PFO Global, Inc. has been in business since March 2008 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. PFO Global is an innovative manufacturer of advanced lens designs and complete eyewear. With interactive manufacturing systems that connect the world, complete supply systems and a proprietary online ordering system we are focused on meeting today’s economic needs with tomorrow’s technology. Headquartered in the US with manufacturing facilities and R&D centers around the world, we are committed to optical technologies that enhance the quality of life.
We provide eyewear and prescription lenses to eye care professionals and prescription laboratories. We have developed proprietary cloud based software and electronic devices to streamline logistics and reduce costs for our customers. Additionally, we offer high resolution polycarbonate lens that we believe has lower distortion than competing lenses. We believe that the combination of high quality lenses at low price points combined with our proprietary software and electronic devices enable independent eye care professionals to compete more effectively with large retail chains in the eyewear industry. Further, we believe that our low price points enable us to participate in the United States Medicaid and Medicare programs, as well as insurance programs mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”) which include eyewear fulfillment benefits.
Rudolf Suter, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director Rudolf Suter has served as our President, Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our board of directors since September 2011. Mr. Suter has served in various roles for our wholly owned subsidiaries, including serving as President, Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the board of directors of PFO Global since May 2010, as a manager of PFO MCO, LLC since July 2013, as manager of PFO Optima, LLC since May 2013, and as a manager of PFO Technologies, LLC since February 2013. Prior to joining PFO Global, in 2002, Mr. Suter founded Optixx AG of Switzerland, a Swiss company that developed and produced free-form progressive addition lenses, and served as its Chief Executive Officer and President from January 2003 through March 2010. In 1999, Mr. Suter co-founded the European Sunglass Association and served as a member of its board from inception until 2007. From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Suter served as a member of EUROM (European Optical Manufacturer Association). Since 2000, Mr. Suter has served as a member of the Vision Council of America. In January 2014, Mr. Suter filed a petition under the federal bankruptcy laws, which proceeding currently remains pending. Mr. Suter holds a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration from the University of Lucerne. We believe Mr. Suter’s qualifications to serve as a member of our board of directors include his expertise and vast experience in the optical industry, his significant leadership experience due to his role as a senior executive with several companies, and the intimate knowledge of our business and operations that he has accumulated as our President and Chief Executive Officer.
Timothy W. Kinnear, Chief Financial Officer Mr. Kinnear has served as our Chief Financial Officer since November 2014. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Kinnear served as the Chief Financial Officer from May 2013 to September 2014 at American Broadband, Inc. d/b/a United Network Services (“UNSi”), a telecommunications services provider, which GTT Communications, Inc. (NYSE MKT: GTT) acquired on October 1, 2014. Mr. Kinnear served as the Chief Financial Officer from February 2009 to May 2013 at Airband Communications, Inc., a telecommunications services provider, which UNSi acquired on May 7, 2013. Previously, Mr. Kinnear held executive roles in InnerWireless, Inc., Intrusion, Inc. and Cyrix Corporation. Mr. Kinnear also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Resourcing Edge, a human resources service provider. Mr. Kinnear holds a Bachelor Degree in Accounting from Texas Tech University.
Kenneth E. Elstad, II, Executive Vice President - Sales Mr. Elstad has served as our Executive Vice President - Sales since May 2014. Mr. Elstad served as the Vice President of Sales at Next Generation Consulting, Inc., an information technology services and solutions provider, from January 2014 to April 2014. Mr. Elstad in various sales roles at Pech Optical Corp., a wholesale laboratory that specializes in the product of lenses, including as Vice President of Sales Expansion and Product Development from January 2007 to December 2012, Regional Sales Manager from January 2001 to January 2007, and Sales Representative from May 1995 to January 2001.
Jeffrey T. LaPlante, Executive Vice President – Business Development and International Mr. LaPlante has served as our Executive Vice President – Business Development since June 2014. From April 1991 to October 2013, Mr. LaPlante has served in various roles at Signet Armorlite, Inc., an optical company and a subsidiary of Essilor International S.A., most recently serving as its Western Regional Wholesale Sales Manager, with account responsibilities across multiple states. Since February 2008, Mr. LaPlante has worked on and published the “The Retail Jungle,” a training guide for professionals in the retail sales field. Mr. LaPlante earned his Associate degree in Electrical Engineering from Heald College.
Jonathan Schwartz, Executive Vice President - Operations Mr. Schwartz has served as our Executive Vice President - Operations since October 2011. Mr. Schwartz has served as Vice President of Manufacturing from December 2010 to October 2011. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Schwartz served as Director of Laboratory Operations of Ultimate Optical Laboratory, a prescription laboratory, from July 2009 to August 2010. Mr. Schwartz served as Director of Technical Services, Lens Distribution, for HOYA Vision Care, an optical laboratory network and optical lens manufacturer, from July 2007 to July 2009. From 1996 to 2007, Mr. Schwartz served as a Board member of the Optical Laboratory Association and from 2002 has served on the Z80.1 and Z80.5 standards committees of the American National Standards Institute. Mr. Schwartz is a licensed optician with an A.A.S in Ophthalmic Dispensing from New York City Technical College and a B.S. in Professional Management from Nova University.
Jagdish Jethmalani, Executive Vice President - Research and Development Mr. Jethmalani has served as our Executive Vice President – Research and Development since December 2012. From November 2002 to October 2012, Mr. Jethmalani served as the Vice President of Research and Development of Ophthonix, Inc., a company that marketed wavefront-guided vision correction technology and iZon lenses, where Mr. Jethmalani spearheaded and executed Ophthonix’s research and development goals and objectives to develop a new product pipeline within approved timelines and budgets and provided core scientific leadership in defining Ophthonix’s product pipeline. Mr. Jethmalani holds a Ph.D. in Organic/Polymer Chemistry from Oklahoma State University and holds an M.S. in Organic Chemistry from University of Arkansas.
George E. Moore, Executive Vice President – Information Technology Mr. Moore has served as our Executive Vice President – Information Technology since April 2013. Prior to joining our company, from January 2012 to April 2013. Mr. Moore served as a Sales Engineer and IT Consultant for System Five (Pty) Ltd., a software distributor and an information technology and solutions business. From June 2008 toJanuary 2012, Mr. Moore served as a Technology Committee Chairman, Network Engineer, and Director of Instructional Technology at Responsive Education Solutions, a community of public charter schools. Mr. Moore earned his Bachelor degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from Oklahoma State University.
Each executive officer serves at the discretion of our board of directors and holds office until his or her successor is duly elected and qualified or until his or her earlier resignation or removal. There are no family relationships among any of our directors or executive officers.
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