Board of Directors
Mr. Jeff Maynard
Mr. Maynard is a former CEO for a publicly traded company who first became involved with biometrics when he ran divisions that utilized biometrics in healthcare. Prior to founding BSI, he negotiated a $10M reverse merger and the sale of an electronic prescribing company for over $3M. He is a co-founder of eScript Systems™ and developed several patented biometric signature authentication inventions. He has senior management experience with two top 10 pharmaceutical companies, and was an equity partner for a software development company in predictive modelling and data mining in healthcare that later sold to a public company. He has also served as Vice President of Business Development for several publicly traded health service companies in the U.S. Mr. Maynard has published numerous white papers on identity proofing and been a keynote speaker at multiple conferences. Through his leadership, he has guided BSI to recognition by the State of Texas as among the top 4% of companies with breakthrough technology, and earned a New Product Innovation of the Year Award from Frost and Sullivan. Most recently, the White House chose BSI technology to reduce identity fraud on the Internet from a field of 180 competing companies. In his career, Mr. Maynard has helped to create, manage and nurture seven early stage, startup companies and has been a proven performer in developing successful products and teams in both early stage and Fortune 500 companies.
Mr. Ron Heinz
Ron leads the investment and research efforts at Sweetwater Capital Partners. Prior to Sweetwater, Ron was a Senior Associate at Signal Peak Ventures, where he led the performance / portfolio management team, helping to optimize outcomes for a portfolio of late- stage and end-of- life technology and life science assets. Prior to Signal Peak, Ron was a Private Equity Analyst at StepStone, where he focused on European primary and secondary private equity investments. He has spent time working with German e-commerce companies for Paua Ventures in Berlin and completed consulting engagements with TRUMPF GmbH. Ron holds an M.B.A. from the University of Mannheim and graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Villanova University. Ron speaks fluent German.
Mr. Walter Hamilton
Mr. Hamilton is a Senior Consultant with Identification Technology Partners (IDTP), a consulting firm in the identity management field. He is a recognized industry authority and subject matter expert on biometric technology. Mr. Hamilton has been committed to advancing biometric use and is an advocate for the adoption of open standards, crucial for industry development. He completed a seventh elected term as Chairman and President of the International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA), a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit trade association that advocates the use of technology to determine identity and enhance security, privacy, productivity and convenience. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of IBIA. In his work with IDTP, Mr. Hamilton is actively involved in supporting government clients in implementing biometric technology in the maritime and aviation transportation sectors. Prior to joining IDTP in 2006, Mr. Hamilton served as Vice President and General Manager; Biometric Solutions for Saflink Corporation. Prior to joining Saflink in 1995, Mr. Hamilton completed a distinguished 30-year career with Unisys Corporation.
Mr. Doug McGovern, PhD
A Stanford trained expert in Biometrics, financial system security and authentication technologies, Dr. McGovern has contributed greatly to the field of biometrics as Technical Editor with the Smart Card Security Users Group working with Visa, MasterCard and Amex and six governments to develop a comprehensive security statement, according to the Common Criteria (CC). He has served as Test Director with the International Biometrics Group, performing tests on a variety of biometric devices. As Department Manager at Sandia National Labs he was responsible for identifying security market risks and vulnerabilities in the U.S. financial markets and evaluating security and access control systems for the Department of Energy, Navy, Air Force and Army. He has published 30 papers, authored one patent and been an invited speaker at over 10 conferences.
Mr. Robert Siciliano
Mr. Siciliano is one of the world’s leading experts in identity theft. Mr. Siciliano has appeared on over 100 TV shows including the “The Today Show,” CNN, MSNBC, FOX, CNBC, “Inside Edition,” “Tyra Banks Show,” “Sally Jesse Show,” “Montel Williams,” “Maury Povich Show,” “Gayle King Show” and the “Howard Stern Show,” and is a regular contributor to multiple televised and print news media including CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, FOX, Forbes and USA Today. He is the author of three books including The Safety Minute, Living on High Alert and How to Take Control of Your Personal Security and Prevent Fraud. He is CEO of IDTheftsecurity.com, a member of the American Society for Industrial Security and an editor for Bank Fraud and IT Security.
Mr. Robert L. Robb, MSc
Mr. Robb was most recently Vice President of Technology Commercialization and Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the University of Texas at Dallas and has over 28 years of experience in creating, managing and nurturing early stage companies. He has funded, founded, nurtured and/or managed 23 early stage companies and served as CEO of 7 emerging enterprises. Seven of the 23 companies he assisted have established a combined capitalization in excess of $700 million. He currently serves as an Advisor to Mantford Ventures (early stage venture development company), North Texas Enterprise Center (a business incubator in Frisco, TX), the Institute of Biomedical Science and Technology at UT Dallas and the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UT Dallas, and is a consultant to several early stage enterprises. Additionally, Mr. Robb served for a total of 10 years as a venture developer and technology commercialization executive in association with Baylor College of Medicine (BCM Technologies, Inc.) and the University of Michigan. Mr. Robb’s experience includes 6 years with two venture capital firms.
Mr. Jeff Cooper, M.S., MBA, ALM Harvard (in process)
Mr. Cooper is a professional engineer with over 25 years as an enterprise architect, CTO, CIO and consultant in a wide variety of IT companies and government. Mr. Cooper is also the founder of a number of technology firms, and is currently the Chief Technologist and managing partner with JTCOOPER, LLC. Mr. Cooper, who is currently enrolled at Harvard Business School and holds 8 IT certifications (including CISSP, PMP, IEM, BCP, GSA with top secret clearance), has written 6 commercial software applications and 5 books/disks. Mr. Cooper was also a former professor in computer science at Shawnee College and Southern Ohio Business College and was the youngest senior research scientist for Owens Corning Fiberglass.
Mr. Jeff Fritts
Mr. Fritts is a successful entrepreneur, commercial real estate finance expert and an independent investor. Mr. Fritts has been president, managing partner or senior officer for successful start-ups including FrittsSesler Investments, Sarofim Realty Advisors, American Federal Bank and Loretta’s Intimates. Mr. Fritts has a proven capacity to pull deals together and manage them to success. Other notable achievements include: tripling the Central Regional real estate portfolio of The Equitable to $1.3B in two years; creating an investment banking arm, as Director of Finance, for Trammell Crow Company and serving as President of the Texas Foundation for Visually Impaired Children from 2004 to 2008. Mr. Fritts is currently creating a career reinvention web-based enterprise with career counseling partners.
Ms. Susan Hoelting, CPA, MBA
Susan was one of the first owners and former CFO of Pacesetter Energy, Inc. (“Pacesetter”), a company that provided management services to various companies in the oil and gas industry, in which the shareholders of Pacesetter had a direct or indirect interest. Over the years, Ms. Hoelting contributed significantly to the growth of Pacesetter and the structure and development of its related asset entities (approximately ten) that had a combined asset value in excess of $100M. While at Pacesetter, Ms. Hoelting managed the accounting and finance department and was primarily responsible for raising over $100 million in debt and equity funding for a variety of projects as well as supervising the department that grew to a size of ten. Ms. Hoelting also has designed, developed and maintained financial control and accounting systems to track costs, projects, daily accounting transactions, and manage cash flow. Ms Hoelting also worked for Texas Instruments as a senior financial analyst and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp as a bank liquidation specialist.
Dr. Michael Koss, MD
Michael is the co-founder of eScript Systems™ and expert in developing healthcare software. He has ten years in the electronic prescribing industry as president and founder of Prescribecare Software Ltd and RxCare Inc. He is also a practicing physician and Clinical Associate Professor at University of British Columbia.
Mr. Kevin Thornton BPHE (Hons)
Kevin Thornton serves Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing at VanillaSoft in Plano, Texas. Prior to joining VanillaSoft, Thornton served as Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, Americas at Corel Corporation where he was responsible for all regional sales, marketing, alliances and business development activities. Prior to Corel, Thornton served as Senior Vice President Sales for Sage Software where he drove new Small Business Division sales initiatives in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific regions via direct and indirect sales channels.