Title: Chief Financial Officer
Company: Empresas La Floresta
Location: Obarrio, Panama City
A consummate professional, Mr. Karam began working when he was 14 years old. He worked in his family’s hospital and insurance company, which he grew and expanded on an international level. This experience motivated him to reach the highest levels of success, a goal that he began with his education. He graduated from Harvard University with a Doctor of Economics and Cum Laude honors in 1985.
From there, he became the chief executive officer of Empresas La Floresta, a holding company that is comprised of seven insurance companies: a pharmacy, a hospital, a food distribution company in Venezuela, and a construction company in Panama. With more than three decades of experience, Dr. Karam has honed his expertise in insurance, finance, and economics, which he applies to managing business operations, as well as financial operations. Read the rest of this entry »
Craig A. Hrkal
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Location: Zimmerman, MN United States
For nearly three decades, Mr. Hrkal has honed his skill set in the concrete industry. Over the course of the past two years, in his role as CEO, he has worked diligently on behalf of HN Holdings, which produces and distributes cellular concrete, lightweight aggregate applications, and lightweight concrete and construction materials, including concrete chemicals. He loves being able to evaluate and determine “next-level” products and services for the industry. The holding company, a certified cellular concrete applicator, owns and operates Cellular Concrete Inc., Lightweight Distributing Co. Inc., Hwy Safety Zone LLC, and the newest addition, Concrete Chemicals Inc. Cellular. Through hard work, industry knowledge, and financial discipline, he became partner in two different companies, and subsequently purchased both in 2007, which has been the highlight of his professional life thus far.
Title: Distribution Generation Coordinator
Company: Hydro One Networks Inc.
Location: Ontario, Canada
Mark L. Hogans’ deep interest in renewable energy and an infinite quest for knowledge led him to his current path. Mr. Hogans is the distribution generation coordinator for Hydro One Networks Inc., the largest electricity transmission and distribution company in Ontario, Canada. Mr. Hogans, who has been in his present capacity since 2009, focuses on the development of renewable energy technologies. He is well known for his exemplary leadership and highly regarded by colleagues for his dedication and wide-ranging knowledge. Mr. Hogans make sure to treat every client with respect and to always be available to answer their questions. He has the ability to explain complex concepts and regulations so that even a person with no experience in the energy field understands. Mr. Hogans was credited with building the policies and procedures that allowed the company to connect more than 13,000 generators to the distribution system. He takes great pride in helping thousands of renewable energy generators successfully connect to the company’s distribution system and promoting green energy as a lifestyle. He has spent more than 30 years as a master electrician, obtained a degree from Indiana University and continues to educate himself through his affiliation with the Society of Energy Professionals, Canadian Solar Industry Association and other various renewable energy and professional groups. Mr. Hogans believes he has been able to excel in his career due to his ambition, determination, hard work, his thirst for learning and his drive to provide first class customer service, qualities equally evident in his level of technical knowledge and academic attainment.
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Company: GSA Sales Inc.
Location: Birmingham, AL, United States
Soon after Kevin Berland graduated from Kansas University with a Bachelor of Science in business administration, he was accepted into the Wire Rope Corporation of America’s elite training program. He gained hands-on experience of the manufacturing industry and has progressed in the field ever since. Today, he has amassed 29 years of professional experience and serves as the president of GSA Sales Inc., a business consulting company that provides services in independent sales for manufacturers, including territory expansion, sales techniques, product and industry knowledge, and client relations. An expert business manager and leader, Mr. Berland is tasked with developing relationships with distributors across the territories of Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. Read the rest of this entry »