Board of Directors and Management Team
Leslie Kessler is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2007. Ms. Kessler is also president of LJK Capital, which she founded in 1994. LJK Capital provides financial consulting services to companies requiring financing and business development assistance. In 1996 Ms. Kessler co-founded CPC of America Inc. and served on its Board of Directors.
Stephen M. Hicks
Stephen Hicks is the President and Director since 2014. Mr. Hicks is the Chief Executive Officer and founding principal of Southridge LLC. Mr. Hicks sets the overall strategic direction for the Southridge group of companies, and is responsible for business development and execution. Mr. Hicks founded Southridge in 1996. Active in the investment industry for over 25 years, Mr. Hicks has broad experience in financial structuring, derivatives, risk arbitrage, and investment banking.
Yves R. Michel
Yves R. Michel is the Director of Global Sales & Marketing and Director since 2015 Mr. Michel is responsible for, but not limited to, the development and execution of all sales, marketing and global distribution efforts, associated joint venture agreements, grant applications as well as regular interactions with the engineering and operations groups, all in an effort to have the PureSafe product line address the global challenges associated with clean water.
Mr. Michel joins PureSafe Water Systems with more than 30 years of experience both in the private and public sectors. Mr. Michel was the former Commissioner of Economic Development and Workforce Housing for the County of Suffolk, New York, which is the ninth largest County in the United States with 900 square miles and a population of 1.5 million people. Prior to his tenure as Commissioner, Mr. Michel was the Chief Executive Officer of the Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency and Deputy Director of Economic Development for the Town of Brookhaven, which is also the largest town in the State of New York in terms of geography.
In the private sector, Mr. Michel was the Vice President of Sales & Distribution for REALVIZ Corporation and was responsible for both Direct and Indirect operations in The Americas, and prior, the Regional Sales Director and General Manager of Channel Sales for Discreet Logic Incorporated, a division of Autodesk. Mr. Michel was also the Global Corporate Business Manager for Silicon Graphics Incorporated and Senior Partnership Manager of Tandem Computers, a division of Hewlett-Packard where he was responsible for driving strategic business deals and partnerships across various industries with key customers, strategic innovation partners, OEMs, key accounts and third-party software vendors.