Kevin Massengill | Chairman
Kevin W. Massengill is the Chairman, President, and CEO of Meraglim Holdings Corporation which has created a new approach to predictive analytics in capital markets that identifies risk and out-of-consensus opportunity.
Prior to founding Meraglim, Mr. Massengill served as Senior Vice President, International Strategy & Business Development for Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), a $10 billion science and technology company. Before that Mr. Massengill was a Managing Director for Silver Leaf Partners, an SEC-registered boutique investment bank in New York City.
Mr. Massengill also held senior leadership positions at Raytheon (NYSE: RTN), a $26 billion science and technology company, where he was Vice President for International Operations and the Vice President and Regional Executive for the Middle East and North Africa. Before joining Raytheon, Mr. Massengill was the founder and CEO of Consultancy Partners Group, Ltd, Abu Dhabi, providing strategy, business development, and financial advisory services to companies in Asia, the Middle East and North America.
A US Army Airborne Ranger qualified officer trained in Arabic and Russian, Lieutenant Colonel Massengill was awarded the US Army Legion of Merit and the US Department of State Meritorious Honor Award at his retirement following 20 years of service.
Mr. Massengill has served as Chairman of the Board of Leidos’ operating companies in Australia, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom, and on boards as diverse as a US technology startup, Flynxx, the US Department of State’s Overseas Schools Advisory Council, the private equity buy-out firm, GrowthGate Capital Corporation - Dubai, and as Chairman of the Board of the American Community School - Abu Dhabi.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Mr. Massengill was a Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a B.A. in Russian Area Studies and was awarded a US Army Top 5% Fellowship. He holds an M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University and has been a guest seminar lecturer in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He has completed the Program on Negotiation for Senior Executives at Harvard Law School, INSEAD’s International Directors Program at Fontainebleau, and held FINRA Series 7 and 63 general securities licenses. He resides in Florida.
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 $1M 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.
Ronald B. Given | Director
Ron Given has a 40 year plus track record of success in a wide variety of legal, business, and community undertakings. He had a long career as a corporate and finance partner with the Chicago-based law firm of Mayer Brown, served as the general counsel of the international insurer Argo, and spent over a decade in Europe practicing law and developing businesses for the Vienna-based law firm of Wolf Theiss as well as for Deloitte. His extensive domestic experience, international exposure, and strong business acumen have provided him with a powerful ability to encourage, influence, lead, and drive innovation in any context. He has been particularly involved with innumerable public, and private M&A transactions in many sectors during the entirety of his career that included a broad range of deal sizes, from the hundreds of thousands to the many millions, including transactions that were among the then largest to ever occur in their relevant markets.
Key deliverables and achievements:
•Board Experience & Exposure: Many years’ experience operating, influencing, and steering businesses at the board level across the public and private sector.
•Complete Business Continuum Coverage: Start-ups, investment rounds, VC/PE interactions, debt financing/refinancing, M&A/organic growth/divestitures, workouts, restructurings, and pre-IPO/IPO.
•Extensive Legal Experience: Accomplished 30-year career at Chicago-based Mayer Brown with significant corporate, finance, capital markets and technology exposure. Led multiple legal engagements as the General Counsel of Argo Group and as a partner of Vienna-based Wolf Theiss.
•Helped regionalize the management, operations and offerings of Deloitte Legal in Central Europe. Turn-around and crisis management for multiple Wolf Theiss operations, implementing significant changes in personnel and achieving dramatic increases in revenues and profitability. Organized first practice groups for Mayer Brown and restructured initial Tokyo efforts.
•Built multiple Wolf Theiss offices into market leaders, instrumental in Argo Group’s international growth and initiated the exploration of other Asian opportunities for Mayer Brown.
•Corporate Governance: Provided oversight, advice, and guidance on all aspects of governance on the board of Swiss-owned Micronas’ investments in Silicon Valley and other locations, including its eventual successful exit from the U.S. market.
•C-Suite Experience: Served as the General Counsel of a public, international insurance company during an expansionary period.
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.