People

Michael Gilburd, President and Chief Executive Officer, has more than thirty years of experience in financial transactional services and corporate development.

Founded in 1999 by Mr. Gilburd, ValuCorp is a national firm offering expert business valuation services and consulting on creating, improving and preserving value, capital markets and corporate finance advisory, transaction and fairness opinions, restructuring advisory, and management consulting. While serving many industries, ValuCorp specializes in financial institutions, healthcare companies, manufacturing and distribution, professional service firms, energy companies, construction, real estate ventures, and consumer product companies.

Prior to ValuCorp, Mr. Gilburd was the Managing Director of corporate finance for two American Express companies, where he assisted in raising funds for various transactions, including acquisitions and public offerings. Prior to AMEX, he was the National Director of Corporate Finance for BDO USA, LLP, one of the nation's largest accounting and consulting firms, and a member of their International Corporate Finance Committee.

Mr. Gilburd concurrently serves in senior management positions. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Associated Physicians Group, O'Fallon, Illinois and Pistevo, Inc., Longwood, Florida. Previously, he concurrently served as Delta Mutual, Inc.'s (DLTZ.OB) interim Chief Financial Officer; Vice President - Corporate Development of LJ International Inc. (NasdaqNM: JADE); and the Managing Director of Corporate Development of Arrowhead Health, Glendale, Arizona.

Mr. Gilburd's credentials include Accredited Senior Appraiser (Business Valuation Specialty - since 1989), and previously he was a SEC Registered Investment Advisor, NASD/FINRA General Securities Principal, and a CPA. Mr. Gilburd received a Master of Science in Taxation from Bentley University, Massachusetts, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Long Island University, New York.

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Ruth Ann Kraemer, CPA, VP Sales and Marketing, has excelled for more than 20 years as a Financial, Operational, and Compliance Officer in the highly regulated industries of oil and gas, financial services, software development, consumer products, insurance, and real estate. In addition, she has served as Chief Financial and Compliance Officer for a SEC Registered Investment Advisor hedge fund located on the East Coast. Throughout her career, Ruth Ann has developed processes to ensure business efficiencies, and integrity in the reporting of regulatory compliance. She has been instrumental in investor relations and capital raise efforts and has positioned numerous private entities for the public markets. Ruth Ann has been selected by both FRA and InfoVest 21 as an expert panelist to speak on the development of successful business infrastructures. Ruth Ann graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1984 and was certified as a CPA the same year.

Robert P. Cleverly, Managing Director, Arizona, brings over 30 years of business experience in banking, financing, equipment leasing, marketing and sales. He has been successful in developing long-term relationships with C-level decision makers from diverse industries. His customer focused skills have helped his clients grow their businesses and take advantage of market conditions. His experience in financial matters and marketing has been beneficial to his clients. Bob received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Sam Fereidouni, MD, MHSA, Managing Director of Healthcare Services at ValuCorp, is a practicing family physician with an active interest in medical technology and informatics. He directs the family medicine department of Arrowhead Health, a large multispecialty clinic and focuses his care on the advanced treatment of diabetes, metabolic and cardiovascular dysfunction. As well as being a prolific national speaker on these topics his community involvements include medical technology work groups and consulting on matters of medical informatics. Sam completed his Family Practice Residency at University of Maryland, Franklin Square Hospital Baltimore, Maryland, and earned his Doctor of Medicine at St. Matthew's University School of Medicine - Ambergris Caye, Belize. He also received a Master of Health Sciences Administration from St. Joseph's College of Maine - Standish, Maine, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California, San Diego - La Jolla California.

Sean Green, Managing Director - Sports & Entertainment, has more than 17 years of experience the financial services sector including Mergers and Acquisitions, Residential/Commercial Correspondent Lending, and Financial Planning. He was a Financial Advisor with American Express Financial Advisors (now Ameriprise), and has served high net worth individuals within the corporate and sports/entertainment arena, in addition to having municipalities, small businesses, and fortune 500 companies as valued clientele. Sean graduated in 1998 from The University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, obtaining a Bachelors of Health Science with an emphasis In Business.

Jake Fancher, Business Development Officer, held several positions for the IBM Corporation for 23 years, from line management to professional positions including Senior Account Executive, Sales Operations Manager, Sales Financial Analyst and Corporate Auditor. Mr. Fancher also deployed into 1st and 2nd line management environments in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, California. Mr. Fancher was also chosen for a long-term and successful assignment in Treasury Operations in Tokyo with IBM Japan. During his career, Mr. Fancher gained hands-on exposure to technical product lines, deal negotiations, portfolio growth, client retention, lead prospecting, corporate finance, accounting and business processes. Mr. Fancher is based in Scottsdale, Arizona serving clients in the Southwest.

William J. ("Joe") Carter, Business Development Officer, brings to ValuCorp more than thirty years of experience in business operations, computer systems and customer service. Joe's sharp focus on the integration and maximization of operating units contributes to our assignment to increase value in the overall enterprise. In addition, he is a seasoned real estate investor, a licensee of the Arizona Department of Real Estate, and provides expertise in the structure and management of real estate investment entities. Joe received his BA from Arizona State University and an MBA from Western International University.

Nickolas Stoimenoff, MBA, Financial Analyst, with years of national and international expertise in operations, finance and manufacturing, particularly in the automotive sector, Nick brings focused analytical skills to ValuCorp clients in every sector of the economy. Prior to joining ValuCorp and while working toward his advanced degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Nick worked on a variety of projects as an intern with Columbia West Capital, a Scottsdale, Arizona based boutique investment banking house, and with the Global Merchant Services division of American Express.

Nick earned his BS in Manufacturing Engineering from Ferris State University in 2001 and an MBA with concentrations in Finance, Accounting and Strategy from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

James F. Ferreira, Jr., MBA, JD - Business Development Officer - New England, is an incisive executive who has spent more than twenty-five years enhancing product and service value in the business process outsourcing industry. James market differentiation skills have enabled him to create and maintain business value above traditional market rates. This value-adding service has helped companies with new growth of products and services, in highly price elastic commoditized markets. James' broad background includes executive level sales, sales and operations management, manufacturing, logistics, quality management and technology. In addition, James provides thoughtful leadership in resolving complex legal issues, Six Sigma processes, and financial management. He has worked with clients in the mutual fund, banking, consulting, services, and manufacturing industries. James earned a BSBA from Bryant University, an MBA-Finance from Bentley University and a JD from Suffolk University Law School. James is based in Boston, serving clients in the Northeast.

Bryan D. Rogers, CPA, MBA - of Counsel - Midwest, has a strong background in strategic planning, forecasting and analytics spanning more than twenty years from three publicly traded Fortune 1000 companies (Allstate, CNA and Unitrin). Bryan was the Vice President of Finance for a direct to consumer business segment (Unitrin Direct) where he led the strategic planning, annual planning and reporting for the company for over seven years. In addition to Business Valuation, Building Value & Liquidity Planning, Bryan provides expertise in On-demand Budgeting, Forecasting, Reporting Solutions, Business Intelligence Platform & Dashboard Solutions, Web-based Key Performance Indicator Reporting, and Data Visualization Solutions to the small to mid-market, working with strategic partners that include Adaptive Planning, PivotLink, QlikView and WebKPI. Bryan received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Iowa and an MBA from DePaul's Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.

Todd Lazar, Business Development Officer - West Coast, has an impressive 25-year career in sales commenced in New York as he worked with the high-end fashion apparel industry. Todd then moved into the role of Vice President of Sales and Marketing for a nationally renowned Lawyers Title Insurance Company where he was recognized as the top producer for ten consecutive years. For the past five years Todd has served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for a merchant processing corporation headquartered in Newport Beach, California.

Robert A. Feinstein, MBA, JD, Business Development Officer - New York, is an asset management executive with significant experience in real estate development, claims, litigation, risk, portfolio and property management. Robert has focused on creating, maintaining and optimizing value for real estate developers and investors by managing potential exposures, designing and implementing efficient systems and processes and identifying value add projects. Robert earned an AB from Dartmouth College, an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a JD from Vanderbilt University School of Law.

Laura M. Caruso, Business Development Officer - Mid-Atlantic, works with business owners and executives in the public and private sectors. She has significant experience in the real estate development and business financing arena. Her international business experience includes working in Bangkok, Thailand with Thai executives to develop their cross cultural management and communication skills. Ms. Caruso also has a degree in psychology and specializes in leadership development, strategic management, marketing and e-business. She is based in the Washington, DC area, serving clients in the mid-Atlantic region.

Andrew Saksa, Business Development Officer - Southeast, is one of the Co-Founders of Pistevo, and has been instrumental in facilitating IDateUS, M8Safe, Houston Social Source, Love Tangle and Amber Neal Presents, Singles of Faith and EliteMate. Previously, since 2010, Andrew was with Sonic Automotive as a Sales and Leasing Specialist while volunteering with New Hope for Kids in Maitland Florida as a Grief Facilitator. He helps children and families with traumatic grief caused by losing a parent or facing a life-threatening disease. Formerly, Andrew was the Vice-President of Business Development for CSI International helping them establish an outplacement services division for companies with 500 or more employees that were looking to have a 3rd party provider to consult outgoing employees, to create resumes, networking letters and career coaching while looking for positions.

Gus Sosebee, Business Development Officer - South, began his merger and acquisition career as a Managing Director for a boutique M&A firm based in Los Angeles, California. He later started a business consulting firm in Houston, Texas, specializing in oil & gas, construction, transportation, and technology. Gus works with business owners in a variety of industries on strategic planning, business management, and exit strategies.


Frank Thomas, Director, worked for Cummins Engine Company for twenty years where he managed worldwide price development, financial analysis including mergers and acquisitions, and was in charge of managing Cummins-owned distributors and turning around their profitability in preparation for resale. Mr. Thomas also managed Cummins distributor-owned facilities (54), and was the decision-maker on ground contamination reclamation. In 1993 he became CEO and sole owner of the Cummins distributor in the southwest, which he sold in 2002. He was a board member of the sixth largest credit union in Indiana, along with being active with Junior Achievement and the Senior Citizen Center. Mr. Thomas packaged and negotiated the sale of a $250 million Cummins-owned finance company to Citicorp, and recently, as CEO of Capital Consortium, and President of Summit Advisors, has packaged companies in need of private equity. He currently coordinates a project for the adoption of two villages in Tanzania. In addition to his Board position with ValuCorp, he serves as a board member of Emissions Technology, Inc., and Purple Rhino Imports. Mr. Thomas holds an MBA-Finance and a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University.

Richard Gabriele, Treasurer and Secretary, has a broad background in medical transportation operations, logistics management and negotiations. His 20 years as a senior executive include operations, general management, strategic planning, mergers/acquisitions, sales and marketing.

Additional Directors

Steven Abraham, Director. Steve has been in the ground transportation business for more than 30 years. Since 1980, he has been president, and since 1975 the co-owner of, Yellow Checker Cab Company, Inc., in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Lyman Hamilton, Director. At ITT Industries, Inc. (NYSE: ITT), Lyman held several executive positions, including in the Treasurer's Department (1962 to 1967), Treasurer and Vice President (1967 to 1973), Executive Vice President, Finance and Board Member (1973 to 1976), Chief Operating Officer (1977), and in 1978 replaced Harold Geneen as Chief Executive Officer and President (1978 to 1979).

Burton Kruglick, Director. Burt formerly served as Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party from 1985 to 1991.






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