted for life with encouraging mentorship, confidence and trust.
Gabriela Bresnahan, Marketing Coordinator
Gaby Bresnahan is the Marketing Coordinator for Skratch. Her role focuses on teen initiatives and on boarding users to the platform. In addition to this role she oversees the social execution of all marketing efforts and handles daily customer service for brand and orchestrates meet-ups for teens.
Gaby is a recent graduate from Auburn University where she earned a degree in International Business with a concentration in Marketing, and a minor in Spanish.
As a teen, Gaby worked as a life guard, swim instructor, and a nanny. She attributes her successes directly to her many experiences working as a teen. Gaby believes that teenagers have a tremendous potential and that when they are given an opportunity to work, they will develop self-confidence, independence and a strong work ethic.
Jessica Wiseman, Marketing Communications Specialist
Jessica Wiseman is the Marketing Communications Specialist at Skratch. Having 3+ years of advertising agency experience allows her to cultivate and execute integrated marketing campaigns that reach both Seekers and Skratchers. Her marketing expertise consists of social media, print, display and search engine marketing campaigns.
To reach the Skratch target audiences, Jessica helps monitor user experience and consumer behavior trends in order to generate creative ideas.
Jessica graduated from from The University of Texas at Austin where she earned bachelor degrees in Advertising & Studio Art.
During her teen years Jessica worked as a retail sales associate at Old Navy & Tyler’s (Keep Austin Weird). These experiences allowed her to learn the value of the dollar, while also learning that it is not what you sell, but how you sell it.