Thom brings a wealth of knowledge in the capital markets area as well as experience in the nascent cannabis industry. As former Chairman of Marimed Inc. he experienced many of the ups and downs and unique challenges facing the cannabis and hemp industries. His experience in the capital markets will enable Real Brands to navigate the complex requirements of being a publicly traded company and increase shareholder value on a steady trend.
Chris became our secretary, treasurer and chief financial officer on October 26, 2020. Mr. Ryan has been the Vice President-Finance of Worlds Inc. since May 2000 and its principal accounting and finance officer since August 2000. From August 1991 through April 2000, Mr. Ryan held a variety of financial management positions at Reuters America, an information services company. From 2001 through 2003, Mr. Ryan was the founder and President of CJR Advisory Services, a personal corporation through which he provided financial consulting services to various entities. From 2004 to 2010, Mr. Ryan was the CFO of Peminic, Inc. From 2008 to 2012 Mr. Ryan served as the CFO of Conversive Inc. Mr. Ryan was the CFO of MariMed Inc. from its inception in 2011 until July 20, 2017. Mr. Ryan is an inactive certified public accountant. He is a graduate of Montclair State University in New Jersey and received an M.B.A. degree from Fordham University.
Dr. Adel Rammal has over 20 years of experience in Research and Development, creating innovative pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. He was educated in France, where he completed his PhD in Materials Chemistry and Nanotechnology from Université of Louis Pasteur. He holds a master’s degree in Pharmaceutical and Cosmetical Formulation from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Paris XI as well as a master’s degree in Physical Chemistry from Haute Alsace University. Dr. Rammal began his career as a Senior Research Chemist in collaboration with Laboratories Boiron, the largest manufacturer of homeopathic products in the world. He has an extensive resume as a Formulation Specialist and Chief Scientific Officer with a number of impressive pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies to include Dow Corning, Christian Dior and Elizabeth Grant.
Michael has been in the creative field his entire career. As a serial entrepreneur, he used his creativity and design background to start multiple small businesses. In 2010 he decided to learn website development and coding, to pair with his design skills. For the next 8 years he would found and run a digital marketing and design agency, Inbound Design Partners. In 2018, he took his digital marketing, design and branding experience to Northeast Hemp Commodities, a large-scale hemp farming operation in VT. There, he learned about hemp and CBD from the seed to retail shelf and everything in-between. In 2018 he founded Method Organics, a Vermont CBD company found on many shelves across the state. He recently joined Real Brands Inc. with the goal of creating new, exciting and profitable brands in a space that is extremely competitive.
Mr. Kidrin became our president and chief executive officer and a director on October 26, 2020. Mr. Kidrin has been a director of Worlds Inc., an internet technology company, since October 1997 and has been its president, secretary and treasurer from December 1997 through July 2007 then added the title chief executive officer since August 2007. Mr. Kidrin was also president and a director of Worlds Acquisition Corp. from April 1997 to December 1997. From December 1991 to June 1996, Mr. Kidrin was a founder, director, and President of UC Television Network Corp., a company engaged in the design and manufacture of interactive entertainment/advertising networks in the college market under the brand name College Television Network, the largest private network on college campuses in the United States sold to MTV in 1996 now operating under MTVU. Mr. Kidrin was a director of MariMed Inc. and was its CEO from its inception in 2011 until July 20, 2017. Mr. Kidrin has attended Drake University and the New School of Social Research.
Mr. Dobbins became a director on October 26, 2020. Mr. Dobbins has over thirty years’ experience working with regulated products, such as cigarettes, other tobacco products, vapor, and CBD’s. He retired in November 2020 as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Turning Point Brands, Inc. (“TPB”), after a twenty-one year career there, and currently acts as consultant to TPB. Prior to joining TPB, Mr. Dobbins was in private practice in North Carolina and held various positions in the legal department of Liggett Group, Inc., a major cigarette manufacturer, including, at the time he left that company, Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary. Mr. Dobbins has also practiced as an outside litigation attorney with Webster & Sheffield, a New York law firm, representing a variety of clients including Liggett Group, Inc. Prior to joining Webster & Sheffield, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable J. Daniel Mahoney, U.S. Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Dobbins holds a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and political science from Drew University and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.
Mr. Toboroff became a director on October 26, 2020. Mr. Toboroff was a founder and director of Steel Partners Acquisition Corp. from June 2007 to June 2009. Mr. Toboroff served as Executive Vice President from May 1989 until February 2002 of Allis-Chalmers Energy Inc., a provider of products and services to the oil and gas industry; Director and Vice Chairman of Varsity Brands, Inc. (formally Riddell Sports Inc.), a provider of goods and services to the school spirit industry, from April 1998 until it was sold in September 2003; Executive Director of Corinthian Capital Group, LLC, a private equity fund, from October 2005 to June 2008; Director of ENGEX Corp, a closed-end mutual fund, Director of NOVT Corporation, a developer of advanced medical treatments for coronary and vascular disease since April 2006; Director of Asset Alliance Corp., an alternative investment company since April 2011; and Chairman or Vice Chairman of American Bakeries Co., Ameriscribe Corporation and Saratoga Spring Water Co. Mr. Toboroff is a graduate of Syracuse University and the University of Michigan Law School and is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society.
Mr. Engel has been a Board of Directors Member of Real Brands Inc since October 2020. He is currently a Partner in the Pangea Digital Asset Group and a Senior Managing Director (Capital Markets) of Ceros Financial Services (FINRA member Firm). Mr. Engel is a longstanding Wall Street professional with 34 years’ experience as a distressed debt portfolio manager (Banco Santander and Standard Bank) and, since 2003, as a senior executive in Credit Sales and Trading (RBC, Stifel and GMP). Mr. Engel has significant experience as a principal, adviser, and fundraiser across the capital structure in a wide variety of industries and asset classes, including digital assets (blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Mr. Engel began his career in 1988 at Drexel Burnham Lambert as an Associate in their M&A Department in New York. Mr. Engel has a J.D, University of Miami School of Law (’87) and a B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, (’84).
Mr. Christos became a a director of the Company on June 18, 2015 and was its chairman from June 18, 2015 until October 26, 2020. Mr. Christos’ professional Wall Street experience spans more than 30 years. In 2005, he founded and remains Executive Chairman of Abacos Ventures, LLC. In 2011 he was a co-founding Managing Member of HCB Ventures, LLC, a land owner and water rights aggregator. As founder from 1997 to 2005, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Adelphia Holdings, LLC, owner of Adelphia Partners, LLC (managed direct investments), and Adelphia Capital, LLC a former investment banking (NASD/SIPC) member firm located in New York City. From 1993 to 1995, he was an Executive Vice President, Partner and co-head of the NYC office of the investment-banking firm Bannon & Co. From 1988 to 1993 he was a Managing Director of the Corporate Finance Department and the Managing Director of the New Venture Group of D. H. Blair Investment Banking Corp. and its predecessor NYSE member firm. From 1985 to 1988 he was a Managing Director in the Corporate Finance Department of Muller & Company, Inc., a NYSE member firm. He was also a co-founder of AND Interactive Communications Corp., a private software company acquired in 1994 by TCI Technology Ventures, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of TCI, now Comcast Corp; a co-founder of AquaCare Systems, Inc., from start-up to IPO on NASDAQ; a co-founder of TransAmerican Waste Industries, Inc., from start-up to IPO on NASDAQ and then acquired via merger in 1998 by USA Waste Industries, Inc. now Waste Management, Inc.; a co-founder of Sparta Pharmaceuticals, Inc., from start-up to IPO on NASDAQ and then acquired in 1999 by SuperGen, Inc.; and a co-founder of CTN Media Group, Inc., aka College Television Network, from start-up to IPO on NASDAQ and then acquired in 2002 by MTV Networks, a division of Viacom, Inc. Since August 2018, he has been a Director of Worlds Inc., a public company.
Mr. Granoff became a director on October 26, 2020. Mr. Granoff is the former owner & CEO of Eastern Display Group, Rick has over 35 years of experience in the Design & Manufacturing of Pop Displays and Store Fixtures, a private company with over 250 employees. Mr. Granoff’s entrepreneurial drive led him to be nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year in R.I. After selling his business, Mr. Granoff entered the Cannabis business where he created a vertically integrated Company selling products and services in the Cannabis Industry. Mr. Granoff has been involved with Smokin Interiors, a millwork fabricating company, which expanded to include Grow lights, Security Programs, Wholesale grow sales and a host of other products. Mr. Granoff leads his Sales and Marketing team in addition to buying and selling retail dispensaries and grow sites.