ABOUT

BK Technologies is deeply rooted in the Public Safety Communications Industry and manufactures high specification communications equipment of unsurpassed reliability and value for use by public safety professionals and government agencies, as well as radios for use in a wide range of commercial and industrial applications.  Advances include a broad new line of leading digital two‑way radios compliant with APCO Project 25 specifications.  BK Technologies’ products are manufactured and distributed worldwide under BK Radio and RELM brand names. The Company maintains its headquarters in West Melbourne, Florida and can be contacted through its web site at www.relm.com or directly at 1‑800‑821‑2900.  The Company’s common stock trades on the NYSE MKT market under the symbol “RWC”.

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Management Team

Tim Vitou

President

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.

Directors


Kyle Cerminara

D. Kyle Cerminara was appointed to the board of directors in July 2015 and as Chairman in March 2017. Mr. Cerminara is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for Ballantyne Strong, Inc., a holding company with diverse business activities focused on serving the cinema, retail, financial and government markets. Mr. Cerminara assumed responsibilities at Ballantyne Strong in 2015. Since 2012, Mr. Cerminara has also served as the Chief Executive Officer, 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. Cerminara is Co-Chief Investment Officer of CWA Asset Management Group, LLC (d/b/a Capital Wealth Advisors), a wealth advisor and multi-family office affiliated with Fundamental Global Investors, LLC, which position he has held since 2012. Mr. Cerminara also serves as President and Trustee of StrongVest ETF Trust and Chief Executive Officer of StrongVest Global Advisors, LLC. StrongVest Global Advisors, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ballantyne Strong, is an investment advisor, and CWA Asset Management Group, LLC is a sub-advisor, to CWA Income ETF, an exchange-traded fund and series of StrongVest ETF Trust. Mr. Cerminara is a member of the Board of Directors of a number of publicly held companies focused in the insurance, technology and communications sectors, including Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (NYSE MKT: BTN) since February 2015, 1347 Property Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: PIH), a holding company, which, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in providing property and casualty insurance, since December 2016, Iteris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITI), a publicly traded applied informatics company since August 2016, and Itasca Capital, Ltd. (TSXV: ICL) (formerly Kobex Capital Corp.), a publicly traded investment firm, since June 2016. He also served on the Board of Directors of Magnetek, Inc., a publicly traded manufacturer, in 2015.  Prior to these roles, Mr. Cerminara was a Portfolio Manager at Sigma Capital Management, an independent financial adviser, from 2011 to 2012, a Director and Sector Head of the Financials Industry at Highside Capital Management from 2009 to 2011, and a Portfolio Manager and Director at CR Intrinsic Investors from 2007 to 2009. Before joining CR Intrinsic Investors, Mr. Cerminara was a Vice President, Associate Portfolio Manager and Analyst at T. Rowe Price from 2001 to 2007 and an Analyst at Legg Mason from 2000 to 2001. Mr. Cerminara received an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, where he was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, an NCAA Academic All American and Co-Captain of the men’s varsity tennis team. He also completed a China Executive Residency at the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in Beijing, China. Mr. Cerminara holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.


Lewis M. Johnson

Lewis M. Johnson was elected to the board of directors in May 2016.  Mr. Johnson is the 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 CWA Asset Management Group, LLC (d/b/a 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 to 2007. Prior to joining Pequot Capital, Mr. Johnson was a Vice President and Analyst at T. Rowe Price from 2000 to 2006. Mr. Johnson worked as an Analyst at Capital Research and Management in 1999 and a Vice President at AYSA from 1992 to 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. Mr. Johnson has served on the Board of Directors of Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (NYSE MKT: BTN), a holding company with diverse business activities focused on serving the cinema, retail, financial and government markets, since May 2016 and on the Board of Directors of 1347 Property Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: PIH), a holding company, which, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in providing property and casualty insurance, since April 2017.


General Eugene Gray Payne

General E. Gray Payne was appointed to the board of directors in January 2017. General 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 received a BS in Economics from North Carolina State University and a MS in Strategic Studies from U.S. Army War College.


Charles T. Lanktree

Charles T. Lanktree was appointed to the board of directors in March 2017.  Mr. Lanktree has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Eggland’s Best, LLC, a joint venture between Eggland’s Best, Inc. and Land O’Lakes, Inc. distributing nationally branded eggs, since 2012. Since 1997, Mr. Lanktree has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Eggland’s Best, Inc., a franchise­driven consumer egg business, where he previously served as the President and Chief Operating Officer from 1995 to 1996 and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from 1990 to 1994. Mr. Lanktree currently serves on the Board of Directors of Eggland’s Best, Inc. and several of its affiliates and on the Board of Directors of Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (NYSE MKT: BTN), a holding company with diverse business activities focused on serving the cinema, retail, financial and government markets. From 2010 to 2013, he served on the Board of Directors of Eurofresh Foods, Inc., a privately held company, and from 2004 to 2013, he was on the Board of Directors of Nature’s Harmony Foods, Inc. Prior to joining Eggland’s Best, Inc., Mr. Lanktree served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of American Mobile Communications, Inc. from 1987 to 1990 and as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Precision Target Marketing, Inc. from 1985 to 1987. From 1976 to 1985, he held various executive­level marketing positions with The Grand Union Company and Beech­Nut Foods Corporation. Mr. Lanktree received an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and a B.S. in Food Marketing from St. Joseph’s College. He also served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves from 1971 to 1977.


Ryan R. K. Turner

Ryan R. K. Turner was appointed to the board of directors in March 2017.  Mr. Turner has served as Vice President of Strategic Investments for Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (NYSE MKT: BTN), a holding company with diverse business activities focused on serving the cinema, retail, financial and government markets, since 2016.  Mr. Turner also serves as President of StrongVest Global Advisors, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ballantyne Strong.  He previously served as Director of Business Development for Ballantyne Strong, Inc. from 2015 to 2016. From 2012 to 2015, Mr. Turner served as Director of Research and Research Analyst for Fundamental Global Investors, LLC, an SEC registered investment advisor that manages equity and fixed income hedge funds and, together with Ballantyne Strong, is the largest stockholder of the Company. Prior to joining Fundamental Global Investors, LLC, Mr. Turner worked as an Associate Analyst at T. Rowe Price from 2006 to 2012, and as an Associate in the Product Services & Development Department at AST Trust Company from 2002 to 2006. Mr. Turner received an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Arizona. Mr. Turner holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.


John  W. Struble

John W. Struble was appointed to the board of directors in March 2017.  Mr. Struble has served as Chief Financial Officer of IntraPac International Corporation, a private­equity owned manufacturing company, since December 2013, where he is responsible for the finance, information technology and human resources functions. From May 2012 to December 2013, he served as Corporate Controller and Treasurer of IntraPac. From May 2010 to May 2012, he served as Corporate Controller (Operations) of Euramax International, Inc., where he was responsible for the accounting and finance functions for the North American operations. Euramax is a public company that produces aluminum, steel, vinyl and fiberglass products for OEM, distributors, contractors, and home centers in North America and Europe. Prior to that, he was Controller of Rock­Tenn Company, from December 2008 to February 2010. Mr. Struble is a Certified Public Accountant. He received an MBA from the University of Georgia and a B.S. in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo.


Michael R. Dill

Michael R. Dill was appointed to the board of directors in March 2017.  Mr. Dill has served as President of the Aerospace, Power Generation and General Industrial divisions at AFGlobal Corporation, a privately­held, integrated technology and manufacturing company, since 2014. Prior to joining AFGlobal, Mr. Dill held various positions in the Aerospace and Defense division of CIRCOR International, a publicly traded global manufacturer of highly engineered environment products (NYSE: CIR), including serving as Group Vice President from 2009 to 2014, Vice President of Business Development and Strategy from 2010 to 2011 and Director of Continuous Improvement from 2009 to 2011. From 2007 to 2009, he served as a Business Unit Director and Facility Leader within the aerospace group of Parker Hannifin Corporation (NYSE: PH), a publicly traded diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems. Before joining Parker Hannifin Corporation, he held various positions with Shaw Aero Devices, Inc., a producer of aerospace components and equipment, from 1996 to 2007, and Milliken and Company, a manufacturing company, from 1988 to 1996. Mr. Dill received a B.S. in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Company Stats

Forest Sevice Dept. of Agriculture

67,180 Radios in USFS

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10,240 Radios in Army

BK
Radio

65+ Years in Business

RELM
Wireless

180 Domestic Dealers