Paul Bauersfeld
Co-Founder & Captain

As president and CEO of Varsity Networks, Paul Bauersfeld co-founded the company with the goal of creating a service to help sports organizations reach higher levels of success through technology. Paul leads the company by providing vision and overseeing products, services and partnerships. Paul's expertise in technology and media businesses, combined with his experiences in sports as an athlete and local community member, has helped Varsity Networks evolve into a leading company that is reshaping the way sports organizations stay pace in the digital world.

With more than 20 years of experience at fortune 100 and startup companies, Mr. Bauersfeld brings extensive technology and media business expertise to Varsity Networks. Paul was formerly COO of Sigma Design Software. Paul's previous experience includes executive positions at Ziff-Davis and Viacom as well as senior engineering positions Apple Computer and Xerox Corporation. Paul lives in Westchester, NY with his wife and three children is actively involved in his local sports community at both the youth and high school level.

Penny Bauersfeld
Co-Founder, User Experience & Customer Support

Penny Bauersfeld is responsible for driving Varsity Networks' product design and manages the company's product support process. Penny serves as an advocate for Varsity Networks' end users across its network, and analyzes future product trends and improvements to evaluate the best way to integrate Varsity Networks' services with emerging technologies. Additionally, Penny leads the User Experience & Design group.

Penny Bauersfeld was formerly a usability design consultant with 20 years of experience in user interface design. Ms. Bauersfeld has organized and taught seminars in usability design at organizations such as UCLA and Stanford University. Her clients include Apple Computer, Rand McNally, Scholastic, Time, Inc. and many other corporations and small businesses. She has held research positions at Apple Computer and Xerox Corporation. In 1994 she published Software by Design, a handbook on involving users throughout the software design process. She holds a BA from Brown University and an MS in computer science from Rochester Institute of Technology. In her other life, she is an active soccer and football mom and community volunteer.

Avi Weiss
Technical Operations & CTO

Avi Weiss leads Varsity Networks' technical staff - managing the company's software development, system administration, network operations, quality engineering, as well as serving in the CTO and CIO functions. Avi is responsible for the backbone and infrastructure that provides Varsity Networks' service, including managing relationships for our data center, financial electronic gateway processors, and software development.

Mr. Weiss has over 20 years experience in hi-tech research, product, and business development. Starting out doing research at MIT Lincoln Labs in machine intelligence, he later joined Apple computer's interactive TV effort, and subsequently worked on networking technologies for the Newton PDA. He was also a senior engineering manager at, managing the platform interoperability lab, as well as driving key technology and business relationships with other market vendors such as Nokia, Ericsson, and Motorola. Mr. Weiss holds a BS in aerospace engineering and MS in electrical engineering from Boston University, and is a certified flight instructor for helicopters.

Sean Trepeta
Partnerships & Business Development

Sean Trepeta is responsible for Varsity Networks' revenue generation efforts, including developing strategic partnerships which expand both Varsity Networks' revenues and installed base of sports communities, as well as driving and managing the company's sales force.

Mr. Trepeta Co-founded OPEX Communications, Inc., a leading telecommunication service provider located in Chicago, specializing in traditional long-distance, wireless, and dedicated services through the Internet with $48 million sales annually. Prior to OPEX Mr. Trepeta was VP of Sales and Marketing for the US Buying Group, Inc responsible for developing a small business buying program which included value added services such as overnight shipping, office supplies, and computer software products as well as a full line of telecommunications services. Mr. Trepeta also developed and implemented the Agent and Carrier divisions of USBG and prior to joining USBG, was with MCI Telecommunications and NYNEX in New York City. Mr. Trepeta holds a B.S. degree from the State University of New York at Cortland.

Tim Byrnes
Sales & Coaches Liason

Tim Byrnes was a standout lacrosse player for Syracuse, earning four varsity letters, and was a Captain of the 2000 NCAA National Lacrosse Championship. Byrnes was also walk-on guard for Syracuse basketball for one season. He played in six games for eleven minutes and did not score, but he did pull down three rebounds. Byrnes played eight years in Major League Lacrosse, and was an MLL All-Star. He played for the Boston Cannons from 2002-2005, Long Island Lizards in 2001 and 2006, and the Philadelphia Barrage from 2007-2008.

BJ Vanderwoude
Content & Community

BJ Vanderwoude is a former high school and college basketball and tennis athlete. He is also a veteran of high stakes fantasy football, competing for over 10 years, and winning league championships in every major high stakes league.

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