Jacob Cohen is a serial entrepreneur, corporate finance and executive management professional with over 18 years of investment banking and capital markets experience having started and growing multiple companies in various industry sectors including marketing, advertising, healthcare, IT and financial services. Prior to joining the Company, Jacob was the co-founder and managing partner of several boutique investment bank and strategic advisory firms where he advised both early and later stage companies in raising capital in the form of debt and/or equity and in both private and public markets.
Prior to his experiences in investment banking, Jacob served as the Chief Financial Officer of The Renewed Group, Inc. – a manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer of eco-friendly and sustainable apparel primarily made from recycled textiles and under the brand name REUSE JEAN from 2010 through the end of 2013. Further, Mr. Cohen served from 2008 through 2010 as Executive Vice President and Controller of Metiscan, Inc., a publicly traded company, and as the President and Chief Executive Officer of one of its subsidiaries, Shoreline Employment Services, Inc. During his tenure at Metiscan, Mr. Cohen was instrumental in restructuring, reorganizing and operating the company and its five subsidiaries, and successfully raised over $8 million in equity financing for growth capital. Mr. Cohen also spearheaded the company’s financial audit process and managed its various filings with the SEC.
From 2007 through 2008, Mr. Cohen served as the Chief Operating Officer of Artfest International, which he assisted in taking public at the end of 2007. Throughout his career, Mr. Cohen was involved in starting many new ventures, including The AdvertEyes Network, a digital signage advertising company where he served as founder and CEO. Other positions include investment advisor and institutional equity research analyst for Solomon Advisors and Huberman Financial, securities broker-dealers, from 2003 through 2005, and investment banker for Allegiance Capital, a middle market investment bank specializing on mergers and acquisitions, from 2005-2007.
Mr. Cohen holds a Bachelors of Arts in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.
Mr. Everett Bassie founded Bassie & Co., a certified public accounting firm located in Houston, Texas in October 1991. Bassie & Co. was involved in all aspects of accounting. Mr. Bassie closed Bassie & Co. during the second quarter of 2010. Since the closing of Bassie & Co., Mr. Bassie has performed consulting services in connection with tax, accounting and pubic company accounting advisory services. Prior to forming Bassie & Co., Mr. Bassie was a senior audit manager in the Houston office of KPMG Peat Marwick. Mr. Bassie worked for KPMG Peat Marwick from June 1981 to October 1991.
Mr. Bassie holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Houston Clear Lake City and a Bachelor’s of Science in accounting from Florida A& M University.
Esteban Alexander is a seasoned operational professional and executive with a focus in the health, beauty and wellness industry. Prior to his position with the Company, Mr. Alexander was the owner and operator of Ideal Nutrition – a retail store located in Allen, TX dedicated to marketing and selling high quality nutritional products, vitamins and supplements. Mr. Alexander installed and supervised operational policies and procedures ranging from purchasing, inventory control and management, finance and marketing. As a former competitive bodybuilder and nutritionist, Mr. Alexander also provided clients with in depth exercise, nutrition, and weight loss programs specifically designed and tailor made to meet each of his client’s needs and goals. Esteban brings both his operational expertise and knowledge of the health and wellness industry as the Company continues to develop the Novopelle brand and new business concepts within the industry.
Mr. Alexander holds a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition in Dietetics from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX.
Alan Hernandez is a serial entrepreneur with over 6 years of e-commerce and marketing experience. Mr. Hernandez possesses a unique ability to take a creative vision and turn it into reality through entrepreneurial development. His passion is complemented by his ability to create innovative strategies that drive business and name recognition within the market.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Hernandez served as Chief Marketing Officer and Co-CEO for Novopelle Med Spa, a chain of physician supervised med spas in located throughout Texas with continued growth and success. Throughout his role since 2014, he has operated both at an executive and ground level, all while establishing a strong company culture to overall enhance the consumer experience. By implementing a sophisticated CRM (client relations management) system, Mr. Hernandez has created a strong lead management process that continues to lead the company towards expansion. He continues to spearhead Novopelle’s operations while constantly developing new business concepts outside of the industry.
Previously, Mr. Hernandez co-founded several e-commerce brands in the fitness and wellness industry in addition to Vast Networks LLC, a Dallas-based digital marketing agency. During his time as managing partner and Chief Marketing Officer, Mr. Hernandez learned the importance of implementing effective marketing strategies while gaining experience in the digital marketing ecosystem and social media.
Mr. Hernandez attended the University of Texas at Dallas where he studied Business Administration with a focus in Entrepreneurship and Marketing.