Dr. Berman has worked as an emergency medicine physician in northern New Jersey for 9 years. He is ABEM board-certified in Emergency Medicine and has a special interest in the prevention and treatment of cerebrovascular accidents. He is the assistant medical director of the Saint Clare’s Health System Stroke Program as well as a member of the pharmacy and therapeutics committee. He is also a guest lecturer for the paramedic refresher course.
During his emergency medicine residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, he conducted research that was published in The Journal of Emergency Medicine, one of the leading emergency medicine journals. He also presented this research at a SAEM national conference.
Prior to graduating from UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine, he was employed as a retail pharmacist and was an assistant manager. Dr. Berman graduated from Rutgers College of Pharmacy with highest honors. He maintains his NJ physician license as well as his pharmacist license.
Dr. Berman is also the founder and CEO of Waterloo Real Estate LLC, a real estate investment company with holdings in Atlantic City, NJ.
Mr. Savoie retired from the US Army as a Senior Special Agent with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer after twenty-two years of service. He served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and was awarded medals for valor for each war, including the Bronze Star for Valor in Vietnam. In all, he received ten campaign medals, five good conduct medals, four Army Commendation Medals, thirty-five Letters of Commendation, and twenty-seven Letters of Appreciation. Mr. Savoie was an agent in the Criminal Investigation Division and worked in a number of other policing activities. Mr. Savoie has been very active in community, civic, and charitable affairs in southwestern Louisiana, for which he has received many awards, including the distinguished. He speaks French fluently and has worked extensively with crustacean processors in Southwestern Louisiana.
Ms. Ashton, a business consultant, enjoys a remarkable career that includes a broad spectrum of extraordinarily successful business ventures and accomplishments. At age twenty-six, she rose to become vice president of a major bank. Four years later, eager to become an entrepreneur, she launched her own food brokerage company. An immediate success, the business grew and in 1961, she and Jack Hice formed a new company, Hice Brooks and Associates, a partnership. (Jack and Holly were married in 1967.) Jack, the founder of SeaPak, a seafood processor and marketer, a company he had sold, had invented flash freezing and frozen fish sticks. Together, Jack and Holly built and operated a number of shrimp processing plants, always focusing on the development of new products and inventing the equipment to create the products. They were the first company to freeze food with liquid nitrogen. They invented special cooking equipment. One invention cooks shrimp to a twenty percent higher yield. Another prevents shrimp from curling. Holly created the now popular shrimp ring. In all, Jack and Holly were awarded ninety-six world-wide patents, many of which were sold to major international firms, including SeaPak, Katy Industries, and Union Carbide. Additionally, Jack and Holly designed a fleet of shrimp trawlers. Shrimp were caught, processed, packaged, and frozen on board these ships. Holly negotiated business transactions with the governments of seven nations, including the United States.
Mr. Graf is a mechanical engineer with an extensive background in the paper industry. He has been awarded more than fifty US patents for paper manufacturing machinery and components. Ed has held a number of technology and product development leadership positions with the heavy machinery manufacturing firms that service the paper manufacturing industry. Presently, he owns and manages A.P.M., LLC, a technical services company to the paper industry. In the past, Mr. Graf has also been called as an expert witness in cases involving failure analysis in personal injury cases. Ed received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Detroit and undertook advanced studies in Metallurgy at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He has served as advisor to Washington Island (Wisconsin) Ferry Line in the construction of a 100 ton ice breaker. Mr. Graf was also elected to the board of directors of the line. Ed has been investigating and developing paper products that use chitosan to enhance and add specific properties to the paper.
CEO and COO. Twenty-two year career at American Cyanamid included experience in chemicals, plastics, paints, and building products, culminating in five years as President of the Polymer Products Division. Five years followed as COO of Ivax Industries, a specialty chemical subsidiary of Ivax Corporation, and five years as founder and CEO of Management Cleaning Controls, LLC, a build-up company in facility maintenance for retail stores, financed by Bank of America Capital Investors. The last ten years, founder, owner, and CEO of PebbleFlex, LLC a polyurethane rubber surfacing manufacturer and installer of safety surfaces for playgrounds and water play facilities. PebbleFlex, LLC was purchased by Landscape Structures, a global playground equipment company who utilized GMS first as President of the PebbleFlex Division and ultimately as a consultant.
Experience includes research and development, manufacturing, distribution, sales and marketing, general management, and executive management of several different technical and service businesses over a forty-five year career. Particular expertise in the acquisition and sale of businesses, and the restructuring, downsizing, upgrading, and refocusing of organizations necessitated by changing market or company direction. Strong team builder and leader, good communicator inside and outside the company.
Education-Providence College (BS), Boston College (PHD) Carnegie Mellon (Executive MBA)