Founder & Director
Ward Leber has served as a director since 2013 and previously served as our Chief Executive Officer/managing member from the Company’s inception to November 2014. Mr. Leber is the Company’s founder and developed the plan to use parental notification systems in combination with GPS technology and safety campaigns to elevate the safety and security of the school bus industry. Mr. Leber founded the Child Safety Network, Inc. in 1989, a non-profit organization that aims to help parents raise safer, healthier children. Mr. Leber currently serves as the Senior Advisory Board Chairman and managing member of CSN, LLC a licensing company that supports CSN’s charitable mission statement, and has held such position since. Since 2009, Mr. Leber has also served as a senior advisor to the Tariq Khamisa Foundation, a foundation devoted to the prevention and intervention of youth violence.
Over the past 28 years of child advocacy work, Mr. Leber has developed a wide variety of programs and services for charitable purposes; many of which have been recognized and recorded in the Library of Congress. Some of those projects include work with The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, The U.S. Department of Transportation, The National Highway Traffic Safety Association, The U.S. Department of Justice, The U.S. Postal Service, The United Nations, The House and Senate, along with various other local and national charitable organizations.
Mr. Leber has been given special congressional recognition on 6 separate occasions for his innovation and expertise on pediatric injury prevention and child advocacy work. He has testified before Congress as an expert witness on the use of Federal funds for missing and abused children. Mr. Leber was formerly appointed by (then) Senator Pete Wilson to the U.S. Attorney General’s Advisory Board on missing and exploited children. He has also developed a number of award-winning public service announcements for radio, television, and print using nationally recognized celebrities and leaders in government, including past U.S. Presidents.
Mr. Leber is a dynamic senior executive with 25 years’ experience in strategic marketing, product development, sales strategy, branding, licensing; and all forms of traditional, digital and emerging customer acquisition and retention channels. Leber is an expert in cause marketing (CSR), public relations, government relations and licensing. Advanced skills in multi-departmental management, negotiations, strategic alliance formation, budgets, legal, operations and logistics have also been applied as he has served in roles as CEO, CMO, CRO, CSO. We believe that Mr. Leber is qualified to serve on our Board of Directors because of his extensive business and executive experience, including as founder and former CEO of our Company, as well as his connections to various government and non-government organizations.
Ambassador Hans Hertell
Ambassador Hans Hertell has served as a director since June 2015. Ambassador Hertell was a former United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, serving in such capacity from 2001 to 2007. An attorney with over 30 years’ experience in government, public affairs, business, and banking, Ambassador Hans H. Hertell was sworn in as the United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic on November 8, 2001. When he finished his tour on May 1, 2007, Ambassador Hertell was the second longest serving U.S. Ambassador and he was awarded the prestigious Cobb Award for Excellency in Diplomacy by the Department of State.
Before becoming an Ambassador, Mr. Hertell’s experience includes being the Managing Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for Black, Kelly, Scruggs and Healey, a government and public affairs company based in Washington, D.C. He was President of a publicly traded company, Ponce Federal Bank (NYSE), and a founding partner of the third largest full-service law firm in Puerto Rico, Goldman, Antonetti, Ferraiuoli, Axtmayer and Hertell. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York.
Amb. Hertell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University of New York, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Puerto Rico. We believe that Ambassador Hertell is qualified to serve on our Board of Directors because of his extensive business experience.
Ann Hanlon has served as a director since March 2016. Mrs. Hanlon has served as the Executive Director of the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts since June 2017. Prior to that, she had a long tenure at the North Fulton Community Improvement District, where she served as Executive Director for over twelve years, from 2005 until the summer of 2017. Mrs. Hanlon was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to the Board of Directors for the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority in April 2015. In that capacity, Ann serves on the projects and planning committee and has worked on the conversion of the revamped XPress Commuter bus program. Mrs. Hanlon is the Treasurer of the Council for Quality Growth, where she is scheduled to be the organization’s first female Chair in 2020. Mrs. Hanlon has spent over 16 years in the transportation industry and specifically in public and private partnerships in Metro Atlanta. She is on the Finance Committee for the Fulton County transit study and during her tenure at the NFCID, she helped build over $50 million in transportation infrastructure in the community. Mrs. Hanlon is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in both Government and Computer Applications. Mrs. Hanlon received her Masters of Public Administration from Georgia State University in Management and Finance. We believe that Mrs. Hanlon is qualified to serve on our Board of Directors because of her extensive business experience, including her experience working in the transportation industry.
Mr. Volkov has served as a director since June 2015. Since 2012, Mr. Volkov has served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Volkov Law Group, a premier boutique law firm specializing in corporate compliance, internal investigations and white-collar defense. Mr. Volkov was a former federal prosecutor, working for 25 years for the United States Department of Justice. In addition, Mr. Volkov served for a total of 5 years as the Chief Counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Judiciary Committee, respectively. Prior to starting his own law firm in 2012, Mr. Volkov was a partner at Mayer Brown and Dickinson Wright, respectively, in Washington, D.C. Mr. Volkov previously served as a board member of U.S. Precious Metals Inc. We believe that Mr. Volkov is qualified to serve on our Board of Directors because of his extensive business experience.
Charles F. Trapp
Mr. Trapp is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MAM Software Group, Inc., a leading provider of software as a service business and supply chain management solutions to a variety of specialized industry verticals, where he served as CFO from November 2007 until his retirement in October 2015. Prior to his employment with MAM Software Group, Inc., Mr. Trapp served as the cofounder
and President of Somerset Kensington Capital Co., a Bridgewater, New Jersey-based investment firm that provided capital and expertise to help public companies restructure and reorganize from 1997 until November 2007. Earlier in his career, he served as a CFO and/or a board member for a number of public companies, including AW Computer Systems, Vertex Electronics Corp., Worldwide Computer Services and Keystone Cement Co. His responsibilities have included accounting and financial controls, federal regulatory filings, investor relations, mergers and acquisitions, loan and labor negotiations, and litigation management. Mr. Trapp is a Certified Public Accountant and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, New Jersey. Mr. Trapp brings to the Board of Directors experience in public company financial leadership within manufacturing and distribution companies, the automotive aftermarket and other industries.
Edward Gillespie has served as our Chief Executive Officer since November 2014, Interim Chief Financial Officer since January 2015 and as the Chairman of our Board of Directors since January 2015 and has maintained a hands-on approach through the Company’s development, restructuring and reorganizing the Company in preparation for growth. Mr. Gillespie has over 18 years’ experience in senior management and has carried out various executive roles during his career. Mr. Gillespie has founded and served as director of multiple private entities. Mr. Gillespie has served as the founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Port House Consultants Ltd., since March 2012. Port House is a business consultation and portfolio management based company. It was through his position there that he was introduced to the Company, and consequently, Mr. Gillespie and Port House have been lead investors in our Company. Since our formation, he has been deeply involved in the development and strategic direction of the Company.
In March 2013, Mr. Gillespie was appointed to the Board of Management of CSN SafeBus LLC and in November 2014, he was appointed interim CEO of CSN SafeBus LLC. In March 2015, he was appointed CEO and Chairman of the board of CSN SafeBus LLC. Mr. Gillespie is the founder of Moyle Road Construction Ltd., and served as the Chairman and Managing Director of such company from 2007 until 2016. From 2010 to 2012, he served as a Partner and COO at SGG Enterprises.
Mr. Gillespie attended St. Eunans College in Letterkenny Co. Donegal, Ireland where he completed his second level education. He earned a Diploma in Business Management and Development at The College Of Management and IT in Ireland.