Kenneth J. Gerbino, Chairman
Head of Kenneth J. Gerbino & Company, an investment management firm now in its 37th year. The company manages the Gerbino Gold Group, LLC as well as private equity accounts. Previously a Director of the Los Angeles Unified School District Annuity Reserve Board, Athena Gold Corporation, and Fortress Technologies, Inc. Former co-manager of the publicly traded mutual fund, The Growth & Income Fund, part of the Reserve Funds family of Funds. Founder and ex-Chairman of the American Economic Council, a nationwide economic reform group credited with the passage of the United States Gold Coin Act of 1984, establishing the U.S. Gold Eagle coin. AEC seminars included participation by Alan Greenspan, Noble Laureate F. A. Hayek and Robert Bleiberg, Editor-in-Chief of Barrons. Former member of the Senatorial Trust in Washington, D.C. Former financial analyst for Litton Industries and Republic Corporation. B.S. Ithaca College. MBA from Syracuse University.
Michael T. Carroll, Director
Mr. Carroll has most recently served as Vice President of Technology for LOSL (now merged with Titan) and Senior Vice President Operations for Biofriendly Corporation. He also serves as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Helio Environmental Solutions, an alternative energy company bringing zero-emission energy to market. He previously served as Vice President Sales and Marketing for Biofriendly Corporation and was a Senior Project Engineer for Peck/Jones Construction. Mr. Carroll holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo.
Robert W. Carroll, Director
Chairman and CEO of the Biofriendly/Green Plus group. Active inventor, co-inventor of Green Plus® combustion catalyst along with William F. Carroll, Noel Carroll and Michael T. Carroll. Co-inventor of the original Vortoil oil-water separator system and other environmental products. Co-founder of BWN Automatic Doors, BWN Vortoil and Live Oil Services, all originally Australian based.
The Vortoil oil-water separator won the Prince of Wales Award in the 1980’s for being an innovative product, and then later in the mid 1990’s won the Queen’s Award for being the best new technology introduced to the North Sea that enabled the oil companies to protect the ecosystem while easily handling their produced water and increasing their oil production. It was stated that without the Vortoil oil-water separator the North Sea would not have been able to enjoy its high level production.
Mr. Carroll managed a family owned industrial paint company in 1966. During that time the revenues grew by almost 50% and the family received and accepted an attractive offer to sell the business to Australia’s largest household paint manufacturer. In this company both, Robert, William and Noel were trained in all facets of business. They were also trained in industrial chemistry under Hilton Stevens who at the time was the professor of organic chemistry at the Melbourne University.
C. Paul Davis, Director
C. Paul Davis brings over 35 years of business experience in the computer industry and other technology fields such as conductive polymers. Mr. Davis has served on seven prior Boards of Directors and holds six patents. He has successfully started seven companies.
Mr. Davis has spent much of his business career working with the top management of large companies, including Polaroid, NCR, Burroughs, 3M, Neste Og, and others. A major joint venture with Polaroid Corporation resulted in a state-of-the-art floppy disk manufacturing facility in California and an agreement to market a co-label Polaroid-PerfectData line of high-end floppy disks on a global basis. PermaByte Magnetics, a company founded by Mr. Davis in 1984, was key to this joint venture. Mr. Davis took one of his companies, PerfectData Corporation, through a successful public offering in 1983. He has built and sold several of his start-up companies and he has engaged in extensive business negotiations in the United States, the Far East and Europe.
In the early 1980’s, Mr. Davis was the Founder and Co-Chairperson of SO/CAL/TEN, a business organization for executives in the high-tech industry in Southern California. Later, when he moved to Santa Barbara he was Co-Founder of the MIT Forum on the Central Coast of California.
Frank Easterly, Director
Frank Easterly serves as Chairman, Integrated Global Services LLC, an industrial service platform servicing electrical power generation and global upstream oil and gas operations. He also serves as Chairman, Last Mile Technologies LLC, a transformational multichannel payment network serving e-commerce and m-commerce in the United States. He is Chairman of Intech OY, a supplier of services for the Nordic paper making industry and he is Chairman, ZAO-Asia, a subsoil service provider for the EPC-M oil project in Kazakhstan. Mr. Easterly is actively involved with e-commerce and m-commerce in the US. Mr. Easterly is former Chairman of MetalSpray International and Thermal Coating Services, Inc. He has a bachelors degree from Virginia Military Institute and an MBA from the University of Virginia.
Brian W. G. Marcotte, Director
Brian Marcotte has over 34 years of experience in the oil and gas industry ranging from technical positions to executive management. During his career with Unocal Corporation, he held the positions of: President Unocal Thailand, President Unocal Indonesia, President Unocal Netherlands, Corporate Vice President Public Policy, Health Environment and Safety, Vice President Unocal US Western Region, Vice President of Technology and Asset Management. He recently served as Chairman of the Unocal Foundation.
Mr. Marcotte has also served as President of the Board for the Indonesian Petroleum Association, Vice Chairman of the Petroleum Institute of Thailand’s Council of Trustees, member of the Thailand Development Research Institute, the Sasin Graduate School of Chulalongkorn University Advisory Council and he served as a board member of the Kenan Institute Asia. He was a member of the Board for the American Indonesian Exchange Foundation (Fulbright Scholarship Foundation) and received the American Community Council Award for Community Service in The Netherlands. He has served on the board of San Joaquin Community Hospital in Bakersfield California and was recently honored (2005) as a Distinguished Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Based on his involvement in global conservation issues, Mr. Marcotte will continue to chair the International Leadership Council of The Nature Conservancy, one of the world’s largest environmental conservation groups.
John Sibert, III, Director
Dr. Sibert is a member of the Malibu California City Council and serves as Mayor Pro Tem. He is former Managing Director of Global Financial Group, ex-Manager of Research and Development for Atlantic Richfield. Division Administrator of the California Institute of Technology, Trustee of Claremont Graduate University, Consultant to NASA and Jet Propulsion Lab., Board of Governors of the National Coastal Resources Institute, Advisory Board of the Oceans and Atmosphere Association. Ex-Executive Director of the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation. Ph.D. University of California, San Diego.
Maurice Strong, Director
Founding Chairman and ex-CEO of PetroCanada, now the 9th largest oil company in North America and former Chairman of Ontario Hydro, North America’s largest utility and ex-Vice Chairman of Tosco Corporation. He is currently Senior Adviser to the Secretary General of the United Nations, Chairman of the Earth Council and on the International Advisory Board of Toyota Motor Corporation. He is a former Under-Secretary General of the United Nations, Trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation and Senior Adviser to the President of the World Bank.