Our Entrepreneurs


Eric Knopf & John Russell

Eric is a lover of startups and is a passionate entrepreneur. Eric graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara California where he was honored Entrepreneur of the Year by the GSEA for his social enterprise Epic Life. Eric went on from Westmont to form a startup development agency named Vision Launchers to help launch new ventures in the web technology space. Over the next 7 years, Eric and Vision Launchers were part of helping over a hundred new ideas and ventures go to market. One of those ideas was a better way to customize secure payment web pages used by churches and non-profits. This technology became the building blocks that he and John Russell grew into Webconnex. Inc Magazine and Forbes recently named Eric one of the top thought leaders to follow on Twitter for Entrepreneurship. In addition to his entrepreneurial pursuits, Eric is a part-time adrenaline junkie and loves motocross and surfing. Eric is married and has two children and has an unusual appetite for bacon.



John Russell is a seasoned entrepreneur with expertise business development, event management and sales strategy. He is currently co-founder and partner in Webconnex LLC, a unique software development company in the growing online payments market. John has over 20 years of start-up experience and has worked on successful programs with brands such as Google, Pepsi, McDonalds, Scion, Verizon, Sirius Satellite Radio, Mazda and others. Mr. Russell was listed as one of the top ten industry pioneers of all time and has been quoted as an industry expert in publications such as the New York Times, the Orange County Register and the Boston Globe. Prior to Webconnex, he founded several other successful companies including Action Media which was sold to Apprise Media in 2006. Russell works remotely from a home office in Newport Beach where you’ll find him in boardshorts and a tshirt until well after lunch.

Webconnex provides powerful software that is transforming fundraising and event production. The company’s web-based products are modernizing the marketplace by being simple, affordable and scalable. The current model of exorbitant fees, forced account creation, and a “one size fits all” philosophy is outdated. Among the family of products: GivingFuel (online giving), RedPodium (race registration), TicketSpice (event ticketing) and RegFox (corporate event registration). Webconnex is used to process more than $150 million annually.