BIOs

RYAN HEDSPETH | STRATEGY

Ryan’s marketing career began in 1996 with MCA/Decca Records in Nashville, TN. After five years, he returned home to Raleigh, NC and shifted gears into the advertising agency business. Gaining experience through high-level brand strategy work for clients including John Deere, GlaxoSmithKline, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, AstroTurf and Nationwide Insurance, he eventually helped start an award-winning agency that was later sold to public relations powerhouse, French West Vaughan.

 

After consulting for a wide range of clients in the consumer, healthcare and technology spaces, he became VP of Marketing for BRAX Fundraising in Wilmington, NC. It was during this time that he learned the fundraising business, saw an opportunity to raise the bar and launched Bloom.

PETE HEXTER | PARTNERSHIPS

Pete began his career as a college football coach, but after going to work for his family's manufacturing business he saw an opportunity to extend their reach into licensing. He began working with Anheuser-Busch and the Miller Brewing Company, and these successes led to diversifying to include 32 sports and entertainment licenses. After selling the business in 1997, Pete founded BRAX, which led the NFL, MLB, and over 100 colleges into the fundraising channel.

 

As BRAX's CEO, Pete and Ryan worked together closely. In 2016, the two launched Bloom to change the offerings in the fundraising space to meet the needs of both fundraisers and their supporters.

SARA BUSH | PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

Sara’s career has been firmly rooted in the sports community for the past 15 years. As a member of the Professional Golf Association (PGA), she’s held primary posts as Head Golf Professional and Director of Golf for Country Club of Landfall. During her tenure she focused on youth-related, brand development initiatives including the PGA’s Drive, Chip, and Putt program that was featured on the Golf Channel as the section spotlight. Sara also led fundraising efforts for the Folds of Honor Foundation’s Patriot Golf Day that ranked her as a top-10 national contributor.

 

As a mom and coach with a heart toward youth development, Sara is a natural fit to help Bloom develop its niche and private-labeled fundraising programs.

CHELSEA NOWELL | CUSTOMER SERVICE

Chelsea Nowell Bio

KATIE WALDKIRCH | COMMUNICATIONS

Katie Waldkirch Bio

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