BOARD OF DIRECTORS & MANAGEMENT TEAM
ECO BUILDING PRODUCTS, INC.
Steve Conboy President & CEO, Chairman of the Board
Mr. Conboy, a native New Yorker, has over 35 years of experience in the framing, EWPs, and lumber industries. Following 17 years of framing, he began working with Trus Joist McMillan. During his tenure with Trus Joist, Mr. Conboy was transferred to Las Vegas to convert the market from Open-Web joists to I-joists. In 2001, Mr. Conboy founded Framers Choice Inc. (FCI) in Las Vegas, Nevada. FCI teamed with Nascor Systems to capture the I-joist market in the western U.S. In 2003, he merged his company with a large lumber and EWPs manufacturing company. His framing background and engineered wood experience were applied to create the Wide and Deep floor system. Mr. Conboy’s creation provided customers with better performing floors, lower building cost, and reduced cost for homeowners. His desire to expand the company’s vision beyond floor joists and beams led to his buy-out in September 2005. Mr. Conboy revived FCI in December 2005 and, in March 2006, opened a technical office in Ontario, Canada. In the spring of 2006, he defined and branded his whole-framing package as the Frame Right System.
Eco was founded in 2007 by Mr. Conboy (as EcoBlu Products) because he saw a need for dramatic change in the lumber and building industry – a change in the way we build with the juvenile lumber we harvest today. EcoBlu has now evolved with better products, chemistry and even fire protection into Eco Building Products, Inc. Additionally, Mr. Conboy has developed and implemented a company expansion plan supported by a network of affiliates around the country, and new business (and relief) partnerships around the world. Keeping in step with an intense desire to promote change and lead from the front, Mr. Conboy has taken his knowledge and enthusiasm to the forefront of humanitarian operations both here at home and abroad. From the rubble in Haiti, to the flooded Ninth Ward in New Orleans; Mr. Conboy continually gives back as demonstrated by his more recent involvement in New York and New Jersey in the wake of Super Storm Sandy. Founded on brick and mortar principles, Mr. Conboy’s innovative capacity, input and involvement into successive rebuilds speaks highly of his devotion to duty in making the world a safer place to live.
Tom Comery Board of Directors, Board Member
Tom is a C-Level Building Materials Senior Executive known for success in leading transformational change within highly specified, engineering oriented building products manufacturing, distribution and sales operations. A strategist that is sales and marketing centered but with a degree in accounting that drives rigor and discipline in execution; passionate about building businesses; defining and shaping the culture and character of companies and their brand. Further, Tom has extensive experience in both the U.S. and Canadian marketplace with international experience in Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, Korea, China and Taiwan.
Tom’s noteworthy career experience and achievements include: Created a startup manufacturing/distribution business unit within a Fortune 100 company that grew from $4 million to $180 million in six years; Led the executive team that built and brought on line a $130 million manufacturing plant; on time and on budget - vertically integrated into Distribution network; Worked closely with McKinsey & Company as part of a 21 member leadership team in executing a $6 billion building products distribution re-engineering/transformation strategy; spearheaded the turnaround of a $200 million Canadian wood products manufacturer/distributor from negative cash to breakeven in nine months and record profits for the following two fiscal years.
Education: BA, Business Administration and Accounting, Otterbein University, Westerville, Ohio; Graduate business studies, Aurora University, Aurora, Ill; Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management Executive program, “Accelerating Sales Force Performance”.
Gerry Czarnecki Board of Directors, Board Member
Gerry is the principal stockholder of The Deltennium Group, Inc., which is a broad consulting practice that helps boards and organizations achieve peak performance through effective leadership, focused strategy and effective organization. Gerry has a significant practice in Board succession planning and Board member evaluation programs. In addition to his own consulting practice, Gerry has been a faculty member of the NACD specializing in Strategy, Risk Management & Audit Committee operations.
Gerry has held a number of executive (C-Level) positions in the banking and financial services industry which included Chairman & CEO of Bank of America – Hawaii, Chairman & CEO of Honfed Bank, President & CEO of Altus Bank, Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President – Finance of Replublic Bank Corporation. In addition, he was President of UNC, The Aviation Company and IBM Senior Vice President – Human Resources & Administration. Subsequently, he has consulted with a variety of industries including retails services, communications, information technology, insurance, manufacturing and real estate development.
Gerry holds a B.S. in Economics from Temple University, an M.A. in Economics from Michigan State University, a Doctor of Humane Letters from National University and is a Certified Public Accountant. His is currently a member of the boards of directors of State Farm Insurance where is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Corporate Executive Committee; State Farm Bank and MAM Software Group, Inc. where he is Chairman of the Board; and a member of the Board of Directors of Jack Cooper Holdings Corp, and Chair of its Audit Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of a small startup NuraHealth, Inc.
Gerry currently serves as a member of several large non-profit boards: Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of National University, where he is also its former Chairman; member of the Board of Governors of the global NGO, Junior Achievement Worldwide, and was, for a period of time, its Interim President & CEO, and where he is currently Chairman of the Search Committee for a new President and CEO; Chairman of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Florida Chapter and Chairman and Founds of the Board of The National Leadership Institute.
Gerry is also the author of seven books on leadership and governance.
Judith Muhlberg Board of Directors, Board Member
Judith is experienced in dealing with ambiguity and the situations that cause it: major strategy shifts, crises, mergers & acquisitions, leadership transitions, competitive disruption and culture change and transformation.
As a consultant for strategy execution firm, Gagen MacDonald since 2004, Judith has supported efforts at Fortune 500 companies -- including United Airlines, BASF, Collective Brands, Inc., Estee Lauder, Mars, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Dean Foods, Financial Services Roundtable, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., Deloitte, Medtronic, Dow Corning, Pfizer and Southern California Gas Company.
In 2002, Judith joined the Board of Directors of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and served on the Legal Issues, Risk Management, and Corporate Governance and Nominating committees.
In 2005, she was the senior vice president of communications for Sprint Nextel for six months, overseeing the merger communications of these two companies and leading a team of some 200 communicators.
Throughout her career, Judith built a broad and deep background in two major global industries: aerospace and automotive. She was senior vice president of communications and a member of the company’s Executive Council at Boeing. Judith led a 250-strong communications team and, among many successes, directed a strategic global transformation of Boeing’s brand and reputation – from that of a commercial airplane manufacturer to a broad-based aerospace company with 150,000 employees. This transformation was initiated by the merger of McDonnell Douglas and Boeing, in which Judith played a pivotal role in an extensive culture change effort driven by enhanced leadership communications.
Prior to Boeing, Judith held a progression of positions in communications, government affairs, contributions and public affairs at Ford Motor Company for 22 years, rising to the number two position in public affairs and serving on the senior leadership team of the automotive company. In that position, she led all communications strategies and messaging for the automotive business and its 345,000 employees worldwide.
Judith began her career in The White House during the Ford Administration, serving as an aide to two chiefs of staff (Don Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney) and, later, as assistant to the director of the White House communications office (Dave Gergen).
Judith is also an adjunct professor in the Georgetown University master’s degree program for Public Relations and Corporate Communications where she teaches Corporate Crisis Communications and Leadership in Communications. In 2014, she co-authored the textbook: Leadership Communication: How Leaders Communicate and How Communicators Lead in Today’s Global Enterprise.
She is a Member of the Arthur W. Page Society. In May 2012, Judith was named A&S Outstanding Alumna by the University of Wyoming.
Education: Michigan State University, Juris Doctor; University of Wyoming, B.S., Communications; University of Stockholm (Sweden), studied International Economics.
Judith currently resides in McLean, VA (outside Washington, D.C.) with her husband, Peeter. They have two daughters, Erika and Madeline.
Mark Zorko Board of Directors, Board Member
Mark is an international public company CFO and CIO for manufacturing, energy, and high-tech firms. His background includes over 20 years of Board-level experience. He chairs both the Audit and Strategic Advisory Committees and is on the Governance and Compensation Committees of MFRI (NASDAQ:MFRI), a $230-million firm. Mark most recently was the CFO of a public energy industry firm, Steel Excel, Inc. (SXCL). His CFO experience is primarily with growth-oriented businesses but also includes turnaround positions with $550 million and $180 million businesses. He has also been the interim CEO of Well Services Ltd., a $30 million Steel Excel business in the oilfield services industry.
As a seasoned CFO, Mark is focused on increasing shareholder value and leading a Board of Directors Audit Committee as a Financial Expert. He also has significant European and Asian experience and has been a CIO. Mark is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, serves on the Chicago Chapter Board and has completed its Governance Fellow certification. He is also a past President of the Financial Executives International Chicago Chapter, with 740 members.
After completing his MBA, Mark began his career as a CPA at Arthur Andersen, and worked his way up via the controllership ranks at Honeywell and Zenith Data Systems in the U.S. and Europe. Twenty years ago, he moved into the top financial leadership role as CFO for several manufacturing and high-tech companies. Mark has also been actively involved with leading lean manufacturing, strategic planning, risk management, ERP implementations and Asian sourcing initiatives.
During a period of rapid growth, from $700 million to $1.4 billion, Mark was the Corporate Controller for Zenith Data Systems, responsible for 240 people in accounting, credit, IT, and order processing. He also had P&L responsibility for a $125-million distribution operation. While at Honeywell, Inc., Mark developed his international experience, living in Brussels, Belgium, for three years.
Mark was the CFO of DGT Holdings Corp. (DGTC) from 2006 until 2012. He became the CFO for Steel Excel, Inc. (SXCL) in 2011, a company related to DGTC. Previously he was active with Tatum LLC, where he was the CFO for a $550-million energy firm, a private equity firm as well as the interim Chief Accounting Officer for a $2.5-billion S&P 500 electronics firm with a number of SEC reporting and SOX compliance challenges. He also assisted an $800-million manufacturing firm with a $360-million financing and an operational assessment of a $180-million business in Germany. In addition, Mark has financial services industry experience having assisted a $3.7-billion community bank during its CFO transition. He has also completed the Series 65 exam.
Civic and Personal. Mark is on the Finance Committee for the Alexian Brothers Health System (revenue of $1 billion) and serves on the Audit Committee for Opportunity International (assets of $500 million). He was previously on the Board of Directors and Operations Committee of St. Alexius Medical Center.
Mark received his MBA in IT from the University of Minnesota and his BS in Accounting from The Ohio State University. Mark has also published financial and IT articles and is a speaker, most recently with an NACD audience. He served in the United States Marine Corps and lived in Japan for one year. He has two grown children and enjoys staying active with triathlons (including Ironman), tennis, sailing and more recently, windsurfing.
Mark Vuozzo Chief Technical Officer
Mr. Vuozzo started his career working in the semiconductor industry supporting Automated Test Equipment (ATE). He joined LTX Corporation, an ATE company, as Field Service Engineer, and was based in Woking, England for several years. He then left to form MV Technical Sales, LLC which grew into an international company with several offices around the globe, generating revenues in excess of $25 million annually. In 2006 Mr. Vuozzo sold his interest in MVTS to Babcock and Brown a publicly held company. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Vuozzo and Mr. Conboy joined forces to create SC Bluwood, Inc. and Framers Choice, Inc. The scope of his tasks range from sales and marketing to product development and employee management. Mark Vuozzo is responsible for the development of Eco Red Shield and all of the product testing/certifications. In addition Mr. Vuozzo developed the manufacturing and quality control process currently deployed by Eco Building Products, Inc. Mr. Vuozzo acts in the capacity as corporate secretary taking an active role in the management of corporate filings and legal matters. Mark graduated from DeVry Institute of Technology in 1984 with a degree in Electronics Engineering.
Eveline Tritsch Corporate Controller
Ms. Tritsch started her career 22 years ago in the US Air Force in human resources and accounting at Travis Air Force Base, California. She obtained her degree in accounting shortly thereafter. Ms. Tritsch also worked in real estate as an independent broker for about 5 years, but her love for accounting and HR never faded. She had various opportunities from supervising the securities lending division at M&I Bank to assistant controller for the private affairs of Mr. Pierre Omidyar, the founder of EBay. Once Mr. Omidyar moved his family and operations to Hawaii, Ms. Tritsch went on to work as controller for a helicopter tour company in Boulder City, Nevada for two years before Mr. Conboy invited her to be the controller for his public company in California. They had met years before while both working in Las Vegas and she was employed at a construction company. Mr. Conboy wanted someone he was comfortable with running his office operations and knew that Ms. Tritsch could keep up with his fast pace and keep the company compliant on the public side and the SEC.
Nathaniel Bruce Vice President, National Accounts
Nathaniel Bruce joined Eco in early 2012 after an illustrious 12-year career as a United States Marine. Mr. Bruce's professional experience encompasses a versatile background as an Emergency Services professional with technical education & training, and a wide variety of hands-on experience both here in the US and combat operations abroad. Additionally, Mr. Bruce served in a variety of notable leadership positions to include: Marine Corps Drill Instructor, Company Gunnery Sergeant, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force - Force Movement Control & Logistics Operations SNCOIC, Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor Black Belt, and Department of Defense Fire Academy Instructor. Mr. Bruce also holds degrees in Fire Science Technology, Instructor of Technology and Military Science. Since joining Eco Building Products, Mr. Bruce has held the positions of Strategic Initiatives, Executive Assistant to the CEO, Home Depot National Accounts Manager, and now holds the position of Vice President of National Accounts.