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Toni Sikes is a successful entrepreneur with 30 years of operational, fundraising and investment banking experience. She is the founder of three art companies, and currently serves as the co-founder and CEO of CODAworx, the global leader in commissioned art, serving as a professional network for a wide variety of artists, design professionals, and industry resouces. The CODAworx website showcases outstanding design + art projects through its sponsorship of several major awards programs and monthly digital magazine. It serves a worldwide community of creative professionals and facilitates transactions with a variety of tools and services.
Sikes has spent her 30-year career connecting artists to their best markets. As the founder of The Guild, a pioneer ecommerce company that brought the work of artists directly to consumers, Sikes raised over $52 million from leading venture capital firms including Benchmark Capital and Technology Crossover Ventures in Silicon Valley, Dolphin Equity Partners in New York, and ePartners (Rupert Murdoch’s venture firm) based in London. Today, The Guild markets artist-created home furnishings under the consumer brand of Artful Home, which is the largest retailer of artist-made work in the U.S. Sikes has authored several books, and is a recognized expert in the area of online marketing of luxury products to consumers.
Sikes is also General Partner in Calumet Venture Fund. Previously she was a Senior Advisor at Gruppo, Levey & Co., a New York investment bank, where she led their technology practice focused on helping technology companies in their financing and M&A strategies.
Sikes serves on the boards and advisory board of several technology companies. She is active in Wisconsin and national economic development organizations. She is Past Chair of the Wisconsin Technology Council, the Advisory Board of MERLIN Mentors, the Board of Advisors of the UW Weinert Center for Entrepreneurs, and the Board of Directors of Healthy Minds Innovations and BuildingBrave.
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.
Entrepreneur, Cofounder and CEO, CODAworx