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Allan Marshall, 53, Chief Executive Officer, Director. Mr. Marshall was retired prior to joining the Company working as a serial entrepreneur with a focus on development stage companies in hyper growth industries, with the past several years focusing on the technology and cannabis industries. Mr. Marshall is often the driving force behind the organization for its initial growth and funding strategies. Mr. Marshall began his career in the transportation and logistics industry. Mr. Marshall founded Segmentz, Inc. in November of 2000 and served as the Chief Executive Officer, successfully acquiring five distinct logistic companies, raised more than $25,000,000 of capital, creating the infrastructure and business foundation that is now XPO Logistics, Inc. (XPO NYSE) with revenues in excess of $17 billion. Prior to Segmentz, Mr. Marshall founded U.S. Transportation Services, Inc. (“UST”) in 1995, whose main focus was third party logistics. UST was sold to Professional Transportation Group, Inc. in January 2000 and Professional Transportation Group ceased business in November 2000. Prior to 1995, Mr. Marshall served as Vice President of U.S. Traffic Ltd, a Canadian company, where he founded their United States logistics division and had previously founded a successful driver leasing company in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Robert Hackett, 37, President. Mr. Hackett has been actively building consumer lifestyle businesses for 15 years. In 2004, he opened a hookah lounge in Whittier, California. Prior to joining as an executive of the Company, Mr. Hackett worked for Havz LLC, a Company acquired by the Company in 2019. By 2010 he had opened three lounges and had started a distribution business for related products to other lounges and retailers throughout California. In 2011, his firm entered into an exclusive contract to distribute a tobacco-free hookah alternative invented in Germany, called Shiazo. He retained full rights to North America. Over the next few years, as the retail footprint of customers purchasing the Shiazo product increased, Robb’s Company added products to its distribution portfolio which could be sold into the expanding customer base. In 2014, Robb’s Company started formulating and manufacturing its own vape liquid line, “One Hit Wonder”, which over the next two years, became a globally recognized vape eliquid brand. Over the next few years, Robb led the development of several additional brands and more than 100 SKU’s, including the launch of cannabidiol (hemp derived CBD) products. Robb recognized the need for a more efficient sourcing and distribution model, and the potential of building one online. He hired a team of programmers and developers and built a dropship platform that would enable vendors and buyers to seamlessly transact. CBD.io was created as a singular destination for vendors operating in the burgeoning CBD market to source, private-label, wholesale and retail. The platform design is a response to solving the issues of inefficiency and cost that he had experienced in the vape and CBD supply chain over the past several years.
Andrew J. Norstrud, 47, Chief Financial Officer, Director. Mr. Norstrud joined Grove, Inc. in July of 2019 as a consultant and became the Chief Financial Officer in April of 2020 and a Director as of January, 2020. Mr. Norstrud is also the Chief Financial Officer and Director of nDivsion Inc. since January of 2019 and working with nDivsion Inc. since March of 2018. Prior to joining Grove, Inc., Mr. Norstrud served as the Chief Financial Officer for Gee Group Inc. from April 1, 2015 until June 15, 2018. Mr. Norstrud joined the Company in March 2013 as CFO and served as CEO and CFO from March 7, 2014 until April 1, 2015. Mr. Norstrud served as a director of GEE Group Inc. from March 7, 2014 until August 16, 2017. Prior to GEE Group Inc., Mr. Norstrud was a consultant with Norco Accounting and Consulting from October 2011 until March 2013. From October 2005 to October 2011, Mr. Norstrud served as the Chief Financial Officer for Jagged Peak. Prior to his role at Jagged Peak, Mr. Norstrud was the Chief Financial Officer of Segmentz, Inc. (XPO Logistics), and played an instrumental role in the company achieving its strategic goals by pursuing and attaining growth initiatives, building a financial team, completing and integrating strategic acquisitions and implementing the structure required of public companies. Previously, Mr. Norstrud worked for Grant Thornton LLP and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and has extensive experience with young, rapid growth public companies. Mr. Norstrud earned a BA in Business and Accounting from Western State College and a Master of Accounting with a systems emphasis from the University of Florida. Mr. Norstrud is a Florida licensed Certified Public Accountant.
Gene Salkind, 67, Director. Gene Salkind, M.D. has been a practicing neurosurgeon for greater than 35 years outside of Philadelphia, PA. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1974 with a B.A., Cum Laude, and received his medical degree from the Lewis Katz School of Medicine in 1979. He returned to the University of Pennsylvania for his neurosurgical residency and in 1985 was selected as the Chief Resident in Neurosurgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Since that time, he has been in a University affiliated practice of general neurological surgery. He is currently the Chief of Neurosurgery at Holy Redeemer Hospital and has also been the Chief of Neurosurgery at Albert Einstein Medical Center and Jeanes Hospital in Philadelphia. He has authored numerous peer reviewed journal articles and has given lectures throughout the country on various neurosurgical topics. He has held professorships at the University of Pennsylvania, the Allegheny Health Education and Research Foundation, and currently at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine.
Dr. Salkind is a prominent investor in the pharmaceutical arena. Past investments include Intuitive Surgical, Pharmacyclics, which grew from less than $1 per share to subsequently being acquired by Abbvie for $250 per share, and Centocor, one of the nation’s largest biotechnology companies, which was acquired by Johnson & Johnson for $4.9 billion in stock. Dr. Salkind currently sits on the boards of Cure Pharmaceuticals, a leader in the biotechnology field through its continual pursuit of redefining traditional drug delivery, and Mobiquity Technologies, Inc., a digital engagement provider. The company owns and operates a national location based mobile advertising network. The company’s suite of technologies allows clients to execute personalized and relevant experiences, driving brand awareness and incremental revenue. He was previously a board member of Derm Tech international, a global leader in non-invasive dermatological molecular diagnostics.
Dr. Salkind in 2019 joined the Strategic Advisory Board of Bio Symetrics, a company that has built data services tools for automated pre-processing, integrated analytics, and predictive modeling to make machine learning accessible to scientists and providers. Their technology serves health and hospital systems, biopharma, drug discovery and precision medicine. Dr. Salkind is and has been an employee and shareholder of Leonard A. Bruno MD/ Gene Salkind MD for the past five years.
Thomas Williams, 61, has over 35 years of experience in the insurance industry. He has served in multiple roles in both originations and the administration side of operations. Mr. Williams has a specialization in providing securitization mechanisms of illiquid insurance assets. Thomas was with Smith Barney for his training on the capital markets and insurance industries.
Mr. Williams is currently an Officer and Director in several Ireland based holding companies with a focus in the insurance industry. He is an acting member of the Risk Committee of Wyndham, a large Bermuda based captive. Additionally, he has formed three insurance operations: JTRM, GIH and Arculius. Their lines of business range from Directors and Officers Liability Coverage, Life Extension Risk and Workers Compensation. He has extensive experience in the Offshore and European Union insurance markets in both developing the structure and implementing corporate governance.
Mr. Williams was the intermediary in the sale of Associate Industries of Florida, one of the largest insurance companies in Workers Compensation. He facilitated the sale to Am Trust, a New York publicly traded company in 2009.
Mr. Williams has served on the Board of two public companies:
- GEE Group, an American Stock Exchange Company from 2008 to 2018. At this company, he chaired the nominating committee and was a member of the Corporate Governance Committee and Audit Committee.
- Two Rivers Water and Farming from 2019 to 2020.
Mr. Williams completed a training program at Northwestern’s Kellogg Business School for Corporate Governance in Public Companies in 2013.
Lawrence H Dugan, 54, Director. Mr. Dugan is a partner with the accounting firm Dorra & Dugan and has been since 1996. Mr. Dugan graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1989. Mr. Dugan is a Florida licensed Certified Public Accountant.
Audit Committee Members
- Lawrance Dugan – Chairman
- Gene Salkind
- Thomas Williams
Compensation Committee Members
- Gene Salkind – Chairman
- Lawrance Dugan
- Thomas Williams
Nominating Committee Members
- Thomas Williams – Chairman
- Gene Salkind
- Lawrence Dugan
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