Mr. Lee 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.
Mark Elliott was appointed our Vice President of Finance on July 31, 2015. He additionally serves as our Principal Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer.
Mr. Elliott has over 15 years acconting and business administraion experience. He is responsible for preparing the financial statements, notes, MD&A as well as other financial information and disclosures for SEC reporting. Mr. Elliott also manages all accounting and reporting systems ensuring compliance with appropriate GAAP standards and Sarbanes Oxley Act. Mr. Elliott also supervises Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable personnel. Previously, Mr. Elliott served as PURE's Controller and has been responsible for managing all accounting and regulatory reporting activities since May 2006. Prior to joining the company in 2004, Mr. Elliott worked in government accounting for the City of San Diego.
Mr. Elliott earned a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration-Accountancy at California State University – San Marcos.
Tom 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 Bioscience, 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.
As EVP, Technical Support Services, Mr. Myers leads the implementation and application of PURE’s SDC technology in customer facilities through problem identification and solution development, custom protocol development and training.
Dolana Blount has served many roles for PURE Bioscience since 1998, including her current roles as VP Technology Development and Regulatory Affairs. Ms. Blount is responsible for coordination of technologies in new product development, manufacturing oversight and quality assurance (QA) management, GMP/GLP regulations, design of protocols for custom studies and ensures and enforces compliance with regulatory guidelines. Ms. Blount also oversees the Company’s intellectual property portfolio and customer service. In addition to microbiology, Ms. Blount has an extensive background in government regulatory issues, including EPA, FDA and DOT submissions, maintenance, compliance and reporting.
Prior to joining PURE Bioscience, Ms. Blount spent 7 years as the Chemical Compliance Coordinator and Safety Officer for Soldemer Incorporated, a warehousing and ground transportation company. Ms. Blount earned a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and has managed several post-graduate research projects.
Mr. Kawata is an accomplished food industry professional with over 20 years of experience. For the past 17 years, Mr. Kawata served in progressively senior roles at Taylor Farms and was most recently Corporate Director of Quality Assurance and Technical Services. In this role, Mr. Kawata helped grow and support Taylor Farm’s restaurant, retail and national brands distribution network. Prior to joining Taylor Farms, Mr. Kawata held management positions at San Miguel Produce and Del Monte.