April 9, 2014 – PledgeCents is a crowdfunding platform designed to help teachers raise money to enhance classroom education.

On April 10, 2014 at 2:00 Eastern, founders Andyshea Saberioon, CEO, and  Ricky Johnson, CFO, will join CrowdFundBeat for a live discussion about the platform and what makes it unique.

Tune in here then to watch the interview live:

Andyshea Saberioon and Ricky Johnson

Andyshea’s bio:

Before Andyshea Saberioon graduated from Rhodes College (where he played basketball for 4 years), he had already raised more than $40,000 for Duchene Muscular Dystrophy, traveled extensively in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East, and landed internships with international hotel companies where he helped with projects like a capital expenditure program for the acquisition of a Paris hotel, and conducting an analysis of an oil company’s finances. Of course, he also had jobs where he stocked hotel linen closets.So the Houston native who earned his master’s in Hotel & Restaurant Management at the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College, knows how a good education can impact the kind of work you do and life you live. That was part of what inspired him to co-found and serve as CEO of PledgeCents.

Ricky’s bio:

Ricky Johnson, co-founder and CFO of PledgeCents, earned his business administration degree in Finance at University of Texas at Austin. Since graduating, he has worked in Oil and Gas banking, helping to advise and structure large financial transactions for his clients. His job experiences range from financial services and banking to YMCA camp counselor and donut shop cashier. He’s traveled to over 17 countries and participated in mission trips, community building projects, food drives, and assisting low-income families with tax returns.
Johnson was born in Puerto Rico but moved to Houston, Texas when he was seven. Learning his passion for traveling early in life, Ricky spent several months studying in Spain and spends his spare time traveling to new international destinations and discovering the differences in culture first hand. It is through his travels that he developed a desire to help others in need.

Andy & Ricky:

In eighth grade, Ricky met Andyshea at Second Baptist School in Houston, by playing on the same basketball team. They’ve been best friends ever since. They both were raised in households that taught the importance of philanthropy. Since high school, Ricky and Andy always mentioned about going into business with each other. When the opportunity arose, they were not only able to make a business but also make a social impact. Their passion for giving back and education has allowed them to grow a business that is making an impact in classrooms around the country.

Devin D. Thorpe, CrowdFundBeat contributing editor, is the author of Crowdfunding for Social Good. Readers can follow him on Twitter at @devindthorpe.

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