Roger R. Blier | Chairman
Roger R. Blier is the Chairman of the Board of Pirq, and he is committed to building the most dynamic and exciting client vendor programs on the planet. Roger is the Founder and CEO of Passport Unlimited, and he was responsible for the vision and strategic direction of the Passport Unlimited Dining and Lifestyle programs. Passport programs are offered in major US cities and reach a client base of over 40 Fortune 1000 companies.
Under Roger's direction, the Passport Corporate Membership program client list has grown to include Microsoft, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, Apple, Intel, Weyerhaeuser, Genentech, Qualcomm, AMD, Scripps Medical, Xbox Live and a host of other Fortune 1000 companies, savvy credit unions and membership organizations. Additionally, Passport's Client Branded gift card program boasts participants such as Wells Fargo, Coldwell Banker, Boeing, Bank of America, Windermere and Farmers Insurance.
From 1997 to 1999, Roger was the founder and CEO of EmployeeSavings; he was instrumental in obtaining major Fortune 500 companies as its first clients. Roger also helped arrange more than $35 million in venture capital financing for EmployeeSavings. As a founder and board member, Mr. Blier helped grow the company to over 40 Fortune 500 clients, and more than 110 national retail-marketing partners.
From 1981 to 1997 Roger was president and CEO of Blier and Associates, Inc. At Blier, he founded, developed, and launched retail marketing programs for Texaco, Inc., Mobil (now ExxonMobil Corporation), Chevron Corporation and the Shell Oil Company.
During the same period, Roger founded and launched Passport Unlimited, a nationwide dining membership organization which now serves more than 28 US markets, over 1000 participating restaurants, and 100,000 professional members across the country. He holds a B.A. from San Diego State University.
James Sun | CEO
James Sun is the CEO of Pirq where he sets and leads the overall business strategy, communication, and execution. Previous to Pirq, he was the Founder and CEO of GeoPage.com where he led the company in building a scalable location-based platform for industry specific commercial and retail applications. James also has Fortune 500 experience where he served as a database programmer at Intel and management consultant at Deloitte Consulting. As an active angel investor and strategic advisor, he's helped several startups with strategic business planning, capital investment, international partnerships, and acquisitions.
On his spare time, James is known as a public speaker and television personality. James is often invited to speak on topics ranging from entrepreneurship, social media, mobile convergence, and international business. James was the first Seattle native to become a finalist on Donald Trump's hit reality show "The Apprentice." James then became the host of a television show called "War on Business" where he got to play the role of a business guru who travels around the world, meeting ambitious entrepreneurs and seeking to give them lessons on how to grow their businesses using principles from "Sun Tzu's Art of War."
James sits on the Board of the United Way of King County, which has an annual budget of $100 Million to help the community. James is an active Board Member of the King County Scoutreach Program, which supports Boy Scout opportunities for underprivileged inner-city children. He sits on the advisory board of Seeyourimpact.org, which is an online micro-donations non-profit that supports third world country children.
James graduated from the University of Washington with a Business and Computer Information Systems degree. James was recently selected as a top 100 alumni from the University of Washington in the "Wonderous 100 Alumni Award" which included prominent individuals like Bill Gates Sr., Governor Christine Gregoire, and musician Kenny G.