Ron Hiram currently manages investment portfolios and assists earlier stage companies in their capital raising efforts. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Cellnet Solutions, Ltd., a supplier of remotely managed networks of public wireless terminals providing voice as well as value-added data services in developing countries, from April 2008 until March 2010. From 2003 to May 2008, Mr. Hiram was a Managing Partner of Eurofund 2000 L.P., a venture capital fund focused on Israeli-related companies in the telecommunications, information technology and microelectronic spheres. Previously, from 2001-2002, Mr. Hiram co-headed TeleSoft Partners' investment activities in Israel. TeleSoft Partners is a Silicon Valley venture capital fund focusing on companies developing telecommunication-related technologies. Between1994-2000, Mr. Hiram served as Managing Director and Partner at Soros Fund Management LLC ("Soros"), an international hedge fund in New York, devoting the bulk of his time to private equity investments. Prior to joining Soros, Mr. Hiram worked at Lehman Brothers for thirteen years (also in New York), most recently serving as Managing Director of a workout and restructuring group. Mr. Hiram has served on the boards of directors of companies publicly listed in the U.S., including Ulticom, Inc. since January 2000 and Comverse Technology, Inc. from 1985-1986 and from 2001-2006 (including as chairman of the board from May 2006 to December 2006). Mr. Hiram also served on the board of TASE listed E. Wardinon Ltd. (2005-2007) and on the boards of numerous privately held companies. Mr. Hiram received an M.B.A. from Columbia University in 1981 and a B.Comm. from the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa, in 1979.
I am an engineer who went on to law school and became a patent attorney and have been investing in stocks & bonds for the past 50 years. I hold many MLP's and REIT's along with a number of utilities and industrial stocks.
Mr. Olinger was formerly SVP of Finance of a NYSE transportation equipment leasing company. There he placed $2 billion in financing for the company that included securitizations, off-shore revolving credits, TRAC leases and investor programs. Prior to that he was CEO of a nationwide technical services and technology rental business that had over 300 employees and 25 offices. He was responsible for restructuring the company and transitioning it to a high quality deployment operation. He also founded and ran a venture leasing company that financed over $100 million of equipment to venture capital backed companies. He is a value oriented investor focused on fundamental analysis.
Gary retired in March 2012 after 38 years in Information Technology and Global Software sales. He has an MBA in Finance from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Gary has self managed his investment portfolio since the early 80s with the goal of a mid 50s retirement. His primary objectives now are income stream and capital preservation. Gary hopes to stimulate discussion with his retired colleagues with an emphasis on Bonds.