Our Team

CloudBurst Data Centers

Cynthia Thompson

Cofounder, Director and Chairperson

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Cynthia Thompson, the Chairperson, has a remarkable career in both public and private sectors, focusing on technology-based growth companies. With a background in Institutional Sales and Investment Banking, she facilitated over US$1 billion in capital formation, led negotiations, strategic planning, and financing for companies like Urban Seed and Nevada Gold and Casinos, showcasing expertise in technology, gaming, mining, real estate development, and agriculture.

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Cynthia has had a long and distinguished career in business and finance as a Founder, Senior Executive or financier of both public and private businesses. Her focus was on “growth companies”, particularly technology-based projects. Much of her early career was in Institutional Sales and Investment Banking, with firms such as E.F. Hutton, Shearson Lehman, Oppenheimer & Co., and D.E. Frey. 

 

She has been involved in over US$1 billion of capital formation and was personally responsible for two companies listing on the American Stock Exchange, as well as, numerous private and public financings.

 

Cynthia is Managing Director of Clay County Holdings, Inc., a Family Office located in Denver, Colorado, and sits on the Board of Jadestone Energy, a mining company, where she is a cofounder and an owner. She was also a cofounder and President of Urban Seed, formed in Nevada to hydroponically grow fruits and vegetables locally for gourmet chefs to use in high-profile restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip.

 

Cynthia was a cofounder and financial advisor to Nevada Gold and Casinos, Inc. (AMEX:UWN) and was initially invited to assist the company in its reverse merger but culminated with her leading successful negotiations to purchase contiguous properties that was assembled into the largest gaming site in Blackhawk, Colorado, USA. She went on to lead the effort to locate Nevada Gold’s first Joint Venture Partners (Caesar’s and Isle of Capri) for their first Hotel/Casino in Blackhawk.

 

Cynthia assisted and supported the company in every aspect of Nevada Gold’s growth strategy including the submission of a Bill, passed by the US Congress and signed into law by President Clinton, which resulted in the company completing its land assemblage. She was involved in all ten of Nevada Gold’s gaming/hotel projects, five commercial and five Native American. She was personally responsible for Nevada Gold’s first three successful private placements and assisted with project financing structuring for each Hotel/Casino project. She played a key role in Nevada Gold’s AMEX listing and is extremely proud that it made the Russell 3000 Index and #54 in Fortune’s, “100 fastest Growing Small US Companies”.

 

Her wide-ranging experience includes Hotels & Casinos, Real Estate, Technology, Manufacturing, Indoor Urban Agriculture, Food & Beverage, Mining and Golf. Cynthia’s wealth of expertise in executive management, team building, financings, structuring transactions, joint ventures, and strategic planning, forms the foundation of her current role as Chairperson of CloudBurst Data Centers, Inc.

Cynthia Thompson

Cofounder, Director and Chairperson

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Cynthia Thompson, the Chairperson, has a remarkable career in both public and private sectors, focusing on technology-based growth companies. With a background in Institutional Sales and Investment Banking, she facilitated over US$1 billion in capital formation, led negotiations, strategic planning, and financing for companies like Urban Seed and Nevada Gold and Casinos, showcasing expertise in technology, gaming, mining, real estate development, and agriculture.

Detailed Info

Cynthia has had a long and distinguished career in business and finance as a Founder, Senior Executive or financier of both public and private businesses. Her focus was on “growth companies”, particularly technology-based projects. Much of her early career was in Institutional Sales and Investment Banking, with firms such as E.F. Hutton, Shearson Lehman, Oppenheimer & Co., and D.E. Frey. 

 

She has been involved in over US$1 billion of capital formation and was personally responsible for two companies listing on the American Stock Exchange, as well as, numerous private and public financings.

 

Cynthia is Managing Director of Clay County Holdings, Inc., a Family Office located in Denver, Colorado, and sits on the Board of Jadestone Energy, a mining company, where she is a cofounder and an owner. She was also a cofounder and President of Urban Seed, formed in Nevada to hydroponically grow fruits and vegetables locally for gourmet chefs to use in high-profile restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip.

 

Cynthia was a cofounder and financial advisor to Nevada Gold and Casinos, Inc. (AMEX:UWN) and was initially invited to assist the company in its reverse merger but culminated with her leading successful negotiations to purchase contiguous properties that was assembled into the largest gaming site in Blackhawk, Colorado, USA. She went on to lead the effort to locate Nevada Gold’s first Joint Venture Partners (Caesar’s and Isle of Capri) for their first Hotel/Casino in Blackhawk.

 

Cynthia assisted and supported the company in every aspect of Nevada Gold’s growth strategy including the submission of a Bill, passed by the US Congress and signed into law by President Clinton, which resulted in the company completing its land assemblage. She was involved in all ten of Nevada Gold’s gaming/hotel projects, five commercial and five Native American. She was personally responsible for Nevada Gold’s first three successful private placements and assisted with project financing structuring for each Hotel/Casino project. She played a key role in Nevada Gold’s AMEX listing and is extremely proud that it made the Russell 3000 Index and #54 in Fortune’s, “100 fastest Growing Small US Companies”.

 

Her wide-ranging experience includes Hotels & Casinos, Real Estate, Technology, Manufacturing, Indoor Urban Agriculture, Food & Beverage, Mining and Golf. Cynthia’s wealth of expertise in executive management, team building, financings, structuring transactions, joint ventures, and strategic planning, forms the foundation of her current role as Chairperson of CloudBurst Data Centers, Inc.

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Roy Davis

Cofounder, Director, President and Chief Marketing Officer

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Roy has a mining degree from Imperial College and is an Associate of the Royal School of Mines. After starting his career in mining and then journalism, he successfully transitioned to marketing and communications, specializing in global technology brands. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to cofound ventures like Specialix, MediaPlus, www.Easyodds.com, Jadestone Energy and SecureBlue, showcasing his unique blend of business expertise and creative strategic planning across diverse industries.

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Roy was educated at Imperial College and the University of London, as a Selkirk Scholar and received his honours degree in mining engineering and an Associateship of the Royal School of Mines. His mining experience includes NCB, New Jersey Zinc, Noranda and INCO and Directorships of several junior mining companies, i.e. Jadestone Energy, Arrakis Resources, Goldquest, Revolver Resources (TSXV:RZ) and Ximen Mining (TSXV: XIM).

 

Roy was a successful journalist, becoming Editor-in-Chief of both Ground Engineering and the prestigious, International Construction magazine. He was Head of European Marketing at INCO before switching to mainstream B2B and B2C advertising, PR, and media, specializing in strategic planning, business development and international, multimedia campaigns.

 

He held senior agency positions with Marsteller International, Burson Marsteller, JWT, Geers Gross and TB Browne, handling technology, finance, and consumer brands, e.g. IBM, RCA, NatSemi, Motorola, Sikorsky, United Technologies, Occidental, Rockwell, BP, De Beers, InterContinental, Control Data, Digital Equipment, Samsung, Oxo, Guinness, Barclays, Citibank, BofA, Mercedes, Jaguar, BMW, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Mizuno.

 

At Marsteller he won the prestigious DADA award for copywriting and went on to cofound media agency SCC Media before merging it to form MediaPlus International (MPI), one of the foremost independent global media specialists in London. He was MD of MPI for over ten years. Roy founded Central Media Services (CMS), a specialist international media agency and technology incubator. Through CMS, he cofounded and financed Specialix International and developed their global communication’s strategies. Two years after its launch Specialix was the second largest I/O manufacturer in the world. Roy cofounded www.Easyodds.com and was instrumental in establishing it as the premier betting-odds, comparison site.

 

Roy masterminded the sale of RedHand Software, a UK network security solution, to a US software developer, Secure Blue Inc., and became CEO after relocating to Las Vegas to oversee its US launch. He designed its UI and functionality, and repositioned it as a SaaS solution for Sarbanes Oxley compliance.

 

Roy’s unique blend of international business expertise, coupled with operational and management skills enable him to be truly original and creative in his approach to strategic planning. He has planned and implemented successful programs for some of the world’s biggest companies in businesses as diverse as mining, hardware and software, ecommerce and energy through to interactive media, and travel.

Roy Davis

Cofounder, Director, President and Chief Marketing Officer

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Roy has a mining degree from Imperial College and is an Associate of the Royal School of Mines. After starting his career in mining and then journalism, he successfully transitioned to marketing and communications, specializing in global technology brands. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to cofound ventures like Specialix, MediaPlus, www.Easyodds.com, Jadestone Energy and SecureBlue, showcasing his unique blend of business expertise and creative strategic planning across diverse industries.

Detailed Info

Roy was educated at Imperial College and the University of London, as a Selkirk Scholar and received his honours degree in mining engineering and an Associateship of the Royal School of Mines. His mining experience includes NCB, New Jersey Zinc, Noranda and INCO and Directorships of several junior mining companies, i.e. Jadestone Energy, Arrakis Resources, Goldquest, Revolver Resources (TSXV:RZ) and Ximen Mining (TSXV: XIM).

 

Roy was a successful journalist, becoming Editor-in-Chief of both Ground Engineering and the prestigious, International Construction magazine. He was Head of European Marketing at INCO before switching to mainstream B2B and B2C advertising, PR, and media, specializing in strategic planning, business development and international, multimedia campaigns.

 

He held senior agency positions with Marsteller International, Burson Marsteller, JWT, Geers Gross and TB Browne, handling technology, finance, and consumer brands, e.g. IBM, RCA, NatSemi, Motorola, Sikorsky, United Technologies, Occidental, Rockwell, BP, De Beers, InterContinental, Control Data, Digital Equipment, Samsung, Oxo, Guinness, Barclays, Citibank, BofA, Mercedes, Jaguar, BMW, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Mizuno.

 

At Marsteller he won the prestigious DADA award for copywriting and went on to cofound media agency SCC Media before merging it to form MediaPlus International (MPI), one of the foremost independent global media specialists in London. He was MD of MPI for over ten years. Roy founded Central Media Services (CMS), a specialist international media agency and technology incubator. Through CMS, he cofounded and financed Specialix International and developed their global communication’s strategies. Two years after its launch Specialix was the second largest I/O manufacturer in the world. Roy cofounded www.Easyodds.com and was instrumental in establishing it as the premier betting-odds, comparison site.

 

Roy masterminded the sale of RedHand Software, a UK network security solution, to a US software developer, Secure Blue Inc., and became CEO after relocating to Las Vegas to oversee its US launch. He designed its UI and functionality, and repositioned it as a SaaS solution for Sarbanes Oxley compliance.

 

Roy’s unique blend of international business expertise, coupled with operational and management skills enable him to be truly original and creative in his approach to strategic planning. He has planned and implemented successful programs for some of the world’s biggest companies in businesses as diverse as mining, hardware and software, ecommerce and energy through to interactive media, and travel.

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Robert M Yandrofski, PhD

Cofounder, Director and Chief Technology Officer

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Dr Robert M. Yandrofski, the CTO, brings over 30 years of experience in wireless communications, information technology, and connected vehicle technology and telematics. With a PhD in Solid State Physics from Harvard University, he co-founded SkyWay Systems, contributed to Hughes Telematics’ “in-Drive” product, and served as the SVP Business Development at AnyData Corporation and Corybant, demonstrating expertise in IP protection.

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Dr. Yandrofski has over 30 years of experience in the wireless communications and information technology sectors, and nearly 20 years focused on connected vehicle technology or telematics. As a proven serial entrepreneur, his demonstrated expertise includes technology innovation and intellectual property rights, capital formation, team development, strategy formulation, and business development.

 

Bob was the Founder and CEO of SkyWay Systems which, in cooperation with Ford Motor Company and with leading Ford Dealers nationwide, developed the first-ever, factory-endorsed aftermarket telematics system. Both Bob and SkyWay were founding members of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA) and he continues to serve as a CVTA Fellow.

 

After SkyWay, he consulted for the CEO of Hughes Telematics (now part of Verizon) as part of the initial team that developed and launched Hughes’ aftermarket “in-Drive” product, which was later branded as “Hum” by Verizon.  

 

More recently, Dr. Yandrofski served as the SVP Business Development of AnyData Corporation, an international manufacturer of wireless devices for automotive and mobile health; and for Corybant, a leading IT architecture firm.

 

He currently consults for a number of companies in the connected vehicle and mobile health ecosystems; and is involved in several startups spanning mobile cybersecurity to mobile health.

 

Previously, Bob was the founder and CEO of both mDiversity (a wireless network software company), and Superconducting Core Technologies (a developer of high sensitivity transceiver subsystems for both the military and commercial wireless network operators).

 

Dr. Yandrofski is the holder of numerous patents pertaining to mobile communication systems and is an expert in IP protection and monetization. He started his career as an MIT Research Fellow at IBM Research, and has his Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from Harvard University, where he was an NSF Scholar.  He has his B.S. in Engineering Physics from the Colorado School of Mines, where he was a Boettcher Scholar.

Robert M Yandrofski, PhD

Cofounder, Director and Chief Technology Officer

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Dr Robert M. Yandrofski, the CTO, brings over 30 years of experience in wireless communications, information technology, and connected vehicle technology and telematics. With a PhD in Solid State Physics from Harvard University, he co-founded SkyWay Systems, contributed to Hughes Telematics’ “in-Drive” product, and served as the SVP Business Development at AnyData Corporation and Corybant, demonstrating expertise in IP protection.

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Dr. Yandrofski has over 30 years of experience in the wireless communications and information technology sectors, and nearly 20 years focused on connected vehicle technology or telematics. As a proven serial entrepreneur, his demonstrated expertise includes technology innovation and intellectual property rights, capital formation, team development, strategy formulation, and business development.

 

Bob was the Founder and CEO of SkyWay Systems which, in cooperation with Ford Motor Company and with leading Ford Dealers nationwide, developed the first-ever, factory-endorsed aftermarket telematics system. Both Bob and SkyWay were founding members of the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA) and he continues to serve as a CVTA Fellow.

 

After SkyWay, he consulted for the CEO of Hughes Telematics (now part of Verizon) as part of the initial team that developed and launched Hughes’ aftermarket “in-Drive” product, which was later branded as “Hum” by Verizon.  

 

More recently, Dr. Yandrofski served as the SVP Business Development of AnyData Corporation, an international manufacturer of wireless devices for automotive and mobile health; and for Corybant, a leading IT architecture firm.

 

He currently consults for a number of companies in the connected vehicle and mobile health ecosystems; and is involved in several startups spanning mobile cybersecurity to mobile health.

 

Previously, Bob was the founder and CEO of both mDiversity (a wireless network software company), and Superconducting Core Technologies (a developer of high sensitivity transceiver subsystems for both the military and commercial wireless network operators).

 

Dr. Yandrofski is the holder of numerous patents pertaining to mobile communication systems and is an expert in IP protection and monetization. He started his career as an MIT Research Fellow at IBM Research, and has his Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from Harvard University, where he was an NSF Scholar.  He has his B.S. in Engineering Physics from the Colorado School of Mines, where he was a Boettcher Scholar.

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Alex Gerber

Cofounder, Director and Chief Operating Officer

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Alex Gerber, CloudBurst’s COO, is renowned for his expertise in GIS, managing a large employee construction firm and driving national standards in South Africa. His innovative procurement and production models have enhanced process efficiency, productivity, and profitability.

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Alex has over 17 years of experience in Specialized GIS Analysis, Construction, and Project and Procurement Management, and has developed excellent leadership skills. He is a business-driven individual with over ten years’ experience as a main Board Director and founder of a consultancy specializing in the built and GIS environments.

 

As the head of a large employee construction firm with construction teams working across four Provinces in South Africa, he gained invaluable experience in resource, client and employee management as well as tight budget control.

 

Alex was the lead GIS specialist designing, creating, implementing, and administrating the largest geohazard database related to sinkhole and subsidence formation. The geodatabase was used for clients such as the National Department of Public Works, Anglo American, Kumba Iron Ore, Johannesburg City Council, West Rand District Council and Ekurhuleni. It helped drive national standards and provided the backbone for all dolomite related decisions for future developments. It was part of the SANS 1936 Final Edit Committee for the 2017 Revision of the National Standard for Dolomite Development.

 

In his role as project and program manager he collaborated with contractors, architects, engineers, geologist, surveyors and public agencies to complete projects on time and on budget, as well as overseeing production, procurement, delivery staging and overall quality control.

 

With his knowledge of geohazard disaster event management he was part of a team of specialists that assisted the National Department of Public Works and provincial government that responded, investigated, and determined the appropriate and immediate action required, and the mobilization of emergency and response teams including site/geo event management.

 

He has developed original models to manage procurement and production that reduce the overall project cost and increase profitability. His implementation of specially designed solutions has helped improve process efficiency and workflow by improving productivity and proactively identifying and resolving problems at an early stage. He uses his knowledge to Identify the necessary plans and resources required to meet project goals and objectives, evaluates bids and identifies the most qualified and economical suppliers, negotiating advantageous contracts and improved overall costs.

Alex Gerber

Cofounder, Director and Chief Operating Officer

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Alex Gerber, CloudBurst’s COO, is renowned for his expertise in GIS, managing a large employee construction firm and driving national standards in South Africa. His innovative procurement and production models have enhanced process efficiency, productivity, and profitability.

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Alex has over 17 years of experience in Specialized GIS Analysis, Construction, and Project and Procurement Management, and has developed excellent leadership skills. He is a business-driven individual with over ten years’ experience as a main Board Director and founder of a consultancy specializing in the built and GIS environments.

 

As the head of a large employee construction firm with construction teams working across four Provinces in South Africa, he gained invaluable experience in resource, client and employee management as well as tight budget control.

 

Alex was the lead GIS specialist designing, creating, implementing, and administrating the largest geohazard database related to sinkhole and subsidence formation. The geodatabase was used for clients such as the National Department of Public Works, Anglo American, Kumba Iron Ore, Johannesburg City Council, West Rand District Council and Ekurhuleni. It helped drive national standards and provided the backbone for all dolomite related decisions for future developments. It was part of the SANS 1936 Final Edit Committee for the 2017 Revision of the National Standard for Dolomite Development.

 

In his role as project and program manager he collaborated with contractors, architects, engineers, geologist, surveyors and public agencies to complete projects on time and on budget, as well as overseeing production, procurement, delivery staging and overall quality control.

 

With his knowledge of geohazard disaster event management he was part of a team of specialists that assisted the National Department of Public Works and provincial government that responded, investigated, and determined the appropriate and immediate action required, and the mobilization of emergency and response teams including site/geo event management.

 

He has developed original models to manage procurement and production that reduce the overall project cost and increase profitability. His implementation of specially designed solutions has helped improve process efficiency and workflow by improving productivity and proactively identifying and resolving problems at an early stage. He uses his knowledge to Identify the necessary plans and resources required to meet project goals and objectives, evaluates bids and identifies the most qualified and economical suppliers, negotiating advantageous contracts and improved overall costs.

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H. Thomas Winn

Cofounder, Director and Treasurer

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Tom Winn, CloudBurst’s CFO, boasts an entrepreneurial career spanning 30 years, creating, leading, and financing over a dozen public and private corporations. His expertise in real estate, mining, alternative energy, and film contributed to over $1 billion in capital formation.

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In an entrepreneurial career spanning over 30 years, Tom has created, led, financed and managed over a dozen public and private corporations, and over 100 partnerships. His primary focus has been on structure, development, and capital formation as well executive management to see his projects through to fruition.

 

He is the Founder and President/CEO of Clay County Holdings, Inc., a Family Office formed in 1992 in Denver, Colorado, USA. In this role he negotiated a reverse merger of a property in Blackhawk, Colorado into Nevada Gold & Casinos, Inc., a gaming and entertainment company.

 

Tom started in real estate and held a real estate license for over 20 years. He was cofounder and President of Charter Financial Group, specialists in creating limited partnerships in commercial real estate, movie productions (e.g. “The Buddy Holly Story”), and mining, as well as agribusiness and green energy. In his twenties he turned Gulf Coast Real Estate into the first Real Estate Syndication firm in Houston, Texas and in a three-year period he was responsible for the creation of over 70 real estate syndications.

 

Tom was Founder, Chairman and CEO of Nevada Gold and Casinos, Inc. (AMEX: UWN) and personally responsible for a creative strategy that brought together the largest gaming parcel ever assembled in Colorado to create what at that time was the largest Hotel/Casino in the State. Nevada Gold developed five commercial and five Native American gaming/hotel properties. He led efforts to submit a Bill, passed by the US Congress and signed into law by President Clinton, authorizing over 8,500 acres of Federal Land in Colorado in the Rock Mountain National Park System bed exchange for 300 or so scattered parcels in Blackhawk, completing an incredibly ambitious land assemblage. Under his leadership, Nevada Gold and Casinos, Inc., was listed on the AMEX. 

 

Tom acquired the mining division of Texas General Petroleum Inc., and merged its engineering and geological staff, to create Consolidated Mining Group Inc. which in turn was merged into Horizon Gold Shares. For over 30 years Tom served as President of Aaminex Capital Corporation, which invested in hotels and casinos, mining, alternative energy, wastewater treatment and the entertainment industries.

 

Tom has been involved in over $1 billion in capital formation and has garnered immeasurable experience  from a vast array of industries such as hotel/casinos, real estate development, mining, agribusiness, renewable energy, solar, restaurants, manufacturing, film and indoor urban agriculture.

H. Thomas Winn

Cofounder, Director and Treasurer

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Tom Winn, CloudBurst’s CFO, boasts an entrepreneurial career spanning 30 years, creating, leading, and financing over a dozen public and private corporations. His expertise in real estate, mining, alternative energy, and film contributed to over $1 billion in capital formation.

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In an entrepreneurial career spanning over 30 years, Tom has created, led, financed and managed over a dozen public and private corporations, and over 100 partnerships. His primary focus has been on structure, development, and capital formation as well executive management to see his projects through to fruition.

 

He is the Founder and President/CEO of Clay County Holdings, Inc., a Family Office formed in 1992 in Denver, Colorado, USA. In this role he negotiated a reverse merger of a property in Blackhawk, Colorado into Nevada Gold & Casinos, Inc., a gaming and entertainment company.

 

Tom started in real estate and held a real estate license for over 20 years. He was cofounder and President of Charter Financial Group, specialists in creating limited partnerships in commercial real estate, movie productions (e.g. “The Buddy Holly Story”), and mining, as well as agribusiness and green energy. In his twenties he turned Gulf Coast Real Estate into the first Real Estate Syndication firm in Houston, Texas and in a three-year period he was responsible for the creation of over 70 real estate syndications.

 

Tom was Founder, Chairman and CEO of Nevada Gold and Casinos, Inc. (AMEX: UWN) and personally responsible for a creative strategy that brought together the largest gaming parcel ever assembled in Colorado to create what at that time was the largest Hotel/Casino in the State. Nevada Gold developed five commercial and five Native American gaming/hotel properties. He led efforts to submit a Bill, passed by the US Congress and signed into law by President Clinton, authorizing over 8,500 acres of Federal Land in Colorado in the Rock Mountain National Park System bed exchange for 300 or so scattered parcels in Blackhawk, completing an incredibly ambitious land assemblage. Under his leadership, Nevada Gold and Casinos, Inc., was listed on the AMEX. 

 

Tom acquired the mining division of Texas General Petroleum Inc., and merged its engineering and geological staff, to create Consolidated Mining Group Inc. which in turn was merged into Horizon Gold Shares. For over 30 years Tom served as President of Aaminex Capital Corporation, which invested in hotels and casinos, mining, alternative energy, wastewater treatment and the entertainment industries.

 

Tom has been involved in over $1 billion in capital formation and has garnered immeasurable experience  from a vast array of industries such as hotel/casinos, real estate development, mining, agribusiness, renewable energy, solar, restaurants, manufacturing, film and indoor urban agriculture.

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John Aquirre

Interim CFO

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John Aguirre brings an exceptional wealth of financial acumen and managerial expertise spanning over forty-five years. His expertise encompassed diverse domains, including private banking and trust, strategic planning, asset-liability management, operational accounting, management reporting, budget, and cost accounting.

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John Aguirre brings an exceptional wealth of financial acumen and managerial expertise spanning over forty-five years. His multifaceted experience encompasses revenue enhancement, cost containment, operational efficiency, risk management, and strategic planning. Notably, he has exhibited his financial prowess as the Consulting CFO for various non-profit organizations.

 

One of his most significant roles was as the CFO of Global Recovery Initiatives Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to building a philanthropic pool supporting individuals in recovery from substance abuse disorder. His strategic financial stewardship was also evident during his tenure as the CFO of Urban Seed, Inc. from 2015-2018, where he played a pivotal role in steering the startup focused on large-scale hydroponic fruit and vegetable production in Las Vegas, NV.

 

A seasoned professional, Aguirre has made substantial contributions to numerous corporate boards, serving as both Secretary and Treasurer. He currently operates as the Principal Consultant at Cornerstone MS Inc., his consulting firm specializing in managerial consulting, tax, and accounting services for corporate clients.

 

A memorable chapter in his career included serving as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and CFO of the largest talent agency in the southeastern U.S., where he managed major clients from the realms of TV, film, fashion print, and sport sponsorship. Furthermore, he held pivotal roles such as CFO, Controller, and Division Controller at multi-billion-dollar financial institutions and financial intermediaries in the south-eastern United States. His expertise encompassed diverse domains, including private banking and trust, strategic planning, asset-liability management, operational accounting, management reporting, budget, and cost accounting.

 

John Aguirre’s foundation in finance was laid at Louisiana State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. His extensive professional journey reflects a commitment to financial excellence, strategic vision, and a profound understanding of the intricate landscapes of various sectors, making him a respected figure in the financial world.

John Aquirre

Interim CFO

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John Aguirre brings an exceptional wealth of financial acumen and managerial expertise spanning over forty-five years. His expertise encompassed diverse domains, including private banking and trust, strategic planning, asset-liability management, operational accounting, management reporting, budget, and cost accounting.

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John Aguirre brings an exceptional wealth of financial acumen and managerial expertise spanning over forty-five years. His multifaceted experience encompasses revenue enhancement, cost containment, operational efficiency, risk management, and strategic planning. Notably, he has exhibited his financial prowess as the Consulting CFO for various non-profit organizations.

 

One of his most significant roles was as the CFO of Global Recovery Initiatives Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to building a philanthropic pool supporting individuals in recovery from substance abuse disorder. His strategic financial stewardship was also evident during his tenure as the CFO of Urban Seed, Inc. from 2015-2018, where he played a pivotal role in steering the startup focused on large-scale hydroponic fruit and vegetable production in Las Vegas, NV.

 

A seasoned professional, Aguirre has made substantial contributions to numerous corporate boards, serving as both Secretary and Treasurer. He currently operates as the Principal Consultant at Cornerstone MS Inc., his consulting firm specializing in managerial consulting, tax, and accounting services for corporate clients.

 

A memorable chapter in his career included serving as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and CFO of the largest talent agency in the southeastern U.S., where he managed major clients from the realms of TV, film, fashion print, and sport sponsorship. Furthermore, he held pivotal roles such as CFO, Controller, and Division Controller at multi-billion-dollar financial institutions and financial intermediaries in the south-eastern United States. His expertise encompassed diverse domains, including private banking and trust, strategic planning, asset-liability management, operational accounting, management reporting, budget, and cost accounting.

 

John Aguirre’s foundation in finance was laid at Louisiana State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. His extensive professional journey reflects a commitment to financial excellence, strategic vision, and a profound understanding of the intricate landscapes of various sectors, making him a respected figure in the financial world.

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Dr. Nicolaas De Klerk

Cofounder, Director and VP Energy Infrastructure

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Dr De Klerk, CloudBurst’s VP Energy Infrastructure, is a highly accomplished professional in business administration, project management, and human resources. With a degree in Business Admin (Human Relations), a Master’s in Business Leading, and a PhD in Project Management, he has extensive experience, overseeing projects in Southern Sahara Africa and holding significant roles at Eskom and AfriMed Corporation LDA, showcasing exceptional diplomatic skills and ethical leadership.

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Dr De Klerk received a degree in Business Administration specializing in Human Relations and a MBL, Masters in Business Leading, at UNISA, where he focused on strategic management. He also has a PhD in Project Management and the Management of Technology and Innovation from the esteemed Da Vinci Institute of Technology.

 

He started as an agricultural farmer and a business owner of brickworks, handling the supply chain within both of these industries before embarking on what has become a long and distinguished career in project management and human resources. He went on to become Chief Executive at Breakthrough Alliances International, a South African based Company specializing in projects within Southern Sahara Africa. In this capacity he led the scientific investigation and feasibility studies of new projects, controlled the development and execution of the entire program and was responsible for business strategy and the execution of the different plans through to project proposals and business operations.

 

He is a proven and successful leader and a consummate businessman with extensive experience of driving change through business processes and enterprise systems. His executive management capabilities cover business, technical, financial, project and human resource management. As both a business owner and project manager, he acquired in-depth experience and expertise in big–ticket project management, supply chain management, manufacturing, operations, finance and information systems.

 

As Senior Advisor, Business Performance Management at Eskom, South Africa’s largest power utility, he applied his business acumen and experience in the development of strategic technology and process improvement in projects and systems. At AfriMed Corporation LDA, as Director of Business Development, he oversaw project advisory services for a raft of major infrastructure projects and more recently, he managed the piloting of alternative technologies in a proposed 75MW solar power plant.

 

With extensive professional experience and significant executive leadership accomplishments, he has consistently combined strong diplomatic skills, and a solid, ethical background with a professional commitment and responsibility. He is adept at creating strategic alliances with leaders of organizations, overall project status reporting and business performance management issues that effectively align with and support, key business initiatives and outcomes.

Dr. Nicolaas De Klerk

Cofounder, Director and VP Energy Infrastructure

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Dr De Klerk, CloudBurst’s VP Energy Infrastructure, is a highly accomplished professional in business administration, project management, and human resources. With a degree in Business Admin (Human Relations), a Master’s in Business Leading, and a PhD in Project Management, he has extensive experience, overseeing projects in Southern Sahara Africa and holding significant roles at Eskom and AfriMed Corporation LDA, showcasing exceptional diplomatic skills and ethical leadership.

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Dr De Klerk received a degree in Business Administration specializing in Human Relations and a MBL, Masters in Business Leading, at UNISA, where he focused on strategic management. He also has a PhD in Project Management and the Management of Technology and Innovation from the esteemed Da Vinci Institute of Technology.

 

He started as an agricultural farmer and a business owner of brickworks, handling the supply chain within both of these industries before embarking on what has become a long and distinguished career in project management and human resources. He went on to become Chief Executive at Breakthrough Alliances International, a South African based Company specializing in projects within Southern Sahara Africa. In this capacity he led the scientific investigation and feasibility studies of new projects, controlled the development and execution of the entire program and was responsible for business strategy and the execution of the different plans through to project proposals and business operations.

 

He is a proven and successful leader and a consummate businessman with extensive experience of driving change through business processes and enterprise systems. His executive management capabilities cover business, technical, financial, project and human resource management. As both a business owner and project manager, he acquired in-depth experience and expertise in big–ticket project management, supply chain management, manufacturing, operations, finance and information systems.

 

As Senior Advisor, Business Performance Management at Eskom, South Africa’s largest power utility, he applied his business acumen and experience in the development of strategic technology and process improvement in projects and systems. At AfriMed Corporation LDA, as Director of Business Development, he oversaw project advisory services for a raft of major infrastructure projects and more recently, he managed the piloting of alternative technologies in a proposed 75MW solar power plant.

 

With extensive professional experience and significant executive leadership accomplishments, he has consistently combined strong diplomatic skills, and a solid, ethical background with a professional commitment and responsibility. He is adept at creating strategic alliances with leaders of organizations, overall project status reporting and business performance management issues that effectively align with and support, key business initiatives and outcomes.

Dr. Nicolaas De Klerk

Cofounder, Director and VP Energy Infrastructure

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Dr De Klerk, CloudBurst’s VP Energy Infrastructure, is a highly accomplished professional in business administration, project management, and human resources. With a degree in Business Admin (Human Relations), a Master’s in Business Leading, and a PhD in Project Management, he has extensive experience, overseeing projects in Southern Sahara Africa and holding significant roles at Eskom and AfriMed Corporation LDA, showcasing exceptional diplomatic skills and ethical leadership.

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Dr De Klerk received a degree in Business Administration specializing in Human Relations and a MBL, Masters in Business Leading, at UNISA, where he focused on strategic management. He also has a PhD in Project Management and the Management of Technology and Innovation from the esteemed Da Vinci Institute of Technology.

 

He started as an agricultural farmer and a business owner of brickworks, handling the supply chain within both of these industries before embarking on what has become a long and distinguished career in project management and human resources. He went on to become Chief Executive at Breakthrough Alliances International, a South African based Company specializing in projects within Southern Sahara Africa. In this capacity he led the scientific investigation and feasibility studies of new projects, controlled the development and execution of the entire program and was responsible for business strategy and the execution of the different plans through to project proposals and business operations.

 

He is a proven and successful leader and a consummate businessman with extensive experience of driving change through business processes and enterprise systems. His executive management capabilities cover business, technical, financial, project and human resource management. As both a business owner and project manager, he acquired in-depth experience and expertise in big–ticket project management, supply chain management, manufacturing, operations, finance and information systems.

 

As Senior Advisor, Business Performance Management at Eskom, South Africa’s largest power utility, he applied his business acumen and experience in the development of strategic technology and process improvement in projects and systems. At AfriMed Corporation LDA, as Director of Business Development, he oversaw project advisory services for a raft of major infrastructure projects and more recently, he managed the piloting of alternative technologies in a proposed 75MW solar power plant.

 

With extensive professional experience and significant executive leadership accomplishments, he has consistently combined strong diplomatic skills, and a solid, ethical background with a professional commitment and responsibility. He is adept at creating strategic alliances with leaders of organizations, overall project status reporting and business performance management issues that effectively align with and support, key business initiatives and outcomes.

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Gerry Holtzhausen

Cofounder and General Counsel

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Gerry Holtzhausen, CloudBurst’s General Counsel, possesses a Master’s from the UCT Business School and legal degrees from UP and UNISA. His expertise in law and negotiation, honed at institutions like Fannie Mae and the World Bank, makes him a versatile professional in finance.

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Gerry has a Master’s from the Strategy Academy UCT Business School, a BLC from UP and a LLB from UNISA. He holds Advanced Banking Law and Project Management Diplomas from UJ. He often works on M&As, structuring BOOT projects, overseeing corporate governance and acting as implementing agent.

 

Gerry’s career in the finance industry was founded on a solid understanding of product development, legal compliance and bank-assurance gained at the Sanlam and Liberty insurance companies. His legal skills in the writing of acts as legislator were honed during his time at the DOJ, and he became a skilled negotiator as a Secretariat Officer at SECOSAF, a private branch of the Department of Foreign Affairs assisting in the structuring of the TBVC-states with the Development Bank of Southern Africa.

 

As Group MD at Sea Kay Holdings, (listed on the JSE), he managed over 700 employees, 14 subsidiaries and their MDs, and the General Managers of the Risk, Legal and Compliance Departments. He built an effective Corporate Services Division comprising Corporate Governance, Risk, Legal, Compliance and Policy, and HR Divisions. He negotiated and managed multi-million SAR contracts and a book of SAR2.8 billion. Sea Kay was voted “Best JSE Newcomer Company” and “Contractor of the Year”.

 

He was Executive Programme Manager – PPP Projects for the NHFC, where he managed outcomes of the so-called “Presidential Job-Summit” Social Housing Programme. He actively led, steered and managed the process through and around the agendas of both the private and public sectors, handling negotiations with stakeholders, i.e. the Business Chamber, Banking Council, the banks and private consortia partners.

 

At the NHFC he was Senior Manager, Project Finance and Structuring, and later Executive Manager, Risk. He developed new housing finance products for low-to-moderate earners, undertook Project Finance structuring for Social Housing Projects, and Bridging Finance and general structuring of loan facilities. He managed contracts, provided advice and instruction related to credit applications, recommendations and financial modelling, as well as acting as Implementing Agent in large projects.

 

In 14 years of banking, Gerry specialized in asset-and-liability management, mergers and acquisitions, and risk management. His central banking experience was at the South African Reserve Bank, Dept. of Bank Supervision. He also trained in the US with Fannie Mae and the World Bank, and in the private sector, he worked for the BOE Banking Group, and consulted for niche banks in South Africa.

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John H. Shanahan, Jr.

Advisory Board Member and VP Capital Planning & Development

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John H. Shanahan, Jr., an Advisory Board Member, holds a Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning degrees. His substantial roles in large-scale urban developments, including Chrysler Corporation’s headquarters redevelopment and New York City’s $1.3 billion corrections capital program, showcase his expertise in city planning and regeneration. Active in both Ireland and the USA, he advises on town planning and remains engaged in veterans’ activities.

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A native of Long Island, New York and a dual national (USA and Ireland),  John enlisted in the Navy following high school, was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy, and educated at the University of St. Thomas, Houston (BA, Econ). He was called to active duty in the Navy and served three years during the Vietnam conflict before returning to St. Thomas, where he won the Gibraltar Scholarship in economics, the WSJ Medal in Economics, and was elected to Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international economics honor society. His GI Bill studies at Texas A&M University won him Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning degrees. He is a charter member and past President of the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association and a corporate member in the Irish Planning Institute. He was the first American planner elected to membership in the European Council of Town Planners (ECTP).

 

As Assistant to Texas Governor he had responsibility for managing the State’s community development program and oversaw fund allocation and performance management for eight Texas cities participating in the new “Model Cities” program. He was also assigned as the State’s principal officer for pollution response management.

 

John cofounded Shanahan/Wyse Associates, the largest city planning practice in Texas and served as adjunct professor of city planning at the University of Houston and professor in the graduate program at Texas Southern University. He has vast experience in planning and managing large-scale urban developments. He served as project manager and troubleshooter for the Bal Harbour, Nassau Bay, development, and as Senior VP of Homecraft, the land development arm of U.S. Home Corporation where he fixed flood problems for a number of subdivisions.

 

At HOK Architects and Planners, he was principal town planner for the redevelopment of Chrysler Corporation’s headquarters in Michigan and his team prepared the Development Plan adopted and supported by Chrysler. As Assistant Commissioner and Program Manager for New York City’s $1.3 billion corrections capital program, he built 13 new correctional facilities, a hospital, an education center and support facilities. He received citations from the City’s Mayor and Corrections Commissioner, while the George R. Vierno Center was awarded the AIA Gold Medal.

 

More recently John was senior project manager for the U.S. Department of Commerce in D.C., in its largest construction project, the Inouye Pacific Region Center for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. As the government’s project manager/senior contracting executive, he led the integrated NOAA-contractor team for this $330 million office and laboratory complex, which earned him the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for superior achievement and a LEED Gold certification for the Center. 

John was senior project manager with Lafferty Architects and Project Managers in Dublin. He led the urban development team for the Swords Town Centre project, responsible for highway extensions, a new commuter rail extension, infrastructure development and liaison with the Fingal County Council. He was appointed by Ireland’s National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) to lead the feasibility study team for the redevelopment of their flagship Kilternan Hotel and Conference Centre in southwest County Dublin.

 

He served as town planning and regeneration advisor resulting in formation of a business improvement district (BID) in the City of Drogheda, Ireland. He served on its Board of Directors through January 2020. John remains active in planning and development practice in both Ireland and the USA. He is an officer and director of two companies active in consulting and building technologies sectors. He is also an officer and director of charities in Ireland and the USA and remains engaged in veteran’s activities and organizations in both countries.

John H. Shanahan, Jr.

Advisory Board Member and VP Capital Planning & Development

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John H. Shanahan, Jr., an Advisory Board Member, holds a Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning degrees. His substantial roles in large-scale urban developments, including Chrysler Corporation’s headquarters redevelopment and New York City’s $1.3 billion corrections capital program, showcase his expertise in city planning and regeneration. Active in both Ireland and the USA, he advises on town planning and remains engaged in veterans’ activities.

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A native of Long Island, New York and a dual national (USA and Ireland),  John enlisted in the Navy following high school, was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy, and educated at the University of St. Thomas, Houston (BA, Econ). He was called to active duty in the Navy and served three years during the Vietnam conflict before returning to St. Thomas, where he won the Gibraltar Scholarship in economics, the WSJ Medal in Economics, and was elected to Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international economics honor society. His GI Bill studies at Texas A&M University won him Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning degrees. He is a charter member and past President of the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association and a corporate member in the Irish Planning Institute. He was the first American planner elected to membership in the European Council of Town Planners (ECTP).

 

As Assistant to Texas Governor he had responsibility for managing the State’s community development program and oversaw fund allocation and performance management for eight Texas cities participating in the new “Model Cities” program. He was also assigned as the State’s principal officer for pollution response management.

 

John cofounded Shanahan/Wyse Associates, the largest city planning practice in Texas and served as adjunct professor of city planning at the University of Houston and professor in the graduate program at Texas Southern University. He has vast experience in planning and managing large-scale urban developments. He served as project manager and troubleshooter for the Bal Harbour, Nassau Bay, development, and as Senior VP of Homecraft, the land development arm of U.S. Home Corporation where he fixed flood problems for a number of subdivisions.

 

At HOK Architects and Planners, he was principal town planner for the redevelopment of Chrysler Corporation’s headquarters in Michigan and his team prepared the Development Plan adopted and supported by Chrysler. As Assistant Commissioner and Program Manager for New York City’s $1.3 billion corrections capital program, he built 13 new correctional facilities, a hospital, an education center and support facilities. He received citations from the City’s Mayor and Corrections Commissioner, while the George R. Vierno Center was awarded the AIA Gold Medal.

 

More recently John was senior project manager for the U.S. Department of Commerce in D.C., in its largest construction project, the Inouye Pacific Region Center for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. As the government’s project manager/senior contracting executive, he led the integrated NOAA-contractor team for this $330 million office and laboratory complex, which earned him the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for superior achievement and a LEED Gold certification for the Center. 

John was senior project manager with Lafferty Architects and Project Managers in Dublin. He led the urban development team for the Swords Town Centre project, responsible for highway extensions, a new commuter rail extension, infrastructure development and liaison with the Fingal County Council. He was appointed by Ireland’s National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) to lead the feasibility study team for the redevelopment of their flagship Kilternan Hotel and Conference Centre in southwest County Dublin.

 

He served as town planning and regeneration advisor resulting in formation of a business improvement district (BID) in the City of Drogheda, Ireland. He served on its Board of Directors through January 2020. John remains active in planning and development practice in both Ireland and the USA. He is an officer and director of two companies active in consulting and building technologies sectors. He is also an officer and director of charities in Ireland and the USA and remains engaged in veteran’s activities and organizations in both countries.

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