Dan M. Brooking
Founder, Chairman and CEO of Northstar Capital Partners LLC. Mr. Brooking created and relentlessly pursued the vision of using Brazilian Certificates of Rural Production (essentially, forward purchase contracts for agricultural commodities) as securities to be monetized on the international markets in order to create a more expansive financing mechanism for Brazilian growers. The Certificates of Rural Production would be held in safekeeping and utilized as collateral for investment activities designed to create cash flow in order to pre-pay for the commodities. An important aspect of this model is the introduction and promotion of modern farming techniques and the use of environmentally friendly processes so that the use of harmful pesticides is eliminated. Dan has refined and perfected this approach, called the Singular Finance™ Model, for over a decade.
The development and perfection of this agricultural financing model is merely an extension of Dan’s passion in improving the human condition. He is also the founder and current Chairman of The Carlsbad Science Foundation which seeks to improve genetic research and alternative energy solutions among other areas of research.
Mr. Brooking is a long time entrepreneur, and is a problem solver who looks to find solutions that fill genuine needs. At this point in his life, he is looking at providing solutions to one of the world’s largest problems – how to increase the world’s food production in a financially efficient and environmentally sound manner in order to eliminate hunger and disease in the some of the most underdeveloped areas of the globe.
Dan is a life-long athlete and has enjoyed surfing since he was young. He is married to his wife Tanya Brooking.
Board of Advisors
(Ret.) Admiral William A. OWENS (Bill) Former Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, Red Bison Advisory Group LLC
Admiral Owens is currently the co‐founder and executive chairman of Red Bison Advisory Group, a company which identifies opportunities with proven enterprises in China, the Middle East, and the United States and creates dynamic partnerships focusing on: natural resources (oil, gas and fertilizer plants), real estate, and information and communication technology. Most recently, he was the chairman of the board of CenturyLink Telecom, the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and was on the advisory board of SAP USA. Owens serves on the board of directors at Wipro Technologies and is a director of the following private companies: Humm Kombucha, a beverage company and Moon Express. Owens is on the advisory board of the following private companies: Platform Science, Sarcos, and Sierra Nevada Corporation. Owens is on the board of trustees at EastWest Institute, Seattle University, and an advisor to the Fiscal Responsibility Amendment (CFFRA) Association which aims to establish a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. He is also a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.
From 2007 to 2015, Owens was the Chairman and Senior Partner of AEA Investors Asia, a private equity firm located in Hong Kong, and Vice Chairman of the NYSE for Asia. Owens also served as the Chairman of Eastern Airlines. He has served on over 20 public boards including Daimler, British American Tobacco, Telstra, Nortel Networks, and Polycom. Owens was the CEO/Chairman of Teledesic LLC, a Bill Gates/Craig McCaw company bringing worldwide broadband through an extensive satellite network and prior, was the President, COO/Vice Chairman of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Owens has also served on the boards of the non‐for‐profit organizations; Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Brookings Institution, and RAND Corporation.
Owens is a four‐star US Navy veteran. He was Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the second‐ranking United States military officer with responsibility for reorganizing and restructuring the armed forces in the post‐ Cold War era. He is widely recognized for bringing commercial high‐grade technology into the Department of Defense for military applications. Owens was the architect of the Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA), an advanced systems technology approach to military operations, the most significant change in the system of requirements, budgets and technology for the four armed forces since World War II. Owens, served as Commander of the U.S. Sixth Fleet from 1990 to 1992, which included Operation Desert Storm. Owens also served as the deputy chief of Naval Operations for Resources. Owens was senior military assistant to two Secretaries of Defense (Cheney and Carlucci) and served in the Office of Program Appraisal for the Secretary of the Navy. He began his military career as a nuclear submariner. He served on four strategic nuclear‐powered submarines and three nuclear attack submarines, including tours as Commanding Officer aboard the USS Sam Houston, Michigan, and USS City of Corpus Christi. Owens spent a total of 2000 days submerged aboard submarines, including duty in Vietnam.
Owens is a 1962 honor graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University, and a master’s degree in management from George Washington University. He has written more than 50 articles on national security and authored the book “High Seas.” His book, “Lifting the Fog of War,” was published in April 2000 with a revision published in Mandarin in 2009.
Owens has received numerous recognitions and awards: the “Legion d’Honore” by France, and also the highest awards given to foreigners by the countries of Indonesia and Sweden. He was named as one of The 50 Most Powerful People in Networking by Network World, one of the 100 Best Board Members in the United States for 2011 and again in 2016 awarded by NACD, and the Intrepid Salute Award in recognition of his business achievements and support of important philanthropic activities. Owens is active in philanthropy to foster Chinese ‐ American relations including dialogues between the most senior retired officers in the United States and Chinese militaries and similar dialogues between very senior economists. He is one of North Dakota's Roughriders recipients, the award given annually to some of the most prominent North Dakotans.
A native of Bismarck, North Dakota, Admiral Owens and his wife Monika reside in Kirkland, Washington, and San Diego, California.
Hon. Richard A. Gephardt
Richard A. Gephardt is President and CEO of Gephardt Group.
Mr. Gephardt served for 28 years in the United States House of Representatives from 1976 to 2004, representing Missouri's 3rd Congressional District, home to his birthplace St. Louis. In his role as Leader, Mr. Gephardt emerged as one of the leading strategists of the Democratic Party's platform and chief architect to landmark reforms ranging from healthcare, pensions, education, energy independence and trade policy. In his first year in Congress, he was appointed to both the House Ways & Means and Budget Committees. He was elected to serve as House Democratic Leader for more than 14 years, as House Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995 and Minority Leader from 1995 to 2003. Mr. Gephardt ran as a Democratic candidate for U.S. President twice, in 1988 and 2004.
Mr. Gephardt retired from the U.S. Congress in 2005 to found Gephardt Group, a privately held labor relations consulting and government affairs firm. He serves on the board of Spirit Aerosystems and Centene Corporation and is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Scripps Research Institute, a private, non-profit research organization engaged in biomedical science. Most recently, Mr. Gephardt was a member of the Board of Directors at Ford Motor Company, CenturyLink and U.S. Steel Corporation. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors at The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is the Founder of the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at Washington University in St. Louis. Widely known for his advocacy for international human rights, Mr. Gephardt served as Chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy, a private, nonprofit organization that endeavors to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts, from 2009 to 2013.
Mr. Gephardt began his career in public service in 1968 as a precinct captain to St. Louis' 14th ward. From 1971 to 1976, he served as Alderman for the city's 14th ward. In 1976, he was elected to the U.S. Congress, succeeding 24-year incumbent Leonor Sullivan.
Mr. Gephardt earned his bachelor of science from Northwestern University in 1962 and his juris doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School in 1965. He has been married to his wife Jane for 50 years and they have three children, Matt, Chrissy and Kate.
Hon. Ed Schafer
Ed Schafer is one of very few leaders with extensive experience and proven performance in both business and government.
In the private sector, he has led a multi-national consumer products business and several entrepreneurial start-up companies.
As President of the international cleaning and personal care products company, Gold Seal, he oversaw a 50 percent increase in sales and tripled this private company’s net worth. He launched three new products, four product line extensions, and made three acquisitions. Ed negotiated the sale of the company realizing top dollar value for shareholders.
Meanwhile he started a beverage distribution company and boosted first-year sales fifty-fold before selling to the managing partner. Ed co-founded a telecommunications company focusing on rural cell phone connectivity and broadband coverage. As CEO, he oversaw the building of a new cellphone infrastructure, which came in under budget and ahead of schedule. The business was sold to Sprint.
Ed has served on public and private company boards of directors, including RDO Equipment (RDO-NASDAQ) and Continental Resources (CLR-NYSE) where he served on the audit and compensation committees. He is currently serving as the Vice Chair for Amity Technology (Private Company) and AGCO-Amity JV (AGCO-NYSE). He is also chairing the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation Board of Directors and a start-up company in the food ingredients field.
Ed has been equally effective in the public sector having been twice elected Governor of North Dakota and served as United States Secretary of Agriculture.
North Dakota voters heard his “Schafer Means Business” campaign focus and elected Ed their governor in 1992 and again in 1996. He approached his leadership for the state as if he were its CEO. Increasing investment in North Dakota was Ed’s top priority, and he did so by improving the state’s tax and regulatory climates. His creative priority-based budgeting initiatives and aggressive use of cutting edge technologies reduced the cost of government, while his strong fiscal policies gave North Dakota the foundation for its current financial strength, budget surplus, and the lowest unemployment in the nation. Ed is known as the architect of today’s North Dakota economy.
As Secretary of Agriculture, Ed oversaw a $95 billion operating budget and over 107,000 employees. He restructured and reshaped 29 agencies to modernize the focus of $285 billion in program delivery and built a new process for implementing the 2008 Farm Bill. Ed also initiated the Secretary’s Fight Hunger Initiative, directed the United States’ response to the World Food Crisis, and helped direct international trade negotiations on behalf of the federal government.
Ed is currently serving as the interim president of the University of North Dakota
He graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Science degree in business, earned a Master of Business Administration at the University of Denver, and has been awarded an honorary doctorate degree from UND. Two statewide organizations have named him “North Dakotan of the Year.”
Ed is married to Nancy Jones Schafer. They have four children a foster son and 13 grandchildren.
Martha is co-Founder / CEO of Red Bison Advisory Group, LLC. Red Bison identifies opportunities with proven enterprises in China, Middle East, and the United States, which create dynamic partnerships. Red Bison is focused in two sectors; natural resources, and information, communication, technology (ICT). In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of Red Bison Advisory Group, LLC (private company, Chief Executive Officer), she also serves on the Board of Polycom Inc. (PLCM-NASDAQ, member of the audit and compensation committees), CenturyLink Inc., (NYSE – CTL member of the audit and technology committees), Humm Kombucha (Private Company, member of the compensation committee), and is a member of the President’s Advisory Group at EastWest Institute (Not-for-profit, non-partisan “think and do” tank).
Most recently Martha Bejar served as CEO and Director of Flow Mobile, a broadband wireless access solution using the ubiquitous WiFi standard at 700 MHz. Flow Mobile’s 700 MHz WiFi broadband access, is comparable to 4G LTE with greater throughput and more efficient use of spectrum at 1/10th the cost of LTE. Flow Mobile provides wide area coverage at an affordable cost, making it possible to turn emerging economies and/or low-density markets, profitable in a vastly diminished period of time.
Prior to joining Flow Mobile, Martha was Chairperson/CEO of Wipro Infocrossing Cloud Computing Services (A Wipro Company). She was responsible for the strategic and operational management of the Cloud Services Infrastructure Technology Outsourcing business at Infocrossing. She also led Wipro’s go-to-market strategy for its Private Equity business. In addition, she was responsible for Wipro’s Government Relations Program and Education initiatives in the USA. Martha joined Wipro in 2009 as President-Global Sales and Operations for Wipro’s IT services business and was responsible for global sales and operations strategy. She also spearheaded several global strategic initiatives including building a world-class sales and account management structure, developing the Geo Diversity and Inclusiveness Program focused on building a diverse workforce, and strengthening the Government Relations Program. Martha was a member of Wipro’s Corporate Executive Council. This strategic group, led by Azim H. Premji, Chairman, Wipro Limited, is an active and engaging forum focused on deliberating on and building a long term vision for the corporation. She was also a member of Corporate Diversity Council of Wipro.
Prior to Wipro, Martha was with Microsoft Corp., where she was the Corporate Vice President for the Communications Sector. She was responsible for service and content providers, addressing the specific needs of wireline and wireless telecommunications companies, cable operators, hosting service providers, and media and entertainment companies. Before Microsoft, Martha held various executive positions at Nortel Networks reporting to the CEO, including president of the Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) region.
Martha brings a wealth of experience, the ability to drive and support innovation, and a strong track record of leadership with some of the world’s leading global corporations. Martha is the recipient of numerous industry awards including; top fifty Hispanic women in the United States by Hispanic Inc. Business Magazine, and the Hispanic Business Media’s award for the 2008 Woman of the Year and the Visionary Award from LISTA (Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association).
Martha received an Advanced Management Program degree from Harvard University Business School. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Miami and also holds an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.
Martha is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. She enjoys golf, hiking, and fishing in the Pacific Northwest where she now resides with her family.
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