TTCER is an investment vehicle representing the interests of Asurian executives Gerald Risk, Jim Ellis, and Kevin Taweel among others for the purposes of co-investment activities in private companies.
Gerald Risk is Vice-Chairman and member of the Board of Directors of Asurion, the world’s largest provider of technology protection services, serving over 250 million consumers globally. Prior to serving as Vice-Chairman, Mr. Risk served as Asurion’s President from 2009 to 2013 and Asurion’s Chief Financial Officer for 10 years prior to that. Prior to joining Asurion, Mr. Risk was an investment banker with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in San Francisco, Hong Kong and New York. Mr. Risk has also worked for Hambrecht and Quist and the private investment arm of Toronto Dominion Capital. Mr. Risk currently serves on the Board of Directors of Carillon Assisted Living, HealthCPA, and QMC Telecom. Mr. Risk holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. Mr. Risk also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce with honors from Queen’s University in Canada where he was on the Dean’s List.
Jim Ellis is a Lecturer in Management at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He is currently teaching two strategic management courses that focus on the early stages of the entrepreneurial process. Jim cofounded Asurion with Kevin Taweel to provide value-added solutions for the wireless communications industry. Jim is and has been a member of a number of boards of directors of private companies including BUILD, Asurion, Service Source Inc., Memento Press, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, and Southern California Risk Management Associates. . Jim holds an MBA from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree with high honors in economics from Dartmouth College. He is also a recipient of Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Kevin is the Chairman of NEWAsurion. Since co-founding Asurion with Jim Ellis, the company has grown from 40 to 40,000 employees becoming the world’s largest provider of technology protection services, partnering with the world’s top companies and brands and serving over 250 million customers. Prior to founding Asurion, Kevin served as Chairman of Mill River Corporation, an investment company. He also worked with many Fortune 500 companies to develop and execute corporate strategies and financial plans while working in Mergers & Acquisitions for the investment bank Salomon Brothers. He earned an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and holds a Bachelor`s degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University. Kevin is also a former recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.