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Board of Directors

Joe Mohen, Director. Mr. Mohen has founded Internet systems and developed software packages with cumulative sales of more than a billion dollars. As founder Chairman and CEO of SpiralFrog.com Mr. Mohen’s leadership and vision initiated breakthroughs in ad supported Internet media especially within the music industry.  He led SpiralFrog in obtaining the first ever license from a major music owner to give all their songs away as free downloads and licensed every major music publisher in the world.  His leadership brought together a who-is-who of the music industry, and later the greater internet itself and to procure dozens of the world’s most prestigious advertisers to advertise on SpiralFrog as well as get millions of people to register to the web site.  As founding CEO of Election.com, he became known worldwide in the software and Internet industries as both a visionary and leader.  Mr. Mohen led Election.com to an extremely successful round of start-up funding, including obtaining an equity stake from VeriSign, and from strategic investors worldwide. Under his leadership Election.com conducted the world’s first legally binding public elections over the Internet, which included the Arizona Democratic Primary.  Election.com quickly expanded to seven countries during its first two years of operation.  He has received extensive worldwide press coverage from CNN, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Business Week, ABC, CBS, NHK Japan, BBC, and MTV.  Mr. Mohen is also the founder of ParishPay, a fully automated Internet payment system, which has dramatically improved financial operations for the Catholic Church in the United States.  The company was one of the early limited liability companies to receive venture capital funding.  He was also Cofounder and CEO of Proginet Corporation from 1991 thru 1996, which he had founded in 1986.  Mr. Mohen managed key strategic alliances with IBM, Novell, and Microsoft, the latter two including equity participation.  During his tenure as CEO he led the company through a multi-jurisdictional initial public offering in May of 1995, after which the company’s share price tripled. Mr. Mohen was also the founder of SpiralFrog, in which he negotiated the first major label music licenses (from Universal Music and EMI) to make their entire catalog available for free to consumers, supported by advertising; he also negotiated contracts with all major music publishers and performing rights organizations in the United States and Canada, and the largest independents.  He is a member of Legatus, the organization of Catholic CEOs, the National Association of Recording Industry Professionals, and a former member and blue ribbon Committee member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

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Dr. Yacov Shamesh, Director. Dr. Shamash is Vice President for Economic Development and Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University. As Vice President, a position he has held since 2000, Dr. Shamash supervises the University’s three incubators, two New York State Centers for Advanced Technology, the NYS Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT), the Small Business Development Center, and the workforce development programs of the Center for Emerging Technologies. The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences has over 1,500 undergraduate and 900 graduate students. In 1994 he led the effort by SUNY's engineering schools to create the highly successful state-wide SPIR program (Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence). During the past ten years, working through the SPIR program, the College has partnered with more than 220 companies to assist them with more than 1,150 projects. Dr. Shamash is a member of the Board of Directors of the Long Island Software & Technology Network (LISTnet) and the Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT). He serves on the boards of Keytronic, American Medical Alert, Netsmart Technologies, and Invision.com. Prior to joining Stony Brook, Dr. Shamash served as Director of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University and was responsible for the establishment of a National Science Foundation Industry/University Center for the Design of Analog/Digital Integrated Circuits. He has held faculty positions at Florida Atlantic University, the University of Pennsylvania and Tel Aviv University. A Fellow of the IEEE, he received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Imperial College of Science and Technology in London, England, and has authored more than 130 publications.

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Francis Dzubeck, Director  Mr. Dzubeck is President of Communications Network Architects, Inc. and is a widely recognized authority in the areas of IT computing and communications convergence and infrastructure/application integration.  He was named to Network World’s list of the Most Powerful and Influential Players in the Communications Networking Industry from 1995 thru 2001.  Since 1973, he and the firm he founded have established a reputation for providing pragmatic recommendations to the problems encountered in the computer and communications industry and for providing business-oriented solutions that bring a significant Return on Investment, (ROI), through Total Cost of Ownership, (TOC), benefits to the corporate bottom line.  He has been published continuously for more than twenty-five years and presently writes an Industry Opinion column for Network World. Mr. Dzubeck's opinions, industry analysis, and commentary appear in the national/international public and industry press on a weekly basis, and he is regularly featured as a commentator for the BBC, CNBC, ABC, PBS, and CNN.  He is frequently invited to speak at international industry conferences and has been in the past, (over twenty years), a member of the industry advisory boards of the COMNET and COMDEX trade shows. Mr. Dzubeck is presently serving as a director or advisory board member for over twenty venture capital start-up corporations and has served as a director or advisor to over fifty start-up companies that have either been acquired or had a successful IPO.

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