Mr. Kelly Warbis - Chairman/CEO
Mr. Warbis has led EKAMOR's commercialization and technology development. Warbis has expanded EKAMOR's scope from a waste to energy company to a waste to product company with a focus on integrated facilities for optimum engineering services, sales, operations and construction.
Best described as a serial entrepreneur, Mr. Warbis has started a variety of companies in his career. From developing his first business plan to secure financing for a start-up trucking company while still in High School; his vision, ability to recruit talent and broad market understanding has been the foundation on which he has built his businesses. In the early 80's Mr. Warbis started a commercial landscaping and construction business that he operated until the mid-90's. Seeing the precursors of a boom in the technology industry he moved to California and started a staffing company that specialized in the placement of software engineers and developers to tech companies. The company was eventually sold to its largest customer and Warbis oversaw the successful transition of the company.
As consumer growth in the PC market began to explode, Warbis became the co-founder of a computer service business focusing on the small business and residential markets. Creating a franchise model, technicians had the ability to repair computers, resolve networking and IT issues on site. The development of a strong management team and advisory board attributed to the successful acquisition of the company by a major computer manufacturer after a year and a half of operations.
In late 2000, Mr. Warbis had the opportunity to work as a consultant for a national alarm company. The management team was eventually overhauled and Warbis remained as the Sales Manager where he hired, trained and developed a strong sales team, the nucleus of which is still intact today. After his tenure there Mr. Warbis started commercial security company specializing in commercial fire alarm design, service and monitoring. Having the foresight to realize that evolving technology was causing a crossover between the alarm and IT industries, the company acquired an IT company and recreated itself as a Managed Services Provider (MSP). The company began an acquisition and roll up strategy that first included Telco and IT companies to create and provide a platform of additional services for their commercial alarm customers.
Mr. Ian Subel – Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Subel has over 20 years of international experience in investment banking, corporate finance advisory and chartered accountancy in the U.S. and South Africa.
Before joining EKAMOR, Mr. Subel served as Managing Director and Founder of Fogel Capital Partners, a corporate finance advisory firm in the U.S. founded in 2002. The firm led several corporate finance, M&A, and related assignments on behalf of multiple industries and sectors, including mobile, internet social media companies. In addition to investment work, Mr. Subel had responsibilities for marketing, new business development, and office management, including P&L responsibilities.
Mr. Subel also spent nearly five years as CFO and Treasurer of a single family office in the U.S. where he was responsible for helping to raise capital, search for private equity investments, conduct due diligence of potential acquisitions, and negotiate transactions from 2007 to 2011. The family office is focused on investing in the financial services industry.
Mr. Subel first moved from South Africa to the U.S. in 1998 when he joined Deloitte Corporate Finance as an investment banker (holding the title of Managing Director) covering the West region of the U.S. Prior to joining Deloitte, Mr. Subel was a Partner at Fisher Hoffman Sithole, a leading firm of chartered accountants in South Africa. Mr. Subel holds a Bachelors in Commerce and a Bachelors in Accounting from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Mr. Subel also holds a CPA certification, numerous life insurance related licenses, as well as prior Series 7 and 63 broker dealer licenses.
Mr. Roland Black – Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Black is a senior-level IT executive with 20+ years of experience in IT professional and managed services. Throughout his career he has developed and led high performing teams of IT experts that have driven solutions innovation and sales growth. Mr. Black accomplished this in both established and start-up organizations and brings broad experience in a number of strategic business areas including complex sales cycles, traditional sales and marketing leadership, operations and engineering, finance and M&A.
Mr. Black previously held positions as Executive Vice President of Wachter Technology Solutions, Executive Vice President of Comm-Works/Harbor Technologies and President of Network Integrators, Inc. All were Cisco centric IT Managed Services & Professional Services companies offering Voice, Wireless, Security, Switch/Route and Data Center technologies for the Enterprise Network. Custom SW tools development and 24x7 NOC/HelpDesk services were cornerstones. These services were all delivered by a hand-picked IT professionals, pre and post sales engineers, project managers and third party partnerships.
Mr. Black has early career experience as a product design engineer in fiber optic network solutions and systems with FiberCom, Inc. Mr. Black is a U.S. Navy veteran, an FAA Licensed Commercial Pilot and holds undergraduate degrees in Business Admin and Information Technology, an MBA with dual concentrations in Business Administration and Marketing.
J. Mark Hutchins - President and Chief Regulatory Officer
Mr. Hutchins has spent the past 27 years fueling his passion for matching people's interest with impactful projects. While serving as a manager and leader of complex organizations throughout his career, he has championed efforts that have raised millions of dollars from private and government sources for projects supporting business development, academic efforts, athletic programs and facilities, religious and civic groups and other social causes that have been used to enhance the lives of people and promote projects that foster community growth and pride.
Mr. Hutchins has made presentations across the country on a variety of topics including planning and management in capital fund raising, alumni strategic planning, solicitation strategies, planned giving for annual giving professionals, management issues, internet fund-raising, two-year college fund raising strategies, small shop fund-raising strategies and establishing priorities for fund-raising success. Additionally, He has served Louisiana Tech University, The University of Texas at Austin, and Mississippi State University, and as associate vice president, vice president and interim president at Wood College (MS), Murray State University (KY) and Tennessee Tech University.
Mr. Hutchins holds a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in human relations and supervision from Louisiana Tech University.