Jonathan S. GardnerAdvisor to the Chairman
Currently a Managing Director/Partner of Entrada Capital Partners, Salt Lake City, Utah, structuring and organizing Greenfield developments within retail, office, hospitality and energy sectors. Prior to that, he was a Partner of Gardner Development Company, focusing on development of retail, office and residential real estate in Utah. He was an Associate, Private Finance Group for CIBC World Markets, New York, focusing exclusively on capital markets and distribution, helping to market, sell and close over $ 1.6 billion in debt for public and private companies. Holds Bachelor of Science, Finance Degrees, 2001 (Magna Cum Laude)
Joe AbramsFinancial Advisor
Mr. Abrams performs the duties of a financial advisor for Petroteq Energy Inc.. He has sat on many corporate boards of a diverse range of public and private companies (established entities and start-ups) and has extensive experience in strategic planning, capital structure, public market launches and research. He was the original seed investor for Akeena Solar (NASDAQ: AKNS) (2006 - 2010), assisting in the launch of an IPO, and was successful in raising its market cap 15x in one year to $400,000,000.
He was a seed investor and advisor to ZAGG (NASDAQ: ZAGG) where he co-engineered a public offering for this mobile accessory company. The market cap was increased from $ 13 million to $ 300 million. Mr. Abrams, co-founder of Inter-Mix Inc., assisted in the launch of this entertainment destination portal with annual revenues over $ 100 million. This company launched many Internet sites including MySpace and was sold to NewsCorp in 2005 for $ 580 million. Mr. Abrams was the co-founder of The Software Toolworks Inc., CA, where he was responsible for all operating functions in its growth from start-up to $ 50 million and directed over 10 M & A transactions. He negotiated and raised two secondary offerings for over $ 100 million, opening offices/joint ventures in the U.K., France, Germany, Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Australia and South America.
Mr. Abrams currently holds several positions as a board member or advisor to several start-up companies: Emerge Digital, Atigeo, Caldera Pharmaceuticals and Job Channel Network, all private companies. He is also involved with Adtech, Big Data (relational database technology).
He holds a B.A, Economics (SUNY, Buffalo, NY) and an MBA Degree (University of Rochester, NY). He was an Adjunct Graduate Faculty Member at the Central State University, and a Professor of Accounting, Finance and Statistics, MBA Program. Mr Abrams is a member of the Simon School Executive Advisory Committee and the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester.