Chairman and President
Entrepreneur & Executive:
Founder, Chairman, President of Izone Technologies; Founder, Chairman of The Guthrie Group; Founder, CEO, Chairman of the Board of Great Western Resources Inc.; Co-Founder, CEO, Chairman of the Board of J.P.K. Industries; Bear Stearns & Co.
Former Chairman of various US/European companies including venture capital, IT, internet, property, insurance, food distribution, health care, manufacturing, pub and restaurants, financial services, construction, telemarketing, publishing, amongst others; high level negotiator with many governments and multinational firms including equity providers, insurance companies, investment banks, international law firms and all "Big Four" accounting firms. Engaged as a consultant to senior executive management of Global 50 companies and organizations in the world, including Siemens AG, the Onassis Group, and The Vatican.
Founded Great Western Resources Inc., a natural resources company, with $820 and grew it to $445,000,000 market capitalization in eight years during the worst downturn (1982 - 90) in the energy business in the last half of the 20th century; Former Chairman of Success Development International, Inc., on Inc. magazine's list of the 500 fastest growing privately held companies in the United States for 1996 (#152) and 1997 (#195).
Creator, author and lecturer on creating and managing explosive growth sponsored by various international universities, organizations and corporations. In 1999 he authored Your First 100 Million, the definitive step-by-step guide to building a conducive atmosphere for business. And in 2009 authored the 2nd edition of Your First 100 Million, in response to the devastating worldwide financial collapse.
Who's Who in America; Who's Who in Public Speaking; Latin Business Association Outstanding Business Owner in 1981; nominated for Inc's Entrepreneur of the Year in 1989; U.S. Presidential Roundtable 1991; Most Distinguished Alumni California State University School of Business and Economics Commencement Speaker 1991; Award for Excellence by the Center for Entrepreneurial Management in 1994; Chosen TOP TEN Marketing by Entrepreneurs Magazine 1995; "The Communicator" award in 1995 and 1996; "Telly Award" in 1996 and 1997; Leaders and Success by Investor's Business Daily (US) in 1997; Chairman of the company chosen as "Entrepreneurial Company of the Year (Netherlands) 1998; First Honorary Member of Onderneuend Nijenrode (University, Netherlands) 1998; Chairman of the Company nominated for European Entrepreneur of the Year (EU) in 1999; the American International Real Estate Expo and Conference AIREEC 2008,"Man of the Year Award" and the 2008 AIREEC "Inspirational Leadership Award".
Managing Principal & CEO of The Guthrie Group; Interim CEO of Online Tax Brokerage; Ernst & Young UK corporate and international tax; BDO UK tax and audit; Managing Director of private accountancy and tax practice for small and medium businesses; qualified Charter Accountant UK and member of the Institute of Taxation; Former Interim Chief Operating Officer of a U.S. Internet start-up; interim CEO/Managing Director of an international high-tech telemarketing company.
Completed M&A transactions of 7 billion pounds sterling of UK and overseas companies; provided innovative solutions to complex tax problems for multinational PLCs/corporations. Grew revenues by 500% and 200% respectively for a US B2B Internet company and a UK telemarketing company.
Structured mergers and acquisitions; corporate and international tax planning strategies; multinational accountancy, audit, taxation and structured project management, financial workouts and turn-around situations.