Board of Directors
Directors & Bios
- Randy S. Selman - Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officeer
- Alan M. Saperstein - Director, Chief Operating Officer and Treasurer
- Clifford Friedland - Senior Vice President, Business Development
- Leon Nowalsky - Director
- Carl Silva - Director
- Robert D. ("RD") Whitney - Group Vice President at Diversified
Randy S. Selman
Mr. Selman is a Co-founder and has served as our Chief Executive Officer, President, and a director and from September 1996 through June 1999 and from August 1 through December 15, 2004, as our Chief Financial Officer. From March 1985 through May 1993, Mr. Selman was Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of SK Technologies Corporation (Nasdaq: SKTC), a publicly-traded software development company. SKTC developed and marketed software for point-of-sale with complete back office functions such as inventory, sales analysis and communications. Mr. Selman founded SKTC in 1985 and was involved in their initial public offering in 1989. Mr. Selman's responsibilities included management of SKTC, public and investor relations, finance, high level sales and general overall administration.
Alan M. Saperstein
Mr. Saperstein is a Co-founder and has served as our Executive Vice President, Treasurer and a director since our inception in May 1993, and has been our Chief Operating Officer since December 2004. From March 1989 until May 1993, Mr. Saperstein was a free-lance producer of video film projects. Mr. Saperstein has provided consulting services for corporations that have set up their own sales and training video departments. From 1983 through 1989, Mr. Saperstein was the Executive Director/Entertainment Division of NFL Films where he was responsible for supervision of all projects, budgets, screenings and staffing. Learn how Alan revolutionized webcasting on Wikipedia.
Mr. Friedland was re-appointed as a member of our Board of Directors in April 2011. His initial appointment was in December 2004 and he continued as a board member until his resignation from the board in June 2010, although he continued as Senior Vice President, Business Development. Mr. Friedland’s voluntary resignation was to restore our board to the required majority of independent members, following the death of another board member. He served as Chairman, CEO and co-founder of Acquired Onstream from June 2001 until joining our company. Mr. Friedland was Vice President of Business Development and co-founder of TelePlace, Inc., a developer and owner of Internet data centers and central offices from December 1999 to May 2001. Mr. Friedland was co-founder, Chairman and co-CEO of Long Distance International, Inc., one of the first competitive European telephone operators from May 1993 to December 1999. Mr. Friedland was President of Clifford Friedland Inc., a technology consulting firm, from January 1991 to April 1993. Mr. Friedland was a Director and co-founder of Action Pay-Per-View, a pay per view cable channel from January 1988 to December 1990. Mr. Friedland was President and co-founder of Long Distance America, one of the first competitive long distance operators after the breakup of AT&T from June 1984 to December 1987. Mr. Friedland was Vice President and co-founder of United States Satellite Systems, Inc., an FCC licensed builder and operator of geosynchronous communications satellites from April 1981 until December 1983. Mr. Friedland was Director and co-founder of United Satellite Communications, Inc., the world’s first direct-to-home satellite network from April 1981 until May 1984.
Mr. Nowalsky was appointed a member of our Board of Directors in December 2007 and serves on our Compensation and Governance and Nominating (as Chairman) Committees. Mr. Nowalsky, a partner in the New Orleans-based law firm of Nowalsky, Bronston & Gothard APLLC (NBG), possesses over 20 years experience in the field of telecommunications law and regulation. Mr. Nowalsky presently is a founder and board member of Thermo Credit, LLC, a specialty finance company for the telecommunications industry and J.C. Dupont, Inc., a Louisiana based oil and gas concern. Mr. Nowalsky has been general counsel for Telemarketing Communications of America, Inc., (“TMC”), as well as lead counsel in TMC’s mergers and acquisitions program, and following TMC’s acquisition by a wholly owned subsidiary of Advanced Telecommunications Corporation, Mr. Nowalsky served as ATC’s chief regulatory counsel as well as interim general counsel. In 1990, Mr. Nowalsky left ATC to set up a private law practice specializing in telecommunications regulatory matters, mergers and acquisitions and corporate law, which later expanded to become NBG. Mr. Nowalsky has previously served as a director of the following companies: Network Long Distance, Inc., a long distance company which was acquired by IXC Communications; RFC Capital Corp., a specialty finance company dedicated exclusively to the telecommunications industry which was purchased in 1999 by TFC Financial Corp., a division of Textron (NYSE:TXT); and New South Communications, a facilities-based competitive local exchange carrier which merged to form NUVOX; W2Com, LLC, a video conferencing and distance learning provider which was acquired by Arel Communications & Software, Ltd. (NASDAQ: ARLC).
Mr. Silva, who was appointed as a member of our Board of Directors in July 2006, serves on our Audit, Compensation (as Chairman), Governance and Nominating and Finance Committees. Mr. Silva has over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications and high tech industry, and he has held a variety of positions in business development, sales, marketing, software engineering, and systems engineering during this time. In May 2003, Mr. Silva started Anza Borrego Partners (ABP) as a management consulting firm designed to support entrepreneurs in the growth of their businesses. Mr. Silva is currently president and CEO of Cognigen Business Systems, Inc., a joint venture of ABP and Cognigen Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNGW). Mr. Silva was Senior Vice-President for SAIC’s Converged Network Professional services organization from July 1998 to May 2003. From September 1994 to June 1998, he was with Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bell Communications Research, or Bellcore), where he implemented the first VoIP softswitch in the cable industry.
Robert D. ("RD") Whitney
Mr. Whitney was appointed a member of our Board of Directors in April 2011 and serves on our Audit Committee. Mr. Whitney has been the Executive Director of the Institute of Finance and Management (“IOFM”) since it was acquired in April 2013 by Diversified Business Communications (“DBC”) and has recently been appointed as Group Vice President. From January 2011 through April 2013, Mr. Whitney was a partner with Greenhaven Partners (“Greenhaven”), a private-equity firm focusing on investments in specialty information and digital media oriented businesses, and in connection with that role was Chief Executive Officer of two Greenhaven owned entities - Management Networks, LLC (which included IOFM and was sold to DBC as discussed above) and Exchange Networks, LLC (a MarketPlace365 promoter) and Chief Operating Officer of a third - Chief Executive Group, LLC. From 2008 through 2010, Mr. Whitney was CEO of the online media division of the Tarsus Group, PLC, a London-based B2B conference and event producer (TRS.L) and in this position he was also associated with Onstream in various roles during the development and commercial introduction phases of MarketPlace365. From 1997 through 2005, and again in 2006 through 2008, he served in various roles (including Vice President of Operations and General Manager) with Kennedy Information, a firm specializing in delivering market intelligence through multiple media. During this time, Mr. Whitney was instrumental in the sale of Kennedy Information to its current parent company, BNA, which was the largest independent publisher of information and analysis products for professionals in business and government. He also has held positions at Kluwer Law International (a division of Wolters Kluwer), the Thompson Publishing Group, Yankee Publishing, Vicon Publishing and Connell Communications (a division of IDG). Mr. Whitney holds an MBA from Fitchburg State College and a BS from Bentley University.