Chairman of the Board Ronald Erickson has over 25 years of experience in the high technology, telecommunications and micro-computer industries. In addition to his service to Visualant, he is the current Chair, and former CEO of eCharge, an electronic payment systems developer, where he played a key role in raising approximately US$100 million in equity capital from major international investors. Mr. Erickson was also co-founder, Chairman, President and CEO of GlobalTel Resources, Inc., a provider of telecommunications services, messaging and intranet solutions, and has held executive positions at Egghead Software Inc, NBI Inc, and MicroRim, Inc.
President and CEO Bradley E. Sparks brings more than three decades of expertise in the high-tech and related industries. He has experience guiding high-tech startup companies through IPO’s and has served in senior financial positions for major public companies. Previous to Visualant, Mr. Sparks was the CFO of WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. which was recently acquired by a private equity group. Prior to that position, he served as CFO for several telecommunications and high-tech companies, including Omnipoint Corp., Digex, Inc., eSpire Communications, and WAM!NET.
Serving on the Board of Directors, Dr. Masahiro Kawahata, Ph.D. is the former Director of the Fujitsu Research Institute. He is known in Japan as “the father of multimedia” for his work as National Program Director in developing the nationwide fiber optic network. The U.S. Government has officially acknowledged him as “Non-U.S. Scientist of Extraordinary Ability”. Dr. Kawahata previously served as a Director of numerous technology companies, and has received several prestigious awards in the U.S. and Japan.
Jon Pepper, also serving on the Board of Directors, is the co-founder of Pepcom, a company focused on producing press-only technology showcase events around the country. He also started the DigitalFocus newsletter, a ground-breaking newsletter on digital imaging that went to leading influencers worldwide. Pepper was formerly a well-regarded journalist and columnist with his work on technology subjects appearing in The New York Times, Fortune, PC Magazine, Men’s Journal, Working Woman, PC Week, Popular Science and many other well known publications.
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