Richard A. Wright
President, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Director
Mr. Wright is former Regional Director of Tax and Financial Planning with one of the “Big Four” accounting firms. He brings over 34 years of experience as a CPA, entrepreneur and senior executive. He has extensive working knowledge of most areas of finance, with a strong emphasis on closely held companies, mergers and acquisitions, transaction planning and international operations. Throughout his career Mr. Wright has consulted on or taken part in over 100 mergers or acquisitions and has consulted with over 500 companies on sophisticated tax and financial planning matters. In 2008, Mr. Wright became the Chief Financial Officer for PCT International. PCT is a leading worldwide developer and manufacturer of last mile and access network solutions for broadband communication networks with manufacturing plants in USA and China and sales in 42 countries. In 2010 (through present), Mr. Wright operates a private tax and accounting CPA firm in Scottsdale, Arizona (Wright Tax Solutions PLC). Mr. Wright also began Wright Investment Group, LLC a small equity participation firm that provides seed capital through micro loans and financial expertise to start-up enterprises. He most recently served as CFO and Treasurer of Alkaline 88 LLC. He graduated Magnum Cum Laude in 1978 from Mount Union University in Alliance Ohio, with graduate level MBA courses at Case Western Reserve College in Cleveland, Ohio.
Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, Treasurer and Director
Mr. Guarino currently holds a bachelor of science in accounting and a masters of accountancy from the University of Denver. From 2008 to 2013, Mr. Guarino was President and a Director of Kahala Corp, a worldwide franchisor of multiple quick service restaurant brands with locations in 49 states and over 25 countries. From 2014 to 2015, Mr. Guarino was President of HTI International Holdings, Inc., a technology company focused on forward osmosis water filtration technology. From 2015 until April, 2017, Mr. Guarino has been a consultant to our company.
Steven P. Nickolas
Mr. Nickolas has over 40 years of international and domestic management experience in the beverage and food science industries. He started his career with Anheuser Busch in Southern California in 1973, later opening in 1980, the first bottled water company in the state of Hawaii. Mr. Nickolas has provided consulting services and has served in a variety of management positions for a number of major beverage companies including Nestles, Whitlock Packaging, P&G and Suntory. Mr. Nickolas has degrees in Economics and Government from The Claremont Colleges and post-graduate studies at Cal-Poly Pomona.
Mr. Keay has been the President and Managing Partner of Inform Capital Partner, a corporate finance advisory and merchant banking firm, from 2008 to present. He was the Chairman, CEO and director of Inform Resources Corp., a mining company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (the “TSXV”), from August 2010 until July 10, 2014. Mr. Keay was the CEO, President and director of IDM Mining Ltd. (formerly Revolution Resources), a mining company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, from 2009 until January 7, 2015. He was a director of OrganiGram Holdings Inc., an industrial company specializing in the production of condition specific medical marihuana under license from Health Canada listed on the TSXV, from September 14, 2010 until July 17, 2014. Mr. Keay was a director of Plateau Uranium Inc. (formerly Macusani Yellowcake Inc.), a uranium exploration and development company listed on the TSXV, from April 5, 2013 until September 4, 2014. He was a director of Aftermath Silver Inc. (formerly Full Metal Zinc Ltd.), a mineral exploration and development company listed on the TSXV, from February 2011 until December 12, 2013.