Michael Gilburd, ASA, MST, CPA

President and Chief Executive Officer

Over the past several decades, Michael has prepared valuations and assisted in debt and equity placements from tens of thousands to millions and hundreds of millions of dollars while working for major financial companies.

Founded in 1999 by Mr. Gilburd, ValuCorp is a national firm offering expert business valuation services and consulting of creating, improving and preserving value, capital markets and corporate finance advisory, transaction and fairness opinions, restructuring advisory, and management consulting. While serving many industries, ValuCorp specializes in financial institutions, healthcare companies, manufacturing and distribution, professional service firms, energy companies, construction, real estate ventures, and consumer product companies.

Prior to ValuCorp, Mr. Gilburd was:

  • Managing Director of corporate finance for two American Express companies, where he assisted in raising funds for various transactions, including acquisitions and public offerings.
  • National Director of Corporate Finance for BDO USA, one of the nation’s largest accounting and consulting firms, and a member of their International Corporate Finance Committee.
  • Internal Revenue Agent, Manhattan District, New York

Director and Advisory Board Experience includes:

  • Associated Physicians Group, Chiropractic Medicine, Pain and Rehab facilities, O’Fallon, Illinois
  • Arrowhead Health, Family Medicine, Pain and Rehab facility, Glendale, Arizona
  • Delta International Oil & Gas, Inc., Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Alden Lee Company, Inc.  Music furniture manufacturer, Menlo Park, California
  • LJ International, designer, manufacturer, and marketer of jewelry using precious and color gemstones, and diamonds, Hung Hom, Hong Kong

Mr. Gilburd’s credentials include:

  • Accredited Senior Appraiser – Business Valuation Specialty 1989 – currently)
  • SEC Registered Investment Advisor (1996 – 2000)
  • NASD General Securities Principal (1984 – 2002)
  • CPA (New York State 1972 – currently inactive)
  • Master of Science in Taxation from Bentley University, Massachusetts
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Long Island University, New York

Numerous expert reports:

  • Accepted by the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Rendered as a “qualified appraiser” as defined under I.R.S. Treasury Regulation 1.170A-13(c)(3), i.e., ValuCorp is a “qualified appraisal firm” and Michael S. Gilburd is a “qualified appraiser.”
  • Accepted by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court
  • Accepted by the Superior Court for the State of Arizona
  • Accepted by Small Business Administration lenders

Mr. Gilburd has authored many Business Valuations, Family Limited Partnership Valuations and Loan Packages for private and confidential transactions and settlements.

More than thirty years of experience in financial transactional services and corporate development

Joseph Abrams

Director

Mr. Abrams has many years of experience in acquisitions, strategic alliances, and joint ventures that assists companies seeking rapid growth and diversification. He assists ValuCorp in refining and testing its proprietary cost-effective technology and meeting the needs of both early-stage and mature companies in Silicon Valley, and across the US.  Joe has deep experience in helping early-stage, publicly held technology companies reach the next phase of growth. In 1999, he co-founded Intermix Media, Inc., the parent company of social networking leader MySpace.com. In 2005, Intermix was sold to News Corp. for $580 million. In addition, Abrams was co-founder of The Software Toolworks, Ltd., a software company that released several hit titles in the 1980s, which ultimately led to the company’s sale in 1994 to Pearson, PLC for $462 million.

Joe has deep experience in helping early-stage, publicly held technology companies reach the next phase of growth

 Ruth Ann Kraemer, CPA

VP Sales and Marketing

For more than 20 years, Ruth Ann has excelled as a Financial, Operational, and Compliance Officer in the highly regulated industries of oil and gas, financial services, software development, consumer products, insurance, and real estate. In addition, she has served as Chief Financial and Compliance Officer for a SEC Registered Investment Advisor hedge fund located on the East Coast. Throughout her career, Ruth Ann has developed processes to ensure business efficiencies, and integrity in the reporting of regulatory compliance. She has been instrumental in investor relations and capital raise efforts and has positioned numerous private entities for the public markets. Ruth Ann has been selected by both FRA and InfoVest 21 as an expert panelist to speak on the development of successful business infrastructures. Ruth Ann graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1984 and was certified as a CPA the same year.

Ruth Ann has been selected by both FRA and InfoVest 21 as an expert panelist to speak on the development of successful business infrastructures

Robert P. Cleverly

Managing Director, Arizona

Bob brings over 30 years of business experience in banking, financing, equipment leasing, marketing and sales. He has been successful in developing long-term relationships with C-level decision makers from diverse industries. His customer focused skills have helped his clients grow their businesses and take advantage of market conditions. His experience in financial matters and marketing has been beneficial to his clients. Bob received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Brings over 30 years of business experience in banking, financing, equipment leasing, marketing and sales

Robert J. Kaden

VP, Customer Insights

Bob has extensive marketing research experience. He has owned and operated two marketing research companies and conducted more than 5,000 research studies. His experience includes companies and brands that are both nationally and regionally marketed. He has worked with more than 200 business-to-consumer and business-to-business marketers. Bob has designed, managed and analyzed over a thousand market segmentation, brand image, attitude tracking, psychographic and database studies. He has worked across all levels of client management in developing strategic data in the areas of corporate, category, brand image and brand positioning. Bob is the Author of Guerrilla Marketing Research—Marketing Research Techniques That Can Help Any Business Make More Money. He is the co-author of MORE Guerrilla Marketing Research as well as co-editor of Leading Edge Marketing Research—21st Century Tools and Practices. He is a frequent lecturer and writer on the use marketing research for small businesses.

Has designed, managed and analyzed over a thousand market segmentation, brand image, attitude tracking, psychographic and database studies

Sam Fereidouni, MD, MHSA

Managing Director of Healthcare Services

Sam is a practicing family physician with an active interest in medical technology and informatics.

· Medical Director

· Family medicine doctor with focus on diabetic patients
· Active clinical investigator in ongoing diabetes research trials
· 2013/2014 President of the American Diabetes Association community leadership board for the state of Arizona
· Active AACE (American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists) member and involved in a variety of community projects related to diabetes
· Diverse background in medical informatics and educational multimedia as well as a MHSA (Masters in Health Services Administration)

Dr. Fereidouni focuses his passion for clinical medicine, technology and business administration to improve the care of his patients through awareness and effective treatment. Sam completed his Family Practice Residency at University of Maryland, Franklin Square Hospital Baltimore, Maryland, and earned his Doctor of Medicine at St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine – Ambergris Caye, Belize. He also received a Master of Health Sciences Administration from St. Joseph’s College of Maine – Standish, Maine, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California, San Diego – La Jolla California.

Directs the family medicine department of Arrowhead Health, a large multispecialty clinic and focuses his care on the advanced treatment of diabetes, metabolic and cardiovascular dysfunction

Sean Green

Managing Director of Corporate Development / Sports & Entertainment

Sean has more than 17 years of experience in the financial services industry, including Mergers and Acquisitions, Residential/Commercial Correspondent Lending, and Financial Planning. He was a Financial Advisor with American Express Financial Advisors (now Ameriprise), and has served high net worth individuals within the corporate and sports/entertainment arena, in addition to having municipalities, small businesses, and fortune 500 companies as valued clientele. Sean has a special interest in working with his clients on our broad-based yet selective benefit program that creates personal income tax deductions, eliminates virtually all income tax and capital gains tax on investment earnings received from—and realized upon the sale of—appreciated assets, and removes those assets from the taxable estate, without gift or GST tax. This program creates tax-free client income and removes assets from the reach of potential creditors, while leaving the client (and family) in complete control of the assets for multiple generations. That control also affords the client the opportunity to provide income payments to any number of charities while creating a large philanthropic endowment—all without divesting the family of the plan’s economic value. Sean graduated in 1998 from The University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, obtaining a Bachelors of Health Science with an emphasis in Business.

More than 17 years of experience the financial services sector including Mergers and Acquisitions, Residential/Commercial Correspondent Lending, and Financial Planning.

Frank Thomas

Director

Worked for Cummins Engine Company for twenty years where he managed worldwide price development, financial analysis including mergers and acquisitions, and was in charge of managing Cummins-owned distributors and turning around their profitability in preparation for resale. Mr. Thomas also managed Cummins distributor-owned facilities (54). In 1993 he became CEO and sole owner of the Cummins distributor in the southwest, which he sold in 2002. He was a board member of the sixth largest credit union in Indiana, along with being active with Junior Achievement and the Senior Citizen Center. Mr. Thomas packaged and negotiated the sale of a $250 million Cummins-owned finance company to Citicorp, and recently, as CEO of Capital Consortium. He currently coordinates a project for the adoption of two villages in Tanzania. In addition to his Board position with ValuCorp, he serves as a board member of Emissions Technology, Inc., and Purple Rhino Imports. Mr. Thomas holds an MBA-Finance and a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University.

Worked for Cummins Engine Company for twenty years where he managed worldwide price development, financial analysis including mergers and acquisitions, and was in charge of managing Cummins-owned distributors and turning around their profitability in preparation for resale.

William J. (“Joe“) Carter

Business Development Officer

Brings to ValuCorp more than thirty years of experience in business operations, computer systems and customer service. Joe’s sharp focus on the integration and maximization of operating units contributes to our assignment to increase value in the overall enterprise. In addition, he is a seasoned real estate investor, a licensee of the Arizona Department of Real Estate, and provides expertise in the structure and management of real estate investment entities. Joe received his BA from Arizona State University and an MBA from Western International University.

Joe’s sharp focus on the integration and maximization of operating units contributes to our assignment to increase value in the overall enterprise.

Gus Sosebee

Business Development Officer – South

Gus began his merger and acquisition career as a Managing Director for a boutique M&A firm based in Los Angeles, California. He later started a business consulting firm in Houston, Texas, specializing in oil & gas, construction, transportation, and technology. Gus works with business owners in a variety of industries on strategic planning, business management, and exit strategies. He is based in the Austin Texas, serving clients in Texas and neighboring states.

Gus works with business owners in a variety of industries on strategic planning, business management, and exit strategies.

James F. Ferreira, Jr., MBA, JD

Business Development Officer – Northeast

James is an incisive executive who has spent more than twenty-five years enhancing product and service value in the business process outsourcing industry. His market differentiation skills have enabled him to create and maintain business value above traditional market rates. This value-adding service has helped companies with new growth of products and services, in highly price elastic commoditized markets. James’ broad background includes executive level sales, sales and operations management, manufacturing, logistics, quality management and technology. In addition, James provides thoughtful leadership in resolving complex legal issues, Six Sigma processes, and financial management. He has worked with clients in the mutual fund, banking, consulting, services, and manufacturing industries. James earned a BSBA from Bryant University, an MBA-Finance from Bentley University and a JD from Suffolk University Law School. James is based in Boston, serving clients in the Northeast.

James provides thoughtful leadership in resolving complex legal issues, Six Sigma processes, and financial management.

Robert A. Feinstein, MBA, JD

Business Development Officer – New York

Robert is an asset management executive with significant experience in real estate development, claims, litigation, risk, portfolio and property management. Robert has focused on creating, maintaining and optimizing value for real estate developers and investors by managing potential exposures, designing and implementing efficient systems and processes and identifying value add projects. Robert earned an AB from Dartmouth College, an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a JD from Vanderbilt University School of Law.

Focused on creating, maintaining and optimizing value for real estate developers and investors by managing potential exposures, designing and implementing efficient systems and processes and identifying value add projects.

Andrew Saksa

Business Development Officer – Southeast

Andrew Saksa is a media marketing expert, Vice President, Financial Services Division of ReminderMedia.com, a Philadelphia based media and marketing firm currently ranked Philly Top 100 and Inc. 5000 Magazine fastest growing companies two years consecutively. His primary roles include sales trainer, Intern sales development and business development. Previous to ReminderMedia, he Co-Founded MyPistevo a mobile application for criminal background checks and was instrumental in structuring alliances with IDateUS, MateSafe, Houston Social, AmberNealPresents, SinglesofFaith and Elitemate. From 2010-2015, Andrew  volunteered as a Grief facilitator for New Hope for Kids in Maitland, Florida a nonprofit organization that helps grieving children and surviving spouses with the loss of a parent or spouse.

Andrew was with Sonic Automotive as a Sales and Leasing Specialist while volunteering with New Hope for Kids in Maitland Florida as a Grief Facilitator. He helps children and families with traumatic grief caused by losing a parent or facing a life-threatening disease.

Laura Bacchus

Business Development Officer – Washington DC Metro

Laura works with business owners and executives in the public and private sectors. She has significant experience in the real estate development and business financing arena. Her international business experience includes working in Bangkok, Thailand with Thai executives to develop their cross cultural management and communication skills. Laura also has a degree in psychology and specializes in leadership development, strategic management, marketing and e-business. She is based in the Washington, DC area, serving clients in the mid-Atlantic region.

International business experience includes working in Bangkok, Thailand with Thai executives to develop their cross cultural management and communication skills.

Todd Lazar

Business Development Officer – West Coast

Todd’s 30-year career in sales commenced in New York in the high-end fashion apparel industry. Todd then moved into the role of Vice President of Sales and Marketing for a nationally renowned Lawyers Title Insurance Company where he was recognized as the top producer for ten consecutive years. For the past several years Todd has also served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for a merchant processing company headquartered in Newport Beach, California.

30-year career in sales commenced in New York in the high-end fashion apparel industry.