Board of Directors
Mr. Thrasher is a senior executive with more than two decades of start-up business management skills, mergers & acquisitions, product launches, product development, and funding experience in the technology, wholesale, manufacturing, distribution, retail and franchise sectors, as well as extensive international business and public market experience. Dean has run and managed several private companies as well as a TSX-Venture listed public company. His previously tenures include being Chair of both private and public companies, as well as holding a seat on the Board of Directors of these entities.
Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board
Mr. Ganz brings more than 30 years of global business experience in sales management, manufacturing, new product design and development as well as mergers & acquisitions. Mr. Ganz will assist SDI with sales & marketing, expansion of the company's product range, review of operations, implementation of cost control measures, development of strategic alliances and financial oversight. During his career Mr. Ganz has bought, built and sold more than half a dozen global businesses with combined sales in excess of $1.0 billion. Most recently, Mr. Ganz sold Maine Industrial Tire LLC to Trelleborg (based out of Sweden) for $67 million, generating a 7.0x return to investors over a three-year period.
Mr. Ganz is a graduate of Columbia Law School in New York City and completed his accounting designation at Georgetown University in Washington DC.
Mr. Jensen is a seasoned, global executive with direct experience in developing high performance teams, managing complex projects, and building a global network of trusted advisers and business partners. His experiences have been focused on plastics contract manufacturing, the defence sector, technology licensing and managing intricate, multinational programs. Mr. Jensen has extensive business experience in the Middle East in both the public and private sectors of defence.
Mr. Jensen's tenures include: co-founding Halo Maritime Defense Systems, with 13 patents and over $300-million in naval and defence opportunities; Nypro Inc., a billion-dollar plastics injection molding contract manufacturer, where Mr. Jensen held senior management positions and directed a business unit with $150-million in sales; and positions with Kodak and GE, as well as the U.S. Army (nine years of active duty serving in command positions with the 82nd Airborne Division and XVIIIth Airborne Corps. Mr. Jensen was twice awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.
A distinguished graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (1977), Mr. Jensen received his MS in chemistry from MIT (1979 - Fannie and John Hertz Fellow) and holds an MBA with honours from Golden Gate University (1982).
Ms. Bowling brings more than 25 years of diverse executive management experience to the board of SDI. Some of her skill-sets include; government affairs, lobbying, public relations, government procurement, marketing, communications, operations, and local and state-level legislation. Ms. Bowling has also spent part of her career in the less-lethal sector for a long-range acoustic hailing device company.
Karen's recent positions include; Public Affairs Director at Foley & Lardner LLP, CEO at WiseEye AI, (an artificial intelligence company focused on the healthcare sector for CT scan identification and classification), Chief Administration Officer for the city of Jacksonville, FL (with a budget in excess of one billion dollars and over 5,000 employees), and Co-Founder and CEO of the Solantic Walk-In Urgent Care Centers. Ms. Bowling has sat on and chaired numerous boards across a dozen sectors, and has recently been Gubernatorial appointed to the board of the Florida State College in Jacksonville.
Mr. Levantin is a senior executive with a proven record of positioning companies for growth, profitability and acquisition. He is currently the chief executive officer and a board member of Amphora Inc., the leading global software solution and service provider for energy and commodity trading, risk management, and logistics execution. With over 30 years experience, he is an accomplished strategist in conceptualizing, building and operating corporations on a global level in the commodity sector. Prior to leading Amphora, he was a co-founder of Commoditrack, a real-time mark-to-market and risk management platform for commodities, which was acquired by the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) and later by Sungard Financial Systems. Prior to building and leading companies in the software sector, Mr. Levantin was a commodity trader with Philipp Brothers Commodity Corp. and Phibro Energy. He holds a BS in business and economics from Lehigh University.
Security Devices International
Security Devices International (SDI) is a defense technology company focused on less lethal munitions and equipment. We develop, patent, manufacture and market the 40mm Blunt Impact Projectile ("BIP"), the 40mm Collapsible Head Impact Projectile ("CHIP") and the stabilized finned projectile ("SFP") for .68 / .49 cal rounds.
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