Chairman of the Board
Being the Chairman and CEO of Vista International, Inc. Mr. Smith contributed his experience and wisdom to develop a strategic vision for the company. Combining four primary operating divisions and one R&D division into a significant technology portfolio has resulted in synergy among the technologies that have enabled the company to be the leader in the renewable energy industry. Most recently he was appointed as an observer to an international organization known as the APP (Asia Pacific Partnership) along with other gentlemen from an 80 year old NYSE firm.
Mr. Smith has over twenty-six years of progressive experience in business development, strategic alliances, and financial markets. After departing Sam Houston State University, Mr. Smith provided business consulting services to a number of domestic and international organizations, including Air 21, Global Air Cargo, Texas Fire and Safety, Dow Chemical, Shell, MCI/WorldCom, Negev Technologies, Lucent, Ericsson, Lockheed Martin, GTE, FedEx, and American Airlines, to name a few. Mr. Smith negotiated agreements for commercial developments in the US, mainland China, the Caribbean, South America, Mexico, Europe, and in a number of countries. Some of the projects were the following industries: entertainment centers and theme parks in southern California and China, airport mixed-use commercial/industrial developments in the US and China, telecommunications, aviation, environmental developments, commercial developments and a number of other projects.
Over the last three years, Mr. Smith has developed relationships with a number of high ranking government officials in China, Mexico, St. Lucia, Europe, Bulgaria and Israel, which have helped him to secure the more than $15.0 billion USD in back-log of projects for the technologies that are now starting to encompass Vista International, Inc. core technology base. Within the last two years he has assembled a group of environmentally conscious technologies, that when synergistically combined, enable them to become far stronger than if they were operating independently. He has developed the financial relationships to fund these developments and related ventures with several NYSE firms and international development banks. These projects have ranged in value from $25 million to well over $5.0 billion USD. Mr. Smith is one of the founders of Alternative Energy Solutions, LLC and Vista International, Inc.
THOMAS D. CUNNINGHAM
Tod Cunningham is a senior financial and operating executive with extensive experience in companies ranging in size from start up to multi billion dollar multinationals. Mr. Cunningham’s strengths include operational understanding, capital raising, M&A, managing change, building teams, all based on integrity, objectivity and accountability. He is comfortable with all constituencies and enjoys interacting with boards and outside shareholders. Mr. Cunningham is also a board member and Chairman of the Audit committee of a public oil and gas company.
Most recently, Mr. Cunningham was asked to be an investor in OfficePower, Inc and discussions subsequently led to him joining the company as senior vice president. Currently he is a partner with general management accountability for this start-up provider/distributor to multi-tenant office buildings of efficient energy solution systems that provide reliable, high quality, and environmentally friendly power and supplemental thermal energy. He is a key member of the leadership team that manages the P&L, provides direction and vision to the company, including development and implementation of the strategic plan, brand position, organizational and capital structure, and engineering of key business systems and practices. He is also CEO of PowerGen Systems, the wholly service company which he established to service all the company’s installations.
Mr. Cunningham was recruited to Microban Int’l, a privately-held multinational marketer and licensor of antimicrobial additives used on a wide range of consumer and industrial products.
To achieve the turnaround needed, he assumed full financial leadership and management responsibilities, including, planning, analysis, accounting, managerial and reporting. He led the finance team that reduced expenses by 24%, fostered a focused customer and cash orientation, and created a new capital structure.
Upon leaving Swiss Army, Mr. Cunningham joined EMCOR Group where after two successful years as a non-executive Board Member, he became the senior officer responsible for M&A, corporate development, capital structure and administration. He led the strategic initiative to expand the company’s service business to offset cyclical construction revenues and penetrate more profitable market segments through an aggressive and successful acquisition program.
Mr. Cunningham left JP Morgan as a Managing Director and joined Swiss Army Brands as its CFO. There he designed and implemented financial controls and operating strategies for this $140MM manufacturer of the Swiss Army branded products. He was responsible for all finance and administrative functions, including tax planning and preparation, SEC filings, investor relations, budgeting and analysis, risk management, corporate accounting functions, human resources, and public relations, as well as overseeing operations at the company’s U.S. distribution center. As the senior operating and finance executive he was a Member of the Executive Committee, responsible for business oversight and long-term strategy.
Mr. Cunningham started his career at JP Morgan where he structured sophisticated corporate financings for companies across diverse industries. He collaborated with corporate CEO’s and CFO’s to execute mergers, financings, divestitures , underwritings and advisory work, and raised over $20B in capital for his clients.