Richard K. Pertile – Chairman of the Board, CEO and President
Richard K. Pertile became CEO, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company concomitant with the acquisition of the MariJ Group of companies on January 15, 2016. from 2013 until January 15, 2016 Mr. Pertile served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Marij Agricultural, Inc. in Clearwater, Florida. He also founded JR Cannabis Industries LLC and Canna-Cures Research & Development Center LLC as he began building a medical cannabis consortium. Born, raised and educated in the Chicago area, Mr. Pertile successfully operated his own restaurants, hotel and nightclub business there. Relocating to Pinellas County, Florida in 1989, Mr. Pertile joined Cornerstone Marketing of America, a subsidiary of United Insurance Companies, quickly being promoted to Executive Vice-President with responsibility for building its nationwide outside sales team. By the end of 2003, Mr. Pertile achieved year-over-year compounded growth of 30%, generating more than $1 billion in sales through 8,000 independent contractors in 40 states. After retiring in 2004, he turned his attention to philanthropy work in helping build a workout facility with the Juvenile Protection Services Program of Florida. From 2006 to 2010, after re-entering the business sector, he became President and Chief Marketing Officer of Independent Producers of America, a small Texas corporation he lead to becoming a publicly traded company on the Nasdaq Exchange. Again turning his attention to philanthropies in 2010, he formed the Pertile Family Foundation and was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Tampa Chapter of the American Diabetes Association where he concentrated his fundraising activities. Mr. Pertile earned degrees in Business Management and Wastewater Engineering from the College of Lake County, Illinois, and trained under such recognized business leaders as Zig Ziglar, Dr. David Cook, Dr. Rick Jernigan, Brian Flanagan, and Brian Tracy. Mr. Pertile resides in Florida with his wife of 27 years, Debbie. They have two sons, ages 24 and 20.
Neil B. Gholson – Director
Mr. Gholson became a director of the Company on January 15, 2016. His background is rooted deeply in the financial services and insurance industries since 1988, serving on the board of directors of four companies during the past ten years. Mr. Gholson has been the owner and principal of Long Term Care Financial Solutions, LLC since 2003, and co-owner and principal of Medicare Insurance Consultants, LLC since 2015. He graduated with a BA in History from Atlantic Christian College in 1981, and earned a Certificate in Financial Planning from Florida State University in 2006. Mr. Gholson resides in Tampa, Florida with his wife Michele and two daughters.
Danny R. Gibbs – Director
Danny Gibbs, 58, was originally appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors on February 1, 2007 and served until December of 2011, rejoining the board July 10, 2013. Mr. Gibbs was President of Gibbs Construction, Inc., the predecessor of Acacia, from its inception in October of 1984 until April of 2000. In 2007, Mr. Gibbs agreed to serve on Acacia’s new board, where he served until December of 2011. The Company is pleased to welcome Mr. Gibbs’ return to its Board of Directors as he brings decades of experience in the public domain. From 2000 through 2003, Mr. Gibbs served as Senior Project Manager for TOC Companies in the Dallas, Texas area. From the beginning of 2004 through the present, he has served in a similar capacity with Dimensional Construction, Inc. Both companies are located in Garland, Texas where Mr. Gibbs resides with his wife and two sons.
Gary J. Roberts, Jr. – Director
Mr. Roberts became a director of the Company on January 15, 2016. As a young entrepreneur attending the University of Alabama, Mr. Roberts started and grew various service-oriented companies. Following college, Mr. Roberts played a key role in developing Transplatinum Plus, an electronic fuel card transfer company in Nashville, Tennessee that was eventually sold to Fleet One. For the next eight years Mr. Roberts served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Perma Crete Resurfacing Products in Nashville, Tennessee from 1993 to 2001 where he expanded the operation nationally with an extensive dealership distribution system as well as running a national retail installation department. In 2001, Mr. Roberts shifted gears and turned his focus to the Health Insurance industry. He was District Manager with Cornerstone America from 2000 to 2002 while building one of the top teams in the nation. Gary assumed the position of Vice President of the Company’s Southeastern Territory in 2003, maintaining that position through the present. During this time, Mr. Roberts has continued to build that business into one the nation’s largest insurance distribution groups, with his territory ranking in the top two USA every year as well as being ranked as the top territory in the USA one of those years.