Board of Directors

Paul Shoun
Chairman, Co-Founder, President, Chief Operating Officer, Director

- 30+ years experience in project management, product development, engineering leadership, business accounting, ERP/CRM system management and product marketing.

- Founded and led Shounco Design Studios, an engineering consulting firm focused on scalability and manufacturability of products through automation and process improvement.

Brian Schaffner
Chief Executive Officer and Director
- 30+ years of executive experience in a variety of capacities including CEO, CFO, CIO and controller.
- Former CEO of Capital Physical & Hand Therapy, a multi-site healthcare organization.
- Previously served as operations controller of senior care provider with $550M in annual revenues & $2B in assets.
- Former VP of Finance for Monterey Bay Academy.
- Served as director of development at Mount Ellis Academy where he oversaw marketing, recruiting and Alumni relations.
- Former Director of Finance at Family Help & Wellness.
Tien Q. Nguyen
Independent Director
Over the course of his career, Nguyen has gained a deep understanding of the energy challenges facing industries with high energy usage across world regions. He is an expert in comparative energy production and storage technologies in terms of cost, performance, life cycle and ROI, including technologies involving batteries, hydro-electric, super capacitor, air compressor, flywheel, diesel generators, and renewables, such as wind and solar. He previously served as chief strategy officer of On-Ramp Wireless (now Ingenu), a provider of purpose-built IoT connectivity, where he was responsible for the development of efficient wireless communication systems. Prior to that, he served as CEO of AppleTree Educational Center, a nationally accredited, non-profit organization dedicated to providing comprehensive family support services, where he helped establish an innovative new learning center for children. Nguyen also founded and served as executive vice president of CommASIC, a developer of fabless wireless broadband chipsets for handheld applications, before it was acquired by Freescale Semiconductor. At CommASIC, he initiated a unique concept of Universal Wireless Architecture (UWA) IP, a novel low-cost solution that has a low power requirement, works in multimode, and has better security over a wireless network. As CEO of Linksys Consulting, he led the development and commercialization of specialized semiconductors, including application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) development, system emulation, system validation and integration. He also led the filing of more than 10 patents covering low power consumption chip architecture and implementation. Early in his career, he served as senior staff manager at Nextwave, a software development and system consulting company, as well as at Qualcomm, a leading provider of digital wireless telecommunications products and services. He began his career as a section head at General Dynamics, a global aerospace and defense company. In these roles, he was focused on the development of ASIC technology. He earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University.
Independent Director
George Lefevre
Independent Director
Mr. Lefevre is a business consultant focused on business development and structural guidance for companies. From 2009 through 2020, Mr. Lefevre was the founder of HAPA Capital, LLC. HAPA was a consulting firm specializing in bio-technology and frontier technology. From 2014 through 2015, Mr. Lefevre was the CEO of a startup company that completed a change in management effective June 26, 2014, and expanded into hemp and cannabidiol (“CBD”) industry. The expansion was focusing on the development, research, and commercialization of products derived from hemp and cannabis plants. From 1991 to 1998, Mr. Lefevre directly invested in and managed investment portfolios. Mr. Lefevre was also the President of GL Investment Group, a regional investment bank in Southern California where he was directly responsible for providing in excess of $500 million in funding to biotechnology and high-tech companies. Mr. Lefevre graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Finance.
Independent Director
Steven M. Shum
Independent Director
Steve is the Chief Executive Officer of INVO Bioscience, Inc. (Nasdaq: INVO), a position he has held since October 10, 2019, and is also a director of INVO Bioscience, Inc., a position he has held since October 11, 2017. Previously, Mr. Shum was Interim Chief Executive Officer (from May 2019 to October 7, 2019) and Chief Financial Officer of Eastside Distilling (Nasdaq: ESDI) (from October 2015 to August 2019). Prior to joining Eastside, Mr. Shum served as an Officer and Director of XZERES Corp, a publicly-traded global renewable energy company, from October 2008 until April 2015 in various officer roles, including Chief Operating Officer from September 2014 until April 2015, Chief Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer and Secretary from April 2010 until September 2014 (under former name, Cascade Wind Corp) and Chief Executive Officer and President from October 2008 to August 2010. Mr. Shum also serves as the managing principal of Core Fund Management, LP and the Fund Manager of Core Fund, LP. He was a founder of Revere Data LLC (now part of Factset Research Systems, Inc.) and served as its Executive Vice President for four years, heading up the product development efforts and contributing to operations, business development, and sales. He spent six years as an investment research analyst and portfolio manager of D.N.B. Capital Management, Inc. His previous employers include Red Chip Review and Laughlin Group of Companies. He earned a B.S. in Finance and a B.S. in General Management from Portland State University in 1992.
Independent Director