enhancing shareholder value through exceptional business performance and practices, and through responsible and effective communication with its shareholders.
Mr. Knie has served as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a director of HTI since May 2017. Mr. Knie served as the President of Lifeline Industries Inc. since its inception in 1995. From 2002 to 2010 he was a Semiconductor Analyst for PAW Partners. From 1993 until 1995, Mr. Knie served as Northeast Regional Manager of American Express Financial Advisors. Mr. Knie has served as a board member for NASDAQ-listed companies. He has been featured on CNBC, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and Forbes Magazine as an Independent Equity Analyst. Mr. Knie has over 20 years of equity markets experience. Mr. Knie has been a member of the American Chemical Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, as well as The National Alliance for Youth Sports.
Mr. Mats has served as a director of HTI since May 2017. Mr. Mats currently consults with multiple companies in a range of industries on all aspects of finance, accounting, tax and operations. Since March 2017, Mr. Mats has served as Chief Financial Officer of Lust for Life Footwear and Brioclick Inc. From June 2010 to December 2016, Mr. Mats was Chief Financial Officer of Whalehaven Capital. Mr. Mats also served as the Assistant Controller at Eton Park Capital Management, LP, a multi-strategy fund, from July 2007 to December 2009. From June 2006 to July 2007, Mr. Mats was a Senior Fund Accountant at The Bank of New York Mellon, where he was responsible for over fifteen funds. From 2011 until March 2017, Mr. Mats served as Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Wizard World Inc. Mr. Mats graduated cum laude from the Zicklin School of Business at Bernard Baruch College with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, specializing in finance and investments and holds a Master of Science in accounting and finance from the Zicklin School of Business at Bernard Baruch College. Further, Mr. Mats is a CAIA© Charterholder and a Certified Public Accountant.
Mr. Rice has served as a director of HTI since May 2017. Mr. Rice has served as the President and Chief Financial Officer of LikeMinds, Inc., an affiliate of Alseres Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Alseres”) since 2016. Since 2005, Mr. Rice has served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and in-house counsel to Alseres. Mr. Rice led the effort to enter into a value-maximizing strategic M&A transaction culminating in the sale of the company for just under $100M. In addition, since 2012, Mr. Rice has served as Executive Chairman of Chelexa. From August 1999 through March 2001, Mr. Rice served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MacroChem Corporation, a publicly-traded drug delivery company. He has over 25 years of experience in operations, finance, marketing and sales and business development in both private and public life science companies. Mr. Rice received his BSBA from Babson College, his MBA from Babson College, his Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School and his LLM from Boston University Law School.
Mr. Hayes has served as a director of HTI since June 2017 and as Chief Executive Officer of Spherix Incorporated since September 2013. In addition, Mr. Hayes has served as the Chief Executive Officer of North South since March 2013. Mr. Hayes was the fund manager of JaNSOME IP Management LLC and JaNSOME Patent Fund LP from August 2012 to August 2013, both of which he co-founded. Mr. Hayes was the founder and Managing Member of Atwater Partners of Texas LLC from March 2010 to August 2012 and a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP from May 1999 to March 2010. Mr. Hayes received his Juris Doctorate from Tulane University School of Law and his B.A. in economics from Mary Washington College.