Z Team

There’s No “I” In Team.


Dave Baker

CEO

Dave Baker has had a distinguished career in upper-level management for several firms and as a founder of his own companies, exhibiting leadership and creativity in driving revenue growth and customer satisfaction.  From 2007 to 2016, Mr. Baker was partner in Prevail Property Management, a top property services company, responsible for sales, marketing, and operations, during which time sales growth ranged from 20% to over 100% per year.  In 2004 Mr. Baker founded Extreme Green, a property services company, which he grew from start-up to over 2,300 clients in three years before selling the business.  From 1995 through 2003, Mr. Baker held several positions in sales and marketing and sales management with TruGreen Chemlawn, a Fortune 500 company, where he was ranked in the top three out of 3,500 sales members for nine years.  He was key in developing and rolling out many successful sales campaigns and implementing operational procedures to successfully drive revenue and customer satisfaction.  In addition, Mr. Baker was crucial in the recruiting and training of new team members.

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Rick Mikles

Chairman of the Board

In 2001, Rick Mikles and a long-time college friend Co-Founded Ideal Image laser hair removal. Mikles named the company Ideal Image and developed the marketing including radio advertising & billboards, thus establishing the brand, Ideal Image. Over the next 11 years, the company grew to 80 locations nationwide. In 2011, Rick Mikles was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Later that same year the corporate owned Ideal image locations were purchased by Steiner Leisure for $175-Million. Today Ideal Image has 130 locations nationwide.

In 2016 Mikles co-founded and became senior development partner with Shark Plug, LLC. The company plugs inventors and entrepreneurs directly into Kevin Harrington “the original shark” to develop and market their products and services.

Kevin Harrington

Board of Directors

Kevin Harrington has been a successful entrepreneur over the last 40 years. He is an Original Shark on the ABC hit, Emmy-winning TV show, “Shark Tank.” He is also the Inventor of the Infomercial, As Seen On TV Pioneer, Co- Founder of the Electronic Retailers Association (ERA) and Co- Founder of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO). Kevin has launched more than 20 businesses that have grown to over $100 million in sales each. He has been involved in more than a dozen public companies and has launched over 500 products generating more than $5 billion in sales worldwide with iconic brands and celebrities such as Jack Lalanne, Tony Little, George Foreman, and the new I-Grow hair restoration product on QVC. Kevin has extensive experience in business all over the world, opening distribution outlets in over 100 countries worldwide. His success led Mark Burnett to hand pick Kevin to become an Original Shark on Shark Tank where he filmed over 175 segments.

Kevin got his start as a young entrepreneur in the early 80’s when he invested $25,000 and launched Quantum International. This turned into a $500 million per year business on the New York Stock Exchange and drove the stock price from $1 to $20 per share. After selling his interest in Quantum International, he formed a joint Venture with the Home Shopping Network, called HSN Direct, which grew to hundreds of millions of dollars in sales. Entrepreneur Magazine has called him one of the top Entrepreneurs of our time.

Aside from speaking to audiences across five continents, Kevin’s influence has reached over 100 million people through his multi-media presence and industry dominance. A prominent business thought leader, he is often featured and quoted as a business leader in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, CNBC, Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur, Fortune, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Morning News, The View, Squawk Box, Fox Business, and more. He is a regular contributor to Forbes.com and Inc.com, and has published acclaimed books like Act Now! How I Turn Ideas Into Million Dollar Products as well as the best-seller, Key Person of Influence. As co-founder of the EO (Entrepreneurs Organization), he has grown this organization to 45 countries and thousands of members, generating over $500 Billion of member sales. In 1990 he co-founded the global direct to consumer organization and trade show, the Electronic Retailers Association (ERA). Today ERA is the exclusive trade association to represent a global $350 billion direct-to-consumer marketplace, encompassing 450 different companies in 45 countries.

Art Fillmore

General Counsel & Director

Art Fillmore has a distinguished career, practicing law for more than 40 years in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, capital formation, financial transactions and securities law. Mr. Fillmore has represented, on a national basis, many public and privately held companies in areas ranging from startup formation to going public to acquiring other companies or being acquired. He has been recognized as Super Lawyers of Missouri and was named One of 50 Missourians You Should Know by Ingram’s Magazine in 2014. He has also been named Best in Bar and one of 10 Legal Leaders of Kansas City. He has also served as Chairman and CEO of a microprocessor miniaturization company in San Diego, California. Prior to entering Law School, where he was the Managing Editor and Lead Article Editor of the Missouri Law Review, he served in the United States Army, where he achieved the rank of Captain. He is a combat veteran of Vietnam, where he received numerous awards, including several Bronze Stars, and is a member of the United States Army Artillery School Hall of Fame. Mr. Fillmore is a passionate veterans’ advocate, chairing several foundations which assist homeless and disabled veterans.

William McMahon

Chief Financial Officer

A seasoned executive, Bill has over 35 years of global financial management experience during which he focused on financial and operational restructurings in emerging and middle market companies.  During his career, Bill has developed extensive treasury and cash management expertise, including capital raising through private and public markets.

His broad and extensive career includes consulting expertise as Managing Director of Buccino & Associates, Inc., a national turnaround advisory firm providing crisis management services to companies in diverse industries including retailing, distribution and manufacturing. He was the firm’s expert in matters of bankruptcy and was a consultant to the consultants in all matters involving bankruptcy planning and strategy.  Bill relocated from his native city – Chicago, Illinois, to Sarasota, Florida in 1992, to join Uniroyal Technology Corporation (UTC) as Director of Corporate Development.  UTC, a successfully restructured specialty plastics manufacturer, was a client of Bill’s while at Buccino & Associates.  The Company’s revenues are now approaching $100 million.  He provided Chief Financial Officer (CFO) consulting services to a privately held company in the urgent care and to a startup deep ocean minerals exploration company, where he was then appointed CFO.  Bill provided CFO consulting services and ultimately was appointed CFO to a struggling publicly traded pharmaceutical company.  He helped raise capital in a $20 million senior note.

He has served as Chief Financial Officer for several international companies, including Serengeti Eyewear, Inc., a $40 million publicly traded manufacturer and distributor of premium sunglasses.  Bill headed up the turnaround effort of this struggling company after a $27 million acquisition proved difficult to absorb.  He restructured the finances, renegotiated the debt and worked with the company to reset its marketing program.  Two years later, he sold the company for $47 million.

Bill currently lives in Bradenton, Florida with his wife and their 2 dogs.  He has 2 successful stepchildren who are pursuing their dreams on separate coasts of the US.  In his spare time, Bill enjoys travel, fine dining and golf and he is a certified scuba diver.

Bill earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.

Jennifer Peek

Board of Directors

Jennifer has extensive experience in the behind-the-scenes tactics of start-up growth, acquisitions, and divestitures ranging from small companies to billion-dollar companies. She provides expertise as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), venture investor, business owner, and consultant. She is also a commercial real estate investor and has owned two companies. Jennifer currently serves as a board member of Race for Domestic Violence Prevention, and she is on the advisory board of two privately held companies. Jennifer holds the professional designation of CPA (State of Missouri) and Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA). She is also a member of the AICPA and MSCPA.

Nicole Strothman

Board of Directors

Nicole is a strategic thinker with over 14 years of broad-based corporate and executive management experience. She has a background in corporate transactions, employment, mergers and acquisitions, healthcare, commercial real estate, litigation, franchising, and corporate governance. She currently is the General Counsel and Director of Franchise Operations of Ideal Image, multi-state retail concept in North America.  Prior to Ideal Image, she worked in-house for an international car rental and car sales company.  Nicole received her B.A. from Florida State University and a J.D./M.B.A from Stetson University.

Ryan Smith

Senior VP of Sales

Mr. Smith is a mechanical engineer from Purdue University with a distinguished career in facilities engineering, maintenance, operations and management for major Indiana industrial concerns.  From 2012 until the present he was Operations Manager for Bremen Castings.  From 2002 through 2012, Mr. Smith was Operations Manager for Warsaw Engineering and Fabrication.  From 1998 through 2002, he was Engineering and Maintenance Manager for Neenah Enterprises.  Prior to 1998, Mr. Smith worked in a variety of engineering, operations, and facilities maintenance positions for several major enterprises.  Throughout his career, Mr. Smith has focused on increasing operating efficiencies and on developing Reliability Based Maintenance Procedures which reduce costs, improve uptimes and increase the reliability of facility equipment.  In addition, Mr. Smith has developed and maintained a broad array of senior level contacts in numerous facilities across a variety of industries in the Midwest.