Board of Directors
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President
Michael Pruitt, a long-time entrepreneur with a proven track record, possesses the expertise to evaluate potential investments, form key relationships and recognize a strong management team. Mr. Pruitt founded Avenel Financial Group, a boutique financial services firm concentrating on emerging technology company investments. The business succeeded immediately, and in order to grow Avenel Financial Group to its full potential and better represent the company's ongoing business model, he formed Avenel Ventures, an innovative technology investment and business development company. In the late 1980s, Mr. Pruitt owned Southern Cartridge, Inc., which he eventually sold to MicroMagnetic, Inc., where he continued working as Executive Vice President and a Board member until the company was sold to Carolina Ribbon in 1992. From 1992 to 1996, Mr. Pruitt worked in a trucking firm where he was instrumental in increasing revenues from $6 million to $30 million. Between 1997 and 2000, Mr. Pruitt assisted several public and private companies in raising capital, recruiting management and preparing companies to go public or be sold. He was the CEO and President of RCG Companies, Inc. (later changed to One Travel), a publicly traded holding company listed on the AMEX. Mr. Pruitt received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, where he sits on the Board of Visitors of the Wall School of Business, the Coastal Education Foundation Board and the Athletic Committee of the Board of Trustees. He also sits on the Board of Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. (HOTR).
Paul I. Moskowitz
A Phi Beta Kappa of Vassar College and Cardozo Law School, Paul was a co-founder and partner of a successful New York law firm specializing in corporate and real estate law. Paul became affiliated with The World Travel Specialist Group/The Lawyers' Travel Service ("WTSG/LTS") in 1988. He served as corporate counsel, representing the growing travel agency network in legal, real estate, and other business activities. In 1989, he joined "WTSG" full time. As President and Chief Operating Officer until March 2003, his primary responsibilities included day-to-day operations which encompassed "WTSG's" airline relationships. Paul led the growth of WTSG to one of the top 20 U.S. travel management firms with more than 90 offices throughout the U.S. Paul is currently engaged as a "consultant" for another travel organization - a former friendly competitor.
Owns and operates a sales and training consulting firm based in Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Carroll has also served as a director for RCG Companies Incorporated since January of 2004. Mr. Carroll previously spent 22 years in the distribution business, 19 of which were in computer products distribution. From 1997 to 1999, he was a division president at Corporate Express, a publicly traded business-to-business office products and service provider. In 1978, Mr. Carroll founded MicroMagnetic, Inc., a computer supply distribution company that he sold to Corporate Express in 1997. Mr. Carroll holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
A highly accomplished senior executive and corporate officer with extensive experience in business and technology management, accounting systems, financial controls, business development and management intelligence. Previously, Mr. Johnson served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Telemetry Company in Dallas, Texas (1997-2004). He had previously been at Brinks Home Security from 1986-1992 where he was a member of the start-up team and the original Chief Financial Officer responsible for creating the business model and servicing operations infrastructure. From 1992-1995, Mr. Johnson was the Chief Financial Officer of BAX Global in London, England. BAX was an ex-patriot assignment in which Mr. Johnson was responsible for Europe, Africa and Middle East business development, financial planning and accounting functions with a global staff of 75 professionals.
Russell "Rusty" Page
A thirty-five year investor relations executive and currently the founder and principal of Rusty Page & Company, a unique equity marketing/investor relations consulting firm engaging with small, mid-cap, and large cap companies. Mr. Page formerly sat on the Board of Directors of The Diamond Hill Financial Trends Fund. Previously, Mr. Page served as Senior Managing Director of The NASDAQ Stock Market. He also served for 17 years as Senior Vice President and Equity Marketing Executive for NationsBank Corporation, the predecessor of Bank of America, where Mr. Page was responsible for investor relations and all equity related capital markets functions for that $ 1 trillion plus asset financial services company. During that time, NationsBank raised $10 billion in equity capital and became the most widely followed public company in America. Previous to joining NationsBank, Mr. Page was Executive Vice President for public and financial affairs at PCA International, Inc. Mr. Page was also a former board member of IXC Communications (predecessor of Cincinnati Bell, Inc.) and former Vice Chairman of the National Board of Directors of The National Investor Relations Institute. Mr. Page in an alumnus of the University of North Carolina in Charlotte.