Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is led by Richards Sands, Chairman of Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ). Constellation Brands is the leading premium wine company in the world and the number one North American importer of beer, and the third largest beer company in the U.S. All of our board members are leaders in their respective industries and possess one common trait: a truly visionary understanding of the immediate and far-reaching impact that performance nanomaterials will create within a wide range of industrial markets.

Richard Sands is the Chairman of Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), the leading premium wine company in the world, and the#1 beer importer and the #3 beer company in the U.S.

During the 1990s and 2000s, under his direction, Constellation acquired numerous wine companies that included such legendary brands as Robert Mondavi, Simi, Clos du Bois and Franciscan Estates. Over the course of this expansion, the company purchased wineries in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom. Today, it retains its Canadian and New Zealand operations. In addition to growing its wine portfolio, Constellation expanded through acquisition to become the importer of the Modelo family of brands, which includes Corona Extra, the number one imported beer in the U.S. Additionally Richard led the acquisitions of key spirits brands including SVEDKA Vodka, Paul Masson Grande Amber Brandy and Black Velvet Canadian Whisky.

In 2007 under Richard’s leadership, Constellation Brands entered into a joint venture with Grupo Modelo for the distribution of a number of imported beer brands including Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Negra Modelo, Pacifico and Victoria. In June, 2013, Constellation acquired the remaining portion of the beer joint venture along with a state-of-the-art brewery in Mexico and perpetual rights to produce the Grupo Modelo brands in the U.S. With the completion of this acquisition the company’s gross sales reach close to $6 billion, further cementing Constellation Brands as the largest multi-category supplier of beverage alcohol to distributors and retailers in the U.S.

Constellation is headquartered in Rochester, New York where Richard resides with his wife and 6 children. He is actively involved in education and early childhood development organizations and serves as Chairman of Education Enterprises of New York. Richard serves on the board of trustees for the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology. He is also Chairman of the Friends of the Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center and Chairman of Cerion.
Theresa B. Mazzullo is the Chief Executive Officer at Excell Partners. Prior to joining Excell, Theresa spent six years as President & Principal of EPIC Advisors, Inc a 401(k) retirement plan company with $1.5 billion in retirement plan assets. In her capacity as President, she built an infrastructure that supported annual revenue growth of 20%; increased flat margins to 14.7% profit margin and increased employee growth by 56%. She also directed business planning process regarding business strategy and tactics in the areas of finance, sales, marketing, administration, operations and information technology to ensure increased profitability and the achievement of the company vision. As a former banker, Theresa held various positions within financial institutions, including a Senior Vice President of First National Bank, where she established and built a Trust and Investment Division while the bank was under a Consent Order by the office of the Comptroller of the Currency. She managed to grow the Trust & Investment Division to $125 million in five years and at the same time built and managed the infrastructure to support the broker-dealer business unit for the bank. Theresa received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama and a Graduate Degree in Banking from Stonier. Her community activity includes: Chair, Monroe County Industrial Development Authority (COMIDA); Vice-Chair, Empire State Zone Authority; Board Member-Executive Committee, Greater Rochester Enterprise Board; Board Member, High Technology Rochester;Trustee, Center for Governmental Research; Chair of Memorial Art Gallery; Trustee, New York State Lawyers Fund; Trustee, Farash Foundation; Board Member, University of Rochester Eye Institute.
Mr. Mertz is the Chief Executive Officer of Cerion, and a member of the company’s board of directors.

Mertz joined Cerion as its Chief Financial Officer in January of 2009, taking on responsibility for the company’s overall financial management. In June of 2012, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer.

Prior to joining Cerion, Mr. Mertz was the Chief Operating Officer of the Festival Network, a company who develops and acquires multi-day music festivals in geographically unique destinations around the globe. During his tenure, he was responsible for the strategic direction and growth of operations in nineteen (19) distinct markets across three (3) continents.

Prior to Festival Network, Mertz served as the Chief Executive Officer of Intermedia, a nationally recognized firm responsible for producing large-scale events, product launches, meetings, conferences and award shows on behalf of Fortune 500 / 1000 companies and consumer brands such as Goldman Sachs, Hewlett Packard, Hearst Publishing, Fairchild Publishing, Pitney Bowes, SIFMA, Chase, Citibank, GRAMMY Awards, Univision, Vera Wang and Tommy Hilfiger amongst others.
Freddy Robinson is a partner with Bernard Robinson & Company, a firm founded by his father in 1947. Although the firm’s focus has always been on quality as opposed to size, the firm has now grown to become the largest Triad-based accounting firm, with offices in Greensboro, Winston-Salem and now Raleigh with over 100 people/60 CPAs. Freddy has been an integral part of the growth for more than 30 years. He is responsible for tax-related services to individuals and closely held businesses. Freddy’s areas of specialty include complex income tax issues, Internal Revenue Service examinations, mergers and acquisitions, business valuations, succession planning, estates and trusts, S corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and investment planning. With great focus on creating tax strategies for high wealth individuals, their families and their entrepreneurial enterprises, he is able to identify opportunities and creative solutions that help clients realize the greatest return on their investments, while minimizing taxes. Outside of the office, Freddy is active in many professional and civic organizations. Freddy received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alex is currently an investor, strategic advisor and member of Cerion’s Board of Directors. He is also an investor, strategic advisor and a Director of Smarter Agent, a mobile software as a service (SaaS) company that enables widespread content distribution through native apps as well as the managing partner of Volis AW a real estate investment fund focused on commercial as well as residential developments. Alex is a Trustee of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where he chairs the strategy committee and is a member of the finance committee

Alex Wasilov is formerly President and CEO of Intrawest, a Vancouver, Canada based global leader in the development and management of experiential destination resorts. Intrawest was a public company that was sold to Fortress Investments in 1998.

Prior to Intrawest Alex was President and COO of Hirtle Callaghan, an asset management firm providing outsourced Chief Investment Officer services and alternative investment opportunities for institutions and high net worth individuals.

Alex was also President and COO of Rosenbluth International, a privately held global travel company providing comprehensive corporate travel management, meeting, event, incentive travel technology and procurement solutions to over 50% of Fortune’s top 100 companies. Rosenbluth was sold to American Express in 2003. Prior to being a leader in the travel industry Alex was President Emerging Markets for Xerox and EVP/COO Consumer Imaging at Eastman Kodak.