Board of Directors
Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board
Mr. Ganz brings more than 30 years of global business experience in sales management, manufacturing, new product design and development as well as mergers & acquisitions. Mr. Ganz will assist SDI with sales & marketing, expansion of the company's product range, review of operations, implementation of cost control measures, development of strategic alliances and financial oversight. During his career Mr. Ganz has bought, built and sold more than half a dozen global businesses with combined sales in excess of $1.0 billion. Most recently, Mr. Ganz sold Maine Industrial Tire LLC to Trelleborg (based out of Sweden) for $67 million, generating a 7.0x return to investors over a three-year period.
Mr. Ganz is a graduate of Columbia Law School in New York City and completed his accounting designation at Georgetown University in Washington DC.
Ms. Bowling brings more than 25 years of diverse executive management experience to the board of SDI. Some of her skill-sets include; government affairs, lobbying, public relations, government procurement, marketing, communications, operations, and local and state-level legislation. Ms. Bowling has also spent part of her career in the less-lethal sector for a long-range acoustic hailing device company.
Karen's recent positions include; Public Affairs Director at Foley & Lardner LLP, CEO at WiseEye AI, (an artificial intelligence company focused on the healthcare sector for CT scan identification and classification), Chief Administration Officer for the city of Jacksonville, FL (with a budget in excess of one billion dollars and over 5,000 employees), and Co-Founder and CEO of the Solantic Walk-In Urgent Care Centers. Ms. Bowling has sat on and chaired numerous boards across a dozen sectors, and has recently been Gubernatorial appointed to the board of the Florida State College in Jacksonville.
Herbert Hughes has over 30 years of experience in the financial industry as well as advising and running companies in a diverse range of businesses. Herb began his career as a trader at Kidder Peabody, then ran his own hedge fund, and served as the head of derivatives and risk management for the Bass brothers, among other positions. Currently he is the CFO of Wormhole Labs, a tech company in the augmented reality, esports, and gaming industries that combines elements of Augmented Reality, Global Commerce, Crowdsourcing, Augmented Search, Live Interactive Streaming, Messaging, Location Based Services and Integrated Social Networking with an integrated payment system. He is also a Managing Director of HHM Capital which provides bespoke investment banking and advisory services to ultra-high net worth individuals and families. Herb is a graduate of Harvard College.
Mr. Jensen is a seasoned, global executive with direct experience in developing high performance teams, managing complex projects, and building a global network of trusted advisers and business partners. His experiences have been focused on plastics contract manufacturing, the defence sector, technology licensing and managing intricate, multinational programs. Mr. Jensen has extensive business experience in the Middle East in both the public and private sectors of defence.
Mr. Jensen's tenures include: co-founding Halo Maritime Defense Systems, with 13 patents and over $300-million in naval and defence opportunities; Nypro Inc., a billion-dollar plastics injection molding contract manufacturer, where Mr. Jensen held senior management positions and directed a business unit with $150-million in sales; and positions with Kodak and GE, as well as the U.S. Army (nine years of active duty serving in command positions with the 82nd Airborne Division and XVIIIth Airborne Corps. Mr. Jensen was twice awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.
A distinguished graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (1977), Mr. Jensen received his MS in chemistry from MIT (1979 - Fannie and John Hertz Fellow) and holds an MBA with honours from Golden Gate University (1982).
Vladimir Kitaygorodsky was appointed to the Board effective May 9, 2020. Mr. Kitaygorodsky (48) is a managing partner at Shibumi Capital LLC, an investment fund for public and private investments that he founded in July 2011. While at Shibumi Capital, Mr. Kitaygorodsky cofounded Beacon Protection, a commercial and residential security company based in the Northeast. Mr. Kitaygorodsky graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bowdoin College, where he was a 4-year James Bowdoin Scholar and a member of the 1990 and 1993 Division III ECAC Championship lacrosse teams. Following his graduation and prior to founding Shibumi Capital Mr. Kitaygorodsky worked for more than 15 years in investment banking and asset management. Mr. Kitaygorodsky brings extensive knowledge of public and private financing structure as well as the private security market to the Company’s Board of Directors.
Mr. Levantin is a senior executive with a proven record of positioning companies for growth, profitability and acquisition. He is currently the chief executive officer and a board member of Amphora Inc., the leading global software solution and service provider for energy and commodity trading, risk management, and logistics execution. With over 30 years experience, he is an accomplished strategist in conceptualizing, building and operating corporations on a global level in the commodity sector. Prior to leading Amphora, he was a co-founder of Commoditrack, a real-time mark-to-market and risk management platform for commodities, which was acquired by the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) and later by Sungard Financial Systems. Prior to building and leading companies in the software sector, Mr. Levantin was a commodity trader with Philipp Brothers Commodity Corp. and Phibro Energy. He holds a BS in business and economics from Lehigh University.
Beatrice Mitchell is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sperry, Mitchell & Company, one of the oldest and most active independent M&A advisory firms in the United States. She also co-owns Percival Scientific, a leading Iowa-based manufacturer of biological incubators and plant growth chambers. Bea is a graduate of Yale University and the Columbia Graduate School of Business, and has been a regular lecturer at the Columbia Business School, New York University and the University of Virginia. She has been widely quoted in the financial and business press and is the co-author of The Complete Guide to Selling or Merging Your Business. Beatrice was recognized in 2016, 2017 and 2019 as one of The Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A by Mergers & Acquisitions. She is also on the Board of Managers at Haverford College (Finance, External Affairs and Nom and Gov. Committees), and serves on the Boards of the InterSchool Orchestras of New York (Executive and Finance committees), The Institute for Career Development (Executive, Finance, Audit committees), Off The Record and The Cosmopolitan Club, and has been involved with many capital campaigns.
Chris Reed is a senior law enforcement professional who, prior to joining the Company, served as the Special Agent in Charge and Director for the United States Agency of International Development (USAID) in the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), where he led a team of professional and highly trained special agent supervisors, foreign and civil service special agents, investigators and intelligence analysts that conducted global investigations into fraud, waste, abuse and criminal activity. Before that, Mr. Reed served with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) for 16 years, where he last held the position of Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the New Orleans Field Division. In this role, he had direct responsibility for five ATF Field Offices throughout Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Mr. Reed is also the managing partner of Garcia Reed Investments, LLC, a real estate management entity. Reed is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and received a BA from Indiana University, a Master of Administration from Northern Arizona University, an MBA from Champlain College and completed Georgetown University's Congressional Fellow Program and Columbia Business School's Executive Development Program.