Jeffrey Flath, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer
brings over 30 years of sales and executive management experience to eNow, most recently as President of Cooley Group, a private company with $100 million in revenues and a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance, flexible composites. Mr. Flath served as Cooley’s President from 2004 to 2011 (Jeff joined Cooley in 1998 as its Vice President of Business Development). Mr. Flath was instrumental in the development of the first completely solar-powered “eco” billboard in Times Square, NY, for Ricoh America Company.
Peter Arpin, Board Member
Mr. Arpin is the fourth generation of Arpin family members to run the company first established in 1900 by his Great Grandparents. He assumed his current responsibilities as Partner of Arpin International Group in 1989, and also runs its Alaskan and Canadian divisions. During his tenure at Arpin, the company has grown from a single company with annual sales of $5 million, to a group of eight companies with revenue in excess of $180 million. Mr. Arpin is also the founder and President of Arpin Renewable Energy founded in 2008.
Jim Flath, Board Member
Mr. Flath has been semi-retired since 1997. He divides his time between managing the investment portfolios of several family members, serving as a member of Board of Directors for eNow, Inc., and actively managing Deer Hollow Farm, a 260-acre grain and tree farm in Hope, NJ. Prior to retiring, Mr. Flath was a Manager in the Financial Services Industry Consulting Group in Deloitte and Touché’s New York office, providing strategic and systems management consulting services to Fortune 500 companies.
Matt Xander, Board Member
Mr. Xander is presently President and Chief Executive Officer of Formetco Incorporated. In addition, he chairs the Formetco Board, sits on the board of Billboard Planet Inc. and is Managing Partner of Crystal Investment Advisors. Mr. Xander received his degree in finance from the University of West Georgia and ultimately earned his first position as Vice President of Finance with Formetco in 1995. Mr. Xander was promoted to his current role in 2005 and has since utilized his expertise to help facilitate growth in all corporate divisions. He has overseen the expansion into international markets and facilitated relationships with global vendors to leverage a new and expanding LED digital signage market.
Bud Stoddard, Board Member
Mr. Stoddard is a successful serial entrepreneur who has founded six different companies in the information management and data storage industry. He once purchased an underground Nike Missile site which he converted to a high-tech stronghold for storing corporate records. In 1998, he founded AmeriVault, a company that became an early market leader in the online data backup market. Over the subsequent decade, the company rose to prominence in its niche with nearly nine hundred customers in forty-five states and twelve countries. In 2008, the company was acquired by PHNS of Dallas, a leader in Health Information services. In early 2010, Stoddard along with Kevin Harris, founded NextVault and the two immediately acquired VaultUSA to accelerate its growth and gain market share. Bud will serve as Chairman of NextVault and Executive Vice President of Vault USA.
Chris Faust, Board Member
Christopher is an entrepreneur, organizer, promoter, change agent and marketing communications strategist. He is a proven thought leader in brand building, reputation management, crisis communications, content marketing, creative positioning and demand generation. As the Founder & CEO of Fastlane, he focuses on accelerating businesses through the latest in digital, social, mobile, video and other new approaches to marketing and communications. His leadership strategies have led to newfound fame and fortune for the many clients he has represented throughout his 20+ year career.
Christopher is also an Advisory CMO for e-Drive Retro, an early stage venture that transforms classic cars of yesteryear into electric vehicles of tomorrow. In addition, he is the Founder of The Good News Project and the Co-Founder of Kickin Brass and Bonita. Christopher is also a past Board Member of MENG (Marketing Executives Networking Group), a three time PRSA Big Apple Awards Judge and past President of the International Association of Business Communicators, NJ Chapter. Christopher received a B.A. in Mass Communications with a Minor in Public Relations from the University of Delaware.
Bruce Leising, Advisor – In Remembrance, A Legacy of Excellence
On Sunday, March 27, 2016, we lost a dear friend and colleague – Bruce Leising.
Bruce was a true original in every sense of the word. He was a tech pioneer, inventor and champion of entrepreneurs. He spent most of his career in a variety of senior management positions at Intel Corporation under the famed American business icon, Andy Grove. He also developed two patents related to solar technology.
Later in his career, Bruce began to lend his incredible insight and strategic thinking to various early-stage companies, including eNow. Bruce “got it” very quickly and understood how eNow’s solar technology could help transform several industries, starting with the commercial transportation industry. General H. Norman Schwarzkopf once said, “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.” We were fortunate to get both with Bruce.
eNow benefited greatly from his tech prowess, innovative mindset, practical advice and early investment, especially at a time when the company was just getting off the ground. Thanks to Bruce and our early investors, eNow’s future is bright. Bruce will be forever missed, but never forgotten. Bruce is survived by his wife Sharon and their two sons, Brian and TJ. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this very difficult time.