Carey is an experienced Internet and software entrepreneur and executive, having started, grown and led many technology companies during their startup and growth phases. Currently, he is Chief eXploration Officer (CXO) of Payoff, a consumer-focused digital financial services company, where he leads new initiatives and strategic partnerships. Previously, he was CEO at RealPractice, a marketing software and services company, which he sold in 2012 to ReachLocal (RLOC). Carey's 20-year career spans executive roles in business development, strategy, marketing, sales, and corporate development. Prior to RealPractice, he was VP of Business Development at Brand Affinity Technologies (BAT), an Internet advertising and celebrity endorsement business. Carey was VP, Marketing and Corporate Development at WebVisible, forging new partnerships with companies such as AT&T and Microsoft, creating new lines of business, and helping WebVisible triple its revenue during his tenure. While at MessageRite (acquired by Frontbridge Technologies), Carey was VP of Sales & Marketing, leading the online storage and security start-up’s business, which was eventually acquired by Microsoft in 2005. Carey has frequently spoken at software, search, and online media conferences such as INBOX, The BIA/Kelsey Group, OMMA, and the Search Insider Summit. Carey’s expertise is identifying new partnership and revenue opportunities, product and technology initiatives, and creating and leveraging market trends. Carey is an MBA graduate of the UCLA Anderson School of Management. In addition, he holds a B.A. in economics from Indiana University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa.