Rani R. Kohen
Chairman of the Board
Entrepreneur, company founder and inventor of the SQL technologies; Mr. Kohen founded lighting retail chains with over 20 retail lighting showrooms in total, which were sold to focus on the development and commercialization of SQL’s technologies and products. As chairman, Mr. Kohen is focused on the development on advanced lighting and fan products and additional applications of the SQL technology.
Governor Thomas J. Ridge
Served as a member of the US House of Representatives (1983–1995), Governor of PA (1995–2001), Assistant to the President for Homeland Security (2001–2003), the first US Secretary of Homeland Security (2003–2005); served on the boards of Home Depot and The Hershey Company and as a senior advisor to both Deloitte & Touche and TechRadium.
Former General Manager of GE Capital’s Consumer Financing business, VP of Business Development (M&A, Dispositions, and Equity Investments), and VP of Corporate Government Relations; an attorney in Washington DC focusing on health care, taxes, communications, financial services and energy legislative and regulatory matters before Congress, the Executive Branch of the federal government, and Administrative Agencies.
Private Investor/Real Estate Investor – owner and/or director of several hotels, rest homes and companies in the US and Israel.
Leonard J. Sokolow
Mr. Sokolow currently serves as CEO & President of Newbridge Financial, Inc. and Chairman of its broker dealer subsidiary, Newbridge Securities Corporation. Mr. Sokolow founded vFinance, Inc. in 1997, which merged with National Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ CM: NHLD), where he served as President and Vice Chairman of its Board of Directors. He also founded and served as Chairman and CEO of Americas Growth Fund, Inc., a closed-end investment management company (NASDAQ: AGRO) until it was sold. Previously, Mr. Sokolow was an executive for Applica, Inc. (formerly Windmere Corporation (NYSE: APN)) where he served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Mr. Sokolow, also a CPA, worked for Ernst Young and KPMG. Mr. Sokolow earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and has a concentration in Accounting, and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Florida School of Law. He also earned a Masters of Law degree in Taxation from the NYU School of Law. Mr. Sokolow is on the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nominations and Corporate Governance Committees for Consolidated Water Company Ltd. (NASDAQ GS: CWCO). In addition, Mr. Sokolow is on the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee for Alberta Oil Sands, Inc. (TSXV: AOS.V).