Globis Acquisition Corp.
- Agriculture, Food, Energy, Natural Resources, Telecommunications, Transportation, Logistics
Mr. Packer, age 49, has been our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and a Director since inception. Mr. Packer has served as the Managing Member of Globis Capital Advisors LLC, an investment advisory firm, since founding the firm in 2001. Since October 2017, Mr. Packer has served as Chairman of The United States Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, when he was first appointed by President Donald J. Trump. He has served on the board of directors of Zedge, Inc. (NYSE AMERICAN: ZDGE), a provider of content distribution platforms, since April 2020. Mr. Packer also serves as a director on the board of Elementor Ltd., a privately held company that offers an intuitive, front-end site builder for WordPress. Previously, he served on the boards of directors of Wakingapp Ltd., an augmented reality technology company, from October 2014 until its sale to Scope AR in October 2019 and Penguin Digital, Inc., a mobile application developer, before it was acquired by Shutterfly Inc. in 2012. Mr. Packer received a B.A. from Yeshiva University. We believe Mr. Packer’s extensive knowledge of the capital markets, corporate finance, and public company governance practices as a result of his investment experience, together with his significant board experience at companies in the technology sector, makes him well-qualified to serve on our board of directors.
Mr. Benitah, age 71, will serve as a Director following the completion of this offering. Mr. Benitah has more than 35 years’ duty free and travel retail experience, including extensive experience in African markets. He currently serves as a consultant to public and private companies advising on, among other things, optimization of production, procurement, budgeting, and strategy formation. He has served as a Senior Advisor to Africa Projects Corporation since January 2017, a Management Advisor to TAXFRY AFRICA since 2012 and Manager at Duty Free Africa since 2010. Previously, he served as a Manager of Worldwide Development at Flemingo Duty Free, an operator of duty free stores across the world in airports and seaports of various sizes. Prior to that, from 2001 to 2009, Mr. Benitah served as the Chief Executive Officer of Saresco Afrique, an owner and operator of Duty Free shops in Western and Central Africa. He also previously held several senior positions at SAGA Group, a provider of global transportation and logistics services. We believe Mr. Benitah’s more than three decades of experience in international duty free and travel retail, including his extensive experience developing multimodal transportation logistic strategies and overseeing and advising on supply chain organization and management makes him well-qualified to serve on our board of directors.
The Honorable Michael A. Ferguson
Mr. Ferguson, age 50, will serve as a Director following the completion of this offering. He is currently a senior advisor at BakerHostetler, where he serves as the leader of their Federal Policy team since joining the firm in June 2016. Prior to this, Mr. Ferguson founded and served as the chief executive officer and chairman of Ferguson Strategies, LLC, a government affairs and strategic business consulting firm, from January 2009 until June 2016. From 2001 to January 2009, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New Jersey’s 7th congressional district. While in Congress, he was a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has wide jurisdiction over the healthcare, telecommunications and energy industries. He served as vice chairman of the panel’s Health Subcommittee, where he became a key member on health care issues and helped to ensure passage of the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit in 2003. In addition, he served as a member of the Telecommunications and Internet Subcommittee as well as the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. Mr. Ferguson was also a member of the House Financial Services Committee, where he cosponsored the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and helped enact the initial terrorism risk insurance law. Mr. Ferguson was the former chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the New Jersey Sports and Exhibition Authority and also serves as a senior fellow of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest’s Odyssey Initiative for Biomedical Innovation and Human Health. Since April 2015, he has served on the Board of Directors of NanoVibronix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NAOV Previously, he served as the Chairman of the Board of Ohr Pharmaceutical Inc. (n/k/a Neubase Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: NSBE)) from May 2017 until its merger with Neubase Therapeutics Inc. in July 2019. He has also served on various corporate advisory boards and committees, including for Pfizer, Inc., the National Italian American Foundation and the United States Golf Association. Mr. Ferguson received a B.A. in government from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Public Policy degree with a specialization in education policy from Georgetown University. We believe Mr. Ferguson’s extensive experience in government affairs, including regulatory and policymaking initiatives across a wide range of sectors and industries, acquired through his service as a U.S. Congressman, together with his expertise in business strategy and development, makes him well-qualified to serve on our board of directors.
John M. Horne
Mr. Horne, age 53, will serve as a Director following the completion of this offering. He is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Over the past twenty-five years, Mr. Horne has had a diverse career in both the private and public sectors, including recently serving as both Deputy Assistant to President Donald J. Trump and Deputy Chief of Staff to Vice President Michael R. Pence from May 2018 to October 2019. In addition, in September 2019, President Trump nominated Mr. Horne to become a member of The United States Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Aboard, where he continues to serve. Mr. Horne is also the founder and President of multiple successful private companies, and has served as President of Zurmos, Inc., a consulting company which focuses on providing U.S. and International companies with strategic international market sector analyzes, strategic expansion plans, risk and political stability assessments and international government affairs plans, since founding the company in December 2006. Mr. Horne has significant political experience, including serving as a Member of the Executive Roundtable of the Republican Governors Association since its inception in 2009, serving as a Senior Advisor to Governor Mike Huckabee during the 2008 Presidential campaign and working with the Trump Presidential Finance and Transition and Inaugural Committees. He has also served as a Senior Advisor to Secretary of Commerce Don Evans and was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the Executive Director of Export Assistance and Business Outreach for the International Trade Administration. Mr. Horne holds an MBA degree from the University of Arkansas, a Finance degree from the University of Tulsa, and studied International Business at the University of Salzburg, Austria. We believe Mr. Horne’s experience as a successful entrepreneur and his expertise in international strategic market analysis and risk assessment, coupled with his significant experience in public service, including serving in senior advisory capacities to elected officials, makes him well-qualified to serve on our board of directors.