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The GamedayHousing Team

Chris Brusznicki - Co-Founder and Board Chairman:

Chris BrusznickiChris learned to love sports at a young age growing up in central Connecticut mere miles from the hallowed grounds of ESPN's Bristol headquarters. Prior to joining the Gameday team Chris served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division of the US Army, deploying as a platoon leader to Fallujah where he was awarded the Bronze Star.

Chris joined the team full-time shortly after Geoff Polk purchased the company's first vacation rental property in 2006. He was responsible for building much of the original technology for GamedayHousing.com, and currently oversees the company's technology development/design team and strategic operations.

Chris studied applied math at Notre Dame where he met fellow co-founder Geoff (a dorm-mate at the time), and also has an MBA and a Masters of Engineering from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Outside of work Chris is addicted to Crossfit, loves watching sports, and is an avid supporter of young veteran's and education issues. Chris is married to Maureen Smithe Brusznicki, and is the father of three adorable little rascals.

Geoff Polk - Co-Founder:

Geoff PolkGeoff got the entire ball rolling when he purchased the company's first vacation rental in 2006 while enrolled in law school. Although he didn't know it at the time, his decision would soon lead to an online real-estate brokerage active in over 30 markets across the nation.

Prior to founding GamedayHousing.com, Geoff was a very active young professional earning a law degree, the CPA and CFA designations, his real-estate managing broker's license, and much, much more. He started his career as an attorney at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and later joined the Boston Consulting Group as a consultant in the Corporate Development practice.

Geoff earned a finance degree from Notre Dame, and his JD from Northwestern University shortly thereafter. Outside of work Geoff loves playing golf, watching movies, owning everyone in Nintendo Tecmo Super Bowl and traveling to sports destinations across the globe.

Wes Smithe - Chief Executive Officer:

Wes SmitheWes helped launch GamedayHousing.com as a national business in the summer of 2009 after earning his Bachelor's degree in Entrepreneurship at Saint Mary's University.

Following a few years in account management at Leo Burnett and FCB Global, two of the top advertising agencies in Chicago, Wes joined the team full-time as a partner in the spring of 2011, and co-founded Vaystays.com in 2014 and GetDirect.io in 2017.

Wes has a passion for branding and good web design, and oversees the company's marketing and sales teams. In his spare time he enjoys travel, live music, and spending time with is wife, dog, and family.