Michele Ciavarella serves as a member of the Company’s Board since June 2011 and has served as the Company’s Chairman of the Board since June 26, 2019. In addition, Mr. Ciavarella has served the Company in various roles and executive capacities since 2004 including President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Operations. From 2004 to 2011, Mr. Ciavarella was engaged in senior executive and director roles for a variety of private and publicly listed companies including Kerr Mines Ltd. (formerly known as Armistice Resources Corp.), Firestar Capital Management Corporation, Mitron Sports Enterprises, Process Grind Rubber and Dagmar Insurance Services. He also served as the Business Development Officer for Forte Fixtures and Millwork, Inc., a family owned business in the commercial retail fixture manufacturing industry from January 2007 until October 2013. From 1990 until 2004, Mr. Ciavarella served as a senior executive, financial planner, life insurance underwriter and financial advisor for Manulife Financial and Sun Life Financial. Mr. Ciavarella received his Bachelor of Science degree from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. Mr. Ciavarella has been focused on incubating and executing on business building strategies for the prior 25 years.
Paul Sallwasser was appointed to serve on our Board on June 13, 2019. Mr. Sallwasser is a certified public accountant, joined the audit staff of Ernst & Young LLP in 1976 and remained with Ernst & Young LLP for 38 years. Mr. Sallwasser served a broad range of clients primarily in the healthcare and biotechnology industries of which a significant number were SEC registrants. He became a partner of Ernst & Young in 1988 and from 2011 until he retired from Ernst & Young LLP in 2014, Mr. Sallwasser served in the national office as a member of the Quality and Regulatory Matters Group working with regulators and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). Mr. Sallwasser currently serves as the chief executive officer of a private equity fund that is focused on investing in healthcare companies in the South Florida area. Mr. Sallwasser has also served as member of the Board of Directors of Youngevity International, Inc. (“Youngevity”) since June 5, 2017. Youngevity (Nasdaq Capital Market: YGYI) was founded in 1996 and develops and distributes health and nutrition related products through its global independent direct selling network, also known as multi-level marketing, and sells coffee products to commercial customers.
Steven A. Shallcross
Steven A. Shallcross was appointed to serve on our Board on June 13, 2019. Mr. Shallcross has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Synthetic Biologics, Inc. (NYSE MKT: SYN) since December 6, 2018 and currently serves as Synthetic Biologics’ Chief Executive Officer, a position he was appointed to on December 6, 2018, and Synthetic Biologics’ Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Shallcross was appointed as Synthetic Biologics’ Interim Chief Executive Officer on December 5, 2017 and has served as its Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary since joining Synthetic Biologics in June 2015. Synthetic Biologics is a clinical-stage company focused on developing therapeutics designed to preserve the microbiome to protect and restore the health of patients.
From May 2013 through May 2015, Mr. Shallcross served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Nuo Therapeutics, Inc. (formerly Cytomedix, Inc.). In January 2016, Nuo Therapeutics, Inc. filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware and on April 25, 2016, the Bankruptcy Court entered an order granting approval of Nuo’s plan of reorganization. From July 2012 to May 2013, Mr. Shallcross held the offices of Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Empire Petroleum Partners, LLC, a motor fuel distribution company. From July 2011 to March 2012, Mr. Shallcross was Acting Chief Financial Officer of Senseonics, a privately-held medical device company located in Germantown, MD. From January 2009 to March 2011, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Innocoll AG (formerly privately held Innocoll Holdings, Inc.), a global, commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company specializing in the development and commercialization of collagen-based products. He also served for four years as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc., leading the company through its successful IPO and follow-on offering and previously served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Middlebrook Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (formerly Advancis Pharmaceutical Corporation). In addition, Mr. Shallcross also served as the Chief Financial Officer of Bering Truck Corporation. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois.
Philippe Blanc was appointed to serve on our Board of Directors on October 1, 2020. Mr. Blanc has over 34 years of executive business experience in a variety of service, industries including transport, gaming, fintech and consultancy (IT/ERP for Healthcare sector) sectors. From May 2010 to December 2018, Mr. Blanc served as the Chief Financial Officer of Italy Region, a division of International Game Technology PLC (NYSE:IGT). In this context he assumed relevant corporate appointments, from May 2010 to December 2018, he also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Lottomatica Holding S.r.l. From November 2015 to November 2018, Mr. Blanc served as a member of the Board of Directors of LIS SPA, an IT and services company, and from July 2016 to Nov 2018 served as its Chairman. From March 2014 to April 2017, Mr. Blanc served as the Chief Executive Officer of Cartalis Spa, an e-money company. Previously, from May 2008 to April 2010, he served as Senior Vice Chairman -Long Distance Passengers of Egyptian National Railway (ENR) on behalf of FS Italian railways. Mr. Blanc currently serves as an independent strategic advisor.
Mr. Salerno founded US Bookmaking, based in Las Vegas Nevada, in 2016 and has built US Bookmaking into one of the leading sports betting companies to serve native American casinos. Mr. Salerno has enjoyed over forty years in the sports betting business where he served as Chairman of American Wagering, Inc (AWI). AWI operated over 130 Leroy’s Sports Books (Leroy’s) in Nevada. At AWI, Mr. Salerno launched the first computerized sports book platform, Computerized Bookmaking Services (CBS), which is still in use today. With the development of CBS, he was able to create the first bookmaking network hub which managed the betting lines and risk for the Leroy’s chain. He was the developer and first operator in Nevada to introduce self-service sports wagering kiosks, which were launched in 2002. His most significant accomplishment was the 2010 launch of mobile sports betting in the US with the Leroy’s App. Mr. Salerno has served as the President of the Nevada Association of Race and Sports Operators and as a member of the Nevada Pari-Mutuel Association’s leadership committee. In 2015, he was inducted into the American Gaming Association’s “Gaming Hall of Fame.”