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Officers

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linkedinJeff Cates, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer – Jeff’s background comes from over 30 years of international sales and marketing with Excel Teleglobe, VarTec Telecom, DBC LLC., and Frontier, Inc.  Jeff has been instrumental in building several multi-million dollar companies, including owning and operating a national call center which produced millions in annual revenue.

This mindset led him to be an international corporate trainer for Excel Teleglobe & Vartec Telecom for more than a decade, and then 9 years for a leading nutritional company. During this time, Jeff was responsible for guiding thousands of corporate representatives and managing large groups to accomplish corporate goals.

In addition to Jeff’s sales and marketing background, he has been tasked as a motivational speaker, both nationally and internationally, on behalf of several corporations.

josh comstock LinkedinJosh Comstock, Chief Operating Officer – Since 2003, Josh has consulted for dozens of small businesses, corporations, organizations, and government agencies helping them meet their IT challenges and technical needs. He has also been influential in helping several of these entities find their online identity that before was nonexistent.

Josh creates online marketing strategies and organizes online campaigns for his clients that in turn, helps to grow their customer base and substantially increase their web traffic. With his help, they are able to properly utilize social media and SEO tools to help maximize their online exposure.

Being able to recognize and utilize mobile and online marketing trends, coupled with Josh’s knowledge in the IT field, has afforded his clients a much needed advantage over their competition.

matt brass LinkedinMatt Brass, Chief Technology Officer – Matt’s background comes from over 20 years of computer science. Matt wrote and taught technology courses at the University of Idaho, and has been influential in writing source code, functional specs and software for several web-based companies. For the last 10 years, Matt’s focus has been on software, web and database development.

Matt’s work experience has given him a strong understanding of today’s technology, and his ability to stay current with technologies as they evolve makes him a huge asset to any team.

paul herndon LinkedinPaul Herndon, Chief Financial Officer – Paul Herndon is a Certified Public Accountant with a Master of Accountancy from Gonzaga University with emphasis in taxation and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Operations Production Management. He is the principal of Herndon CPA PA, a public accounting firm focused on tax preparation and advice for small businesses and their owners. Paul is experienced and knowledgeable in minimizing corporate tax burdens and has practiced as a tax adviser and consultant since 1998.

Some of Paul’s accomplishments include: 4 years business advising and tax practice as Certified Public Accountant, 1 year as tax management consultant for “Big 4” tax firm, 16 years as a consultant implementing Oracle PeopleSoft financials and supply chain management software in large (>$100 million in revenue) corporations and governmental entities, 5 years as quality analyst, production supervisor, and manufacturing manager, and 1 year as a financial analyst for oil and gas production and development.

Some of Paul’s clients have included: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Samaritan Health Services, Vail Resorts, CARE International, Los Angeles County Office of Education, Smead Manufacturing, Qualcomm, NEC Electronics USA, Deloitte Tax LLP, PEOPLESOFT, INC., and HADCO VALUE ADDED MANUFACTURING.

not picturedLinkedinAndrew LeChard, Secretary – Andy has nearly 25 years of banking experience and currently serves as a Vice President with JPMorganChase.  Prior to his current role, Andy was a partner of his consulting firm, Ryba-LeChard Consulting, which has a combined 70 years of experience in banking, mutual funds, accounting, trust management and investment management.

Andy also has forensic consulting experience with corporate trusts funds, retirement plans trust and securities. Andy also has regulatory experience and routinely interacts with the SEC, OCC, FinCEN and the Firm’s internal Audit group.