Business Development Group
Kevin Massengill | Chairman
Kevin W. Massengill is the Executive Chairman of Meraglim Holdings Corporation, a professional, scientific, and technical investment holding company, and the CEO of Raven Predictive Analytics® a patent-pending enterprise SaaS combining AI, complexity science, and human intelligence for institutional investors and corporate leaders. He is also the Managing Director of Massengill Advisory LLC, a Florida-based business consultancy and family office managing investments in hard assets and private equity.
Massengill is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board for several acquisition-focused QLA investment holding companies: Brighter Electrical, Caliburn Capital, EVI Holdings, Huntingstone Partners, Impact Holdings, NorthStar Essential Holdings, Optimized Growth Holdings, Panthera Senior Living, Prime Regency, RecordAI, United Pain Clinics, Vernal Partners, White Strix Holdings, and others in development.
A retired U.S. Army Airborne Ranger qualified officer and award-winning senior defense executive with Fortune 500 companies Raytheon Technologies (NYSE: RTX) and Leidos Holdings (NYSE: LDOS), Massengill also served as a managing director of Silver Leaf Partners, a boutique New York investment bank.
Massengill has previously served as Chairman of the Board for the Leidos (NYSE: LDOS) operating businesses in Australia, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom, a member of the Overseas Schools Advisory Council for the U.S. Department of State - D.C., a Non-Executive Board Director for GrowthGate Capital, a private equity buy out firm in Dubai, and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the American Community School - Abu Dhabi.
Massengill holds an M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University, a B.A. in Russian Area Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia where he was a Distinguished Military Graduate, the recipient of the George C. Marshall Award, and a US Army Top 5% Fellowship. He has completed the International Directors Program at INSEAD Fontainebleau, the Program on Negotiation for Senior Executives at Harvard Law School, and held FINRA Series 7 and Series 63 licenses.
Greg Buckis | CFO
With a degree in Masters in Finance from the University of Baltimore, Greg Buckis had extensive early years-experience in pricing and budgeting technology solutions for Client Server, Networks, and Call Centers. He then moved into Healthcare information systems and has completed over 50 acquisitions with integrations. All accretive day one and successful. The most significant acquisition was the $550M sale price for a division of L-3 with $1 Billion in revenue annually and 4,000 employees.
He has broad experience with due diligence and purchase accounting. It was vital for him to set up adequate reserves on the start with offsetting goodwill to avoid post-acquisition losses and has done over ten system conversions. Greg also helped to take the Nasdaq Stock Market public by setting up its public infrastructure and SOX compliance environment. During his time at CACI International, he performed M&A diligence and helped the company growth from $3 Billion to $5 Billion in revenue in 5 years with small organic growth and mostly acquisitions.
At his former position – CFO of Gryphon Technologies Inc – he grew the business from $100M to $320M in 14 months with five acquisitions. While there, he completed a system implementation going from three accounting systems to one. He also took Gryphon Technologies from 4.5% EBITA to 8% with savings of $2M annually by moving the business from services to different solutions with higher yields.
Key metrics and business understanding:
•Cash Flow models and liquidity
•Budgets, Analytics and variance reporting
John Harrison | Director
John Harrison is Chief Strategy Officer at Oratium. In this position, he is charting a path to rapid growth by exploring multiple potential revenue-producing options for the market-leading sales messaging company. He was appointed to this position in February 2021.
Prior to this appointment, he was the Senior Vice President of Business Development for First Orion, where he grew the sales force, established reseller channels, and collaborated on corporate strategy, to capture the $8 billion market opportunity for Branded Calls.
Previously, he was a Global Business Development Executive in the IBM Services for Managed Application Services (Managed Apps) organization. The team’s mission was to support IBM’s field sales force in moving customers’ most critical applications to a cloud environment. He also served as the Global Alliance Executive for IBM’s relationship with Akamai. In prior positions at IBM, he was the VP of Managed Applications for Europe, where he helped to stabilize the team during a period of significant organizational and portfolio change. The team responded by growing their sales every quarter while the portfolio was reduced by 60%, with SAP sales growing four-fold in 12 months.
He has also served as the Chief Global Enablement and Programs Executive in the IBM Managed Apps organization, where his team built and deployed sales programs and training to enable IBM to grow its $1.5 billion Managed Apps business. Net Promoter Score for the strategic training platform his team created was 100, and the platform his team created is the standard used globally in IBM Global Technology Services.
He is passionate about developing talent through coaching, mentoring, and has been recognized as an IBM Certified Manager, an IBM Blue Core Coach, and an Advanced Sales Coach. Throughout his career, he has worked with customers around the world to select the products and services to optimize and protect their information technology investments.
Over his career, he has held a number of leadership positions in sales, sales operations, maintenance, channels, and sales education. In addition, he has led a startup for IBM in the healthcare industry, integrated an acquisition into IBM, and been a key member of a merger leadership team. He has led businesses as large as $5 billion in annual revenue.
Demetrios (Jim) G. Logothetis | Director
Jim retired from Ernst & Young (EY) effective June 30th, 2019, extending three years beyond normal retirement at the request of the EY Executive Board. Throughout his forty-year career, Jim served some of the firm’s largest global clients and fulfilled senior leadership roles within the firm. He developed deep insights into relationships and governance practices among boards, senior management, and their auditors; extensive knowledge of SEC financial reporting rules and regulations; familiarity with corporate financial staff organization and development; and experience with reporting and integration of mergers and acquisitions. Jim’s responsibilities were focused on the manufacturing, consumer products, technology, and automotive sectors.
Jim served as Lead Partner for some of EY’s largest and most prestigious clients, including several Fortune 250 companies (The Coca-Cola Company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Fiat Industrial, Whirlpool Corporation, Newell-Rubbermaid, Brunswick Corporation, Grainger, and Molex Electronics) and several large private companies including Johnson Diversey. His boardroom experience includes more than 500 audit committee and board meetings.
Jim was elected by his partners to the Americas Partner Advisory Council where he served as Chairman during the sale of the then EY consulting practice to Cap Gemini, the firm Chairman succession process in 2000, and the merger discussions with another of the big four firms. He was also elected to the first Global Advisory Council which formed and initiated the EY global organization strategy.
Jim also served as chair and member of senior EY committees responsible for the development and implementation of numerous global and America-wide strategy, operations, and client service initiatives.
From a Go-To-Market prospective, Jim participated in many related initiatives and proposals across the globe and personally led EY teams to win five Fortune 500 Company audit proposals during his tenure as a Partner. He also served as Senior Advisory Partner on several audits and non-audit global clients.
Since May of 2020, Jim serves as Senior Advisor in the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of the Assistant Secretary and Chief Financial Officer where he leads the Audit Coordination Committee for Ginnie Mae, a government corporation within HUD. It is the only federal agency tasked with the administration and oversight of Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS) guaranteed by the Federal Government. The current balance of outstanding MBS is over $2.5 trillion.
Dat Nguyen | Director of Corporate Development
Dat Nguyen is the current Founder of Recordai, a new venture that focuses on growing through acquisitions in the IT managed services industry. He has put together an excellent Board of Directors with extensive M&A experience to support him in this venture. He combines the team's vast knowledge and industrial design background to refine the industry's overall efficiency.
During his college years in San Francisco, he worked on a conceptual car design project with GM and finished an internship with FCA. After graduation, he accepted an offer to work with FCA for their Product Design Department and shortly after moved to Michigan for the opportunity. For the past four years, he has been working for FCA and got put on a couple of conceptual projects and production vehicles. A few of them have been showcased to the public, but most are still under development and won't be on the market until a few years down the line. These projects required a lot of problem-solving skills and the latest technologies on the market to make it all possible.
His exposure to some of these technologies gave rise to new ideas and unique solutions that can change the world. This reason is why he's working tirelessly to kick start a new venture to grow his business through the acquisition of small to medium-sized companies with the help of his mentor with decades of experience in the mergers and acquisitions space. To that end, he will continue following the guidance of those that have been there before him and work with his impeccable Board of Directors to disrupt the business world.
His passion in life has always been in high technology and pushing the boundary of technical progress. Growing up, he lived in a country where life was continually challenging and not always fair to people of lower economic status. To give back all the opportunity given to him after he moved to the US, he has made a mission in life to be highly successful in everything he does. Therefore, it always excites him to learn more and explore new ideas to solve the challenges we all share with the fervent desire to add value to this world.