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Management Bios

Todd D. GrahamTodd D. Graham
President / Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Graham, has over 17 years of experience in the investment and venture capital industries making investments, conducting due diligence, and managing portfolio operating companies. He is a founder and principal of First/Third Capital partners, LLC, and has spent the past 2 years working with the technology and moving it toward commercialization. Prior to that, Mr. Graham spent 8 years as a principal of Vector Capital, and its affiliates, developing, executing and overseeing the firms’ investment, acquisition and advisory businesses. Mr. Graham’s responsibilities have included development of investment strategy, target selection, due diligence, transaction negotiations, development of capital structures and financings, and direct operational responsibility for several companies which have become portfolio investments.

Prior to joining Vector, Mr. Graham specialized in providing portfolio management, corporate finance and investment management consulting services to institutional clients. During his career, Mr. Graham has participated in over $400 million of transactions including, restructurings, Mergers and acquisitions, LBO’s, and debt and equity private placements, and has had direct investment responsibility on over $90 million.

Mr. Graham, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, is a graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, with both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business Administration Degree.
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John J. Graham
Chairman of The Board

John J. Graham is a founding partner of Graham Partners, a financial and management advisory firm, where he serves as Managing Partner. Since 1994 Mr. Graham has engaged in private equity investments for early stage companies, where, most recently, he served as Chairman of the Board of NOVA Technology Corporation , a Lafayette based energy service company specializing in deep water completions, where he raised $2.5 million in startup capital from Louisiana based Capco’s and, several years later,  assisted in the sale of the company to Baker Hughes for $70 million

Mr. Graham graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 1961 with a degree in geology and from Louisiana State University's Law School in 1964, where he was associate editor of the Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. After graduation, he practiced with the law firm of Milling, Benson, Woodward, Hillyer, and Pierson in New Orleans, where he specialized in oil and gas law and became a partner in 1967.

Resigning from his law partnership in 1969, Mr. Graham entered the private business sector where he became actively engaged in oil and gas exploration, the acquisition and management of producing oil and gas properties and the management and development of oil service companies. From 1975 until the Company's sale in 1994, Mr. Graham was president, chief executive officer and chairman of Graham Resources, Inc., a private company engaged in investment management in the oil production and oil service industries. During that period, Graham Resources raised and invested approximately $2 billion in various energy-related investments, including over 100 mergers and acquisitions. He is a former director of McMoRan Exploration Co., predecessor to Freeport McMoRan Inc., and a former director and Chairman of the Board of Newpark Resources, Inc. (NYSE).

In addition to his extensive business experience, Mr. Graham has made significant contribution to civic, community and educational organizations serving in leadership positions of: Louisiana LEARN Commission, the Executive Committee of the Greater New Orleans Education Foundation, the Tulane University School of Business Advisory Council, the Boards of Trustees of Christian Health Ministries and Baptist Community Ministries, the Louisiana Partnership for Technology & Innovations and its predecessor, Gulf South Research Institute, the Louisiana Association of Independent Producers and Royalty Owners, the National Petroleum Council appointed by President Ronald Reagan, the Board of Trustees of Southern University Baton Rouge), the Board of Trustees of the Louisiana State Board of Commerce and Industry, the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans, the Business Council of New Orleans, and the Board of Trustees of Southern Baptist Hospital.
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E. Byron MarbleyE. Byron Marbley
Consultant and Advisor

Mr. Marbley is an experienced expert-level environmental professional excelling in areas of Environmental Law, Oil and Gas Law, Utility Operations Management, Water and Wastewater Operations, Chemical Testing and Process Monitoring, Regulatory Compliance, along with Business and Governmental Advocacy.

Mr. Marbley served as a senior executive for the City of Houston’s water distribution system which is one of the largest in the United States. He participated in the successful management of a $90 million dollar budget which included executive level management of Plant Operations, Distribution System Operations, Laboratory Operations, Regulatory Compliance, Source Water Protection, and Contract Engineering. Prior to a 24 year tenure with the City of Houston, Mr. Marbley worked as a Chemist in the Analytical Support Group of Nalco Chemical Corporation.

Mr. Marbley’s experience includes the interpretation and application of environmental laws and regulations governing the Clean Water Act (CWA), Clean Air Act (CAA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), National Pollution Discharge and Elimination System (NPDES), Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA), Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation Liability Act (CERCLA), as well as guidelines under DOT, HAZMAT, and OSHA. He currently serves as an insightful leader and trusted resource to such organizations as the American Water Works Association, American Chemical Society, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Geological Service (USGS), Anti-Terrorism Task Force – U.S. Attorney’s Office, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and the Houston-Galveston Area Council.

Mr. Marbley has had the responsibility of administering and managing numerous federal and state grants having a major impact on the Texas Gulf Coast Region. Through the Public Health Preparedness Grant, Mr. Marbley successfully led efforts in the development and construction of a multi-million dollar Bio-Safety Level 3 - Laboratory for use in Bioterrorism testing. This facility remains the only Bioterrorism testing facility in the greater Houston area. Through his leadership with the state’s Clean Rivers Grant, Mr. Marbley has been instrumental in protecting various lakes, rivers, and streams from the influx of toxic pollutants. In 2007, Mr. Marbley was selected to be a member of a U.S. delegation of technical professionals who traveled to China in an effort to assist Chinese governmental officials develop and manage environmental policies aimed at reducing the discharge of toxic pollutants.

Mr. Marbley is a native Houstonian, and resides in Houston. He is a founder and principal of Environmental Law Consultants, an environmental consulting firm specializing in assisting clients with adherence to various laws and regulations governing the discharge of toxic pollutants associated with air, water, wastewater, oil, gas, and industrial chemicals. Mr. Marbley has had the distinct pleasure of serving as an environmental advocate for both public and private sector corporate entities. His academic training includes having earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Prairie View A&M University in 1984, a Master of Science degree in Chemistry from Texas Southern University in 1991, and a Doctorate of Juris Prudence (J.D.) from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 2001. Additionally, in 2008, Mr. Marbley was awarded the esteemed designation of Certified Public Manager (CPM) for the great State of Texas.
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Todd D. Graham

John J. Graham

Consultant and Advisor
E. Byron Marbley
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