Board of Directors

Michael Pruitt
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).

Keith Johnson

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. 

Gregory E. Kraut

Gregory E. Kraut has been a Principal of Avison Young, a commercial real estate services firm, since he founded the company's New York office in 2011. Prior to joining Avison Young, he was First Vice President of CB Richard Ellis from 2005 to 2011. Mr. Kraut has had a career of over 19 years in tenant and landlord leasing and sales representation, including acquisition, disposition, and strategic planning for local and multi-market clients. He has served on several boards including the B'nai B'rith Real Estate Board of Directors and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Real Estate Division Executive Council and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of JCFBS, the largest social services agency in NYC. He previously served as a director of Plymouth REIT.

Paul G. Porter

Paul G. Porter is the Managing Director of Siskey Capital, LLC, where he is primarily responsible for the legal oversight, structuring, and management of transactions and investment initiatives for the firm's various private equity funds. Prior to joining Siskey Capital, Paul was a senior partner with McGuireWoods LLP for 15 years. During his tenure at the firm, Paul primarily concentrated his practice and expertise in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, business law, corporate governance, venture finance, and management-led buyouts.