Alan S. Danson | Chairman
Mr. Danson is currently a private investor and volunteer board member of several non-profit organizations. During his career, he worked as an attorney in a Wall Street law firm, an investment banker on Wall Street, an investment manager and investment banker in Mexico City, a partner in a venture capital firm in Denver and an entrepreneurial manager in Colorado. He has served on boards of directors of private companies, public companies and a regulated entity.
Mr. Danson served, for 19 years, as an independent director of Dreyfus Founders Funds, a Denver-based family of actively managed equity mutual funds, becoming chairman of the board in 2008. The fund family was acquired by Bank of New York Mellon and later was rolled into its Dreyfus family of funds. Between September 1995 and December 1999, Mr. Danson was an investor in and served as a board member of OptiMark Technologies, Inc., a developer of electronic markets. He held the title of Senior Vice President and was instrumental in crafting several offering circulars and raising the company’s initial rounds of investment capital. From 1986 to 1995, Mr. Danson served as a board member and, through 1989, as President, of Integrated Medical Systems, Inc., a start-up provider of health care information and marketing services. The company was sold to Eli Lilly & Co. in December 1995. Between 1983 and 1986, Mr. Danson was a general partner of The Centennial Funds, the largest venture capital management company in the Rocky Mountain region. He was active on both the fundraising and investment sides of the business. From 1972 to 1982, Mr. Danson lived and worked in Mexico, where he was a founding partner of a start-up brokerage and investment firm, Acciones y Valores de Mexico (“Accival”). He helped the firm capture and manage pension funds from Mexican subsidiaries of US companies, and he helped a variety of Mexican companies with their public offerings in Mexico. Accival was ultimately acquired by CitiGroup. Between 1966 and 1972, Mr. Danson worked as an investment banker on Wall Street, first for Bear, Stearns & Co. and subsequently for Wertheim & Co. He began his career as an attorney with the Wall street law firm Winthrop Stimson Putnam & Roberts. Mr. Danson currently beneficially owns or directs 224,090 shares (about 6.5%) of the Company’s outstanding stock.
Wayne Kauth | Director
Mr. Kauth is a consultant on various insurance matters and served 13 years on the board of Kemper Corporation, a NYSE listed property and casualty and life and health insurer with approximately $2.5 billion in annual premiums. Previously, he was a partner with Ernst & Young (“E&Y”) where he practiced for 34 years and was the National Director of E&Y’s insurance practice in the U.S. He is currently an Accreditation Review Team Member for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (“NAIC”) and has previously served on a variety of insurance industry committees and task forces for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois Society of CPAs, and the NAIC. Mr. Kauth is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Property and Casualty Underwriter, a Certified Life Underwriter, and a Fellow in the Life Management Institute. He holds both a BA and MBA from the University of Wisconsin.
William A. Lupien | Director
For over 45 years, Mr. William A. Lupien has been an innovator in the public financial markets. His career in the securities business began at the California-based brokerage firm of Mitchum, Jones & Templeton (MJT), Inc. in 1965, where he eventually served as President. In 1983, as CEO and Chairman of Instinet Corporation, he successfully expanded the market reach of the world’s first electronic stock trading system. As Chairman and CEO of OptiMark Technologies Inc. he co-invented the OptiMark trading system designed for stock markets around the world. From 2005 to 2014, Mr. Lupien served as the investment manager of Kudu Partners LP.
Mr. Lupien now serves as Chief Investment Officer of Till Capital Mr. Lupien previously served on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Advisory Committee dedicated to the development of a national market system and also served as a Governor of the Pacific Stock Exchange. He has previously served as Chairman of Instinet (1983 – 1989), MJT (1989 – 1996), and Optimark US Equities Inc. (1996 – 2001), and as Director of Energy Metals Corp., Gold One International Ltd., Uranium One Inc. and Midway Gold Corp. He is the co-author, with David Nassar, of the book Market Evaluation and Analysis for Swing Trading, and is a co-author of several papers on trading technology and early-stage company evaluation. Mr. Lupien is also a co-inventor on multiple patents related to electronic securities trading. He is a graduate of San Diego State University.
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Dr. Terry Rickard | Director
Dr. Rickard has 44 years of experience in advanced technology and financial organizations, all of it in management, oversight and technology development positions. He was the CEO of Till Capital from 2016-2019 and is currently the CEO of Silver Predator Corporation. He serves as a director for both companies and also has served as a director of several private companies. He was President and later Chief Scientific Officer of OptiMark Technologies, Inc. and served on its board. He was a co-inventor of the OptiMark transaction matching system and was instrumental in the development of this company from a start-up enterprise to an operating entity on the Pacific Stock Exchange, the Nasdaq market and the Osaka Securities Exchange, including the securing of over $350 million in investment capital from major investors in the U.S. and internationally. Prior to that, he was President of the brokerage firm Mitchum, Jones & Templeton. He has authored/co-authored over 70 refereed technical publications in engineering, electronic market structure, matching algorithms and trading strategies, and has coauthored 11 issued patents. He also serves as an expert witness in intellectual property litigation involving financial market technologies. He received a Ph.D. degree in Engineering Physics from the University of California, San Diego, in 1975.
Patricia M. Tilton | Director
Ms. Tilton currently works as an independent consultant. Ms. Tilton is a Certified Public Accountant with strong professional experience in the financial industry, particularly in the insurance, mutual fund, and asset management industries. In addition to her financial expertise, she also has a strong background in operational, risk, regulatory, and governance matters. Ms. Tilton is a retired KPMG LLP Partner with over 30 years of experience in public accounting, including auditing, consulting, and forensics. Ms. Tilton retired in 2009 as a Forensics Partner and served as a Retired Partner Consultant from 2009 until 2011. Ms. Tilton currently works as an Accreditation Team Member of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). Ms. Tilton also serves on the Boards of Directors of Omega Insurance Holdings Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Till, Silver Predator Corp., a junior mining exploration company and controlled publicly-held subsidiary of Till, and Thrivent Federal Credit Union. Previously Ms. Tilton was a director of Coffee House Press, Inc. a non-profit publishing company. She holds a B.S. in Accounting from Siena College. Ms. Tilton brings to the board of directors in-depth knowledge of the insurance and other financial services industries, extensive knowledge of financial statement presentation and financial reporting and analysis, governance, risk, strategy, and operational matters.