Board of Advisors
Mr. Awad is Managing Principal of Three G Capital, a privately held equity investment and venture capital company (www.threegcapital.com). Previously, Mr. Awad completed a thirty-year career with Unocal Corporation. He was Vice President of Global Development for Fluor Corporation, served in the State Department representing State in Board meetings of the Eximbank as well as serving on several Boards of Directors. He has a BA in Economics with Honors and an MBA in both international business and finance.
Allen L. Basso
Mr. Basso has been a financial and business consultant since l973 and was with KPMG until l977 when he joined Smith, Linden & Basso, LLP. As managing partner, he specializes in the areas of “proactive” business planning and consulting, structuring of mergers and acquisitions, tax planning and business entity reorganization, restructuring and formation. Mr. Basso graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California in l973 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
George E. Laham, II
As President of Laham Development, George Laham has been involved in shaping Wichita’s energetic retail and master planned development growth over the last 20 years. Laham Development created one of the nation’s first lifestyle centers, Bradley Fair, bringing a succession of new national retailers and restaurants to Wichita. He serves on the boards of Fidelity Bank, Wichita Grand Opera and Wichita Collegiate Schools and has been associated with J.P. Weigand & Sons, Wichita’s largest real estate brokerage firm, for twenty-five years.
Mr. Koss is President and Executive Director of the Knapp Group, a group of closely held affiliated and durable medical equipment manufacturing and distribution companies in Irvine, California. A CPA by trade, after working for KPMG, he spent 20 years as the President and director of many of the Warmington Group’s entities, a major California home builder. Mr. Koss ventured to England with a start-up company and made his way back to California in 2010 with Knapp.
Ms. Smarius is presently a Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of Business Banking with First California Bank. Previously Ms. Smarius was with Bank Audi/Cedars Bank where she held various positions within the credit department including Chief Credit Officer and head of Business Development. Ms. Smarius has a Bachelor of Science in Political Science as well as a Masters Degree in International Management.
Mr. Smith is one of the Owners/Partners of Passco Companies, LLC (“Passco”), a privately held national real estate operating company and acts as Senior Vice President of their Asset Management Group and is a member of their Investment Committee. He has worked in an executive capacity with such firms as GMS Realty, AEW Capital Management and Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. Mr. Smith is a Certified Property Manager (CPM) and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.