THE GEORGE JARKESY SHOW WELCOMES SPECIAL GUEST FRANK VERNUCCIO, ANALYST OF POLICY AND GOVERNMENT AS WELL AS GIL MORALES, AUTHOR OF “TRADE LIKE AN O’NEIL DISCIPLE” . JASON BEST AND SHERWOOD NEISS ALSO JOIN THE SHOW FROM “STARTUP EXEMPTION”.
Frank V. Vernuccio, Jr., J.D. is the editor-in-chief of the New York Analysis of Policy & Government and the co-host of the popular WVOX weekly radio show, “And Nothing But The Truth.” He is a regular columnist and contributor for a number of newspapers and other news outlets, and previously was an editor of legislative affairs for a major publishing company. Before moving to writing and broadcasting full time, he served in both Democrat and Republican administrations within New York State.
Mr. Morales began his investment career in 1991 as a stockbroker in the Beverly Hills branch of Merrill Lynch. In 1997, William O’Neil personally recruited Mr. Morales to join William O’Neil + Company, Inc. where he spent the next eight years as a Vice-President, internal Portfolio Manager responsible for managing a portion of the firm’s proprietary assets, and Manager of the O’Neil Institutional Services group responsible for advising over 500 of the largest and most successful institutional investors in the world. Mr. Morales also co-authored with William J. O’Neil a book on short-selling, “How to Make Money Selling Stocks Short,” published by John Wiley & Sons in 2004. In 2004, Mr. Morales was appointed Chief Market Strategist for William O’Neil + Company, Inc.
He, together with Chris Kacher, recently co-authored the book, “Trade Like An O’Neil Disciple: How We Made 18,000% in the Stock Market”, published by John Wiley & Sons in 2010. He also contributed to the book, “Wiley Trading Guide, Volume II”, published in 2011.
In the period from January 1, 1998 to December 31, 2005, Mr. Morales achieved in his personal account a total return of 10,904.25% as audited by Rothstein Kass & Company, a hedge fund auditing firm. Mr. Morales received his B.A. in economics from Stanford University.
Mr. Morales is also currently a principal and Managing Director of MoKa Investors, LLC and Virtue of Selfish Investing, LLC, www.virtueofselfishinvesting.com. He currently manages money for qualified investors through each of those firms, and is a frequent guest and commentator on Fox Business News, MarketWatch.com, and CNN News Radio’s Wall Street Shuffle and Opening Bell shows, among other venues.
Jason Best is a Co-Founder of Startup Exemption and brings over 10 years of executive management experience at 2 SaaS healthcare businesses (one of which he co-founded) in the bay area. His work there included starting a business from the ground-up during the dot com crash, building broad coalitions of US medical societies in support of Internet-based physician-patient communication and changing FDA regulations to enable physicians to receive electronic medication and device warnings instead of paper. This change dramatically increases patient safety while reducing time and costs for physicians and the pharmaceutical industry.
He is a successful entrepreneur and consultant to technology companies on business development and strategy issues to enable companies to grow quickly and effectively. In both 2010 and 2011, his work in strategy development, building scaleable processes, partnership development and branding/marketing, led to one of his clients, Kinnser Software, being named by Inc. Magazine as one of the 500 fastest growing private companies in the USA.
In Dec 2010, he also Co-Founded A Single Production Company, a documentary film company based in Bangkok Thailand. He has served as the Executive Producer for its first feature “The Cheer Ambassadors”. The film will premier at the Bangkok World Film Festival in January 2012. He is also working on a program with local entrepreneurs and educators to create a more entrepreneurial Web development industry in Thailand.
Jason earned his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, the world’s top international MBA program as well as a BA from William Jewell College, ranked by Forbes and US News and World Report as one of America’s best national liberal arts colleges. He has lived and worked in Europe, South America and Asia. He grew up in Louisiana and is now based in San Francisco, California to be near snow skiing, the ocean and wine country.
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Chances are this entrepreneur has already helped you, your child, someone very close or even your pet. As a 3-time INC500 winner whose company won E&Y’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Sherwood understands the keys to entrepreneurial success from concept to company to sale.
Sherwood Neiss started his post-MBA career on Wall Street and moved to Silicon Valley where by his 29th birthday reached the personal and financial goals he set for his 30th year. Wondering what to do next and also left struggling with a debilitating family dilemma, he used his entrepreneurial drive to help turn his family adversity into a multi-million dollar company that today is helping millions of sick children, animals and adults get better by being more compliant with their medicines.
Sherwood Neiss co-founded FLAVORx (www.flavorx.com) the company makes 42 yummy flavors that take the yuck out of medicine. His structured approach helped not only build a business model that threw off millions of dollars in cash but also helped grow the business from one pharmacy to over 80% of the pharmacies in the United States. He raised millions of dollars in capital and saw the culmination of his endeavors with the sale of the company in 2007.
Sherwood is an avid public speaker. He speaks at universities and seminars around the world about what it takes to be an entrepreneur, how to fund your idea and build a winning company. He testified at three Congressional hearings; one on the impediments to capital formation under Sarbanes-Oxley and two regarding access to capital for entrepreneurs and Crowdfund Investing. His SOX testimony was one of the reasons the Small Business Exemption to section 404(b) audit requirements was passed in July 2010.
Most recently Sherwood won the November 2010 & May 2011 Startup Weekend Challenges in Miami to use smartphones for instant polling & for an equity based crowdfunding platform. Currently he advocating for the SEC to update the securities laws to make it legal for groups of people to pool small dollar amounts of money together to invest in startups aka “Crowdfund Investing.”
When not working, Sherwood is an avid traveler. He lived in Japan for a year and post-sale of FLAVORx took his second backpacking trip around the world. In addition to speaking at universities and businesses around the country he invests in real estate in the U.S. and Brazil, is part of a Private Equity group in Los Angeles, is working on a clean tech project in Puerto Rico and is involved with several other start-up ventures.