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The Board of Directors has significant experience in intellectual property, patent protection and patent law, state government, banking and finance:

George E. Dickson III, Chairman of the Board
has 30 years of business experience.  He has worked closely with numerous start-up companies at various levels including planning, raising capital, strategic alliances, sales, marketing, executive training, finance, operations and recruiting key personnel. Mr. Dickson was the CEO for Tectonics Research Group Inc. the company that started the initial development of QuakeGuard, until it merged into Seismic Warning Systems, Inc. Mr. Dickson was also the founder and CEO of Cal Wave Inc. the marketing and distribution company for QuakeGuard in California. Mr. Dickson is the Founder and Chairman of Viscus Therapeutics Inc. a Biotechnology start up company involved in the development of vaccines. Mr. Dickson is the CEO and co-founder of Hazards Warning & Analysis Inc, a structural engineering and structural Integrity company. Mr. Dickson was co-founder and President of Dickson's Cleartone, Inc. This company owns patented products that are distributed internationally through a license and manufacturing agreement with Fishman Transducers, Inc. selling to major musical instrument companies including Gibson, Fender, Martin and Guild. Mr. Dickson studied international business management, marketing and economics at San Jose State University, San Diego State University and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.
Matt Fong, Vice-Chairman of the Board
Matt Fong brings an entrepreneurial blend of fiscal, political and global expertise to the Strategic Advisory Group he founded in 1999. He provides counsel to CEO’s and senior executives on strategy, business development and asset management. He advises such organizations as Lennar, a Fortune 500 company and YCS, an Asian family investment group with real estate and corporate interests worldwide. Matt is also a principal in Belstar Group, an asset management firm. Serving on private and non-profit boards, Matt is an independent director on the Trust Company of the West’s (TCW) complex of mutual funds. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Board for Seismic Warning Systems (earthquake detection devices), director of American Grid (clean technology energy saving devices), and an advisory board member to Oceanwood Capital Management and Nogales Investors LLC. Matt serves as a Regent of Pepperdine University and Trustee of Southwestern University School of Law. For eight years, Matt guided the fiscal affairs for California, the sixth largest economy in the world. As Vice Chairman of the State Board of Equalization (California’s tax agency) and (elected with over 4 million votes) State Treasurer (the state’s Chief Financial Officer), Matt provided strong fiscal stewardship. He also served as a trustee of CalPers and CalStrs Pension Funds, with over $250 billion in assets. In this capacity, he led the first United States public institutional investor (CalPers) to invest into a China private equity fund in the 1990’s. At the federal level, Matt was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve for three years as Chairman of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) Advisory Committee. Matt provided fiscal oversight and corporate governance to its’ $36 billion investment portfolio. Politically, he was the 1998 Republican Nominee for US Senate from California. He also served as President George W. Bush’s California Campaign Co-Chairman and National Asian Pacific American Bush 2000 Campaign Chairman. In 2006 he was State Co-Chairman for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s re-election campaign. Graduating from the USAF Academy in 1975 with a B.S. degree, Matt retired from the USAF Reserves from his assignment to the Pentagon as Sr. Finance and Budget Adviser for HQ USAF as a Lt. Colonel with twenty-nine years of service. He earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University and a Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University. He holds Series 7 and 63 securities licenses and is licensed to practice law in the State of California and Washington D.C. Matt is of counsel to Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, an international law firm where he started his business and transactional law in 1985. He is also an FAA rated pilot with a commercial license and instrument ratings (SEL & glider).
Harold Ross
Harold Ross brings over 25 years of experience in entrepreneurial management positions, corporate and real estate finance and business consultation. Presently he is a principal in HE Ross & Associates, which provides advisory services in the areas of corporate and real estate financing and venture capital investments. Mr. Ross is an officer of Mail Registry, Inc., a development stage company utilizing patented email forwarding technology. He was the founding Executive Director of the NYC Industrial Development Agency. He was also a founder of the Cogeneration Development Corporation for the development of energy efficient projects utilizing cogeneration and district heating technology. Mr. Ross holds a BBA from the City College of New York and a J.D. from Fordham Law School.
Gerald Shaltz.
Gerry Shaltz brings over forty years of sales and marketing experience to SWS. A seasoned entrepreneur, he has been a major contributor to the success of multiple start-up companies including Arista Corporation, Centex Telemanagement, CVI Beta Frames, Nitinol Development Corporation (NDC), and HXL Technologies/Pixl Golf. The co-founder of Calwave, Mr. Shaltz has served as a director and an effective leader in a variety of senior management positions. Prior to Calwave, he was the founder and CEO of GSA Dealer Services, a fifteen-year-old after-markets company serving the retail auto industry. Mr. Shaltz is a graduate of Los Angeles City College.
Claude A.S. (Cash) Hamrick.
Cash Hamrick is an intellectual property partner and former managing partner of the San Jose office of Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly. His areas of expertise are preparation and prosecution of complex U.S. and International patent applications, patent and trademark litigation support, patent validity and infringement analysis, and re-examination challenge of issued patents. Previously, Mr. Cash was a partner and manager of the Intellectual Property Group of Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon. He started his career in patent law as an Examiner in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office in Washington D.C. and in patent law at General Motors and Varian Associates. In practicing in Silicon Valley during the last 33 years, he has been responsible for the preparation and prosecution of more than 2,000 U.S. and foreign patents for various clients.
David Auerbach.
David Auerbach is the President of Tectonics Research Group Inc. (TRGI) and was instrumental in bringing about the TRGI/Calwave merger. Prior to joining TRGI, Mr. Auerbach was a principal of the BDS Laser Institute, a company involved in the use of low-energy lasers to treat a number of medical conditions. Auerbach received Bachelor of Science (Physics and Chemistry) and DDS degrees (Cum Laude/University Scholarship) from McGill University as well as a Master of Science degree from Boston University. Auerbach has been a practicing endodontist since 1973 and a faculty member at McGill University. He has served both as an advisor and evaluator in the development of new endodontic technology.

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