Board of Directors
Dennis Raefield, is President and CEO of Viscount Systems Inc. He has had a long and distinguished career in the access control and security industry. Recently, Mr. Raefield was CEO and President of Mace Security International, Inc. (OTC: MACE). Mr. Raefield was President of Honeywell Access Systems, a $100M+ division of Honeywell International, which manufactures enterprise level access control systems for Fortune 100 client. Prior, Mr. Raefield was President of Pinkerton Systems Integration (now Securitas), a $70M+ security system integration business installing video, access control and alarms to Fortune 500 clients. During his career, he was CEO or President of startups Reach Systems, an access control manufacturer, and Ortega InfoSystems, an early PSIM manufacturer. He was also Founder and CEO of Omega Corporate Security, a west coast premier systems integrator based in the San Francisco Bay area. Mr. Raefield holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University, and is a member of ASIS, SIA, ESA, ISIO, CAA, and CSAA.
Robert Liscouski was the first Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection for the Department of Homeland Security, serving from March 2003 to February 2005, and reporting directly to then Secretary Tom Ridge. He commanded over a $500 million budget and was responsible for coordinating authority over the protection of all sectors of the nation’s critical infrastructure, including agriculture, food, water, public health, transportation, and hazardous materials, as well as key assets such as national monuments, nuclear power plants, and dams. His private sector experience includes Director of Information Assurance for The Coca-Cola Company and V.P., Law Enforcement Division, for ORION Scientific Systems. His government experience includes 11 years with the Diplomatic Security Service of the U.S. Department of State and five years criminal investigative experience as a homicide and narcotics investigator in Bergen County, N.J. He is a Senior Fellow at the Center of Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. and is an advisor to the U.S. Government on technology matters. Mr. Liscouski holds a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, and a Masters of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Ambassador Ned L. Siegel
Appointed by then President George W. Bush, Mr. Siegel was the U.S. Ambassador to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas from October 2007 to January 2009. He was also appointed by President Bush to serve under Ambassador John R. Bolton at the United Nations in New York, serving as the Senior Advisor to the U.S. Mission and as the United States Representative to the 61st Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Prior to his Ambassadorship, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). In addition to his public service, Ambassador Siegel has over 30 years of entrepreneurial successes. Presently, he is Chairman of the Board of The Siegel Group, a multi-disciplined international business management advisory firm specializing in infrastructure, real estate, ports, energy, technology, financial, and cyber security services. Ambassador Siegel serves on the Board of Directors and Advisory Boards of numerous public and private companies, and private equity groups. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Connecticut in 1973 and received a Juris Doctorate from the Dickinson School of Law in 1976.
Alexander J. Buehler
Mr. Buehler has served as Chief Financial Officer of Energy Recovery Inc. since May of 2011, a publicly-traded (NASDAQ: ERII) company focused on the design and manufacturing of energy recovery devices. Mr. Buehler’s business experience includes strategic planning, sales and marketing, general management, and product development. Prior to joining Energy Recovery, he spent seven years in executive leadership positions at Insituform Technologies, Inc., (now Aegion Corporation; NASDAQ: AEGN), a global, leading supplier of water infrastructure technology and services for municipalities and the oil and gas industry. He held several executive-level positions in the U.S and abroad including Vice President of Europe where he was general manager for all operations. Prior to joining Insituform, Mr. Buehler worked for five years in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Serving in the Balkans, he acted as a project manager and oversaw the construction of basecamps that housed U.S. peacekeepers. Mr. Buehler has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and three children.
George Birnbaum has built a successful career in political work and campaigns. He took his first paid position in a political campaign in 1992. It was after the 1998 cycle that Birnbaum’s career took an international turn, when he agreed to consult for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign. Eventually he served as Netanyahu’s chief of staff, a position he held for a year and a half. In 2003, Birnbaum went into partnership with legendary American conservative political consultant, Arthur Finkelstein, to create an international political consulting firm. Since then, the two have been credited with having elected Prime Ministers, Chancellors and Presidents in Israel, Bulgaria, Romania, Kosovo, Serbia, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Moldova, as well as the Mayor of Jerusalem and the Foreign Minister of Israel. Recently, Mr. Birnbaum helped form Majoritas, a social media marketing company focused on helping political campaigns. Since its establishment in 2012, Majoritas is now poised to become the only Preferred Market Developer for Facebook in the political world. George Birnbaum is married and has three children, two girls and a boy, aged eight, five and two.