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Top row from the left: Ibrahim M. Ibrahim, Trudy Clark, Carl Smith, and Robert Campbell.
Bottom row from the left: Nidal Zayed, Don Gunther, and Max Engler.


   
Don Gunther
Chairman of the Board
Director since 2012

Mr. Gunther was appointed as a Director of Pernix Group, Inc. and was appointed to the Compensation Committee on December 12, 2012. Effective December 31, 2013, Mr. Gunther was also appointed Chairman of the Board for Pernix Group, Inc. Mr. Gunther also serves as Chairman of the Board of INgage Networks, a high-tech company that is a leading enterprise networking organization and he is a director of WPX Energy, Inc., an oil and gas exploration and production company. Previously, until his retirement in 1999, Mr. Gunther was Vice Chairman and Director of the Bechtel Group, where he had responsibility for all of the global industry units and all corporate functions, including project management, engineering, procurement, construction, information services, information technology and contracts. Mr. Gunther’s 38-year career with Bechtel provided him with experience as a field engineer and he ultimately became a driving force behind Bechtel’s work processes, marketing strategies, organizational structure and leadership development efforts. He served as project manager and held various positions of leadership both domestically and internationally. Mr. Gunther received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, and an honorary doctorate, from Missouri University of Science and Technology, and served as a trustee and advisor to the University.

   
   
Robert C. Campbell
Board Member
Director since 2013

Mr. Campbell is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MasTec, Inc., and serves as a Director and Audit Committee Chairman of Forward Air, Inc. Mr. Campbell is a long-time public company chief financial officer, public company director and audit and compensation committee chairman who has a record of success with five turnarounds, three organizations with extraordinary growth and two startups that grew to over a billion dollars with impressive valuations.

Mr. Campbell has served for nine years as MasTec’s Chief Financial Officer. Bob Campbell has spent the last 35 years as an officer of $2-6 billion public companies including stints as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Administrative Officer and Head of Planning and Development. Bob was CEO of $2 billion NYSE-listed BAX Global, a global freight and logistics company. During a 21-year career at Ryder System, Inc., he spent a decade as Chief Financial Officer of their hyper-growth $3 billion Truck Group. Bob also served as Chief Financial Officer of $2 billion Flagstar Restaurants, Inc., a Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts (KKR) Portfolio Company. Mr. Campbell has significant experience in large-shareholder-controlled public companies, including companies controlled by private equity. He has served as a Director for the Jackie Robinson Foundation and as a Trustee and Audit Committee Chairman for Barry University. Mr. Campbell has an MBA degree from Columbia University, an MS in accounting from Florida International University and a BS in industrial relations from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and is also a Certified Public Accountant.

   
   
Trudy Clark
Board Member
Director since 2007

Major General (ret) Clark has more than twenty years of experience in the innovative delivery of support services at worldwide locations in units of 60-2000 members and budgets from $1M-2.9B. General Clark is an experienced leader with exceptional organizational and facilities management skills; she has served as the Deputy Director for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, working to direct approximately 4,000 government and contractor personnel at 30 locations worldwide and conducting international and homeland security exercises for the Department of Defense. Additionally while serving as the Chief Information Officer and Director for Command, Control, Communications and Computers, US Strategic Command, General Clark supported the Government and Contractors to develop software, lifecycle management and strategic planning for modernization of more than $5B of nuclear decision support systems. General Clark has a Masters in Guidance and Counseling from Troy State University in Alabama.
   
   
Max Engler
Board Member
Director since 1997

From 1988 to present Mr. Engler has been an independent Financial Consultant and is also on the Board of Directors of various companies in Switzerland and abroad. From 1984 to 1988 Mr. Engler headed the Private Banking desk (Middle East and Far East) of Bank Leu as Vice President. He is a director of Computhink Inc., Belmoral S.A., Telesource CNMI Inc., Retsa Development Inc., FSD Holdings PLC, Litra Holding AG, Linos Consulting AG, Trafex Ltd., R.C.W Enterprises S.A. and Transradio SenderSysteme Berlin AG.”.
   
   
Ibrahim M. Ibrahim
Board Member
Director since 1999

Mr. Ibrahim started with the Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait in the commercial lending in 2003 and has since retired. He served as Head of International Banking for Commercial Bank of Kuwait from 2000 through 2003, and the Head of International Banking for The Gulf Bank K.S.C. in Kuwait from 1986 to 2000. Mr. Ibrahim served as the Vice President and Head of Credit and Marketing for the First National Bank of Chicago for the Middle East region from 1984 to 1986, and he served as the Vice President and General Manager of Continental Illinois Bahrain Branch from 1969 to 1984. Mr. Ibrahim received his M.B.A. in International Business from DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, his M.S. in Taxation and Islamic Law from the University of Alexandria, and his B.A. in Accounting from the University of Alexandria, Egypt.

   
   
Carl Smith
Board Member
Director since 2007

Mr. Smith, a graduate of the University of Hawaii, obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California Law School and has over thirty years of experience in government contracting, defense acquisition, international agreements, telecommunication regulations, information security and is an expert when it comes to Cyber Law/Information Assurance, Fiscal Law, FOIA, Privacy Act and Ethics in Government Act. Mr. Smith served as the General Counsel for the Defense Information Systems Agency, offering advice and guidance to the Agency Director and the Senior Executive Team on a full spectrum of legal issues, including government contracting. While serving as the Chief Regulatory Counsel-Telecommunications for the Department of Defense, Mr. Smith was responsible for advising the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Assistant Secretary of Defense in Telecommunication Regulatory matters that affected national security, emergency preparedness as well as the Department of Defense’s commercial interests. He is a member of the Hawaiian and D.C. Bar Associations.
   
   
Nidal Z. Zayed
Board Member, CEO & President
Director Since 1998
Chief Executive Officer since 2005

Mr. Zayed, President and Chief Executive Officer, is one of the founders and senior executives of the Pernix Group since its inception in 1996. He received his J.D. from Loyola University School of Law in 1985 and a B.A. from Loyola University of Chicago in 1982. Nidal engaged for several years in private practice specializing in litigation and international business law. He has extensive experience with international transactions worldwide.

Over the years with Pernix Nidal had direct responsibility for contract administration/legal, banking, treasury, business development, and has raised significant equity and funding for the company. In 2005 Nidal accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer and President of the Pernix Group. Nidal now provides corporate leadership, guiding all present and future corporate activities with an uncompromising commitment to deliver excellence in all we do. He sits on the Board of Pernix Group and that of its subsidiaries, and is personally responsible for setting the strategic direction of the company and its holdings.

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