NEIL SWARTZ, CPA – CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER / Board of Directors
Mr. Swartz combines extensive entrepreneurial and capital recruitment experience to provide clients with uniquely effective funding options. Mr. Swartz has served as CEO of Birch since its inception and a Director of the Tudog Group. His range of expertise includes a wide array of financing, deal structuring and exit strategy assignment. Mr. Swartz firsthand knowledge in a variety of established and effective business strategies provide clients with a unique advisory service. Mr. Swartz’s additional business experience includes titles as Managing Director of Sunbelt South East Florida, LLC, a Business Brokerage of Mergers and Acquisitions firm with 350 offices worldwide. Prior to those events, Mr. Swartz was chairman and CEO of a software company, which he took public on the NASDAQ Small Cap Market, and built from 1 product to over 30 with in-house manufacturing capabilities. Mr. Swartz is a CPA and received a BS degree from Northeastern University in accounting. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
TIMOTHY S. HART, CPA – CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER / Board of Directors
Mr. Hart has over thirty years of vast accounting and finance experience to include 10 years with KPMG, one the worlds largest international public accounting firms. Recently, Mr. Hart expanded his private practice to form R3 Accounting LLC. and has extensive experience dealing with SEC and other regulatory matters, such as initial and secondary public offerings, private placements, formulating responses to various SEC inquiries, compliance with SEC reporting requirements (Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K), dealing with banks, private investors and investment bankers in obtaining debt and/or equity financing, and appearing before the IRS representing clients on IRS audits. He also has widespread experience with mergers and acquisitions, business consulting with small public and private companies and their executives and various other accounting, finance and tax services. Mr. Hart holds a Bachelors degree in Accountancy, Economics and Business Administration from Thomas More College, and has been a certified public accountant since 1984. He is also Former Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce for Oakland Park/Wilton Manors.
STEVE BRYANT – Vice President of Investor Relations
Bringing more than 25 years specializing in funding emerging growth companies, Steve Bryant has extensive experience working to build syndications and Broker Dealer relationships for companies going public. He knows what the emerging growth company needs, as well as the needs of the Broker Dealer. This industry experience aids in creating synergy between the company and the Broker Dealer.
SHARON FORD – Vice President of Operations
Sharon Ford has devoted the last decade to specializing in documents and regulatory compliance assistance for public and private companies. She recently held prior positions as the Director of Media, and later VP of Operations, for TBG Holdings Corp. in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. As a primary contact for senior executives and the legal team, she oversees coordination of operations at the corporate level. Sharon’s career spans nearly 28 years and began as Marketing Director for media networks such as nationally syndicated radio shows, a PBS documentary, and the Charlottesville, VA, NBC affiliate, WVIR, before turning her focus to law studies. Sharon holds a BSc in IT from the University of Phoenix, and is currently continuing her education in law studies. She is a member of The National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA).
AMBASSADOR NED SIEGEL – Board of Directors
A former U. S. Ambassador to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Ned L. Siegel brings over 30 years of entrepreneurial successes. Ambassador Siegel has experience in residential and commercial real estate development, operations and management. Ambassador Siegel began his career in law which he left to pursue his passion as an entrepreneur. He was appointed by Florida Governor Jeb Bush to Enterprise Florida’s Board of Directors and to the Space Research and Commerce Park Planning & Development Committee at the John F. Kennedy Space Center. President George W. Bush honored Ambassador Siegel in 2003 with a Presidential Appointment to the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation followed by an appointment in 2006 to serve as a Representative of the United States to the United Nations. Later, serving as U. S. Ambassador of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, he was responsible for managing all operations of the U.S. Embassy – Nassau.
Ambassador Siegel’s network of contacts and relationships help us to serve the needs of our client base.
CHIEF JAMES E. BILLIE – Board of Advisors
Chief Jim Billie is former Chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. First elected Chairman in 1979, Billie is best known for leading the tribe when it won a United States Supreme Court 1996 decision upholding the sovereign rights of tribes to conduct gaming on their reserve. Surviving state challenges, Chief Billie guided the Seminole Tribe in establishing its first gaming site, asserting its right as a sovereign nation to have gambling, at a time when gambling was widely illegal.
Chief Billie was elected to successive terms as Chairman/President of the Seminole Tribe of Florida (1979-2001, and 2011-2016), serving more than 27 years in one of the longest tenures of any elected leader in the Western Hemisphere. In 2005 Sarasota Magazine called Chief Billie “the most powerful American Indian leader of the past century.” The establishment of gaming operations was an economic engine for the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and many other tribes followed its example.
JOHN H. MARINO, JR – Board of Advisors
Mr. Marino was formerly the Director of Real Estate at Patriot Rail Corp. While at Patriot he managed and developed railroad real estate, which included industrial development as well as rights-of-way management of all easements and encroachments. These encroachments included cell phone tower development as well as oil and gas pipeline development. Prior to Patriot, Mr. Marino was the manager of commercial real estate projects for a privately owned real estate firm, developing over ten million square feet of hotel, industrial and residential development properties throughout the Washington D.C. metro area. Mr. Marino holds a B.S. degree in International Business from American University in Washington D.C.
JOSEPH TAGLIOLA – Board of Advisors
Joseph Tagliola of Collarmele Partners, LLC. specializes in equity investments, real estate development, leasing, architecture & design, management & operations, and tenant representation. Mr. Tagliola founded Collarmele Partners, LLC in 2008 for the repositioning of regional malls and ground up commercial real estate opportunities. Mr. Tagliola is also Head of US Operations for QIC Global Real Estate, the third largest institutional investment manager in Australia, with more than 90 local and international clients and $74.3 billion* in funds under management. With a strong foundation in Australia, QIC’s global presence also extends to Asia, Europe and the United States.