Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Cates – 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.
Director and Chief Operating Officer Josh Comstock – 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.
Director and Chief Technology Officer Matt Brass – 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.
Director and Secretary Andrew LeChard – 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.
Director Matt Grunseich – President and Founder of Marco Polo Pool and Spa, Inc. His service company has managed hundreds of HOA and Apartment communities in Orange County, Ca. for over 20 years. His company is responsible for all service, maintenance and repairs as well as oversight of all remodel projects.
Matt has served in the United States Navy in a very specialized helicopter squadron that operated in direct support of the United States Navy Seals. His roles were diversified and demanding. As lead air crewman he was responsible for overseeing the safety and effectiveness of all operations and aircraft maintenance before and after missions. Also performing as a Search and Rescue Air Crewman, bravery and taking calculated risks were a part of his everyday job description.
His Navy experience has given Matt a unique insight into assessing risk management and performance outcome. This uncompromising insightfulness for attention to detail ads tremendous value to any organization in which he has been involved.
Director Molly Maxey – Molly has spent most of the last 40 years travelling the globe in the pursuit of finding the best people for any given organization. Her ability to properly communicate both message and vision between organization and individual has propelled her to top leadership positions of major corporations. Molly’s belief that picking the right people for any given position is paramount to an organization’s success.
Molly embraces the definition of entrepreneurship. She has founded and built several of her own companies, as well as playing a pivotal role in building one of the most lucrative international sales team for a multi-billion dollar communications company. Additionally, Molly is a highly sought after motivational speaker and has spoken at hundreds of corporate events since 1993.
Director Randell Young – Randell Young is the co-founder and managing general partner of Venture-Net Partners, a private equity investment group which includes special limited partners Uriel Sokolov, MBA, Ph.D., a former senior fellow and vice president of Raytheon Commercial Ventures; Nelson D. (Doug) Pewitt, Ph.D., the former assistant director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Reagan Administration and Mario Fiori, Ph.D., former assistant secretary of the Army in the Bush Administration.
Dr. Young has previously served as Chief Financial Officer for Web portals MedNets.com, Inc. and TheGospel.com, Inc. and participated actively, as director and early-stage investor, in numerous other projects including Accuray Incorporated (ARAY), manufacturer of the CyberKnife radiosurgery and Tomo radiotherapy systems; Home Shopping Latino, Inc., (HSPG) developers of America’s first Spanish language shopping channel; Synodon, Inc., (SYD) developers of innovative pipeline surveillance technologies; Telephony International, Inc., a joint telecom venture with Lucent Technologies; Vista Consolidated, Inc., a manufacturer of utility truck covers; and The Orange County Blues Festival, Inc.
A founder and former Orange County Chapter Chair of Boone Pickens’ United Shareholders Association, Dr. Young has represented shareholders and, on their behalf, addressed the annual meetings of Northrup Corporation, Allergan, National Education Corporation, Community Psychiatric and Southern California Edison. Private equity partners of note have included Euro-America Partners, Jacques Vallee, Fred Adler, Al Shugart, George (Jay) Keyworth, Copernic Technologies, ZLUH Partners, Michael Jay Solomon, Good Samaritan Health System/Health Advantage Ventures, Pacific Republic Capital, Fernando Quinonez Meza, H-Quotient, Lucent Technologies, The Marubeni Group, Onix Capital and Grupo Arcano.
Dr. Young has lectured at the graduate level on contemporary issues in venture capital at The University of Phoenix and holds a Doctorate in Music (D.Mus.) from City University Los Angeles. His Venture Capital Primer has been used by McGraw Hill’s On Line Learning Center in support of its textbook Principles of Corporate Finance, Sixth Edition (Brealey & Myers) and by Harvard University in support of KSG PED-328 Community Financial Institutions and Microfinance in Theory and Practice.
He has been the subject of interviews and articles appearing in the Los Angeles Times, The Orange County Register and the Orange County Metropolitan. His commentaries and essays have been published in the Los Angeles Times, The Orange County Register, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Orange County Business Journal, The Baltimore Sun and Inc. Magazine. His public equities market analyses can be found at The Motley Fool where his portfolio currently outpaces all professional fund managers and has consistently (on a daily and continuous basis) placed in the top one percent of all participants since August 2007, a span now of over 78 consecutive months.
Currently, he serves on the boards of directors of Okeanos Technologies, developers of energy efficient desalinization processes; Colossal Storage Corporation, developers of atomic holographic optical storage nanotechnology; Green Wave Energy Corporation, manufacturers of self-sufficient energy producing products; Sprague Astronautics, developers of private space vehicles; PatientCentral Technologies, developers of interactive tools for the management of healthcare information; Pacific Robotics, designers and manufacturers of industrial robots; America’s Hunting Network, developers of the Internet’s first virtually-integrated hunting portal; and the Spanish language shopping channel, Home Shopping Latino, Inc. (HSPG).