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Management and Directors

Omni-Lite Industries Canada Inc.

 

David F. Grant
CEO & Director

Mr. Grant founded Omni-Lite Industries Inc. (which later merged to form Omni-Lite Industries Canada Inc.) in 1992. As CEO of the Company, Mr. Grant is responsible for the strategic direction of the Company. Mr. Grant is responsible for the Company’s financial performance and corporate governance and manages the communications with equity research analysts and shareholders.

Mr. Grant is also involved in the project management of the Company’s R&D projects. Mr. Grant is also Chairman of California Nanotechnologies Corp. Prior to founding Omni-Lite Industries, Mr. Grant spent 15 years working in the aerospace industry in various management capacities in the areas of marketing and business development. While employed in the aerospace industry, Mr. Grant worked extensively in South and North America, Africa, and Asia. Mr. Grant received his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering at the University of Calgary in 1975, following which he attended graduate studies in Oceanography at the University of British Columbia and Memorial University in Newfoundland. Mr. Grant was the recipient of one of the first C-CORE scholarships for graduate research.


Timothy P. Leybold
CFO

Mr. Leybold joined Omni-Lite as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in August of 2016. Prior to joining Omni-Lite, Mr. Leybold was CFO of Till Capital Ltd., where he successfully led Till's registration with the SEC and listing on NASDAQ. Mr. Leybold began his career as a CPA with an international accounting firm and has also served as a CFO with Tatum CFO Partners, Port Townsend Paper Corp. and its subsidiary Crown Packaging Ltd., the Port Blakely Companies and RLC Industries. He has completed several acquisition transactions in his career including Till's acquisition of Omega Holdings Ltd. in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Mr. Leybold received a BBA degree with honors from the University of Portland and an MBA from University of Oregon.


Allen W. Maxin
President

Mr. Maxin joined Omni-Lite in June of 2002 as the Technical Sales Manager and was promoted in 2006 to V.P. Operations. Prior to joining Omni-Lite, Mr. Maxin worked for a California based, mid-sized aerospace fastener company. In his 12 years at the firm, he held various positions that included Sales & Application Engineer, Technical Operations Management, Project Management, and Methods planning. Mr. Maxin has over thirty years in the fastener industry and hold various certificates in Mechanical Drafting & Design, Manufacturing Resource Planning, Statistical Process Control & Aeronautics Management. He served as a Technical Advisor to the National Aeronautics Society Committee. Mr. Maxin is a senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) & the American Society of Material (ASM).


Mike Walker
V.P. Research & Development

Mr. Walker is the Company’s Vice President of Research & Development. Mr. Walker joined the Company shortly after his graduation from Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in 1994 with a mechanical engineering technology diploma. Mr. Walker has expertise and experience in design tooling and cold forging process engineering. Mr. Walker is responsible for all new product implementation and is involved in material science, failure analysis and testing activities. His extensive experience in solving complex cold forging problems contributes significantly to Omni-Lite's success. Mr. Walker utilizes 3-D design software and supervises the use of the in-house EDM machine to create crucial tooling components. Mr. Walker also is capable of hands-on support on the floor to set up production lines and modify equipment for the Company’s patented processes. Mr. Walker graduated, with honours, in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Polytechnic (S.A.I.T.)


Patrick Hutchins
Director

"Patrick has been involved with the aerospace industry at a senior management level for years and as a result has an excellent understanding of the future potential of the Company," stated David F. Grant, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors. "His track record of building value is well known in several industries and these skills make Patrick a key asset as Omni-Lite enters a new level of growth."

 Mr. Hutchins currently serves as President of Staco Systems, a manufacturer of Human to Machine Interface solutions for aerospace and military applications. Prior to Staco Systems, Mr. Hutchins served as Vice President and General Manager for Lisi Aerospace, a leader in forged and machined aerospace fasteners serving all aircraft OEMs worldwide. Mr. Hutchins also served in executive roles as Chief Operations Officer of Automated Precision Inc., Satellite Division President and Chief Operations Officer of CalAmp Corp. and President and General Manager of Chloride Systems, a division of Philips Lighting. Mr. Hutchins received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University and Masters in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Pursuant to its stock option plan and in accordance with the policies and approval of the TSX Venture Exchange, the Board of Directors has approved a grant of 50,000 stock options to Mr. Hutchins. These options vest equally over a period of 3 years and are exercisable on or before May 5, 2021 at an exercise price of $1.44 CAD per common share.


Chuck Samkoff
Director

Mr. Samkoff is currently Managing Director and Head of the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at Cypress Partners LLC, an affiliate of Cypress Associates LLC ("Cypress"). Mr. Samkoff has been in the investment banking industry for over 20 years. From 1998 until joining Cypress in 2004, he was a Managing Director in CIBC World Markets' Mergers and Acquisitions Group overseeing the Defense/Aerospace, Communications and Industrial M&A Groups. Mr. Samkoff joined CIBC World Markets as a senior member of a core team of M&A bankers mandated to build CIBC World Markets' M&A franchise. During his leadership tenure, CIBC World Markets' M&A Group ranked as one of the fastest growing M&A practices on Wall Street. Mr. Samkoff has advised corporate and institutional clients on numerous mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, hostile defenses and corporate restructurings in many sectors, while working with a number of the largest financial private equity and hedge fund firms. The value of these transactions would have an aggregate value in excess of US$70.0 billion. Mr. Samkoff is a graduate of Fordham University, Graduate School of Business, where he earned his M.B.A. with Honors. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Denver.


Roger Dent
Director

Mr. Dent is the Chief Executive Officer of Quinsam Capital Corporation and is a director of Quinsam Opportunities I Inc., The Tinley Beverage Company Inc., Deveron UAS Ltd. and ACUITYAds Inc. Mr. Dent also serves as a Director of California Nanotechnologies Corp., a company founded by Omni-Lite in 2005. From 2003 to 2011, he has held various positions including portfolio manager with Matrix Fund Management Inc., where he managed the Matrix Strategic Small Cap Fund and the Matrix Small Companies Fund. He was formerly vice-chairman of one of Canada's largest independent investment dealers and was managing director and deputy manager of research at CIBC World Markets. He has a Master's of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen's University.


 

 

 

 

 

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