Board of Directors
Christopher MarlettChief Executive Officer, Chairman of Board and Director
Christopher Marlett has been the chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors and a director of the Company since inception on August 10, 2021. Mr. Marlett has been since 1997, the Chief Executive Officer and a co-founder of Public Ventures (formerly known as MDB Capital Group, LLC). Over his 36 years of working in the securities industry, he has led multiple financings for venture stage public companies and has dedicated his efforts to optimizing this method to launch promising technology/business platforms. He has been integral in co-founding and developing the commercialization and financing strategy for all the companies MDB has taken public. In addition, he has served as a board member of several of the public companies in the early stages. He has invested significant efforts in developing a human capital development platform in Nicaragua that has led to the creation of the largest call center park in the country employing approximately 3,000 people and several knowledge process outsourcing operations to support MDB’s businesses. He developed the first patent services company in Nicaragua that was sold to Murgitroyd an LSE-listed patent attorney and services platform. He is the co-founder of PatentVest and developed the platform from inception in 2003. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. Mr. Marlett’s leadership and financial experience position him well to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Anthony DiGiandomenicoChief of Transactions and Director
Anthony DiGiandomenico has been the Chief of Transactions and director since the inception of the Company on August 10. 2021. He has also served on the board of directors of ENDRA Life Sciences Inc. (Nasdaq: NDRA), a developer of enhanced ultrasound technology, from July 2013 until present, the board of directors of Provention Bio, Inc., a developer of multiple drug therapies, from January 2017 until May 2020 and the board of directors of Cue Biopharma, Inc., that develops novel biologic drugs for the selective modulation of the human immune system to treat a broad range of cancers and autoimmune disorders from January 2016 to October 2019. Since he co-founded Public Ventures (formerly known as MDB Capital Group, LLC) in 1997, Mr. DiGiandomenico has been enabling investment into early-stage disruptive technologies. He has worked alongside a wide range of companies in biotechnology, medical devices, high technology, and renewable energy spaces. Mr. DiGiandomenico holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and a BS in Finance from the University of Colorado. Mr. DiGiandomenico’ s financial expertise, general business acumen and significant executive leadership experience position him well to make valuable contributions to our board of directors.
George BrandonPresident of the Company
George Brandon has served as President of the Company since its inception on August 10, 2021, and as a director of the Company since January 14, 2022. Mr. Brandon’s 36 years of varied investment experience has included the last 12 years with Public Ventures (formerly known as MDB Capital Group, LLC). Mr. Brandon’s business focus has primarily been marketing & strategy development and community building in and around entrepreneurial start-ups, micro-cap, and small-cap companies. Prior to joining MDB, he served as a partner of Trinity River Advisors, LLC, a turnaround consulting firm targeting small companies dealing with financial distress. He received his education at Concordia University in Irvine, CA.
Mohammad “Mo” HayatChief of Entrepreneurship & Operations
Mo Hayat has served as Chief of Entrepreneurship & Operations of the Company since its inception on August 10, 2021, and a director of the Company since January 14, 2022. Mr. Hayat has also served as the Chief Executive Officer of Invizyne Technologies Inc. since its inception in April 2019, and, effective as of August 2022, transitioned to the role of Executive Chairman and President of Invizyne Technologies Inc. Mr. Hayat founded and has operated Mora Partners Inc., a consulting and investment firm since September 2006. Notable prior experiences for Mr. Hayat include serving as an Associate at Latham and Watkins from 2001 to 2006, as Partner at Raines Law Group from 2006 to 2009, as EVP of Business Development at Fulham Company Ltd from 2009 to 2015, and as Associate General Counsel Corporate, M&A, and Venture Capital at Hewlett Packard Enterprise from 2015 to 2017. Mr. Hayat also served on the board of directors of Fulham Company Ltd. from January 2019 to August 2022. Mr. Hayat brings extensive domestic and international experience, having led business and legal operations for public and private companies - both large and of the startup variety - with a demonstrated track record of success. Experienced in leading executive teams during times of growth and through all life cycles of companies, Mr. Hayat is a key leader in M&A, IP, JVs, real estate, strategy development, IPO, VC, PE, transactional, and business development matters. Mr. Hayat is passionate about team building, developing talent and “thinking outside the box”. Mr. Hayat received his Juris Doctorate in 2001 from UC Berkeley School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Biological Chemistry in 1997 from Pepperdine University.
Susanne L. MelineDirector
Susanne Meline has served as a director of the Company since May 2, 2022. She is the CEO of Encore Investment Management LLC and General Counsel of Wildfire Defense System, Inc. since April 2023. Formerly, Ms. Meline was a special situations analyst at Francis Capital Management, LLC, which she co-founded and where she worked from 2003 through March 2023. Susanne is also an arbitrator for FINRA Dispute Resolution Services and has served on a number of boards of directors, including Finomial Corporation from 2017 – 19, AquaMetals Corporation from 2019 – 20, ClearSign Technologies Corporation from 2018 to February 2023, and Ra Medical Corporation from 2021 to the present. Susanne has a Juris Doctor degree from UC Hastings College of the Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from UCLA.
Matthew “Matt” HaydenDirector
Matt Hayden has served as a director of the Company since May 2, 2022. Mr. Hayden has managed his family office since January 2018 which invests in both private and public companies. Mr. Hayden founded and managed Hayden Communications, Inc, an investor relations firm in 1998 which was sold in 2006. In 2006, he founded Hayden Communications International, Inc. which sold a 51% stake to MZ Group in 2011. Mr. Hayden then served as Chairman and advisor of MZ Group through December 2019. Since January 2022, Mr. Hayden has also served as a member of the GP for Surfworks, which builds and operates Wave Garden Surf Facility Projects in the United States. He earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of South Carolina.
Sean Magennis has served as a director of the Company since May 2, 2022. Mr. Magennis has served as Chairman of Mutual Capital Alliance since January of 2023. Mr. Magennis has served as President of CEO Coaching International, a global CEO coaching business, from November 2021 to November 2022. Previously, Mr. Magennis served as CEO and Chairman of Capital 54, a family office, from July 2020 to November 2021, as Global President and COO of YPO, a global community of chief executives, from May 2013 to July 2020, as Member of Gateway Green Energy Holdings, LLC, an operator power plants and energy assets, from 2009 to present, as President of Meximae Financiera Corporation, a real estate developer in Mexico, from January 2003 to August 2008, as President of Thomas International Management Systems from 1991 to 2003, as President of Thomas International, A Caldwell Interest, from 1992 to 1996, and Global President, Board Member and Chapter Chairman of Entrepreneurs Organization from 1991 to 2007. Mr. Magennis is a decisive and proactive business builder with extensive growth, acquisition, turnaround, and international experience. He is adept at developing high performing teams who deliver results through collaboration. He combines vision with positive pragmatism to transform strategies into actionable, measurable opportunities utilizing strong analytical and problem-solving skills.