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Advisory Board

James S. Chapin
Chairman and CEO, Biozhem
Chairman and CEO, Brush Creek

Mr. Chapin was co-founder of SierraSilicon, a corporate financial consulting firm headquartered in Northern California. He has been a principal of that business since June 1998. The mission of SierraSilicon is to assist early and second stage companies with a wide-range of business services that include business plan preparation, corporate strategy refinement and fund raising. Mr. Chapin has significant high-level contacts in Silicon Valley and throughout the United States that specialize in funding projects that require $5 million to $50 million.

Mr. Chapin spent five years with International Business Machines in Farmington, Connecticut in various executive positions, followed by ten years in the investment securities industry with Smith Barney and Tucker Anthony in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1994, he was recruited by publicly traded, Brush Creek Mining and Development Co., Inc., Grass Valley, California, and served as its CEO and Chairman until May 1998. During his tenure, Mr. Chapin was successful in raising approximately $15 million of equity financing, negotiating a significant joint-venture agreement and steering the company through a variety of hurdles created by a previous management. In 2002, Mr. Chapin became Chairman of the Board and CEO of Biozhem Cosmeceuticals, Inc. which launched an infomercial starring Lindsay Wagner and eventually partnered with one of the world's largest direct response companies.

Mr. Chapin graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and attended MBA courses at the University of Hartford and the University of Connecticut. He also attended the executive MBA program at the Tuck School of Dartmouth.


Frank R. Robles
Chairman and CEO, Neopolitan Networks
Managing Director, Oakstone Venture Partners

Mr. Robles developed the original idea for metropolitan gigabit Ethernet (GigE) based Carriers, and founded the industry leader Yipes Communications. The formation of this new market segment spawned new service providers and vendors targeting carrier grade feature sets for 1 GigE and 10 GigE.

Mr. Robles is an entrepreneur and investor with extensive experience in starting and building companies as part of the original founding team as well as assisting startups in general as part of their core team and as a seed investor. Mr. Robles operating roles have included Board member, CEO, VP Operations, VP Corporate Development, General Manager, Software Engineering Manager, Software Engineer and QA Manager.

Some of the companies Mr. Robles has played a role in include: Yipes Communications, Oakstone Venture Partners, NanoSpace, Agile Media, Kana Communications, Ascencia, YY Software, Netscape, AlphaBlox, HP, Siebel Systems, Netcom, Apple Newton, Coactive Communications, EPYX Software, MEI, BOA and Tecla Software.

Mr. Robles is also a Senior Associate of Foresight Institute.


Jeffrey Neal
Senior Vice President, Hall Kinion and Associates

Mr. Neal is a Senior Vice President at Hall Kinion and Associates.

Mr. Neal began his staffing industry career in 1992 with Oxford and Associates in the Silicon Valley. In January of 1994 Mr. Neal joined Hall Kinion and has been a key contributor of growing revenues from 2.5 million to over 190 million. In addition to his many accomplishments at Hall Kinion he is the founder of Hall Kinion University.

Prior to his tenure in the staffing industry, Jeffrey was the Sales and Marketing Manager for OC Wholesale.

Mr. Neal's 12 years of experience in the highly competitive technical staffing industry enables him to speak to high-tech leaders on human capital solutions and other progressive means to staff the technology entities within private organizations and government. He is an expert at high margin business development strategy and leveraging technology to optimize sales performance. Mr. Neal has continually enhanced the service delivery methodology at Hall Kinion to meet the ever-changing needs of his internal and external customers.

Recently, Lore International Institute new book entitled Winning Behavior- What the Smartest, Most Successful Companies Do Differently, featured Mr. Neal representing Hall Kinion in an esteemed position of this recent release. This new, informative book, written by internationally respected authors, Terry R. Bacon and David G. Pugh, of Lore International Institute, provides a comprehensive look at creating behavioral strategy for business in order to differentiate themselves from their competitors and win more business.

Mr. Neal received his BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara and completed the Executive Management program at Stanford University.

He is married with three children and lives in Northern California and is an avid motocross rider and played NCAA football at UCSB.

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