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The EMCO/Hanover Group specializes in matters attendant to the senior management decision-making process as well as those relating to executive compensation, litigation support, business valuations, merger/acquisition, corporate involvements, including capital sourcing, and value enhancement. The EMCO/Hanover Group's principals have been extremely active in numerous industries, in a variety of capacities, both as on-line executives and senior consultants. Noted below, and inclusive of prior experiences, is a cross-section of such achievements and clients. See also List of Client Assignments under "Experts in Capital".
In 2014, The EMCO/ Hanover Group added another dimension to provide quality service to our client base through HK Wealth Management, Inc.. (“HK”), which is a Registered Investment Adviser, located in the Westwood section of Los Angeles . Like EMCO/ Hanover other Group Members, HK’s motto is: THE ANSWER IS YES! What this really translates to is a dedication to help clients achieve everything that they believe can be attainable. While returns are never guaranteed, we believe that nothing is impossible…it just takes diligence and hard work! Most people hear the word “NO” whenever they ask a question or have an idea. Such negativity is ingrained in our collective psyche. Not to us! EMCO/ Hanover has made a conscious decision to use positivity [hence the word: YES] to distinguish itself from the rest of the business community. These simple words have become our hallmark.
HK’s forte is the individually managed account, where no account is too small to not provide quality service. They believe that so many investors [especially those with smaller accounts below $500,000] have been dealt a huge disservice by financial industry because the minimum threshold has traditionally been too high to get personalized service on their accounts. Their only alternative seems to be mutual funds. While they have their place, most mutual funds go up and down in virtual lockstep with the broader market indices. This is because mutual fund managers are required to keep the money invested in the sector as stated in the prospectus, regardless if the market is going up or down. Since they cannot remove the funds to a cash position in major market declines, or at least move to a better performing sector, this virtually guarantees loss of capital in the account. In other words, “as goes the index, there goes one’s portfolio.” Also, since mutual funds typically carry a hefty sales commission to buy or sell, this is another disincentive to switch to another fund [typically frowned upon by brokers anyway]. This is the inherent problem with a buy/hold investment strategy using mutual funds. They are expensive and they tend to perform in a mediocre manner, but it is generally the only option available for small account sizes.
HK Wealth Management’s key to success is that they combine a variety of third party asset management companies who specialize in providing individually managed accounts to those investors who have traditionally been excluded from that realm. Unlike most asset management companies, HK’s minimum investment is $25,000 which is good for individual employees of our corporate clients. This opens up an entire marketplace of clients that the financial industry has typically relegated to the mutual fund desk. HK’s relationships have many varieties of investment policies and modalities that are matched up to our client’s individual needs and desires. The basic metrics of risk tolerance, time horizon, tax and liquidity needs as well as overall financial objectives are all taken into account, and then the salient strategies emerge as recommendations for the individual client.
Through the process of discovery HK also determines how best to help the client in a multitude of ways. This includes life insurance, long term care, trust and estate planning, tax efficiency planning, college planning, and the entire menu of closely held business services. For more details, please visit HK’s own separate website at http://www.hkwmanagement.com/.
EMCO/ Hanover, through its Members, provides research, financial analysis, annual reports, stockbroker-investor overviews, corporate presentations, speeches, books, and shareholder and media communications for public and private. E/H Members are proficient in marketing, public relations highlighting a company’s strengths in its industry, fund raising, media relations focusing on its investment return goals and opportunity, strategic planning, corporate identity/image, public policy advocacy, employer communications, and advertising. We have an extensive record of working with public-listed companies in a variety of industries companies on a world-wide basis, using our own proprietary and extensive database.
E/H members specialize in financial investor relations, governmental and charitable affairs, emerging technologies, entertainment, biotech, travel, health care, real estate, food and restaurant companies, sports marketing, and media training. Our Member staff works with Chief Executive Officers to bring together their company's stories to financial and consumer media in a material manner. We first start with a company’s identity, its profile, adding its uniqueness, plus its competitive profile in its marketplace. We build a company’s 12 most important investor selling points, including its industry capitalization rates. This is followed by anticipated expectations for investor returns and its estimated timetable based on its Business Plan.
Captaining the EMCO/ Hanover team is Michael Selsman, our Director of Corporate Communications, who has some 40 years of experience in the industry, helping emerging and under-valued businesses, and whose credentials are listed under the link below:
Michael Selsman, Director of Corporate Communications
COMPANY OWNED LIFE INSURANCE (COLI)
EMCO/ Hanover was one of the first sponsors (and is often referred to as the "inventor of COLI") of Company Owned Life Insurance (COLI) when it first introduced the concept to George R. Vila, the former Chairman and President of Uniroyal, in the very early 1970s in tandem with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance and one of their then agents, Phil S. Pohl, a New Yorker by residence but a South African by birth.
COLI is a type of life insurance policy taken out by a company on the lives of employees whom the company considers to be of vital importance to its operations. Under this type of Plan, the company in question pays the premium on the insurance but is also the Plan's primary beneficiary. The primary benefit of such a program is the tax-free proceeds that are received after the death of a key person can be used to cover any costs that would arise when hiring that individual's replacement. The insurance policy can also be used to cover employee benefit liabilities and can be borrowed against. COLI benefits arise when the cash value of the policy becomes larger than the premiums paid.
According to an industry survey conducted in 1999 and cited by New York Life Insurance Company, 68% of the Fortune 1000 companies then used COLI programs.
EMCO/Hanover specialists have authored various articles on executive compensation plus given testimony as a compensation specialist before the United States Tax Court (i.e.: L&B Pipe & Supply Co., Inc., wholesale/plumbing and irrigation supplies; Lumber City, a wholesaler and retailer of building products; and Norman Wright Mechanical Equipment Corp., a representative for various manufacturers of heating and air conditioning equipment) plus Cellceutix Corporation (trading symbol: OTC:CTIX), an IRS disputed matter regarding stock received as compensation for services rendered.
EMCO/Hanover has also acted as an expert before the Internal Revenue and California Franchise Board i.e.: (1) B&B Surplus Inc., (2) Coast Fixtures and Liquidators, Inc. and (3) Tenneblatt Corporation). Other cases include: (4) R. Recht v. Admarketing Inc. et al (Superior Court of California, Los Angeles, Case Number: BC224171); (5) Canare Corporation v. Brenner et al (breach of contract, defamation and executive compensation; case number: BC 234351/CASC-LA); (6) Excel Minerals & International Cos. (now part of The Clorox Company), re: allocation of purchase price/goodwill and executive compensation (IRS Field Audit); and (7) 3300595 Canada, Inc. v. Richard Friedman, et al (Case Number BC 257795 (Executive Compensation plus A Complaint For Breach of Fiduciary Duty and Removal of Director) and (8) Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC), stock options (see below).
In addition, EMCO/Hanover specialists have acted as corporate executives for a number of middle-market companies where responsibilities have included the design, writing, approval and implementation of various executive management compensation programs. Other compensation Court related compensation cases include: (10) a case involving employee stock option rights (noted above) was: Harris v. Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (Superior Court, County of Santa Clara, 2005 - Case Number 2-05-SC-002033) whereby a dispute arouse between a discharged employee and the Company (stock trading symbol: AMCC) as to an employee entitlements. This was the first of some 37 other employee cases about to be filed against the client Company. EMCO/Hanover acted as the Defendants expert. Other assignments involved: (11) Bennett v. Filter Recycling Services, et al, Riverside Superior Court Case, No. RIC 429616 plus (12) Rotating Precision Mechanisms Inc., which deals with the U.S. military regarding the manufacture/ assembly of antenna, optical, and sensor positioning systems/components. Here it was a review of their compensation policies and procedures plus employee amounts
[Executive Compensation, basis of reasonableness]
A cross section of involvements includes those related to the Tax Court and Chapter 11/7 situations, with the following companies and a brief description thereof: (1) court-appointed expert under a Chapter 11 proceeding for Rocket Industries, automotive parts and importer of exercise equipment re: inventory accounting procedures under GAAP standards plus (2) Bongo Jeans (Tom Trading); (3) Westward Ho Markets, as expert witness re: various union contract wage and benefit concessions; (4) Tokai Credit's expert, re: Team Nissan, automotive dealership under a Chapter 7 proposed liquidation plan; (5) U.S. Computer Systems, Inc., financial services, cablecasting-as an expert witness in a divorce matter regarding valuation of a deceased spouse's business, where the estate and prior, the ex-husband held the proxy thus gaining 51+% equity control; (6) Wilshire Industries, Inc., fireplace accessories, under a Chapter 11 proceeding; (7) Jeffrey, Corigan v. Smouse, Pistole in a determination of damages opinion; and (8) Maxon Industries, Inc.--transportation equipment, under a Chapter 7 "exit" petition; (9) The Matter of the Mark Hughes Family Trust, case number BP063500, in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles.
Other assignments were: (10) CalMark Properties, Inc., real estate re: compensation of a financial advisor; (11) SFS Industries--aerospace, re: Chapter 11 involving a cash/collateral valuation; (12) condemnation loss -- Power Tool & Supply vs. Caltrans; (13) Metropolitan Circuits of California Incorporated, computer products re: Chapter 11 and cash/collateral, and (14) RSR Corporation, a metals processor, under a lender liability case against The Chase Manhattan Bank, involving Lender Liability Issues; plus (15) Luke E. Brucker v. Prudential Securities, Inc., a case involving wrongful termination, breach of contract, loan forgiveness and captive broker; (16) Richard A. Vos v. Lehman Brothers, et al (a NASD Dispute Resolution Case); (17) Zetera Corporation v. Nolan Securities Corporation regarding a financial advisory fee for investment banking services rendered involving a Warburg Pincus Investment; along with 18) Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Inc. v. Brian J. Westcott A/K/A Brian Westcott, Uecker & Associates, Inc. regarding breach of written guaranty, conversion, negligence and breach of fiduciary duty; and (19) The Matter of the Mark Hughes Family Trust, Case number BP063500, in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles (removal of Trustees); and (20) Richard Bobertz v.Griffin Capital (Puente Hills) Investor 9, LLC, Claimants, American Arbitration Association, Case No. 72-459-00991-11 (loan documentation).
[Full list of case involvements]
[Valuation Methodology, Control Premiums, Minority Interest and Lack of Marketability Discounting]
[15 Core Information Requirements Required in a Business Valuation]
Assignments range from those related to estate planning, management buyouts, employee stock options, conversion of "C" corporations to "S" tax status, licensing agreements (Unlimited Adjusting Group, Inc, - an insurance claims processor specializing in earthquake insurance), the allocation of acquired goodwill to depreciable assets (i.e. BioGentec Incorporated and Crystalix, Inc. both companies who were in the processing of applying for NASDAQ listings), plus capital transactions including those related to potential investors/lenders: (1) Air Conditioning Company, Inc., mechanical contractor; (2) Bergandi Manufacturing Co., Inc., wire products manufacturer; (3) California Contractors Supplies, Inc., importer/distributor of small tools; and (4) the ESOP for Caltrol, Inc., manufacturer process control instrumentation.
Other valuations have included: (5) Domino's Pizza Inc., franchisee; (6) Fremont Family Fun Centers (miniature golf); (7) Glen Ivy Financial Group, timeshare; (8) Roy E. Hanson Jr. - manufacturing, fabricated metals; (9) King Chapman Broussard & Gallagher, Inc., executive out placement services; (10) New San Francisco Laundry, restaurant linen supplier; (11) Abraham Rochlin Enterprises, Inc., plywood distributor; (12) Ramco Industries, Inc., foam manufacturer; (13) Selzee, Inc., telephone booth repair and maintenance services; (14) selective shareholder interests in Chiat/Day Inc. Advertising (concurrent to merger with Omnicom Group, Inc.); (15) Valcom, Inc., an entertainment and television production company; (16) Zucotto Systems Inc. - a foreign controlled, wireless semi-conductor and software company; (17) Cellceutix Corporation (trading symbol: OTC:CTIX), an IRS disputed matter regarding stock received as compensation for services rendered; (18) Antaga International Corporation, a distributor of food supplements; (19) WC Spirits, LLC (aka Karma Tequila), a distiller of specialized liquors to major U.S. supermarket chains; and (20) Alvarado CW, LLC – a company, including various affiliates, engaged in car washing services.
Other valuations have included: (5) Domino's Pizza Inc., franchisee; (6) Fremont Family Fun Centers (miniature golf); (7) Glen Ivy Financial Group, timeshare; (8) Roy E. Hanson Jr. - manufacturing, fabricated metals; (9) King Chapman Broussard & Gallagher, Inc., executive out placement services; (10) New San Francisco Laundry, restaurant linen supplier; (11) Abraham Rochlin Enterprises, Inc., plywood distributor; (12) Ramco Industries, Inc., foam manufacturer; (13) Selzee, Inc., communications services; (14) selective shareholder interests in Chiat/Day Inc. Advertising (concurrent to merger with Omnicom Group, Inc.); (15) Valcom, Inc., an entertainment company; and (16) Zucotto Systems Inc. - a foreign controlled, wireless semi-conductor and software company.
ESOP and "S" to ESOP
Emco/Hanover has been doing business valuations for over twenty-five years regarding Employee Stock Ownership Plans. A cross-section of assignments include: (1) Abaud, Inc.; (2) Casa Leon, Inc.; (3) Danros, Inc.; (4) Cuenca Enterprises, Inc.; (5) Food Export, Inc.; (6) JLS Concrete Pumping, Inc.; (7) JWS Corporation; (8) Michaels Acceptance Corp.; (9) Mission Furniture LLC; (10) Pacific Architects and Engineers, Inc.; (11) Tanner Management Corporation; (12) Zen Bakery, (13) Van Lee Enterprises, Inc., (14) Unlimited Adjusting Group, Inc. plus (15) Shernoff Management, Inc. and (16) Jeffrey M Steinberger, A Law Corporation. Each of the aforementioned companies are better described, by industry, under "Experts in Capital".
INVESTMENT BANKER ADVISORS
The EMCO/Hanover Group has acted as advisors to the investment banking/ corporate finance departments of: Bregman Securities & Co., Inc; Birr, Wilson & Company Inc.; and Jesup & Lamont Securities Corporation; plus Henry Ansbacher & Co Limited, which in 2004 was sold to the Qatar National Bank; Hill Samuel & Co. Limited US operations, then headquartered in New York City, which in 1987 was acquired by TSB Group PLC.; and the U.S. representative for Transatlantic Capital Bio-Sciences Fund, a London (England) based group of funds engaged in bio-sciences venture funding whose primary investors included: Australia and New Zealand Banking Group; Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation; plus British Telecom Pension Scheme.
EMCO/ Hanover was also one of the founding affiliates, under Hanover Capital International, of Houlihan Lokey (originally Richard A. Houlihan & Associates), which was founded in 1972 and is now solely owned by over 250 of its employees and ORIX USA Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of ORIX Corporation of Japan, which is listed on both the Tokyo (TSE: 8591) and New York (NYSE:IX) Stock Exchanges. ORIX USA is a diversified corporate lender, finance company, and advisory service provider with more than $6 billion in assets and has an extensive portfolio of credit products and advisory services.
Completed transactions range from those relative to professional services to base manufacturing, distribution and hi-tech electronics, including where EMCO/Hanover have: (1) arranged the sale of various portfolio assets of Heritage Leasing Corporation; (2) acted as management and financial consultants in the acquisition of a product line from an American Brands' subsidiary for Active Sales Co., Inc.; (3) acted as corporate financial advisors regarding capital restructures and sale of Campbell Industries, Inc.; (4) acted as a corporate executive in the purchase of a textile products buying office; (5) negotiated the sale of a product license plus designed long-term financing with warrants between Industrial Clean Air, Inc. and a foreign buyer; (6) negotiated the sale of Western Plywood, Inc. to Plywood Panels, Inc.; (7) plus initiated and concluded the sale of Services Rating Organization, Inc. to a major European company in a related industry.
Other assignments have involved where EMCO/Hanover: (8) sold a specialized industry group of magazines to an international publishing company through their U.S. subsidiary; (9) introduced and sold an accounting services firm to one of the Big-6 national accounting firms; (10) merged a distributor of electronic components (annual sales: $60 million) with a competitor; (11) sold a manufacturer of industrial products to an industry related business; (12) sold a group of product lines to a manufacturer of retail products; plus (13) negotiated the sale of a wholesale electrical distributor to a competitor along with (14) various transactions for a Multi-Level Marketing, publicly-trading food supplement company along with (15) a reverse merger of a law firms management group into an existing ESOP; and (16) various mergers for a U.S. based public start-up company in the processing of establishing itself as a medical products and accessories, distribution firm -specializing in certain international markets.
Due Diligence, detailed checklist.
EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM(S)
The EMCO/Hanover Group specialists have participated in all levels of executive management, both in on-line positions and as senior consultants. The key is to define what a company's abilities are, analyze its underlying weaknesses and corporate identity, and then design programs to capitalize and/or enhance redefined corporate objectives. This is done through strategic analysis, business planning, on-line management, including personnel involvement and board representation. A cross section of assignments have included: (1) SRECO (sewer rodding equipment), management reorganization and market penetration plus expansion; (2) The Sparrow Corporation (music publisher), management incentives, executive retreats, corporate expansion; (3) Anderson, Alfred & Ritter (accounting firm), diversified services, compensation plan, incentive plan, business expansion; (4) Pearson & Johnson (general contractors), on-line management pre- and post- capital procurement; (5) R&S Medical Enterprises, corporate expansion; (6) Richard Wolffers, Inc., (philatelic auctioneers), on-line management, business expansion; (7) Sho Iino Accountants (now part of Deloitte & Touche), consulting services, business expansion; and (8) Swat Fame, Inc. (an assembler/manufacturer of children, junior, misses apparel), middle and senior management compensation, tied to fiscal budgeting.
CORPORATE INVOLVEMENTS, INCLUDING CAPITAL SOURCING
A cross section of various assignments involving either capital transactions, general management advisory, and/or business turnarounds where The EMCO/Hanover Group's members, inclusive of prior experiences, have acted as on-line executives and/or senior consultants.
Industry involvement have included: professional standards - including accounting, banking and broker/ dealers; conservator and trust officer responsibilities and standards; aerospace; apparel and textile; SEC regulatory issues, including reporting, corporate governance and fiduciary responsibility; banking and finance; consumer products; defense and government contracting; direct marketing, including multi-level and e-commence; electronics; employment policies and procedures; energy - gas and oil; food: processing, distribution - wholesale and retail; furniture and accessories, including hardware manufacturing; printing and graphic arts; publishing: magazine and newspapers; media and entertainment; medical, including hospital, nursing care and elder living residences; mining; paper: manufacturer and distribution; real estate: commercial and residential; social media and transportation, including automotive and truck assembly and distribution. All are more detailed below, noting actual corporate involvements.
ACCOUNTING -- without divulging firm names (due to confidentiality) assignments included: where EMCO/Hanover directed its management advisory services for specialized accounts after merger of a major Los Angeles-based and Far Eastern-related practice into a now Big Four accounting firm, as part of the transaction between the parties; restructure of a regional office for a Big Six firm with regard to its business management and administrative functions; designed and implemented a to-be-formed management advisory services department for a regional CPA practice; participated as administrative partner for a localized medium-size CPA practice, subsequently merged with a Big Six firm; and acted as part of the management services arm from a Far Eastern and Los Angeles based firm, which subsequently became the Far Eastern practice for a Big-4 Accounting Firm.
AEROSPACE -- where assignments have ranged from companies engaged in the manufacture of component parts and defense electronics, airline reservation systems to pressurized rubber products. Client involvements have included such companies as: Elastomeric Silicone Products, Inc. (pressured airplane interior parts – window and door seals); G.C. International's A.L. Johnson (parts manufacturer); Hydro-Mill Co. (fuelages); Lorge Engineering, Inc. (forged parts); QSA Computers (reservation systems); Saab Scandia AB (aircraft, automobiles, and computers); SFS Industries, Inc.; Zwick Energy Research Organization, Inc. (de-icers); Airborne Product Support, Inc. (aircraft parts – wholesale) and The Mexmil Company (renamed: TMC Aerospace, Inc.: airplane interior products) plus Global E-Point, Inc (commercial aircraft security systems) and M Line Holdings, Inc. (aircraft precision parts and machinery).
APPAREL AND TEXTILE INDUSTRY -- these included: from design, manufacture and distribution to wholesale and retail. A cross section of companies includes: Scottex Corporation, a manufacturer of casual garments; MOBA, Inc., a retailer of highly contemporary clothing; J.T. Racing, a manufacturer and distributor of leisure sporting garments; a Bell Helmets, Inc. Subsidiary which manufactured soft luggage and apparel for the motorcycle industry; Laise Adzer, a regional clothing importer and fashion chain; a Pioneer Systems, Inc. Subsidiary involved in children's clothing and gifts; Beck Industries subsidiaries, including Judy's clothing stores; Tenenblatt Corporation (milling); Incognito, a specialty ladies retail upscale store and its affiliated ladies garment design plus manufacturing operations; Glydon's, Inc. - a manufacturer of ladies' lingerie/ nightwear; Fashion Fabrics, a multi-state retailer of yard-goods and notions plus SWAT-Fame, Inc.- pre-teen and junior misses apparel; MM Fab, Inc. (an importer of female Chinese-made textile products); Uber Vintage Clothing, a T-shirt designer and distributor, and Photo-Lith Corporation, one of the pioneers in the electro-static transfer of graphic designs, under designer licensing agreements featuring primarily Hollywood celebrities and customized images involving equipment and apparel servicing the retail and wholesale T-shirt segment of the clothing industry.
COMPUTERS/INTERNET SERVICES -- corporate involvement have included a variety of companies: Apollo Enterprise Solutions, Inc. (financial services with patented software); Honhmeng International Inc. (internet software applications); A.G. Datafaction, Inc. (software); D.H. Minicom (equipment and software applications); MDS/Qantel Corporation (hardware and software); Soroc Technology, Inc. (hardware); and C.ITOH; IBX; ICON; and GC International (hardware) to actual consulting related to hardware/software, systems evaluation, feasibility studies, requirements analysis (RFP), plus system design, reorganization and implementation. Assignments: Active Sales Company, complete system design and implementation; plus Triad Entertainment, system evaluation and redesign.
Additional involvements have included: Bill Palmer Associates, system review and litigation support; Brown Kraft & Co., feasibility study plus full-scale implementation; C.Itoh Electronics Systems, system review and redesign; California Community Builders, complete system design; California Municipal Investors, DP operational review; iVoice, Inc. plus its affiliate - Trey Industries, Inc., business strategies, capital procurement and corporate communications; plus litigation support, re: DHA Dental and a major computer manufacturer plus Soyo Group, Inc., a distributor of computer peripheral and other consumer products (North and Latin America) plus Mecon Community Co., Ltd. (an internationally patented mobile solutions/ software and authoring tools, using photos with smartphone application).
CONSUMER PRODUCTS -- including such diverse assignments as: Bell Sports (motorcycle helmets and apparel); Canada Cycle bicycles and ice skates/ hockey player equipment under the "CCM" brand name); Cerwin-Vega (speakers - residential and automotive); Cobbler's (shoes); Fructas AB (alcoholic beverages - beer products); Glydon's (lingerie); JT Racing (off-road apparel); Oh Boy Corporation (branded food products – Wolfgang Puck label); and Wilshire Industries (residential fireplace fire screens and accessories); plus Zen Bakery (bakery products), Ferrell Reed (men’s shirts and neck-ties); along with Jaybee Manufacturing and Ajax Industries - (cabinetry hardware manufacturing); Crystalix (retail novelty items) and Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc. (a processor of pet food products).
Other involvements have included: Rocket Industries (automotive wheel covers) along with Monster Beverages (brand names: Monster and Hansen soft drinks); Mix 1 Life, Inc. (distributor of branded natural, high-quality ingredient beverages nationally through retails) plus Entrepreneur Magazine; Security World Publishing Co., Inc. (magazines).; Drama Logue and The Hollywood Reporter (entertainment specialty newspapers); Slemones Automotive (retail car distributorships, now part of Fletcher Jones Motorcars; WC Spirits, LLC (aka - Karma Tequila); and The Thought Factory (greeting cards).
DEFENSE AND GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING -- EMCO/Hanover has been involved in a variety of industries, either as an online executive or a senior consultant, where the U.S. Government has been the primary customer. A cross-section of assignments have included: Pacific Architects & Engineers, Inc. (base maintenance, U.S. military bases worldwide); Penn Ship and RMI, Inc. (both involving U.S. Navy ship repair and maintenance); Stanwick International (dry-dock construction and naval repairs, worldwide); Zwick Energy Research Organization, Inc. (defense electronics, U.S. Air Force); Four Winds Enterprises, Inc. (freight forwarding, household goods - U.S. Military); Pioneer Systems,Inc.(parachute assembly); SFS Industries, Inc. (manufacturer, aerodynamic seals - U.S. Navy); plus Southwest Products Co. (precision ball bearing manufacturing - U.S. Navy) and EMS Development Corporation (The U.S. subsidiary of Ultra Electronics Plc, a U.K. defense contractor).
Other assignments included: Levy Industries (a supplier of tank and truck replacement parts to both the U.S. and the Israeli armies); Hydro-Mill (a supplier of fuselages and landing gears under the C-130 Program); Microwave General Corporation (an assembler of master antenna systems); Whittier Corporation's Yardley Electric Storage Battery (a builder of batteries for submarines), plus Rotating Precision Mechanisms Inc (an assembler and supplier [without the payload] of air traffic controller, military radar, satellite communications, unmanned aerial vehicles plus test and instrumentation equipment), to name just a few.
ELECTRONICS -- where industry assignments have ranged from companies engaged in the manufacture and distribution of component parts to technical manuals and nuclear engineering, including such companies as: Ronan Engineering Company, Inc. (manufacture and assembly of computerized measuring devices and machines primarily for the nuclear power industry); Zenith Electronics Corporation (television); American Subscription TV/ Clarion Manufacturing - Japan; Jaco Electronics and its affiliate - Distel, Inc. (nationwide distributor of electronic compenents); Tridex International, formerly Hi-G, Incorporated (manufacturer and distributors primarily of relays); Caltrol, Inc. (parts manufacturing); Computer Magnetics Corporation (magnetic parts assembly); Information Network Systems, Inc.; Integrated Electronics, Inc. (nationwide parts distributor); Microwave General Systems Corporation (microwave signal and transmission equipment; Validyne Engineering Corporation (electronic parts assembler); and View Engineering, Inc. (electronic parts assembler).
EMPLOYMENT SYSTEMS AND OTHER RELATED SERVICES -- corporate assignments have included such companies as Snelling and Snelling (a nationwide employment services company); Alert Staffing (general base- and middle-level employee staffing); plus King Chapman Broussard & Gallagher, Inc. (executive out placement services), New Jersey Models (serving the South New Jersey market) along with The Right Man (an employment search firm) plus Employment Systems, Inc. (dealing in the municipal market), Premier Staffing, Inc. (serving the fashion industry) and Fuchs, Cuthrell & Co., Inc. (a corporate executive outplacement, post-career planning and executive consulting firm, headquartered in New York City).
ENERGY covering various segments of the energy business, ranging from drilling support industries including equipment manufacturers to actual drilling operators and refiners plus energy equipment manufacturers. Assignments: Canadian Homestead Oil (oil and gas drilling in northeastern Canada drilling); Ronan Engineering Co., Inc. (nuclear power plant equipment manufacturer/ assembler); Bechtel Corporation (engineering, construction, and project management companies, serving in part Fossil and nuclear power plants, refineries and petrochemical facilities along with environmental cleanup projects, pipelines and oil/gas field development); Ultra Violet Devices, Inc. (manufacturer water purification equipment); Energy Quest, Inc. (Alternative Energy); Caltrol, Inc. (distributor of process control instrumentation); and numerous companies in the oil and gas industries, including Alberta Gas Trunk Line Company Limited (gas transmission; now called NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd.), plus NexGen E2 Ltd. (alternative energy).
Other companies included: Tipperary Oil & Gas (gas and oil refining plus line transmission); R.E. Frasch Company (oil drilling medium wells); Petroleum Recycling Corporation (recycling plant); Montgomery Drilling (medium well drilling); Irvco Resources (shadow to medium well drilling); McMullen Oil (oil and gasoline distribution facilities); Penn Pacific Corporation (shallow to medium well drilling); and Baltic Drilling (drilling rig rentals); plus Grove Valve & Regulator Company plus its Italian affiliate, Wagi International (value manufacturing worldwide, based in Italy) and Comprehensive Designers, Inc. (multiple industries, including water treatment facilities engineering and design).
FOOD AND BEVERAGE -- besides Antaga International Corp. (“MIX 1”), client involvements have included from that relative to food processing, distribution beverages and retail, including: Nutola Salad Oils (kosher salad oils); Riviana Foods (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ebro Foods, S.A., world leader in the rice sector); Reed’s, Inc. (beverages for better health); Early California Industries, Inc. (rice products and pickles – Eastern Pacific Pickle Company); Monster Beverage Corporation (formerly: Hansen Beverages); Reed’s, Inc. (beverages for better health); Antaga International Corp (natural drink beverages); Potomac Worldwide Ltd. (bottled water – Canada); Pacific Agricultural Services, Inc.-- a grower of pistachios and jojobas; Hartwell Breweries, a Finnish bottler of specialty beers; and Kibun Products International, a Japanese fish processor; and WC Spirits, LLC (aka - Karma Tequila).
Other involvements have included: Westward Ho Markets (7 markets regional which were separately sold to Bristol Farms and Whole Food Markets), Wild Oaks Markets (subsequently sold to Whole Food Markets), and Irvine Ranch Farmers Market (regional supermarkets). Wilcour Food Products, Inc. (a key supplier to Arbys Restaurants - a major fast food franchiser); Carl’s Jr. (a fast food franchisor – hamburgers, etc.); AB Fructas--a bottler of specialty waters; Delight Sunny Beverage Co. (artificial orange juice processor) along with American Seafood & Fish Co., a major seafood supplier to supermarkets along with Vitafort International Corporation (food processor bakery products); Texas Meat Packers (an integrated meat rendering and portion control) and Monfort of Colorado plus Amour& Co. (both in the meat rendering industries)--along with Food Fair International, a multi-billion dollar supermarket chain located in the mid-Atlantic states, plus Golub's Central Markets (New York State retail grocery markets); and Oh! Boy Corporation, a branded Italian products as a food processor - selling nationally to major retailers, plus engaged in co-packing for such companies as Wolfgang Puck.
FURNITURE & HOME ACCESSORIES -- from base manufacturing in North America and Europe, to wholesale, retail plus import and export. Client relationships have included: Jaybee/Ajax Corporation (subsequently brought by AMEROCK); Fame Furniture (now part of E.B. Malone, Inc.), a manufacturer of upholstery furniture; Sklar Manufacturing, a Canadian manufacturer of middle-market furniture; Express Furniture Rental; Stor-All, Inc.--a manufacturer of filing cabinets; Wilshire Industries--an importer of fireplace equipment; Traspecialen Mobel AB, a Scandinavian manufacturer of "KD" furniture plus its U.S. license/distributor--ESI/Euro Style Interior, Inc. along with Tynes Mobelfabrik, a Norwegian manufacturer and distributor of high quality rosewood furniture; Baumritter Corporation, as its investment banker (retailer, now Ethan Allen, retail stores and furniture assembly); California Design, a manufacturer and retailer of oak, contemporary furniture; The Singer Companies French furniture manufacturing subsidiary; plus Beck Industries (W & J SloanWest Coast retail including Judy Department Stores) and VIRCO Manufacturing, the largest U.S. manufacturer of educational furniture.
GAMING -- Assignment involvements have included: all elements of the gaming industry from entertainment, hotels, internet gaming and the granting of State licenses, included being an advisor to the Tropicana Hotel Las Vegas; Wynn Enterprises (Las Vegas gaming hotels), International Sportman Club - London (casino gambling), internet gaming through several publicly-listed companies - including NTI Communications, Inc. [sporting: football]; Game Play Network, Inc.[para-mutual betting: horse racing] and PacificNet, Inc. [a leading provider of gaming and mobile game technology worldwide with a focus on emerging markets in Asia, Latin American and Europe], plus the initial granting and issuing of gaming licenses to Atlantic City involving Bally's Park Place assisting Messrs. John Best and Martin Blatt along with Binion's Gambling Hall & Hotel, Las Vegas (a then Peter Notaras client).
GRAPHIC ARTS -- (including commercial art and posters) and Printing Industries include: working with such companies as Goodway, Inc., the originator of the free-fall insert plus computerized technical manual printing and its then-affiliate, Goodway Copy Centers, Inc., both publicly held and listed on the national exchanges; Skil-Set Corporation, a typographer and graphic arts printer; Curtis Publishing Company which operated its own on-line print facility; First Marketing Corporation (now part of Wolters Kluwer), a printer/publisher of consumer newsletters for the banking industry; ICON Review, a computer mail-order retailer; plus various companies in the print media business operating their own printing facilities, i.e. the Hollywood Reporter, T.B. Butler Publishing (regional newspaper and printer) plus Serigraphics Corporation.
INSURANCE - corporate involvements have included: California Life Insurance Company as a corporate restructuring advisor, INA Administrators (an insurance administrator), Synergy 2001 Inc. (an insurance brokerage firm), Unlimited Adjusting Group, Inc. (corporate advisor - an insurance claims processor), WNC Insurance Agency, and Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance (the COLI Program). In addition, EMCO/ Hanover has acted as an expert witness in the following legal cases: 1.) Simon v. Hoyle, Judicial Arbitration Mediation (San Diego, CA), Case #12400115722; 2.) Unlimited Adjusting Group, Inc., v. The Commissioner of Internal Revenue, U.S. Tax Court, 2003; and 3.) Erie Indemnity Company (LAN & Morris, et al. v. Ludrof/Erie, et al.), Western District of Pennsylvania. (Civil Action No. 1:06-CV-00114-SJM).
MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT -- relates to movie production and distribution, record manufacturing, video tape production, duplication and distribution, including retail sales, to SMATV and pay-television, cable-casting and newspaper publication for such companies as: Optical Systems Corporation (pay-cable casting); Zenith Electronics Corporation (television); Paramount Pictures (a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment,then acquired by Gulf & Western, Inc.); Sparrow Records (country, bible/ religious records); The Hollywood Reporter (media publication, now part of VNU); Drama-Logue (an entertainment industry newspaper); (American Records (record pressing and recording under their Buddha Label – formerly Kama Sutra Records, an MGM Records-distributed label and with such recording artists as: Dolly Parton, The Lovin' Spoonful, Falco, The Guess Who, Gladys Knight & The Pips); Combined Communications (an owner of various radio and television properties; later sold to Gannett Newspapers); and Cerwin-Vega (assembler of high quality sound systems).
Other involvements have included: ZIV International, Inc. (a television production and distribution company [“Little Lulu”, “Captain Future”, “The Adventures of Sinbad the Sailor], founded in 1971 and subsequently acquired by Lorimar Productions); Baton Broadcasting (CFTV Toronto, Canada) including also their SMATV operations; Sam Goody (retail distribution); Keel Manufacturing (record pressing); Viewlex, Inc. (audio-visual systems plus slide movie projectors, also disc record players along with record pressing and music recording – American Records per above); GRT Corporation (musical tape production and distribution); Integrity Entertainment (Warehouse Records retail outlets); Chartwell Artists, Inc. (talent management, including Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor); Ladd, Kanter and Kastner (Feature Films Producers); Diamond Entertainment Corporation (video production and distribution); and On Stage Entertainment, Inc. (formerly Legends-in-Concert, Inc. off-Broadway theatrical entertainment); plus Valcom, Inc. (television/ movie production - sound stages); Ordior, LLC and DJ Central (an online entertainment and royalty tracking company); Warning TV (internet television); The South Jersey Radio, Inc. (owner of multiple television and radio stations, including WMGM-TV and WOND in Atlantic City, N.J.) along with Gilt Edge Productions and NW Entertainment, Inc. (dba: New Wave Entertainment) - both of which were involved in both television, movie production, post-production services and product distribution.
MEDICAL -- various corporate reorganizations and medical related valuations, involving estate planning and litigation including that related to the tax court and Chapter 11/7 situations. Assignments: Community Health Facilities (retirement homes); Charter Medical Corporation (hospital ownership/ management worldwide); Park West Medical Group (an HMO); La Habra Villa Retirement Home; Pacific Gardens Retirement Hotel; Global Medical Products Holdings Ltd. (medical products) and its various affiliated businesses; Isotrol Systems/Medi-Power Products, Inc. (medical products); Mission Dialysis, Inc.; Mission Viejo Medical Center; R & S Medical Enterprises (retail/ wholesale product distribution); Medi-Centers of America plus Safety Consultants Service, Inc./School Ten, Inc. (drug and alcoholic treatment facilities); Alcohol Abuse Hospitals, Inc. plus BioGentec Incorporated (medical consumer products).
Additional assignments have further included: Shandong Yibao Biologics Co. Ltd, (specializes in research, production and sales of chondroitin sulfate series raw materials and Confucian series health care products); India Globalization Capital, Inc. (the development and commercialization of a portfolio of proprietary cannabinoid based biopharmaceutical therapies for end of life supportive care, hospice care, and chronic neurological and oncological diagnosis); Migranade Inc. (the development, manufacture, marketing and sales of FDA approved over-the-counter migranade products); and Sunnylife Global, Inc. (hospital ownership/ management plus retail health stores); plus Ivybank Care Home, Ltd. (Senior Assisted Care Living - England). He was the U.S. representative office for Transatlantic Capital Bio-Sciences Fund, a London (England) based group of funds engaged in bio-sciences venture funding whose primary investors included: Australia and New Zealand Banking Group; Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation; plus British Telecom Pension Scheme.
MINING -- client relationships have included acting as an advisor to various companies engaged in the gold mining industry. My involvements have included: 1.) Yuba Natural Resources Inc.; 2.) Georgia Kaolin Co., Inc, a subsidiary of Combustion Engineering Inc.; 3.) St. Joe Minerals Corp through its Yuba Placer Gold Co. operations; 4.) Citadel Gold Mines Inc. plus 5.) various gold mining interests in West Africa along with 6.) evaluating the investment feasibility for a foreign investment group to extend a capital commitment in Placer Mining Corp.- a multi-acreage site in Arizona with considerable independently appraised gold reserves.
MULTI-LEVEL MARKETING -- Involvement in the Multi-Marketing Industry started in 1971 initially with Oriflame International AB-Sweden (in 2010, US$1+ billion in revenue, worldwide) with its entity into North America under a newly formed, affiliated business which was licensed and independently financed through an EMCO/Hanover relationship. Other client assignments have or currently included: Shaklee Corporation, then $200M in revenue and today, a subsidiary of Yamanouchi Consumer Inc., a major producer and distributor of nutritional supplements, personal care products, and household products; Nanjing Potomac Beauty and Health Care Co., Ltd. (China) - a 300,00 consumer/distributor of health and body care products and female under-garments plus under a separate entity 60 retail stores in China; Nutra Quest, Inc. - a U.S. distributor of food supplements; Kaire International, Inc. (Denver, CO) - a 450,000 - member field organization acting as a U.S. consumer/distributor of health and body care products.
Other involvements have included: Potomak Worldwide Ltd., a British Virgin Islands company applying for a U.S. public trading listing; Newell Resources Trading Pte., a Singapore holding company; plus NTI Networks Sdn. Bhd., a Malaysia direct sales organization plus Herbalife Ltd. (the Number 1 brand in the world in meal replacement and protein supplements with combined sales in 2015 of $4.5 billion); Winalite International Inc. (headquartered in Guangzhou, China with ten operational regions including: Greater Russia, India, Southeast and Northeast Asia, Europe, Africa, North and South America and the Middle East representing annual sales in excess of $3 billion worldwide and 70+ countries) plus Shandong Yibao Biologics Co., Ltd. (the research, production and sales of chondroitin sulfate series raw materials and Confucian series health care products as the largest and the most professional manufacturer of chondroitin sulfate in the world).
PAPER -- from that relative to manufacturing and paper distribution. Assignments: Scott Paper Company, a manufacturer of a variety of consumer paper products; The Curtis Publishing Company, which operated it own pulp and paper mill plus a major printing plant for magazine and book publishing and distribution through its related business: Curtis Circulation Company; Goodway, Inc., regional printing facilities plus under an affiliate, a franchiser of copy centers on a national basis; Ingram Paper (now part of International Paper), a major West Coast distributor of paper products; plus Howard Paper Mills, Inc., including its affiliate--Watervliet Paper Company, Inc. (paper manufacturing mills); and Patterson Parchment Papers (printing paper manufacturing).
PRINTING -- working with such companies as Goodway, Inc., the originator of the free-fall insert plus computerized technical manual printing and its then-affiliate, Goodway Copy Centers, Inc., both publicly held and listed on the national exchanges; Skil-Set Corporation, a typographer and graphic arts printer; Curtis Publishing Company which operated its own on-line print facility; First Marketing Corporation (now part of Reed Kluwer), a printer/publisher of consumer newsletters for the banking industry; ICON Review, a computer mail-order retailer; plus various companies in the print media business operating their own printing facilities, i.e. the Hollywood Reporter, T.B. Butler Publishing plus as noted under Publishing, Serigraphics Corporation (point of sale displays and posters); The Thought Factory (specialty greeting cards); plus Serigraphics Corporation (point of sale displays and posters); and The Thought Factory (advisor: specialty greeting cards).
PUBLISHING -- involvement has ranged --from that relative to newspaper, magazine and book publishing plus distribution and visual media. Assignments:; The Curtis Publishing Company (Saturday Evening Post; Ladies Home Journal; American Home; and Holiday Magazines plus childrens books plus Jack & Jill Magazine); Curtis Circulation (book and magazine distribution 200+ titles, nationwide); Prentice Hall (text book publishers and newsletters); Goodway, Inc. (government manuals: design and printing; today referred to as: Goodway Marketing) and its affiliate Goodway Copy Centers (a nationwide retail copy center company); Reed International (multi-media interests); Cahners Publishing and its parent - Wolters Kluwer, N.V (publishers and distributors plus trade shows under Cahners Publishing USA).; VNU (publishing and data research).
Other assignments included: The Exchange and Mart plus E-Z Buy/E-Z Sell Recycler, including Photo-Buys: consumer products and services newspapers; Warning Magazine (a nationwide magazine disturbed to the college market, some 15 universities); The Hollywood Reporter (a newspaper serving the entertainment industry and subsequently purchased by VNU); Combined Communications/Gannett Newspapers (multi-newspapers, outdoor billboards, TV stations); plus Entrepreneur Magazine (3 magazines), Security World Magazine (3 magazines), Drama-Logue (an entertainment industry newspaper), McDuck Distribution (magazine distributor); and Henry Ansbacher, Inc. (subsequently sold to Bankers Trust Company - New York; investment banker specializing in media transactions) along with Salem Press (specialty book/ encyclopedia publisher).
REAL ESTATE RELATED SERVICES -- active as an advisor or corporate officer in the real estate industry, both domestically and internationally. A variety of involvements include: corporate management at Pearson & Johnson (Bevilacqua & Schikore), a prime contractor involved in the rebuilding of certain residential properties in Oakland, CA after its fire in the1990s; Jardine Matheson's entry into the real estate market in Japan through a joint venture (K.K. Halifax - Japan and Indonesia) with Pacific Architects and Engineers (Alaska, California and the Middle East) plus its commercial real estate affiliate, Klabin Associates (Los Angeles); clean up and disposition of Builders Investments Group's hotel operations--some 40 properties, nationwide: including its public listing to Wynn Enterprises (Las Vegas); Holiday Inn (Las Vegas); Esso Europe's hotel/motel operations in the United Kingdom and on the continent, now part of The Bass Group (formerly -Crest Hotel Group, UK); Jon Douglas Realty (now Coldwell Banker); plus Century West Development (residential and commercial) and Chabad of the Valley (residual, commercial and land for development - Los Angeles, CA) plus numerous personal estate valuation matters.
Other involvements were: CalMark Properties, Inc. multiple commercial real estate holdings, nationwide - including Illinois, Florida, California and Texas; Fidelity REIT located in Florida; Glen Ivy Financial timeshares, nationwide; and Gunn Land and Development Australia plus China - real estate investments plus hotel ownership/ management under Shenyang Holiday Building Co. Ltd.; in addition, a major assisted-care development for the elderly where a 12,000 Unit, 4-parcel project in Baotou had been proposed for development along with RGF Land Sdn Bhd. and its Genting Highland Hill Project (a $300 million development in Malaysia authorized to do legalized gambling) along with Siamons International, Inc. which develops and commercializes mold and mildew control products in the United States and Europe.
RESTAURANTS -- assignments have included: Rally's Hamburgers, Inc. (master food licensee/ franchisee - West Coast), Confare Restaurants (McDonald's franchisee and commissary - Midwest); Carl's Jr. (Nevada) -- hamburgers: food franchising; Coach Inn (the original primary restaurant to Victoria Stations); Koo Koo Roo Restaurants (rotisserie chickens, which subsequently became owned by Idanta Partners, Ltd./ Lee Iacocca, the former Chairman at Chrysler Corporation)); Arby"s Restaurants - a roast beef restaurant franchisee (under Wilcour Food Products, Inc.); and Jacques Borel Restaurants (European hotel and restaurants, then part of W.R. Grace).
RETAIL -- Involvements have involved a diversity of industries and companies, including but not limited to: Abaud Inc. (furniture), Westward Ho Markets (Food), Hali-Specht’s Inc. of Los Angeles (lighting fixtures), Abraham Rochlin Enterprises, Inc. (Anderson Plywood centers), Bikers Dream, Inc. (mega motorcycle stores), Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (pizza stores), Dick & Jack Industries, Inc. (jewelry stores), Express Furniture Rental (furniture), Goodway Copy Centers (national retail copy stores), Guitar Centers, Inc. (guitar stores), Robert Hansen, Inc. (art galleries), Incognito, Inc. (women’s clothing store), Jaquar Cars, Inc. (retail dealerships), Lumber City Corporation (lumber and hardware retail warehouses), and Zen Bakeries (bakery product stores) plus Westwood Lighting Company (retail lighting stores).
SOCIAL MEDIA -- assignments have included: Search Initatives, LLC (a provider of search-driven lead generation solutions for small to mid-sized businesses in the U.S.); Ordior LLC (a proprietary software company designed to meet the very specific needs of content owners, software developers and digital rights managers all over the world); ICE Lounge Media, Inc. (a consumer, inactive technology based company based on social media); and Linkstorm (a patented advertising technology company pioneering a new approach to online advertising).
TEXTILE -- from design, manufacture and distribution to wholesale and retail. A cross section of companies includes: Scottex Corporation, a manufacturer of casual garments; MOBA, Inc., a retailer of highly contemporary clothing; J.T. Racing, a manufacturer and distributor of leisure sporting garments; a Bell Helmets, Inc. Subsidiary which manufactured soft luggage and apparel for the motorcycle industry; Laise Adzer, a regional clothing importer and fashion chain; a Pioneer Systems, Inc. Subsidiary involved in children's clothing and gifts; Beck Industries subsidiaries, including Judy's clothing stores; Incognito, a specialty ladies retail store and its affiliated ladies garment design and manufacturing operations; Glydon's, a manufacturer of ladies' lingerie and nightwear; and Fashion Fabrics, a multi-state retailer of yard-goods and notions plus SWAT-Fame, Inc. and MM Fab, Inc. (an importer of female Chinese-made products).
TRANSPORTATION -- -- from that relative to parts and tire distribution and resale to automotive manufacturing, importing, retail dealership, vehicle leasing and consumer financing, including several years of direct liaison for various Wallenberg interests in the United States; plus additional assignments for various companies involved in other segments of the transportation industry--from freight forwarding, line-haul to that of a senior consultant in the trucking industry, including terminal maintenance, plus bus and fire coach manufacturing. Client relationships have included: Crown Coach (bus and fire engine assembly); Saab-Scandia (car and truck manufacturer/ distribution - U.S.); Wilson Freight Co., Refrigerated Transport and Qualpeco Trucking (all freight forwarding/ trucking transportation companies); Jaguar Cars (car manufacturing and distribution); Newport Imports (multi-line, high-end priced car dealer; 5 franchises); plus Berman Leasing (truck leasing and terminal maintenance facilities, nationwide) along with Slemone's Automotive Group (multiple retail franchises, including Mercedes which was subsequently sold to Fletcher Jones and Volvo located in Southern California and Hawaii) and Puente Hills Nissan.
Other corporate involvements included: Team Nissan (car retail dealership); Levy Auto Parts (trunk replacement parts, including acting as the Monroe Shock distributor for Canada; and Tokai Credit (retail car financing and dealership floor-planning) along with Bikers Dream, Inc.(motorcycle assembly and retail distribution) and Maxon Industries, Inc. plus its affiliate Berwind Industries (a manufacturer of truck lift-gates); Cardo Automotive Supply (parts distributor); plus F.W. Meyers & Co.(executive management), and Four Winds International(executive management)- both freight forwarders and custom brokerage along with American Ensign (including its affiliate: Sherwood Van Lines)- a freight forwarding and carrier company.
The EMCO/Hanover Group has been involved in all areas of international business as on-line officers and executive advisers, including having been an Executive Vice President and Board member of American Extract Company, a multi-national industrial processing and chemical company. Other various involvements were: Oriflame International, a Swedish based multi-million dollar manufacturer and distributor of cosmetics through the house-party method; five key Dutch Government Agricultural Boards, including The Central Bureau of Dutch Fruit and Vegetable Auctioneers as a Deputy Coordinator under Intercapita, Ltd. for the United Kingdom (including bacon, chicken and horticultural products); Marks & Spencer (retail stores); Jacques Berel WR, a WR Grace & Co. company (multiple restaurants and hotels France and Spain); First National Bank of Chicago London; The Rank Organization (television products, electronic equipment and movie production); R.B. Murray Ltd (oak barrel cooperage - wine and liquor industries); Mark Industries (vertical lift platforms); and Paper Products Limited, an Indian converter of specialty papers.
Other international involvements have included: Brooker Hotel Management, U.K. (hotel management, primarily Europe); Chief Executive Officer - Four Winds Enterprises and its various affiliated companies with combined annual revenues of US$200+ million, an international freight forwarding operation, located in some 30 countries worldwide with six locations in the Far East plus some other 20 in Africa, Europe and South America; HIMI International, a British based licensee of various products in 40 countries - worldwide; Indosuez's SAGA Group's North American licensing with F.W. Myers & Co., Inc. for the U.S.; Hungary's Mogure and its affiliate, Ikarus, regarding its U.S. Licensing to Crown Coach International; FW Myers & Co., Ltd. - Chief Executive Officer (custom brokerage and freight forwarding with annual revenues of US$1 billion): Canada and Korea, plus the United Kingdom); Gunn Land & Development, an Australian conglomerate engaged in mining, fishing and cattle ranching; advisor to a U.K. specialized seed-capital, medical venture capital fund (Transatlantic Capital); and Technical Asset Management (Computer Disposal - England) along various Walhberg companies such as: Saab-Scania AB (cars, airplanes and computers) plus L.M. Eriskson AB (mobile broadband Internet communications), AB Electrolux (then hospitals and consumer appliances, including vacuum cleaners products plus premium kitchen and laundry appliances for your home, consisting of: refrigerators, dishwashers, ranges, washers and dryers) and Svenska Kullagerfabriken AB (commonly referred to today as "SKF" - a leading ball bearing and seal manufacturing company, encompassing today some 130 countries).
Involvements have been industry diverse: Seaway Multi-Corp. Limited & Levy Industries Limited, a diversified Canadian conglomerate including hotels, auto parts importing/ Monroe shock absorbers; used car and truck parts); Canada Cycle Manufacturing (CCM bicycle assembly and ice-hockey equipment/ Tackleberry skates); Premium Forest Products (wooden doors and window shutter assembly); Claude Neon Ltd. (outdoor billboard signage); Plant National Ltd. (a plastic and steel drum plus oak barrel cooperage); Foothill Foundry (steel/wire products); Irvco Resources Ltd. (oil drilling); Baltic Drilling (oil rigs); Alberta Gas Transmission (now Nova Gas Transmission); Interprovincial Steel and Pipe (steel and cement pipe manufacturing); Breithaupt Leather Company (tanning - leather products); Shaw Furniture (consumer furniture assembly); Leon Furniture (retail furniture stores - nationwide); BMI Industries (consumer household goods - importing and distribution) plus Baton Broadcasting Incorporated (local television broadcasting and SMATV, satellite television transmission).
Since 2005, Mr. Barren has received a number of accolades from various Latin American Countries for his many years of service to them. First, he was honored by the Central American Parliament and then by the President of CENTROAMERICANA DE INVERSIONES S. DE R. L. for his 40-years of service to its member countries in aiding their trade, both imports and exports worldwide. This was then followed by honoring Mr. Barren for his countless efforts in helping Latin Americans in North America which has resulted in the creation or saving of employment of its people. Then Mr. Barren was given another commendation. This was from FUNHDICOL (Fundacion Hondurena Para El Desarrollo Intelectual y Colectivo) for his many years of services in which he has assisted in many of this institutions financial transactions which has helped in this countrys development.
MAQUILADORAS - MEXICO
EMCO/Hanover has been involved in a cross-section of assignments, involving Mexico and its Maquiladoras Program, for such companies as: Virco Industries in the sale of its Mexican manufacturing facilities; Maxon Industries, including its affiliates, in regard to what fair market value should be assigned to its various Mexican manufacturing facilities; The Mexmil Company, a U.S. based company involved in the aerospace business, whose sole manufacturing facility was in Mexicali, where it was necessary to determine a basis for built-in capital gains when transitioning from a C-Corp to S-Corp.; Infertek, Inc. - a computer software company, which was involved in consultation for the North American Free Trade Association (NAFTA) and its desire to establish new manufacturing opportunities for companies located north of the Mexican border; EDM International, the southwestern agency for Federal Express whose processing center was moved across the border from El Paso into Mexico; and Rocket Industries, Inc., a manufacturer of chrome plated automotive wheels.
For detailed information on our China involvements, click here.
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The EMCO/Hanover Group's associates have written or been featured in numerous articles (both domestically and internationally) and appeared before professional societies, including the American Management Association, conducting lectures and seminars on corporate finance, merger/acquisition plus other business-related matters. Our specialists further have been featured by major publications as "turnaround" specialists.
Associates have also authored and conducted advanced courses in CRISIS MANAGEMENT, CORPORATE VALUATION TECHNIQUES, MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS, SENIOR EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT: LEADERSHIP and STRATEGIES plus LITIGATION SUPPORT and CAPITAL SOURCING under the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) program of the then 32,000-member California Certified Public Accountants Foundation for Education and Research, the 35,000-member State of New York, and the 30,000-member Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants plus the American Management Association along with part-time lecturing for a number of the California Universities Graduate Studies Programs, including UCLA and USC. The EMCO/Hanover Group's specialists have further co-instructed "work-shop" courses in loan documentation plus valuation procedures for Sanwa Bank, one of the top five international banks.
THE EMCO/HANOVER GROUP
Since its inception in 1971, Group members have completed in excess of $3 billion in capital sourcing, representing more than 1,000 transactions plus over 200 business turnarounds. In addition, The EMCO/Hanover Group does Product Sourcing and Trade Financing through its Group facilities in England, Panama and Europe. Trade financing is conducted through institutional relationships maintained out of the Group's Los Angeles office. From 1984-1996, The EMCO/Hanover Group published The Management Gazette where the below were further detailed. See also List of Articles by Mr. Barren.
Sample Information Requests and Agreements: (Click link to download Microsoft Word Document)
LITIGATION SUPPORT/BUSINESS VALUATIONS: a cross-section of twelve court cases and case involvements.
* Foreign Sales
* Buyer/Seller--opportunity studies
* Foreign Product Licensing
* Seller Acquisition Memoranda--including due diligence assistance
* Transaction Identification, Negotiations and Agreements
EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM(S):
CAPITAL PROCUREMENT PROGRAMS:
* Short-term Credit Restructuring (Commercial Banks)
* Long-Term and Subordinated Debt Placements (Pension Funds and Private
* Convertible Debt and Equity Procurement (Private Investors and Public
* Licensing, Joint Venture and/or Strategic Partnering
* IPO's Under Reverse Merger or Cross-Dividend
* Reverse mergers into ESOPs
* Investor Relations, including Press Releases
* Cross Licensing Agreements
* General Management Consulting
* On-Line Management Assignments
* Special Credit/Sub-Standard Work Outs, Capital Sources
* Accredited Continual Professional Education Courses
* Executive Compensation
* Minority Shareholder Rights
* Wrongful Terminations, Employment
* Board of Directors Participation
* Capital Monitoring
* Business Turnarounds
* Investor Capital Analyses
* Assistance/Coordination with Investor Relations