Board of advisors
Former Vice Chairman, Fortune Brands , a leading consumer brands company with over $7B in revenues and household brands such as Jim Beam, Canadian Club, Moen, Kitchen Craft, Titleist, Footjoy and Pinnacle. Prior to his election as Vice Chairman in 1999, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer from 1995 to 1998. Ludes was closely associated with the company's international operations, developing Fortune Brands International Corporation into an effective catalyst for assisting the company's operations in selling, sourcing and investing on a global basis. He joined Acushnet Company, the company's golf business, in 1978 as Vice President of Marketing for the Titleist Golf Division and was elected Acushnet's President and Chief Executive Officer in 1982. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with B.S. and M.S. degrees in marketing management. Ludes is a Director of New England Zenith Fund.
Since 2003, Mr. Douglas has been Executive Vice Chairman of Green Hills Software (revenues over $100 million), where he works closely with the CEO on major strategic initiatives (these include debt and equity financing, investor relations, legal and human resources matters). Mr. Douglas also provides CEO consulting services to private companies, primarily smaller to mid-size emerging growth companies, and board consulting services to public company boards (directed toward increasing board effectiveness). He has been a director of several companies. Prior to 2003, Mr. Douglas was Chief Legal Officer for 3 public companies. Senior VP Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from 1999 to 2003. Senior VP, Apple Computer in 1997 where he played a key role in restoring Apple's financial health and bringing Steve Jobs back as CEO. Executive VP and Chief Legal Officer at Reebok International Ltd from 1986 to 1997. Also responsible for Human Resources, Corporate Communications, Public Affairs and other non-financial staff functions. Mr. Douglas received his law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1978 and a BA summa cum laude from Colgate University in 1975.
David A. Barcomb
David is a Senior Vice President-Managing director, of Merrill Lynch. David is the principal of The Barcomb Group, a wealth management division of Merrill Lynch, focused on delivering customized investment solutions for high net worth individuals, not for profits, and emerging businesses. The Barcomb Group was nominated to the Barron's top 100 investment Groups as well as recognized by Boston magazine and many other publications for providing a "private bank like experience for sophisticated investors". The Barcomb group was established in 1993 at Smith Barney. In 2008, David and his team transitioned to Merrill Lynch's private client Group. David is on the board of directors of the YMCA, Visiting Nurses Association, and south Shore Hospital. David and his three children reside in Norwell, Massachusetts.
William W. Dromeshauser
William is a co-founder of bluedrop and a seasoned business development executive and entrepreneur with 25 years business experience. Bill has a diverse background in sales, business development and operations in a variety of industries and is a professional team builder with strong consumer product experience in multiple verticals. His knowledge of the water distribution business comes from a nearly 20 year history as an active advisor to Rocky Mountain Spring Water, Inc. New England's largest bulk spring water supplier and largest spring water vending business. In addition, he has had a close relationship with the management team of Monadnock Spring Water, Inc. for nearly 30 years, a large New England independent water company recently acquired by Crystal Rock, Inc. He has held management and business development roles with companies such as Xerox, Lotus Development, Parable Software, Brocade Communications (NASDAQ: BRCD), and Apollo Diamond where he was successful in managing organizations and securing numerous multi-million dollar contracts through a variety of partnerships and channels. As a former Managing Director of Dromeshauser Associates, a leader in retained executive search consulting, he was also active in recruiting senior management for companies such as: EMC, Digital Equipment/ Compaq, Broadview, GTE, Summit Partners, Advent and others.
Chris currently serves as President & CEO of Bonaire Software Solutions. Mr. John not only guides corporate direction, but utilizes his vast financial services and technology background to take an active role in enhancing perspective and insight of client projects. Mr. John has over 18 years of experience in building, implementing and supporting financial service applications with a strong emphasis on Client Server and Web Application Deployment. Prior to his current role, he was the Director of Fixed Income Trading Systems for Bank Boston Robertson Stephens. Prior to joining Bank Boston, Mr. John was responsible for Treasury Trading Technology at State Street Bank. There he managed the upgrade and infrastructure to support Client Server Trading Applications for Global Treasury. Mr. John holds a BA in Finance from Providence College and an MBA from the Babson Graduate School of Business.
CEO & Founder- Dynasty International, Inc. - Based in Boston, Dynasty was started 1985 and grew to become the largest privately held U.S. Customs Clearance and Freight Forwarding company in New England. Dynasty has handled global transportation for companies ranging from Talbots to Johnny Appleseed and Ocean State Job Lots. Prior to starting Dynasty John was an executive at W.N. Proctor corporation which was eventually acquired by Fed Ex. John received his BS from Boston College and now resides in Kennebunkport, ME with his wife Jan.
Mark C. Dickinson
Mark is the president and founder of Dickinson Development Corporation, a commercial real estate development and property management firm that has since 1980 successfully developed over three-million square feet of commercial property including office parks, shopping centers, hotels, and industrial buildings throughout New England and Florida. Prior to starting Dickinson Development Corp., Mr. Dickinson served as Director of Leasing and Director of Development for Grossman Industrial Properties, Inc. of Braintree, Massachusetts. Between 1971 and 1974, Mr. Dickinson served as Project Manager for MacBro Construction Corp. of Lowell, Mass. and was involved in the development of over 2500 apartment units in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. Mr. Dickinson is a 1969 graduate of Amherst College (B.A. American Studies) where he played football and served as the president of the rugby club. He also attended Boston College’s graduate business school in the early 1970’s. His professional affiliations have included the International Council of Shopping Centers, the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks, the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, and the Quincy Chamber of Commerce. He is past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the South Shore YMCA and currently serves as Chairman of the Building Committee for the new Quincy Y, scheduled to open in 2013. He is also past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Inly School in Scituate Ma. and is currently on the board of Bay State Community Services in Quincy, Ma., a large social services agency. Finally, Mr. Dickinson is a member of the President’s Circle of the South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, Ma.