Board of Directors
Philip J. Young
CEO and Chairman of the Board
Mr. Young, a Founder of Exactus Inc., serves as its Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer. He has served as a Director and Executive Officer for public and private companies for the past 20 years where has had created significant shareholder value, built integrated commercial operations, directed successful M&A transactions and was responsible for generating more the $900M through acquisitions and equity financings. Most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer and Director for AmpliPhi Biosciences from October 2011 through December 2014, a global biopharmaceutical company where he completed a transformational restructuring, collaborations, and financings. He is the former President, CEO and Director of Osteologix, Inc. from April 2007 – March 2011, having established corporate offices in Ireland after successfully completing a global divestiture of its lead program.
Timothy J. Ryan
Executive Vice President
Mr Ryan a Founder and Executive Vice President of Exactus Inc. Previously, he was the Founder and Managing Director, of The Shoreham Group, a Life Sciences Advisory and Investor Relations firm. In 2012, Mr. Ryan led the successful leverage buy-out of Merrill Industries, a manufacturer and distributor of packaging products. He currently serves on its board of directors. For the five years preceding Shoreham's formation in 2008, he was a Senior Vice President of the Trout Group, a Life Sciences Advisory and Investor Relations firm. Prior to that, he was the Chairman of the Board of Stracq, Inc. Mr. Ryan was a Senior Vice President of Lehman Brothers and a Principal of the Hambrecht & Quist Group.
Kenneth E. Puzder
Kenneth E. Puzder serves as Chief Financial Officer of C2M. In addition, from December of 2014 to the present, he has 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 for 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 was with Panera Bread Company. 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 was 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 was with Mills Group, Inc., serving as its Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Mills Group, Inc. from July 1991 to February 1996.
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.
Kevin J. Esval
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 licensings; 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.
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.