Geronimos Dimitrelos, Chairman & Interim CEO, Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Dimitrelos is the founder of the Company and is responsible for the research and development of the Company’s technologies. He attended the University of Minnesota and the University of Central Florida, under an Army scholarship, and earned a Sergeant’s rank in the U.S. military. He later became an entrepreneur, managing and growing several businesses.
Mr. Dimitrelos has spent the last 10 years researching the science of algae and the technology of its production. Through such research, attendance at numerous scientific meetings and conferences with algae academia experts, Mr. Dimitrelos has compiled a vast amount of knowledge on the benefits, science and production technology of algae. He is committed to implementing highly efficient, state of the art solutions for the cultivation and extraction of algae and algae by-products.
Ralph Dominguez, Board of Directors
Mr. Dominguez brings a successful track record in finance, securities, business development and management to the Company. Mr. Dominguez has been instrumental in building the foundation of the Company and led Algae to Omega through its initial seed fundraising. Throughout his career, he has served as a principal for various companies. From 2001 to 2003, he was a principal for several hedge funds that specialized in momentum trading in both foreign currency markets as well as equities markets. In July of 2003, Mr. Dominguez started IGS Capital Management and soon after he became a licensed real-estate agent. During this time Mr. Dominguez was involved in the formation and management of twenty real estate limited partnerships.
Later, he was instrumental in the development of Oceanfront Brokerage, a real estate brokerage firm and its sister company IGS Financial, a correspondent lender and its NASD member broker/dealer affiliate IGS Securities. He also held a Series 22 Securities License and Series 39 Principals Securities License. In early 2008, Mr. Dominguez was a partner and principal of the Fort Lauderdale division of Stonehurst Securities, a registered FINRA member broker/dealer. After leaving Stonehurst Securities, Mr. Dominguez started growing his consulting company Fluid Capital Solutions, Inc which is focused on Social Responsible Investments and financial services. Socially Responsible Investing, is a process that considers the social and environmental consequences of investments, within the context of rigorous financial analysis.
Mr. Dominguez is also knowledgeable in various areas including but not limited to health, nutrition, financing and business development.
Dev Dabas, Board of Directors
Born and raised in India. Mr. Dabas earned an M.S. in Physics from the University of Delhi in 1971 and performed research in Physics at the university until 1974. Mr. Dabas later Joined the Bank of India as Branch Manager. In 1979, Mr. Dabas was promoted to officer of the bank and then transferred to the New York office where he became a full time officer. Additionally, he earned an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Brooklyn Polytechnical in New York in 1981.
From 1981 until 1984, Mr. Dabas was employed by Mattel Toys as and Industrial Engineer. He later joined L’Oreal, USA as Senior Industrial Engineer in 1984. In 1994, he was promoted to Manager of Raw Materials Purchasing where he worked until his retirement in 2008. As of November 2010, Mr. Dabas is a shareholder of Algae to Omega Holdings, Inc and in late 2011, he became a member of the Board of Directors.
Steven L. Relis, CPA, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Relis is responsible for financial reporting and compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and to maintain the Company’s compliance with federal and state tax laws. He is also responsible overseeing the accounting department and for financial modeling and budgeting. Mr. Relisis also the partner in charge of Accounting and Auditing at Koutoulas and Relis. He has extensive experience working with many clients in various industries including high tech, real estate, construction, manufacturing and professional services. Prior to joining the firm he was the Chief Accounting Officer of Gilat Latin America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd (NASDAQ – GILTF). He also served as the Chief Accounting Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer of Ursus Telecom Corporation (NASDAQ – UTCC). He was an audit manager with Deloitte and Touche in New York and Ernst & Young in Miami. At Ernst & Young he was part of the entrepreneurial services group, which specializes in supporting the needs of aggressive growth companies. Mr. Relis received a B.S. in Business from Long Island University in 1985 and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the States of Florida and New York. He is a member of the American, Florida and New York Institutes of Certified Public Accounting.
Duc Tran, Ph.D., Director of Cultivation
Mr. Duc Tran, Ph.D., has been working on microalgae production for over 15 years. Mr. Duc Tran, Ph.D. is responsible for the overall management of the company’s laboratory and microalgae cultivation. He holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Education, Vietnam, a M.S. in Ecological and Environmental Science from the University of Natural Sciences, Vietnam in 2002, and a Ph.D. in Biology from St. John’s University, NY, USA from 2004 to 2008 were he wrote his thesis on Secondary carotenoid biosynthesis in the unicellular green alga Dunaliella salina with an emphasis on the phytoene synthase. He also attended Brooklyn College, City University of New york, USA where he did his post-doc with the Department of Biology from 2008 through 2010.
Mr. Duc Tran, Ph.D., specializes Carotenoid and lipid metabolism and up until he assumed his position with Algae to Omega held a position as faculty member of the Department of Biotechnology, Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Ph.D. has also developed a number of microalgae strains with high contents of Astaxanthin and other valuable carotenoids. Mr. Duc Tran, Ph.D. has published many publications related to the production lipids and antioxidants from microalgae for functional food and nutraceutical applications as well as carotenoid biosynthesis.
Jian Li, Ph.D., Senior Technology Consultant
Jian Li, Ph.D., is a practicing microalgae engineer and scientist with over a decade of experience in the field of commercial microalgae production. Formally, he holds a B.S. in physics from Nankai University, a M.S. in bioengineering from the University of Hawaii, and a Ph.D. in biochemical engineering from Tianjin University of Science and Technology. In addition to his formal education, Dr. Li also has vast experience in industry, specifically in the design, development, and optimization of microalgae production processes. From 2001 to 2003 Dr. Li worked as the Senior Process Engineer at Mera Pharmaceutical Inc., where he was able to gain experience in commercial scale microalgae production optimization techniques. From 2004 to 2008 he served as the CTO for Shenzhen Eastwest Biotechnology Inc., where he expanded his knowledge to include novel cultivation processes of microalgae. It was there he gained experience in techniques specific to the commercial cultivation and harvesting of Haematococcus for astaxanthin production, and was also able to contribute his expertise to various algae projects as a consultant. Upon leaving his position at Shenzhen Eastwest Biotechnology Inc., he decided to go back to university in order to complete his education by earning his Ph.D. Currently, Dr. Li holds a research position at Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. Here he is working on microalgal projects in conjunction with Bio Energy out of Microalgae (BEMA), a consortium of industrial and academic organizations whose goal is to reduce human footprint on the world through the use of algae. Dr. Li’s experience, education, and personal dedication concomitantly make him an ideal addition to Algae to Omega. We believe he will play an instrumental role in the further innovation of our production processes, and are pleased to officially welcome him on board.
Advisory Board Members
Joseph Purita, MD, F.A.C.S, F.A.A.O.S., F.A.A.P.M
Douglas Mancosky, PhD – Director – Hydro Dynamics, Inc
Gregg Johnson, CEO – New Logic Research
Kevin Wells, CEO – LumiGrow, Inc
Mark Edwards, Algae Expert & Author of Freedom Foods
Jose Antonio, PhD, FISSN, FNSCA, CSCS