AXEL is a team of passionate technologists and business innovators with a proven track record and driven to deliver the future of data custody
Meet The Team
Tony TanCEO & Chairman
A visionary and philanthropist with a long string of entrepreneurial successes, Tony founded and ran ZCorum, America.net, and ISP Alliance. He built one of the first wholesale Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the United States, and has a track record of rapidly transforming tiny startups into large, multi-million dollar businesses. Tony held global management positions at First Chicago Bank (now JP Morgan Chase), Securities Counsel, and the YMCA. He’s also an avid investor and has driven multiple charitable initiatives both domestically and abroad. Tony carries an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago, an MA in Economics with honors from Western Michigan University, and a CFP certification.
Ben OwCTO & President
Ben has a strong history of leading the creation of stunning, industry-shaking technologies. He started and cultivated a one-man operation into a powerhouse computing company that represented brands like Panasonic, Fujitsu, and Acer. He’s co-founded several successful businesses, held executive leadership positions in more, and is the mastermind behind ViaCube, the winner of CES’s 2006 Best Of Innovation Award. He also completed all course work for the PHD program in Artificial Intelligence at Northwestern University.
Jeremy ForsbergChief Marketing Officer
Jeremy was co-founder and CEO of the NAVADA Group – a creative agency that worked with some of Europe’s most powerful and recognizable brands. He boosted audience engagement for a horse racing brand by over 2,000%, turning it into the top racing brand in the UK. He’s best known for leading the award-winning Road Respect campaign, wielding viral content to slash drunk driving incidents. Jeremy is a regular guest on BBC Radio and holds a postgraduate degree from Newcastle University. He also earned a CPE in Law from the University of Northumbria.
Lee EyermanVP, Technology and Blockchain
Lee is a seasoned entrepreneur, IT professional, and lifelong technologist with expertise in application, web, and database development. Lee started his first company during the dot-com boom and was able to sell the company’s closely held intellectual property to a top software firm. For the past year he has been working on integrating the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) and Distributed Database (DDB) technologies with Blockchain technology. Lee holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, a Juris Doctor degree in law, and is completing his Master’s degree in Applied Behaviorism.
Dave KaplanVP, General Counsel
A proven attorney who focuses on the intersection of business, technology, and law. Dave has played a leading role in high-stakes litigation in a broad array of forums, including in many patent matters. He has represented clients such as Volkswagen, Sony, Lenovo, Olympus, Toyota, and GE Healthcare, but also has successfully represented clients against adversaries with much deeper pockets. Dave carries a B.S.E. from the University of Michigan College of Engineering and a law degree from Rutgers University.
Rick StilesVP, Product Development
A communications technology veteran with decades of experience, Rick has spearheaded the development of many innovative communications technologies, some of which are commonly used today. He’s served as Vice-President of major telecom companies like HyperEdge and NA Communications, and led product development at others. Rick is named in several significant U.S. patents.
Jeff MaherVP, Communications
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and veteran broadcaster spending the last 14 years working in television. Prior to joining AXEL, he was anchor and host of ‘Wake up with the CW’, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jeff produced hundreds of videos and segments relating to technology and trending stories, and was among the first broadcasters to launch a commercialized YouTube channel. Jeff also spent years working as a reporter and anchor for the NBC affiliates in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Midland, Texas. His work has been seen on Inside Edition, NBC Nightly, The Today Show, Animal Planet, CNN, and CNBC. Jeff has received top awards over his career from the Associated Press, New Mexico Broadcasters Association, and Society of Professional Journalists. Jeff is a graduate of Metro State University in Denver, Colorado.
Diane ZhangVP, Finance
With an excellent undergraduate academic record, Diane was offered a research assistantship to pursue graduate studies at The University of Cincinnati. She graduated with an MA in Economics and then pursued her passion for accounting and finance. A Certified Public Account (CPA) since 2006, Diane has accumulated years of hands-on experience in finance and accounting through working for public and private companies across a variety of different industries.
Dmitry KogosovVP, Operations
Retail. Mortgage Banking. Tech. Dmitry has supervised teams in all these fields, and many more besides. At IngramMicro, he handled clients like Dell and other national brands. His specialty is pulling people together from different parts of the world, each with their own time and language and culture – and creating a cohesive team focused on a singular goal. Dmitry is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, with dual majors in Political Science and Economics.
Brian WilliamsVP, Business Development
Brian is a serial entrepreneur with a passion rooted deeply in business development. Since early 2000 he has created numerous brands with successful exits. Most notably is his latest venture, BluMartini, which is a mobile stock trading platform that he grew to roughly 500,000 pre-registrants in 5 months. Through his experiences Brian has created a global network in multiple industries. He has raised millions over the last 15 years for multiple brands, secured numerous high-profile partnerships, and has advised and mentored founders of tech-driven startups from idea to launch.
Daniel LindsayVP, Corporate Development
Daniel is a veteran in the financial industry with experience in consumer lending, retail banking, treasury services, and ultra-high net worth wealth management. He graduated with a degree in Finance from Michigan State University and then went on to manage a financial institution in Las Vegas while concurrently earning his MBA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Immediately following graduate school, Dan worked for a large regional bank providing financial consulting services before pursuing a law degree from Western Michigan University where he not only completed his JD, but also an LLM in taxation. After law school, Daniel was instrumental in the formation of a successful Registered Investment Advisor firm where he played a key role for several years. Daniel holds multiple FINRA licenses and a CFP designation.
Dmytro AshkinaziDirector, European Operations
Veteran entrepreneur and software specialist. Dmytro founded, built, and sold Dneper and iDom, two European tech companies. He’s spent years in IT consulting, helping businesses develop incredible technologies. He brings with him a strong business skill set and vast technical acumen that are born of his experience working in some of the world’s best-known tech giants. Dmytro holds a Master’s degree from Dnipropetrosvk National University in Software Development.
David DengExecutive Director, Asian Operations
David has extensive experience in the high-tech industry in China, working at companies such as The Southwest Institute of Physics, Neusoft Group, and Vanceinfo – rising through the ranks with each position. A master at building teams that work cohesively to meet their objective, David also brings with him years of engineering, technical, and operations experience. David has a Bachelor’s degree from Sichuan University in Science and Technology of Electronics.
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