Ben Errez has acted as Chairman of our Board, Executive Vice President, Principal Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer since July 2017. He has brought this expertise to the Company to lead the Company into the forefront of the blockchain-based financial software, services and hardware market. Since 2017, Errez has been a principal of the GreenBox Business. From August 2004 until August 2015, Errez formed the start-up IHC Capital, where he held the position of Principal Consultant from founding to the present date, through which he advises clients in the South Pacific region with market capitalizations ranging from $50M to $150M on matters such as commerce, security, reliability and privacy. From January 1991 to August 2004, he served as Software Development Lead for the Microsoft International Product Group. He led the International Microsoft Office Components team (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) in design, engineering, development and successful deployment. He also served as Executive Representative of Microsoft Office and was a founding member of the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Forum, both within the company, and internationally. Errez co-authored the first Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Paper on Reliability. At Microsoft, Mr. Errez was responsible for the development of the first Microsoft software translation Software Development Kit (“SDK”) in Hebrew, Arabic, Thai and Simplified Chinese, as well as the development of the first bidirectional extensions to Rich Text Format (“RTF”) file format, all bidirectional extensions in text converters for Microsoft Office, and contributed to the development of the international extensions to the Unicode standard to include bidirectional requirements under the World Wide Web Consortium (“W3C”). He received his Bachelor Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the Hebrew University.
Fredi Nisan has served as a Director and our Chief Executive Office since July 2017, and has been a principal of the Company since August 2017. In May 2016, Nisan founded Firmness, LLC. Through Firmness, Nisan created “QuickCitizen,” a software program that simpliﬁes the onboarding process for new clients of law ﬁrms specializing in immigration issues. The QuickCitizen software significantly reduced law firm’s onboarding processing time from more than three hours to approximately fifteen minutes. In January 2010, Nisan launched Brava POS, where he served as President until 2015. Brava POS provided point of sale (“POS”) systems for specialty retail companies. Nisan developed software to provide clients with solutions for issues ranging from inventory management to payroll to processing high volume transactions in the form of a cloud-based POS system. This system had the capability to manage multiple stores with centralized inventory and process sales without an internet connection, and oﬀered a secure login for each employee, as well as including advanced inventory management and reporting, plus powerful functionality for its end users. From January 2007 until November 2017, Nisan worked for One Coach, in San Diego, CA, as a business coach. One Coach specializes in customized growth solutions for small business owners, including the latest strategies for sales, internet marketing, branding and ROI. Nisan was consistently ranked as the top salesperson for small business coaching while working with One Coach.
Genevieve Baer has served as a Director since February 12, 2021 and has been chief executive officer of JKH Consulting since 2009. JKH Consulting is a real estate finance consulting firm that has advised on transactions with a collective value of over $10 billion. Prior to her work with JKH Consulting, Ms. Baer worked at Magnet Industrial Bank for 6 years at the end of which tenure she was a Senior Vice President. Ms. Baer also worked at US Bancorp Piper Jaffray for 9 years as a Vice President working on equity and debt real estate financings. Ms. Baer earned a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Utah.
William J. Caragol has served as a Director since February 12, 2021 and has, since April 2020, been Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hawaiian Springs LLC, a natural artesian bottled water company. From 2018 to the present, Mr. Caragol has also been Managing Director of Quidem LLC, a corporate advisory firm. Since 2015, Mr. Caragol has been Chairman of the Board of Thermomedics, Inc., a medical diagnostic equipment company. From 2012 to 2018, Mr. Caragol was Chairman and CEO of PositiveID, a holding company that was publicly traded that had a portfolio of products in the fields of bio detection systems, molecular diagnostics, and diabetes management products. Mr. Caragol earned a B.S. in business administration and accounting from Washington & Lee University.
Ezra Laniado has served as a Director since February 12, 2021 and has, since 2018, been Executive Director of the San Diego chapter of Friends of Israel Defence Forces and, since 2017, been Regional Director of the San Diego chapter of the Israeli-American Council, two American charitable organizations providing support and funds for Israel and the Israeli community in America. In such capacity, Mr. Laniado has raised over $5 million in donations and managed over 30 volunteers. From 2014 to 2017, Mr. Laniado was Co-Founder and Business Director of Shonglulu Group, a fashion brand. As Business Director, Mr. Laniado raised capital, coordinated the company’s marketing strategy, and implemented its business plan. Prior to 2014, Mr. Laniado was an attorney in Israel for 4 years. Mr. Laniado received a B.A. and an L.L.B. from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.
Dennis James is an accomplished financial executive with over 45 years of banking, accounting and M&A experience, with both public and private companies. He currently serves as Executive Vice President and Director of Mergers/Acquisitions and Regulatory/Government Relations of Bank OZK (the “Bank”). He has served as the Director of Mergers/Acquisitions of the Bank since 2012, Executive Vice President since 2014 and the Director of Regulatory/Government Relations since 2018. Mr. James initially joined the Bank in 1981 as its Chief Financial Officer and a member of its board of directors. In November 1984, he left the Bank to serve as Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of LSI Financial Group. In 2005, Mr. James rejoined the Bank and moved to the Dallas area to serve as its North Texas Division President, returning to Little Rock in 2012 as he assumed his current role as the Bank’s Director of Mergers/Acquisitions. He has served as board member for a variety of private companies and nonprofits. Mr. James graduated from the University of Arkansas with honors, receiving a B.S.B.A. degree with a major in accounting.
Carl J. Williams brings a tenured history in the payment space to GreenBox including a track record of founding payments and card processing companies along with several high-profile industry positions. Most recently, he served as CEO & Chairman of the Board of Planet Payment, Inc. an international payment processing and multi- currency solutions company. Planet Payment provided its service offerings in 55 countries. Mr. Williams served as a Director starting in August 2013, was elevated to President in November 2013, and made CEO and Chairman in February 2014. In 2018, Planet Payment was sold to Eurazeo, a French Private Equity firm. He continued as CEO until March 2020. Other prior experience in payments includes serving as the President of Worldwide Payment Processing for Global Payments from 2004 to 2009, during which time he resided in Europe and Asia. Upon returning to the United States, he remained as an Advisor to Global Payments on Business Development and International Operations from 2009 to 2013. He also served as Managing Director of Pay Anywhere LLC, a mobile credit card processor. Mr. Williams currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for General Cannabis Corp.