Milton C. (Todd) Ault III, the Chairman of the Board of our company, has nearly 30 years of experience identifyingvalue in multiple asset classes in numerous financial markets as an entrepreneur, private equity investor, board member andcorporate executive. Since March 2017, Mr. Ault has spent a substantial portion of his time transforming BitNile into a diversified holding company with interests in the defense-aerospace, industrial, automobile, telecommunications, medical-biopharma andtextile industries. Mr. Ault has been the Executive Chairman of the Board of BitNile from March 2017 to date, and served as its Chief Executive Officer from December 2017 to January 2021.
Mr. Ault also serves as the Chairman Emeritus of Alzamend Neuro, Inc. ("Alzamend Neuro"), a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel products for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases and psychiatric disorders, since June 2021, and previously served as its Executive Chairman of the Board from February 2016 to June 2021. Mr. Ault serves asthe Executive Chairman of the Board of Avalanche International Corp. dba MTIX International ("Avalanche"), a publicly-traded company engaged in developing advanced materials and processing technology for textile applications, since September 2014.Further, Mr. Ault serves as the Chairman of the Board of Ault & Company, Inc., a holding company with various investments, since December 2015. Additionally, Mr. Ault has been the Vice President of Business Development for MCKEA Holdings, LLC, a private wealth management family office, since January 2011.
As our Chairman, Mr. Ault will lead our board of directors and guide our company. Mr. Ault brings extensive knowledge of the current business environment and a deep background in identifying undervalued businesses and disruptive technology companies and transactional expertise in mergers and acquisitions, financial restructuring and capital markets.
William B. Horne, our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors, has also been a key team member of BitNile. He has been BitNile’s Chief Executive Officer since January 2021, its President from August 2020 to January 2021, and its Chief Financial Officer from January 2018 to August 2020. Mr. Horne joined the board of directors of BitNile in October 2016. Mr. Horne has demonstrated day-to-day operational leadership of BitNile and experience with a range of disruptive technology companies in quickly evolving industries, as well as extensive knowledge of complex financial and accounting issues.
Mr. Horne has been the Chairman of the Board of Alzamend Neuro since June 2021 and served as its Chief Financial Officer from June 2016 to December 2018 and director from June 2016 to June 2021. He is also a director and the Chief Financial Officer of Avalanche since June 2016. Mr. Horne previously served as Chief Financial Officer of OptimisCorp, a healthcare technology developer, from January 2008 to May 2013, and Chief Financial Officer of Patient Safety Technologies, Inc., a medical device provider, from June 2005 to October 2008, and its interim Chief Executive Officer from January 2007 to April 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Horne held supervisory positions at the accounting firm Price Waterhouse, LLP (now PwC). Mr. Horneearned a B.A. degree in accounting from Seattle University.
Henry C.W. Nisser, our President, General Counsel and a member of our board of directors, joined BitNile as its Executive Vice President and General Counsel in May 2019, and became a director in September 2020 and President, while remaining its General Counsel, in January 2021. Mr. Nisser is well qualified in his position due to his substantial knowledge and more than two decades of working experience in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate controls and governance.
Mr. Nisser has served as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Alzamend Neuro on a part-time basis since May 2019, and has been a director of that company since September 2020. Mr. Nisser has also been the Executive VicePresident and General Counsel of Avalanche since May 2019. Prior to joining BitNile and these companies, Mr. Nisser practiced law at the New York law firm Sichenzia Ross Ference LLP from October 2011 to April 2019, concentrating on national and international corporate law, with a focus on U.S. federal securities law compliance, mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, and corporate governance. Mr. Nisser earned a B.A. degree in international relations and economics from ConnecticutCollege and an LL.B. from University of Buckingham School of Law in the United Kingdom. Mr. Nisser speaks fluent French and Swedish and is conversant in Italian.
Kenneth S. Cragun, our Chief Financial Officer, has been the Chief Financial Officer of BitNile since August 2020 and Senior Vice President of Finance of Alzamend Neuro on a part-time basis since June 2021, and was previously its Chief FinancialOfficer on a part-time basis from December 2018 to June 2021. Mr. Cragun currently sits on the board of directors and is the chairman of the audit committee of Verb Technology Company, Inc. (Nasdaq: VERB), a publicly-traded software-as-a-service applications platform developer, since September 2018.
Mr. Cragun served as a CFO Partner at Hardesty, LLC, a national executive services firm, from October 2016 to December 2018. His assignments at Hardesty included serving as Chief Financial Officer of CorVel Corporation (Nasdaq:CRVL), a publicly-traded healthcare risk management software company, and RISA Tech, Inc., a structural design and optimization software company. Mr. Cragun also served as Chief Financial Officer of two Nasdaq-traded companies, LocalCorporation, which operated a U.S. top 100 website “Local.com” and, in June 2015, filed a voluntary petition in the United StatesBankruptcy Court for the Central District of California seeking relief under the provisions of Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code,from April 2009 to September 2016, and Modtech Holdings, Inc., a supplier of modular buildings, from June 2006 to March2009. Mr. Cragun began his career at the accounting firm Deloitte. Mr. Cragun earned a B.S. degree in accounting from ColoradoState University-Pueblo.
David Katzoff, our Vice President – Finance, has been the Senior Vice President of Finance of BitNile since January 2019. He is also the Chief Operating Officer of Alzamend Neuro since December 2020 and was previously its Senior VicePresident of Operations from November 2019 to December 2020. Mr. Katzoff served as the Chief Financial Officer of LuminaMedia, LLC, a privately-held media company and publisher of life-style publications, from 2015 to December 2018, and VicePresident of Finance of Local Corporation from 2003 to 2017. Mr. Katzoff earned a B.S. degree in business management from the University of California at Davis.