Board of Directors
Mr. Tu was appointed non-executive chairman in 2012. Mr. Tu is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of 5 Elements Global Advisors, an investment advisory and management company focusing on investing in clean energy companies with breakthrough, commercialized technologies and near-term profitability potential. He is also Co-Founder of Communal International Ltd., which is dedicated to assisting clean energy solutions companies access to global marketing, distribution licensing, manufacturing and financing resources. Previously he was the Director of Investment Management of Gerstein Fisher & Associates and an equity analyst at Dolphin Asset Management Corp. Mr. Tu holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Tsing-Hua University in Taiwan, and a master of business administration from Baruch College in New York. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Member of the Compensation Committee
Mr. Cohen has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Dillon Yarn Corporation since February 2011, and President from October 1996 to February 2011. Dillon Yarn Corporation manufactures and globally distributes filament yarns, fabrics, flake, chip, staple fiber and non-woven fabric to many segments of the textile industry, including medical, technical, industrial, automotive, home furnishing and apparel.
Mr. Cohen is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Oral Health Care LLC, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GAWI, LLC doing business as Arctic Ease, a Partner in Fabricated Metals and Commodore Factors, and President of Morristown Helicopter Services Inc. He is a member of the Tel Aviv University Board of Governors and Chairman Emeritus of American Friends of Tel Aviv University.
Mr. Cheng is an Executive Director of the Company since October 2013. He joined the Company in June 2013 as Brand Manager. Previously, he was Managing Director of Communal International ltd., a group assisting clean energy companies gain market access and improve supply chain efficiencies in Asia from March 2012 to June 2013. He is a Director of ZW Group, a real estate and shopping center developer in China, and was the Market/Project Manager from October 2007 to March 2012. Previously, From March 2002 to October 2007, Mr. Cheng was a Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer for The X/Y Group, a marketing enterprise that exclusively markets and distributes global consumer brand products including JanSport and Skechers in the greater China region. Mr. Cheng graduated from New York University with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration.
John M. Davenport
Past President and Executive Director
Mr. Davenport is a Director of the Board, previously serving as President and Director (2008-2012) as CEO and Board Member (2005-2008), as COO (2003-2005), and VP, CTO (1999-2003). Prior to EFO, Mr. Davenport was President of Unison Fiber Optic Lighting, LLC. Mr. Davenport began his career at GE Lighting in 1972 as research physicist and thereafter served 25 years in various roles. He is a recognized expert in light sources, and lighting systems and applications, with emphasis in low wattage discharge lamps, electronic ballast technology and distributed lighting systems using fiber optics.
Xin (Adam) He
Member of the Audit and Compensation Committees
Mr. He has served as Deputy Chief Financial Officer of AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. since May 2012, a publicly traded company principally involved in the theatrical exhibition business owning and operating theatres primarily located in the United States.
From December 2010 to May 2012, Mr. He served as Financial Controller of Xinyuan Real Estate Co., a publically traded developer of large scale, high quality residential real estate projects. From August 2009 to December 2010, Mr. He served as Chief Financial Officer of China International Transportation Holding Group, a shipping and logistics company. Previously, Mr. He served as an auditor at Ernst & Young, LLP. Mr. He obtained a Master of Science in Taxation from Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing, and a Master of Science in Accounting from Seton Hall University. He is a Certified Public Accountant.
Independent Director – Chair of the Audit Committee
Since 2002, Mr. Ramelot has been a consultant on many projects including being the project leader on BlackLine system implementation to enhance the financial close process of several multi-million dollar companies as well as a project leader on due diligence, accounting valuations and appraisals related to corporate acquisitions. In addition, Mr. Ramelot also engages with researching and preparing position papers for companies on complex accounting issues related to stock-based compensation, income taxes, business combinations and goodwill, and preparing various SEC filings, assessing and implementing Section 404 of Sarbanes-Oxley for client companies.
Prior to becoming a consultant, Mr. Ramelot was CFO and then President of Compro Packaging LLC, a manufacturer of corrugated packaging material, and CFO for Flextronics Inc., a publicly traded international contract manufacturer, and CFO of Cromemco Incorporated, a manufacturer of microcomputers. He began his career with the auditing firm KPMG.
Mr. Ramelot received a BS degree with an accounting major from St. Mary’s College, and earned an MBA from the University of Santa Clara. He is a Certified Public Accountant, and a member of the Financial Executive Institute and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Thomas W. Swidarski
Independent Director – Chair of the Compensation Committee
Member of the Audit Committee
Mr. Swidarski has served as the non-executive chairman of Asurint, a privately held company in the background verification industry since January 2014. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Altra Industrial Motion Corp., a publically traded $700 million leading global designer, producer and marketer of a wide range of electromechanical power transmission products.
Mr. Swidarski previously served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Diebold Incorporated, a $3 billion global leader in designing, manufacturing and distributing self service ATMs in over 100 countries, from December 2005 to January 2013. Prior to becoming CEO and President, Mr. Swidarski served in various capacities including Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President of Financial Self-Service Group, and held various strategic development and marketing positions at Diebold after joining the company in 1996. Prior to Diebold, Mr. Swidarski worked in the banking sector for 16+ years. He holds a BA in marketing from the University of Dayton and an MBA in business management from Cleveland State University.