Tom Y. Lee is our Chief Executive Officer and President. He also has been a member of our Board since October 2014, serving as Chairman of the Board from January 2019 to August 2021. Mr. Lee also is currently the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Swabplus, Inc., a contract manufacturer of single-dose applicator and formulation OEM products, serving in both roles 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 a Master of Science in Accounting from California State University, Long Beach and a Bachelors in Business Administration from TamKang University in Taipei, Taiwan.
Tom Myers is our Chief Operating Officer. He also has been a member of our Board since January 2021. Prior to serving as our Chief Operating Officer, he was our Executive Vice President, Technical Support Services. In this role, he led the implementation and application of our silver di-hydrogen citrate (SDC) technology in customer facilities through problem identification and solution development, custom protocol development and training. 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 our company, 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 also has 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 from California State University, Long Beach.
Mark Elliott is our Vice President, Finance. Mr. Elliott has over 15 years accounting and business administration 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 the Sarbanes Oxley Act. Mr. Elliott also supervises Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable personnel. Previously, Mr. Elliott served as our Controller and has been responsible for managing all accounting and regulatory reporting activities since May 2006. Prior to joining our company in 2004, Mr. Elliott worked in government accounting for the City of San Diego. Mr. Elliott earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Accountancy at California State University, San Marcos.
Dolana Blount is our Vice President, Technology Development and Regulatory Affairs. She also has served in many other roles since joining our company in 1998. Ms. Blount is responsible for coordination of technologies in new product development, manufacturing oversight and quality assurance management, GMP/GLP regulations, design of protocols for custom studies and ensures and enforces compliance with regulatory guidelines. Ms. Blount also oversees our 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 our company, 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, and has managed several post-graduate research projects.
Jason Kawata is our Vice President, Food Division. Mr. Kawata is an accomplished food industry professional with over 20 years of experience. Prior to joining our company, 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.
Tim Steffensmeier is our Director of Technical Services. Mr. Steffensmeier has a 20-year career in the food industry, having held key leadership roles in sanitation and food safety. He began his career in sanitation at Kraft Foods, where he led the food sanitation department. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Steffensmeier spent 10 years at Commercial Food Sanitation (CFS), an Intralox company that specializes in addressing food safety, where he was one of the founding members. As Senior Food Safety Specialist, he was responsible for leading the produce, dairy, and appetizer departments in North America, as well as large global accounts. During his tenure at CFS, Mr. Steffensmeier co-developed a plant assessment and global training program and co-authored articles for industry magazines.