Board of Directors
Laird Q. Cagan
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mr. Cagan has served as a director of the Company since February 2011. He is an investor in the Company who has served as a director and officer of numerous private and publicly traded companies. He has 20 years of experience investing in and building high growth technology companies as well as 5 years in the investment banking industry. During the 1990’s he invested in and helped build 15 high tech companies with over $500 million of equity capital invested in those companies. He is a co-founder and Managing Director of Cagan McAfee Capital Partners, LLC (“CMCP”) a private investment firm he founded in 2002. CMCP has founded, funded and taken public 10 companies in a variety of industries including energy, alternative energy, healthcare, information technologies, and environmental. CMCP portfolio companies have raised over $600 million of equity capital and over $2 billion of capital has been invested in those companies or their projects. Mr. Cagan previously worked for the two of the largest investment banks in the world, Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Drexel Burnham Lambert. In all, he was involved in over 30 transactions valued at more than $15 billion, bankruptcy work-out transactions of more than $2 billion, and a variety of equity, high-yield bond and senior debt financings. Mr. Cagan was the founding Chairman of Evolution Petroleum Corporation (AMEX: EPM), a company he founded to develop mature oil & gas fields with advanced technologies. He is a director and founder of Calpian, Inc. (CLPI); a director of Career College Holding Co. (CCHZ), Chairman and founder of Global Carbon Group, Fortes Financial and a former director of Aemetis, Inc. (AMTX) and Camac Energy, Inc. (CAK). Mr. Cagan is licensed with FINRA under Series 24, 7 and 63, and was a registered representative and Managing Director of Colorado Financial Services Corporation (“CFSC”) a FINRA-licensed broker-dealer, until he resigned in February, 2012. Mr. Cagan attended M.I.T. and received a BS, MS and MBA from Stanford University. He is a graduate of the UCLA Director’s Training Program. He is the founding Chairman of the SF Bay chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization and is currently Chairman of the San Francisco chapter of the World Presidents’ Organization. He is a former member of the Stanford University Athletic Board.
Johnny R. Thomas
Chief Executive Officer and President
Dr. Thomas has served as a director and officer of several publicly traded companies. He has founded and invested in several public offerings in sectors including environmental, agriculture, biotechnology, energy, and high technology. In spearheading a mergers and acquisition program, he grew the company from $29,000 in revenues to more than $350 million by acquiring thirty-four companies in approximately four years. He increased the market valuation of the company to $1.2 billion. Dr. Thomas received the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award from Ernst & Young, LLP/NASDAQ in 1998 for the Southern Nevada/Riverside, California area. Dr. Thomas received a B.S. degree in Agronomy from New Mexico State University, and a Master's and Ph.D. in Genetics/Plant breeding from Oregon State University.
Governor Bill Richardson
Governor Richardson is the former Secretary of the United States Department of Energy, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and former Governor of New Mexico. Governor Richardson completed his second term in 2011 as Governor of New Mexico, where in 2006, he was re-elected by the largest margin of victory for any Governor in state history. He also served as a New Mexico Congressman representing the Third Congressional District for fifteen years.
Governor Richardson made New Mexico the "Clean Energy State" by requiring utilities to meet 20% of New Mexico's electrical demand from renewable sources, and established a Renewable Energy Transmission Authority to deliver New Mexico's world-class renewable resources to market. Prior to serving as Governor, Richardson had a very successful career in public service and has been nominated several times for the Nobel Peace Prize.