Board of Advisors
Gregory E. Kirkelie
Gregory E. Kirkelie, Esq., graduated in 1970 from the University of Southern California School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor degree with highest honors (Order of the Coif). He was admitted to the State Bar of California in early 1970. He joined Ervin, Cohen & Jessup, the largest and oldest law firm in Beverly Hills, in 1970, and was admitted as a partner in 1974. Mr. Kirkelie practiced principally in the Corporate (business) and Tax Departments, representing numerous publicly-held and private businesses. Mr. Kirkelie was active in the legal education community, being a former Instructor on Corporate Law in the University of Southern California School of Law's Advanced Professional Program, lecturer and author on Tax Law for the University of Southern California School of Law's Tax Institute, and lecturer on Business Law for the California Continuing Education of the Bar program for attorneys.
In 1977, he was engaged as General Counsel to what then became one of the world's best known celebrity merchandising companies, responsible for negotiating world-wide licensing rights to the names and likenesses of many prominent celebrities and motion pictures for merchandising purposes, some of which included Elvis Presley, Star Wars, Rocky (Sylvestor Stallone), Flash Gordon, Grease, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band (Bee Gees), Superman (Christopher Reeves), Popeye (Robin Williams), and numerous others. He negotiated numerous contracts with Warner Communications, Columbia Pictures, Universal, MGM, United Artists, 20th Century Fox and Paramount Pictures. Beginning in the late 1970’s and continuing during the 1980’s, Mr. Kirkelie represented Dentsu, Inc. (the world’s largest advertising agency headquartered in Japan and with offices worldwide) as its legal counsel in the United States, negotiating the rights for celebrity endorsements of products manufactured and/or sold by Dentsu's clients (almost 90% of major Japanese companies). He has traveled extensively throughout the world, negotiating celebrity merchandise licensing contracts with major national and international manufacturing and service companies located in the United States and other countries.
From 1981 to the present, Mr. Kirkelie has been the Managing General Partner in numerous commercial real estate partnerships, both general and limited, being responsible for the development and management of many industrial, commercial and shopping center projects, both in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Los Angeles, California, USA.
Over the past 25 years, Mr. Kirkelie has been involved in numerous other projects of international import. He was one of the founding investors in the U.S. internet company GOTO.COM, later renamed OVERTURE, incubated by entrepreneur Bill Gross’s Idealab and which Yahoo acquired and today uses as their highly successful "pay-for-performance" search engine. He has a close working relationship with Japanese, Chinese and Southeast Asian business associates and contacts through whom he is marketing his company’s services. He has traveled and continues to travel extensively to countries within those regions.
Curtis W. Keyes - Mr. Keyes is president and founder of Marine Management Insurance Brokers, Inc. (MMIB) and International Cargo Loss Prevention, Inc. (ICLP). He started both of these companies in 1983, based on his earlier work focusing on providing loss prevention services to marine insurers in the worldwide insurance market.
In the late 70’s Mr. Keyes chose to specialize in understanding food regulatory agencies in the USA, i.e. FDA and USDA and later studied the food regulatory systems in place in the EU, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. MMIB acts as a specialized underwriting agent empowered by two first class insurers, Allianz and XL Marine Group Companies, to insure seafood, meat and other foodstuff shipments against food regulatory interventions, known as detention, refusal and seizure events which emanate from food safety interventions. As such, Mr. Keyes works with many global seafood importers and directly with foreign seafood processors in designing specialized coverage to insure shipments against transportation and food regulatory interventions as product moves forward in the supply chain.
Mr. Keyes works closely with the global seafood market and has spent his entire professional life managing different aspects of food safety violations. When he learned about Global Food Technologies, he enthusiastically embraced the prospects of eliminating and mitigating the effects of certain pathogens in global trade.
Mr. Keyes is a graduate of Ohio State University and majored in Political Science as an undergraduate, and studied international business and finance in OSU’s MBA program, completing his formal education in 1975. Subsequently and through commercial practice, Mr. Keyes became deeply involved in the fields of admiralty law and food regulatory law. He has orchestrated more than (1500) appeals before the FDA and has handled hundreds of recovery actions in the field of admiralty law. Mr. Keyes has been a columnist for the American Seafood Institute Report and the Global Aquaculture Advocate, has testified before a Senate subcommittee on surface transportation and merchant marine in support of revisions to the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act. Mr. Keyes sponsored, researched and filed a Brief Amicus Curia, in the name of International Cargo Loss Prevention, Inc. in support of respondents; James N. Kirby, Pty. Ltd and Allianz Australia Limited, in the Supreme Court of the United States in May, 2004.
Penn Post founded Post Associates in 1981 to help company leaders achieve strategic and financial goals, and improve profitability, cash flow, and shareholder value. Post Associates works with executives and managers of companies seeking to build profitable growing businesses; ones that create outstanding value for customers, shareholders and employees. Clients include: Boeing, Coca Cola Company, General Dynamics, GTE, Johnson & Johnson, MONY, Motorola, Rockwell International, Siemens, Texas Instruments, TRW and others.
The author of Ten Ways To Improve Profitability, he has developed and conducted more than 700 workshops and seminars in Managing for Financial Success and Shareholder Value, Business Decision Making, Using Business Performance Metrics, Building Financial Literacy and Business Acumen, Profit and Cash flow Management, Strategic Planning, and Sales Training.
He has helped operating managers, supervisors, professionals, and front line employees increase their financial knowledge and skills, and commitment to take actions to achieve financial goals.
Mr. Post is on the faculty of the Institute for Management Studies, the faculty of the Executive Program for Scientists and Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, and is a Certified Professional Consultant to Management (CPCM).
Penn Post has been a key manager with General Electric, California Computer Products, and Rockwell International. He has a B.S. in Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.
Richard D. Smith
Richard Smith is the Chairman and Founder of News USA, Inc., a multi-million dollar syndicated news distributing business with a stable base of 3,000 customers nation-wide. NewsUSA has more than 14 years experience writing, editing and distributing feature articles to 10,000 newspapers and radio scripts to 6,000+ radio stations. Some of NewsUSA clients include: NASDAQ, AOL, Amazon.com, Carsdirect.com, IBM, Bull & Bear Securities, HBO, GM, MCI, AT&T, Apple Computer, Campbell’s Soup, Colgate-Palmolive, Eastman Kodak, Fox TV, ESPN, Franklin Mint, Sheraton Hotels, Kraft Foods, Motorola, MasterCard, VISA, Paramount Pictures, Hilton, Penguin Books, Prentice Hall, Prudential, Schering Plough, Sanyo, Sony, Sears, Coca-Cola, Dow Chemical, Thrifty Car Rental, Ticketmaster, Walt Disney, VW, Mall.com, Geoportals.com, Registrats.com, and Whats4free.com
Mr. Smith is the Co-Founder of News Canada, Inc., which sold to a large public company in Canada. As President & Founder of Computermaster Systems, Limited, he oversaw and inventoried Canada’s first chain of computer stores. The company imported, assembled, and installed complete computer systems for clients in the U.S. and Canada.
Mr. Smith has a B.A. in Economics from York University in Toronto, an Honors Bachelors of Commerce in Accounting from the University of Windsor, MBA studies at the University of Toronto and the CPA program before joining Deloite and Touche. He is the author of three best-selling self-help business books: Getting Started, Getting Money and Getting Sales.
Dr. Charles Gross
Dr. Gross is a veteran media entrepreneur with an extensive background in marketing and business promotion, and has a history of community and statewide public health activism. Dr. Gross holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the University of Illinois where he graduated Omicron Kappa Upsilon and a Master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Orthodontics. Dr. Gross was President of the Dental Society of the San Fernando Valley, California, where he headed numerous activities throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Some of those activities included health fairs hosted on KNBC-TV and at the L.A. Forum and the L.A. Coliseum. Dr. Gross was the host for 4 ½ years of “Medicine Today”, a live weekly radio show on KCSN radio in Los Angeles. He also produced and hosted “Looking Good, Feeling Good”. During its successful 10-year run, Dr. Gross promoted high-end medical, dental and pharmaceutical care on the show. Dr. Gross was also California State Chairman of the National Children’s Dental Health Week where he appointed actress/model Cheryl Tiegs and sportscaster Bryant Gumbel as his co-chair persons.
Dr. Gross and his wife Joni have been happily married for 22 years. Dr. Gross has 3 children, Bill, Larry and Marcee who are also well known in the high-technology business world for their professional and academic achievements. Bill is the CEO and Chairman of Idealab, a highly regarded and successful incubator of advanced technology companies headquartered in Pasadena, California. Among its many successes, Idealab introduced paid search engines to the internet in 1997 with its company GoTo.com, Inc., later renamed Overture Services Inc. Overture was acquired by Yahoo in 2003 and is used as Yahoo’s highly acclaimed “pay-for-performance” search engine today. Larry was Vice-Chairman of Idealab and President of the education software company Knowledge Adventure, and a principal in Cendant Software. Currently Larry is CEO of Altra INC. an integrated renewable fuels company, mainly involved with Ethanol. Marcee was a former officer of Idealab, and is currently a director at Renal Touch a software company dealing with aiding kidney function.
Simon W. Holden
Simon W. Holden is an experienced Corporate lawyer based in the City of London,
where he is a partner at the boutique law firm The Khan Partnership LLP. Mr.
Holden acts for a diverse range of corporate and individual clients – his
practice focuses mainly on corporate finance, securities law, private equity,
M&A and commercial transactions, with a particular emphasis on assisting
companies raise capital.
Mr. Holden has advised on a number of capital markets transactions, specifically
on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange, where he has represented issuers
and Nominated Advisers. He has worked on a broad array of market-related
transactions, including restructurings, share capital reductions, reverse
takeovers, Rule 144A offerings, IPOs and secondary placings. He has also acted
for issuers seeking admission to trading on the Main Market of the London Stock
Exchange and the PLUS-quoted Market. He has an excellent understanding of the
capital market regimes in Australia, Canada and the United States, having acted
for a number of clients based in these jurisdictions during his career, some of
which have been dual-quoted in London.
Over the years, Mr. Holden has advised Global Food Technologies in connection
with various matters in the United Kingdom. Further, he has introduced the
company to a number of brokerage firms and potential funding partners in London
with a view to exploring the potential for seeking an admission to trading on
the AIM market, which the company keeps under review together with the options
available to it in the United States. Mr. Holden continues to seek potential
investment partners for Global Food Technologies in the United Kingdom, and
brings a deep and valued capital markets expertise to the company.