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Rear Admiral Stephen I. Johnson, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Rear Admiral Johnson’s 30-year Navy career included command of the Nuclear Fast Attack Submarine U.S. CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI (SSN-705); service as Major Acquisition Program Manager for Submarine Electronic Systems (PMS-401), Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA); Program Director, Information Support Systems (PD-15), Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR); and Project Director, Navy Year 2000 Project (CNO-N6Y). Subsequent to his naval service, Admiral Johnson has served commercial industry, government program offices, and educational institutions as a senior management consultant. Admiral Johnson is a Managing Director of Source Companies LLC, an investment banking and value growth consulting company providing debt capitalization and growth advisory services to medium-sized, closely held businesses. He is the founder of SBS Consulting, Inc., providing strategic planning, senior program management, subject matter expert, and sales and marketing consulting services to commercial customers, government organizations, and educational institutions. Admiral Johnson has also served as a Technology and Business Advisor to the William J. Von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement at the Jacobs School of Engineering, University of California, San Diego. Admiral Johnson is a graduate of Duke University (Physics) and the Major Program Managers Course, Defense Systems Management College. He is certified and served as a Department of Defense Major Acquisition Program Manager (Level III). He resides in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Marinko Vekovic
Mr. Vekovic is the President of the management consulting company Alpha Medicals in Irvine, California. Was Senior VP Marketing and Sales at ICN (NYSE: VRX), President of MVC Consulting, Over ten years with Eli Lilly (NYSE: LLY) from US to Latin America and Europe / Director of Operations Europe Middle East Africa region /; Over 25 years of multidimensional expertise, both domestic and international, in General management, Business development, Strategic planning, Marketing and Sales. Experience with Global and start-up companies. Managed businesses from $3 million to $850 million. Started Companies on London Stock Exchange and NYSE and NASDAQ. Proven record of success leading turnarounds and high-growth operations worldwide. An MBA in General Management from IMD –Lausanne Switzerland and B.S. in Economics from London University UK, complement a history of outstanding results.

Joseph A. Grace, Jr.
A 1980 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He received his MBA from the University of New Orleans. After serving almost nine years as a nuclear submarine officer, he left the active duty Navy to take a position with a Fortune 500 Electronics firm in California, where he held various positions in sales and sales management. He came home to Louisiana in November of 1994 to become the founding President of the LTC, a technical trade association committed to transforming the Louisiana Technology Industry. During his tenure as President, the LTC emerged as a technology leader for Louisiana and the Southern States. He has been actively involved in raising Millions in venture capital funds; has participated in the start up of over 150 companies; and has personally formed over 20 companies. He is nationally recognized for his innovative marketing and business strategies. In Mr. Grace has remained active as a Captain in the United States Naval Reserve. In 2001 Captain Grace assumed the Reserve position of Special Projects officer and spokesperson for the Navy’s $8Billion enterprise rollout of the Navy Marine Corps Intranet. He has since been fully recalled to Active Duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, as the hand selected Chief Information Officer for Navy Medicine. His responsibilities include all operational Information Management and Information Technology in support of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery for the Surgeon General. He is active on many Boards and Committees and is a recognized leader of the business community of Louisiana

Jeff Raley
Mr. Raley was admitted to bar, 1972, Oklahoma. Education: B.S., University of Oklahoma (1969); J.D., University of Oklahoma College of Law (1972); in private practice in Blackwell, Oklahoma from 1972-1987; served as Assistant District Attorney for Kay County from 1972-1974; served as Blackwell City Attorney from 1975-1987; served as Norman City Attorney from 1987-2004. Member of the American, Oklahoma and Cleveland County Bar Associations; admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; appointed by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to serve as Judge of the Court of Appeals, Temporary Division No. 74. Served on Oklahoma Bar Foundation Board of Trustees; served on Board of Directors of Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority; served on Board of Directors and held all executive offices in Oklahoma Municipal Attorney’s Association. Mr. Raley is a partner with FLOYD LAW FIRM, P.C., a Norman, Oklahoma based law firm, founded by Glenn Floyd in 1970. The firm has a forty-one year history practicing exclusively as bond lawyers. Since its inception, the firm has specialized in municipal, public utility, industrial development and other municipal securities law. The firm handles all types of municipal finance, including tax-exempt notes and bonds, taxable municipal securities, tax-exempt leases, third party tax-exempt financings, mortgage bonds, mortgage credit certificates and many other types of municipal finance. Projects of many descriptions have been financed, including streets, bridges, water towers, city halls, airports, parking lots, electrical systems, water systems, sewer systems, solid waste disposal systems, retirement homes, nursing homes, colleges, universities, commercial and industrial facilities, single-family housing, multi-family housing, libraries, convention centers and many other types of public improvements. Since 1968, the attorneys in the firm have served as bond counsel, special tax counsel and underwriter’s counsel on 2,095 issues totaling almost ten billion.

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