CEO Jeff Widen
JEFFREY C WIDEN | CEO
Mr. Widen has a 44-year track record in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital markets, real estate, business development and investing, management consulting, investment advisory, and entrepreneurial business operations. From 1972 to 1985, Mr. Widen started and established three manufacturing companies, eventually selling all three operations to substantially larger organizations including fortune 500 level, for proprietary technologies developed by Mr. Widen and his companies. Post 1985, Mr. Widen continued patenting and developing various concepts and companies, levering expertise gained over prior decades. Mr. Widen held vice president and business development roles at various investment and brokerage firms, which included Geneva Companies/Smith Barney in California, LifeOptions in Connecticut, and Gottesman Co in New York. Licenses held: Series 7 General Securities, Series 63, and Insurance Licenses in 5 states. Mr. Widen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University Of Connecticut School Of Business Administration.
ANGELO MARAGOS, ESQ. | CO-CLO
As part of Goldman, Gruder & Woods, Mr. Maragos’ principal areas of practice include civil trial law and health care law. Prior to joining GG&W, Mr. Maragos focused on bankruptcy and personal injury at Grady & Riley. Mr. Maragos has tried appellate cases before the Connecticut State Supreme Court and State of Connecticut Appellate Court. Memberships include: The American Association for Justice (AAJ); Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA); Connecticut Bar Association; Long Term Financial Care Managers Association; Graduate and Member of Spence Trial Lawyers College, Dubois, Wyoming. Attorney Maragos is licensed to practice law in Connecticut and New York. Mr. Maragos holds a law degree from Washington & Lee University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Science from the University Of Connecticut School Of Business Administration.
PAUL J. LUPO | CPA, CAO
Mr. Lupo, a CPA since 1992, has Accounting Controllership/Management experience spanning 20 years for various companies in areas including Chemicals, Energy, Manufacturing, and Services. Prior to controllership roles, Mr. Lupo held Accounting Management positions for 6 years after spending 5 years in mid-size public accounting firms in New York. Mr. Lupo’s principal areas of professional experience includes financial statement preparation, SEC reporting, accounting, forecasting, consolidations, analysis, budgeting, reporting, cash management/banking, consulting, auditing, internal controls, ISO quality management/certification, compliance associated reporting, organizational policies and procedures, financial modeling and corporate taxes. Mr. Lupo received his MBA in Finance from the Graduate School of Business Administration, Long Island University, C.W. Post, in New York, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Accounting from Iona College, Hagen School of Business, in New York.
J. MICHAEL CANTORE, ESQ. | CO-CLO
Attorney Cantore has over 45 years of private practice law experience covering civil, commercial, personal injury, medical malpractice, criminal, real-estate, wills, trusts, divorce, and appeals cases. Early on, Mr. Cantore engaged in practice areas including civil trial law, criminal, divorce, real estate, wills and trusts for Koskoff, Koskoff & Beider, P.C. Mr. Cantore has tried appellate cases before the Connecticut State Supreme Court and State of Connecticut Appellate Court. Memberships included: Former President Suffolk Law School Metropolitan Alumni Association; Former President Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity Suffolk Chapter; Suffolk Law Moot Court Board; Co-Founder Suffolk Law School Tri-State Alumni Association President & Vice President; Former Chairman of Board of Education Greenwich Catholic Elementary. Mr. Cantore holds a law degree from Suffolk Law School in Boston, and a bachelor’s degree from C.W. Post College, University of Long Island.
SCOTT AXELROD | CO-CTO
Mr. Axelrod has 25 years of information technology experience as a Director and Coordinator of Information Systems at multiple firms. Mr. Axelrod has professional experience in diverse industries spanning media, alternate asset brokerage services, business development and computer software and technical network solutions. Mr. Alexrod’s principal areas of expertise in database management, hardware/software support, network administration and development, and security and infrastructure implementation, providing system solutions to a multitude of businesses. Mr. Axelrod received an Associate Degree in Computer Science from the Norwalk Community College in Connecticut, as well as a certificate for Computer Science and System Design from Gibbs College in Connecticut.
THOMAS V. HATZIS | CFO
Mr. Hatzis has 30 years of financial, accounting and corporate consulting experience in CFO, Management and Director roles. Mr. Hatzis’ various areas of expertise include consumer products, business systems and high tech manufacturing, alternative asset brokerage and services, ranging from startups through fortune 500 firms. Mr. Hatzis also has 3 years of engineering experience covering business system control and design. Mr. Hatzis’ principal areas of professional experience includes financial statement preparation, SEC reporting, accounting, forecasting, consolidations, analysis, budgeting, reporting, cash management/banking, consulting, auditing, internal controls, compliance, corporate governance, organizational policies and procedures, financial modeling, corporate sustainability, and forensic accounting. Mr. Hatzis received his MBA in Accounting from the University Of Connecticut Graduate School Of Business Administration, and a Dual Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the University Of Connecticut School Of Engineering. Membership, AICPA.
STANLEY WADOLOWSKI | COO
Mr. Wadolowski has 12 years of experience as owner of entrepreneurial business operations, plus a previous 10 years in banking and investments. Currently, Mr. Wadolowski owns and operates Compass Services in Connecticut, which provides road services principally to corporate clients in multiple states in the northeastern U.S. Prior to beginning business startups, Mr. Wadolowski worked in organizations including SAC Capital, UBS, DKR Capital/AIG Int’l Asset Management, Pilgrim/NorthStar Investment/ING, and Clifton Brokerage Corp. on international investments and settlements, OTC derivatives modeling valuation and settlements, compliance, convertible bonds pricing/valuation/conversion, and corporate actions in M&A and bonds. Previously acquired licenses include Series 6 and 63; Property, Casualty, Life & Health. Mr. Wadolowski will be receiving a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut in 2016.
ANDREAS RUIZ-DIAZ | CO-CTO
Mr. Ruiz-Diaz has over 20 years of information technology experience, providing hardware, software, networking solutions, website development and systems support. Mr. Ruiz-Diaz founded R&D-Computers in 2004, and grew the company to provide technological solutions and support to clients large and small. Prior to starting R&D-Computers, Mr. Ruiz-Diaz was Systems Manager, Technology and Revenue Systems, for Starwood Hotels, as well as a network engineer and supervisor at General Electric. Overall, Mr. Ruiz-Diaz spent 9 years in various corporations, from startup to fortune 500 in various systems and technology roles. Mr. Ruiz-Diaz received his MBA with a concentration in E-commerce from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Computer Science from Eastern Connecticut State University.