Board of Directors
Mr. Leung was the original President and CEO of the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Sugarmade, Inc., as a private company in 2009, prior to when the Company acquired it on May 9, 2011. In addition, Mr. Leung brings his leadership position as President and Chairman in an American Chinese Cultural and Business Organization (Yick Keaurng) consisting of approximately 1,000 members through-out the world. Mr. Leung is the youngest President to serve for the Yick Keaurng Organization. Mr. Leung is also the CEO and 100 % owner of Sugarmade’s licensor, The Sugar Cane Paper Company (“SCPC”).
Scott Lantz is President and Director of Sugarmade, Inc. a company he co-founded in 2009. He is responsible for the overall leadership, vision and business strategy of the Sugarmade.
Before Sugarmade, Mr. Lantz was Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Sales at a new consumer packaged goods company, The Margarita King. In that role, Scott negotiated substantial sales contracts with a number of national retailers, which included Safeway Stores, Kroger, Young’s Market and various state-owned liquor control boards. Through the utilization of his strong business acumen, The Margarita King’s products achieved national distribution.
Prior to joining The Margarita King, Mr. Lantz was one of the early hires at Autoweb.com Inc., a publicly traded lead referral website within the automotive industry. Within 18 months at Autoweb, Scott was made Vice President of Sales and Operations and a member of the senior management team. Scott managed and built a 50 person, nationally based sales team, and rapidly grew Autoweb’s sales revenues from $3 million to an excess of $25 million.
Mr. Lantz began his career in as a mechanical engineer for Western Digital, a Fortune 500 Company, where he was responsible for product design and quality assurance. He soon took on additional challenges and became involved in market analysis and product design negotiations with additional Fortune 500 companies such as Hewlett Packard and IBM. Mr. Lantz holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University.
Former President of Shasta Inc., A subsidiary of National Beverage Corporation ( symbol: FIZZ)
Sanford (Sandy) Salzberg is a 28-year, consumer package goods executive with 28 years experience at senior level positions in fortune 100 companies consumer packaged goods companies. He has had experience in the domestic and international markets with all segments of retail and wholesale.
From 2003 to present, Sanford has held the position of President, Shasta Inc. Over the last 9 years that he has been with the company he has held different levels of functional management with increasing responsibility culminating in his presidency. Sandy has been one of the many team members that have helped National Beverage grow. Today though organic growth and acquisition, revenues top $600 million dollars.
From 1986 to 2001, Sandy was at PepsiCo (Frito-Lay Snack Division) as Regional Vice President, where he was the youngest person to achieve this level of management in company history. At 28 years old he was given the responsibility to manage 3000 employees, 2 production plants, 36 warehouse facilities and $250 million in annual revenues. During his time in this job, he achieved annual growth rates of 15%, which at the time were 2 times the company average.
Sandy began his professional career in 1983 at Procter and Gamble (Beverage Division), where he was the most highly recruited candidate from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington in Seattle. He chose industry leader Procter and Gamble as his major sales and marketing training and career development path out of school. He held increasing levels of responsibility in the sales function until leaving the company to pursue a more senior level position at PepsiCo.
Sandy has a BA in Marketing from the University of Washington.
Mr. Pinto, has served for the past 14 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Allied Financial Services, Inc., which is an investment and advisory company making investments on behalf of itself and others in emerging companies and real estate syndications. Between October 2009 and July 2010, Mr. Pinto also held the position of Chairman of the Board of directors of our then private subsidiary, Sugarmade, Inc., a California corporation, prior to our acquisition of the subsidiary on May 9, 2011.
Mr. Leong, is the owner of JLA Risk Services and Insurance Agency, an insurance agency and safety engineering company. He is also the founder of Legends Bar and Jalapeno Mex Grill which are both located at the San Francisco International Airport. Mr. Leong is the Chairman and Founder of the Asian American Donor Program, which is an out-reach program for donors to support bone marrow transplants. He serves as a governor-appointed board member of the California Earthquake Authority, a public-private earthquake insurance agency. Mr. Leong is a board member of Asian Inc., which focuses on low income housing and small businesses. He is also a board member of I Hear Inc., a company developing a new kind of hearing aid.
Mr. Kearney, is the President of Kearney & O’Banion, Inc., which he founded in 1980. Kearney & O’Banion specializes in commercial properties in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay area and has generated revenues in excess of $180 million. Mr. Kearney is responsible for marketing and sales efforts, developing and presenting proposals with cost estimates, contract negotiations, pre-construction consulting, and design and project management services. Since 2001, Mr. Kearney has also been a member of the Board of Directors of Promia, Inc., an established development firm and software provider for cyber security. Promia specializes in providing solutions designed to support highly secure, reliable, scalable and interoperable business applications for large corporations, and its customers include the U.S. Navy, National Security Agency as well as a number of Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Kearney received his MFA, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of California, Davis.
Mr. Michon, is currently the Senior Vice President of Regional Sales and Merchandising for Safeway, Inc. Safeway is a Fortune 500 company and the second largest supermarket chain in North America with over 1600 stores and estimated annual revenues of over $40 billion. Mr. Michon has worked with Safeway since 1990 and has held numerous management positions of increasing responsibility throughout his career with Safeway. For the last 13 years, Mr. Michon has also been the Board President of the Northern California Food Industries Circle which raises funds for the City of Hope, California. Mr. Michon has served for the last 10 years as the Board President of the Northern California Food and Drug Industry Alliance which raises funds for Easter Seals. He has been involved with Easter Seals for the last 20 years and presently serves as a Director on the Board of Directors for Easter Seals of Northern California. Over the last 25 years, Mr. Michon has been instrumental in raising over $50 million for both of these charitable organizations. Mr. Michon serves on the National Hispanic University Board of Directors located in San Jose, California, and has received numerous awards and national recognition for his humanitarianism, community service and charitable works. Mr. Michon has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business and Marketing from Saint Mary’s College.