Rani R. Kohen is a renowned businessman, entrepreneur and the founder of Sky Technologies – currently serving as the Executive Chairman of the board, a role Mr. Kohen has held since 2016. He brings strategic acumen with over 20 years of experience in business, as well as in advanced smart home technologies, product design, lighting, and other related businesses. Since founding the Company, he has succeeded in attracting and engaging accomplished board members, talented management and leading executives from various industries.
Leonard J. Sokolow has served as the Company’s Co-Chief Executive Officer since September 2023, and as a director of the Company since November 2015. Mr. Sokolow served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Newbridge Financial, Inc. since January 2015 to September 2023. Mr. Sokolow served as Chairman of its broker-dealer subsidiary, Newbridge Securities Corporation, from January 2015 through July 2022. From July 2022 to September 2023, Mr. Sokolow was Chief Executive Officer of Newbridge Securities Corporation, as well as Chief Executive Officer of Newbridge Financial, Inc.’s registered investment adviser subsidiary, Newbridge Financial Services Group, Inc. Mr. Sokolow previously served in a variety of roles at vFinance, Inc., a publicly traded financial services company, including as Chairman of the board of directors from January 2007, a member of the board of directors from November 1997 and Chief Executive Officer from November 1999 through July 2008, when it merged into National Holdings Corporation, a publicly traded financial services company. Mr. Sokolow also served as President of vFinance, Inc. from January 2001 through December 2006. From July 2008 until July 2012, Mr. Sokolow was President of National Holdings Corporation, and from July 2008 until July 2014, he was Vice Chairman of the board of directors of National Holdings Corporation. From July 2012 until December 2014, Mr. Sokolow was a consultant and partner at Caribou LLC, a strategic advisory services firm. Mr. Sokolow was Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Americas Growth Fund Inc., a closed-end management investment company, from 1994 to 1998. From 1988 until 1993, Mr. Sokolow was an Executive Vice President and the General Counsel of Applica Inc., a publicly traded consumer appliance manufacturing, marketing and distribution company. From 1982 until 1988, Mr. Sokolow practiced corporate, securities and tax law and was one of the founding attorneys and a partner of an international boutique law firm. From 1980 until 1982, he worked as a Certified Public Accountant for Ernst & Young and KPMG Peat Marwick.
Mr. Sokolow has served on the board of directors of Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq: CWCO), a developer and operator of advanced water supply and treatment plants and water distribution systems, since June 2006, where he currently serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Nominations and Corporate Governance Committee. In addition, Mr. Sokolow has served on the board of directors of Vivos Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: VVOS), a medical technology company focused on developing and commercializing innovative treatments for adult patients suffering from sleep-disordered breathing, since June 2020, where he currently serves as Chair of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and on the board of directors of Agrify Corporation (Nasdaq: AGFY), a developer of precision hardware and software grow solutions for the indoor agriculture marketplace, as well as providing associated consulting, engineering, and construction services, since December 2021, where he currently serves as a member of the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee. Mr. Sokolow previously served on the board of directors of, and as Chairman of the Audit Committee for, Marquee Energy Ltd. (formerly Alberta Oilsands Inc.) (then TSXV: MQX), an energy company.
Governor Thomas J. Ridge has served as a director of the Company since June 2013. Mr. Ridge has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ridge Global, LLC, a global strategic consulting company and provider of insurance and risk transfer solutions, since July 2006, where he also currently serves as Chairman of the board. In 2014, Mr. Ridge co-founded Ridge Schmidt Cyber, an executive services firm addressing the increasing demands of cybersecurity. In April 2010, Mr. Ridge became a partner in Ridge Policy Group, a bipartisan, full-service government affairs and issue management group. From January 2003 to January 2005, Mr. Ridge served as the Secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security, and from September 2001 through January 2003, Mr. Ridge served as the Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security.
Mr. Ridge served two terms as Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, from 1995 to 2001, and served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from January 1983 until January 1995. Mr. Ridge previously served as a member of the board of directors of The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY), a global confectionery leader, from November 2007 to May 2018, Advaxis, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADXS), a clinical-stage biotechnology company, from August 2015 to March 2018, and LifeLock, Inc. (then NYSE: LOCK), a provider of identity theft protection, from March 2010 to February 2017, until its merger with a subsidiary of Symantec Corporation, as well as several other public companies. Mr. Ridge serves as Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense, as Chairman of the board of the National Organization on Disability, and as a member of board of trustees of the Center for the Study of the Presidency, among other private organizations.
Dov Shiff has served as a director of the Company since February 2014. Mr. Shiff is presently President and Chief Executive Officer of the Shiff Group of Companies. The Shiff Group owns and operates hotels and other real estate in Israel, including Hayozem Resorts & Hotels Ltd., Marina Hotel Tel Aviv Ltd. and Zvidan Investments Ltd.
Gary N. Golden has served as a director of the company since February 2022. Since June 2023, Mr. Golden served as CFO of Media Culture, previously serving at vCFO, a company that provides interim executive resources across the C-suite. During his time with Tatum CFO Partners, Mr. Golden served as interim Chief Financial Officer of ADB Companies, which provides strategy, design, execution and program management services for the communication, utility, and technology industries. Prior to that, Mr. Golden served as a project manager and professional services contractor for MMC Group, Inc., which offers full-service workforce solutions, and as interim controller at SportClips Haircuts. During 2020, he served as a special project auditor for WebsterRogers LLP, a South Carolina-based accounting and consulting firm that provides a broad spectrum of assurance, tax and advisory services.
Efrat L. Greenstein Brayer has served as a director of the company since February 2022. Ms. Greenstein Brayer currently serves as Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Merkavah Inc. (d/b/a Ezzree), which provides online emotional and spiritual support care services, and has been principal attorney of the law office of Laura Greenstein since 2000, where she provides services as a corporate finance attorney. Ms. Greenstein Brayer previously served as a contract attorney with Holland & Knight from 2006 through 2012, as associate counsel at Bank Hapoalim B.M. from 1996 through 2000, as an associate at Rogers & Wells (later acquired by Clifford Chance) from 1993-1996, and as an associate at Haight, Gardner, Poor & Havens (later acquired by Holland & Knight) from 1988 through 1993. Ms. Greenstein Brayer has also served as an officer or director of several private companies.
Nancy DiMattia has served as a director of the company since February 2022. Ms. DiMattia previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Tile Shop Holdings, Inc., a publicly-traded, specialty retailer of natural stone and man-made tiles, setting and maintenance materials, and related accessories, from September 2019 until January 2022, where she continues to serve in an advisory capacity through March 2022. She also previously provided consulting services to Tile Shop Holdings, Inc. from July 2019 until September 2019. Before joining Tile Shop Holdings, Inc., Ms. DiMattia gained over twenty-five years of experience in financial reporting and accounting processes in positions of increasing responsibility at Virginia Tile Company. She most recently served as the Corporate Controller from 2005 until March 2019. During her tenure at Virginia Tile Company, she was responsible for establishing sound financial management, promoting effective internal accounting controls, developing and leading highly competent accounting teams, and maintaining a documented system of accounting policies and procedures.