Stephan Fitch is a visionary thought leader and entrepreneur with over 25 years of executive experience at the convergence of media, technology and design. Fitch has a record of innovation and achievement in product development, relationship building, global marketing, strategic growth and business transformation. Thinking Pictures, founded in 1993, develops of proprietary technology to create customized media solutions for its clients. With Thinking Pictures, Fitch’s projects have pioneered the development of proprietary interactive technology to create customized media solutions, including digital out of home networks, computer perception and wearable video. Clients and partnerships include Sony, Microsoft, Apple, Universal Pictures, Universal Music, Time Inc, AT&T, Cisco, Intel Corp, NYT, News Corp, Dow Jones, Disney, Herman Miller and the Rolling Stones.
Thinking Pictures Studios (TPS), founded in 2010, brings ideas to life through extreme and agile programming and rapid prototyping, bridging storytelling with industrial design, fashion, wearables, VR/AR, IoT and computer science. TPS projects include Xaisle, which supplies interactive solutions as part of a Digital Out of Home Network tailored for retail; Juke, which leverages micro sensor technologies and biofeedback to capture and record the movements and performance metrics of athletes in the field of play; Project Zebra - an online children’s platform that allows kids to become producers, writers, animators & storytellers for their own COPPA compliant global network, as well as a platform using AR & VR as real estate solution, bridging pre-development/conceptualization, construction/planning processes and pre-sales of residential and commercial properties. With With Beltway Studios, TPS is engaged in bringing a full-service soundstage to the DC region as part of a media campus that leverages interdisciplinary research from the higher learning institutions in the region through a media incubator/ accelerator.
Fitch is a graduate of MIT Media Lab. He speaks regularly at MIT and other academic venues. He lives in California, where Thinking Pictures Studios is headquartered and spends a great deal of time in DC.
JACK HOLLaRBACH, CO-FOUNDER, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT & CFO
Jack is responsible for the finance and administrative functions of the company, and represents us in the business community. He is the Founder and President of Hollerbach & Associates LLC, a board and management advisory firm focused on companies emerging, getting ready to expand or undergoing change. The firm’s activities have included the founding of HarVest Bank of Maryland in 2003, where Jack served as founding CEO, and major reconstruction assignments at Old Dominion National Bank, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Volunteers of America, where he assumed interim leadership roles. Previous experience includes substantive roles at public and private companies in the banking, technology, construction and non-profit sectors. He has been the Founder of three companies including Beltway Studios, and has been a past winner of the DC area Smart CEO Award, Montgomery Small Business Leader of the Year, Maryland Association of CPAs Statewide Public Service Award and the Maryland Chamber’s Small Business of the Year Award. Hollerbach has been an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the American University and Johns Hopkins MBA Programs for the past decade, and has served on a number of Boards, including the Chesapeake Bay Trust, Baltimore Symphony, Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health, Maryland Incubator Company of the Year Awards Committee, and the TEDCO Working Capital Loan Committee.