With over 25 years of new technology development, sales and marketing experience, Granville possesses real world knowledge, a senior executive acumen and the drive to execute objectives effectively. Granville’s core fundamental business management ideals are derived from a broad range of industries for which he has served in many capacities successfully. Granville understands the value of people and that management bears the responsibility for their success. Years of closing major contracts, capital raises, as well as multiple merger and acquisitions successes round out this balanced and polished executive.
Mr. Macartney is a respected technology executive with nearly 30 years of industry experience. He is currently the Chief Scientist of Cengage Learning, a leading provider of educational content, technology and services for higher education, K-12, professional and library markets worldwide. Throughout his career, John has worked with startups and large enterprises as a key problem solver with expertise in all search engine technologies, machine learning and data mining solutions, including entity extraction and categorization.
Between 1985 and 1999, Mr. Macartney held senior engineering positions for IBM/Lotus and Unisys, were he designed email integration applications and complex distributed systems. In 1999, Mr. Macartney joined Infonautics Inc., an Internet pioneer known for its Homework Helper online databases and Encyclopedia.com, the first free online encyclopedia. In 2001, Infonautics was acquired by Tucows, the domain name registrar, and then sold to Patrick Spain, the founder and CEO of Hoover's Inc. (a subsidiary of Dun & Bradstreet), in a roll-up rebranded "Highbeam Research."
At Highbeam Research, Inc., John held various positions including Director of Technology, Chief Architect and Chief Scientist. He is responsible for the key designed components of the technology platform that lead to the sale of Highbeam Research to Cengage Learning in 2008. Mr. Macartney graduated from La Salle University with a B.A. in Computer Science.
Mr. Walsh worked at IBM for 31 years, ending his career in an executive management role, responsible for a group of more than 7000 employees and an operating budget of 1.2 billion dollars prior to his retirement in 1993. After retiring from IBM, Errol served as the Chief Executive Officer of Technology Support Corp. ("TSC") until 2006. TSC was a contracted IBM consulting firm, responsible for the integration of all SAP modules together with the IT deliverables that created the IBM Fulfillment SAP Project. This project encompassed the prototype phase, validation of the prototype and the integration testing of newly developed systems and processes. Mr. Walsh most recently served as a chief consultant for Axiom Consulting, LLC ("Axiom"), until 2009. At Axiom, Mr. Walsh worked with applications development and project management to set up support for end users for major corporations such as Fluor and SAP.
"I believe Yippy's strategy of interconnecting software internally developed and acquired into the cloud through their Enterprise Application Services Environment (EASE) platform is a game changer. In over forty years in the IT industry, I have never seen such a ground-breaking product which I believe can out-perform the majors head to head, with functionalities far above those of Oracle, IBM, SAP or Microsoft. My role is to take Yippy from prototype stage to full operations," said Mr. Walsh.
Mr. Jolly brings extensive board experience to the Company. He previously served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Football League Former Players Association (the "NFLFPA") in Washington, D.C., and also served as a member of the NFLFPA board from 1999-2006. Since 2006, Mr. Jolly has served as a Director of the Professional Athletes Foundation in Washington, DC, an organization that provides grants to former National Football League ("NFL") players in need, as well as develops programs to assist players as they transition to outside careers once their respective NFL careers conclude.
He has also served as a President and Director with multiple NFL chapter organizations, and is actively involved in promoting the health and wellness for all retired NFL players. Mr. Jolly played 2 years in the NFL and was a two-time special teams player of the year for the Kansas City Chiefs in 1984-1985 seasons. Mr. Jolly graduated from Mid America Nazarene College with a BS in Biology.
Advisor to the Chairman of the Board
Huffman is the principal and owner of A. Huffman Associates, LLC, an IT consulting and sourcing firm based in Houston, Texas. He was the previously Chief Information Officer for Halliburton Company (Halliburton), the global oilfield services firm, where he was responsible for all aspects of its worldwide IT operations. Mr. Huffman also held the same position at Air Liquide S.A., a multinational industrial gasses company based in Paris, France, where he had responsibility for all international IT operations. In addition to his high tech background, Mr. Huffman has held a number of executive management positions with Halliburton and Schlumberger Limited.