Paul R. Peterson

Chairman & CEO

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Mr. Peterson’s experience in business development and management includes extensive work in early stage investment, start-up, growth and ongoing management of small to mid-sized companies. From the tumultuous times of the dotcom era through today’s energy and biotech industry revolutions, Mr. Peterson has been directly involved in the roles of director, officer and investor in the start-up, development, merger, acquisition and turnaround of both private and publicly-traded companies across the spectrum. Mr. Peterson has extensive hands-on experience in the areas of investment, securities, legal, accounting, HR, sales, engineering, manufacturing and the tenacity essential to the success of any endeavor. 


Paul received a full scholarship to the University of Minnesota through the US Air Force ROTC.  While earning his undergraduate degree in Languages and Linguistics, he took a year as an exchange student to Moscow State University and from such experiences later earned a master’s degree in International Business from St. Thomas College in St. Paul (and a second master’s degree four years later in International Business Management from Kansai University of Foreign Studies in Osaka, Japan).  He speaks, reads and writes fluently in Japanese and Russian, and is conversant in Mandarin.

For twenty years, Mr. Peterson has been actively involved as an investor and advisor to startups and development stage companies, and assisting in the turnaround of troubled companies, with focus on the development and integration of renewable energy technology and biotech & biomedical solutions.

Chris L. Cass

VP, Operations

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Mr. Cass is a generalist in an era of specialist. He attended the University of Southern California under the Navy ROTC program and studied in fine arts as a photographer and sculptor. He served over six years as a Surface Warfare Officer, serving as the Operations Officer on a Minesweeper deployed to the Persian Gulf twice, and ended his service as an officer recruiter in Portland as a Lieutenant.

Chris earned an MBA from the University of Portland in 2014 and started his civilian career as a trader at the world’s largest hedge fund in Connecticut and attained his Series 7 brokerage license.

​He has also worked as VP of Sales and Head of Investor Relations at two start ups, as well as spending two seasons as a road based tour guide to National Parks throughout the country.