Bios: Executive Officers and Board

Bishnu Atal


Mr. Atal is a world-recognized premier scientist and served as the Technology Director of AT&T's Shannon Labs.  He invented digital cellular technology, which is the foundation of the mobile communications industry.  Mr. Atal's patent, "Speech Coding Method for Reducing the Bit Rate Needed for Transmission of High-Quality Speech on Digital Networks," has enabled digital speech coding, a key building block of digital communication, and enhanced the quality of digital speech.


Mr. Atal's invention has permitted widespread use of quality digital systems for millions of users of cellular phone technology in the U.S.  The impact of this technology on emerging nations has been greater because mobile digit cellular communications can be implemented without requiring the extensive capital investment in infrastructure in developing nations such as Brazil, China, India, and other developing countries in the world.

Mr. Atal holds more than sixteen U.S. patents and numerous international patents in speech processing technology and has published more than 90 technical papers.  He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (EEE).  He has won a number of professional awards, including the AT&T Strategic Patent Award, the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award of the R & D Council of New Jersey, and several IEEE awards for his pioneering work. 


Mr. Atal received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, New York, B.S. in Physics from the University of Lucknow, India, and a Diploma in Electrical Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.
Frank Barnes


Mr. Barnes is a distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Colorado and the President of Video Accessories Corporation.  He is recognized internationally for his research, visionary leadership, and teaching accomplishments and his association with the business community.  Mr. Barnes and his team developed a basket for removing kidney stones that has been used on over 100,000 patients.  He contributed to the discovery of laser surgery, the control heart rate, flash lamps, the application of high temperature super conductors to magnetic storage frequency.


Mr. Barnes has served as a chairman of the electrical and computer engineering department, acting dean of the college of engineering.  He was also a co-founder of the first interdisciplinary graduate program in Telecommunications at the University of Colorado.  The Telecommunications program continues to produce rigorous and timely research and has developed an innovative and multi-disciplinary curriculum of internationally oriented business courses for executives from over twenty countries.


The 2004 Bernard M. Gordon Prize was presented to Mr. Barnes, University of Colorado at Boulder, "for pioneering an Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program (ITP) that produces leaders who bridge engineering, social sciences, and public policy."  Mr. Barnes has been awarded the Curtis McGraw Research Award from American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), the Leon Montgomery Award from the International Communications Association, the 2003 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Education Society Achievement Award, and the 2002 Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Distinguished Educator Award from ASEE. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), IEEE, and the International Engineering Consortium and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Mr. Barnes has fourteen patents and 164 publications and is sought out as a speaker in many technical fields.  He received both his Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University.


Robert Brown


Mr. Brown serves as Chairman-Investment Management Executive Committee and Chairman-Fiduciary Account Oversight Committee for General Electric Private Asset Management.  He brings over nineteen years of institutional asset consulting and product design experience to General Electric.  Prior to joining the firm, he served as Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director for Portfolio Management Consultants (PMC) where he directed all investment management and research operations for the firm.  Before PMC, Mr. Brown held the position of Managing Director of the Research Department for SEI Capital Resources where he conducted competitive market intelligence studies, product positioning research proposals and reports, and new product development initiatives.  Mr. Brown has an in-depth background covering institutional and high net worth product design and positioning, hedge funds, investment policy, strategic and tactical asset allocation, manager selection and optimal combination, currency risk management, derivatives overlay, and asset/liability modeling.


Mr. Brown also served as the Director of Asset Allocation and Equity Strategy with Ameritech's Investment Management Department where he was responsible for policy, strategic and tactical asset allocation decisions across the firm's $17 billion pool of retirement assets.  He also had responsibility for the strategic design and management of Ameritech's $8 billion domestic and international equity and global derivative investment programs.  During this period he made extensive use of option, future, and forward derivative instruments to deliver highly effective risk management strategies.


Prior to Ameritech, Mr. Brown worked as a senior consultant with Cambridge Associates in Boston, William M. Mercer in Chicago, and Ibbotson Associates in Chicago.  He also held positions as Vice President with United Asset Management in Denver where he managed a domestic equity mutual fund and Professor of Finance at the University of Colorado in Boulder where he instructed PhD and MBA students in investment theory and practice. 


Mr. Brown has a Ph.D. in Finance from Northwestern University and M.A. and B.A. degrees in Economics from both Northwestern University and the University of Maryland at College Park.  He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the Boston Security Analysis Society, Denver Security Analysts Society, Association for Investment Management and Research, International Society of Financial Analysts, and Financial Management Association. 

Robert L. Cantrell


Mr. Cantrell is the founder of the Center for Advantage, a consulting firm.  Prior to his current position, Mr. Cantrell was Vice President for Alliance Development at, an intellectual property business.  Before Joining, Mr. Cantrell was Director of Intellectual Asset Management Consulting for Manning & Napier Information System (MNIS).  He formed the IP Analytics Division at MNIS, which included product definition, market positioning, pricing and sales support.  Prior to MNIS, Mr. Cantrell managed business development for intellectual property and competitive intelligence sales at Derwent Information for six years.


Mr. Cantrell served as an infantry Lieutenant in the US Army's 101st Airborne Division (Screaming Eagles) from 1987-1990.  He was a member of the 11th Group Special Forces (Reserve).  He has spoken to over 100 companies and conferences in seven different countries regarding intellectual property strategy and analysis.  His most recent article, "The Intellectual Property Revenue Generation Game," appeared as the cover story in Intellectual Property Today.  Mr. Cantrell is the author of a book titled Understanding Sun Tzu on The Art of War.


Mr. Cantrell received his MBA from the Edinburgh Business School in the United Kingdom and his B.S. in Biology and Military Science from Duke University.


Cy Heidari

Mr. Heidari is the President and Chief Executive Officer at ValueTelligence, Inc.  He served domestic and international corporations primarily in the financial services, manufacturing, technology, public health , pharmaceutical, telecommunications industries as well as legal and litigation matters.  


He brings over twelve years in-depth experience in finance and portfolio management, forensic accounting, quantitative economics and valuation, as well as M&A due diligence, strategy, medicine and public health, human capital strategy and litigation matters. During this time, Mr. Heidari has served as a member of executive management team for a number of public and private companies and has been responsible for P&L and managing large and complex problems. In addition, he founded Heidari Asset Management and has served as a senior consulting or testifying expert in areas such as business and technology valuation, economic damage and forensic and litigation.  He started the Technology Valuation and Financial Strategy Group at AT&T and served as the director of the group and led the development and execution of International Pricing and Sales Strategy for the Global Submarine Cable Operations and its Manufacturing Division at AT&T's International Strategy Group.

Prior to his AT&T career, Mr. Heidari was a member of the faculty at the University of Houston, where he taught MBA Executive courses, conducted research, and engaged in consulting or testifying expert.  Prior to joining the University of Houston, he served as a visiting faculty at the College of Business Administration at the University of Colorado, Boulder and served as a consultant to several private and public companies.

Mr. Heidari holds two proprietary valuation models, one in the Valuation of Intangible Assets and the second in Valuation of Segment Business and Spin-off with several publications in leading business and financial journals.  He is a frequent speaker on financial strategy and asset & wealth management, options & derivatives, business turnaround, corporate investment and value creation, technology valuations, commercialization and monetization, sales strategy and negotiations. 


Mr. Heidari completed the Program for Executives in Investment Strategy for Industry at Stanford University and the Program in Capital Market and Valuation of Intangible Assets at NYU Stern School of Business.  He received his Ph.D. in Finance, Game Theory and Quantitative Economics, M.A. in Applied Economics & Business from the University of Colorado and Colorado State University.


Kurt Rohner


Mr. Rohner has founded and managed four successful companies in Europe including TeleTrust, 2inim companies Neuhiem/Zug, Switzerland, Paramaze, and Exploit, S.A.


Mr. Rohner is an experienced contract manager.  He has served as senior management in sales, marketing and management for several major U.S. companies in Europe such as AT&T, Hewlett Packard, and UNISYS.  He has served as a leading consultant to many U.S. and European companies in IT, e-Business, billing, telecommunications and knowledge management.


Mr. Rohner received his MBA from INSEAD Management School, Fontainebleau, and B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from ETH Zurich und.


Robert Schaedla

Mr. Schaedla is our Chief Financial Officer.  He brings over twenty years experience in public accounting services, tax compliance and strategy, cost accounting, forensic accounting, auditing and integrated information technology.  Mr. Schaedla is a pioneer in integrating information technology in cost accounting, auditing and financial strategy.

Prior to joining ValueTelligence, Mr. Schaedla served as a senior executive in several companies including Milwaukee Indian Health Board, U.S. West, and Advanced Forming Technology.  He also was the founder and senior partner of a Certified Public Accountant firm.

Mr. Schaedla received his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin, and Master's degrees in Accounting and Computer Information Systems, both from the University of Colorado.  He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).


Ed Timmes


Mr. Timmes served as the Managing Director of Strategy, Alliances & Acquisitions of AT&T Business Services and Solutions Group.  He led a financial/transaction advisory team providing economic feasibility analysis, due diligence, valuation, structuring and negotiation services to business unit leaders.  In 1998, Mr. Timmes joined AT&T to complete the $5 billion acquisition of IBM's Global Network Business and as executive advisor to the leadership team of AT&T's newly formed Solutions group.


Prior to 1998, Mr. Timmes was a partner with Cooper & Lybrand and has 20 years of professional experience providing financial and transaction advisory services as well as public accounting services.  He has broad experience with lending institutions and LBO investment companies evaluating the strategic plans, capital structures, debt restructuring and exit opportunities with regard to target and/or portfolio companies.  Mr. Timmes served domestic and international corporations primarily in the Financial Services, Manufacturing, Energy, Pharmaceutical, and Telecommunications industries.


Mr. Timmes has in-depth experience with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) IPO registration and related reporting, as well as M&A due diligence, insolvency, and litigation matters.  In addition, he served as a consulting or testifying expert in both federal and state courts in areas such as business valuation, reorganization plan, feasibility, economic damage, fraud, and fraudulent conveyance.

Mr. Timmes received his BS in Accounting from State University of New York Albany and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).   


Larry Wein


Mr. Wein served as the Vice President of International Carrier Services (ICS) Business Operations at AT&T.  He built this organization and provided leadership to 170 professionals to perform all post-sales operational support for ICS business unit.  Mr. Wein managed P&L of carrier dedicated transit services outsourced from AT&T and British Telecom (BT) as well as sales and leases of sub-sea cable capacity.


Mr. Wein held several other key positions at AT&T from 1970-2001.  He served as director of Regulatory Policy Analysis at Law and Government Affairs organization, led a group of analysts forging policy positions on reform of Universal Service Policy.  He also worked on Dominant Carrier Policy, and issues related to the entry of Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOC) into the long-distance business.


Mr. Wein served as Director of Sales to Sears, Roebuck and all subsidiaries in Illinois.  He led major national Account Managers for Sears Communications Network, Sears Merchant Group, Discover Card, Dean Witter Reynolds, Allstate Insurance Group, and Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group.  Mr. Wein also led various divisions including pricing, sales management, corporate planning and forecasting and served as primary witness in New York and Massachusetts rate cases.


Mr. Wein has served as a board of director for Olstein Financial Alert Fund, eRoom System Technologies, Inc., and Hancock Building Condominium.  He received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his BS in Engineering from Columbia University.


J. Kenton Zumwalt

Mr. Zumwalt is our Chairman.  He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of finance.  He has widespread and diverse experience as a consultant.  He has done major work with Hewlett-Packard in Colorado, various states and government agencies on determination of cost of capital and rates of returns for utilities, the Society of Security Analysts, the International Association of Financial Planners Board, and the American Institute of Banking, Comlinear Corporation, the Board of Trustees for the State Colleges and Universities of the State of Louisiana.

Mr. Zumwalt brings team leadership, strategic vision and dynamic problem solving ability to achieve real value.  Mr. Zumwalt has served as the Chairman of the Department of Finance and Real Estate, College of Business at Colorado State University as well as a senior faculty of finance at the University of Illinois.  Prior to joining the University of Illinois, he was an engineer at Idaho National Reactor Testing Station.  He received the Teaching Excellence Award presented by the Academy of Business Administration in 1993 and MBA Association Outstanding Educator Award in 1985.

He has served on the Board of Directors for both the Financial Management Association and the Midwest Finance Association.  He has taught as a visiting professor of corporate finance, investments, options and futures at the School of Commerce at Murdoch University, Perth Australia, and Nankai University in Tianjin.  Mr. Zumwalt also taught MBA courses and seminars on financial markets to senior executives at major companies in U.S., Hong Kong, and People’s Republic of China (PRC).  He has published in a number of leading journals, including the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, the Journal of Portfolio Management, and the International Journal of Forecasting among many others.
Mr. Zumwalt received his Ph.D. in Finance and B.S. in Physics, both from the University of Missouri.

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