Mr. Viola said “Mr. Harry Orfanos will become Chief Executive Officer and Mr. Bruce Blechman, the Chief Financial Officer. These two men have the talent, drive, determination and the capital and deal networks to implement the Corporate Strategy Model of the Company and make it successful. We have been working as a team since December 21, 2016; I am very happy with the results to date. Each man has diverse talents and we have all developed the chemistry to form a cohesive team pulling in the same direction. I trust these men to deliver.”
The Backgrounds of these two men is stellar.
Harry J. Orfanos: Co-founded Magellan Global Fund, a multimillion dollar global hedge fund investing in BRIC private companies and taking them public. Prior to MGF, he served as Vice President of Capital Markets with Cornell Capital Partners, a $1 billion New Jersey-based PIPE fund which focused on investing in micro-cap publicly listed companies. Prior to working at Cornell, he worked at Sepulveda & Smith Securities as the Director of Private Placements. At Sepulveda & Smith, my responsibilities included originating, structuring and brokering private transactions. Prior to Sepulveda, he was a Vice President of Corporate Finance with Zanett Securities, a $250 million New York-based PIPE fund which focused on investing in small to mid-cap public companies. Prior to Zanett Securities, he was an Institutional Equity Sales Trader with Santander Investment Securities in New York. He received his B.S. in Finance from New York University.
Bruce Blechman: Is a nationally recognized speaker and is considered to be one of the country’s top experts on the subject of entrepreneurial finance. He is the author of The Secret to Getting Money in Northern California and co-author of the best-selling book, Guerrilla Financing, published by Houghton Mifflin in a number of languages and used in college courses nationwide. He has been a national columnist, author of the monthly column, “Creative Financing” in Entrepreneur Magazine and host of the New Venture Money Show on the Business Radio Network, as well as a guest on numerous radio and TV programs. Articles about him have appeared in USA Today, The Los Angeles Times and other national publications. He graduated in the top quarter of his class at the Wharton School of Business at The University of Pennsylvania and has taught courses on Entrepreneurial Finance as an Adjunct Professor, was a mentor in the Wharton Business Plan Program.
Mr. Viola continued ” The addition of these two talented men was a necessary move to create for Daniels the potential for material future development. My health issues have made this move a necessity. Now that the weight of building the company rests on a team and not one individual there is a greater likelihood for success. I will remain as Chairman of Daniels.”