TekModo was founded for the purpose of developing, manufacturing and selling highly innovative material and system technologies with applications across a range of industries. TekModo develops and integrates intelligent solutions based on innovative products, services, and proprietary manufacturing processes. The business processes are oriented towards adding long-term value and competitiveness for clients, and delivering industry-leading products and customer service. TekModo’s executive team brings decades of business, finance, manufacturing, marketing and corporate governance experience to the company, with a broad skill set and an entrepreneurial culture.
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., a Director of Pinedale Energy Limited, 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.
Vince Boon, CPA, CA
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Boon is a chartered accountant with over ten years of professional accounting experience with private and public companies focusing on financial reporting, regulatory compliance, internal control and corporate finance activities. Mr. Boon's experience includes financial reporting for both Canadian and U.S. listed companies with international subsidiaries, strategic planning, tax planning, corporate governance, equity financings and due diligence for acquisitions. Mr. Boon is currently also the CFO of Japan Gold, Canada Energy Partners, and Southern Arc Minerals. Mr. Boon holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia and is a Chartered Professional Accountant, CPA, CA.
Eileen Au, BSc
Ms. Au currently serves as Corporate Secretary to various public and private companies as an employee of J. Proust & Associates Inc. Ms. Au worked in the capital markets in Asia for more than 15 years, beginning her career at an international brokerage firm before moving on to regional Asian firms. She is currently also the Corporate Secretary of Canada Energy Partners and Southern Arc Minerals, both TSX-V listed companies. Ms. Au holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Acadia University.