Monocle Society, creator of popular storytelling platform Weave, today announced the appointment of Mike Fehlauer Hayes to the role of Chief Operating Officer. With extensive experience in the community and business management, Hayes brings valuable leadership to Monocle Society's executive team during a period of rapid growth. As COO, Hayes will lead business development and direct the company’s operations, finance, and administrative functions.
“Mike joins Monocle Society with a wealth of operational and growth management experience at both early-stage and mid-sized companies,” said Kyle Kinkade, Monocle Society's CEO and founder. “We are thrilled to have a steady hand at the operational helm as we continue to expand our product line and broaden our customer base.”
Prior to joining Monocle Society, Hayes was Vice President of Penny Arcade. During his fourteen-year tenure, he helped launch and grow the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) game festivals as a recognizable brand worldwide, establish liveplay roleplaying as a financially viable form of entertainment, and expand the company into a successful hard-goods and merchandise-fulfilment business unit. Additionally Mike helped grow Child's Play, the gamer charity dedicated to improving the lives of hospitalized children through games and technology in over 100 hospitals worldwide. Before Penny Arcade, Hayes was an early guiding hand at Amazon, where he helped design and launch Amazon's entry into Toys, Software, and Computer & Video Games.
“Kyle and the Monocle Society team have the passion and the skills to kick the door down and lead the way into the realm of augmented and mixed reality games,” said Hayes. “As a lifelong gamer, I couldn't be more excited to join them in applying technology to create games that are easy to learn, accessible, fun, and built from the ground up for remote and stream play.”
Hayes earned a bachelor’s degree in management from Guilford College in North Carolina. In addition to his profound professional accomplishments, Hayes is an avid player of tabletop and video game and is a proud father of two.
About Monocle Society:
Monocle Society was founded in 2012 by Kyle Kinkade who established a presence in mobile tech since day one of the App Store. In 2017, Monocle Society released Weave, a revolutionary new way to create and publish stories inside any world. Weave established a name for itself in tabletop storytelling and has since aligned with established brands and tastemakers in the industry. Monocle Society is placing its efforts on interactive board games for mobile, augmented reality, and mixed reality devices with a focus on the casual market.
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