BOARD OF DIRECTORS
DANIEL L. HODGES, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director
Mr. Hodges founded and acted as Chairman for Transform-X, Inc., the former holder of our DragonWave-X and Lextrum subsidiaries. Mr. Hodges also served as founder and Chief Executive Officer of, Medusa Scientific LLC, a science and engineering research and development company. When one of Medusa's technologies showed extreme commercial promise, he made the decision to spin it off and formed TM Technologies, Inc., a 'sister-company,' to commercialize the proprietary modulation technology. He continues to serve as Board Chairman and CEO of TM. We believe Mr. Hodges has an extraordinary business development mind-set, strong investigative research experience and deep experience within both the commercial sector and the U.S. Department of Defense and related areas. In addition to his commercial successes, Lieutenant Colonel Hodges served for 26 years as a military member, spending his last 18 years in service as a senior flight instructor with the Air National Guard and retired in September 2014. Mr. Hodges holds multiple U.S. Patents as inventor including a "Method and System for a Grass Roots Intelligence Program" along with numerous radar and communications and radar related technologies. As an author he wrote and published a volume titled "Future Span" covering current and future U.S. energy paradigms. As the founder and leader of multiple enterprises, he has built organizations from inception that included subsidiaries covering focus areas of Aerospace, Marine, Communications, and Scientific R&D.
JOHN E. HOWELL, President and Executive Director
Mr. Howell held senior roles within Transform-X, Inc. and TM Technologies, Inc., including as CEO of Transform-X and President of TM Global, LLC. Prior to leading TM Global, Mr. Howell was a Co-Founder of the Willowdale Family of boutique advisory companies. Mr. Howell continues to serve as Willowdale’s Non-Executive Chairman. Outside of leading efforts on behalf of Willowdale’s clients, Mr. Howell is also an active leader with a number of national non-profits, particularly in the fields of children’s health and veterans’ affairs. Mr. Howell was an early member of the Business Advisory Committee for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s venture philanthropy activity (MVP). Mr. Howell also serves as one of the four Directors of The Rip Van Winkle Foundation, the New York-based Foundation funded largely with proceeds from the Estate of late New York Yankee Henry “Lou” Gehrig and his wife Eleanor. Previously, Mr. Howell served the U.S. government in a variety of uniformed and civilian capacities worldwide for the United States Army and Central Intelligence Agency. John is both Airborne and Ranger Qualified. Mr. Howell is a Fulbright Scholar and alumnus of Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina.
DAVID V . AGUILAR, Director
During a 35-year career at the U.S. Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection, Mr. Aguilar led our nation's largest federal law enforcement organization with a workforce of over 60,000 including 43,000 uniformed law enforcement officers. Mr. Aguilar began his CBP career as a Border Patrol agent in 1978 and became Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol in 2004. He was appointed Deputy Commissioner in April 2010 and served as acting Commissioner from 2011 to March 2013. For his work and his career of service, Commissioner Aguilar received the Presidential Rank Award in 2008, the President's Meritorious Excellence Award in 2005, the Department of Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal, the Washington Homeland Security Roundtable Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement Lifetime Achievement Award. Since retiring in February 2013, Aguilar has been a Principal at Global Security and Innovative Strategies ("GSIS"), a leading security consulting and business advisory firm headquartered in Washington, DC. At GSIS, David advises clients on a broad range of national homeland and international security matters including border security and logistics, global trade and commerce, supply chain management and security, risk management, viability assessments, and strategic planning and implementation
RICHARD BERMAN, Director
Richard’s business career spans over 35 years of venture capital, senior management, and merger & acquisitions experience. In the past 5 years, Berman has served as a director and/or officer of over a dozen public and private companies. In 2016, he was elected Chairman of Cevolva Biotech Inc. From 2014-2016, he was Chairman of MetaStat, Inc. From 2006-2011, he was Chairman of National Investment Managers, a company with $12 billion in pension administration assets. Berman is a director of four public healthcare companies: Advaxis, Inc., Catasys, Inc., and Cryoport Inc. and Immuron Ltd. From 2002 to 2010, he was a director of Nexmed Inc. (now called Seelos Therapeutics, Inc.) where he also served as Chairman/CEO in 2008 and 2009. From 1998-2000, he was employed by Internet Commerce Corporation (now Easylink Services) as Chairman and CEO, and was a director from 1998-2012. Previously, Berman worked at Goldman Sachs; was Senior Vice President of Bankers Trust Company, where he started the M&A and Leveraged Buyout Departments; he created the largest battery company in the world, in the 1980’s, by merging Prestolite, General Battery and Exide to form Exide Technologies (XIDE); he helped create SoHo, the lower Manhattan neighborhood in NYC, by developing five buildings; and he advised on over $4 billion M&A transactions, completing over 300 deals. Berman is a past Director of the Stern School of Business of NYU where he obtained his B.S. and M.B.A. degrees. He also has U.S. and foreign law degrees from Boston College and The Hague Academy of International Law, respectively. Notably, Richard was nominated for public company “Director of the Year” in 2012.and foreign law degrees from Boston College and The Hague Academy of International Law, respectively. Notably, Richard was nominated for public company “Director of the Year” in 2012.
BRENT DAVIES, CPA, Director
Mr. Davies is also a member of the Board of Directors of TM Technologies, Inc. and a partner in his accounting practice in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has previously served as CFO of Patient Central Technologies, Inc. and of CEO of Robison, Hill & Co. Brent graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Marketing and a B.S. in Management. After serving as a manager in the S. S. Kresge Co. (K-Mart), he returned to school and received a B.S. in Accounting and an MBA (accounting option) from the University of Wyoming. He is a Certified Management Accountant and has CPA certificates from California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. He has had more than 35 years of Diversified public accounting, industry and teaching experience, including national accounting firm auditing experience; serving as a controller of a small privately-owned company; serving on the Board of Directors of several small public and private companies; and participating in accounting and marketing research projects that resulted in two of the articles which he wrote, being published in national magazines. During his career in public accounting he has been involved with various oil and gas, coal, gold, silver, phosphate, sand and gravel mining companies as a consultant, tax preparer, auditor (well over 300 audits) and in financial statement preparation. He has also served on the board of directors for two mining companies. He has taught various tax and accounting courses at the University of Wyoming and has been a frequent speaker at seminars and workshops sponsored by professional, civic and private groups.
Mr. “Spider” Marks is the President of The Marks Collaborative, an advisory firm dedicated to the development and transformation of corporate leaders and their organizations. He has led business ventures to include entrepreneurial efforts in education, energy, IT, and primary research. General Marks spent over 30 years in the United States Army holding every command position from infantry platoon leader to commanding general. Significantly, in industry he was responsible for creating, training and managing a company that staffed over 10,000 linguists in Iraq generating annual revenues of over $700 million in less than a year. He has led large multinational organizations and universities within NATO, European Union, Korea, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Gen Marks is a published author, routine guest speaker, leader and senior advisor for multiple corporations, and has been an on-air military and intelligence analyst to CNN. In governmental relations, he prepared and presented testimonies for intelligence, armed services, and appropriations committees of both houses of the US Congress. He is an Honor Graduate of the US Army’s Ranger School and a member of the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame. General Marks has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY and a Master of Arts degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.
JAMES A. MARKS, Director
KAY KAPOOR, Director
Ms. Kapoor's 30-year career spans across technology, telecommunications, consulting, and defense markets with significant experience in matters including corporate governance, portfolio restructuring, and government and regulatory matters. Ms. Kapoor is currently the CEO of Arya Technologies, an end-to-end technology solutions provider in the public sector serving the U.S. Federal Government and the industry that supports it. As an advisory and consulting firm, Arya Technologies clients include large public companies as well as silicon-valley tech firms, providing expertise in 5G, cyber, digital platforms, smart infrastructure, IoT, secure communications, and big data/analytics. She is the recipient of numerous industry awards including the Stevie Award for Woman of the Year in Business Services, the Women in Technology Leader Award, the prestigious Janice K. Mendenhall Spirit of Leadership Award from the American Council for Technology/Industry Advisory Council, the FCW Fed100 Award and the Asian American Engineer of the Year Award. Kapoor has an advisory role with Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and has a seat on the Dean's Council. She is also on the Board of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and is a member of the Dean's Council at Johns Hopkins University. Kapoor earned a master's degree in business from Johns Hopkins University complemented by executive programs at MIT and Harvard University and earned her bachelor's degree in information systems from the University of Maryland.