CHRISTOPHER S. WILLIAMS - Member, Compliance, Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mr. Williams serves as a Managing Director of Trinity Equity Partners, Inc., having over 30 years of experience in corporate finance and investment property transactions. Mr. Williams previously practiced law as a corporate attorney in California, Washington, D.C., and Virginia.
Mr. Williams background in investment banking includes service on the board of directors and advisory boards for several hedge funds and venture capital firms. He also has extensive experience in commercial and securities transactions including treasury operations, banking, mutual and pension funds, and investor relations. His previous practice encompassed general corporate and business law, merchant banking, finance, franchises, sports and entertainment, real property, and intellectual property issues. He has served as Corporate Counsel for several publicly traded companies and financial institutions and has assisted clients in raising capital and seeking other forms of financing (raising over $500 million in public and private equity funds).
Mr. Williams graduated with honors from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia, School of Law, and he earned a MBA in Finance while serving in the United States Navy.
PATRICK A. HOWELL - Member, Secretary of the Board of Directors
Mr. Howell is founder, publisher and executive director of the West Coast Wall Street Conference and California Financial Times. Mr. Howell enjoys a 20 years of experience in the financial sector with global Fortune 500 companies as Wells Fargo Bank, BNP Paribus and Bank of America. Read more about Mr. Howell's back ground HERE. Mr. Howell has held his FINRA and SEC series 7 and 66 liscenses as well as life and health insurance liscenses in the state of New York.
Gary E. Bryant - Member of the Board of Directors, Ambassador and Quality Control
Gary Bryant is the best in the micro-cap, capital markets industry, taking companies public, making deals and getting deals done. Mr. Bryant’s legendary career spans over 40 years , owning a national broker dealer (Anderson, Bryant and Co. out of Oklahoma) and playing an instrumental role in deals such as Pre-Paid Legal, Sonic Boom and over 200 other deals at various stages of the capital markets game.
A founding member of the National Investment Banker’s Association, Southwest Investment Association (Frisco, Texas) and the Southern California Investment Association (Orange County, California). Mr. Bryant currently works out of “the Barn” on his 6-acre ranch outside of Dallas as the President & Founder of Newport Capital Consultants. He is still running with deals like Petro Resources (eventually became Magnum Hunter Resources, NYSE: MHR), Xtreme Oil and Gas (US: XTOG) or Lucas Energy (AMEX: LEI), just like his days as a linebacker for the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M football team.
In December of 2006, Mr. Bryant received the prestigious "Founders Award" from the National Investment Banker’s Association (NIBA). In October 2011, Gary will receive a “Lifetime Achievement Excellence Award” from the San Diego Investment Conference at the inaugural West Coast Wall Street Conference in Newport Beach, California.
His access to the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship as well as extensive rolodex of political and business contacts mark him as an entrepreneur to watch at the cusp of the 21st Century.
HANNA WAGARI - Member of the Board of Directors, Accounting
Ms. Wagari has been Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Cardium Therapeutics since May 2012 and as marketing director since October 2010. Ms. Wagari has over twenty years of experience focused on sales, marketing and business development in global brands. Ms. Wagari was Vice President of Marketing at Roex, Inc., a privately held nutraceutical company, from 2009 to 2010. Prior to that, from 2008 to 2009, Ms. Wagari was Global Product Manager of DKB Household USA, Inc., a subsidiary of Diethelm Keller Brands, responsible for its flagship Zyliss brand. Ms. Wagari began her career with Noevir, a multinational cosmetics company based in Tokyo, Japan, in increasing levels of sales, marketing and business development responsibility from 1992 to 2006. Ms. Wagari earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Texas in Arlington.
Grant Bettingen - Member of the Board of Directors, Membership
Grant Bettingen is recognized as a leader in the investment banking and financial community in Orange County. With more than 40 years in the industry, Bettingen was the Chairman and founder of Grant Bettingen, Inc, (“GBI”) a FINRA firm which provided diversified investment banking and securities transaction services, continuously operating in the Newport Beach-Irvine, California area since 1985.
His company cleared through major firms such as Bear Stearns, Pension Financial and Wedbush Securities. In addition to having developed a highly successful independent boutique brokerage firm with branch offices throughout the country and more than 120 registered representatives, Mr. Bettingen built his firm with the distinction of providing financial services including Investment Banking, Money Management, and Financial Planning to high net worth individuals and institutional investors across the nation.
GBI selectively took on the role of co-underwriter and underwriting syndicate member and offered complete investment banking services including corporate finance for public and private enterprises; securities transactions; trading; syndication; M&A; reorganizations; reverse mergers; PIPEs; merchant banking and the knowledge and relationships to attract research coverage and market making support.
Because Mr. Bettingen focused on Micro Cap and Small Cap public companies with an acute awareness of their needs and obstacles that they may face, he brings senior executive leadership in guiding IMM through the maze of structured financing, public company preparedness and eventual public offering.
Some of Mr. Bettingen’s professional affiliations include: The National Investment Bankers Association (“NIBA”); The Financial Services Exchange (“FSX”); founding member of the San Diego Investment Conference and a founding member of The Southern California Investment Conference.
MICHAEL FUGLER - BOARD MEMBER AND INVESTMENT BANKING EXPERT
Mr. Fugler is a global expert and speaker on Entrepreneurship. Delivering education, training, and demonstration workshops on how to go from an idea on a napkin to a stock exchange listing and all the steps in between. Mr. Fugler has been a licensed Attorney for 38 years developing an expertise in international law and finance, international investment and merchant banking. He has also been an Investment Banker for the past 16 of those years being FINRA registered with Series 7, 24, 63, and 79 licenses and establishing offices and providing extensive consulting and guidance to institutional investors throughout Europe and the USA and now Asia.