David I. Portnoy
Chairman of the Board and Co-CEO
David I. Portnoy, age 49, is President of Focus Financial Corp., a private investment banking and venture capital firm that was formed in 1988. Mr. Portnoy serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of PartnerCommunity, Inc., which provides software and hardware integration solutions to telecommunication companies and which recently was awarded the Verizon 2010 Supplier Recognition Award for Outstanding Performance. Mr. Portnoy has expertise in financial markets and investment banking, as well as operational experience as the leader of a number of privately owned companies. Mr. Portnoy graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1984 from The Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mark L. Portnoy
Mark L. Portnoy, age 47, currently serves on the boards of directors of PartnerCommunity, Inc. and uTIPu Inc., a private Internet-based business. Mr. Portnoy has been engaged in managing his personal investments since April 1997. From January 1995 to April 1997, Mark Portnoy was employed at Strome, Susskind Investments as its Chief Fixed Income Trader. From March 1986 until November 1991, Mr. Portnoy was employed at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corp. as a Fixed Income Arbitrage Trader, with a trading portfolio ranging in size from $1 billion to $7 billion. In addition to his fixed income expertise, Mr. Portnoy's experience includes negotiating contracts for National Basketball Association (NBA) players totaling approximately $30 million. Mr. Portnoy graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Economics in December 1985.
Jonathan H. Wheeler, M.D.
Jonathan H. Wheeler, M.D., age 51, is a licensed physician specializing in the fields of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has practiced in these fields in Newport Beach, California since 1992. Dr. Wheeler received his B.A. in Biology from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. He completed his medical degree at Cornell University Medical College in 1986. His Obstetrics and Gynecology training was received at UCLA Medical Center in a combined internship and residency program. Dr. Wheeler is Board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, the Orange County Obstetrics and Gynecology Society and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In the past Dr. Wheeler has served as Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hoag Hospital and has served on numerous committees including education, surgery and advancement of Women’s Health Services.
George Gaines, age 57, is the founder and owner, since 2009, of Orrington Advisors, a business consulting firm headquartered in Evanston, Illinois which primarily provides consulting services to entities seeking to structure and raise capital for private equity funds. Since 2009 Mr. Gaines has also served on the Board of Directors and as Executive Vice President-Corporate Strategy of Kastan Mining PLC, a privately held company headquartered in Evanston, Illinois which has copper and gold mining operations in Tanzania. From 2003 until 2009, Mr. Gaines was a senior partner of Berchwood Partners, Evanston, Illinois, an investment banking and private equity fund placement agent.
Harold D. Berger
Harold D. Berger, age 47, is a certified public accountant. Prior to opening his own accounting practice in 2005, Mr. Berger was an equity partner with Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP, an accounting firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Berger is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA).
Anthony Atala, M.D.
Anthony Atala, M.D., 53. Dr. Atala serves as Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and the W.H. Boyce Professor and Chair of the Department of Urology at Wake Forest University. Dr. Atala currently serves as a Trustee to Allegacy Federal Credit Union, and a Board of Directors member of Plureon, Inc. Dr. Atala received a BA degree from the University of Miami, and an MD degree from the University of Louisville. He completed his surgical internship and urology residency at the University of Louisville, and a pediatric urology surgery fellowship at Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.