Board of Directors

Gary DuBroc - MBA

Mr. Gary DuBroc is a seasoned hands-on executive with over twenty-five years extensive experience in developing highly engineered products and systems and managing global operations, sales and marketing in high tech industries. Currently, he is the Chief Executive Officer of Avantech Testing Services of Houston, Texas. Prior to his tenure with Avantech, Mr. Dubroc was the Vice-President, Global Operations of Emerson Process Management. Previously, he held positions as General Manager of GHX, Inc. and Tyco’s Flow Control unit. Mr. Dubroc also spent time as an Industrial Engineer with General Dynamics Space Systems in Hammond, LA. He holds a Master of Business Administration, Finance Concentration, from Tulane University and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Louisiana State University. Mr Dubroc serves on the board of directors for the Tulane Energy Advisory Board, Avantech Testing Services and Green River Equity, with past board seats including Array Coating Technology and Net-2000, Inc.


Francesco Ferlaino

Frank is a retired executive from the cosmetic and personal care industry. Frank spent over 28 years with the L’Oreal group starting in 1977 and had various roles during that time. He began his L’Oreal career overseeing sales for the Consumer Products Division of L’Oreal Canada. In 1980, he was appointed as the General Manager of the Division then ultimately to CEO of L’Oreal Canada in 1996. During his tenure as CEO, he oversaw the acquisition and introduction of a number of new brands and restructured corporate manufacturing activities which along with increased sales and Marketing efforts allowed L’Oreal Canada to become the leader in the Canadian cosmetic industry and one of the most profitable subsidiary of the L’Oreal Groupe. In late 2000, Frank accepted the role of President of L’Oreal Brazil with a clear mission to accelerate growth through internal and external activities. During his 4 years in Brazil, L’Oreal Brazil became a high profile subsidiary of the L’Oreal Group due to new brand launches, including La Roche, Vichy and Garnier and by further expanding its manufacturing activities. Prior to his time with the L’Oreal group, from 1975-1977 Frank was the Chief Financial Officer for Vanier UniverselleLtee., a private Canadian cosmetic company. Prior to his time at Vanier, he was a Corporate Credit officer for Scotia Bank. Frank holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Montreal and a MBA from the Bordeaux Ecole de Management.

Together with his wife, he founded the award winning winery, Vigneti Ferlaino that is best known for consistently winning several silver medals in various world-wide competitions and ratings in the top tier of vintage red wines. Currently, Frank is serving on the Board of Directors of Radient Technologies Inc as the Chairman of the Board of Directors


Carol Hess

Carol Hess is a technology expert and sales & marketing executive with over 29 years of experience in the high-tech industry. Currently, she is the Vice President, Worldwide Workstation Product Management and Business Development at HP Inc. In this role, she is responsible for HP’s commercial Desktop Workstation and Mobile Workstation Products from the plan-of-record, through launch, and the end-of-life. Carol also drives a multimillion dollar OEM Business for the organization. During her career at HP, Carol has held various executive management positions in Mobility, PC’s, and Notebooks where she was primarily responsible for business development, planning, launching, and sustaining activity of the various product lines. Previously, she held various management positions at HP and Compaq; Director of Strategy, Planning, and Operations for the Americas Region, Director of Industry Standard Servers in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), located in Munich, Germany.

Carol is currently on the Board of Directors of The Greater Houston Partnership and The Texas Diversity Council. She has served the Houston Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) as Vice President of the Board of Directors through 2016. She is an executive member of HP’s Houston site council and co-founder of HP’s Women Employee Resource Group. Carol has received numerous civic and professional honors that include “Houston Power 50” award from the National Diversity Council in 2018; “Top 15 Business Women of Houston” award from the National Women’s Council in 2017; Houston Women’s Magazine “Top 50 Most Influential Women of Houston” award in 2013; Association of Women in Computing (AWC) award for “Leadership in Technology” in 2005. She is also a public speaker and a community organizer. Carol holds a Masters of Business Administration Degree in Marketing and Management Information Systems (MIS) from The Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor of Arts in General Business from Michigan State University.

Pierre Soulard - Company Secretary

Pierre Soulard has a corporate law practice that focuses on securities as well as corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters. Pierre has particular industry expertise in the areas of technology and life sciences. His practice focuses on corporate finance and public and private mergers and acquisitions, as well as private equity transactions and corporate governance. Mr. Soulard received a Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School and both a Bachelor of Civil Laws and a Bachelor of Laws from McGill University. Mr. Soulard is a member of the Ontario Securities Commission Small and Medium Enterprises Committee.

Currently, Mr. Soulard is a partner in the Toronto office of Miller Thomson and formerly, he was a partner in the Toronto office of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP.

Acting for fast-growing national and global companies, Pierre’s experience includes guidance on public offerings, private placements, takeover bids, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. He advises senior executives and boards of directors at public and private corporations, independent board committees, financial advisers, and private equity funds in connection with acquisitions, divestitures, proxy contests, and restructurings. Pierre also advises issuers and underwriters in securities offerings in the domestic and international capital markets.


Zachariah J. Mathews - President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Mathews was previously the Chief Operating Officer of Wi2Wi. He has over 18 years of management experience in Semiconductor Operations, manufacturing and business development. He has held management positions in various roles at Micro linear Corporation, Sirenza Micro devices and RF Micro devices. Mr. Mathews has undergraduate and graduate degrees in business and Management accounting.