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Cliff Wildes has over 30 years’ of executive management experience in private and public companies. During the past three decades, he has acted as Founder, CEO, COO, President and Chairman of numerous public and private entities.Wildes has significant domestic and international experience in the microelectronics, computer hardware and software industries, financial services, as well as consulting for both technology and non-technology sectors. He has participated in, founded or structured, several private companies becoming public companies by reverse merger and S1 registration, as well as facilitated funding of equity or debt in both public and private companies totaling hundreds of millions of dollars.
In addition to being the Founder and Managing Member of Triad Capital, LLC in Sarasota, Florida, he holds Series 24, 62, 63, 65, 79 and 99 FINRA / SEC registrations. Wildes was the Chief Strategy Officer for Impesa Inc, an international SaaS FinTech company with offices in Costa Rica and Stamford, CT during 2016–2017. He is Director of SPBS, an employee owned (ESOP) organization, that provides biomedical equipment and responsive support to over 600 hospitals, clinics, physician offices, imaging labs and other facilities throughout the United States.
A serial entrepreneur, Wildes was Founder and CEO of Meridian Capital Inc in Florida, a self-funded venture capital firm in the late 90’s that provided the initial funding and financing for Nova Interactive Inc and Morgan Beaumont Inc/nFinanSe.
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As Founder, CEO and Chairman of nFinanSe, Inc, (formerly Morgan Beaumont) a publicly-traded company that is a premier provider of stored value and prepaid card solutions in the United States, Wildes started nFinanSe in 2001, took the company public in 2004 and left as its Chairman in 2007.
Wildes was Founder, CEO and Chairman of the original Microtech International Inc, a $43MM in annual revenue privately held computer peripheral and electronics company in the USA, UK and Japan that he started in 1985 and sold to a Japanese public company in 1995.
Wildes has extensive international trade experience in the Asian markets including: Japan, Singapore, China and Korea as Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of RamState Electronics located in Tokyo Japan, Co-Founder and Chairman of Microtech Japan in Tokyo, Japan with offices in Hong Kong and Co-Founder and Director of Ado America, a wholly-owned US subsidiary of Ado, a Japanese publicly-traded company.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Cliff earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston/Boston State College.
kHyal is an award-winning Creative Director and Marketing Executive with extensive experience working with international brands, corporations and agencies in North America, Central America, South America, Europe and Asia with a focus on technology, healthcare, financial services, education and consumer product verticals. She is Founder and President of fiZz Agency; Chief Marketing Officer for Impesa Inc, a SaaS FinTech company with offices in Costa Rica and Stamford, CT; and Director of Corporate Communications and SaaS Strategy at Triad Capital.
During the course of her career, kHyal was Chief Creative Officer at Metropolitan interactive where she led RFP and business development, SaaS strategy, DooH, and transmedia storytelling initiatives on expansive technology-based construction projects for major museums, universities, sports arenas, large cultural institutions and transportation hubs. kHyal has held the positions of Creative Director at Havas Worldwide, NetKey and Microtech international Inc; Cofounder and Vice President of Marketing at blowtorch studios and SunStar interactive; and Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Stamford Health.
kHyal majored in Mass Communications at Emerson College. She has served on the MIT Enterprise Forum of New York City’s Marketing Committee; co-chaired the Fundraising Committee of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Los Angeles; was an active member of the Connecticut Technology Council’s Vice President of Marketing Forum; and a presenting member of FleetBoston Financial Women Entrepreneurs’ Connection.
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kHyal has been a juror for the London International Advertising (LIA) Awards, a judge for Hasbro Corporation’s Project Upcycle sustainable design awards, and served as Communications Chair for the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Brand Central Chapter. She is an active member of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas and the Internet OT Foundation.
As an educator, kHyal has been an Adjunct Instructor at Miami Ad School New York where she taught Product Creation and Innovation; and an Adjunct Professor at Anhui Polytechnic University in Wuhu City, China. She has been an invited mentor, speaker, panelist and judge on the topics of design, marketing, technology and innovation at conferences, special events, universities and colleges in the USA, Latin America, Europe and Asia. She is a journalist who has written extensively about technology and design.
kHyal is a founding member of the Women’s Internet History Project. She began her tech career in the high-end audio field with industry pioneer Mark Levinson in 1985, first as a Marketing Consultant responsible for launching products at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), then as Controller managing the company’s finances and international trade with Japan. She was a member of the Amiga Users Group at Yale University, and active in Silicon Alley in the 90s. Her first blog on kHyal.com featured the emerging technology scene in New York City in 1996.
Jørgen Laustsen is an accomplished international business manager with extensive experience in the telecommunications and infrastructure sector. During the past three decades, he has held executive management positions and been a Board member in multinational companies delivering professional services, hardware and software development, and manufacturing.
During his tenure at Nokia Networks, then Nokia Siemens Networks, Laustsen held key roles including Head of Delivery Services–Asia Pacific, Head of Services–Africa and Global Head of Services Operations. He was instrumental when Nokia and Siemens merged their telecommunications businesses. Laustsen was responsible for the approximately 600M€ annual Services business across the continent. Primary contributions include critical improvements to supply chain optimization, implementing a key account management program, expanding delivery capability in Nigeria and Malawi, and establishing presence in Tanzania, Bukino Faso, Madagascar and Congo B.
As CEO of Ramboll Telecom, an international engineering, design and consultancy company; Laustsen was responsible for the 25M€ annual Global Tower Production and Services business. He was on the Board of Directors for Ramboll Denmark, China, Indonesia and South Africa.
Since 2013, Laustsen has operated as an independent consultant advising companies and governments. As a consultant and entrepreneur, Laustsen has founded or structured numerous startup companies in Africa, Europe and the USA in positions as CEO or CTO driving strategy, acquisitions, business development and restructuring activities as well as facilitated funding.
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Laustsen was a board member and Technical Director of Global Infrastructure Investors Ltd. a company based in Mauritius and Dubai, with a focus on telecom networks and energy infrastructure in Africa and the Middle East. Additionally, he served as Deputy Managing Director and Compliance Officer at associated Global Wireless SCS-FIS, a SICAV fund in Luxembourg.
Early on in his career, Laustsen was a Project Manager for Greenland Contractors and the US Air Force, and Technical Design Manager for P. Jul Hansen A/S.
Currently, Laustsen is also serves as Executive Director at Living Energy International A/S and COO at Windar Photonics A/S. He is Director of European Operations at Triad Capital, an investment banking and consulting firm headquartered in Sarasota, Florida and Copenhagen, Denmark offering investment banking services in mergers and acquisitions, general business advisory as well as facilitating funding and financing of both private and public companies in the technology, manufacturing, distribution, life science, financial services, telecommunications and energy sectors.
Laustsen earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Copenhagen Polytechnic and Master’s of Science in European Construction Engineering from both Loughborough University of Technology in the UK and University of Cantabria in Spain. His additional studies at Harvard Business School and London Business School include driving corporate performance, leading professional service firms, operator business strategies, and environmental and quality management systems.