| || Trygve Duryea | Advisor |
Trygve Duryea, CKO (Chief Knowledge Officer) of RETAINED EARNINGS, a consulting firm enhancing the personal and professional lives of CEO’s and their top gunners resulting in business success through its innovative consultant / partnering programs, business executive think tanks, strategic planning / goal setting projects and enhanced best business practice tools. Clients include companies in technology, energy (oil and renewable), real estate, professional services, retail, manufacturing and others.
Outside of running think tanks for CEO’s and their key managers Trygve spent 25 years assisting companies in workout situations to profitability; and managed several businesses through reinvention of their business model to include raising capital for businesses at all stages of development and emergence. Currently Trygve is an investor in several businesses to include Chairman and CEO of As Seen EVERYWHERE an advertising exchange matching Direct Response Marketers with Media Outlets, he also serves on the board of several private companies and as an inventor holds 28 international trademarks and patents in the photographic and search, rescue industries and wireless communications. His most recent project, Success Rules LLC, a study skills program for K-12 students, a direct response business model, was recently sold after emerging as a startup in 2007 growing to 250 employees in last 2 years, with revenues exceeding $50 million.
Trygve is one of the founders of the non-profit Conner’s Cause for Children in San Diego and serves on non-profits boards in Santa Barbara. In Santa Barbara he founded the Santa Barbara Outrigger Club, is founding board member of MIT Enterprise Forum – Santa Barbara; and taught at Santa Barbara City College Business Department for nine years (holding a CA Teaching Credential with only High School Diploma).
| || Gary Kravetz | Advisor |
Gary Kravetz is the former CEO of NCC Executive search and Santa Barbara Staffing; a recruiting company with offices in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Westlake.
In 1993 Gary moved to Santa Barbara and purchased Santa Barbara Staffing. He then added NCC Technical and Executive recruiting as the management, professional and executive recruiting division of the company.
Prior to 1993 Gary was executive VP of an engineering development company. Prior employment was as a manager at Hughes Aircraft.
Gary is a founder of Santa Barbara Executive Roundtable and board member of Science and Engineering Council. He has also served on the board of the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce, SB City College Business Industry group, SB County -Work Investment board and the SB County Economic Development committee.
He also is currently a business consultant and Chairman of Santa Barbara SCORE. He is a board member of the Preferred Professionals of Santa Barbara (a professional consultant’s network), and a member of Tech Coast Angels.
He has a BS and MS in Engineering from UCLA. He also has extensive additional education in small business management. He has helped advise and mentor over 500 hundred small businesses in the last few years.
| John Daoud | Advisor |
John Daoud is an expert in Finance and Accounting. Mr. Daoud is a certified accountant having first worked as an auditor with Saba & Co./Anderson and Pricewaterhouse Coopers during the first ten years of his professional life. Mr. Daoud then moved on to manage commercial businesses in the Middle East, with a principal focus in Lebanon and Northern Africa.
Later in his career he specialized in advising technology ventures having been a controller and then chief financial officer and director of numerous start-up and growth companies, including one public company. Mr. Daoud retired in 2006 and has joined Visus LLC's board of advisors in 2007 to provide his expertise in finance.