Board of Directors
Doug CroxallChairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer
Prior to joining MPG, Mr. Croxall was Chairman and CEO of LVL Patent Group, a privately owned patent holding company headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. LVL, under Mr. Croxall’s direction, acquired and enforced two portfolios and subsequently sold its interest in those portfolios prior to Mr. Croxall’s appointment to the CEO position of MPG.
Prior to LVL, Mr. Croxall was the CEO and Chairman of Firepond (NASDAQ:FIRE) from 2003 – 2009. He acquired the public company in 2003 and took Firepond private in an all cash tender offer. While CEO of Firepond, he identified the value of Firepond’s patent portfolio and decided to sell the patents into a new private entity for enforcement. Mr. Croxall engaged IP Navigation Group and the Firepond patents generated approximately $90 million in licensing revenues from 2004 through 2009.
Previous employers were KPMG and Motorola. He has an MBA from Pepperdine University (1995) and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Purdue University (1991).
Christopher Robichaud has served as Chief Executive Officer of PMK.BNC, a communications, marketing and consulting agency since January 2010. In addition to managing teams in Los Angeles, New York and London, he advises clients across the globe on how to apply the "Science of Popular Culture" to build audiences, create fans, and ultimately engage with consumers in today's ever-changing world and recently created and leads the agency's global consulting unit, which helps companies better understand today's changing landscape worldwide branding landscape. Prior to serving as CEO of PMK.BNC, Mr. Robichaud was the President and COO of BNC from September 1990 through December 2009. Mr. Robichaud has a B.S. in Business/Corporate Communications from Bentley University.
Edward Kovalik is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of KLR Group, which he co-founded in the spring of 2012. KLR Group is an investment bank specializing in the Energy sector. Ed manages the firm and focuses on structuring customized financing solutions for the firm’s clients. He has over 16 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to founding KLR, Ed was Head of Capital Markets at Rodman & Renshaw, and headed Rodman’s Energy Investment Banking team. Prior to Rodman, from 1999 to 2002, Ed was a Vice President at Ladenburg Thalmann & Co, where he focused on private placement transactions for public companies. Ed serves as a director on the board of River Bend Oil and Gas.
Richard S. ChernicoffDirector
Mr. Tyler has a background in Private Equity, Venture Capital and Mergers & Acquisitions. He currently serves as Managing Director of The Vulano Group, a leading technology and intellectual property development company. Prior to Vulano, he was a founder of M2P Capital, LLC, a Denver based private equity firm, where he remains a partner.
Prior to forming M2P Capital, Tyler was a partner in Taleria Ventures, a venture firm engaged in early stage investing and start-up management. In 1988, he founded BACE Industries, a company that executed buy and build strategies in the manufacturing, distribution, business services, and technology industries. His involvement with M2P, Taleria and BACE led to the acquisition, financing or startup of over 60 companies.
During his tenure at BACE, Tyler served as the initial President of RentX Industries, Inc. (national equipment rental) and BASX Systems, Inc. (water filtration systems). In addition to handling the sale of various portfolio companies, he led three of them through the IPO process, two of which sold privately just prior to the public offering. Tyler also serves as a director and adviser to numerous private companies and nonprofit organizations and is currently serving as a director of The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education, Colorado Outward Bound School and The American Mountain Guides Association. Tyler is a graduate of Colorado College.