Advisory Board

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. Mr. Abrams was the original seed investor for Akeena Solar (NASDAQ: AKNS) (2006 - 2010), assisting in the launch of an IPO, and was successful in multiplying its market cap 15 times in one year to $400 million.

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. where he was responsible for all operating functions in its growth from start-up to $50 million and directed over 10 merger and acquisition 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 Central State University, and a professor of accounting, finance and statistics in their 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.

Mr. Gonzalez is an experienced entrepreneur and has demonstrated the ability to create growth opportunities as well as manage corporate activities for shareholder benefit in the energy and other industries in both public and private companies. He is currently Managing Director of Mayan Energy Limited, a London AIM listed issuer. Mr. Gonzalez’s background includes start-up, turn around and growth of multiple companies with a consistent track record of value creation and achieving successful exits for investors. As a native Spanish speaker with cross border business experience, Mr. Gonzalez will aim to provide significant contacts and relationships beneficial to potential opportunities and partners in Mexico, Central and South America.

Gilles has over 25 years of management experience in structured finance. He is specialised in governing international private and public, oil & gas companies.

Gilles began his career in 1990 as buy-side equity analyst and fund manager at Bank Leu in Zurich. At the end of 1992, he was recruited by a private bank called Finter Bank in Zurich for the post as Chief Investment Officer. In such position, he was entrusted with the responsibility for the asset management of all clients' assets and the creation of a growth oriented SICAV fund incorporated under the laws of Luxembourg. In addition to the first fund, Gilles launched one of Switzerland's first alternative investment funds (cross hedge fund) in 1993, whose conservative investment strategy was to hedge the expected inflation and generating better returns than the fund's benchmark, the UBS Global Bond Invest.

At the end of 1994, Gilles co-founded his first in Zurich domiciled corporate finance firm and served over 20 years as its CEO and President. Gilles provided financing almost exclusively to distressed, privately or publicly held oil & gas companies. In most cases Gilles became controlling shareholder and started a restructuring program. In each of his investment, Gilles always acted as an active investor, overseeing corporate strategies, acted on the board of directors and on all committees. Occasionally Gilles had to step in as interim CEO of private, or in some cases also of publicly listed oil & gas companies. Today, Gilles enjoys extensive knowledge in the purchase of international oil & gas licenses as well as their financing with the subsequent listing of the projects in a company on an international stock exchange.

In 2016, Gilles co-founded another in Liechtenstein incorporated asset management company and acted as its managing partner. The company is exclusively providing funding to producing oil & gas companies only, by investing in gross overriding royalties.

Gilles is a board member of the non-profit foundation "Waterful," responsible for water treatment in the Democratic Republic Congo. The Kinshasa based sister organisation SODIS DR Congo is recognised by all national ministries and benefits of full tax exemption in all its activities.

Gilles studied economics and political science at the University of Bern and graduated with a master's degree in 1990. In 1989 he graduated from high school with the eidg. Matura (Baccalaureate) in Mathematics and Physics.

Mr. Stapleton has over 40 years of international experience in all aspects of offshore fabrication, installation, and marine construction. He is also well versed in onshore oil and gas exploration, production and infrastructure projects. Currently Global Senior Director – Fabrication – at McDermott Inc, with previous roles at Marine Contracting PTC, LTD.(VP), and Megawest Energy Corp (CEO).