Charles joined the AWOL Studios team following a successful career spanning over 25 years, including serving as President and Chief Financial Officer and leading two venture-backed Internet start-ups through $1 billion+ Initial Public Offerings.
Charles has had a passion for the art of filmmaking since enrolling in a Cinema course at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Charles also formerly served with Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch as an investment banker where he was involved with the successful execution of over $30 billion of financing transactions, mergers, and acquisitions. Two of Charles’ largest clients included Time Warner and The Walt Disney Company. He began his career as a CPA with Arthur Andersen.
Charles has also served as a Commissioner for the State of California Public Infrastructure Advisory Commission. Currently, he serves as the lead independent director of Callfire and as advisory director to Netki; and, recently, he served as advisor to Dropbox.
Charles holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and an MBA with distinction from the University of Michigan.