Chief Executive Officer & Chief Investment Officer
Mark serves as the CEO and CIO of NewBridge Global Ventures, Inc. As a serial entrepreneur, Mark has been consulting for two cannabis focused investment funds and other MJ businesses since 2016. Mark has led several teams through the start-up phase and brings 10 years of experience in operations and finance.
In early 2017 Mark worked with David Nagel, Esq. of Feldmann Nagel, LLC, a prominent cannabis law firm, to lobby for the passage of Colorado S.B. 25. The bill was passed and a portion of the Colorado Marijuana Tax Cash Fund was appropriated to education for the CO public school system.
Since 2008, as a co-founder and President of Unity Resources, LLC, a minerals and royalties investment firm, Mr. Mersman has been leading a team in evaluating and investing in minerals and royalties for families and institutions. Mark has formed and managing over 10 private investment funds, altogether encompassing over $10 million and in excess of 100 mineral and royalty acquisitions and divestitures.
Mr. Mersman was founder and President of Mersman Capital Management, Inc., a private wealth advisory firm formed in September 2007 that was successfully sold and transitioned to another advisory firm in December of 2015. Prior to forming Mersman Capital Management, Mark served as Regional Vice President for Fisher Investments from April 2000 to September 2007, where he managed a combined client portfolio of representing over $200 million. Mr. Mersman has previously held FINRA licenses 7, 63, and 65. Mark is a graduate with a B.B.A. in Marketing and Finance from the University of Arkansas.
President & Chief Operating Officer
Scott has over 20 years of experience in the management and operations of public and private companies. Since 10/2015, Scott has served as Principal in Basin Capital, Inc., a private family office focused on the acquisition and divestiture of oil and gas minerals and royalties and also various entrepreneurial ventures. Prior, from 7/2013 to 10/2015, Scott served as VP of Land for Breitling Energy Corporation (OTC: BECC) where he was instrumental in acquiring over $20 million in producing and non-producing oil and gas properties. Prior to that he served as Director of Operations for Frontier Oilfield Services, Inc (OTC: FOSI) from 9/2012 to 7/2013 where he helped lead a public company acquisition and roll-up of 2 privately owned oilfield service companies. Prior, Scott was involved in multiple entrepreneurial ventures in real estate, oil and gas and title insurance sectors. Scott attended Eastern New Mexico University where he studied Business Administration.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Bench has served as our Chief Financial Officer since October 2008, and served as the Company's President from 2008 until 2017. Mr. Bench also served as a member of our board of directors from December 2007 through November 2014. Mr. Bench was a founder and since April 1999 has been a managing member of BayHill Group LC, a consulting group focused on assisting microcap companies ("BayHill Group"). From January 2005 until April 2007, he also served as the Chief Financial Officer of Innuity, Inc. (INNU), software as a service company that delivers applications for small business. From November 2000 until August 2004, he also served as Chief Financial Officer of The SCO Group (SCOX), a developer and marketer of software applications and operating systems. Mr. Bench is a certified public accountant and holds a bachelor degree in accounting from Utah State University.