Board of Directors

JD Smith
Chairman of the Board

JD Smith advises and assists Sonoran Pacific on numerous projects in which it has venture capital and real estate investments.

 

JD is the Chairman of WESCO Energy Corporation, a company owned by Sonoran Pacific Resources, one of the largest investors in iCoreConnect, Inc.. WESCO owns the patents on a number of new technologies in the oil and gas business, such as gas to liquid conversion of stranded gas, heavy oil upgrading, and a process for producing environmentally friendly tailings from oil and tar sands. He recently facilitated the negotiation and signing of agreements concerning projects in the USA, Canada, China, and Russia. He is presently overseeing new prospective projects in Thailand, Nigeria, Madagascar, Ecuador, Dubai and other parts of the world.

Jeff Stellinga
Director

Jeff Stellinga is a 23 year veteran of Sales & Finance.  Jeff has spent most of his career in Finance and Capital Markets. 

 

Jeff spent 18 years at US Bank rising through the ranks and becoming Sr. Regional Sales Director. After a successful 18 years, Jeff took a job with Saxon Business Systems – A Xerox company as a Branch Manager for two years.  He has since worked for CoActiv Capital Partners as Regional Sales Director for their Southeast Territory and is presently employed at Everbank Commercial Finance as their Eastern Sales Manager.

Robert McDermott
Director

Robert McDermott is Chief Executive Officer and President of iCoreConnect and is a member of the company’s board of directors. He is a 25-year veteran in Sales, Operations and Finance.

 

Robert has had a successful career as an entrepreneur while demonstrating strong leadership skills in running these organizations. Robert's company made the prestigious Inc. 500 list and was listed as the 173rd fastest growing company in America while he was CEO. He joined iCoreConnect in 2013, bringing more than 25 years of technology industry leadership, and executive management experience to his role with the company

 

Robert has held positions in various companies as either CEO or President. He has a Bachelor’s degree majoring in Finance from Dowling College, NY.

Samuel B. Fortenbaugh III
Director

Sam Fortenbaugh has over 50 years' experience as a lawyer.  He was Chairman of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, one of the largest international law firms headquartered in the United States.  He retired from Morgan, Lewis in 2002 and has continued to practice law specializing in general corporate matters with a particular emphasis on corporate acquisitions and mergers, general security matters and corporate governance.

 

Sam served on the Boards of Directors of Western Publishing Group, Inc. (NASDAQ), Baldwin Technology, Inc. (NYSE Amex) and Security Capital Corporation (Amex) as well as a number of privately held corporations.  He is presently a member of the Board of Advisors of a private buy-out fund focused primarily on middle market companies and has served as counsel to iCoreConnect for a number of years.

Robert DeSanti
Director

Robert DeSanti has more than 30 years’ experience in sales, operations and accounting.  Bob founded Planestocks LLC in 2011, a company specializing in the international purchase of aircraft parts for subsequent sale in the United States. After developing the company for seven years and serving as its Managing Director, he sold his interest in the company to his partners.

From 2002 to 2014, Bob served as Financial Controller and then General Manager for LabSource and High Five Products.  Both are laboratory supply companies located in Chicago. Prior, Bob held positions as Controller for Sports Awards and Audit Senior Associate for Grant Thornton. He holds a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Illinois.

John Schneller
Director

John Schneller is Founder and Managing Partner of CSW Advisors, Inc. a financial advisory firm.  He was previously a partner with Scura Partners LLC, a boutique investment banking firm, as well as an investment analyst with New York-based hedge fund Knott Partners, LP.  Schneller also has prior experience with publicly traded companies as a Director and Chairman of the Compensation Committee of Command Center, Inc.  

Paul Jackson
Director

Paul began his investing career as a Global Industry Analyst for Wellington Management in 1997.   In 2002, he joined Abacus Investments, a Technology Media Telecom hedge fund located in Boston. Since then, Paul has worked for Fidelity Investments and State Street Global Advisors, among others.

 

His industry experience includes software development for Oracle Corporation where he co-invented a fault tolerant client server system (U.S. Patent No. 5,796,934).  Other industry experience includes software and electrical engineering for British Telecom and Philips Electronics.

 

Paul received his B.Sc.(Hons.) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Newcastle Polytechnic in 1984, a master’s degree in Information and Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1987 and his master’s degree in Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, in 1997. 
 

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