Toni Sykes

Toni Sykes

Board Member
U.S. Office:
Netconcepts, LLC
2820 Walton Commons West, Suite 123
Madison, Wisconsin 53718
phone: (608) 285-6600
fax: (608) 285-6601

Biographical Statement
Toni Sikes is a Senior Advisor at Gruppo, Levey & Co., a New York investment bank, where she leads an initiative to help young technology companies in their financing and M&A strategies. She brings 22 years of entrepreneurial experience to this effort. As the founder and CEO of two companies, Sikes raised over $52 million from venture capital firms on the east and west coasts.

Sikes is the founder and former CEO of The Guild. She started the company in 1985 as a publisher of sourcebooks for design trade professionals to help artists find greater markets for their work. In 1998, she founded GUILD.com, an e-commerce and catalog company, as a way of bringing artistsâ?? work directly to consumers.

Sikes has authored several books, and is a widely recognized expert in the area of online marketing of luxury products to consumers. Her weekly blog, The Artful Life, (http://blog.guild.com) is about incorporating beautiful objects created by artists into the home and daily life.

Sikes continues to serve on The Guildâ??s Board of Directors, as well as the boards of Craft Emergency Relief Fund (an organization committed to supporting the careers of craft artists throughout the United States), Aid To Artisans (an international craft organization focused on economic development), the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, the Wisconsin Technology Council, and the Chazen Musem of Art. She is also active in Wisconsin economic development organizations frequently lectures on entrepreneurism.

She holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Alabama and an M.S. in Market Research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.