Board of Directors
Bobby Yampolsky’s story is the definition of the American dream, immigrating from Ukraine: starting with a family owned and operated business that spans two generations. Established in 1986, the family-owned company, with his vision East Coast Jewelry evolved into ECJ Luxe in 2015 expanding to multiple locations throughout southern Florida. ECJ Luxe provides its affluent global clientele a luxury shopping destination that specializes in an array of ultra exclusive items including everything from high end time pieces, jewelry and diamonds, to exotic cars and yachts.
At the young age of 19, Mr. Yampolsky opened East Coast Jewelry on Worth Ave. in West Palm Beach, one of the most prominent locations in the United States jumpstarting his career as a serial entrepreneur and international real estate investor. Following his success in the jewelry business, Mr. Yampolsky went on to own and operate multiple businesses and build an international real estate portfolio including the purchase of a three-story building that is a staple and an icon in the city of Delray Beach, Florida.
In addition to his jewelry enterprise, restaurant, nightclub, and real estate investments, Bobby self funded Ceed2Med where he is CEO and Co-Founder. Ceed2Med is a hemp and hemp-derivative supply sourcing, production, distribution, and development company that secures production of industrial hemp biomass and raw ingredients that invests in developing supply chain partners and distribution channels worldwide. Ceed2Med is currently the largest shareholder of Exactus Inc.
Bobby Yampolsky is a well-respected member of the southern Florida community and recognized for his generous contributions to many organizations.
John Price currently serves as Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary of SCWorx Corp., a publicly-traded provider of data normalization, application interoperability and big data analytics within the healthcare provider market. Mr. Price has been the CFO of SCWorx Corp. (f/k/a Alliance MMA, Inc.) since August 2016. Previously, Mr. Price was Chief Financial Officer of MusclePharm Corporation, a publicly-traded nutritional supplement company. Prior to joining MusclePharm in 2013, Mr. Price served as Vice President of Finance – North America at Opera Software, a Norwegian public company focused on digital advertising. From 2011 to 2013, he served as Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller of GCT Semiconductor. From 2004 to 2011, Mr. Price served in various roles at Tessera Technologies, including VP of Finance & Corporate Controller. Prior to Tessera Technologies, Mr. Price served various roles at Ernst &Young LLP. Mr. Price served nearly three years in the San Jose, California office and nearly five years in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania office of Ernst & Young. Mr. Price has been a certified public accountant (currently inactive) since 2000 and attended Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting.
Kevin J. Esval
Kevin J. Esval has served as Executive Managing Director and CCO of VelocityHealth Securities since founding the company in 2000. Mr. Esval has significant industry and investment banking experienced in most sectors of health care including specialty pharmaceuticals & generics, health care services, health care IT, diagnostics, biotechnology, and other sectors. With his extensive transactional and financing experience serving as a valuable resource, Mr. Esval takes an active role with all clients. Additionally, through his prior operating experience as an executive in growth oriented health care companies and active roles on boards of directors, Mr. Esval has developed a keen understanding of the challenges faced by middle market and growth companies. Mr. Esval has negotiated, structured, and executed various types of transactions including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and licensings; corporate and transactional financings, including equity, mezzanine and debt financings.
Previously, Mr. Esval served as a divisional SVP and COO for UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), one of the largest health care services companies in the world with annual revenues exceeding $200 billion. As one of the original startup executives of his division, Mr. Esval was instrumental in taking it from $0 to $400 million as of his departure. His career in health care began with a venture-backed startup Complete Health Services, Inc. This firm was one of Inc. Magazine’s “Fastest Growing Private Companies” in 1994. During this period, Mr. Esval was this company’s top sales executive, and managed the startup of two new divisions.
Additionally, Mr. Esval spent 5 years in sales, financial analysis, and trading roles at several financial derivatives companies, including Chicago based Rosenthal-Collins Group and R. J. O’Brien. During this period, his roles included working on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME).
Mr. Esval has served on the Board of Directors of multiple health care companies, and currently serves on the Board of Directors on several specialty pharmaceutical companies.
Mr. Esval received his BA degree from Furman University while on a football scholarship. Additionally, he studied internationally in Lausanne, Switzerland. Mr. Esval is a dual citizen of the USA and the Republic of Ireland.
Mr. Esval holds Series 24, 7 & 63 Licenses.
Kenneth E. Puzder
Chief Financial Officer and Director
Kenneth E. Puzder serves as Chief Financial Officer of C2M. In addition, from December of 2014 to the present, he has served as the co-founder, Managing Member, and CFO of the Lukens Group, LLC, a behavioral therapy firm that focuses on a variety of behavioral struggles including alcoholism, drug abuse, depression and anxiety with a special emphasis on PTSD. Previously, from January of 2007 to December of 2017, Mr. Puzder was president of his own consulting firm, Kenneth E. Puzder Consulting. As a seasoned financial executive, Mr. Puzder specialized in debtor side representations in financial leadership, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and turnaround, and personal and partnership tax returns. From July of 2003 through December of 2006, he served in various positions with the Arby’s Restaurant Group (“ARG”) family of companies, including as Chief Financial Officer of AFA Service Corporation (a sister company to ARG), VP for Accounting and Finance or Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc., and Regional Controller or RTM, Inc. (a subsidiary of ARG). From August of 2000 through April of 2003, Mr. Puzder was with Panera Bread Company. From January of 1999 through August of 2000, he served as Vice President and Secretary of the Linder Funds, a series of mutual funds. Prior to serving that position, from March of 1998 through August of 2000, he was Financial Operations Principal and Assistant Secretary of Lindner Asset Management, the asset management firm for the Linder Funds. From February of 1996 until March of 1998, he was an audit manager with KPMG Peat Marwick, LLP, a Big 4 accounting firm. From June of 1990 through February of 1996, Mr. Puzder was with Mills Group, Inc., serving as its Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Mills Group, Inc. from July 1991 to February 1996.
Mr. Puzder holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Missouri, St. Louis and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Missouri.
Jeffrey Thompson founded Red Cat Propware Inc., a provider of cloud-based analytics, storage, and services for drone aircraft, in 2016 and is currently its CEO and sole Director. In December 1999 he founded Towerstream Corp. Towerstream Corp. became a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ in June 2007, when Mr. Thompson was president, chief executive officer and a director. In 1994, Mr. Thompson founded EdgeNet Inc., a privately held Internet service provider (which was sold to Citadel Broadcasting Corporation in 1997) and became eFortress through 1999. Mr. Thompson holds a B.S. degree from the University of Massachusetts.
Steven A. Schwartz
Steven A. Schwartz is currently is a consultant for ECJ Luxe and has been working for the company for 20 years. Mr. Schwarz’s career started in the garment industry, where he worked in the family company. In his early 30’s he became part of a public company, Doe-Spun Inc., where he ran a division. Through options, buyouts and transitions, he accumulated control of 33% of that company. Doe-Spun, Inc. was taken private in the early 1990’s and eventually sold in 1996. After 2 years under an employment contract, Mr. Schwartz was recruited by the accounting firm Arnold Cohen, Mahoney & Cohen (now CBIZ) to become President of Andover Togs, a public apparel company struggling through the manufacturing transition from the US to Asia. Following the position of President at Andover Togs, he began importing watches from Switzerland for the company Alain Silberstein, where he ran distribution in the US, and took the rights to sell and service the brand along with the Yampolskys. Mr. Schwarz graduated Syracuse University in 1966 and studied for an MBA at Adelphi University.