CEO, President, & Founder
RONALD P. ERICKSON has been a director and officer of Visualant since April 2003. He was appointed as our CEO and President in November 2009 and as Chairman of the Board in February 2015. Previously, Mr. Erickson was our President and Chief Executive Officer from September 2003 through August 2004, and was Chairman of the Board from August 2004 until May 2011.
A senior executive with more than 30 years of experience in the high technology, telecommunications, micro-computer, and digital media industries, Mr. Erickson was the founder of Visualant. He is formerly Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blue Frog Media, a mobile media and entertainment company; Chairman and CEO of eCharge Corporation, an Internet-based transaction procession company, Chairman, CEO and Co-founder of GlobalTel Resources, a provider of telecommunications services; Chairman, Interim President and CEO of Egghead Software, Inc. a software reseller where he was an original investor; Chairman and CEO of NBI, Inc.; and Co-founder of MicroRim, Inc. the database software developer. Earlier, Mr. Erickson practiced law in Seattle and worked in public policy in Washington, DC and New York, NY. Additionally, Mr. Erickson has been an angel investor and board member of a number of public and private technology companies. In addition to his business activities, Mr. Erickson serves on the Board of Trustees of Central Washington University where he received his BA degree. He also holds a MA from the University of Wyoming and a JD from the University of California, Davis. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Washington.
Mr. Erickson is our founder and was appointed as a director because of his extensive experience in developing technology companies.
|Jeff T. Wilson|
Chief Financial Officer & Secretary
Jeff T. Wilson has been our Chief Financial Officer since September, 2016. Jeff has significant financial, capital markets and operations experience in public technology companies. Most recently Jeff was the Chief Financial Officer for Command Center, a publicly traded staffing company. From 2010 to 2015 Jeff also served on the Board of Directors for Command Center and was Chairman of the Audit Committee. During the previous 25 years Jeff held senior finance roles in a number of companies bringing new technologies to market. From 2013 to 2014 Jeff was the Chief Financial Officer for Acuamtica Inc. a developer of cloud based ERP systems, from 1999 to 2013 Jeff was the Controller and then Chief Financial Officer of Microvision Inc., a developer of miniature display technologies. Earlier in his career Jeff held several finance positions at Siemens Medical Systems and was an audit manager at Price Waterhouse Coopers. Jeff is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Oklahoma State University.
|Todd Martin Sames|
VP Business Development
TODD MARTIN SAMES joined the Company as Vice President, Business Development in September 2012. Mr. Sames was appointed Executive Vice President, Business Development in March 2015. Mr. Sames is responsible for global business development and sales of the ChromaID technology, customer relations and creating new licensing agreements resulting in the commercialization of Visualant’s technology across a wide range of applications with device and equipment manufacturers in several business verticals.
Mr. Sames brings over 25 years of successful emerging technology sales and sales management experience in the areas of enterprise software, audio and video conferencing and networking solutions to corporate clients. From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Sames held a Business Unit Director position at INX, focused on unified communications and collaboration solutions for Fortune 1000 clients. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Sames held a Regional Management position at BT Conferencing, Video. Prior to that, Mr. Sames was the original corporate sales resource for then start-up Portable Software, now Concur Technologies.
During his tenure at Egghead Software, Mr. Sames was the Midwest Regional Manager for Corporate Sales based in Chicago and ultimately Director of Corporate Relationships overseeing corporate purchasing contracts, special projects and innovative new corporate service programs. Mr. Sames has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Puget Sound and additional certifications in communications technology from Cisco Systems, Polycom, TANDBERG and other technology systems providers.