Joel Kanter - Chairman
Joel Kanter is currently President of Windy City, Inc., a privately-held investment firm. From 1995 to 1999, Kanter served as the Chief Ex-ecutive Officer and President of Walnut Financial Services, Inc., a publicly traded company (formerly listed on Nasdaq). Walnut Financial's primary business focus was the provision of different forms of financing to small businesses. Walnut Financial accomplished this objective by providing equity financing to start-up and early stage development companies, bridge financing and factoring services to small and medium-sized companies, and by providing later stage institutional financing to more mature enterprises through an institutional fund it ran for the Teachers Retirement System of Illinois.
Over the course of its 13 year history, Walnut Financial provided financing to over 300 companies, including many that became well known ventures including Plax Mouthwash (Oral Research Laboratories), Sonicare Toothbrushes (Optiva Corp.), the first manufacturer of Global Positioning System devices (Magellan Corp.), the largest and only nationwide Preferred Provider Organization (First Health), what became the country's fifth largest nursing home company (GranCare), and the third largest U.S. institutional pharmacy company (Vitalink Pharmacy Services, Inc.). Walnut Financial was acquired by THCG, Inc. in 1999. From 1985 through 1986, Kanter served as Managing Director of The Investors' Washington Service, an investment advisory company specializing in providing advice to large institutional clients regarding the impact of federal legislative and regulatory decisions on debt and equity markets. Clients included Amoco Oil, AT&T, Bankers Trust, Chase Manhattan Bank, General Motors and J.C. Penney.
Kanter serves on the board of directors of several public companies including I-Flow Corporation (Nasdaq:IFLO), Magna - Lab, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board:MAGLA.OB) and WaferGen BioSystems (OTCBB:WGBS.OB), which manufactures and sells systems for gene expression, genotyping and stem cell research for the life sciences pharmaceutical and drug discovery industry. Kanter served on the Board of Encore Medical Corporation (Nasdaq: ENMC) prior to its going-private merger led by Blackstone in November 2006. Kanter also serves on the board of directors of several private companies; DTS America f/k/a Med Images, Inc., a provider of integrated documentation services to surgeons and hospitals through multimedia technology, where he has served since 1989; MathMastery, Inc., a company that develops homework help products for the educational market; and Prescient Medical, Inc. an early stage company seeking methods to identify and treat vulnerable plaque in cardiology patients. He is the past President of the Board of Trustees of The Langley School in McLean Virginia and a current Trustee at the Georgetown Day School in Washington, D.C. Kanter graduated from Tulane University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.