Zivi Nedivi currently serves as president and CEO of Cyalume Technologies. Mr. Nedivi was President and CEO of Kellstrom Aerospace and its predecessor company, Kellstrom Industries, from 1990 to 2005. He continues to serve as an observer on Kellstrom Aerospace's board of directors.
After Kellstrom, Mr. Nedivi served as Chief Operating Officer at Lumenis Ltd, the world's leading medical laser company from 2006 to 2008. In 2008, Mr. Nedivi was asked to join Axiom Investment Advisors, a $1.6 billion hedge fund specializing in currencies, where he served as CEO until 2009 and as a special advisor until 2011.
Prior to his business career, Mr. Nedivi served as an F-15 fighter pilot in the Israeli Air Force, where he attained the rank of Major. He is a graduate of the Israel Air Force Academy and holds a Bachelor's degree in business administration.
Member of the Executive Committee
Winston Churchill has been our Chairman of the Board since May 31, 2006 and was our Secretary from June 22, 2007 through December 19, 2008. Mr. Churchill has been a member of SCP Private Equity Management Company, LLC since 2000. From 1993 to the present he has been the President of CIP Capital Management, Inc., a management company, and Chairman of CIP Capital, Inc., an investment company and a director of both. He is currently a Director of Innovative Solutions and Support, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISSC), a company engaged in the design, manufacture, and sale of flight information computers, flat panel displays, and monitoring systems; Amkor Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMKR), a supplier of semiconductor packaging and test services, Rodman & Renshaw Capital Group (NASDAQ: RODM), a full-service investment bank providing corporate finance, strategic advisory and related services and Griffin Land & Nurseries, Inc. (NASDAQ: GRIF), a real estate and landscape nursery business. Mr. Churchill is a past director (2000-2007) of Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AUXL), a company that develops and commercializes pharmaceutical products for urologic and sexual health disorders. Mr. Churchill holds a B.S. in Physics, Summa Cum Laude, from Fordham University, an MA in Economics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a JD law degree from Yale Law School.
Yaron Eitan has been our Vice Chairman of the Board since December 19, 2008 and was our Chief Executive Officer and President from May 31, 2006 through December 19, 2008. In 1998, Mr. Eitan founded Selway Partners LLC, a holding company focused on technology investments, and has been its President and Chief Executive Officer since that time. From July 2002 to the present, Mr. Eitan has been a member of SCP Private Equity Management Company, LLC, a private equity and venture capital management company. Mr. Eitan is the Chairman and/or board member of several privately-held technology companies. Mr. Eitan holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania.
Jason Epstein has been our director since December 19, 2008. Mr. Epstein has been a Senior Partner of Columbus Nova since 2002. He is currently a director of Deerfield Capital Corp. (NASDAQ: DFR), a company engaged in investment management and other investing activities. Mr. Epstein received his B.A. from Tufts University in 1996 and currently serves on the Tufts Board of Overseers.
Ji Ham has been our Director since December 2013. Mr. Ham is a Principal of Columbus Nova. Mr. Ham joined Columbus Nova in July 2006. Prior to Columbus Nova, Mr. Ham was a founding member of Hudson Capital Advisors, LLC, a financial advisory firm focused on debt and equity private placements and mergers and acquisitions advisory. Prior to Hudson Capital Advisors, Mr. Ham worked in the Leveraged Finance Group at CIBC World Markets Corp where he worked on a variety of debt and equity capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and merchant banking / private equity investment transactions for Trimaran Capital Partners, CIBC's private equity fund, and its predecessor funds. Mr. Ham received his B.A. in Business Economics with magna cum laude honor from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Andrew Intrater has been our director since September 1, 2009. Mr. Intrater is the CEO and Senior Managing Partner of Columbus Nova and serves on the Executive and Investment Committees for Columbus Nova. Mr. Intrater also serves on the board of directors for Deerfield Capital Corp. (NASDAQ: DFR), a company engaged in investment management and other investing activities. Mr. Intrater served on the board of directors (2007 2011) for HQ Sustainable Maritime Industries, Inc. (AMEX: HQS), an integrated aquaculture and aquatic product processing company, with operations based in China's South Sea. Mr. Intrater completed his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the Rutgers University College of Engineering and graduate studies in Materials Science at the Columbia University School of Mines.
John G. Meyer, Jr. has been a director of Cyalume since June 16, 2011. Mr. Meyer is a director of The Allied Defense Group, Inc. (OTCQB: ADGI), a multinational defense business, which prior to the sale of substantially all its assets, was focused on the manufacture and sale of ammunition and ammunition related products for use by the U.S. and foreign governments. He was also the Chief Executive Officer of Heckler & Koch, a German small arms manufacturing company, from June 2005 to August 2007; and the Chief Executive Officer of The Allied Defense Group, Inc. from June 2003 to June 2005. Prior to his business career, Mr. Meyer served in the United States Army as its most senior Public Affairs Officer and retiring as a Major General. Mr. Meyer received a Bachelor's degree from Florida State University and a Masters Degree from Sam Houston State University.
Thomas G. Rebar has served as our Director since August 6, 2007. Mr. Rebar has been a Partner of SCP Private Equity Management, LLC since 1996. Mr. Rebar is currently a director of several privately-held companies. Mr. Rebar has served as the chair of our audit committee since January 2009. Mr. Rebar received his B.S. summa cum laude from the University of Scranton and an M.B.A. from New York University Graduate School of Business Administration.
James G. Schleck ("Jamie") was previously President of Cyalume Specialty Products and has been with the company since September 2011 following the acquisition of his former company, JFC Technologies, LLC. At JFC he served in various capacities including President and CEO for over 17 years. Mr. Schleck is a former Army Officer and is a graduate of the U.S. Army's Airborne, Air Assault and Ranger Schools. Mr. Schleck holds a BS degree from the United States Military Academy, an MBA from Columbia University and an M.Ed from Rutgers University.
James I. Valentine
Mr. Valentine, age 65, is the President and Chairman of Valentine & Company. His particular expertise involves the organization, governance and financing of emerging growth companies involved in technology infrastructure and services. He has served in a variety of key management positions as well as a financier and investor. His previous experience has included being the Chief Executive Officer of QoS Networks LTD, a company providing IP services on a global basis, being the Chief Executive Officer of North American Wireless Inc, a company engaged in the design, construction and operation of nationwide wireless infrastructure services. Mr. Valentine was a General Partner of Montgomery Securities, serving as Managing Director of the Corporate Finance Technology Group. Mr. Valentine serves on the boards of directors of Hi Tech Services, Inc., NextGen Technology Services, LLC, Tri Alpha Energy Inc. and Wireless Project Development Corporation. He serves on the Advisory Boards of Kline Hawkes California, LP; Kline Hawkes California SBIC, LP, and Kline Hawkes Pacific, LP. Mr. Valentine practiced law in San Francisco specializing in financial transactions. Mr. Valentine received his B.A. with High Honors from the University of Florida and his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.