Mark Geist – Founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board
Mark Geist co-founded Montgomery Asset Management and served as its Chief Executive Officer. Under Mark’s leadership, Montgomery Asset Management grew to over $11 billion in assets. He led the company through the sale to Commerzbank in 1997 and stayed on as CEO through December 2000. Since then, Mark has been an investor, board member and advisor to a number of micro-cap companies, including executive positions at Good Life Networks, Inc (a Canadian internet marketing company) and VAMA, Inc. (a U.S company focusing on all-natural solutions to replace chemical products). He also served as a pension fund consultant with Rogers, Casey & Barksdale, Inc. and an executive with the St. Regis Paper Company.
In the not-for-profit arena, Mark has served as President of U.S. Oil Independence, Inc., whose mission was to develop the financial support for clean affordable energy solutions; Vice-Chairman of Operation Respect, focusing on addressing ‘bullying’ in our schools; and a board member of Life Plan Hawaii, an organization that works in the school systems to help young adults develop life goals and the tools to achieve those goals.
He has an MBA in Finance from Iona College and an undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Connecticut.
Neil Voloshin—Technology Manager
Neil Voloshin joined Cavitation Technologies, Inc in 2012 and currently is Chief Financial and Operating Officer of the company.
Mr. Voloshin has over 25 years of experience in investment banking, marketing, asset management, and business operations. He has served as President and Chairman of the Board of Regional Broker-Dealer, Member of FINRA and NYSE from 1998 to 2012, Board of Directors of Frontier Mining Limited, Chief Operating Officer of Real Estate Investment Fund from 2006 to 2012 and served on the Board of Directors and COO of Turan Petroleum, Inc USA from 2009 to 2012.
Roman Gordon – Technology Supervisor
Roman Gordon is a founder of Cavitation Technologies, Inc. He brings more than fifteen years of experience in business management and energy risk management to CTi.
He served as a member of the Board of Directors, CEO and Secretary of the Company since its inception until June of 2011 when he was appointed CTi’s CTO. His work in the area of Hydrodynamic Cavitation in the past years has been in the area of R&D and modeling of cavitation dynamics for industrial applications.
Roman Gordon is the author of many issued by USPTO patents and national and international patent applications in the area of Hydrodynamic Cavitation, oil refining and Electrocoagulation.
Igor Gordonitsky – President, CTI
Igor Gorodnitsky is a founder of Cavitation Technologies, Inc and currently serves as Principal Executive Officer and President. As a Senior Hazmat Specialist with over twenty years of experience, he has coordinated and successfully completed over 500 emergency hazardous material cleanups.
He has advised the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services on many specialized situations, both emergency and non-emergency, including: confined space entries into asphalt storage silos; emergency confined space entry into the aggregate dryer; hazmat cleanup of the hot oil tanks; cleanup and removal of spilled liquids and hardened asphalt; and coordinated and supervised remediation of La Brea tar spills. His vast experience with hazardous materials became an impetus for his vision of CTi: a company devoted to green technologies and solutions.
Jennifer Sutherland-Miller– Brand Manager
Beginning her career in travel media, Jenn is experienced in content marketing and community development. Her strengths include project planning, team management media development in a remote work environment. Having worked for the past decade in fully distributed companies and the startup community, she enjoys the challenge of scaling up.
Having collaborated as the editor of a major travel media outlet as well as building from the ground up as the content manager at Tortuga Backpacks, Jenn has an understanding of what it takes to both build and sustain a community around an idea and a product. Her outcomes-based management style incentivizes efficiency and creative problem-solving in her teams.
Jenn also co-founded a non-profit that provides grants for gap year travel. She writes and speaks extensively about the value and impact of remote work for women. Having started her career as a teacher, Jenn graduated from Indiana State University with a BA in Education.
The Board & Advisors
Rob Michael Mondavi Jr.– President and Founder- Folio Fine Wine Partners
Rob’s enthusiasm for wine took root more than 30 years ago, growing up in Napa Valley; his earliest memories are of playing among the vines and barrels at Robert Mondavi Winery.
Over the course of his career, Robert has held a variety of positions in his family’s company to gain experience in all aspects of vineyard and winery management, hospitality and business operations. After moving to Panama to educate himself about international business culture, he established the Napa Cigar Company, a manufacturer and importer of premium cigars from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and the Canary Islands.
Rob joined the Robert Mondavi Corporation in 2000, as a luxury brands Sales Manager, transitioning to Sales Director, responsible for developing and managing sales of the company’s imported wines from Australia, Chile, and Italy in more than 20 states. He then went on to serve as Director of Marketing for Robert Mondavi Winery, spearheading the winery’s trade marketing initiatives before founding Folio Fine Wine Partners in 2004, with the vision of producing and importing the most exciting wines from established and emerging wine regions. Rob lives in Napa with his wife, Lydia and their son.
Joe Abrams– Board of Advisors
Joe is an entrepreneur, investor, and adviser. An expert in emerging growth companies, he is currently an early-stage investor and adviser with Recruiter.com, the online global recruiting service. Abrams has advised or acted as the principal in dozens of mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions, and has been involved with several eco-friendly and socially responsible businesses. He co-founded The Software Toolworks in the early 1980s, and in 1994 it sold to Pearson, PLC for $460 million. In 1999, he co-founded eUniverse, which was later renamed Intermix Media and became the parent company of the social network site MySpace. NewsCorp bought Intermix for $560 million in 2005.
Abrams and his wife, Patricia P’02, are lead supporters of the Simon Venture Capital Fund, an early stage seed fund run by MBA and master’s students at the Simon Business School. He is also a member of the Simon School’s National Council and Advisory Council, and the University of Rochester’s San Francisco Network Leadership Cabinet. In 2017, he received the Simon School’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.
He serves on several private and nonprofit boards and is co-chair of the Capital Campaign for Marin Hospital in Marin County, California. The Abramses also established, with their son Matthew Abrams ’02 and his wife, Lindsay, the Abrams Family Fund for Myotonic Dystrophy Research.
He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and an MBA in finance from the Simon Business School.
Kent Buckles – Board of Advisors
Kent Buckles is currently an independent contractor, focusing on ERISA and related retirement industry products and services. Prior to this, Kent functioned as a senior executive for over 20 years in the pension and retirement business.
His last position was Senior Vice President for Reliance Trust Company where he had overall responsibility for over $100 billion in assets. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington and JD degree from Seattle University.
Pete Christos – Board of Advisors
Mr. Christos is a former Wall Street executive with 30+ years of experience. In June 2005, he founded Abacos Ventures as Executive Chairman. Since June 2015, he has been Chairman of Real Brands, Inc.; and currently serves as a director of several private companies.
As an entrepreneur, he has been a co-founder in both private and public companies He has been a Managing Director of Investment Banking firms in New York City including the founding Chairman/CEO of Adelphia Capital, LLC. He was an EVP, Partner and co-head of the NYC office of the investment banking firm of Bannon & Co., which was subsequently sold to French bank Société Générale, which merged with Cowen & Company.