Executive team

Richard J. (RJ) Valentine

Richard J. (RJ) Valentine, Chairman

RJ Valentine, co-founder and President of Global Business Funding Group, is a serial entrepreneur and early stage investor with 18 successful exits and more than a dozen current operating companies.

RJ’s vision directs the IPT sales and marketing strategy and his operational infrastructure manages the company’s financial, IT and marketing needs. This allows IPT to build on Mr. Valentine’s many earlier successes.

RJ has founded, built and sold market leaders in diverse industries, including insurance, automotive services, hospitality, business services and more. Among his notable successes:

  • He co-founded Global Business Funding Group, a business acceleration firm that is helping entrepreneurial-owned businesses grow with business planning and capital raise assistance, plus operating assistance. The company also invests in and takes an active management role in portfolio companies, including IPT.
  • RJ built Massachusetts Business Association (MBA) into the largest third party health insurance administrator in New England, serving 60,000 small businesses with nearly 500,000 employees. In 2007, when RJ sold MBA to an NYSE company, MBA had trailing annual premiums in excess of $1.8 Billion.
  • He introduced Jiffy Lube in New England where he conceived, built and operated the largest and fastest growing area franchise in the international chain. When he sold his stores to an NYSE company, RJ’s stores included 6 of the top 10 grossing Jiffy Lube service centers in the USA.
  • Another of RJ’s exits was in the professional investigations business, with LCF Associates. He took over LCF Associates at an early stage, then built and operated the business until selling the firm to another NYSE company, generating a 24x return for his investors.

RJ is also a professional race car driver with over four hundred professional starts and was the 2009 winner at the 24 Hours of Daytona. RJ is a highly sought after speaker, lecturer and mentor.

Alan Braverman

Alan Braverman, member of the Board of Directors

Alan Braverman, co-founder and CEO of Global Business Funding Group, is an investment analyst, entrepreneur and senior manager.

On Wall Street, Alan was ranked #1 Analyst by the Wall Street Journal and named to Institutional Investor magazine’s “All American Research Team.” Alan has appeared and been quoted in multiple media outlets, including CNBC, CNN, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Bloomberg.

He served as Senior Managing Director at Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank Securities and Bank of America Securities. While serving in this capacity, Alan led or assisted in the funding, sale and IPOs of many growth stage companies.

Alan also served as a senior partner at Excelsior Private Equity Fund, the PE fund group of US Trust (now Bank of America). In his capacity as one of the fund’s three partners, Alan raised a fresh $200MM fund focused on investments in growth stage companies. Previously, he served as President of a publicly traded division of General Electric (NYSE GE; NASDAQ: NBCI) which he helped grow to 1,000 employees and a $6.5 Billion market capitalization. Before this, Alan also served as an operating manager and director of the telecom and cable growth company portfolio of US West, the Fortune 50 “Baby Bell.”

Alan was an advisor to the Pritzker family as a member of the Board of New World Equities and New World Ventures. He has served as a judge in the prestigious Wharton School’s business plan competition. Alan graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and earned his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, graduating with distinction and in the top 1% of his class.

Curtis Quinter

Curtis Quinter, President

Curt Quinter brings more than 30 years of experience in the battery industry to IPT, where he leads all aspects of the company’s engineering, manufacturing, technical and quality control operations.

His extensive background in the energy and manufacturing sectors includes managing the manufacturing and technical operations for two international battery companies; developing and training the management and engineering staff at these companies in business methods and policies, battery design and quality methods; implementing ISO 9000 quality systems and implementing the process for manufacturing Factory Mutual Intrinsically Safe batteries.

Curt has conducted extensive work in battery research, design and product development for lithium polymer batteries, lithium ion batteries, zinc-air batteries, nickel iron batteries, electric vehicle batteries, mine batteries, installed rack mounted batteries for UPS systems, lead acid batteries and systems of all sizes, aircraft and train battery systems and nickel cadmium batteries and systems.

His experience includes 11 years with Global Technology Systems – distributor of Honeywell Batteries, where, as Vice President of Manufacturing, he launched the technical operations of the new start-up company, established and operated its technical and distribution centers and developed and trained its staff. He has worked in battery manufacturing with several other organizations including Westinghouse Electric Corp, Saft America, and Yuasa America. Curtis holds an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor’s degree from Belknap College.

Peter Lake

Peter Lake, Chief Financial Officer

Peter Lake is Chief Financial Officer of Global Business Funding Group and RJ Valentine’s MBA Group of Companies. Since 1986, he has helped RJ achieve his many entrepreneurial successes.

In his more than 25 years as a business owner, consultant and CFO, Peter has worked with more than 50 different entrepreneurial businesses throughout the United States and England. These have included startup situations, high growth development, mergers and acquisitions. He has an extensive record of success providing entrepreneurs with the resources to achieve business and investment objectives, driving profitability and resolving financial and operational problems.

Peter’s specialties include financial reporting, systems analysis/design/implementation, cost reductions, cash management, budgeting & forecasting, new business initiatives, manpower strategy & incentives, compensation and benefit programs, development of internal controls, and the establishment of key performance indicator metrics.

A graduate of Babson College's School of Management, Peter began his career working with Ernst & Young as a founding member and information technology audit specialist of the Entrepreneurial Services Group in the Boston office.

Peter Lake

Colleen Lynam, Executive Vice President of Sales

Colleen is IPT’s top sales executive in charge of major accounts for both the 2-way radio and barcode scanner markets. In just three short years since joining IPT, Colleen was promoted from Account Representative to Executive Vice President of Sales, a testament to her expertise in sales management and her knowledge of the industries she serves.

Colleen started her career in distributor aerospace sales where she became the first female outside sales representative for the entire Southern California network. During her years in the aerospace field, she was responsible for negotiating multi-million dollar contracts with top accounts such as McDonald Douglass, Hughes Aircraft and Hughes Helicopter. Following that, Colleen received her real estate and broker’s licenses and started her own building and development company. Her firm built and sold custom homes, as well as developed multi million dollar land projects; further demonstrating Colleen’s exemplary management skills. While seeking financial assistance for start-ups, she met IPT and was immediately offered a position with the company.

Colleen attended the University of Massachusetts, majoring in Business Management. She has 2 children and 1 grandchild, is a sports enthusiast and an avid golfer.

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Jody Weis

Jody Weis, Senior Advisor

Jody Weis brings to IPT his more than 32 years of service to country and community. Mr. Weis has been a member of the US Army, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Chicago Police Department (CPD). He recently formed Periculum Consulting, a risk management firm that assists corporations, government, and legal professionals in the areas of litigation support, investigations, security, digital forensics, and crisis management.

Mr. Weis is the only person to have led both a major FBI Field Office and the nation’s second largest police department, the Chicago Police Department, which includes more than 13,000 sworn officers and a budget in excess of $1.2B. Under Mr. Weis’ leadership of the CPD, law suits against officers dropped 47 percent, community relationships were restored in many of the crime-plagued neighborhoods, and the homicide totals reached a 45-year low. Prior to becoming Superintendent of the CPD, Mr. Weis served with the FBI, retiring as the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Philadelphia Field Office. He spent 23 years with the FBI in seven cities, holding positions from Special Agent through Deputy Assistant Director (DAD).

Mr. Weis is a frequent lecturer at Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine and Northwestern University's School of Continuing Studies. He serves as a guest commentator on public safety matters locally and nationally. In 2011, Mr. Weis was awarded the esteemed Community Service Award from the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation, Inc. of New York, New York.

Mr. Weis graduated from the University of Tampa in 1979, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. He attended college on a four-year Army ROTC scholarship.

William D. Chase

William D. Chase, Senior Advisor

William Chase brings IPT over 29 years of senior federal law enforcement and sales experience. His executive management successes include leading a strategic change at the FBI after the attacks of September 11, 2001, directing high profile operational matters and as a liaison with senior government and private sector officials. He is currently Director of Business Development for TASC which provides solutions for national security and public safety institutions. TASC employs enterprise systems engineering, integration and analytical decision support services to the Intelligence community, Department of Defense and agencies of the federal government.

Earlier, Bill was Director, Federal Sales, for LexisNexis Special Services Inc., managing the LexisNexis Public Safety and Law Enforcement sales teams and was also Vice President, Federal Law Enforcement, for i2S, Inc., responsible for the company’s activities within the Intelligence Community.

Before entering the private sector, Bill spent 23 years with the FBI. His FBI resume includes a wide range of assignments up to Special Agent in Charge (SAC) in the Albany, NY and Baltimore, MD field offices. He served as a Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI HQ Legal Counsel Division, representing the FBI in a broad range of areas. He was Field Supervisor for three criminal squads at the Washington, DC Field Office. As Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of the Boston Division, he was responsible for Domestic Terrorism, Organized Crime, Drug and Violent Crime Programs in four New England states. As the SAC in the Albany and Baltimore offices, he was responsible for all FBI administrative, criminal, terrorism and foreign counterintelligence operations.

Bill holds a Juris Doctorate from the Vermont School of Law and a BA, Political Science, from Westfield State University.

Our Team

Impact Power Technology’s team is a rare combination of battery industry experts and business building professionals. Our battery experts have a combined 100 years’ experience in portable power, developing and engineering many of the newest battery technologies of the last 30 years.

Our business building team from Global Business Funding Group has founded, built and successful exited 20 businesses, including market leaders in a wide range of industries.

Together, our leadership team forms a strong, customer-focused firm with the knowledge, experience and resources to deliver the highest quality and value portable power products and services available anywhere, at prices available only at IPT.

Call us any time toll free at (855) 228-8478 or email us.

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