Co-Founders

  • Bryan Hall
    Bryan Hall
    CEO: Product & Fundraising
  • Randall Paul
    Randall Paul
    Chairman: Business Dev.
  • Leo Brunnick
    Leo Brunnick
    President: Finance & Strategy
Bryan Hall
CEO: Product & Fundraising

Bryan Hall has extensive experience in UX / UI design, interactive media, marketing, and fundraising. Bryan designed the product, assembled the team, raised the money, created the marketing materials and videos, forged the partnerships, and has lead the company through successful launches on major publications.

Prior to his work with The World Table, Bryan was a developer for Quicken (Intuit), CEO of Brandfire, a marketing and branding agency, and founder of Living Biography, a film company specializing in political documentaries. Bryan or his work have been featured on CNN, BBC, US News and World Reports, NPR, New York Sun, and C-SPAN’s Meet the Nation, among others. He is the consummate visionary, able to articulate the big picture in simple terms and bring people together around it.

Bryan lives in Orem, Utah with his wife and three children. When he’s not working he loves writing and recording music.

Randall Paul
Chairman: Business Dev.

Studied social psychology (BS at BYU), business (MBA at Harvard), social theory (Ph.D. at the University of Chicago Committee on Social Thought) . . . Commercial real estate developer in the southwest (Partner, Trammell Crow Company, then Paul Partners) . . . Social theorist writing on unresolvable conflicts over ideals and worldviews . . . Founder and promoter of a diplomatic system for engaging unending contests over human purpose and destiny . . . Co-founder and executive chairman of The World Table, a start-up software company aiming to substantially improve the way people, especially rivals and critics, care about and treat each other online and off . . . Husband, father of five, grandfather of fifteen . . . Alpinist.

Leo Brunnick
President: Finance & Strategy

Leo founded Patheos (patheos.com), and grew it to the largest online publication in the world of its kind (35,000,000 monthly page-views with 550 active bloggers) before selling it to Beliefnet.com in 2016.

Leo uniquely understands the dynamics of building an interactive community of readers in complicated topical areas and then generating sustainable revenue models around them. He is an expert on publishers’ need to have a strong brand while driving all the crucial metrics. His success as both a publisher and an entrepreneur together places him at the forefront of the intersection between technology, media, and “conversations online.”

Prior to building Patheos and founding The World Table, Leo graduated from Harvard, served as Marine Corp. Infantry Officer in combat, served as a Senior Manager at Andersen Consulting, and was Sr. VP of Products and Marketing at Vignette for 9 years.

Team

  • Jack Donaldson
    Jack Donaldson
    COO and Product
  • Lauren Lethbridge
    Lauren Lethbridge
    Online Community Manager
  • Sahalie Donaldson
    Sahalie Donaldson
    Online Community Manager
  • Bob Williams
    Bob Williams
    Strategy and Client Relations
  • Mike Scalora
    Mike Scalora
    Chief Architect
Jack Donaldson
COO and Product

Jack is fluent in both the creative and administrative aspects of product development and management and has directed operations at The World Table since its inception. Before joining the World Table team, Jack founded Peak Media & Consulting, managing media projects for clients in Europe, Canada and throughout the US. He has co-directed and produced two award-winning feature-length documentary films featured on CNN, Fox, New York Post, BBC, and CSPAN. He has served on the board for the non-profit Trekking for Kids since 2006. Jack studied botany and socio-cultural anthropology (BS & MS – BYU) and evolutionary ecology (PhD – UW – Madison). He lives in at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains with his wife and three kids. Jack spends his free time with family (soccer!) and chasing adventures as a skier, biker, runner, flyfisher and naturalist.

Lauren Lethbridge
Online Community Manager

Lauren is currently a student in the journalism program at Brigham Young University. She wrote more than 20 articles on the Universe’s metro desk and is currently an editor for a global women’s studies journal.

Sahalie Donaldson
Online Community Manager

Sahalie Donaldson is a junior studying journalism and political science at BYU. She is the Daily Universe’s current Metro Editor where she writes and mentors new reporters in BYU’s communications program. She worked as an assistant to the editor in chief for London news site The Mandy Network, and also received funding to intern in Thailand at a children’s home where she helped start a micro enterprise bakery and taught youth about mental health.

Sahalie currently freelances for the Daily Herald, and a political writing internship with The Salt Lake Tribune. After graduating, she plans to complete a master’s degree in political reporting and go on to do investigative journalism.
Bob Williams
Strategy and Client Relations

Williams brings 30 plus years of extensive industry knowledge to the World Table team. Most recently, Williams served as the publisher for Daily Herald. Williams has also served as publisher in Carbondale since 2010. Previously, he had been publisher of the Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis since 2007. He also previously led Lee’s companywide sales initiatives as corporate director of sales and development, after serving as advertising manager of the Missoulian in Missoula, Montana.

Before joining Lee in 1998, he worked for Gannett Co., Inc., newspapers for 10 years, as retail advertising manager of the Great Falls Tribune in Montana, advertising director of the Coloradoan in Fort Collins, and advertising director of the Asheville Citizen-Times in North Carolina. His experience includes five years as an account manager DDB Needham Worldwide advertising agency. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a degree in advertising. He and his wife, Jill, have three sons and a daughter.

Williams has been active in many civic and industry organizations. His civic and charitable involvement includes president and board member of the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, member of the Southern Illinois University President’s Business Council and member of several regional help committees for abused women and underprivileged children.

Mike Scalora
Chief Architect

Industry Advisors

  • Don Henninger
    Don Henninger
    Lead Industry Advisor
  • Bob Williams
    Bob Williams
    Strategy and Client Relations
Don Henninger
Lead Industry Advisor

Don is a 35-year newspaper veteran who helped guide print publications into the digital age. Daily newspaper background includes experience as a reporter and columnist, business and sports editor and manager and leader. Served as managing editor of the Phoenix Gazette and later the Arizona Republic. Transitioned to a 15-year career as publisher/CEO of the Phoenix Business Journal, overseeing its P&L, strategy, sales, audience development, staff and content development. He led the weekly newspaper to a strong expansion in audience development on digital, print and event platforms and oversaw a transformation of the newsroom to a digital-first operation. Currently is founder and director of a business and civic leadership group in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Bob Williams
Strategy and Client Relations

Williams brings 30 plus years of extensive industry knowledge to the World Table team. Most recently, Williams served as the publisher for Daily Herald. Williams has also served as publisher in Carbondale since 2010. Previously, he had been publisher of the Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis since 2007. He also previously led Lee’s companywide sales initiatives as corporate director of sales and development, after serving as advertising manager of the Missoulian in Missoula, Montana.

Before joining Lee in 1998, he worked for Gannett Co., Inc., newspapers for 10 years, as retail advertising manager of the Great Falls Tribune in Montana, advertising director of the Coloradoan in Fort Collins, and advertising director of the Asheville Citizen-Times in North Carolina. His experience includes five years as an account manager DDB Needham Worldwide advertising agency. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a degree in advertising. He and his wife, Jill, have three sons and a daughter.

Williams has been active in many civic and industry organizations. His civic and charitable involvement includes president and board member of the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, member of the Southern Illinois University President’s Business Council and member of several regional help committees for abused women and underprivileged children.

Advisors

  • Rhett Long
    Rhett Long
    Advisor
  • John Richards
    John Richards
    Sr. Advisor
  • Al Switzler
    Al Switzler
    Advisor
  • May Snowden
    May Snowden
    Advisor
Rhett Long
Advisor

I have 25 years of experience as an Operations and Marketing Executive. I am a results-driven leader with an entrepreneurial spirit. My business acumen includes work in several industries: hospitality management, casino operations, newspaper and magazine publishing and print/digital management. I possess a solid record of growing both large and start-up entities and turning around under-performing properties. I believe that customer service is the key for results in today’s business climate. First contact, whether digitally, in-person or social media, is your chance to create a first impression, build a relationship and engage a customer.

My goal is to quickly achieve stakeholders’ buy-in to implement strategic business development initiatives. I have a proven ability to build individual functional areas into profit centers. Always resourceful, creative and responsive, I work to solve difficult business problems.

Technical skills: Early adopter of e-commerce site development, social media and digital marketing

John Richards
Sr. Advisor

Entrepreneur | Investor | Mentor | Professor | Executive

Entrepreneur: Co-founder of several ventures leading to high-multiple exits.

Investor: Active angel investor having directly invested in scores of new and mature ventures as well as hundreds more through investment funds.

Mentor: Give much time to mentor startup entrepreneurs, having mentored thousands.

Professor: Teach entrepreneurship (lean startup) at leading universities.

Executive: C-level executive with substantial early-stage experience. High premium on Internet, software, and lean startup. Focus has been on advertising and business services. Technically adept. Programmed business solutions before turning full-time attention to management.

Specialties: Accelerators, Advertising, Budgeting, Business policy and strategy, Business-to-business marketing, Cash management, Consulting, Corporate Strategy, Customer service, Database,

Database: Concepts, eBusiness, Electronic Commerce, Entrepreneurial Finance, Entrepreneurship, Family-owned Business, Internet – B2B & B2C, Lean Startup

Management: Consulting, Personal selling and sales management, Social entrepreneurship, Strategic alliances,

Technology: Impact on people at work.

Al Switzler
Advisor

Taught at BYU, Auburn University, University of Kentucky, and University of Michigan and Education Week. Co-founded VitalSmarts; Entrepreneur of the Year, Utah. Lectured and consulted in dozens of countries and 49 states with such firms as AT&T, IBM, Sprint, Ford Motor Company, BASF, Philips, Lockheed Martin Aerospace, and Intermountain Health Care. Co-authored four New York Times Bestsellers: Crucial Conversations, Crucial Accountability, Influencer, and Change Anything. Is Husband, Father, Grandfather, Flyfisher, Cowboy Poet, retired, and active in good causes.

May Snowden
Advisor

Accomplished nationally recognized diversity professional that utilizes the powerful combination of a MBA, a Master of Public Administration, human resources expertise and major P&L operating experience to deliver world class HR initiatives and diversity programs to leading global corporations. Insightfully creates and leads diversity programs that strengthen corporate cultures and brand identification while improving relations with customers and vendors. Senior-level experience as corporate relations liaison with state and local governments and the US Senate with the seasoned ability to effectively interface with state legislatures and the US Congress. Organizational design and change management expert with the perceptive ability to re-engineer organizations to improve efficiency and productivity while reducing costs. Recognized by colleagues for her strong P&L operations acumen, the ability to build and lead high performance teams to meet and win competitive challenges, and unparalleled diversity leadership experience.

Board of Directors

  • Randall Paul
    Randall Paul
    Executive Chairman
  • Bryan Hall
    Bryan Hall
    Board Member
  • Leo Brunnick
    Leo Brunnick
    Board Member
  • Lincoln Cannon
    Lincoln Cannon
    Board Member
  • Eric Neeb
    Eric Neeb
    Board Member
Randall Paul
Executive Chairman

Studied social psychology (BS at BYU), business (MBA at Harvard), social theory (Ph.D. at the University of Chicago Committee on Social Thought) . . . Commercial real estate developer in the southwest (Partner, Trammell Crow Company, then Paul Partners) . . . Social theorist writing on unresolvable conflicts over ideals and worldviews . . . Founder and promoter of a diplomatic system for engaging unending contests over human purpose and destiny . . . Co-founder and executive chairman of The World Table, a start-up software company aiming to substantially improve the way people, especially rivals and critics, care about and treat each other online and off . . . Husband, father of five, grandfather of fifteen . . . Alpinist.

Bryan Hall
Board Member

Bryan Hall has extensive experience in UX / UI design, interactive media, marketing, and fundraising. Bryan designed the product, assembled the team, raised the money, created the marketing materials and videos, forged the partnerships, and has lead the company through successful launches on major publications.

Prior to his work with The World Table, Bryan was a developer for Quicken (Intuit), CEO of Brandfire, a marketing and branding agency, and founder of Living Biography, a film company specializing in political documentaries. Bryan or his work have been featured on CNN, BBC, US News and World Reports, NPR, New York Sun, and C-SPAN’s Meet the Nation, among others. He is the consummate visionary, able to articulate the big picture in simple terms and bring people together around it.

Bryan lives in Orem, Utah with his wife and three children. When he’s not working he loves writing and recording music.

Leo Brunnick
Board Member

Leo founded Patheos (patheos.com), and grew it to the largest online publication in the world of its kind (35,000,000 monthly page-views with 550 active bloggers) before selling it to Beliefnet.com in 2016.

Leo uniquely understands the dynamics of building an interactive community of readers in complicated topical areas and then generating sustainable revenue models around them. He is an expert on publishers’ need to have a strong brand while driving all the crucial metrics. His success as both a publisher and an entrepreneur together places him at the forefront of the intersection between technology, media, and “conversations online.”

Prior to building Patheos and founding The World Table, Leo graduated from Harvard, served as Marine Corp. Infantry Officer in combat, served as a Senior Manager at Andersen Consulting, and was Sr. VP of Products and Marketing at Vignette for 9 years.

Lincoln Cannon
Board Member

Lincoln Cannon is a veteran technologist. He has two decades of professional experience in information technology, including leadership roles in software engineering and marketing technology at Ancestry.com, Merit Medical, and Symantec; and consulting roles in emerging technology ventures. Lincoln holds degrees in business administration and philosophy from Brigham Young University.

Eric Neeb
Board Member