Board of Directors
Richard Vague is a private investor currently involved as a managing partner of Gabriel Investments, an early stage investment fund, and as managing director of The Miletos Group. Previously, he was co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Energy Plus, an electricity and natural gas supply company operating in states throughout the U.S. that was sold to NRG Energy in 2011. Vague was also co-founder of two credit card companies, FirstUSA, which grew to be the largest Visa issuer in the industry and which was sold to Bank One in 1997, and Juniper Financial, the fastest growing credit card issuer of the past decade, which was sold to Barclays PLC in 2004.
Vague currently serves on the boards of Heartland Payment Systems of Princeton, New Jersey, Think Direct Marketing of Tampa, Florida, and GoodCents Corporation of Atlanta, Georgia. He is president of the Philadelphia Live Arts and Fringe Festival, and on the boards of the University of Pennsylvania Press, the Franklin Institute, the Dean's Advisory Council of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, the U.S. State Department's Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy and the U.S. Department of Energy's Electricity Advisory Committee. Vague is co-founder of the Afghanistan Study Group, and is also the editor of the blog and email newsletter service DelanceyPlace.com.