TekModo’s executive team is supported by a Board of Directors with extensive business, manufacturing and corporate governance experience.
Jacob Vogel, BA (Business), MBA
Mr. Vogel is the Chief Executive Officer of Boat Holdings, LLC, the manufacturer and owner of several industry-leading recreational boat brands including Bennington, Godfrey, Hurricane and Rinker. Together these brands represent roughly 30% of the market share in the large and growing pontoon boat segment, and 45% in the deck boat segment. In his seven-year leadership role with the company, Mr. Vogel has achieved more than 11-fold growth in Boat Holdings’ business through both acquisitions and organic growth. Prior to his position at Boat Holdings, Mr. Vogel spent two years in investment banking, focused primarily on mergers and acquisitions, and almost seven years as a business services consultant with Accenture, where his clients included leading international companies and government agencies such as CN Rail, NASA, Johnson Controls, Corning and PepsiCo. Mr. Vogel is a triple major honors graduate with a Business degree from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
John Proust, C.Dir.
Mr. Proust is the founder and principal shareholder of numerous public and private companies. He has directed, managed and advised public and private companies regarding corporate strategy and structure, debt and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate restructuring since 1986. Mr. Proust has held senior positions and served on the boards of many private and TSX-V/CSE listed companies. He is currently Chairman and CEO of Japan Gold Corp., Chairman and CEO of Southern Arc Minerals Inc., Chairman of Canada Energy Partners Inc., Interim President & CEO and a director of Outrider Energy Corp., and a director of Q Investments Ltd. Mr. Proust received the designation of Chartered Director (C.Dir.) from McMaster University, Directors College, Michael G. DeGroote School of Business.
Mr. LaCounte is the co-founder and the Head of Business Development for TekModo LLC. He has extensive experience in developing and marketing new technologies. Mr. LaCounte was the Senior Business Unit Manager of Specialty Markets for Webasto Thermosystems, a wholly-owned division of Webasto, one of the world’s largest automotive industry suppliers. At Webasto, he was responsible for the strategy, product development, and commercial conversion of new technologies, where he managed all aspects of the military, industrial/commercial, marine, cargo, and RV market groups. He is credited with introducing a revolutionary cargo heating system to the market from concept through to global distribution. Mr. LaCounte was the Senior Business Unit Manager for Hoff and Associates Company, which supplies advanced computer-aided engineering and design services. Mr. LaCounte was also a managing director of Group Impact, an advanced polymer material science and complex rehologic thermoplastic material development company. Mr. LaCounte has a Business Degree from Indiana University.
Mr. Flanigan is a management consultant providing financial advisory services to a number of public and private oil and gas and technology companies in North America and abroad. Mr. Flanigan is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst with expertise in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, international taxation, risk management, banking, treasury, corporate restructuring and accounting, and has served as Chief Financial Officer for various public and private companies. Mr. Flanigan is currently a Principal and the CFO of Kepis & Pobe Financial Group Inc., where he is responsible for all aspects of the company’s accounting, financing, treasury, tax, legal and corporate development activities including overseeing the company’s JV relationships and implementation of certain oil & gas exploration and development contracts in the Middle East. Prior to founding his own consulting company, Mr. Flanigan served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and CFO of Qwest Investment Management Corp., where he was responsible for regulatory reporting and corporate filings for over 15 private and publicly listed companies and limited partnerships in Qwest’s portfolio, as well as arranging and closing numerous equity and debt financings. Mr. Flanigan also served as VP Corporate Development for Adelphia Communications Corporation, overseeing the company’s financial restructuring and ultimate sale to Time Warner Inc. and Comcast Corporation for approximately US$18 billion.