Officers of the Board

Max JamesChairman
Max James
Executive Chairman, American Kiosk Management

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Over the course of his successful career, Max F. James has established himself as a distinguished military pilot, an innovative entrepreneur, and a generous philanthropist. In 1960, James joined the United States Air Force Academy where he earned a spot on the Superintendent’s List almost every semester. After completing his training, he began an assignment with the Astronaut Recovery Program at Patrick Air Force Base in Cape Canaveral. James then volunteered for the Vietnam War as a Jolly Green rescue pilot. While touring Southeast Asia, he participated in 200 combat flight missions, was shot down twice, and received 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 8 Air Medals. Noted for his bravery, Max F. James helped rescue 10 fallen aircrew members, including a peer from his days at the Air Force Academy.

From there, James earned his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and began a career in real estate. Honing his skills as a business executive, he later operated as Chairman of the Board for the Salt Lake International Center; President of Miller Properties; and Executive Vice President of Days Inns of America, Inc. The proprietor of 18 hotels, James received the honor of joining the California Tourism Board of Directors from the Governor of California.

Presently, Max F. James owns American Kiosk Management, LLC and North American Kiosk, LLC, which, when combined, operate in over 800 locations in the United States and Canada, with revenues of approximately $150 million annually.

Additionally, he founded and serves as a board member of the Camp Soaring Eagle Foundation, a medically based camping program for children with life threatening illnesses. Max James was the first inductee into the $25 billion Specialty Retail Hall of Fame and the recipient of the Al Kushner Breakthrough Innovation Award. He was selected for the Air Force Academy’s most prestigious honor, the Distinguished Graduate Award. James serves on an Advisory Board of the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, the Founders’ Board of Directors of the United States Air Force Academy Endowment Foundation, and supports the Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Research Center, the Boys and Girls Clubs, and other worthy charitable organizations.


Linda Johansen-JamesVice Chair
Linda Johansen-James
Chief Executive Officer/Chief Operating Officer, American Kiosk Management
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Linda Johansen-James is currently the CEO/COO of American Kiosk Management. She oversees in excess of 1200 employees and over 770 carts in the US and Canada representing Proactiv Skin Care and Sheer Cover Mineral Make-Up. She is responsible for setting the companies strategic direction and delivering on the company’s mission to caring for customer’s concerns.

Linda joined AKM in 2002 and has held many positions within the company including: National Recruiter and Trainer, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and currently Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer.

Under Linda’s leadership, the company has continued to have unprecedented growth and the company has become the largest Specialty Retailer in the world. Her strong leadership skills have lead AKM through their most successful years of business, and she continues to lead the company’s growth and profitability. Her top priorities include strengthening and growing brands, maximizing sales while increasing profits and attracting and retaining top talent.

Linda is a frequent speaker at the International Council of Shopping Centers and Specialty Retailer Conference. She is on the board for the International Council of Shopping Centers Annual Conference and is currently on the Education Committee for writing the criteria for the Global Certification for Leasing Managers. She also currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Camp Soaring Eagle Foundation, a medically based camping program for children with life threatening illness. Linda is also active with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in many aspects and sits on the Leadership Council Board. Linda also supports many other charitable organizations.


David PaltzikSecretary
David Paltzik
Paltzik Law, PLLC
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David received his JD as well as has B.S.B.A. from the University of Arizona. His law practice focuses on real estate transactions and finance as well as business representation for clients with interests throughout the U.S. David has been listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2008 – 2013 and Southwest Super Lawyers, 2010 – 2013.


Thomas BatesTreasurer
C. Thomas Bates, CPA
Principal, Rayburn, Bates & Fitzgerald, P.C.
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Tom Bates has 32 years of auditing, accounting, tax consulting, and business valuation experience including experience with a national firm and a public company. Currently, he holds a principal accountant position with Rayburn, Bates, & Fitzgerald P.C. He has been with this company since 1987. Tom has consulted and testified in accounting, financial, economic, and business issues for commercial litigation. He is the designated reviewer on the Tennessee State Board of Accountancy and AICPA quality review programs.

He is a Certified Public Accountant in Tennessee, Florida, and Indiana. Accredited in Business Valuation. Tom also is a Certified Valuation Analyst.

Tom is a current board member of Kingdom Men, Tennessee Society of CPA’s, Florida Society of CPA’s, Indiana Society of CPA’s, and TSCPA Sports and Entertainment Committee . Previously, he was Chairman of Christ Presbyterian Church Diaconate and Finance Committee.


Members of the Board of Directors

Rudy AlexanderRudy Alexander
Founder and CEO
11 Giraffes Company
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Rudy Alexander has over 23 years of experience in the computer software industry and is a visionary with proven ability in bringing technology to market and in developing successful companies. As an entrepreneur, Rudy has extensive experience in P&L management, operations, finance and strategic planning, business and product development, sales and marketing in both public and start-up companies internationally.

As a founder and CEO of 11Giraffes Company, Rudy has recruited and assembled a strong management team, developed company strategy and implemented an operating plan. 11Giraffes assist retailers use their digital media more effectively with the convergence of its in-store music and digital signage. He has secured approximately $20 million in funding in past ventures through venture capital firms and is responsible for 11Giraffes’ investment strategy.

Previously, as Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Engineous Software, Inc., Rudy developed the Sales and Marketing organization worldwide. He also founded the European Subsidiary and served as the Managing Director. Rudy was a Director on the Board of their Asian subsidiary providing strategy and direction. In 1993, he worked with a team that developed and marketed Internet video conferencing at Insoft, Inc. The company was sold to Netscape Communications in 1996. Rudy has authored several white papers in the software industry and was featured on World Business Review in 1999. He was honored with the Charlotte Chamber’s 2005 Entrepreneur of the Year Award and is a member of Charlotte’s Business Innovation and Growth Council and sits on the board of directors for CARS, Inc.


William EckholmWilliam Eckholm
Vice Chairman
Firetrace International
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Bill has been the President and CEO of Firetrace USA, LLC since the company’s inception in 2000. Headquartered in Scottsdale Arizona, with satellite operations in the UK, Dubai, India, Singapore and Australia, Firetrace is the world’s fastest growing fire protection company supplying their proprietary Firetrace fire detection and suppression technology.

He has been in fire detection and suppression for almost 40 years. During that span he has had the pleasure of running a number of the world’s premiere fire protection companies. Bill is also one of the founders and past President of the fire suppression industry’s main trade association, the Fire Suppression Systems Assn.

Bill also participated in the formation, and remains on the Board, of the Halon Alternatives Research Corporation, a not for profit organization that promotes environmentally responsible fire suppression.

He serves on numerous technical committees of the National Fire Protection Association, the organization responsible for most fire codes in the USA.


Mike HammerMichael Hammer
Business Advisor
MCMJH Business Consulting; LLC
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Mike Hammer is a 59 year old Scottsdale resident who has been happily married to his stunning wife, Michele, for 36 years and together they share their love of two great kids, Megan and Jessica. Both daughters are married and Mike and Michele have a beautiful 1 year old granddaughter. The entire family lives in the Scottsdale area.

Professionally, Mike spent 30 years in the payments services industry at two public firms, Deluxe Corporation in St. Paul, Minnesota, eventually managing world-wide sales, and Heartland Payment Systems as COO,before retiring in 2007.

Mike spends his time helping new businesses get started, traveling, playing golf, helping newbies find their way in the work world and making sure his Aussie pup Molly Malone and all of his grand pups get to play with him as much as possible.


Tony HusseyDirector of Investment Operations
Tony Hussey
American Kiosk Management
C.F.O. – Ex Officio Member

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Tony has had a long career in a variety of organizations, from non-profit to information technology. Currently he is the Director of Investment Operation for American Kiosk Management located in Las Vegas. His education in accounting, religion and law have equipped him to act in a variety of roles with Camp Soaring Eagle where he has been active since nearly its inception.

Outside of Camp Soaring Eagle, Tony is active in his church where he teaches children to play brass instruments. As a musician at heart, he also plays in the Las Vegas Brass Band and the local Salvation Army band.


Allan McArtorAllan McArtor
Chairman
Airbus Americas, Inc.
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Allan McArtor is a 1964 graduate of the U. S. Air Force Academy (BSE) and was the Cadet Wing Commander. In addition, he holds a Masters Degree (MSE) from Arizona State University. He was a highly decorated combat fighter pilot in Vietnam, an Associate Professor of Engineering Mechanics at the Air Force Academy and capped his Air Force career as a pilot with the U.S. Air Force “Thunderbirds” Aerial Demonstration Team. Allan continues to hold a commercial pilot’s license (instrument rating, multi-engine) and is a member of Tau Beta Pi (engineering honorary society).

Allan is Chairman of Airbus Americas, Inc. He oversees the activities of Airbus in the United States and Canada in several key areas, including governmental affairs. Airbus functions in North America include marketing and sales support for airlines and other customers, as well as product and technical support and training for pilots, flight attendants and maintenance specialists.

Allan currently serves on the boards of a number of civic, industry, charity and educational groups including the Nature Conservancy of Texas and the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital Professional Advisory Board to name a few.


Eric_Meyers_BoxEric Meyers
Founder
National Processing Solutions Inc. &
Payments In Kind Community Give Back Program

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As a young man I struggled to find purpose in life. Being raised with less than desirable conditions and feeling unloved it was a challenge to express anything other than negativity. I faced many struggles early in life that have forged the man, husband and father that I have become.

First, I am a man of God who was put here to serve and help others, to give and love with all that I am. Secondly, I am a husband that serves his wife and loves her with all that is me and just as importantly; I am a father of six amazing children. All of which gives me great pride to announce and all of which makes me who I am today.

At seventeen years old I had my first son and he taught me the likes of love and what it meant to be loved. As I became a man and started to grow emotionally, my desire to provide for my family was taking on a life of its own. With lack of an education and a young son to care for I knew that I must do something. At that moment I dropped out of high school, enrolled in a community college and received my GED diploma so that I could seek employment. I started working at a bakery 12 to 16 hours per day and at this pace I knew we would get ahead. Then came my second child, a girl. Now nineteen years old and with two young children I knew there must be a better way to provide for my family. On a prayer, we moved to Arizona to start a new life and with no job, no education and two beautiful children we struggled. We ended up in Cottonwood Arizona on October 28, 1998. I then responded to a blind ad in the newspaper for a job interview only to find out it was a sales position, something I was not qualified for in any way…so I had thought. The sales position was door to door sales… selling vacuum cleaners and no experience was necessary. (They would hire anyone willing and provide training). That position taught me many things about people, life and much about sales. I also learned how much I needed people and how much others had to share and give. I learned more than I could ever express in the 6 years I worked in that line of work. I exceeded many of my own expectations and worked my way through many different promotions including assistant manager, branch manager and up to the regional Vice President of Sales overseeing Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and West Texas. Although earning a six figure income was rewarding, the amount of time traveled was extremely difficult on me and my family. With the arrival of my second son I knew I wanted more; I took another leap of faith and in 2003 founded National Processing Solutions Inc.

With a high school friend we implemented the same sales strategy used to succeed in selling door to door. We also kept the same territory and recruited agent offices across the entire country. We quickly built one of the fastest growing bankcard companies in the US and In 2007, we expanded our operations and opened our corporate office in downtown Phoenix. With the addition of my second daughter, I felt that we had enjoyed much success and yet something was still missing. Both our business and our family continued to grow and prosper for several years until 2010 where I found myself complaisant and bored within my business and within my life. I was still looking for more, all the while still struggling to find my purpose. I was doing a few volunteer activities looking to make a difference yet still found a void at the end of each day. A man with now 6 beautiful children, a loving supportive wife, a successful business built from the ground up, what could have been missing? Purpose! As I prayed for the answer it was made clear and over the last few years we have found our purpose!

I always felt early in life, I was meant to help and work with disadvantaged children from abusive and substance abuse upbringings. I felt this was the purpose of my own upbringing, to learn, to grow, to love then share with others. Yet I kept making excuses as to why I was not ready to fulfill my self-diagnosed destiny. I kept telling myself I had to raise my own children first, I need to continue to grow more, I need to further my education and so on. Well as I have now learned I am not meant to help in this way, in fact I am not meant to help in any one specific way. My purpose that I had searched for became clear to me early this year (2013) and my purpose is to be the best man, husband, father and friend that I possibly can be. My purpose is to be a good steward of the resources that have been blessed upon me, my family and my business. My purpose is to help every community organization that I possibly can in every community that we serve. This has been made clear to me and led to the most exciting time of my personal life and in my career.

We have developed the “Payments In Kind community giveback program”. A unique program that commits and donates 20% of our company’s gross revenue back to any community organization in need! This is done in kind and at the direction of our individual clients choice. This has become my purpose, my passion and is the driving force that leads my life along with the lives of our family, our friends and collages all while pressuring our competitors to support and strengthen the communities we all share. Although developed by me, the program has a much greater purpose and that purpose is to support all the great community programs, churches, charities, schools and youth group organizations and that is far better than my search to make an impact by limiting who and how I might help. We are so blessed to have the ability to work with so many different organizations and we feel that we will make a major impact to many great organizations with the help of all of our family, friends and neighbors that make up our communities. This is our purpose.


Michael NealerMichael Nealer
President
Premier Strategy Group
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Michael B. Nealer is a financial service senior executive with over 13 years experience, possessing a broad and diverse background in private banking. He specializes in business development and growth, full P&L and total balance sheet management to include: financial planning, trust, asset management, insurance, derivatives, treasury management, interest rate swaps, etc., as well as creating and implementing strategic initiates.

As an insurance and investment licensed professional, he has served in various advisory capacities to both public and private institutions in both start-up and growth phases.

Raised and educated in Maryland, Michael relocated to Arizona in 2007 and currently is serving in a consultant role to start-up financial institutions.


Rob OlsonRob Olson
General Manager
Briar Patch Inn
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Rob is the General Manager and Innkeeper of the Briar Patch Inn in Sedona, Arizona where the Camp Soaring Eagle Family Retreats are held.

Rob served in the Army in the 1970′s and following his service in the army he worked as a Helicopter engineer in Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Rob has an extensive background in real estate development and has completed projects currently in use by Qwest, Unisource and the Veterans Administration.

In addition to his real estate development projects, Rob and his wife Noi own and manage two restaurants in the Sedona area. Rob has four children and loves to play golf.


Gary Pearce
Head Golf Professional
Sedona Golf Resort
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Gary is the Head Golf Professional at the Sedona Golf Resort. Gary has been in the golf industry since the early 1980’s and has had the privilege of working at some of the finest golf facilities in the Western United States. Gary’s most recent experience has been as the Director of Golf at Oakcreek Country Club (1992-2003) and the Director of Golf at Seven Canyons (2006-2010).

Gary has lived in Sedona for the past 20 years with Lisa, his wife of 29 years. Lisa is an established artist in the Southwest and has a working relationship with the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale and the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Gary has been involved with a number of organizations in Sedona over the years but the past few years his focus has been as a volunteer with Camp Soaring Eagle and in raising funds for the “Adopt a Student” foundation at St. Columba School in Durango, CO. Gary has been a strong supporter of Camp Soaring Eagle since its inception. Gary ran two marathons in two months to raise funds for the camp, hosted numerous golf tournaments and concert fundraisers and Gary is a regular volunteer at camp sharing his golf expertise with the campers.


James PowersDr. James M. Powers, Jr.
Chairman, CEO & Managing Partner
Calibrus Call Center Services, LLC
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Dr. Powers is a successful entrepreneur having founded several successful high-growth companies across several business sectors including healthcare, technology, water bottling and distribution and the restaurant industry, one of which grew to over 3,000 employees and another that went public in 1998. In July of 2013 he acquired the call center assets of Calibrus, a 13 year-old business based in Phoenix, Arizona and serves as the Chairman, CEO and managing partner. Prior to the Calibrus acquisition, Powers was the Chairman, President and CEO of iLinc Communications, Inc., a leading provider of web and video collaboration software, and the company was successfully sold in September of 2011.
Powers received a Doctorate of Dental Surgery Degree from The University of Tennessee, a B.S. degree from the University of Memphis and an MBA from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.
Powers has a long history of involvement in philanthropy and community service and currently serves as an executive committee member and Vice Chairman of the Arizona Technology Council’s Board of Directors. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Camp Soaring Eagle, a medically-based camp for seriously ill children and on the Board of Directors of BioAccel, an Arizona based non-profit dedicated to commercialization programs that drive economic development by translating bioscience discoveries into new business opportunities.


Hugh WilliamsonHugh Williamson, III
CEO
Humanad, LLC
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Hugh H. Williamson, III graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1964. He served as a Tactical Fighter Instructor Pilot before pursuing a civilian business career.

Hugh is a Fortune 500 CEO with extensive experience in NYSE, ASE, NASDAQ and privately-held companies, with outstanding record of shareholder enhancement, business growth, and productivity enhancements in mature industries as well as emerging markets. Williamson is a hands-on executive with broad mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance experience. He has a proven track-record in consolidating companies in a vertical market and turning around sizeable companies with major operational, financial, and human resource problems.

He has a broad background of attracting capital, domestic and foreign, including equity, convertible instruments, and different forms of debt instruments through both major and mid-size investment houses and traditional banks. Hugh currently works for Xedar Corporation which he created to specialize in complex and secure data management content and services.

Hugh is a member of several organizations including World President’s Organization, Young President’s Organization Alumni, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Trustee, Denver Council of Boy Scouts of America Trustee, and Falcon Foundation Trustee.

For Campers

For Campers

Children of the ages 6 to 15 years with serious illnesses and their families come to Camp Soaring Eagle.

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For Parents

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