Board Of Directors

About

Larry Wert

Independent Director

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 the 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.

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.

Daniel Alberttis

Independent Director

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.

John Price

Independent Director

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

Kenneth E. Puzder, age 53, was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Company on January 9, 2019 and as our CFO on July 10, 2019. Mr. Puzder previously served as Chief Financial Officer of C2M and is currently President of that company. In addition, from December of 2014 to December of 2018, he 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 of 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 served as Corporate Controller for Panera Bread Company and President of Panera Enterprises, LLC. 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 served as 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 served as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Mills Group, Inc.

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.

Jeffrey Thompson

Independent Director

Jeffrey Thompson founded Red Cat Propware Inc., a provider of cloud-based analytics, storage, and services for drone aircraft, in 2016 and is currently its CEO and sole Director. In December 1999 he founded Towerstream Corp. Towerstream Corp. became a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ in June 2007, when Mr. Thompson was president, chief executive officer and a director. In 1994, Mr. Thompson founded EdgeNet Inc., a privately held Internet service provider (which was sold to Citadel Broadcasting Corporation in 1997) and became eFortress through 1999. Mr. Thompson holds a B.S. degree from the University of Massachusetts.

Kevin J. Esval

Independent Director

Kevin J. Esval has served as Executive Managing Director and CCO of VelocityHealth Securities since founding the company in 2000. Mr. Esval has significant industry and investment banking experienced in most sectors of health care including specialty pharmaceuticals & generics, health care services, health care IT, diagnostics, biotechnology, and other sectors. With his extensive transactional and financing experience serving as a valuable resource, Mr. Esval takes an active role with all clients. Additionally, through his prior operating experience as an executive in growth-oriented health care companies and active roles on boards of directors, Mr. Esval has developed a keen understanding of the challenges faced by middle market and growth companies. Mr. Esval has negotiated, structured, and executed various types of transactions including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and licensing; corporate and transactional financings, including equity, mezzanine, and debt financings.

Previously, Mr. Esval served as a divisional SVP and COO for UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), one of the largest health care services companies in the world with annual revenues exceeding $200 billion. As one of the original startup executives of his division, Mr. Esval was instrumental in taking it from $0 to $400 million as of his departure. His career in health care began with a venture-backed startup Complete Health Services, Inc. This firm was one of Inc. Magazine’s “Fastest-Growing Private Companies” in 1994. During this period, Mr. Esval was this company’s top sales executive and managed the startup of two new divisions.

Additionally, Mr. Esval spent 5 years in sales, financial analysis, and trading roles at several financial derivatives companies, including Chicago based Rosenthal-Collins Group and R. J. O’Brien. During this period, his roles included working on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME).

Mr. Esval has served on the Board of Directors of multiple health care companies and currently serves on the Board of Directors on several specialty pharmaceutical companies.

Mr. Esval received his BA degree from Furman University while on a football scholarship. Additionally, he studied internationally in Lausanne, Switzerland. Mr. Esval is a dual citizen of the USA and the Republic of Ireland.

Mr. Esval holds Series 24, 7 & 63 Licenses.

Daniel Alberttis

Independent Director

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.

Bobby Yampolsky

Interim Chairman

Bobby Yampolsky’s story is the definition of the American dream, immigrating from Ukraine: starting with a family-owned and operated business that spans two generations. Established in 1986, the family-owned company, with his vision East Coast Jewelry evolved into ECJ Luxe in 2015 expanding to multiple locations throughout southern Florida. ECJ Luxe provides its affluent global clientele a luxury shopping destination that specializes in an array of ultra-exclusive items including everything from high-end timepieces, jewelry, and diamonds, to exotic cars and yachts.

At the young age of 19, Mr. Yampolsky opened East Coast Jewelry on Worth Ave. in West Palm Beach, one of the most prominent locations in the United States jumpstarting his career as a serial entrepreneur and international real estate investor. Following his success in the jewelry business, Mr. Yampolsky went on to own and operate multiple businesses and build an international real estate portfolio including the purchase of a three-story building that is a staple and an icon in the city of Delray Beach, Florida.

In addition to his jewelry enterprise, restaurant, nightclub, and real estate investments, Bobby self-funded Ceed2Med where he is CEO and Co-Founder. Ceed2Med is hemp and hemp-derivative supply sourcing, production, distribution, and development company that secures production of industrial hemp biomass and raw ingredients that invests in developing supply chain partners and distribution channels worldwide. Ceed2Med is currently the largest shareholder of Exactus Inc.

Bobby Yampolsky is a well-respected member of the South Florida community and recognized for his generous contributions to many organizations.

Julian Pittam

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.