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BOARD OF ADVISORS
 
BOARD OF ADVISORS
Mel Baiada
Edward Bleier
Hyuk Byun
Tony Coelho
Charles Garner
Scott Kasprowicz
Bruce J. Labovitz
Henry Palacci
 
 
Mel Baiada

From the start-up of Bluestone in 1989, through its IPO in 1999, and the eventual sale to Hewlett Packard in 2001, Mel has demonstrated an ability to recognize business opportunities, attract capital and talented employees, and profitability exit an information technology company investment.

After his exit from Bluestone Software, Mel founded BaseCamp Ventures in 2000. Operating successful product and service-based information technology companies has given him a broad and seasoned perspective of the information technology industry.

Mel has made a number of contributions to the Greater Delaware Valley area to promote technological growth in the community. As an alumnus of Drexel University, Mel has made a generous donation to Drexel University for the establishment of The Laurence A. Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship in Technology. He is the recipient of the Greater Philadelphia Venture Group "Year 2000 Entrepreneur of the Year" Award. In addition, Mel was recognized in 2001 by the New Jersey Technology Council with its "High Tech Hero Award".

Mel's road to success began when he founded Bluestone, Inc. in 1989 to provide information technology expertise to Fortune 1000 companies. Bluestone rapidly grew to a multi-million dollar company, earning Bluestone inclusion in the Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing privately held companies in the U.S. for three straight years, from 1994 to 1996. One year later, Bluestone split into two separate entities, Bluestone Software, Inc. and Bluestone Consulting, Inc. Bluestone Software accomplished a successful IPO in 1999 and has achieved industry recognition in the Web application server marketplace with its flagship product, Sapphire/Web. In 2001, Hewlett Packard acquired Bluestone Software.

In 2000, the IT and internet services division of Bluestone Consulting, Inc. began "Doing Business As", Sengen, that specialized in streamlining business processes through the use of technology. Sengen was sold in December of 2003. Today Bluestone Consulting is a small firm selling and supporting a niche software product.

Mel Chairs the New Jersey Technology Council and serves on the boards of Drexel University, Moorestown Friends School, Innovation Philadelphia and on several boards of Basecamp Ventures portfolio companies.

Mel lives with his wife and two children in Moorestown, New Jersey.

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Edward Bleier

Edward Bleier has been a director of three publicly-listed media companies: until December 2010, Board Chairman of CKX, Inc., an aggregator of popular content "brands", e.g. American Idol, Elvis Presley, et al; still at RealNetworks , an Internet and wireless software and content distributor; Blockbuster, Inc. , retail and Internet distributor of popular programming.

For over 30 years, for Warner Bros., he was in charge of distribution of motion pictures and other programming to TV and cable networks. He innovated development of video-on-demand, cable networks, home video, pay-TV, and other "new" media.

Previously, Mr. Bleier was a senior executive of the American Broadcasting Company, variously in charge of: women's, teen and children's programming; news and sports sales; marketing, public relations, and strategic planning.

Between, Mr. Bleier ran his own production/ distribution company, specializing in reality programming, particularly from the United Kingdom.

He is the author of the NY Times best seller "The Thanksgiving Ceremony"; and is a trustee of the Charles A. Dana Foundation (neurosciences and immunology). Mr. Bleier led several global communications' pro bonos: twelve biannual meetings at The Aspen Institute; the International Television Academy; The Center for Communication; The Media Council of The Paley Center and endowed The Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University; et al. He also chaired the North American Soccer League's TV Committee, as a director of the Warner-owned New York Cosmos.

He is a graduate of Syracuse University, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and served in the US Army.

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Hyuk Byun

Hyuk Byun presently serves as Vice President and Executive Director, custom solutions within the Enterprise Engineering Group of American Systems. In this role, Hyuk manages AMERICAN SYSTEMS' business unit that provides a wide range of tailored solutions and ensures continued excellence in custom system development for business, training, and signal intelligence applications.

Before joining AMERICAN SYSTEMS, Hyuk served as chief of information and communication technology at the U.S. Department of Justice's National Institute of Justice. There, he oversaw all IT, communications, biometrics, and cyber crime programs and assisted in managing system engineering and integration for law enforcement IT and communication deployment at state and local levels.

An engineer by training, Hyuk has held leadership positions at both mid-sized and large telecom and IT companies such as Telecorp PCS, Inc., Sprint PCS/American Personal Communications and AT&T Wireless, where as vice president of technology and product development he developed and executed business development plans based on new vertical service markets. He has sat on the boards of a number of technology companies and has served as an advisor to technology investment firms. Hyuk began his career as a systems engineer at Siemens, Stromberg and Carlson (SSC) and Bell Communications Research. Hyuk earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

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Tony Coelho

Tony Coelho was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978 from California's Central Valley. He ascended the House Leadership ranks quickly, serving first as Chairperson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee from 1981 to 1986, and then as the first-ever elected Majority Whip from 1987 to 1989. As Majority Whip, the third ranking position in the House leadership, Mr. Coelho was responsible for securing votes needed to pass the Democratic legislative agenda. While in the House, Mr. Coelho, who has epilepsy, authored the Americans with Disabilities Act, widely recognized as the most important piece of civil rights legislation in the last 30 years. Mr. Coelho also served in senior positions on the Agriculture, Interior and Administration Committees during his ten years in the House.

After leaving Congress in 1989, Mr. Coelho joined Wertheim Schroder & Company, Inc., an investment banking firm in New York. He served as Managing Director from 1989 to 1995, and from 1990 to 1995 he also served as President and CEO of Wertheim Schroder Investment Services. In 1995, Mr. Coelho formed ETC w/ TCI, an education and training technology company in Washington, DC, where he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until it was sold in late 1997.

Mr. Coelho's former and current business affiliations include service on a number corporate boards. He served as chairman and a director of ICF Kaiser International, Inc., and a director of AutoLend Group; Kaleidoscope Network, Inc.; LoanNet, LLC; Pinnacle Global Group, Inc. He currently serves on the boards of Cadiz, Inc.; Cyberonics Inc.; DeFrancesco & Sons, Inc.; Kistler Aerospace Corporation; Ripplewood Holdings, LLC; and Service Corporation International. He also serves on the International Advisory Board of Fleishman Hillard, Inc.
In addition to his work in the private sector, Mr. Coelho continues to devote much of his time to public service. Since his appointment by President Clinton in 1994, he has served as Chairman of the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. In 1995, he was a member of the Presidential Commission on the Roles and Capabilities of the Unites States Intelligence Community. In 1998 he was appointed as Vice Chair to the National Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities and as Co-Chair to the U.S. Census Monitoring Board. Mr. Coelho was also the U.S. Commissioner General to the 1998 World Exposition in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Charles Garner

Charles Garner is currently Of Counsel to Duval & Stachenfeld LLP, where his practice is focused on corporate and real estate transactions.

Prior to joining Duval & Stachenfeld, Mr. Garner was Executive Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer of Island Capital Group LLC, a real estate merchant banking firm, where he was heavily involved in the creation of Emirates National Securitisation Corporation (which was founded in conjunction with the Government of Dubai to create a real estate securitization platform for Dubai) and also served as President of Island Global Yachting Ltd. (the leading owner and operator of luxury marinas).

Mr. Garner's other business experience includes (a) leading the financial restructuring of Citynet Telecommunications, Inc., a telecommunications infrastructure construction company, (b) serving as Interim Chief Executive Officer of Winstar Communications following its acquisition by IDT Corporation out of bankruptcy and (c) serving as Chief Executive Officer of IDT Ventures, a subsidiary of IDT Corporation (NYSE: IDT), where he was responsible for the operation of a diverse group of companies and investments in technology, marketing and radio programming.

Mr. Garner began his career at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in 1987, where he rose to be a Partner in the Corporate/Banking Group.

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Scott Kasprowicz

Scott Kasprowicz was the founder and former president of TEXEL Corporation, a communications service provider, which was sold to Orius Corp, a Fortune 500 Network Integration Company, in the late 1990s. Mr. Kasprowicz founded TEXEL as a voice systems cable contractor in 1983 working out of a garage in Fairfax, Virginia. By December 1988 Inc. Magazine ranked TEXEL 95th in the their list of the country's top 500 fastest growing companies. By the late 1990's TEXEL had multiple offices and a client base of over 800 companies, associations, and government agencies.

Mr. Kasprowicz currently serves on a number of boards including NuRide Inc., the Piedmont Environmental Council, the Land Trust of Virginia, and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters. His present business interests and holdings include real estate, aviation, as well as communications software.

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Bruce Labovitz

Bruce J. Labovitz has served as Chief Financial Officer of Comstock Homebuilding Inc. (NASDAQ: CHCI) since January 2004, after serving as Vice President-Finance from April 2002 to January 2004 and Vice President-Investment Finance from January 2002 to April 2002. During this period, he directed the company's transformation from a privately held company to a public traded entity worth in excess of $300 million, successfully executing an initial public offering and raising an aggregate of more than $100 million in debt and equity to fund company expansion.

Prior to his role at Comstock, Mr. Labovitz' entrepreneurial experience stretched from advertising and marketing to telecommunications and Internet services. Mr. Labovitz helped to found a number of companies, including Inlec Communications, the first primary line Voice Over IP carrier in the US to serve the residential market, and the Advize Group, a cutting edge Internet marketing company. He also served Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of BMK Advertising and led the company's expansion into new geographic and vertical market segments.

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Henry Palacci

Henry Palacci has extensive experience managing international manufacturing operations, including several successful turnarounds. In 2008, he co-founded Extreme Energies LLC, a designer and installer of Solar arrays for Midsize businesses and serves as its CEO. He served as VP & COO of Viskase Companies, a $275 million Icahn portfolio company until 2008. Previously, he served as VP of Sales for Europe, Mideast, Africa and then as VP of Strategy at Viskase, beginning in 2004.

He served as an independent director on the board of Huyghebaert NV, a $125 million privately-held food distribution company in Belgium. He also served as Director of Finance at Memco SA, a privately-held real estate developer in Brussels, Belgium. Before that he was a Director of Marketing, market analyst and business unit team leader in various divisions of the Fairchild Corporation.

He holds a BS in International Relations from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and an MBA from INSEAD, in Fontainebleau, France. Henry Palacci is also a licensed pilot with an instrument rating.

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