Board of Directors
Co-Founder, President/CEO and Chairman of the Board
Mr. Goraleski brings 20 plus years of financial & sales management experience to the Company. Most recently, Mr. Goraleski was President / CEO of Cashtech Group, LLC, a consulting firm which specialized in forging strategic alliances and partnerships with Fortune 1000 retail and financial companies. Previous to Cashtech, Mr. Goraleski held the title of Executive Vice President at Glendale Federal Bank (prior to its merger with California Federal Bank) where he was responsible for the Alternative Delivery Division and its Subsidiary Companies. Mr. Goraleski holds an Executive MBA degree from Haas Business School, University of California at Berkeley. He earned a B.A. from San Diego State University.
William J. Birch
Executive Vice President, Co-Founder
Mr. Birch is the former Executive Vice President and Director of Retail Banking for Glendale Federal Bank (prior to the California Federal Bank merger) where he was responsible for all Retail Banking, Sales, Lending and Operations of the Bank. Prior to Glendale Federal Bank, Mr. Birch spent eight years at First Interstate Bank as an officer in Marketing, Sales and Human Resources. Throughout his banking career, Mr. Birch was an active member of the American Bankers Association, the Consumer Banking Association, and the American Management Association. Mr. Birch holds an Executive MBA degree from the University of Michigan Business School.
Member, Board of Directors
Mr. Orfalea is a member of the Board of Directors of Global Net Commerce, Inc. Mr. Orfalea is the former Executive Vice President and Director of International Business for the Kinko’s Corporation. During the 1990’s he was responsible for Kinko’s international expansion into key growth markets such as Asia, Europe and Australia. As a co-founder of Kinko's, Mr. Orfalea, together with his brother Paul, was instrumental in guiding Kinko’s through its company partnership roll-up/restructuring, which generated in excess of $400 million investment capital. Mr. Orfalea currently sits on the board of several companies including Pacific Crest Capital Corporation. Prior to his position at Kinko’s, Mr. Orfalea held senior officer positions at Citibank and CalFed Bank in their commercial and merchant banking divisions. Mr. Orfalea graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane Washington with a B.A. degree and received a Bachelor of Foreign Trade degree from Thunderbird American University Graduate School.
Controller/Secretary; Member, Board of Directors
Ms. Arthur is the Controller/Secretary and a member of the Board of Directors of Global Net Commerce, Inc. Prior to her position at GNCI, Ms. Arthur was employed by 3M, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing. During this time, she was an integral part of 3M’s Electrical Products Division and Wireless Communication Products Department. Ms. Arthur held subsequent positions as a National Sales Manager for Nac Visual Systems and was responsible for nationwide distribution and marketing. Mrs. Arthur graduated from University of Southern California with a BS degree in Public Administration and received an MBA from Loyola Marymount.
Colin Chester (Chief Technology Advisor)
Colin Chester is a Business Development Manager at Cypress. He assists GNCI in all aspects of IT/Engineering support for GNCI’s wireless client applications. Mr. Chester has been responsible for the development and engineering of numerous wireless applications during his 4-year employment with Sierra Wireless. Prior to Sierra Wireless, Mr. Chester was one of the founders and chief architect of Airbanc Wireless Solutions, which was acquired by Sierra Wireless in 1999. Mr. Chester also has held positions with Cisco, Timeplex, Sprint Canada, and SITA, in engineering and design roles.
Wolfgang Tolkien is a Senior Firmware developer at Cypress. With an extensive background in communication protocol development as well as wireless technology, he oversees GNCI's software and hardware development. Mr. Tolkien was one of the original founders of Airbanc Wireless Solutions, which was acquired by Sierra Wireless in 1999. He worked as a developer at Sierra Wireless until 2002 before starting with GNCI. During that time he gained extensive knowledge on wireless data networks. Mr. Tolkien graduated with a Master's degree in Engineering from the University of Hannover in Germany.
Brian M. Savage
Brian Savage brings over 23 years of information technology experience to his advisory role at Global Net Commerce Inc. With specific focus on the Financial Services, Telecommunication and e-Commerce industries, Mr. Savage is particularly well suited to provide valuable insight to the executive management team at GNCI. Mr. Savage is currently Senior Vice President, Financial Services Industry Group for TeleTech Holdings Inc. TeleTech provides outsourced customer management solutions to Global 1000 clients throughout the world. In this role, he is responsible for managing TeleTech’s overall business with the Banking, Insurance and Brokerage industries. Prior to joining TeleTech, Mr. Savage served as the COO of Izodia Inc., an e-commerce software provider, where he was responsible for launching and building Izodia’s business operations in the Americas. Before Izodia, Savage was Vice President of the Web Server Group for IBM where he was responsible for sales, solution architecture and professional services for IBM’s UNIX platforms. Mr. Savage spent the first 19 years of his career with the NCR Corporation where he held a number of executive management positions within the Financial Services and Telecommunication business units. As Region Vice President, Financial Services, he significantly increased NCR’s ATM market share throughout the Western US.
Lelah Jenkins provides GNCI with over 35 years of broad-based IT experience in both financial and entertainment sectors. She currently serves as CEO of Newport Summit Group, LLC, a consulting company providing technology solutions for business problems. Formerly, Lelah was Chief Technology Officer for Countrywide Home Loan Servicing, and a senior executive of business technology for Bank of America. She has served as CIO for multiple banks, and Technology Director at the Walt Disney Company.