Yippy, Inc. Board Members & Advisory

 

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Richard Granville      Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors

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.

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John Macartney     Executive Board Director

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.

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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.

"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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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 telecoms 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 cofounder of Utilicom Advisors. He cofounded 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's principal adviser on information technology (IT) issues across the department's twelve bureaus. He also held the title of Senior Accountable Official for Cybersecurity and chaired the U.S. DOC's 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, and was honorably discharged as a Naval Air Reserve petty officer following service during the Vietnam War.

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