Our Board of Directors
Ziad K. Abdelnour
Founder and Chairman
Ziad K. Abdelnour is Founder, President & CEO of Blackhawk Partners, Inc. a private “family office” in the business of originating, structuring & acting as equity investor in strategic corporate investments and an associate partner with Kenzi Management Inc.; a trading platform focusing on the financing of real estate, infrastructure and project finance properties, the monetization of financial instruments and the trading of bitcoins on a massive scale.
Founder & Chairman of the Board of the Financial Policy Council; a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization designed to give its select group of supporters the opportunity to have direct face-to-face dialogue with the nation’s quintessential powers brokers and policymakers.
Mr. Abdelnour has over 30-years of experience on Wall Street backing over 125 companies & serial entrepreneurs worth in aggregate over 20 billion dollars in the private equity, high-yield bond, and distressed debt markets. He is also the author of the bestselling books “Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics” and “Startup Saboteurs: How Incompetence, Ego, and Small Thinking Prevent True Wealth Creation.”
He holds an MBA in Finance, Summa Cum Laude, from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania & BS in Economics, Summa Cum Laude, from the American University of Beirut.
Mr. Abdelnour continues to be featured on hundreds of media channels and in publications every year and is widely seen as one of the top business leaders by millions around the world.
He was showcased as one of the 500 Most Influential CEOs in the World. Richtopia. 24 December 2015. In 2017 he was awarded as a “Global Shaper from the World Economic Forum” and in 2021 Marquis Who’s Who, bestowed upon him the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.
With a keen eye for investment opportunities, Stanford Silverman, CEO and Founder leads RVAS Capital Management Inc. (RVAS) with an unwavering vision and bold strategy in the alternative hedge fund industry. Specializing in the acquisition of businesses within the primary, secondary, and higher education verticals, RVAS offers a bespoke, portfolio-company specific approach that yields exceptional performance and value to its underlying investments. Through a bottom-up, dynamic methodology, RVAS is at the forefront of innovative investment practices and delivers unparalleled results to its discerning investors.
Stanford has over 35 years of experience in marketing and operating for-profit colleges and universities, turning distressed operations into profitable ventures. RVAS has a successful track record in growing education-focused businesses, optimizing revenue growth, and managing debt and financing.
Stanford’s entrepreneurial talents extend beyond the financial world as he also serves as CEO and Founder of SBS Advertising Inc., (SBS) a leading advertising agency headquartered in the bustling metropolis of New York City. SBS has solidified its reputation as a formidable industry player, having represented over 250 esteemed traditional and vocational private and publicly traded universities, colleges, and schools, generating agency billings in excess of $20 million. With a keen eye for detail, the agency specializes in Political, Automotive, Retail, and Transportation advertising, while also offering SEO, Web Design, and Content Management services.
Stanford’s notable achievements span the fields of publishing, media, and academia. As a contributor to Prentice Hall’s Advertising Procedures-7th Edition by Otto Kleppner, his expertise has been recognized as a valuable asset to the industry. His insights on media negotiation and target marketing have been shared with students at prestigious universities such as NYU, Pace, Hofstra, and Cornell. Furthermore, his contributions to Advertising Age, Media Decisions & Radio-Television Age, as well as his participation as a panelist on NBC Network-Demographic Marketing in the U.S. and as a radio personality on Marketing & Demographic Studies, have further solidified his reputation as a thought leader in the field.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Hofstra University and has pursued post-graduate studies for his MBA at both Hofstra and New York University. In addition to his professional interests, Stanford actively nurtures his passion for reading, opera, and cultivating exquisite orchids. He also enjoys delving into religious philosophy, engaging in photography, and appreciating art. Furthermore, he actively participates in various charitable endeavors.
Bret Siarkowski is a founder & GP of MedScience Ventures (MSV) and a Member and General Partner. Mr. Siarkowski is a seasoned entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience initiating and leading technology companies in the design and application of innovative market-demanded solutions, as well as creating new markets. His extensive experience spans the mobile, gaming, healthcare, software, semiconductor and electronics industries.
Mr. Siarkowski is a Limited Partner at Kodiak Venture Partners, angel investor and serves on the Board for several technology companies.
He has held visionary roles at industry leading corporations including GSN Games, Cadence Design, Synopsys and Digital Equipment Corporation and as well as startups such as Chrysalis Symbolic Design and Verplex Systems.
Bret is the founder of CaseNET Inc., an enterprise care management healthcare software company. He is a co-founder of AbleRoad, a community effort that connects people with disabilities, families, friends and caregivers with accessible places. Bret is also co-founder and board member of Biofficient Inc., the “Match.com” for the Biotech Industry, automating the RFP/procurement process for clinical trial sponsors and service providers.
Mr. Siarkowski holds a BSEE from Northeastern University and an MSEE from the University of Southern California. Mr. Siarkowski is an active Mentor in the Northeastern University Health Sciences Entrepreneurs organization. He holds multiple patents that cover both software and hardware industries.
Resident Expert - Blockchain, Cyber Security
Barry Moniês serves as President and CEO of Computronix, LLC an 18 year old technology solutions company that designs, implements and manages data networks and communications infrastructures for small to medium sized businesses in the financial, legal and medical industries.
Almost consecutively, from 2008 through 2015, Computronix has been included in the MSP mentor 501 list, a distinguished list of the world’s top managed technology service providers. In addition, From 2012 through 2015, Mr Moniês has been included in the yearly MSP mentor 250, a global list of the top 250 worldwide executives in the technology managed services industry.
Through Mr. Moniês leadership, Computronix has become one of the forefront managed technology service providers in the New York metropolitan area. Computronix specializes in Microsoft based server environments, multi-office networking (including international implementations), Communications/Exchange server implementation, network security assessment & implementation , data backup & recovery, remote services/VPN implementation, Cloud services, 24/7 monitoring and remote support/maintenance.
Mr. Moniês is also noted for his expertise in the area of internet security and the protection and recovery of electronic data. Several years ago, he was invited to participate in a Congressional Conference in Washington, D.C. with Homeland Security on issues relating to internet security and electronic terrorism. Mr. Moniês has also worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation on matters related to electronic security, internet forensics, and issues related to network intrusion.
In 2000, Mr. Moniês spun off Computronix’ security division as a separate incorporated entity. Under the name Computronix Security Systems, Inc. (CSSI), the new company built a state-of-the-art security operations center (SOC) and monitored more than $4 Billion in annual transactions & 50-100 hacker incidents per day. In 2002, Mr. Moniês successfully forged a strong alliance with Sony Electronics to jointly offer an Internet security service for small to medium sized businesses nationwide. In 2004, Mr. Moniês purchased CSSI from the investors and incorporated the business as part of Computronix’ managed services offering.
As a consummate entrepreneur, Over the years, Mr. Moniês also started and/or participated in various businesses including an exotic automotive sales and service business, a day-trading & stock advisory service, a commercial real estate investment firm, an international importing business and several Internet based ecommerce businesses.
Mr. Moniês is an active participant in local, regional and national business organizations. He has served on many Boards and continues to serve as Chairman of the Board of The Soundview Club, a private regional business club located in Stamford, CT. Mr. Moniês and his companies have received media attention in many publications including Forbes magazine, the Connecticut Business Magazine, the Fairfield County Business Journal and various other news outlets.
Mr. Moniês believes strongly in community involvement and has actively participated in several non-profit organizations including Stoneage Incorporated, where he held a position of Chairman of the Board, the United Way, the Outreach Program for the blind, the Special Olympics and many others.
Mr. Moniês enjoys spending time and traveling with his wife Indira and sons, Eric, Brandon and Julien. He also enjoys fishing, day trading and starting new businesses.
Omar L. Hamada
Resident Expert - Health Care, Personalized Precision Medicine
Omar L. Hamada, MD, MBA, MATS (FAAFP | FACOG | FICS), USA Flight & Aerospace, USN Diving & Hyperbarics, USASOC Sports Medicine, a decorated veteran, former Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Special Forces (ABN), is an accomplished physician and business executive/entrepreneur living in Franklin, Tennessee.
Hamada earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Chemistry from Union University, a Master of Business Administration (in Finance and Entrepreneurship) from Vanderbilt University’s Owen School of Management, a Master of Theological Studies from Columbia Biblical Seminary, and a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He is also an alum of Long Island University and New York Institute of Technology.
After graduating medical school, Hamada completed residencies in both Family Medicine and in Obstetrics & Gynecology and was granted a Fellowship in Sports Medicine for his years serving in the United States Army Special Forces, (ABN) as a Flight Surgeon and Diving Medical Officer. He is currently an Emergency Medicine Physician and has a highly successful private concierge practice for high level executives and celebrities focusing on disease reversal, longevity, and human performance utilizing cutting-edge technologies, alternative regenerative approaches, and biohacking.
Dr. Hamada serves/has served on various nonprofit and for profit boards as Chairman and Member, is a Trustee at Union University, and has held the academic rank of Associate Professor. Hamada has held leadership positions in several Fortune 100 companies to include HCA, Pfizer, and TeamHealth. He is currently Partner at Cocoon Resources, Chief Medical Officer of startups RxGenomix (pharmacogenomics) and Superhuman IV (IV therapy), and CEO of Executive Operations Group (utilizes combat veterans of Delta Force, the Navy SEALs, the U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Berets), and the CIA to train civilians in security and survival skills).
Hamada is in demand as an award-winning speaker and is a regular contributor to FOX News, Laura Ingraham, NewsMax, America’s Voice Live, SekulowLive, Huckabee, EpochTimes, Focus on the Family, Moody Radio, and others on geopolitical, medical/health, social, and business topics, and is a Contributing Editor at the Western Journal and Spy & Survival Magazine. Hamada’s driving passion of representing Christ and advancing His Kingdom in all he does reflects the Special Forces mottos “to liberate the oppressed” and “to win hearts and minds” through relationship, mentoring, serving the less fortunate, living by example, writing, and speaking.
Hamada is a classically trained spinto tenor (NY/Vienna) in the style of Mario Lanza, and plays classical and jazz trumpet. He is multilingual, enjoys worldwide travel, is an aspiring author, and adores his four children Gabriella, Annelise, Nicholas, and Josiah.
Resident Expert - Renewable Energy, Intelligence
Timothy J. Kaelin is CEO of Impact Analytics LLC a media and marketing company specializing in high volume, high profit, aggressive email marketing programs in the health, finance and conservative political space. The company generates several billion customer touches per year on behalf of its clients.
Previously, he was a founder of DigitalSelect the first commercial DSL company on the East Coast (acquired by Primus Telecom), lead online marketer for the $2 billion equipment manufacturer STIHL Outdoor Equipment and served as CTO of Newsmax Media, tripling its revenue in 2 years through his innovations in marketing operations and growth.
Tim began his career with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), running operations and developing technology and analytics, working targets in more than 30 countries in 12 years. He worked against communist insurgencies in El Salvador, Honduras, the Philippines and Nicaragua, Narcotics traffickers in Colombia, Peru and Bolivia, terrorist targets in Beirut, Iran, Somalia and India, and counterintelligence in Russia, Liberia, and much more.
Mr. Kaelin is conducting original research in his primary field of expertise, mass influence and psychology. He has written books about socialized healthcare and climate change and has presented research papers at conferences on a conservative capitalist solution to climate change. He trains in mixed martial arts and plays a mean jazz piano.
Tim holds a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louisville and a Master of Arts in International Transactions from George Mason University.
Resident Expert - Banking, FinTech
Vladimir Lounegov is co-founder and CEO of Mbanq, a Silicon Valley-based FinTech. In three short years Mbanq developed and brought to market the next generation digital banking core and became one of the fastest growing and most comprehensive Banking Service (BaaS) providers in the world.
Vladimir is an expert at the intersection of financial services and technology. He gained deep leadership experience through diverse projects involving FinTech startups, investment, consulting, and M&A due diligence. His key skills are the ability to assemble and inspire top FinTech teams and to build ecosystems of investors, partners, developers and advisors.
Previously, Vladimir had a senior role at PwC’s FinTech practice, where he led a research and analysis team that evaluated over 1,600 FinTech startups worldwide. He also held consulting roles at EY and KPMG in which he worked to optimize the inner workings of banks.
Throughout his career, Vladimir collaborated closely with the most influential financial institutions in the world such as Citigroup and Barclays, as well as FinTech leaders like LendingClub and cutting edge innovators including Google.
Vladimir is adept at spotting and cultivating star-potential new talent. He is founder and co-founder of several other FinTechs and helps to mentor FinTech startups through Mbanq’s FinTech accelerator program.
Vladimir gained international recognition in this capacity and served as a judge at the Citigroup Citi Mobile Challenge program.
As a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science, holding a BSc in International Relations, Vladimir keeps up-to-date with global affairs and markets. In his spare time he also enjoys travel, skiing, good food, spending time with his family and the occasional trip to the gym.
Ms Osseiran’s work focuses on global networking, communication, database collection and connecting corporate CEO’s seeking business partnership and collaboration.
A professional education and organization fundraiser with more than ten years of experience and a proven record of fundraising success, Ms Osseiran has many years of experience supporting various charitable and non – profit organizations and committed to making a significant contribution.
Hiba is a member of the Society of International Business Fellows, Middle East Leadership Academy Chapter and Co-Founder of an NGO that supports patients with multiple sclerosis.
Ms Osseiran enjoys worldwide travel to explore new destinations with unique experiences and to expand her network of connections. She maintains strong relationships with influential and professional leaders worldwide.