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Chairman of the Board of Directors
Perry P. Jacobson, Managing Director. In his role at Brookstone Partners, Mr. Jacobson is responsible for managing B.P. Mezzanine Capital, LLC, a captive mezzanine fund which primarily invests alongside Brookstone Partners' equity capital as well as working with the firm's Limited Partners.
Prior to joining Brookstone, Mr. Jacobson was a specialist on the New York Stock Exchange from 1982 to 2004. He started his career with CMJ Partners and continued with Wagner, Stott and Mercator after their merger. He became a member of the managing committee at each firm where he was involved in both day to day and policy decisions. Mr. Jacobson was also a NYSE Floor Governor and a member of the NYSE Market Performance Committee which sets rules and procedures for NYSE trading. Mr. Jacobson graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Business Administration in 1981.
Steven L. Silverman
President and Chief Executive Officer, Director
Steve Silverman was named the Company's Chief Executive Officer on January 18, 2011. Mr. Silverman, age 46, has been the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company since October 11, 2010 and a Director since November 2, 2010.
Prior to joining Axion International, Mr. Silverman worked for Archbrook Laguna, LLC ("Archbrook"), beginning in 1997. While there, he served as Executive Vice President of from 2006 until joining Axion; as Vice President of Operations and Business Development of Archbrook from 2000 until 2005; and from 1997 until 2000, he was Archbrook's Vice President of Sales. Archbrook is a total solution provider supplying consumer electronics and computer products to retailers through state-of-the-art logistical services. As Executive Vice President, Mr. Silverman was responsible for developing and implementing strategic corporate policy as well as the day-to-day operational management of Archbrook. As Vice President of Operations and Business Development, Mr. Silverman assumed a diverse range of strategic and operational functions, with a focus on business development.
Prior to his time with Archbrook, Mr. Silverman was in various business development roles at E. & J. Gallo Winery and the Sara Lee Corporation. Mr. Silverman received a B.S. in Business Administration from Widener University in 1986.
James J. Kerstein
Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Director
Mr. Kerstein has served as one of our directors and as our Chief Technology Officer since March 30, 2008, the date upon which we acquired Axion International, Inc. pursuant to the Merger. He has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Axion since 2007. Mr. Kerstein was the President of Plast-O-Matic Valves Inc., a privately-held manufacturer of high end polymer valves focused on the semiconductor and wastewater industries from December 2004 through May 2007. From 1996 to 2004, he was the founder, Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of Polywood, Inc., a manufacturer of recycled plastic resins utilizing the Rutgers University developed technologies for the production of structural plastic products. Mr. Kerstein is credited as a co-inventor on multiple patents dealing with formulations and uses of recycled plastics.
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Since 1997, Tom Bowersox has been a Principal with Shreve Bowersox, P.C. in Bethesda, MD, which provides quality, personalized financial and management services tailored to the sophisticated needs of high wealth individuals and growing entrepreneurial businesses. He has also served as CFO of such prestigious real estate developers as Lerner Companies and Washington Real Estate Investment Trust.
In addition, Tom is a member of Lealta Media's Board, an internet Marketing and Loyalty firm and a Director for the Carl M. Freeman Companies, a well known Washington DC and Delaware Real Estate Developer. He also served as Chairman of Audiopoint, Inc., a leading provider of innovative voice services to consumer-oriented businesses.
He is a Certified Public Accountant and received his BS in accounting from the University of Kentucky.
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On May 25, 2011, Axion appointed Dr. Allen Hershkowitz to the Company's board of directors. Dr. Hershkowitz is a Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council ("NRDC") and a leader in the movement to make environmental responsibility understandable and achievable for every individual and institution. Dr. Hershkowitz joined NRDC's senior staff in 1988, and has been the force behind some of the organization's most effective and visible initiatives. Through the years, he has championed systemic change on critical issues ranging from sustainable development and recycling to forestry, paper industry impacts, mountaintop coal mining, waste incineration, and medical wastes.
Melding ecological expertise with a positive approach, Dr. Hershkowitz directs the greening of American icons including professional sports leagues and major record labels. He was the architect of the greening of the 2007 - 2010 Academy Awards, and the 50th, 51st and 52nd GRAMMY Awards. His leadership in helping Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA), the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) go green earned him the U.S. EPA's 2008 Environmental Merit Award. Dr. Hershkowitz helped drive the greening of the Warner Music Group and he helped establish and serves on the Steering Committee of Broadway Greening Alliance and the Green Sports Alliance. Dr. Hershkowitz also serves on the 2011 NCAA Final Four Sustainability Committee.
Dr. Hershkowitz is among the nation's progressive pioneers in environmental responsibility. His work in the field of industrial ecology has ranged from advising corporations such as DuPont, Hugo Neu and Sims Metal Management in their sustainability efforts, to protect ecologically compromised areas in Belize, fragile Appalachian ecosystems threatened by mountaintop removal coal mining, the boreal forests and other ecologically irreplaceable areas. Dr. Hershkowitz was a lead negotiator in NRDC's historic 2006 forestry protection settlement with Bowater Paper Company, which led to breakthrough protections of the Cumberland Plateau region. His was an originator of Testing the Waters, NRDC's influential annual documentation of beach closures.
His affiliations with the nation's most prominent leaders and agencies run deep. Dr. Hershkowitz helped author President Clinton's "Greening the Government" executive order in 1993, and has served on the DuPont Corporation's Bio-Based Fuels Life Cycle Assessment Advisory Board. He has served on the National Academy of Sciences' National Research Council Committee on the Health Effects of Waste Incineration. Previously he has served as the Chairman of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner's Advisory Board on Operating Requirements for Municipal Solid Waste Incinerators. He has also served on the EPA's Science Advisory Board Subcommittee on Sludge Incineration, as well as the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's Peer Review Panel for its Report to Congress on the Health Implications of Medical Waste. Dr. Hershkowitz was the Principal Contractor for the United States Congressional Office of Technology Assessment's Report to Congress on Municipal Solid Waste Management. He was a member of the U.S. EPA's Regulatory Negotiations on Fugitive Emissions from Equipment Leaks at Synthetic and Organic Chemical Manufacturing Industries. Dr. Hershkowitz served on the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Committee on Worker Training and Waste-to-Energy plants, he has been invited to serve as a discussant at international gatherings of environmental officials by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and has been invited to present his research findings on sustainable industrial development before the United Nations Environment Program in Paris. Dr. Hershkowitz has received top honors from Scenic Hudson for working to protect the Hudson River and was honored by the American Institute of Architects for spearheading a massive Bronx recycling and sustainability initiative. Outside the U.S., Dr. Hershkowitz has a long history of consistent involvement in some of the world's foremost environmental initiatives, from Japan and Europe to Central America.
Dr. Hershkowitz served on the editorial board of OnEarth magazine from 2006-2008, and is the author of Bronx Ecology: A Blueprint for a New Environmentalism (Island Press, 2002). He served on the National Research Council committee that wrote Waste Incineration & Public Health (National Academy Press: Washington, Dec. 2000), and his other publications include Too Good To Throw Away: Recycling's Proven Record (New York: NRDC, 1997), Garbage Management in Japan (New York: INFORM, 1987), Garbage Burning: Lessons from Europe (New York: INFORM, 1986), and Garbage: Practices, Problems and Remedies (New York: INFORM, 1988). He has also published many articles in Technology Review; Environmental Impact Assessment Review (MIT); Environmental Forum; The New York Times; The Atlantic Monthly; Social Research; Newsday; The Nation; the American Book Review, and other outlets. He has also contributed essays to numerous books.
Dr. Hershkowitz has received awards and recognition from the U.S. EPA, the American Institute of Architects, Scenic Hudson, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Dr. Hershkowitz received his Ph.D. in political economics, specializing in energy resources economics, from the City University of New York Graduate School in 1986. He earned a M. Phil. in political economics in 1982, a B.A. (cum laude) from the City College of New York in 1978 and a Certificat D'assiduite from the University of Grenoble in 1975.
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Tony Hatch has been a senior transportation analyst on Wall Street for over twenty years, starting at Salomon Brothers; proceeding to Argus, PaineWebber, and most recently at NatWest Markets (USA) prior to starting his independent analyst/consultantcy in 1999. Mr. Hatch's coverage has been focused on the freight transportation segment, particularly surface transportation. Mr. Hatch is known for his knowledge of the intermodal area, where the various modes of freight transport converge, on which he held a dozen specialized conferences.
Recently, Mr. Hatch has been providing not only "traditional" institutional transport research but also providing due diligence and other services to new forms of transport investment such as private equity, infrastructure and hedge funds in such areas as rail maintenence and construction, railcars and 3pls. along with Progressive Railroading magazine he co-presents and leads "Railtrends", the most comprehensive railways conference every fall in NYC.
With a quarter century's experience in the field, Mr. Hatch has been active as an independent analyst and consultant, doing work for major railroads such as Norfolk Southern, CSX, Union Pacific, BNSF, Kansas City Southern, Canadian National as well as the Association of American Railroads, the American Short Line and Regional Rail Road Association, the United Transportation Union, the Canadian Transportation Agency, the Railway Association of Canada, the Railway association of the UK, Australian Railways, railInc/steelroads, various freight shipper and supplier organizations (including IANA, AREMA, NRC, NITL, NGFA, and NARS, etc.), and management consulting firms such as Oliver Wyman/ Mercer Management, and Mitchell Madison Group / USWeb. He has also worked with an extensive list of private equity firms in the space, both here and in or involving Europe, Brazil, China and Australia.
Mr. Hatch, when directly on “the street”, was named to various honor rolls, including the Institutional Investor (“ii”) and Wall Street Journal All Star teams and he has Garnered the top spot in the Greenwich Poll. He is a past President of the Motor Carrier Analysts association. He was just recently named to the board of Axion, a recycled-materials rail tie manufacturer. His career highlight had been testifying before Congress on railroads, starting in 1998, among other testimonies.
Mr. Hatch graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in American History in 1982. He lives in New York City, and enjoys baseball (watching and playing), English soccer & history, US politics, and sports cars.
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