Management & Directors
The core team of executives responsible for day-to-day management of our business has worked together continuously since 1995. In addition, our board of directors is comprised of the following persons:
Nathan J. Mazurek, Chairman & CEO
Mr. Mazurek has served as our chief executive officer, president and chairman of the board of directors since December 2, 2009. From December 2, 2009 through August 12, 2010, Mr. Mazurek also served as our chief financial officer, secretary and treasurer. Mr. Mazurek has over 25 years of experience in the electrical equipment and components industry. Mr. Mazurek has served as the chief executive officer, president, vice president, sales and marketing and chairman of the board of directors of Pioneer Transformers Ltd. since 1995. Mr. Mazurek has served as the president of American Circuit Breaker Corp., a former manufacturer and distributor of circuit breakers, since 1988. From 1999 through 2017, Mr. Mazurek served as director of Empire Resources, Inc., a distributor of semi-finished aluminum and steel products. From 2002 through 2007, Mr. Mazurek served as president of Aerovox, Inc., a manufacturer of AC film capacitors. Mr. Mazurek received his BA from Yeshiva College in 1983 and his JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 1986.
Walter Michalec, CFO
Mr. Michalec has served various positions at the Company, most recently as its corporate controller since August 2019. Before becoming the corporate controller, Mr. Michalec served as the Company’s operations controller from March 2016 to August 2019, reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, and as the Company’s senior accountant from May 2012 to February 2016, reporting to the Company’s corporate controller. Prior to working for the Company, Mr. Michalec served as a public accountant for Mendonca & Partners Certified Public Accountants, LLC in Union NJ. Mr. Michalec received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Minor in Criminal Justice from Kean University in 2011.
Yossi Cohn, Director
Mr. Cohn has served as a director since December 2, 2009. Mr. Cohn founded L3C Capital Partners, LLC, an investor in multi-family residential properties, in June 2009, and serves as a partner in the firm. Mr. Cohn served as a director of investor relations at IDT Corporation, a NYSE-listed telecommunications company, from September 2005 through May 2007. Prior to joining IDT Corporation, Mr. Cohn was a director of research at SAGEN Asset Management, an asset manager of funds of hedge funds, from January 2005 through May 2005. Mr. Cohn began his career as an analyst in the funds-of-funds investment group of Millburn Ridgefield Corporation, where he worked from 2001 through January 2005.
Ian Ross, Director
Mr. Ross has served as a director since March 24, 2011. In 2000, Mr. Ross co-founded and has since served as president of Omniverter Inc., a company specializing in electrical power quality solutions for industrial producers and electrical utilities in the U.S. and Canada. He has also served as the president of KIR Resources Inc. and KIR Technologies Inc. since 1999, companies engaged in management consulting and import/export activities in the electrical equipment industry, respectively. Mr. Ross previously held positions in Canada as vice president technology with Schneider Canada, a specialist in energy management, and vice president of the distribution products business at Federal Pioneer Ltd., now part of Schneider Canada. Previously, Mr. Ross held a number of successive board level positions in UK engineering companies, culminating in five years as managing director, Federal Electric, Ltd., before moving to Canada in 1986 at the request of Federal Pioneer Ltd. He received an MA in mechanical sciences (electrical and mechanical engineering) from Cambridge University and subsequently qualified as an accountant ACMA.
David Tesler, Director
Mr. Tesler has served as a director since December 2, 2009. Mr. Tesler is President of LeaseProbe, LLC, a provider of lease abstracting services, since he founded the company in 2004. In 2008, LeaseProbe, LLC acquired Real Diligence, LLC, a provider of financial due diligence services. The combined company does business as Real Diligence and operates as an integrated outsourced provider of legal and commercial due diligence services for the commercial real estate industry. Prior to 2004, Mr. Tesler practiced law at Skadden Arps Slate Meager & Flom LLP and at Jenkens & Gilchrist, Parker Chapin LLP. Mr. Tesler received his BA from Yeshiva College, an MA in medieval history from Bernard Revel Graduate School and a JD from Benjamin A. Cardozo School of Law.
Jonathan Tulkoff, Director
Mr. Tulkoff has served as director since December 2, 2009. Mr. Tulkoff began his career as a currency trader at Marc Rich & Co, he then joined Forest City enterprises, a publicly traded real estate development company, and was a VP in the acquisition and development division. In 2016, Mr. Tulkoff founded Commodity Asset Management, an industrial materials investment fund. For the last twenty years, Mr. Tulkoff has been involved in trading, marketing and financing of physical commodities, with distinct expertise in ferrous metals. Mr. Tulkoff is Series 3 licensed. Our board believes Mr. Tulkoff’s extensive strategic, international and executive leadership experience, particularly in commodity markets for metal products which represent one of the largest components of our company’s cost of manufacture, make him an effective member of our board. The board of directors regards all of the individuals above as competent professionals with many years of experience in the business community.
Thomas Klink, Director
Mr. Klink served as a director since April 30, 2010 and as chief financial officer, secretary and treasurer since January 7, 2016 to April 15, 2020. Since 1996, he served in various positions at Pioneer Transformers LP, including as its chief executive officer, chief financial officer, vice president, treasurer, secretary and chairman of the board of directors. Previously, from 1994 to 1996, Mr. Klink served as a division controller at MagneTek, Inc., a company listed on NASDAQ, reporting to the corporate controller. Mr. Klink also previously served as a controller for U.S. Music Corporation, a manufacturer of musical instruments from 1990 through 1994. Mr. Klink received his BBA in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 1984.
Kytchener Whyte, Director
Mr. Whyte has over 45 years of extensive experience in the Electrical Power Distribution & Controls industries with an emphasis on manufacturing, sales and marketing. Since July 31, 2015, Mr. Whyte has been a consultant and currently serves as President of Pioneer Custom Electrical Products Corp. Since January 2016, Mr. Whyte has been President of Blue Mountain Industries, Inc., a consulting, electrical engineering and marketing consultancy firm concentrating on the electrical utility, petrochemical and marine markets. From 1999 to 2015, Mr. Whyte was the President and owner of Pacific Power Systems Integration Inc. (“Pacific”), based in Southern California. Pacific manufactured electrical power distribution and control products such as its trailblazing Integrated Power Center units for applications in the petroleum, refining, electric transit and utility industries. Mr. Whyte served as General Manager for CGI, Inc., a manufacturer of Electrical Power Distribution and Controls products from 1993 to 1999. Prior to his time at CGI, Inc., Mr. Whyte was the Vice President for Electrical Power Products between 1985 and 1993. A native of Jamaica, Mr. Whyte is a graduate of Prospect College in St. Mary, Jamaica, and a graduate of Los Angeles Trade Technical College. Mr. Whyte is a United States Air Force Vietnam era veteran, a private pilot and the builder of experimental aircrafts. With his many years of experience in manufacturing, sales, marketing, product design and implementation, Mr. Whyte brings to the board invaluable insights and expertise, and the ability to turn problems into opportunities.