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.
Todd has over 25 years of experience as a controller for public and private companies. From November 2016 to August 2018, he was the owner and operator of the Atlas Tap Room. From June 2012 to July 2016, Mr. Lee served as Corporate Controller of Fluidigm Corporation, a public company engaged in the design and manufacture of mass cytometry and microfluidics technology, where he managed a global accounting team of fifteen (15) to twenty-five (25) employees, across the United States, Singapore, Japan, and Europe. Prior to his role at Fluidigm Corporation, from 2004 to 2011, Mr. Lee served as the Director of Global Accounting Operations at Life Technologies Corporation, formerly known as Applied Biosystems, Inc. ("Life Technologies"), and from 2000-2003, Mr. Lee served as Assistant Controller of Life Technologies. Mr. Lee attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied Business Administration.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development
Scott has over 20 years of experience in the management and operations of public and private companies. From October 2017 to August 2018, Mr. Cox served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company. Since October 2015, Mr. Cox has served as a Principal in Basin Capital, Inc., a private family office focused on the acquisition and divestiture of oil and gas properties and various entrepreneurial ventures. Prior to Basin Capital, from July 2013 to October 2015, Mr. Cox served as Vice President of Land for Breitling Energy Corporation where he was instrumental in acquiring over $20 million in producing and non-producing oil and gas properties. Prior to that, from September 2012, he served as Director of Operations for Frontier Oilfield Services, where he helped lead a public company acquisition and roll-up of two (2) privately owned oilfield service companies. Mr. Cox 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.