Paradigm shifts require visionaries. Learn how our unique team of executives are bridging the gap between telecommunications, philanthropy, and the financial sector.
Addiel Lopez is a seasoned entrepreneur and executive with an impressive track record spanning over two decades. His areas of expertise include entrepreneurship, management, business planning, financial analysis, telecommunications, operations, and decision analysis, establishing him as a versatile leader within the technology sector. Before founding Q-Fi, Lopez made a name for himself in the telecommunications industry. As the founder and CEO of Skybridge Wireless, a leading provider of fixed wireless, fiber-optic, and global Internet networks and services, he demonstrated visionary leadership. Lopez successfully tackled conventional barriers such as high product and network deployment costs by introducing consumer-focused solutions with disruptive price-performance attributes.
This unique business model, combined with innovative proprietary technologies, positioned Skybridge Wireless as an appealing alternative to traditional high-cost providers, fostering rapid market adoption of ubiquitous connectivity platforms. Prior to his tenure at Skybridge Wireless, Lopez held several C-level positions within the telecommunications sector. His consistent year-after-year success in achieving revenue, profit, and business growth objectives showcased his adaptability and strategic acumen in diverse environments such as start-ups, turnarounds, and rapid-change situations. Lopez’s entrepreneurial journey began earlier as the founder and CEO of Sling Broadband, the largest Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP) in North America. Under his guidance, Sling Broadband expanded its operations to 26 markets and accumulated an impressive customer base of 2.2 million users. With his strategic vision and business acumen, Lopez propelled the company to the forefront of the WISP industry, delivering reliable and high-speed wireless connectivity to countless satisfied customers.
As an experienced executive, Addiel Lopez is renowned for his strong business development capabilities and a proven track record of success in the telecommunications sector. He combines his extensive industry knowledge with a customer-centric approach to drive innovation and achieve exceptional results. Lopez holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree focused on Business/Managerial Economics from Michigan State University. His educational background, coupled with his extensive industry experience, has contributed to his well-rounded expertise and exceptional business leadership.
Mr. Pedram Nimreezi brings over 15 years of extensive experience in cutting-edge fields such as neuroscience, machine learning, artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, quantum cryptography, wireless communications, robotics, and cybersecurity. His expertise and verifiable success in achieving technological objectives and driving business growth in fast-paced technology environments are noteworthy. Before establishing Q-Fi, Nimreezi served as the Director of Intelligent Software at the Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics Laboratory (MPCR), a renowned research facility dedicated to exploring brain-inspired models for scientific advancements and practical applications of Deep Learning. In this role, he led initiatives focused on harnessing the power of artificial intelligence to create integrated solutions. Additionally, Nimreezi played a pivotal role in spearheading the development of robotic quadruped drone platforms, overseeing the artificial intelligence and cybernetics neural net AI aspects.
Collaborating closely with esteemed professionals such as Elan Barenholtz, Ph.D., an associate professor in FAU’s Department of Psychology, and William Hahn, Ph.D., a research scientist in FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, he drove groundbreaking advancements in these domains. Nimreezi’s exceptional technological prowess and strategic acumen have been instrumental in achieving remarkable results and fueling innovation in the industry. His contributions to the fields of neuroscience, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and other cutting-edge technologies have garnered recognition and propelled the adoption of these transformative solutions. With a strong focus on business growth and emerging technologies, Nimreezi’s leadership at Q-Fi has positioned the company at the forefront of the technology landscape. Leveraging his expertise across various domains, including blockchain technology, quantum cryptography, wireless communications, and cybersecurity, he has successfully guided Q-Fi in meeting technological objectives and driving business expansion in today’s rapidly evolving tech ecosystem.
Derek Foley brings over 15 years of invaluable experience as a C-level executive in investment, project management, business development, and consulting. He has a commendable entrepreneurial track record, having founded successful startups in the medical and technological sectors. Foley is renowned for his ability to implement innovative and synergistic technology-based solutions that drive corporate growth.
His professional background is diverse, spanning applied technology, user experience design, human resources, direct sales, marketing, conversion rate optimization, strategic planning, and analytics. Before establishing Q-Fi, Foley played a key role as the co-founder and Director of Operations for LMSI, an international web services provider. Additionally, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of Fusion Medical, a med-tech startup based in Miami.
Beyond his corporate achievements, Foley holds degrees in Philosophy and Literature and has dedicated over twenty years to studying systematic theology and Christian apologetics. He resides in Miami, Florida, with his wife Yelien and their six children: James, John, Jake, Jax, Kathryn, and their F1 Savannah pet, Khal Drogo.
Marcus Thompson, an accomplished professional, holds a B.S. degree in International Business and Economics and is recognized as an accredited Chartered Financial Analyst. With an impressive fifteen-year track record in business development, operations, and financing of major facilities, he has successfully undertaken transactions across a comprehensive range of both traditional and non-traditional business segments. Thompson has established strong collaborative relationships with esteemed entities, including family offices, Fortune 500 corporations, private institutions, and high net worth individuals worldwide. Notably, he has earned multiple certificates from the renowned MIT Sloan School of Management, with a particular emphasis on Blockchain technologies.
Before his role as the founder of Q-Fi, Thompson served as the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of UNI Financial and Independent Power Group. This technology-based boutique oil & gas consulting platform, based in Saudi Arabia, achieved significant success before being sold and integrated into S.B.K. Financing, a prominent entity within SBK Holdings. Following this transaction, Thompson contributed his expertise as a strategic relationship advisor, aiding in the expansion of S.B.K’s client base to include notable Chinese State-Owned Enterprises such as SINOPEC, CNPC, CEEC, and CREG.
Prior to his tenure at UNI, Thompson held the position of Portfolio Manager at Emperor Capital Group Properties, a renowned $4 billion real estate asset manager headquartered in Hong Kong. During his time there, he spearheaded the initial strategy to establish a joint venture within key emerging market cities, forming a $500 million commercial real estate fund. Furthermore, Thompson played a pivotal role in co-directing the establishment of a specialized international pension fund and investment banking team across the Asia and MENA regions. His responsibilities encompassed overseeing real estate portfolio acquisitions, including conceptualization, marketing, design development, and financing of major facilities.
Currently, Mr. Thompson resides on a ranch in Palm Beach alongside his wife and two daughters. The Thompson family is deeply engaged in a meaningful project called First-Push, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing skateboards and lessons to at-risk youth in the South Florida area. This passion project showcases their commitment to empowering and positively impacting the lives of young individuals in the community.
Its founders, armed with a love of technology and for the people it serves, resolved early in their endeavor to embrace the multitudinous benefits of blockchain technology and to engage the numerous synergisms which would benefit society. Quantinium exists to implement blockchain technology in new and novel ways, reimagining the way we conduct commerce and communication with a pulse on emerging trends, security vulnerabilities, and unsolved opportunities. Our mission is not only to support existing infrastructure but to transfigure it entirely to facilitate its full utility. We believe cryptography is the future, and that cryptographic technology is capable of transforming nearly every aspect of our lives; not only securing our personal and professional data, but also advancing patient health outcomes, enabling and protecting free speech, facilitating and cultivating free and profitable trade, and strengthening national security. Prosperity it seems to us, exists most prevalently when freedom meets security. That is our mission.
We define ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible.
-Addiel Lopez, CEO-
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Salvador Gala serves as a co-founder of Escape Velocity (EV3), an investment firm exclusively dedicated to decentralized infrastructure. At EV3, Gala, in partnership with Mahesh Ramakrishnan, successfully raised a substantial $25 million venture fund. This fund garnered support from foundational General Partners associated with esteemed entities such as a16z, Ribbit Capital, Thrive, Framework, Multicoin, Castle Island, SoftBank, and other preeminent investment firms.
Prior to the inception of EV3, Gala held key roles, notably as an investor at Ribbit Capital and as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs. This journey traces back to his origins as a Venezuelan immigrant and a fervent aficionado of Bitcoin.
Gala’s track record is punctuated by impactful investments within the realm of early- and growth-stage crypto and fintech ventures, a domain he significantly contributed to during his tenure with Ribbit Capital. His time at Goldman Sachs, marked by a dedicated focus on Fintech M&A activities, endowed him with profound insights into the intricate mechanics of the financial technology sector.
In addition, Gala contributed his expertise as an investor at the Carnegie Mellon Endowment, focusing primarily on venture capital. This chapter further fortified his specialization within the field. Gala’s academic foundation showcases a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematics from the esteemed University of Pittsburgh. This quantitative bedrock equips him with the capability to approach intricate problem-solving endeavors with meticulous precision and nimbleness.
Gala’s diverse and unwaveringly dedicated journey positions him as an exemplar in the sphere of business and finance. His perceptive instincts and expansive knowledge render him an indispensable asset adept at navigating the ever-evolving terrain of today’s entrepreneurial landscape.
Dr. Marshall boasts over 35 years of extensive executive leadership experience, having served as a former Senior Executive Service (SES) member within the federal government. His tenure encompasses notable roles in distinguished institutions such as the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency (where he played a pivotal role in designing the nation’s inaugural cyber warfare exercise), the White House (where he spearheaded the Comprehensive National Cyber Security Initiative), the Department of Commerce (overseeing the Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office), and the Department of Homeland Security (fulfilling the role of Director of Global Cyber Security Management).
Following his retirement from the federal government’s SES, Dr. Marshall embarked on a trajectory of enriched executive involvement. He assumed responsibilities across various capacities including serving on boards of directors, acting as CEO for technology startups, leading as the Executive Director of a non-profit research center, and contributing his expertise as a Special Cyber Advisor to the government of Moldova.
With a distinguished track record in leadership, Dr. Marshall excels in crafting growth strategies, adeptly merging policy, culture, and training with intricate technological landscapes, nurturing interconnections, and consistently delivering enduring outcomes. His strategic acumen lies not only in the art of leadership, but in charting the precise direction thereof.
Dr. Marshall was distinguished as a founding member of the Strategic News Service (SNS) Innovation Ambassador Program. This initiative highlights exceptional individuals with unassailable expertise in their domains, fostering the cross-pollination of pioneering ideas. Innovation Ambassadors are selected for their penetrating insights, high-impact contributions, profound subject matter proficiency, and their adeptness in resolving intricate systemic challenges.
Currently, Dr. Marshall holds the prestigious positions of Founder and Chairman of the Board at CinturionGroup. This global enterprise specializes in international fiber optic cable communications systems and services, delivering solutions of superior reliability and capacity via cutting-edge fiber optic networks. The enterprise’s ongoing initiative involves establishing connectivity from Europe to India and Singapore, facilitated through strategic nodes in Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Marshall’s academic journey encompasses a B.A. in Political Science, History, and English from The Citadel, a J.D. from Creighton University School of Law, and an LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University School of Law. His scholarly pursuits extend to renowned institutions such as the National Security Law Institute at the University of Virginia School of Law, the Harvard University School of Law Summer Program, and the Georgetown University Government Affairs Institute’s program on Advanced Legislative Strategies.
Notably, Dr. Marshall represented the United States before Her Majesty’s High Court of Justice in London. He holds licenses to practice before the United States Court of Military Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States of America.