Brad Kates

Chief Financial Officer

"To be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late, to be late is to be forgotten ." – My Investment Banking Professor at Kellogg School of Management

Has been a Zillan Since: 2000
Best Known For: Finding creative ways to make even the most mundane things fun
Is Often Called: The Sheriff
Voted Most Likely To: Open a summer camp.  It would be the best summer camp in the world.  
Proudest Shopzilla Moment: “The day we became part of the Scripps Family.  It validated that we had built something that mattered and that a large lifestyle company wanted to become part of our journey to continue to become an integral part of consumers’ lives."

As Chief Financial Officer, Brad is responsible for all the financial functions for the company, including financial reporting and accounting as well as human resources, information security and compliance, office management, and legal.   Brad joined Shopzilla in April 2000 as Vice President of Business Operations and was named Chief Financial Officer in November 2001.  Brad was integral in bringing the company to profitability in October 2002 and has developed Shopzilla into an astute financial shop, while concurrently shaping the culture of the company into one that is hardworking, playful, and team-oriented.  A purveyor of cooptition and friendly rivalry, Brad has established some of the most anticipated events of the Shopzilla year including the highly-skilled Rock Paper Scissors tournament and the annual Easter Egg/Treasure Hunt.  

Before joining Shopzilla, Brad held several positions at the Walt Disney Company from 1997 to 2000. Most recently, Brad was Director of Disney Auctions, where he authored and implemented the business plan for the successful launch of Disney's online auction business. Previously, as Senior Manager of Finance, he oversaw all financial activity for various Disney-owned e-commerce entities including: Disney Auctions, ESPN Auctions, the Disneystore.com, DisneyTravel.com, The Disney Catalog, The ESPN Store Online, The NASCAR Store Online, Family.com and ToySmart.com.  Brad also served as Manager for Business Planning and Development for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.  In this role, he worked on various projects including the Disney Cruise Line and various theme park-related initiatives.
 
Brad earned an MBA in Finance and Marketing from J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor of arts in economics and philosophy from Emory University.

He and his wife, Shannon, their daughter, Claiborne, and sons, Hunter and Clyde, live in La Jolla, California.