CEO/President, Secretary, Treasurer and Chairman of the Board
Steve Cochennet has served as our CEO/President, Secretary, Treasurer and Chairman since our inception. From July of 2011 to present, Mr. Cochennet has also been the sole officer of Kansas Resource Development Company, a private oil and gas exploration company. Mr. Cochennet was the President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of EnerJex Resources, Inc., a publicly traded and SEC registered company, from August 2006 to December of 2010. Prior to joining EnerJex, Mr. Cochennet was President of CSC Group, LLC. Mr. Cochennet formed the CSC Group, LLC through which he supported a number of clients that included Fortune 500 corporations, international companies, natural gas/electric utilities, outsource service providers, as well as various start up organizations. The services provided included strategic planning, capital formation, corporate development, executive networking and transaction structuring. From 1985 to 2002, he held several executive positions with UtiliCorp United Inc. (Aquila) in Kansas City. His responsibilities included finance, administration, operations, human resources, corporate development, natural gas/energy marketing, and managing several new startup operations. Prior to his experience at UtiliCorp United Inc., Mr. Cochennet served 6 years with the Federal Reserve System. Mr. Cochennet graduated from the University of Nebraska with a B.A. in Finance and Economics.
Interim Chief Financial Officer and Director
Kathleen Hanrahan has been a private management consultant for her own company, New Horizons Management Inc., which specializes in assisting small private companies as they prepare strategies, personnel and infrastructure for their next phase of growth since July of 2010. Prior to establishing New Horizons, from 2008 through 2010, Kathy served as the Co-Chairperson for the TASER® Foundation for Fallen Officers, as well as the organizations President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to her involvement with the TASER® Foundation, Ms. Hanrahan served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of TASER® International headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. During her more than 12 year tenure with TASER® International, she filled a number of key executive roles as the business grew. She served first as Controller, from 1996 until November 2000, establishing the financial, human resource and administrative systems and controls to manage the business, while aiding the President with operating responsibilities. Then, in November of 2000, when the Company began preparations for its initial public offering, she was promoted to Chief Financial Officer to facilitate the transaction and establish the necessary infrastructure to meet both SEC and Wallstreet's regulatory and reporting requirements. Mrs. Hanrahan also serves as a corporate director for Meridian Bank, N.A, an advisory board member for EmpowHER and a board member of the Maricopa County, Arizona YWCA.
James G. Miller
James G. Miller is a Director and founder of the Company. Mr. Miller retired in 2002 as Chief Executive of Utilicorp United's business unit responsible for the Company's electric generation, and electric and natural gas transmission and distribution assets serving 1.3 million customers in seven mid-continent states. He joined Utilicorp in 1989 and served as President of Michigan Gas Utilities until 1991, and then served as President of Utilicorp's WestPlains Energy division from 1991 to 1994. Before joining Utilicorp as part of the acquisition of Michigan Gas Utilities, he served as that Company's President from 1983 to 1989. Miller has served on Boards of Directors of Corporations listed on the NYSE, NASDAQ and the Australian Stock Exchange. Current business activities include ownership of retail, real estate and ranch businesses, and equity investments in several start-up companies. Mr. Miller currently serves as Board Chair of The Nature Conservancy, Missouri Chapter, for which he has been a Board member for the past 12 years. He also serves as a director, trustee or member of several community and charitable organizations. Miller holds a BS degree in electrical engineering and a MBA in management from the University of Wisconsin.
Kyle Edwards. Mr. Edwards was the president and a director of Global Risk before the merger with Guardian 8 Corporation and is also President of Edwards Group International LLC, an investigative company specializing in employment backgrounds, gaming compliance, criminal and internal investigations, as well as providing due diligence and loss prevention expertise. Mr. Edwards has thirty four years of investigative experience. Mr. Edwards is a prior chief law enforcement officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, retiring after twenty six years as a Deputy Chief of Investigations. During his law enforcement career he led thousands of criminal investigations including several hundred homicides as well as other violent crimes and white collar crimes and gaming investigations. In addition he supervised undercover narcotic investigations receiving the departments Meritorious Service Award and the U.S. Attorney General's Safety Award for an undercover operation culminating in Thailand.
After leaving the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Mr. Edwards joined the MGM MIRAGE as Vice President of Corporate Security and Gaming Surveillance. In that role he developed and refined the companies background investigation process with a staff conducting over 35,000 backgrounds a year.
Corey Lambrecht is a 16+ year public company executive with experience in strategic acquisitions, new business development, pioneering consumer products, corporate licensing and interactive technology services. From 2009 to August 2013, Mr. Lambrecht served as the President of Earth911, Inc./Infinity Resources, a publicly traded company. In addition, since 2007, Mr. Lambrecht has been a director of CUI Global, NASDAQ: CUI. During 2004 and 2005, he served as Director of Sales for Leveraged Marketing Associates, a worldwide leader in licensed brand extension strategies. From 2001 through 2004, Mr. Lambrecht was the Executive Vice President for Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation, where he was responsible for Smith & Wesson Licensing, Advanced Technologies and Interactive Marketing divisions. He is the former President of A For Effort (sold to Freesoftwareclub.com), an interactive database marketing company specializing in online content (advergaming) for clients such as the National Hockey League. Mr. Lambrecht’s prior experience also includes Pre-IPO founder for Premium Cigars International and VP Sales/Marketing for ProductExpress.com.
Jim Nolton has over 27 years of experience in engineering, new product development and business development in large complex corporations and small private start-up organizations. Since 2005, Mr. Nolton has been consulting on a private basis for Orbital Sciences Corp., a designer and manufacturer of rockets and satellites for commercial and U.S. Government applications. From 2003 through 2005, Mr. Nolton focused on completing his Masters Degree in Global Business Strategies, where he was ranked fourth in his graduating class. From 1995-2003, Mr. Nolton worked with Mobility Electronics, Inc., a publicly traded and SEC registered company, a company he co-founded and assisted in the engineering, design and manufacture of a number of electronic devices for the mobile and fixed PC computer systems. Mr. Nolton has also worked with Unitech Industries, Inc. and General Dynamics.
William J. Clough
Since 2006, Mr. Clough has served as a board member of CUI Global, Inc., a public company trading on NASDAQ. In addition, Mr. Clough has served as CUI Global’s President and Chief Executive Officer since September of 2007 at which time Mr. Clough stepped down as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development. Mr. Clough received his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1990. He is certified to practice law in state and federal courts in California, Illinois, Hawaii and before the United States Supreme Court.