Board of Directors
Mitch HillExecutive Chairman
Mitch Hill is Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer of Fortunato Capital Management, Inc., a real estate private equity firm. Prior to Fortunato, Mr. Hill was Executive Vice President and CFO of Alphaeon, Inc., a subsidiary of Strathspey Crown, LLC. Mr. Hill has an extensive and successful track record with private equity and venture capital-backed firms including his service as CFO of Cameron Health, Inc. (sold to Boston Scientific) and Visiogen Inc. (sold to Abbott Medical Optics). Earlier in his career, he was President and CFO of Buy.com Inc., a high-profile pioneer in early ecommerce solutions with annual sales of approximately $800 million, and Senior Vice President and CFO of Walt Disney Imagineering, a 3,000 person creative, technical and real estate / theme park development company. Mr. Hill also worked in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs. Throughout his career he has supported startup launches, and has transformed companies from R&D phases and private capitalization to commercialization with manufacturing, marketing and sales, including preparation for IPO. Mr. Hill received his MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, with a focus in Finance, and his BS from Brigham Young University, Business Accounting, summa cum laude.
Michael HansenFounder, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Michael Hansen is the Founder of the Company, Chief Executive Officer and a Director. Since inception, Mr. Hansen has continued as the company’s chief strategist and conceptual developer, areas in which he has been recognized globally for his unusually innovative style. Mr. Hansen earned his reputation for creativity and strategic conceptualization early in his career. His early professional experience included a variety of internationally recognized creative environments. Mr. Hansen holds a degree in mechanical engineering and in the late eighties and early nineties worked as a developer for the Danfoss Group. Later, he was recruited by LEGO and was responsible for theme world development spending much of his time designing and creating the highly successful Space LEGO product line. Space LEGO later evolved into the popular Star Wars product line which remains a best seller still today. In 1996, he commenced his entrepreneurial career by developing a successful chain of Mexican-themed franchise restaurants which he sold in 1999 to pursue a career in the Network Marketing industry. His initial experience in Network Marketing included achieving the highest position at two US-based Network Marketing companies, in both telecommunications and financial services. Mr. Hansen founded the company in 2003 to take advantage of the early stages of online trading and combined it with the benefits of the Network Marketing distribution model.
Gary Baughman is currently a private investor. Over the years, he has been associated with a number of private equity firms, including Centre Partners and Golub Capital in New York City, Westar Capital in Costa Mesa, California and most recently, Gauge Capital, a newly formed private investment company headquartered in Southlake, Texas. In his association with Westar Capital, Mr. Baughman served as Chairman and CEO of Petmate, Inc. Prior to joining Petmate, Mr. Baughman was CEO of Fisher-Price, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mattel, Inc., where he led the company through a turnaround and return to profitability. Before joining Fisher-Price, he was CEO of Tyco Toys, Inc., the world's third largest toy company at that time. Prior to joining Tyco, Mr. Baughman was President of the Little Tikes Co., then a division of Rubbermaid, Inc. His executive background also includes being President of Evenflo Products Co., one of the world’s leading producers of juvenile products, where he led the company through a turnaround in sales and earnings.
Jaye Connolly-LaBelle is President and Chief Executive Officer of RippleNami, Inc., a global technology company. She brings more than 30 years of leadership experience to her role, which she garnered from various positions held in the finance and mergers and acquisitions areas, as well as in key C-level roles she served in at both private and publicly traded corporations. In her leadership role with RippleNami, she is responsible for development and execution of the Company’s long-term strategy with an emphasis on creating shareholder value. Connolly-LaBelle is experienced in leading publicly traded as well as privately held companies and startups. Her public company experience spans key roles at six publicly traded corporations. Over the course of her career, she led 18 accretive acquisitions, adding over $2 billion to revenue. Connolly-LaBelle also possesses significant IPO experience. Previously, Connolly-LaBelle served as president and chief executive officer of PathCentral, Inc., which was acquired by XIFIN; president and chief executive officer of A-Life Medical Inc., which was acquired by UnitedHealth Group; vice president of business development and mergers and acquisitions at InSight Health Corp.; and director of internal audit at LabCorp.
Peter Harris is currently the CEO of Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology, a leading provider of training in aviation maintenance, flight and related fields. During his career, Mr. Harris has held the position of CEO or COO at several companies owned by private equity firms, including the largest provider of domestic executive office suites, a national staffing firm, a provider of telephonic interpretation services in more than 200 languages for premier healthcare organizations, the nation’s largest independent adult day services provider, and the largest owner and operator of Jiffy Lube stores. Mr. Harris first served as a corporate officer while working for the largest provider of hospice care in the U.S. In addition to executive roles at portfolio companies, he has served as a board member for more than a dozen companies across a wide range of industries. He is a seasoned executive who has demonstrated an ability to make positive changes in many types of businesses with customers across the nation and the globe.
Mr. Harris received an honors undergraduate degree in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences and Political Science from Northwestern University and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School, where he served as Editor‐in‐Chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy.
Gregory J. NewellDirector
Gregory J. Newell is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of International Commerce Development Corporation, which provides U.S. and international companies with planning and execution of accelerated growth objectives. Since joining International Commerce Development Corporation in 1993, he supported the generation of $342 million in incremental revenue from Asia while serving as interim Managing Director of International Development and Operations for an international company. In that position, he executed a strategy to access 24 Asian and European countries in five years and helped build a foundation for a successful IPO and $2.3 billion market capitalization. During his tenure, Mr. Newell also revived and completed groundbreaking projects (totaling $146 million) for a $9 billion publicly-traded corporation, establishing and maintaining credibility with Government Officials and investors in China and Europe. Throughout his career, Mr. Newell has successfully executed aggressive strategic international expansion plans for more than 90 enterprises. He is a former U.S. Ambassador to Sweden and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs. Mr. Newell served in appointive positions for four U.S. Presidents.