The future has arrived.
A team of highly-accomplished individuals that operate dynamic, growth-oriented, proprietary technology businesses.
Board of Directors
Donald C. Bennett
Donald Bennett is the founder and recently retired President and Chief Operating Officer of Bennett Bolt Works, a precision manufacturer/distributor of engineered fasteners for highway, bridge and building construction, headquartered in Jordon, NY.
Mr. Bennett has more than 40 years’ experience in public markets, including advising multiple public companies on growth, expansion and marketing plans as they introduced various products to national and international markets. He is a former member of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the American Road and Transportation Builder’s Association, among others. He has also a task force member of the Association of General Contractors Joint Committee on New Highway Materials.
Mr. Bennett attended Cooper Union School of Engineering where he studied Civil Engineering. He also studied Engineering in the Coast Guard Academy. Mr. Bennett is a veteran, serving as an officer in the U.S. Army.
President and Chief Executive of Fraport USA
For more than 30 years, Ben Zandi has been a driving force behind business turn-arounds, mergers and acquisitions, commercial expansion and industry reinvention.
As the President and Chief Executive of Fraport USA, the North American division of Fraport Group, the $3.3 billion global airport operations company, Mr. Zandi takes an active role in reimaging airport travel with pioneering technologies, retail concepts and new levels of customer experience. Currently, his operations extend from Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Baltimore-Washington to JetBlue’s headquarters terminal at JFK and the new $1.2 billion Nashville International Airport.
Mr. Zandi has been on the leading edge of brand redevelopment, growth and scalability in performance management. As Executive Vice President of Operations for private equity firm Bunker Hill Capital, Mr. Zandi provided extensive strategic, financial and operational experience for newly acquired companies, creating value and transforming operations into new growth.
In his past roles as Principal and President of his own management firm and as Director of Operations for HMSHost, Mr. Zandi leveraged a broad background in hospitality design, development and operations, airport concessions and lodging to post a record for increasing shareholder value and exceeding revenue and profitability goals.
Mr. Zandi has served as a city councilman and vice mayor of Bristol, Tennessee and has been the president of multiple nonprofit organizations. He is certified by the Management and Strategy Institute as a Six Sigma Black Belt Professional.
COLOTRAQ – Chief Executive Officer / Blockchain & Cloud Computing
Dany Bouchedid is a relationship-driven entrepreneur, leader and visionary with a proven track record of success in building, growing and managing multi- million-dollar enterprises.
As founder and CEO of COLOTRAQ, Mr. Bouchedid leads a full- service sourcing and consulting firm that helps companies and institutions source data center colocation, managed hosting, cloud computing, network infrastructure and other related telecom services in 140 countries.
Previously, Mr. Bouchedid was a relationship manager in Chase Manhattan Bank’s Technology Services Division where he was responsible for cash management, US dollar clearing, and FX trading back-office solutions to multinational corporations.
As Adjunct Professor in Montclair State University’s School of Business, Mr. Bouchedid has taught Strategic Management, Patterns of Entrepreneurship and Ecommerce. He holds an MBA in Finance and International Business from New York University’s Stern School of Business, and he has an active real estate license in the state of New Jersey.
In addition, Mr. Bouchedid is the founder and president of The Bouchedid Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to identify and evaluate thousands of charities and non-profit service organizations and rank them using a proprietary algorithm to determine which causes to fund directly.
For over 30 years, Teresa McWilliams has applied strong analytical skills, strategic planning and guidance for public and privately-held companies. As Interim Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Aluf Holdings, Inc., Ms. McWilliams is responsible for developing and managing financial strategies, capital generation, financial regulations and relationships with key financial institutions and private equity firms for the corporation.
Prior to her joining Aluf, Ms. McWilliams was Chief Financial Officer and and Acting Director for American Scientific Resources were she secured over $5,000,000 in working capital through private placements as well as directed activities related to custodian of funds, securities and assets of the organization. She was also named acting CFO for Next One Interactive.
Ms. McWilliams began her professional career in finance with Merrill Lynch. She was recruited by a highly-regarded, regional CPA firm, worked in securities as a Compliance Officer, and Corporate Controller for a securities broker-dealer. Later, she founded and operated a successful professional tax and business consulting firm specializing in compliance, accounting, business and personal tax issues. During extensive consulting engagements with various C-level executives, she has participated in a number of complex IPOs and Mergers & Acquisitions.
She is a key asset in driving ongoing acquisitions, development, and future growth of Aluf Holdings, Inc.
Ms. McWilliams attended Sawyer College, University of Phoenix, and Trinity Colleges & University for her post graduate degrees in Accounting, Finance, Economic Development, and Business Administration.
President, CEO and Co-Founder of Elias/ Savion
As President, CEO and co-founder of Elias/ Savion, Mr. Elias has authored a national reputation in advertising, marketing, digital and satellite communications. His noteworthy creative campaigns have included such icons as Muhammad Ali, Tony Bennett, Larry King, supermodel Lauren Hutton, NFL Hall of Fame athletes Franco Harris and Jerome Bettis, and Motown legends The Temptations and Smokey Robinson.
Mr. Elias has produced and directed high profile campaigns including the Smithsonian Institute Hall of Fame program, “Behind The Lines” celebrating induction of the UPC and the Global IQ Vision Summit with some of the world’s top corporate leadership and visionaries including Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Steven Ballmer, Irene Rosenthal, Kraft CEO, Terry Block, President – Nestle Purina, and Joseph M. Haggar III, Chief Executive Officer – Haggar Clothing.
Mr. Elias developed and launched VELOCITY World Media as a next-generation experiential medium. Leveraging the reach of satellite technology and power of private, interactive high-definition broadcasting, Mr. Elias created the largest private broadcasting network in the world.
In his role as Executive Producer, Mr. Elias has produced national and global programming for the top Fortune 500 and 100 companies including Charles Schwab with Maria Bartiromo and has been responsible for the launch of groundbreaking product launches for industry leading companies like Takeda, Astra Zeneca, Nova Nordisk Medtronic, EMC2, CA Technologies, IBM, Symantec, and the leading force behind the launch of World Diabetes Day.
Blockchain Ninja – Chief Executive Officer
Lisa Marks-Canty – is a progressive and exceptional entrepreneur with a solid track record of success in a variety of industries. She is the CEO of ChainNinja, a Blockchain strategy and development company focused on evangelizing Blockchain technology for the Enterprise.
Lisa has been a process improvement specialist for overs 15 years and continues to foster new innovation for the enterprise with her experience in Strategic Management & Strategy Execution. She has held leadership roles in multinational companies, as well as small organizations; leading and managing multifaceted and multicultural business organizations.
Lisa has an in-depth understanding of various business operations, with a proven track record driving and supporting business growth by streamlining processes, reducing operational costs while improving quality, efficiency & productivity. She uses her diversified experience and leadership in business, to create process improvements and efficiencies for the enterprise by using new distributed ledger technologies and analytics.
She advises and guides in a variety of industries (including aviation, finance, and supply chain) to identify the right use cases for their business and taking the company through use case development to the deployment of their Blockchain and distributed applications. Lisa’s experience and thought leadership in business, process improvement, social advocacy, ground-breaking technology and innovation have shaped her into a unique and revolutionary leader in technology.
CEO CogxVision – Expert Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
Andrew brings more than 20+ years of broad-based business & military experience in the Pharmaceutical, Animal Health, Medical Device, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning industries.
Most recently as the CEO of CogxVision, Group Vice President Health Systems at AmerisourceBergen and at McKesson Corporation as the Vice President and General Manager, he led a $13B distribution and commercial operation targeting independent pharmacies, Physicians offices and health systems continuum of care.
Andrew brings with him a proven ability to grow revenue, market share & profitability along with experience leading R&D, manufacturing, sales, marketing & distribution in diverse healthcare markets.
Andrew is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a BS degree in Business, achieved the rank of Captain US Army, attended MSBA School University of Heidelberg Germany and completed the Pfizer Executive Management Program at Harvard.
CEO of Cognistx – Expert Artificial Intelligence
Sanjay Chopra is a serial entrepreneur and an award- winning CEO, launching internet, software and AI-focused companies and guiding technology business models into highly productive enterprises.
As co-Founder and CEO of Cognistx, Mr. Chopra heads a next- generation applied artificial intelligence company delivering unprecedented customer and business insights for retail/consumer and commercial manufacturing companies. He leads the Carnegie Mellon University spinoff into researching and commercializing cognitive computing, machine learning, demand analysis and hyper- personalization.
Mr. Chopra has a quarter-century of expertise in e-commerce strategy, business development and technology. At Intellions, a pricing analytics software company that he co-founded and led as CEO, he pioneered real time demand intelligence that dynamically responds to marketplace changes and helps maximize profits. He was able to license the company’s IP to Google.
Prior to Intellions, he was Founder, Chairman and CEO of OnlineChoice. com, a demand aggregation company with over 600,000 members serving ten domains, including electricity, natural gas, internet access and more. The company was sold to MxEnergy. Mr. Chopra has also been Director of Digital Commerce at Giant Eagle Markets, and Business Development Manager with IBM, helping grow, manage and build a global team of over 450 professionals world-wide.
He holds a BS in Computer Science from MANIT, an MS in Computer Science from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.
Gary Morse is the Founder, President and Chief Cybersecurity Consultant
for Razorpoint Security Technologies and a global cybersecurity leader with over three decades of experience focusing on corporate espionage, cybercrime, secure network architecture and software development.
In 2001, Mr. Morse created Razorpoint Security with an international government and private sector client base across 6 continents, 10 countries, 40 cities with annual cybersecurity budgets in excess of $100 million each. Over the past 18 years, Razorpoint’s team has delivered 1,500 successful client projects.
Reporting directly to executives and client boards of directors, Mr. Morse has uncovered countless cyber vulnerabilities, designed and implemented global cybersecurity processes, security development budgets and operation plans, staff awareness training programs, and overall vision for ongoing cybersecurity.
He is a regular cybersecurity subject matter expert and lecturer for media outlets (CNN, Forbes, MSNBC, NY Times Magazine, etc.), the Harvard Business School, and global cybersecurity compliance organizations. He has held various DoD security clearances for public and private sector projects, both foreign and domestic.
Blaine Frederick is a seasoned Biometric and Physical Security expert. Mr. Frederick is a Co-Founder and a Principal of BDIS which provides Consultation and Professional services for the physical security market.
Previously, Mr. Frederick held the role of VP, Product at EyeLock, where he was responsible for the firm’s vision for iris authentication products and solutions in both physical and logical security as well as their numerous commercial applications. Prior to joining EyeLock, Mr. Frederick was the Director of Product Management at STANLEY Security, a global division of Stanley Black & Decker.
Mr. Frederick brings 20+ years of experience in the security and technology industries. He previously held multiple roles in both startup and Fortune 500 companies, including those involving software development, software team management and product management for STANLEY Security’s biometric portfolio and industry-leading security management software suite Commander. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.
Richard A. Zytkowicz
Richard Zytkowicz has more than 25 years of experience in investment banking, accounting and financial advisory services, executing complex transactions for a broad array of companies and financial sponsors.
Currently, Mr. Zytkowicz is Managing Director for LM+Co Capital’s Corporate Finance practice, focusing on Mergers and Acquisitions, Capital Advisory, Financial Restructuring and Business Valuation services. He has extensive experience across a wide variety of verticals including energy, consumer products, building products, financial services, food & beverage, general industrials, healthcare, media, retail, technology and transportation.
During his extensive investment banking career, Mr. Zytkowicz has raised in excess of $1.5 billion of senior and subordinated debt and equity capital for companies in the middle-market and has strong relationships with institutional capital providers in the market. He also has substantial M&A experience in highly dynamic and complex situations, including 363 asset sales, representing both private and public companies in the sale of their businesses.
Prior to joining LM+Co, Rick held officer positions, ranging from Vice President to Managing Director at Houlihan Lokey Howard + Zukin, The DAK Group, Deloitte and Arthur Andersen, LLP.
Mr. Zytkowicz has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Wilkes College and is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor. He also holds Series 7, 24 and 63 registrations as a Registered Representative and Principal of LM+Co Capital, LLC, Member FINRA and SIPC.
Fresh Technology – Chief Executive Officer
Shaun Shankel is CEO of Fresh Technology, the tech-focused arm of Fresh Hospitality group, based in Nashville, TN. Under his guidance, Fresh Technology has built a proprietary suite of vertically-integrated software and hardware hospitality products that optimize operations, production and customer engagement across multiple company brands. From raw materials, inventory tracking and invoice administration to labor management, kitchen automation and online ordering, Fresh Technology’s software uses predictive analytics and machine learning to control costs and grow sales. This system manages over $350MM in annual revenue and has been proven to add 3%- 5% points in EBITDA to its restaurants.
In addition to his CEO role at Fresh Technology, Mr. Shankel also serves as CTO for Fresh Hospitality’s brands including Taziki’s Mediterranean Café, Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint, I Love Juice Bar and Taco Mac. In this role, he leads a battalion of software developers, systems architects, network technicians and help desk engineers overseeing an ecosystem of AWS servers, IoT devices, and secure payment processing networks.
Prior to taking the helm at Fresh, Shaun had an extremely successful career in the music industry writing and producing for some of the biggest artists in the pop, gospel and country music markets. Selling over seven million albums and singles, Shaun had 12 #1 hits and song placements in over 18 film and television campaigns.
Benjamin B. Richter
Bradford Airport Logistics – Chief Executive Officer
Benjamin Richter is Founder and CEO of Bradford Airport Logistics and Bradford Swissport Logistics, the global leader in Secure Airport Terminal Logistics and the operator of the largest and most sophisticated Centralized Receiving and Distribution Center in the world at London Heathrow.
Mr. Richter is an active member of a dynamic global entrepreneurial and professional organization, Young Presidents Organization and the Entrepreneurs Organization. He has served on the Airports Council International with active participation on Public Safety & Security Committee as well as the AAAE Innovation Forum as a Judge for the industry’s annual Shark Tank. Mr. Richter has also held a number of leadership positions involving non-profit organizations within the state of Texas, including board membership in the Texas Center for the Missing and an advisory role heading the Leadership Development Institute on behalf of the Harris County Sheriff’s department (largest law enforcement agency in Texas and 3rd largest Sheriff’s department in the U.S.).
Mr. Richter has a Master of Science – Industrial Engineering (Engineering Management Program) from the University of Houston, a Bachelor of Science – Mechanical Engineering & Bachelor of Arts – Business Administration from Bucknell University and has completed the Intellectual Property Law curriculum at the University of Houston Law School. He also has a diverse and formal background in advanced systems, re-engineering, and technology expertise including leading-edge computer systems development, and deployment and IT/ERP/Engineering project management.
Dr. Robert Capretto
Dr. Robert Capretto is a business entrepreneur and investor. He is Chairman of Solevo Wellness LLC, a Pennsylvania-licensed medical marijuana dispensary and Principal at the investment management group, Oak Hill Holdings LLC.
Dr. Capretto focuses on private equity, technology, and public service. He currently serves on West Allegheny, a family office investment vehicle. In 2018, he concluded his appointment by the Governor to the Penn State Board of Trustees. He is past Chairman of Utica Silicates.
Dr. Capretto’s diversified career in investing has included telecom, software, manufacturing, and construction businesses. He has a keen interest in technology transfer and was a member of the Technology Committee of UPMC as well as the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority. He also sat on the Advisory Board of Apogee Technologies, a privately held technology company, as well as working with the Penn State Electro Optics Center (DOD MANTECH) as an advisor.
Dr. Capretto also has an interest in community and economic development as an investor, mentor, and entrepreneur. He served on the Board of the Port Authority of Allegheny County and has been a member of the Alexis de Toqueville Society of United Way. He has served on numerous charitable boards including Family House, The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, The Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Fox Chapel Country Day School, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Shadyside Academy, Penn State City Center, and The Former College Athletes Association.
About Aluf Holdings, Inc.
Aluf is a holding company run by a team of highly-accomplished individuals that operates dynamic, growth-oriented, proprietary technology businesses. The companies are at various stages of development, ranging from established, cash-generating businesses to early stage development companies.
Aluf Holdings, Inc. assists with the scale and development of our businesses, with the goal of maximizing their value, optimizing operations, improving the market’s understanding of these businesses, and exposing them to a pool of international investors, based on each business’ industry and development stage.
Additionally, as we continue to grow and develop our primary businesses, we intend to provide our shareholders with direct access to these businesses when we believe it is in the best interests of our shareholders based on company-specific factors, market conditions and other relevant information.
As we execute our strategy, we will operate under disciplined capital allocation principles designed to promote the growth and development of our primary businesses, maximize value for our shareholders and ensure the prudent use of our capital. For example, we will refrain from investing in any new ventures outside of our existing businesses, we do not intend to materially “cross-allocate” proceeds received in connection with distributions from, or sales of our interests in, any of our businesses, among our businesses, and we intend to return such proceeds to our shareholders or make payments on our outstanding indebtedness.
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