Chairman of the Board
Julian is an experienced advisor to start-up and fast-growing companies. From March 2019 to the present, Mr. Pittam has been a non-executive Director of Urban Markets Ltd., a company producing financial technology for the residential property market.
From December 2018 to March 2019, he was a non-executive director of TCOC Ltd., a CBD wholesaler. From March 2017 to January 2019, Mr. Pittam served as a non-executive Director of Certua Ltd. a software-as-a-service firm focused on financial technology and artificial intelligence. From January 2008 to September 2018 he was a Member of The Invicta Film Partnership, a film finance firm. From February 2014 to February 2018, Mr. Pittam was a non-executive Director of We Are Infinite Ltd., an advertising technology firm. From March 2013 to March 2017, he was a non-executive Director of Disciple Media Ltd., a creator of Google and Apple-based apps for communities.
From May 2015 to July of 2016, Mr. Pittam was the Managing Director for Europe and Asia for Enso Financial Management Ltd., a firm focused on balance sheet and funding optimization for hedge funds.
Daniel Alberttis is currently a Managing Director at The Kannico Agency, a global advisory firm focused on the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors based in Delray Beach, Fl. Mr. Alberttis, a member of the firm’s executive team, directs the Strategic Philanthropy division and manages client engagements consisting of Corporations, High Net Worth Families and Private Foundations. Previously, he held various management roles over the course of 13 years for some of the nation’s largest financial institutions with the last 6 as a senior banker at JP Morgan Chase. He has advised and managed assets for hundreds of small and mid-sized businesses and has served in several C-level positions as a trusted consultant. He holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Lynn University and an M.B.A from Florida Atlantic University.
Derek Du Chesne
President and Chief Growth Officer
Mr. Du Chesne is a brand management professional who has a proven track record of success through concept, development, and launch, building iconic brands by orchestrating successful campaign deployment on both a global and regional scale. Prior to joining Exactus as Chief Growth Officer, Derek was responsible for over $50 million in revenue at his previous company EcoGen Laboratories. Prior Derek was the CEO/Co-Founder of Healing Ventures, a marketing & supply chain firm that helped bring several leading CBD brands to market. He is a strategic leader who has repeatedly led teams to maximize performance in order to achieve stakeholders’ goals on time and in full. Prior to serving at EcoGen, Mr. Du Chesne served as CEO and co-founder at Healing Ventures, a full-service marketing and supply chain management firm dedicated to servicing the hemp industry. Earlier in his career Mr. Du Chesne served as Chief Marketing Officer of Klique, Inc., a group dating platform created to help curb sexual assaults on campuses. Previously Derek was known as a film/television producer and actor, working with Bruce Willis, Robert DeNiro, and a multitude of prominent filmmakers.
John Price currently serves as Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary of SCWorx Corp., a publicly-traded provider of data normalization, application interoperability, and big data analytics within the healthcare provider market. Mr. Price has been the CFO of SCWorx Corp. (f/k/a Alliance MMA, Inc.) since August 2016. Previously, Mr. Price was Chief Financial Officer of MusclePharm Corporation, a publicly-traded nutritional supplement company. Prior to joining MusclePharm in 2013, Mr. Price served as Vice President of Finance – North America at Opera Software, a Norwegian public company focused on digital advertising. From 2011 to 2013, he served as Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller of GCT Semiconductor. From 2004 to 2011, Mr. Price served in various roles at Tessera Technologies, including VP of Finance & Corporate Controller. Prior to Tessera Technologies, Mr. Price served various roles at Ernst &Young LLP. Mr. Price served nearly three years in the San Jose, California office and nearly five years in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania office of Ernst & Young. Mr. Price has been a certified public accountant (currently inactive) since 2000 and attended Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting.
Kenneth E. Puzder
Chief Financial Officer
Ken has been with Exactus since December of 2014 to the present, he has served as the co-founder, Managing Member, and CFO of the Lukens Group, LLC, a behavioral therapy firm that focuses on a variety of behavioral struggles including alcoholism, drug abuse, depression and anxiety with a special emphasis on PTSD. Previously, from January of 2007 to December of 2017, Mr. Puzder was president of his own consulting firm, Kenneth E. Puzder Consulting. As a seasoned financial executive, Mr. Puzder specialized in debtor side representations in financial leadership, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and turnaround, and personal and partnership tax returns. From July of 2003 through December of 2006, he served in various positions with the Arby’s Restaurant Group (“ARG”) family of companies, including as Chief Financial Officer of AFA Service Corporation (a sister company to ARG), VP for Accounting and Finance or Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc., and Regional Controller or RTM, Inc. (a subsidiary of ARG). From August of 2000 through April of 2003, Mr. Puzder was with Panera Bread Company. From January of 1999 through August of 2000, he served as Vice President and Secretary of the Linder Funds, a series of mutual funds. Prior to serving that position, from March of 1998 through August of 2000, he was Financial Operations Principal and Assistant Secretary of Lindner Asset Management, the asset management firm for the Linder Funds. From February of 1996 until March of 1998, he was an audit manager with KPMG Peat Marwick, LLP, a Big 4 accounting firm. From June of 1990 through February of 1996, Mr. Puzder was with Mills Group, Inc., serving as its Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Mills Group, Inc. from July 1991 to February 1996.
Mr. Puzder holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Missouri, St. Louis and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Missouri.
Justin A. Viles
Chief Innovation Officer of Rokt
Justin A. Viles, is the Chief Innovation Officer of Rokt, a leading e-commerce marketing technology company he founded in March of 2010. Prior to serving as Chief Innovation Officer, Mr. Viles served as CEO of Rokt from March of 2010 until January of 2013. From February of 2003 until March of 2009, he was Head of Content Acquisition for Australia and New Zealand at Google / YouTube. Mr. Viles studied tourism at Southern Cross University.
Larry Wert, has spent nearly 40 years in broadcasting. He served as the President of Broadcast Media for Tribune Media Company from 2013 through September of 2019. He was responsible for overseeing the strategy and day-to-day activities of Tribune Media Company’s forty-two owned or operated television stations, their related websites, digital properties and the company’s Chicago radio station WGN-AM., and AntennaTV. Wert served on the NAB TV Board of Directors and the FOX and CBS Board of Governors. In 2017, he was named “Broadcaster of the Year” by the Illinois Broadcaster’s Association. In 2018, under his leadership, Tribune Broadcasting was named “Station Group of the Year” by Broadcasting and Cable. Prior to his time at Tribune Media, Mr. Wert served from 1998 until 2013 as the President and General Manager of WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated station in Chicago. During his tenure there, he expanded local news hours, launched the first street side studio in the city and oversaw integration of WSNS-TV/Telemundo into the station. Under his leadership, he brought key events to the station including the Chicago Marathon and Chicago Auto Show.During his time at NBC, Mr. Wert also had group responsibilities. He was named president of NBC Local’s central and western regions in 2008, overseeing NBC-owned stations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Dallas and Chicago. In September, 2011, he became executive vice president of station initiatives for all ten NBC-owned stations. Mr. Wert started his career at Leo Burnett Advertising in Chicago in 1978, and moved on to television sales with ABC, working in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, where he became local sales manager at WLS-Ch. 7. In 1989, Mr. Wert shifted to radio as president and general manager of WLUP-97.9 FM and AM 1000 in Chicago, better known as “The Loop.” In 1996, he was named president of Evergreen Media. When it merged with Chancellor Broadcasting he became senior vice president of Chancellor, overseeing 13 radio properties.
Mr. Wert is very involved in the community and recently finalized his term as Chairman of the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for several charities, including the Children’s Brittle Bone Foundation, Catholic Charities, @ and the 100 Club. He is a member of the Governing Board of Gilda’s Club of Chicago, an advisor the Chicago Chapter of Make-A-Wish Foundation and an honorary board member of RAINBOWS, an organization that helps children cope with loss. In 2018, he was inducted into the Chicago Catholic League Hall of Fame@ and is in the CHICAGO Sports Hall of Fame. Mr. Wert also sits on Board of Trustees for Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Ill. Mr. Wert holds a BA degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.