EXECUTIVE TEAM

World Class Senior Management with global expertise across institutional investment, blockchain technology, Fortune 100 Companies, Global Investments – creating innovative and intelligent blockchain investments.

John McCorvey III

CEO | Founder | Portfolio Manager

John McCorvey III is the Founder and CEO of Blockchain Financial Group which is a blockchain technology business with operations in financial services, digital security token structuring, coding/programming and deployment, as well as blockchain technology and cryptocurrency investments. Blockchain Financial Group holdings include Blockchain Venture Studios, Stonegate Global Fund Services, Stonegate Global Financial Technologies and Stonegate Digital Capital Group.

Mr. McCorvey is also the Founder of Stonegate Global, a diversified financial services company. The Stonegate Global family of companies provides investment fund formation and administration, offshore trust formation and administration, as well as technology solutions for offshore and domestic investment funds, including hedge funds, cryptocurrency funds, commodity pools, venture capital funds, private equity funds, asset-based lending funds, credit funds and real estate funds.

Mr. McCorvey has almost 25 years of experience serving private clients in the alternative and institutional investments industry. Mr. McCorvey began his institutional investment career in 1994 as a financial analyst for the Florida State Board of Administration, the now ~$150 billion pension fund for the state of Florida, performing analysis for multiple portfolios for the fund’s assets which then totaled approximately $65 billion. Mr. McCorvey was the senior vice president of Neovest, which was subsequently sold to JP Morgan in 2005. Mr. McCorvey served as the senior vice president of MadisonGrey, (which, at the time was Bank of Butterfield’s domestic Hedge Fund Administration business) where he led the firm’s growth from approximately $100 million assets under administration to approximately $2 billion until 2007 upon founding Stonegate Global.

Mr. McCorvey has been cited in various publications, including HFMWeek, Acquisitions International, Global Custodian, Securities Technology Monitor, Institutional Investor, Clearing Quarterly, and Hedge Fund Marketing Alliance. Mr. McCorvey is also a speaker at hedge fund and family office conferences.

Mr. McCorvey studied investment management at Harvard Business School, successfully completing the Private Equity and Venture Capital program. As a 1994 ACC Academic All-American, Mr. McCorvey holds a BS in finance with a minor in economics from Florida State University, and was a member of the 1993 Florida State University Seminoles National Championship Football Team under legendary Coach Bobby Bowden.

William Uicker

Chief Strategy Officer

Mr. William Uicker currently serves as a Chief Strategy Officer for Blockchain Financial Group and the Stonegate family of companies. Mr. Uicker oversees the development, communication, execution, and sustainability of strategic corporate initiatives, he also analyses various fund investments and takes part in the due diligence process.

Mr. Uicker is a frequent speaker at global blockchain technology, cryptocurrency & investment conferences, participating on a number of advisory boards within the blockchain space. William first learned about blockchain technology and cryptocurrency in 2011 and began analyzing the markets in 2016. Mr. Uicker is launching ``Blockchain Venture TV Show” December 2018, where he will interview global leaders and executives in the blockchain technology and investment industries.

Mr. Uicker is experienced in global market analysis in various industries including medical research, blockchain technology, financial services, technology, retail, as well as the marketing and travel sectors. In his previous ventures, Mr. Uicker led business development, sales and marketing for an innovative technology research company creating novel and innovative solutions for hospital associated infections; developing implantable hydrogels that prevented hospital associated infections by disrupting pathogenic biofilms.

His experience spans the start-up world, drawing from over 10 years in generating growth in numerous startups across a number of industries, from global market analytics, to leadership roles, operations and executive support. He holds an Bachelors degree in Business Administration & Hospitality Management from the Florida State University.

Michelle Vickers

Chief Financial Officer

Mrs. Mechelle Vickers currently serves as the CFO for Stonegate Digital and helps oversee the company’s financial operations. She has served as CFO for Stonegate Global’s outsourced investment fund operations for the past few years, handling CFO work for various funds in different asset classes. Mrs. Vickers also served as CFO for Piedmont Investment Advisory for 20 years and was a senior manager at MadisonGrey Fund Services. Prior to hedge fund accounting she worked in the banking industry. Mrs. Vickers holds a BBA in Accounting from University of North Georgia

Anthony Caselli

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Anthony Caselli currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Stonegate Digital Capital Group. Mr. Caselli most recently served as the Chief Financial Officer for MainLine West, a hedge fund group in Denver, Colorado. In that capacity, he oversaw the firm’s expansion from $60mm in AUM to over $250mm in AUM. Mr. Caselli was instrumental in the growth team as well as streamlining operational processes to allow for the company’s expansion. Prior to MainLine, he worked at Spicer Jeffries, a hedge fund audit and taxation firm in Greenwood Village, Colorado. During his time at Spicer Jeffries, Mr. Caselli opened the company’s second office in Palm Beach Gardens and oversaw the day-to-day operations.

Mr. Caselli is a graduate of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, at Boulder where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with dual emphasis in Finance and Accounting.

BOARD OF ADVISORS

World Class Board of Advisors, with global expertise across institutional and alternative investments, blockchain technology, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Internet of Things, Entertainment, Media, Fortune 100 Companies, Global Investments – creating innovative and intelligent blockchain investments.

Al Weiss

Partner, Apollo Capital

As a partner in Apollo Capital Management, a private equity firm, Weiss is involved in company analyses to support potential acquisitions and management. Weiss had direct involvement in the acquisition of Chuck E. Cheese Entertainment in 2014 and currently serves on their Board of Directors. Weiss was also involved in the acquisition and negotiations for the sale of Great Wolf Resorts. Weiss became the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Great Wolf and later Executive Chairman. Weiss was also involved in the acquisition of Diamond Resorts International, which closed in Sept. 2016, and currently serves on their Board of Directors.

Weiss had a 39-year career at Disney. His last position was President of Worldwide Operations for Disney's $10 Billion+/95,000 employee Walt Disney Parks and Resorts business. He was responsible for the company’s theme parks and resorts including the Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, and Disneyland Resort Paris, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club, ``Adventures by Disney``, and the line-of-business responsibility for Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Tokyo Disney Resort.

He serves on the Alticor (Amway) Board of Directors, Chuck E. Cheese Entertainment Board of Directors, ClubCorp Board of Directors, Diamond Resorts International Board of Directors, Dick’s Sporting Goods Board of Directors and Marilyn Monroe Spas LLC Board of Directors. He previously served on the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission Governor’s Council, was a National Board Member of the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute and was appointed by the U.S. Commerce Secretary as a founding member to the Corporation for Travel Promotion Board of Directors. He was named “Most Influential Businessman in Central Florida” by the Orlando Business Journal in 2005.

Eric Ervin

CEO, Reality Shares & BlockForce Capital

Eric Ervin is the Founder and CEO of Blockforce Capital and Reality Shares, a firm known for ETF industry innovation. Eric launched Reality Shares in 2012 with the goal of better providing investors a range of rules-based ETFs, alternative indices, and quantitative tools helping investors and advisors of all sizes analyze and access institutional-quality investment strategies. By bringing an innovative approach to dividend analysis and investing, he led the launch of investment analytics tools including Blockchain Score™, a blockchain company evaluation system, DIVCON®, a dividend health analysis system, and the Guard Indicator, a directional market indicator.

Eric has 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, including 14 years as a Certified Financial Planner practitioner and a Chartered Financial Consultant. Prior to founding Reality Shares, Eric worked at Morgan Stanley, where he built the Ervin Miller Group, a highly-recognized wealth management franchise, Citigroup, Smith Barney, and Morgan Stanley.

Dr. David Metcalf

Global Director, METIL Lab

David Metcalf has more than 20 years’ experience in the design and research of web-based and mobile technologies converging to enable learning and healthcare. Dr. Metcalf is Director of the Mixed Emerging Technology Integration Lab (METIL) at UCF’s Institute for Simulation and Training. The team has built mHealth solutions, simulations, games, eLearning, mobile and enterprise IT systems for Google, J&J, VA, U.S. military and UCF’s College of Medicine among others. Recent projects include Lake Nona’s Intelligent Home and transmedia, adaptive learning projects using mobile, AR and sims. Dr. Metcalf encourages spinoffs from the lab as part of the innovation process and has launched Merging Traffic, a centralized global capital formation engine with projects and alliances throughout the world, and several other for-profit and nonprofit ventures as examples. In addition to research and commercial investments, he supports social entrepreneurship in education and health. Simulation, mobilization, mobile patient records and medical decision support systems, visualization systems, scalability models, secure mobile data communications, gaming, innovation management and operational excellence are current research topics. Dr. Metcalf frequently presents at industry and research events shaping business strategy and use of technology to improve learning, health and human performance. For more information see http://metil.org. He is the co-editor/author of Blockchain Enabled Applications (2018), Connected Health (2017), HIMSS mHealth Innovation (2014) and the HIMSS best-seller mHealth: From Smartphones to Smart Systems (2012).

Specialties: Blockchain, Cybersecurity, Innovation Management, Strategy, mHealth, mLearning, Healthcare IT, Learning strategy, technology advisement and investing. Research and design capabilities for cost-effective real-world learning and simulation initiatives.

Dr. Metcalf earned his Ph.D. in Information Systems (1998) from Nova SE University while also earning an MS in Computer-Based Learning (1996) there. After earning his BA in Studio Art -Computer Graphics concentration (1990) from the University of Texas, Austin, NASA also sent him to Stanford University’s ADEPT Online Engineering Program.

Outside of his duties as a researcher at UCF, David is active on several for-profit boards (Merging Traffic, Global Blockchain Ventures Fund, InteCrowd, Significant Systems) and nonprofit boards including CCM/Medi-Share, the largest Health Sharing Ministry in the US and as Chairman of David C Cook, Christian publisher. Both nonprofit ministries focus on meeting their Christian mission through sustainable business practices and measuring impact.

Dr. Max Hooper

Managing Director, Global Blockchain Venture & Merging Traffic

Max Hooper is responsible for the management and growth strategy of Merging Traffic, serving as the corporate liaison to multiple industries and various capital formation groups. Prior to starting Merging Traffic, Max was co-founder of Equity Broadcasting Corporation -- a media company that owned and operated more than one hundred television stations across the United States. Dr. Hooper was responsible for activities in the cable, satellite, investment banking and technology industries, , and during his tenure, it grew to become one of the ten largest broadcasting companies in the country.

Dr. Hooper has started multiple businesses in the technology, lodging, internet and service industries. Additionally, he served as President of Mergers and Acquisitions for a national financial services company. Max has served on the investment committee of several venture capital and angel funds, and has completed ``work out`` transactions as a Certified Debt Arbitrator representing banks and private transactions. A lifelong learner, Dr. Hooper has earned five doctorate degrees, Ph.D, D.Min, Th.D, Ph.D, D.Min, from a variety of institutions.

Alejandro Garza

Founder AZTLAN Equity Management

Alejandro H. Garza Salazar is the founder and portfolio manager of AZTLAN Equity Management LLC, an independent investment adviser specializing in small and mid-caps in Developed as well as Emerging and Frontier Markets. The firm manages a private EMF fund and a publicly listed (Mexico) DM fund, as well as separately managed accounts. Prior to AZTLAN, Alejandro worked with Ashmore Equities (US), LLC, where he helped manage alongside a team of seasoned portfolio managers and analysts several EM and Frontier equity strategies with more than $10B in assets under management. Mr. Garza holds an MBA and a BSc. Chemical Engineering, both from Monterrey Tec (ITESM).

Dieter Kondek

General Partner & Managing Director, Global Blockchain Ventures | CEO & Founder MergingMinds

Dieter Kondek is a General Partner and Managing Director of Global Blockchain Ventures, LLC. He has over 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur, startup investor and senior executive in the technology industry. He co-founded multiple successful startups and served as CEO and in senior leadership positions at both venture capital-funded and publicly listed companies in the software and infrastructure technologies industries. His extensive expertise in advising, managing, fundraising for, and investing in early stage companies will be integral to the execution of the Partnership’s investment strategy.

Mr. Kondek is currently chief executive officer & founder of Merging Minds, LLC, a Florida based Venture Studio builder and venture development platform for startups and international technology companies, which he founded in 2018. He is also currently Advisory Board Member of InXero Inc., and Society3 Group and Board Member of X-Academy which he joined in 2017.

In 2017, Mr. Kondek was elected as the Ambassador of Florida for The World Innovation Forum, based in Lausanne, Switzerland. The World Innovations Forum is bringing together the world's most innovative minds, helping entrepreneurs taking their solutions successfully to global markets – beyond just inventing. Mr. Kondek, together with the partners are giving Florida entrepreneurs and startups a voice at the World Innovation Forum.

He was founder and chief executive officer of The Rocket Lounge LLC, a coworking space and growth accelerator for European technology startups from 2016 to 2018. He was co-founder, and chief executive officer of DynaPel Systems Inc., a big data and video analytics company, from 2002 to 2006. He raised more than $10.0 million in capital and guided the company from startup to IPO on the Oslo Stock Exchange in 2005. From 2006 to 2008 he was chief executive officer of Agent Video Inc., a AI and video analytics company. He raised more than $5.0 million in capital and build a global team in the US, Israel, Europe & Asia. Previously, he led Pivot3 Inc., a Texas-based Hyperconverged storage company, as its vice president of Sales and Business Development from 2009 to 2013. Pivot3 reach leading market position in hyperconverged and video surveillance storage segment and together with the executive team he raised more than $100 million from venture capital investors.

His career began at IBM Corporation in 1976. Subsequently he co-founded the largest IBM PC reseller in Germany. He was Managing Director at public listed Computer 2000 AG from 1988 to 1994, which was subsequently merged with Tech Data Corporation, Florida largest Company by market cap and the second largest IT Distributor worldwide. He was Co-Founder and President EMEA at Tradex Technologies from 1995 to 1997, a B2B marketplace e-commerce exchange, which was acquired by Ariba, Inc. in a stock deal valued at $1.86 billion and was Florida’s first USD Billion unicorn exit.

He also served in senior executive positions at Dell Computer from 1997 to 1998, MetaCreations from 1998 to 2000 and Linotype-Hell AG from 1994 to 1995. He was formerly Board Member at Agent Video Intelligence, Inc. (USA, Israel) 2006 to 2007, DynaPel Systems, Inc. (USA, Norway) from 2002 to 2006, Linotype-Hell AG (USA, Germany) from 1994 to 1995, and Expander AB (Sweden) from 1991 to 1994.