Gordon Campbell – Chairman of the Board
Gordon Campbell brings a wealth of experience and expertise in founding, building and successfully launching a wide range of technology-based enterprises. He has repeatedly taken early stage concepts from start-up to high volume revenue and profits, creating over $5 billion of market value in the process.
Mr. Campbell began his career as Intel’s first Corporate Marketing Manager moving into managing one of the company’s largest divisions. He left Intel to found SEEQ Technology, which became a leading manufacturer and the developer of the industry’s first Ethernet chip. Following SEEQ, Campbell founded and became Chairman and CEO of CHIPS and Technologies, the world’s first fabless semiconductor company. CHIPS and Technologies was instrumental in pioneering the PC-compatible computer marketplace that early customers such as Hewlett-Packard and Dell now dominate. As a result of his success at CHIPS and Technologies, Mr. Campbell was named Inc. Magazine’s 1989 Entrepreneur of the Year.
In his 40-year career, Mr. Campbell has also served on the Board of Directors for 3COM, Bell Micro, and Palm, and has founded, invested in, and been involved with a number of highly successful start-ups, including CHIPS and Technologies, 3dfx Interactive, Cobalt Networks, HotRail, NetMind, PortalPlayer and Resonate. In honor of this repeated success, the FSA named Mr. Campbell as the 2007 recipient of the Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award.
Pete Abramenko is currently the president and CEO of Financial Product Resources, Inc (FPR), a broker-dealer headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey. Prior to FPR, Mr. Abramenko was the managing director of Sigma Capital Advisors (a subsidiary of the S.A.C. Capital hedge fund). While at SAC, he managed a global long/short hedge fund portfolio of high yield and investment-grade bonds, credit derivatives, equity, equity options and converts.
From 2000 through 2004, Mr. Abramenko was the global head of credit for the UBS Internal hedge fund (UBS Principal Finance) where he managed teams and portfolios in New York, London and Asia. Before joining UBS, Mr. Abramenko was the Managing Director at PaineWebber in charge of trading, research, capital markets and syndicate for investment-grade corporates. Prior to PaineWebber, he was a Managing Director at Kidder Peabody where he held several management positions in credit trading and capital markets. Mr. Abramenko began his career as a corporate bond trader at Salomon Brothers in 1985.
Mr. Abramenko received an MBA from Northwestern in 1985 and his BA in Economics from Haverford College in 1983.
Dave Bowman brings a tremendous amount of experience in successfully building companies by focusing on revenue strategies and execution. Early in his career he held senior sales positions with Signetics and Fairchild Semiconductor before moving on to lead the North American sales efforts for Apple in 1979. His sales efforts at Apple were instrumental in creating momentum for their Initial Public Offering (IPO). When Apple went public, it generated more capital than any IPO since Ford Motor Company in 1956.
Following this success, Mr. Bowman moved on to a start-up company called CHIPS and Technologies(C&T) as its VP of Sales. C&T was the first fabless semiconductor company, a model developed by its founder Gordon Campbell. Mr. Bowman sold the first PC-compatible computer into the marketplace that early customers such as Hewlett-Packard and Dell now dominate. Intel acquired the company in 1997.
Mr. Bowman then took on a new challenge with a technology start-up company called 3dfx Interactive. 3dfx was in the business of designing the first 3D graphics controller moving the world from 2D to 3D. Mr. Bowman is credited in building and executing a successful global sales team driving from pre-revenue to tracking $450m in 4yrs including a successful IPO. Nvidia later acquired 3dfx.
Daniel Hilton is a Chartered Accountant with a broad range of experience in strategic planning and leadership of finance and operations. He has served on the Board since its inception in 2008. Mr. Hilton is currently Executive Director of the Conservative Party of Canada. He was previously the Director of Finance and Administration, Research and Development for World Heart Corporation and a co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Kids Futures Ltd., a national loyalty program, which in December of 2005 became a publicly traded entity on the Exchange.
Also, Mr. Hilton was previously the Vice-President Finance and Technology, Senior Vice President Corporate Development; Administration of Enablence Technologies Inc., a publicly traded entity on the Exchange.
Hilton earned his B.COMM from the University of Ottawa, and earned his professional designation with the firm Deloitte & Touche LLP. Hilton holds graduate business degrees with both Queen’s University and Cornell University.
Gary P. Martin
Gary Martin is currently a private investor. Recently he held the position of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MobileSmarts, a semiconductor company serving the automotive industry. Prior to MobileSmarts, Mr. Martin served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Halo Data Devices, a supplier of data storage products for the disk drive market.
Mr. Martin was Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of 3dfx Interactive, Inc. driving the company through a successful IPO and later acquired by Nvidia.
Prior to this position, from September 1993 to July 1995, he served as Vice President of Finance and the Chief Financial Officer for MiniStor Peripherals Corporation, a supplier of data storage products for the mobile computer market.
From 1985 to 1993, Mr. Martin was Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration for CHIPS and Technologies, Inc., where he also developed joint business ventures within the Soviet Union.
From 1983 to 1984, Mr. Martin was Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer for Starstruck, Inc., a company involved in space development through private enterprise. In addition, Mr. Martin was one of the earliest employees at Apple Computer, Inc., where he held both corporate and European controller positions during the period from 1977 to 1983.
Mathew Wilson is currently a Vice President at Pinetree Capital Ltd, a diversified investment and venture capital fund headquartered in Toronto. Mr. Wilson has spent several years as an analyst covering a diverse range of small cap stocks mainly focusing on TSX listed companies. He also serves as a board member and/or advisor for various technology investments and initiatives within the Pinetree portfolio.
Mr. Wilson received his Masters of Finance from Queen’s University and graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Economics and Philosophy from Bucknell University.