Christopher B. Ferguson
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Christopher B. Ferguson has acted as our Chief Executive Officer, as well as Chairman of our board of directors since July 2017. From July 2013 until July 2017, Mr. Ferguson served as Chief Executive Officer of SRM and Fergco. In 2010, Mr. Ferguson co-founded a company in the fiber network industry, FTE Networks. Inc. (FTNW:NYSEAMERICAN), and served as CEO of the company until June 2013. Mr. Ferguson remains a board member and stockholder of that company. In August 2001, Mr. Ferguson co-founded Mercer Staffing, and acted as its president until December 2007. In June 1995, Mr. Ferguson founded The Florio Group, a private equity investment company, with former New Jersey governor James J. Florio. From June 1995 to October 2001, Mr. Ferguson served as Managing Director of The Florio Group. From May 1995 until August 1999, Mr. Ferguson also acted as Chief Financial Officer for Cabot Marsh Corporation, a healthcare consulting firm. Mr. Ferguson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Villanova University and a Juris Doctor degree from Widener University School of Law.
John Marchese has been a member of our board of directors since December 2017. In June 2000, he founded Marchese Associates, a branding and integrated marketing consultancy located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Mr. Marchese has served as Marchese Associates' president and managing partner since its founding. Prior to founding Marchese Associates, Mr. Marchese was President of the Americas at Cordiant Communications Group's Bates Worldwide, an advertising agency and President of Omnicom's Alcone Marketing Group, a marketing agency focused on retail strategies. Mr. Marchese holds a Bachelor of Arts from Fordham University, and has been an active participant in the Harvard Business School's Executive Training Program.
Michael Palleschi has been a member of our board of directors since December 2017 and currently serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FTE Networks, Inc. (FTNW: NYSEAMERICAN), since being appointed to those roles in January 2014. Mr. Palleschi joined FTE Networks, Inc. in October 2010, as part of his responsibilities as Chief Operating Officer of Focus Venture Partners, which featured investments in growing telecom companies besides FTE Networks, Inc. including Focus Fiber Solutions, Jus-Com and Townsend Careers. Prior to working as COO of Focus Venture Partners, from June 2007 until 2010, he was the Director of Infrastructure Services for a South Florida facilities-based telecommunications company. From 2000 to 2007, he held several Senior Management roles in New York and Georgia at Level 3 Communications, a global network company focused on managed security, network, voice and data services. Mr. Palleschi has also held several senior management and executive roles at major telecommunications companies such as Qwest Communications and MCI. Mr. Palleschi holds multiple degrees in both Engineering and Business Management from the State University of New York at Albany.
Kevin J. Ferguson
Director, President and Treasurer
Kevin J. Ferguson has been a member of our board of directors, and has been our President and Treasurer, since July 2017. Mr. Ferguson acted as a member of the board of directors of Fergco from June 1995 until July 2017, and was employed as Fergco's president from June 1999 to July 2017. Between June 1995 and May 1999, he worked as head of sales for Fergco. Mr. Ferguson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Villanova University.
Frank Jennings brings over 26 years of experience in business development and management of sales professionals in a variety of technology-adjacent industries. From August 2014 to present, Mr. Jennings has been employed as the Vice President of Sales, North America by Doctor on Demand, Inc., a telemedicine provider. From August 2011 to August 2014, he was employed as Assistant Vice President of New Business Development by Castlight Health, a technology company focused on employee health benefits solutions. Mr. Jennings holds a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio State University.
Louis Foreman has served as the Preferred Designee and a member of the Board of Managers of Edison Nation Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, since September 2018. From May 2005 to the present, Mr. Foreman has worked as the Creator and Executive Producer of the television show Everyday Edisons. In addition to his role as a founder of the Edison Nation brand, from November 2001 to the present, Mr. Foreman has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Enventys Partners, an integrated product development firm. From May 2012 to the present, Mr. Foreman has also served as Chief Executive Officer of Edison Nation Medical, a healthcare innovation portal. From June 2010 to December 2017, Mr. Foreman served as President of the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to educational and charitable activities designed to promote the value of intellectual property rights. Mr. Foreman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Kevin J. O’Donnell
Kevin J. O’Donnell founded PopTop Partners, LLC, a boutique investment firm specializing in small to mid-market companies with an emphasis on the retail and restaurant sector in April 2011, and continues to serve as the firm’s Managing Partner to the present day. Mr. O’Donnell brings close to 20 years of strategic corporate growth, financial structuring, and business development initiatives to emerging growth companies. From May 2007 to June 2010, Mr. O’Donnell served as the Founder/President of KOR Capital, LLC, a private equity and consulting firm specializing in turn around management of mid-market companies. From December 1999 to February 2007, Mr. O’Donnell was a Co-Founder and Principal of ALS, LLC, a human resources management organization. Mr. O’Donnell holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Central Florida.