Team

Xeriant’s management team has many decades of entrepreneurial experience in finance, technology, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, operations, marketing and security.  The mixed holding / operating company structure has several advantages – not only will it enable Xeriant to grow more rapidly through the acquisition and synergistic impact of technology assets, but from a human capital perspective, this strategy structure will enable Xeriant to benefit from the exceptionally talented individuals who helped to create and develop those innovations. 

The Company understands that entrepreneurial spirit, passion and vision are critical to success and believes in supporting the distinct management and operational independence of its affiliates, so they stay focused on their fields of expertise.  Xeriant offers a complementary extension of the affiliate company’s management team, providing strategic guidance and introductions, increased access to financial markets, and investor liquidity. 

Meet Our Team

Executive Management

Keith F. Duffy

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Keith Duffy has over thirty years of experience in investment banking, management, finance, strategic planning and operations, and has been a principal in a number of start-up companies. He arranged the merger of American Aviation Technologies with a public company to form Xeriant and established the relationship with Florida Atlantic University (FAU), preparing the white paper that was approved by the Florida Atlantic Research and Development Authority. Mr. Duffy was formerly the founder and CEO of a public company, two bank holding companies, a software development company, and a biotech company now trading on NASDAQ. He trained to be a private pilot when he was 16 years old and after college became controller of an FBO at the Palm Beach International Airport which helped to further his knowledge of the aviation industry. Mr. Duffy has held a variety of management, accounting and finance positions over the years. He has been a licensed securities broker and currently holds a real estate license and a NMLS mortgage broker’s license in Florida. He has also served on the Florida Bar Grievance Committee. Mr. Duffy attended Wake Forest University and Rollins College, where he earned a B.A. Degree in Business Administration and Mathematics in 1982.

Scott M. Duffy

Executive Director, Corporate Operations
Scott Duffy has over thirty years of experience in management, operations, strategic planning, information technology, statistical analysis, marketing and promotion, and sales development. He has collaborated with his brother Keith over many years to develop business plans and research for a wide range of start-up companies, including Xeriant. As Senior Vice President, Operations and Administration at Globe Marketing Services, he was responsible for planning and coordinating the activities of internal management and the field support staff to meet corporate objectives. As Newsstand Circulation Director at American Media, one of the largest publishers in North America, he was responsible for the $545 million retail sales division, overseeing both international and domestic distribution. Over his career, he has been instrumental in increasing profitability though optimizing core competencies. Mr. Duffy was a co-founder and principal in a number of real estate development projects beginning in 2006. Mr. Duffy trained to be a private pilot when he was 16 years old and has always been interested in aviation. He attended Wake Forest University and Rollins College, where he earned a B.A. in Business Administration and Mathematics in 1982.

Pablo Lavigna

Chief Information Officer
Pablo Lavigna has over twenty years of experience in the Information Technology and Software Engineering field. He has been instrumental in sourcing technologies for Xeriant’s potential strategic partnerships, joint ventures and licensing arrangements. Mr. Lavigna is responsible for the Company’s internal technology infrastructure, including systems, software, website, and communications. He developed extensive experience as Director of Information Technology operations at a private firm. Mr. Lavigna has developed and implemented network security procedures and developed software for multiple industries. He holds several Microsoft and CompTIA certifications including Microsoft Certified System Engineer(MCSE), Microsoft Certified System Administrator (MCSA), and Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), and CompTIA Security+. Mr. Lavigna attended Florida International University where he earned his degree in Information Technology and Business with Magna Cum Laude Honors.‍

Brian Carey

Chief Financial Officer
Brian Carey is an entrepreneur and business development specialist who built and ran a successful accounting, tax and business management firm for over 30 years. He started a financial management/insurance and investment firm in 1984, then expanded it to add accounting, tax preparation and business planning and management services in 1986 called Carey Associates Accounting and Tax Services. More recently, Mr. Carey was the owner and manager of BCGR Tax and Financial Services. This company also provides business start-up and development services to a limited number of client/partner companies. He holds a Bachelor of Accounting Degree from Penn State University.‍

Edward C. DeFeudis

Director
Edward DeFeudis is a venture investor and serial entrepreneur spanning multiple industries. His investments focus on late seed, bridge and Series A rounds. He has a knack for understanding complex disruptive technology and enjoys finding rare opportunities that create first mover advantage. Mr. DeFeudis is a financial professional who has served on the executive management team and board of directors of several early-stage companies. He has structured and secured multiple financing while serving as point person to investors, funds, and investments banks, which has lead to hundreds of millions of dollars in capital formation. He is extremely detail oriented, and understands complex legal positioning.‍

Michael Harper

Director
Michael Harper is a 36-year technology veteran operating within emerging and highly competitive technology markets. Mr. Harper began his career at IBM and went on to lead four companies to successful exits with AT&T, CitiBank, Actimize, and Red Hat. Currently, Mr. Harper is the Executive VP, COO & CMO of zSpace, which improves STEAM and CTE performance by delivering zSpace Experiential Learning™ with AR/VR 2000 to schools around the globe, over 200 Higher Ed institutions and numerous enterprises ranging from Healthcare to the Military. Inc. listed zSpace one of the 500 fastest growing companies for two consecutive years. Mr. Harper received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Tulane University and graduated with Summa cum Laude, Departmental Honors, and the EE Merit Award, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Eta Sigma, Eta Kappa Nu, and then attended the Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania and received his Master of Business Administration where he Graduated with Distinction.

Lisa M. Ruth

Director
Lisa M. Ruth is a 35-year professional intelligence, operations and analysis expert. She maintains an exceptional global network of intelligence, operations and security professionals, and is highly regarded in all phases of intelligence, counterintelligence, security and investigations. Ms. Ruth is recognized by intelligence, media, and professionals as a top international security and intelligence officer and is regularly quoted in press and on television regarding international and security developments. For the past 20 years, Ms. Ruth has worked as an executive at CTC International Group, Inc. and currently serves as its President and CEO, where she manages a global resource team of 8,500 individuals in every country in the world with the exception of North Korea. She has been an expert witness on more than 100 cases involving death squad activity, peace and reconciliation commissions, human trafficking, trade secret violations, espionage, and conducted security assessments, counter-espionage assessments, and cyber assessments for Disney, Apple, Google, and other major companies. In the 15 years prior to CTC, Ms. Ruth worked as an intelligence officer for the Central Intelligence Agency and served in both the intelligence and operations directorates. She was deployed in 26 countries in Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa to track and monitor terrorist activities, their financial networks, and communications networks and provided reporting and analysis to the highest levels of the US government. She was called from the field on four occasions to brief the President of the United States and the Joint Chiefs of Staff regarding highly classified information in her programs of expertise. Ms. Ruth received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from George Mason University, a Master of Arts in International Relations from University of Virginia, and PhD coursework in Conflict Resolution from George Mason University.

Board of Advisors

Ronald H. Mandel

Senior Advisor, Board of Advisors
Ronald Mandel has more than 40 years of experience in the design, development, and integration of highly complex aerospace systems used in telecommunications, exploratory missions and defense applications, including satellites and space vehicles. A Lockheed Martin Fellow, Mr. Mandel recently retired from Lockheed Martin Space, where he held the position of Chief Systems Engineer. Throughout his impressive career, which was almost entirely at Lockheed Martin, Mr. Mandel led large engineering teams in all program phases from conceptualization through deployment for the successful completion of numerous multimillion-dollar commercial and government contracts. As a senior systems engineering executive, Mr. Mandel was involved with formulating and evaluating procurement proposals, reviewing costs and risk assessments, and collaborating with customers to resolve issues and ensure program deliverables either met or exceeded expectations. He has also been responsible for recruiting and training departments exceeding 250 people - standing up project teams, and he has served as a technical consultant on a variety of critical engineering challenges. For 30 years, Mr. Mandel designed and developed complex digital, RF and optical systems, including testing hardware and software for satellite command and telemetry systems. Among his many achievements, Mr. Mandel led operational readiness planning and execution for the MUOS 1 Space Vehicle for the U.S. Navy. As a mentor and visionary, he has taught and developed the curriculum for more than 25 different courses on Systems Engineering, Space Systems Design and Integrated Product Development Team Leadership, directed at various staff levels and mid-career professionals. Mr. Mandel has been recognized with 7 Lockheed Martin Team Excellence Awards, as well as other industry honors over his career.

Jeanne Yu

Senior Advisor, Board of Advisors
Jeanne Yu is a visionary leader in the aerospace industry with over 30 years of experience at Boeing, where she received numerous honors in the areas of sustainability and accelerating new technologies. Most recently, she was the Product Development Director of Technology Integration for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. In this role, she planned and executed Boeing’s technology R&D portfolio for current and future commercial airplanes. In 2010, Ms. Yu created the innovative ecoDemonstrator Program, a cadence of flight test platforms to catalyze “learn by doing” and accelerate innovation, collaboration, and technology implementation. Seven ecoDemonstrator airplanes have flown to date, including the 737, 787, 777, 757 and an Embraer E170. She also established a Design for Environment program focusing technology on energy, global and local emissions, community noise, and better sustainable materials. Ms. Yu initiated and led Boeing’s first biofuel flights on commercial aircraft establishing the viability of sustainable aviation biofuel and its reduced lifecycle carbon footprint. She has previous experience in Environmental Control Systems, air quality, 787 cabin environment, fire protection systems and certification. Ms. Yu has served on the National Academies Engineering panel and Transportation Research Board Committees, FAA Research Engineering and Development Advisory Committee, International UK advisory for Aviation and Environment, OMEGA, and the FAA Center of Excellence for Aircraft - Cabin Environment. She was inducted as an AIAA Associate Fellow in 2019. She is also an International Coach Federation certified coach. Ms. Yu received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering – Thermosciences from Stanford University. Prior to joining Boeing, she worked at Sandia National Laboratories. Throughout her career, Ms. Yu has chosen to Lean Forward, Learn Continuously and Lead with Courageous Optimism.

Chester Rodeheaver, CFA

Senior Advisor, Board of Advisors
Chester Rodeheaver has nearly twenty years of experience in valuations, investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, cross-border joint ventures, feasibility studies, strategic planning, finance, real estate investments and development, and entrepreneurship. Chester has provided guidance founders and investors across many industries to help build companies that thrive. In 2003, he began his career in Washington D.C. with Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading management consulting firm. In 2009, Chester founded an investment banking firm in Dubai, called Pont Capital, now located in Miami, Florida, to advise family offices and growing businesses. He lived in Dubai from 2003-2013, a period that coincided with Dubai’s economic transformation. During his time in the Middle East, Chester worked with startups that included a regional investment bank; a $200 million operator of primary and secondary schools; a $400 million buyout of a German software company‘s regional presence; Ferrari World Theme Park in Abu Dhabi; a national savings business model that currently manages over $2 billion in assets; and a sovereign wealth fund. Since returning to the U.S., Chester has continued to advise several family offices, as well as a diverse range of startups. Chester is a Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) and has been a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA). He earned a Master of Business Administration (with honors) from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a Master in Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Virginia. Chester has studied at the Sorbonne (University of Paris IV) and in Aachen, Germany. He also holds certificates in Financial Modeling and Entrepreneurship from Wharton Business School. Chester is a frequent speaker on topics such as and valuation, finance and investment.

Dave Zajac

Senior Advisor, Board of Advisors
David Zajac has over 40 years of experience as a seasoned building materials executive. Over his distinguished career, he has held leadership positions with a number of international corporations in the architectural and industrial coatings industries. His background includes advisory work for private equity firms which led to several mergers and acquisitions in the building products space where he acted as CEO to run and integrate the newly combined businesses. At PPG Industries, a global Fortune 500 company, he was General Manager of its Architectural Coatings Division which included Pittsburgh Paints, Lucite Paints and Olympic Stains. Dave then became President of the Parker Paint Manufacturing Company located in the Seattle area. Parker was a division of Williams Holdings PLC based in England. He was also the COO of Flohr Metal Fabricators in Seattle which was an engineering and metal fabricating company producing marine infrastructure components and seafood processing equipment. Dave is currently President and CEO of AMF Building Products, a manufacturer of aluminum building products used in the construction of multifamily, commercial, and residential properties. Zajac founded AMF in 2010, after purchasing WeatherGuard Building Products from a private equity firm. Dave received his BA and MBA from Governors State University and has completed management and international business Advanced Executive programs at the Kellogg Business School at Northwestern University and Oxford University in England.

Peter Einstein

Senior Advisor, Board of Advisors
Peter Einstein is a successful entrepreneur, socially-conscious investor, and award-winning advertising copywriter/creative director. He has over 40 years of experience launching groundbreaking products and advertising campaigns, including: the world’s first major environmental brand; the first cellular phone and cellular telephone service in the U.S.; the original concept and name for Jell-O Pudding Pops; a 30-second spot for Arm & Hammer credited with putting a box of Baking Soda into 7 out 10 refrigerators in the U.S.; and the introduction of the gull-winged DeLorean sports car of “Back to the Future” fame. His “Live the Dream” theme won the account from 107 other ad agencies. Mr. Einstein is an expert in new products and branding. As Executive Copy Director /Senior Creative Director at the storied Foote, Cone & Belding advertising agency in New York City, he was the key creative force behind successful introductions of numerous new products for Colgate-Palmolive,Lipton, Wish-Bone Salad Dressings, AT&T, and Nabisco. As Founder and Executive Director of the Innovation Zone Project @ AEGEA, a planned international city of the arts and entertainment in Florida, Peter has worked extensively with Xeriant and AEGEA with the goal of eventually showcasing Xeriant’s VTOL technologies in AEGEA’s high-profile environment. One of the first 100 individuals cited in the "Who’s Who in Crowdfunding,” Peter co-hosted a special crowdfunding podcast series for CBS with internationally-renowned business growth expert Jay Abraham and wrote a comprehensive chapter on equity crowdfunding for one of Abraham’s recent books.

Michael Irish

Senior Advisor, Board of Advisors
Strategic leader with 25+ years of experience in healthcare, software, data visualization, identity at scale, blockchain and defense and national security. Michael has created as CEO, three companies in healthcare, identity and biometrics, data visualization and big data respectively. As an executive level management consultant with for Accenture or as CEO, Michael has partnered with the Global Fortune 50 and very large enterprises including AlliedSignal, P&G, Cargill, Toyota, GM, 3M, Panasonic, the US DOD and policy makers in the USA, Asia, and the Middle East. He has led innovation and new market creation for Accenture, Oracle/Siebel and many others. A co-inventor on issued patents in predictive analytics and machine learning he is also a keynote speaker in healthcare, blockchain, innovation and technology. As Co-Founder of Vivacitas Healthcare, in 4 years, led the company from concept to an award-winning brand known for innovation, wellness, predictive health and longevity using and NAD/NMN. They brought a fall prediction analytics, AI and surveillance platform to market that signals the possibility of falling hours or days before an event. The company began with providing onsite clinics with MD’s, nurses and labs inside of senior living communities, and in 2019 the “Top 50 Healthcare Companies in the USA,” award and distinction was bestowed upon Vivacitas after a review of 2000 leading-edge healthcare companies and candidates by the International Forum on Advancements in Healthcare. Michael founded and led LRS, now Tascent, FPS, a data visualization analysis company. He co-authored Technology Exchange and Air & Space Power in the New Millennium 1997. Published in Aviation Week and Space Technology, Defense News, Air Force Times, Technology Transfer Magazine and McClatchy Newspapers. He is a competitive yacht racer, skipper, and sailor with over 100 high level regattas including 10 Rolex Big Boat Series. He is a long-distance mountain trail runner and will live in California until he can escape. He has a degree in International Relations, with emphasis in diplomacy and international business.

Robert G. Carullo

Senior Advisor, Board of Advisors
Robert Carullo has worked with leading edge technologies for over 50 years. He is the Executive Director of the Strengthening Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow (SMART) Congressional Initiative. SMART’s mission is to support research, development and technology-based opportunities for economic growth in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. SMART has provided issue papers, conducted 335 major events, and facilitated $625 million in direct and $1.2B in indirect projects. Prior to SMART, he was Supervisory Program Manager (PM) of NAVAIR Lakehurst’s International Sales, overseeing a $1.0B budget, including 27 Allied Aircraft Programs. During his career, he was assigned to all Navy/Marine aircraft programs. His international assignments took him to six continents. Mr. Carullo became a loaned executive in May 1999 from the Naval Air System Command (NAVAIR) to Congress standing up SMART. Retired from government in December 2003, he continues as an industry loaned executive. The highlight of his DoD (Department of Defense) career was seven-year detail at Boeing for the V-22 Tiltrotor Full Scale Development Program as the PM’s Technical Representative. He led a 21 person DoD team providing preliminary approval of data for NAVAIR HQ PM’s approval. Mr. Carullo twice led NAVAIR teams conducting 12-month reviews of program data as source information for continued Congressional funding. During this period, he founded the National Tiltrotor Technology Coalition that focused on leveraging the V-22 program to develop a civil tiltrotor. A U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran, Mr. Carullo was an Attack Helicopter Crew Chief, Senior Mechanic and Technical Inspector. Returning to the U.S., he became a Maintenance Instructor. He received various awards over his career, including Congressional Commendations, Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service and multiple U.S. Army Air Medals, Campaign Badges and Expeditionary Medals. Mr. Carullo received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and is an active Drexel University Alumni, having founded Drexel Wrestling Alumni and the Veterans Alumni Network, and he has been an Adjunct Professor in Mechanical Engineering.

Alfred A. Rapetti

Senior Advisor, Board of Advisors
Alfred (Al) Rapetti has had a long and distinguished career in energy, aerospace and finance, and his multiple disciplines have allowed him to launch specialized businesses across the globe. A nuclear engineer by trade, Mr. Rapetti began his career as a reactor test engineer on nuclear submarines and subsequently worked with the U.S. Air Force and Boeing on its 2707 supersonic airliner project. Mr. Rapetti went on to found AARK Enterprises, an equipment leasing company that acquired, financed and resold capital equipment, including commercial and corporate jet aircraft, and funded the first 737-100 to Air Florida. Following the sale of AARK Enterprises, he owned and operated a regional airline in Florida utilizing BAC 111 aircraft, competing against Pan Am and Eastern. He was also involved with the development of the LearFan 2100, an advanced business aircraft which had a rear pusher turboprop and carbon composite airframe. Later, he became the Managing Director of Stamford Capital Group, an investment and merchant bank that accomplished 255 acquisitions valued at over four billion dollars during his nine-year tenure. After retiring from Stamford Capital Group, Mr. Rapetti purchased and became Executive Chairman of Avantair, a fractional aircraft ownership company which he transformed into a major industry player, growing its equity value from twenty-five million to over one hundred million within a year, and expanding into FBO operations. He contracted with Embraer for the purchase of $2 billion in new aircraft and secured twenty-two acres and one hundred twenty thousand square feet of hangars at the St. Petersburg/Clearwater airport, adding FBO operations in New Jersey, California and Nevada. He pioneered the concept of paying for a single seat on a private plane, and founded Business Jet Seats, which later became Black Jet. Currently, Mr. Rapetti is the CEO of StarCore USA, a clean energy company operating in the Small Modular Reactor (SMR) nuclear power generation sector. Mr. Rapetti graduated from State University of New York Maritime College with a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering and a B.S. in Marine Engineering and then received his M.S in Nuclear Engineering from New York University.

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