Tim Vitou, as of January 2017, has been promoted from Senior V.P. to the President of RELM Wireless Corporation. Tim comes from a background of success as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at BK Technologies since 2007, and has established a deeply embedded career in the Wireless Communications Industry. Tim is a visionary leader whose contributions to the market, and to BK Tech, stem from over 30 years of experience in continuously surpassing corporate revenue and profit objectives, building immediate-impact and motivated teams, setting clear strategic direction, and launching market-changing new products. Tim also has unique experience of successfully marketing and selling to Enterprises, Wireless Operators, Retailers, Federal Government, and State and Local Government for both hardware and software solutions in North America, South America, EMEA and Asia.
William P. Kelly
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
William P. Kelly has been our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since July 1997, and Secretary since June 2000. From October 1995 to June 1997, he was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of our subsidiary, RELM Communications, Inc. From January 1993 to October 1995, he was the Financial Director of Harris Corp. Semiconductor Sector.
James E. Gilley
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
James E. Gilley has been our Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer since July 2008. He was previously a Principal Investigator for 3eti and Director of Engineering and Chief Scientist at Transcrypt International. Mr. Gilley received both MS and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nebraska, where he graduated with honors.
Timothy W. O’Neil
Timothy W. O’Neil has been a director since August 2006 and as of March 2016 is our Chairman. He currently serves as the chief executive officer and president of EyeSee360, Inc., a technology company specializing in single-shot panoramic imaging for still and video photography. From 2002 to 2012 he served as the managing director of The EON Group, an independent wireless technology research boutique, which he founded in 2002. From 2003 to 2004, he served as a portfolio manager at Sigma Asset Management, an independent financial adviser. From 1997 to 2002, he was a managing director and a top-ranked “Wall Street Journal” wireless telecommunication’s analyst at Soundview Technology Group, a technology-focused investment bank that was acquired by Charles Schwab Corp. in 2003. Mr. O’Neil received a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1991 and an undergraduate degree in Finance and Computer Science from Boston College.
Lewis M. Johnson
Lewis M. Johnson is President, Co-Founder and Partner of Fundamental Global Investors, LLC, an SEC registered investment advisor that manages equity and fixed income hedge funds and is the largest stockholder of the Company. In addition, Mr. Johnson is Co-Chief Investment Officer of Capital Wealth Advisors, a wealth advisor and multi-family office affiliated with Fundamental Global Investors, LLC. Prior to co-founding Fundamental Global Investors, LLC and partnering with Capital Wealth Advisors, Mr. Johnson was a private investor from 2010 to 2012. From 2008 to 2010 Mr. Johnson served as Portfolio Manager and Managing Director at Louis Dreyfus Highbridge Energy. Previously, Mr. Johnson was a Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager and Analyst at Pequot Capital from 2006-2007. Prior to joining Pequot Capital, Mr. Johnson was a Vice President and Analyst at T. Rowe Price from 2000-2006. Mr. Johnson worked as an Analyst at Capital Research and Management in 1999 and a Vice President at AYSA from 1992-1998. Mr. Johnson received an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in addition to a MA in Political Science and a BA in International Studies from Emory University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Kyle Cerminara is CEO, Co-Founder & Partner of Fundamental Global Investors and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Capital Wealth Advisors, our affiliated family office and wealth advisor. Kyle is also on the Board of Directors of blueharbor bank, a publicly traded community bank in Mooresville, NC., as well as the Board of Directors of Ballantyne Strong (NYSE: BTN), a provider of digital technology services, products, and solutions. Prior to co-founding Fundamental Global Investors and partnering with Capital Wealth Advisors, Kyle was a Portfolio Manager at Sigma Capital Management from 2011-2012. Kyle was a Director and Sector Head of the Financials Industry at Highside Capital Management from 2009-2011. Previously, Kyle was a Portfolio Manager and Director at CR Intrinsic Investors from 2007-2009. Prior to joining CR Intrinsic Investors, Kyle was a Vice President, Associate Portfolio Manager and Analyst at T. Rowe Price from 2001-2007 and an Analyst at Legg Mason from 2000-2001. Kyle received an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and a BS in Finance and Accounting from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland where he was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, a NCAA All Academic All American and Co-Captain of the Men’s Varsity tennis team. Kyle also completed a China Executive Residency at the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in Beijing, China. Kyle has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
General Eugene Gray Payne
General Eugene Gray Payne has served as Senior Vice President of The Columbia Group (“TCG”), where he has been responsible for managing the Marine Corps Programs Division (since September 2010) and the Navy Programs Division (since October 2013), with combined revenue of approximately $29 million. TCG is a federal consulting firm working with the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, NOAA and private clients. TCG consults in the areas of logistics, acquisitions, program management, information technology, training, marine architecture and engineering, and command and control systems. Since December 2011, General Payne has also provided consulting services to and served on the Advisory Council of Marstel-Day, LLC, located in Fredericksburg, Virginia, which consults in the areas of conservation, environmental compliance, and encroachment. Prior to September 2010, General Payne was on active duty with the Marine Corps for 10 years, retiring as a Major General. Prior to March 2001, he worked with a number of companies in various capacities, including as a management consultant, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer. General Payne currently serves on two non-profit boards: The Marine Corps Association (since 2004) and the Marine Corps Association Foundation (since 2010). He brings extensive strategic, operational and leadership experience to the Board.