Board of Directors

  • Heng Fai Ambrose Chan

    Executive Chairman of the Board

    Heng Fai Amrose Chan has served as a director of the Company since February 12, 2017. Mr. Chan is an expert in banking and finance, with years of experience in the industry. Mr. Chan has restructured 35 companies in various industries and countries in the past 40 years. Mr. Chan currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Singapore eDevelopment Limited (SED), a publicly traded company on the Singapore Stock Exchange. He also serves as a director of BMI Capital Partners International Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of SED. Mr. Chan also serves on the board of Holista CollTech Limited, a publicly traded company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.

    Mr. Chan formerly served as (i) Managing Chairman of Heng Fai Enterprises Limited (now known as ZH International Holdings Limited) which trades on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange; (ii) the Managing Director of SGX Catalist-listed SingHaiyi Group Ltd., which under his leadership, transformed from a failing store-fixed business provider with net asset value of less than $10 million into a property trading and investment company and finally to a property development company with net asset value over $150 million before Mr. Chan ceded controlling interest in late 2012; (iii) the Executive Chairman of China Gas Holdings Limited, a formerly failing fashion retail company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, which under his direction, was restructured to become one of the few large participants in the investment in and operation of city gas pipeline infrastructure in China; (iv) a director of Global Med Technologies, Inc., a medical company listed on NASDAQ engaged in the design, development, marketing and support information for management software products for healthcare-related facilities; (v) a director of Skywest Limited, an ASX-listed airline company; and (vi) the Chairman and Director of American Pacific Bank.

    In 1987, Mr. Chan acquired American Pacific Bank, a full-service U.S. commercial bank, and brought it out of bankruptcy. He recapitalized, refocused and grew the bank's operations. Under his guidance it became a NASDAQ-listed high asset quality bank with zero loan losses for over five consecutive years before it was ultimately bought and merged into Riverview Bancorp Inc. Prior to its acquisition and merger, it was ranked #13 by the Seattle Times "Annual Northwest's Top 100 Public Companies", and ranked #6 in Oregon state, ahead of names such as Nike, Microsoft, Costco, AT&T Wireless and Mr. Chan's international business contacts and experience qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors.

  • Joseph Sanders


    Joseph Sanders has served as a director of the Company since October 1, 2015. Mr. Sanders graduated with a BS in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Southern California and went on to receive an MBA in Finance from Loyola Marymount University. He received his license as a financial advisor in 1981, and then worked as a financial analyst at Hughes Aircraft for two years. Thereafter, between 1983 and 2001, Mr. Sanders served as a financial advisor at Dean Witter, EF Hutton, Shearson Lehman, Bateman Eichler, AG Edwards, Sutro and Morgan Stanley. Since 2001, Mr. Sanders has served as a Registered Investment Advisor with a firm formerly known as Newport Coast Securities, which was recently acquired by WestPark Capital. All of this experience qualifies him to serve on our Board of Directors.

  • Pamela Avallone


    Pamela Avallone has served as a director of the Company since August 1, 2017. Dr. Avallone is a Registered U.S. Patent Attorney and medical doctor with over 25 years of combined scientific, medical and legal experience. Dr. Avallone's practice has focused on intellectual property litigation and transactions, science and technology law, and regulatory matters with experience as both in-house and outside counsel.

    Dr. Avallone previously served as a Director of Intellectual Property Investments for Brickell Key Asset Management, LLC. Dr. Avallone was a shareholder at the law firm of Polsinelli P.C. (New York, 2012-2014), and an attorney at the law firms of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP (Boston, 2007-2012), and Frommer Lawrence & Haug LLP (New York, 2002-2005). Dr. Avallone was Intellectual Property Counsel for Rembrandt IP Management (2005-2007), where she managed IP litigation and acquisitions in the telecommunications, semiconductor, medical device, and healthcare sectors. During her Boston-based law firm practice, Dr. Avallone concurrently served as in-house counsel for Cequent Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Vice-President, Intellectual Property and Legal Affairs, 2007-2010, after which Cequent merged MDRNA, Inc. to form Marina Biotech Inc.), and GnuBIO Inc. (Vice President, Intellectual Property and Legal Affairs, 2007-2014, after which GnuBIO was acquired by Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.). Prior to practicing law, Dr. Avallone worked in clinical research in cardiothoracic surgery (Yale-New Haven Hospital, 1991-1995), as a Research Scientist in the Department of Research Technologies for Bayer Corporation (1998-2001), and as a Research Assistant for Neurogen Corporation (1997-1998).

    Dr. Avallone earned her J.D. with a concentration in intellectual property and communications law from Yeshiva University, Cardozo School of Law, her M.D. from University of Medicine and Health Sciences, her M.S. from Southern Connecticut State University, and her B.S. (cum laude) from the University of New Haven.

  • Frank D. Heuszel


    Mr. Heuszel is a practicing attorney, a Certified Public Accountant, and a Certified Internal Auditor, and has over 39 years of experience in accounting and finance matters. Mr. Heuszel's law practice focuses on the regulation and operation of banks, corporate restructures, and mergers and acquisitions. The Company believes that Mr. Heuszel's experience and expertise in the areas of evaluating financial statements and complex financial transactions will be beneficial to the Company. Mr. Heuszel qualifies as an independent director and will also serve on the Company's Audit Committee.

  • Lowell Lo


    Mr. Lowell Lo is currently Chairman and Managing Director of the BMI Intelligence Group Limited, a leading corporate consulting and financial services firm in the Asian Pacific Region he founded in 1995, and is responsible for the overall management, strategic planning and development of the firm. Prior to establishing BMI Intelligent Group, Mr. Lo was the Audit Manager of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu for nine years, including two years of service in Deloitte's U.S. headquarters. Mr. Lo has extensive experience with initial public offerings and has participated in the listings of several companies including Ajisen Remen, 361 Degrees Group, Lilanz Group and IGG. Mr. Lo's professional qualifications include Hong Kong Certified Public Accountants (CPA), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Information Systems Auditor and Control Association (ISACA) and Senior International Finance Manager (SIFM). Mr. Lo is also currently an independent, non-executive board member of Chongqing Machinery & Electric Co., Ltd. and Tenfu (Cayman) Holdings Company Limited, both Hong Kong Exchange-listed companies. Mr. Lo received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and master's degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Mr. Lo's financial expertise and experience in the management and strategic development of various companies qualify him to serve on our Board of Directors.

  • Brett Scott


    Mr. Scott is a Certified Public Accountant and has served as CFO for a variety of private and publicly traded companies. Since 2014, Mr. Scott has been the Chief Financial Officer at Neuroptics, Inc., a commercial stage medical device company that develops and manufactures innovative ophthalmic products to research organizations, hospitals and physicians worldwide. Mr. Scott has proven experience in the financial operations, executive leadership, equity market management and corporate governance of numerous public and private corporations including Ocutrx Vision Technologies LLC, Raptor Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Biolase Technology, Inc., North American Scientific, Alsius Corporation, Irvine Biomedical, Inc., Pain Concepts, Inc., Cardiac Science, Inc. and Neuro Navigational Corporation. Mr. Scott received his B.S. Business Administration from the University of Southern California. Mr. Scott qualifies as an independent director and will also serve on the Company's Audit Committee.

  • Stan Grisham


    Mr. Grisham is currently an independent business consultant providing guidance, expertise, and solutions to middle market companies. His respected leadership is a result of over 40 years in business, commercial banking and finance to enterprises and stakeholders seeking tailored solutions that address opportunities and challenges encountered due to organizational transition, growth or changes in market, financial, and/or regulatory conditions. Mr. Grisham began his career with Texas Commerce Bancshares (now JP Morgan Chase) in Houston. Subsequent to Texas Commerce, has was Market President for Texas State Bank and managed Commercial Lending for BBVA Texas. Following BBVA's acquisition of Texas Regional Bancshares (TRBS), he was Manager Specialty Lending at Community Bank of Texas. Mr. Grisham has extensive experience in market development & sales enterprise, customer relationship management, asset acquisition/divestiture, alternative funding sources, asset recovery, document/contract negotiation and enterprise risk management. Mr. Grisham holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Houston, graduated with distinction from Southwestern Graduate School of Banking, Cox School of Business, SMU, and from BBVA USA School of Management, McCombs School of Management, The University of Texas. Mr. Grisham qualifies as an independent director and will also serve on the Company's Audit Committee.

  • John "JT" Thatch


    Mr. Thatch is an accomplished professional and entrepreneur that has started, owned and operated several businesses in various industries that include service companies, retail, wholesale, education, finance, real estate management and technology. Currently, Mr. Thatch is Chief Executive Officer of Sharing Services Global Corporation, a publicly listed, diversified holding company specializing in the direct selling and marketing industry. He is a principal owner of Superior Wine & Spirits, a Florida-based company that imports, wholesales and distributes wine and liquor throughout the State. Mr. Thatch was Chief Executive Officer of Universal Education Strategies, Inc. from January 2009-January 2016, an organization consisting of six companies that specialized in the development and sales of educational products and services. From 2000-2007, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Onscreen Technologies, Inc., currently listed on NASDAQ as CUI Global, Inc. a global leader in the development of cutting-edge thermal management technologies for integrated LED technologies, circuits and superconductors. Mr. Thatch was responsible for all aspects of the company including board and shareholder communications, public reporting in compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley, structuring and managing the firm's financial operations, and expansion initiatives for all corporate products and services.

  • Daniel DelGiorno


    Daniel DelGiorno has served as a director since February 14, 2019. Mr. DelGiorno has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Cyber Security Corp. since 2012. He has over 30 years of experience in the areas of technology development and marketing, both as an executive and a consultant, which qualifies him to serve on the Company's Board of Directors.

  • Samson Lee


    Mr. Lee, 48, co-founded STO Global X, a technology and service provider for security token exchange solutions, in December 2017. He has also served as the Chief Crypto-Economic Advisor for Gibraltar Stock Exchange and Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange since September 2017. In November 2016, Mr. Lee founded Coinstreet Partners, a consultancy firm focused on blockchain, fintech, cryptocurrency and digital assets, and has served as its Chief Executive Officer since inception. Mr. Lee previously served as Managing Director at uCast Global Asia from December 2015 through November 2016. Mr. Lee also served as the Executive Vice President of the Greater China region at Movideo from June 2015 through December 2015 and as Vice President and General Manager of the Greater China and South Asia Pacific regions at NeuLion Inc. from July 2008 through June 2015. Mr. Lee received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and his MBA and MS degrees from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

  • Jose Escudero


    Mr. Escudero, 44, has served as the Managing Partner at BMI Capital Spain since September 2013. Previously, Mr. Escudero served as Principal at Hallman & Burke from July 2009 through September 2013. Mr. Escudero, brings more than 18 years of professional experience in management consulting and corporate finance to his role as a director of DSS. He has been a member of numerous boards of directors and Direction Committees of companies in the engineering, IT, retail banking, hotel, fashion and lifestyle industries, and is currently working as an industry expert for leading private equity firms Harvard Investment Group (HIG), and Advent, Goldman Sachs, among others. Mr. Escudero has previously developed successful IT related projects, and more recently, with the new economy related to blockchain, cryptocurrencies and fintech. In addition, Jose has been working in strategic business development, financial analysis, and transactional support as well as operating management in first level and international companies (mainly in the United Kingdom, Spain, Latin America, Singapore and Hong Kong). He is currently enrolled at Harvard University in Business Postgraduate studies and collaborates with several different Institutions, IT SUMMITs and Business Schools as a speaker and professor (London Fintech Week, IED - Istituto Europeo di Design; TED; Instituto de Empresa-Ie; Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economia - ISDE, The Valley Digital Business School; Grupo Recoletos; Centro Garrigues, CEF-Centro de Estudios Financieros). Mr. Escudero has a B.Sc. in Economics from the Francisco de Vitoria University and a Master's degree in Corporate Finance and Investment Banking from the Options & Futures Institute.