Yippy, Inc. Board Members & Advisory Board

 

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Richard Granville      Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors

Mr. Granville has over 25 years of new technology development, sales, marketing and executive management experience.  From early 2009 to present, Mr. Granville has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yippy, Inc. From November 2006 to September 2008, Mr. Granville served as Chief Executive Officer of Jack9 Entertainment, Inc ("Jack9"). Jack9 was one of the most successful IPTV units online and under Mr. Granville's direction, achieved a top 250 web property. From March 2003 to October 2006, Mr. Granville served as President of Southpaw, Inc., a Florida building contractor that served central Florida for residential and light commercial construction. From June 2001 to March 2003, Mr. Granville served as President of Granville Management Services, where he helped small emerging businesses in the "green" technologies sector.  From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Granville also served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Avana Communications aka: Grace Development, Inc., a public telecommunications company serving customers in the southeast. Mr. Granville was succeeded by Ben Holcomb the former President of Bell South International in Feb. 2000 and sold his majority position to David Einhorn from Greenlight Capital. Prior to Avana, Mr. Granville held multiple executive and senior management positions for Fortune 500 companies.  Mr. Granville is a veteran of the United States Navy.


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Errol Walsh        Board Director

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.  Mr. Walsh also served previously as the Chief Operating Officer of Yippy, Inc.

 

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Ken Jolly        Board Director

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 various years from 1999 to present. 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.

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Art Huffman     Board Director

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.  Mr. Huffman is a veteran of the United States Navy.

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Non-Director Advisory

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Terry Clontz        Chief Advisor to Board of Directors

Mr. Clontz is a 44-year veteran in the global telecommunications industry.  He currently serves as the Non-Executive Chairman of StarHub Ltd., Singapore’s second largest telecom company and previously served as StarHub’s Chief Executive Officer from 1999 to 2009.  From December 1995 through December 1998, Mr. Clontz served as Chief Executive Officer, President and a Director of IPC Information Systems.  Prior to that, Mr. Clontz worked at BellSouth International, joining in 1987 and holding various senior executive positions, serving the last three years as President, Asia-Pacific.  He also served as a board member for Jasper Technologies until it was sold to Cisco Systems in February 2016, and is a current board member of Century Link (NYSE: CTL)  Mr. Clontz also maintains various other board affiliations with private telecom and technology companies in Southeast Asia and the United States.

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Harold Furchtgott-Roth   Advisor to Board of Directors 

Harold Furchtgott-Roth, former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, where he founded the Center on the Economics of the Internet. He is an adjunct professor of law at Brooklyn Law School and president of FurchtgottRoth Economic Enterprises, an economic consulting firm. He is a co-founder of Utilicom Advisors. He co-founded a wireless company and has consulted to scores of businesses. He is the author or coauthor of four books and over 50 professional papers and journal articles. His scores of op-eds and columns have been widely published.  He is a member of the Legal Policy Advisory Board for the Washington Legal Foundation. Dr. Furchtgott-Roth received a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University and an S.B. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Steven I. Cooper   Advisor to Board of Directors 

Mr. Cooper served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the U.S. Department of Commerce (U.S. DOC) from June 2014 to January 2017. In this role, Mr. Cooper served as the U.S. DOC principal adviser on information technology (IT) issues across the department's twelve bureaus. He also held the title of Senior Accountable Official for Cyber-security and chaired the U.S. DOC CIO Council.  Prior to joining the U.S. DOC, Mr. Cooper served as the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Acting Assistant Administrator for Information Services and CIO. In February 2003, Cooper was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the first CIO of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Prior to joining DHS, Mr. Cooper was appointed Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and served as Senior Director for Information Integration in the White House Office of Homeland Security.  Mr. Cooper also has more than 20 years of private sector experience, including service as Senior Vice President and CIO of the American Red Cross, where, most notably, he helped start the first-ever National Call Center to provide emergency financial assistance during Hurricane Katrina. Mr. Cooper received a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University.  Mr. Cooper is a veteran of the United States Navy.

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Robert E. Aber  Advisor to Board of Directors 

Mr. Aber spent approximately thirty years with the Nasdaq Stock Market ("NASDAQ") and the National Association of Securities Dealers (the predecessor regulatory organization to FINRA), serving in various roles including Executive Director and Senior Vice President of NASDAQ's Corporate Client Group; Senior Vice President, Regulations and Controls Group; and Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary (NASDAQ).

Mr. Aber also served as the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Skarven Enterprises, Inc., a software development company and subsidiary/predecessor entity to Kestrel Enterprises Inc. (collectively, "Kestrel"), which was acquired by Boeing in 2008.  Kestrel provides data acquisition, analytics, training and assessment for defense and intelligence for the United States Government and its armed forces.  Post-acquisition by Boeing, Mr. Aber served as Senior Vice President for Corporate Operations for Kestrel, retiring in 2013.  Mr. Aber is a veteran of the United States Army National Guard.

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