Board of Directors
Dr. Terrence Heng Chairman of the Board
Terry Dillon President, CEO
Wallace Ford Director
George Schilling Director
Clyde Stephen Byrd Director
Dr. Terrence Heng
Chairman of the Board
Dr. Terrence Heng, 65, received his BS (EE) from Washington State University and his PhD (EE) degree from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the St.Petersburg Electrotechnical University, Russia (Honorary Doctor); University of Glasgow (Doctor of Engineering); and the St. Petersburg State Technical University, Russia (Diploma).
Dr. Heng has worked in various institutions and companies throughout his forty year career, beginning as an Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department, University of Malaya, Malaysia where together with UNESCO support he was involved in starting the undergraduate and graduate programs in electrical engineering and supervised the first PhD student of the department. He created and was the first Manager of the High Frequency Devices Laboratories at the Westinghouse Research Laboratories, Pittsburgh, PA. The Laboratories conducted research in microwave and millimeter wave solid-state devices and circuits for radar, electronic-countermeasure, and space explorations.
Dr. Heng joined the Motorola Semiconductor R&D Laboratories in 1977 to start up their Solid-State High Frequency Laboratories in Phoenix, AZ where he launched a wide array of products that later became major product lines for the company, departing for a period from 1980 to 1989.
From 1980-1986 he was the Chief Engineer and Director of R&D of the Unitrode Corporation, Waltham, MA where he was instrumental in quadrupling the company's sales through the introduction of new power switching and control products, and the introduction of new technologies in manufacturing. In 1986 Dr. Heng co-founded Omnirel Corporation, Leominster, MA, which developed state-of-the-art solid-state power devices and power integrated modules for Space, Defense and high-end Industrial companies. As Executive Vice-president of the corporation, he managed the day-to-day operations and was also in charge of product development. The company was successfully sold in 1989.
Terry returned to Motorola in 1989 as Corporate Director of External Technology Planning where he created the Global Software Group to provide low cost software development for Motorola business groups and their customers around the world. From 1990 to 2004, he started 21 development centers in 15 countries, and was responsible for over 300 projects for the company and 4,000 engineers worldwide. The Global Software Group was generally recognized as the premier software development organization both within and outside of the company. Terry was promoted to Vice-President, Corporate Vice-President, and Senior Vice-President by Motorola in 1995, 1999, and 2001 respectively. He retired from Motorola in 2004.
Dr. Heng was co-founder and Chairman of the Board of the Portal of the Americas, a Nevada company created in 2005 to develop a new personal gateway concept for education, innovation and entrepreneurship services for the Ibero-American countries. He was instrumental in the creation of ISTEC. In addition, Terry has served on numerous University, Industry and Government Boards and Committees. Some of these include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Industry Liaison Board, the Rensselaer Polytechnic University President Executive Advisory Board, ISTEC Board of Directors, Illinois Institute of Technology International Board, Washington State University Foundation Board, Singapore Economic Development Board, US Council of Competitiveness, Scottish Economic Development Board, and the Pacific Basin Economic Council.
In 2000 Dr. Heng was appointed by the Mayor of Beijing as an IT Advisor to the Mayor's Office for the period from 2000 to 2005. Dr. Heng has also participated in numerous IEEE committees, and served as Chairman, Organizer, and Invited Keynote Speaker of many IEEE and non-IEEE international conferences and symposiums.
Mr. Dillon has more than thirty-five years experience in the field of telecommunications, security, and network design and has an in-depth, well-rounded expertise in all aspects of business management. He has served in all levels of the Wire-line and Wireless Telecom Business from Operations, Branch Management, Regional Vice President, and President/COO to Chairman/CEO. He is intimately familiar with operating budgets and financials; as well as, business planning and execution, including turn-around. In addition he has served in senior positions in both the Vendor and Operator venues.
Mr. Dillon was the first employee of Boston Technology whose Patented Voice Mail Delivery technology revolutionized the telecommunications industry. Mr. Dillon performed the hardware design for the COACCESS product, and then sold the product to five Regional Bell operating companies, and multiple international Telecommunications firms. Terry has designed, proposed, and sold first of Telecommunications projects to major telephone companies world wide. He has built several profitable businesses and operated and managed several multi-million dollar budgets. Terry has been published in Telephony Magazine, the US Trade magazine for the Telephone Industry, and has been quoted in multiple publications on new industry technologies and their potentials. In addition, Mr. Dillon is the inventor of the three technology patents pending for Gridline Communications Holdings, Inc.
Terry studied at Lamar University and Northeastern Oklahoma State University. He is a member of the Boy Scouts of America Heritage Foundation and a member of the United Way Alexis DeTocqueville Society.
Mr. Ford is principal and founder of Fordworks Associates Inc., a management consulting and advisory firm based in New York. Prior to forming Fordworks in 2002, Mr. Ford, a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard University's Law School, held numerous high-level positions in the legal profession, academia, state and local government and on Wall Street where he worked as an investment banker. In recent years, Mr. Ford served as an attorney at the Kaye Scholer law firm, specializing in international corporate law, and was the New York City Commissioner of Business Services during the administration of former Mayor David Dinkins as well as President and Chief Executive Officer of the State of New York Mortgage Agency during the administration of former Governor Mario Cuomo.
In his current position at Fordworks, Mr. Ford provides advisory services for clients in the U.S., Asia, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. A sampling of his former and current clients includes the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, the Irish Stock Exchange, Playboy Entertainment, the Nigerian Investment and Securities Tribunal, Black Entertainment Television and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation.
Mr. Ford is professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where he teaches public policy management and economic policy management in emerging market economies and is a member of the faculty. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Institute for Jazz Studies at Columbia University, President of the Board of Advisors of the Harlem Branch of the American Cancer Society and a member of the Board of Trustees of United Way International. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Haitel, S.A., the leading cellular phone company in the Republic of Haiti.
He is a contributing columnist with Turning Point magazine and has written for numerous publications and lectured extensively throughout the United States. His first novel, The Pride, is due to be published in 2005. Additionally, Mr. Ford is fluent in Spanish.
Mr. Schilling served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Calypso Wireless, Inc., a Delaware Corporation (OTC: CLYW) engaged in the research and development of technology solutions for the global wireless communication industry. Mr. Schilling joined Calypso Wireless, on December 28, 2004, as a seasoned business manager with experience and leadership in the growth of small companies that are focused on sales and global marketing. From 1999 to 2001 he worked in Public Relations for Feeling Productions, Inc., in the entertainment industry with Celine Dion. From 1990 to 1998 he acted as a self employed broker for the global construction, sales and financing plans for the delivery of yachts to his pre-qualified cliental. From 1987-1989 he served as president of Striker Yachts and oversaw the construction of over 100 vessels in Korea, Taiwan, Chile and Norway. From 1985 to 1987 he was responsible for structuring the first export financing contracts with the Italian Government promoting the construction of mega yachts and providing hundreds of jobs in that country. He successfully carried this concept to other countries in the European Union and Asia resulting in global relationships that led his career to senior management. Mr. Schilling received his B.S. degree from Arizona State University in 1969 with continuing studies at Grand Canyon College and South Hampton College, NY. He currently resides in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. He has appeared on World Business Review with Alexander Haig and is a recognized consultant in public relations.
Clyde Stephen Byrd
Clyde Stephen Byrd is a Principal and Founder of Benefits Design. With over 27 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industry, Steve is dedicated to providing consultations and innovative solutions to his individual and business clients. Steve specializes in group and executive benefits and voluntary products for non-profits organizations, associations and large groups.
In 1971 Steve earned a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from West Virginia University. He began his career in Beckley, West Virginia with The Equitable Life Assurance Society (now AXA) in 1979. In 1981 he transferred to Houston, Texas. There he was awarded the Centurion award. He co-founded Gulf Coast Benefits Design, Inc. in 1989.
Steve remains dedicated to keeping up with the leading edge of the insurance industry. He has extended his education in the industry by earning the designations of Certified Life Underwriter (CLU), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) , Life Underwriting Training Council Fellow (LUTCF), Registered Employee Benefits Consultant (REBC), Registered Health Underwriter (RHU), Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Certified in Long Term Care (CLTC).
Currently licensed in all 50 states, Steve maintains appointments with all the major insurance companies.
Steve was recognized by the United States Congress for Outstanding Contributions to the Community, and received the Outstanding Young Men of America award. In addition, he has been awarded numerous National Quality Awards (NQA) and Million Dollar Round Table designations.
Steve has served on the Board of Directors of the Children's Development Center, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) Houston and is past Vice President, President and Chairman of the Board of UCP of Texas.