Tom Y. Lee, CPA joined our Board on October 24, 2014, and was appointed Chairman of the Board on January 30, 2019. Mr. Lee is currently the Chairman and CEO of Swabplus, Inc., a contract manufacturer of single-dose applicator and formulation OEM products, and has served as Chairman and CEO since 2008. Mr. Lee has experience in manufacturing and selling applicator and formulation OEM products, manufacturing and distributing products in Asia and is experienced in accounting matters. Mr. Lee was formerly audit committee chairman at First Continental Bank (which merged with United Commercial Bank in 2003). Mr. Lee has been an active CPA since 1983 and earned his Master of Science in accounting from California State University Long Beach and his Bachelors in Business Administration from TamKang University in Taipei, Taiwan.
Mr. Lee’s qualifications to serve as a director on our Board include his experience in manufacturing and selling applicator and formulation OEM products, his experience with manufacturing and distributing products in Asia and his accounting background and expertise as a CPA. The Board also considered Mr. Lee’s commitment to the Company and its technology platform based on his investments.
Ivan Chen was appointed to our Board on June 28, 2018. Mr. Chen brings extensive experience in the healthcare and technology industries, with deep legal and strategic business experience in areas including licensing, joint ventures, mergers & acquisitions, securities and corporate governance. His experience includes serving as Director, Mergers & Acquisitions at eBay Inc., a publicly-traded e-commerce platform. In this role, Chen led the negotiation and execution of numerous US and cross-border transactions. Prior to eBay, he was an associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP and at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, both large international law firms. In these roles, Chen focused on transactional, securities and corporate governance matters. He is admitted to the bar in California and New York.
Mr. Chen earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a master’s degree from the University of Cambridge, and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.
Tom Myers has served as Chief Operating Officer of PURE since 2018. He previously served as Executive Vice President, Technical Support Services and in other roles after joining PURE in 2011. Mr. Myers has over 40 years of food industry experience focusing on operations management, quality control and assurance, research and development, product and process development, plant design and construction, food safety and regulatory compliance. Prior to joining PURE, Mr. Myers served as the President and Principal of Idaho Milk Products where he built a $105 million green field dairy proteins plant and launched a worldwide business with revenues in excess of $200 million annually. Mr. Myers has also held executive management roles at Weider Nutrition International, Puritan Quartz Pharmaceuticals, FruitSource Associates and FruitSource Confections, Nancy’s Specialty Foods, Izaki Glico and Berkshire Hathaway Corporation (See’s Candies and See’s Candy Shops). Mr. Myers holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University Long Beach.
Mr. Myers’s qualifications to serve as a director on our Board include his executive leadership experience as the Company’s Chief Operating Officer and his experience in building and growing the Company’s technology.
Kristin A. Taylor is an accomplished technology executive with over 20 years of experience that includes VP and Director roles at leading tech companies. In May 2020, Ms. Taylor was named President and CEO of ImageWare Systems, Inc. a software SaaS leader in biometric identification and authentication for state, local, federal governments, including law enforcement/public safety, as well as commercial businesses in the financial, healthcare, education, manufacturing and call center verticals. Prior to serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of ImageWare Systems. Ms. Taylor was a strategy consultant providing advisory services on communications, marketing, and analyst relations for Veritas Lux and Kristin A Taylor Consulting in which she developed a proprietary algorithmic methodology to weigh and rank the most influential global technical analysts. From September 2017 to April 2019, Ms. Taylor served as Vice President of Worldwide Analyst Relations at IBM and led the efforts to modernize and transform IBM’s Analyst Relations organization to drive not only influence but materialize revenue. From August 2013 to August 2017, she served as Vice President, Global Analyst and Public Relations at MediaTek, the third largest fabless semiconductor company worldwide with a $49 billion market cap, where she led the buildout of a new global Public and Analyst Relations organization to penetrate the North American, European, Latin American, Russian and Indian markets. Prior to that from September 1998 to December 2010, she served in various positions of increasing responsibility with Qualcomm including Head of Industry Analyst Relations, Senior Director of Business Development, and as a Director in Information Technology. During her tenure with Qualcomm, she drove development and launched the world’s first embedded wireless WAN module inside of notebook computers that resulted in the creation of a new corporate division for computing, with Gobi becoming a core element of 300+ product offerings.
In October 2020, she was named to the Top 50 Women Leaders in SaaS by The Software Report. In November 2020, she was apopointed the Chairperson of the Board of ImageWare Systems. She earned degrees in Business Management and Sociology from the University of New Hampshire.
Ms. Taylor’s experience in Fortune 500 and micro-cap businesses along with her insight in sales, business development, analyst and public relations, marketing, and go-to-market strategies will provide the Board with valuable input.
David M. Rendall is an attorney and licensed real estate broker in the state of California. Mr. Rendall has been the broker and owner of RE/MAX of Santa Clarita, RE/MAX of Valencia, and RE/MAX Gateway since February 2014. Mr. Rendall manages approximately 175 agents and has annual sales of about $1 billion. He is the owner of Group One Investments, Inc. a licensed real estate property management and real estate investment firm specializing in commercial management and real estate syndication and development. He currently sits on the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation board and is the Chief Executive Officer of Escrow Advantage, Inc., an independent escrow company. Mr. Rendall also is the general partner, owner, president, managing member, and/or member of multiple businesses and real estate partnerships. In addition to his real estate companies he is the Principal and Partner of Group One Legal, PC. Mr. Rendall has been practicing real estate since 2001 and law since 2003, when he was admitted to the state bar of California. Mr. Rendall earned a J.D. from Loyola Law School, a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology from University of California, Los Angeles. He also was an adjunct professor at College of the Canyons, where he taught Real Estate Principals, Real Estate Practices, and Legal Aspects of Real Estate.
Mr. Rendall’s possesses substantial managerial and business expertise and insight into specific areas of sales and marketing necessary to provide leadership to the Company through various stages of potential development and growth. In addition, the Board values his legal expertise.
Elisabeth Hagen, M.D. was appointed to our Scientific Advisory Board on January 30, 2019. Dr. Hagen is the former Under Secretary for Food Safety at USDA, the highest ranking food safety official in the United States. She was responsible for the policies and programs that ensured the safety of the commercial meat, poultry, and processed egg products supply for the United States, and played a key role in the overall Administration-wide approach to food safety policy and regulation. Prior to her appointment as Under Secretary in August 2010, she served as USDA’s Chief Medical Officer, advising on a range of issues such as food safety, nutrition, and zoonotic diseases. Prior to serving in the USDA, Dr. Hagen was a physician with infectious disease practices.
Currently, Dr. Hagen is a leading food safety consultant advising food companies, investors, and non-profits on food safety strategy, food trends, regulatory issues, and crisis management. Dr. Hagen serves as a member of Advisory Boards for Yum! Brands, Chipotle, and Tyson Foods. Dr. Hagen has an M.D. from Harvard Medical School and a Bachelor of Science from Saint Joseph’s University.
Dr. Hagen’s qualifications to serve as a director on our Board include her experience and leadership as the nation’s highest ranking food safety official at USDA, and her consulting experience and Advisory Board memberships in the food safety industry.
Scott Harris, Ph.D., MSPH was appointed to our Scientific Advisory Board on August 1, 2020. Dr. Harris is the Associate Director of EHS Services in the Austin, TX office of GDS Associates and an adjunct faculty at University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Utah and UNC-Chapel Hill. His experience spans 30 years of EHS management and Type 1 disaster management across general industry, federal and state government, consulting and university instruction.
Dr. Harris received his PhD in Environmental Science, with a specialization in Disaster and Emergency Management, from Oklahoma State University and holds degrees in Geology and Public Health from Western Kentucky University. He is recognized as a national expert in preparedness and response management and is a sought-after speaker and writer on workplace risk management and disaster preparedness and response.
A former U.S. EPA Federal On-Scene Coordinator, Dr. Harris held key roles in nationally significant response efforts including Space Shuttle Columbia, the Macdona, TX chlorine derailment (largest chlorine transportation release in U.S. history), Hurricane Katrina NOLA water search and rescue and Murphy Oil. In 2010, he served as a Planning Specialist embedded with the U.S. Coast Guard preparing the Florida Keys for oil impact from BP Deepwater Horizon and later as the Planning Section Chief for the Enbridge Energy Pipeline release near Marshal, Michigan. As Deputy Incident Commander, he supported the USDA Green Team for their 2015 Hi-Path Avian Influenza response in Iowa. He is currently on assignment to the FAA advising them on national COVID-19 pandemic mitigation and response measures.
Martin Wiedmann, Ph.D. was appointed to our Scientific Advisory Board on December 1 , 2020. Dr. Martin received a veterinary degree and a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, and a Ph.D. in Food Science from Cornell, where he currently is the Gellert Family Professor of Food Safety. His research interests focus on farm-to-table microbial food quality and food safety and the application of molecular tools and quantitative and modelling approaches to study the transmission of foodborne pathogens and spoilage organisms, with a particular interest in Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. His team has published > 350 peer reviewed publications, which have been cited >15,000 times.
Dr. Martin has served as major advisor for 36 Ph.D. students (24 completed) as well as 22 MS and MPS (20 completed). His former students are employed in industry, government, and academia across the world, with many in leadership positions. He and his team are also regularly asked to help industry across the world with a range of microbial food safety and quality challenges.
Dr. Martin is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM), and the International Academy of Food Science and Technology. He received the Young Scholars award from the American Dairy Science Association in 2002, the Samuel Cate Prescott Award from Institute of Food Technologists’ in 2003, the International Life Science Institute North America Future Leaders Award in 2004, and the American Meat Institute Foundation Scientific Achievement Award in 2011.