ZACHARY L. VENEGAS
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
CEO, HELIX TECHNOLOGIES INC.
Zachary Venegas is Chief Executive Officer of Helix Technologies Inc., a business services provider and digital firm focused on critical infrastructure services for the regulated cannabis industry. He oversees the Company’s M&A strategy and spearheads long-term planning and growth initiatives. Prior to joining Helix Technologies, Mr. Venegas led Spruce Investment Advisors’ Strategic Advisory Group, closing a portfolio with a net asset value (NAV) of $500 million. He was the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Scimitar, a Dubai-based private equity and venture firm, where he steered deal origination, negotiations, and capital raising, along with performing analyses at the macroeconomic and geopolitical levels to lead investments across four continents and multiple industries. Mr. Venegas received his MBA in Finance and International Business from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Classical Arabic and Portuguese Languages from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. Prior to his business career, he served with distinction in the U.S. Army as an Infantry officer. He speaks Arabic, French, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish and has a conversational command of Afrikaans and Swahili.
SCOTT OGUR, CFA
CFO, HELIX TECHNOLOGIES INC.
Scott Ogur, CFA, Chief Financial Officer of Helix Technologies Inc, oversees all accounting, finance, and investor relations functions. Mr. Ogur has nearly 25 years of experience, including multiple CFO roles in small and medium-sized enterprises. He was also the Chief Investment Officer of Scimitar, a private investment firm focused on frontier markets, during which time he partnered with Mr. Venegas on more than a dozen investments and dispositions. Prior to Scimitar, Mr. Ogur held accounting positions at JPMorgan Chase and Price Waterhouse. Mr. Ogur is currently a director of MetricStream, a governance, risk, and compliance software company, as well as Independent Diplomat, a not-for-profit entity. He has an undergraduate degree from Bucknell University in accounting, an MBA in finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business and is a CFA Charterholder.
PRESIDENT OF EXCHANGE SERVICES
Dr. Steve Janjic has more than twenty years of experience in the financial markets. Prior to joining Helix Technologies, he was the Director of FX Sales at Tullett Prebon, one of the world’s largest and oldest institutional brokerage firms. At Tullett Prebon, Dr. Janjic established a global sales force focusing on Institutional e-Commerce and Prime Brokerage Sales/Distribution. Previously, Dr. Janjic was the Global Head of eFX/IRS Sales and Distribution at Christopher Street Capital (GFI Securities Group). He also held a similar position with Morgan Stanley’s FX Group. Dr. Janjic’s extensive experience includes successfully managing e-commerce trading room technology, most recently in low-latency e-trading technology, executable streaming prices, request-for-quote, execution algorithms, price aggregation, white-label solutions and pricing retail e-platforms. He has held a senior management position in several global organizations and played an integral part in the success in a number of thriving startup companies, such as the 2010 IPO of Gain Capital Group. Dr. Janjic studied finance at the University of South Carolina and obtained his M.D. from St Mary’s Medical College.
CHIEF SOFTWARE ARCHITECT, BIOTRACK
Terence “TJ” Ferraro began his professional career assisting local authorities to combat opioid diversion by creating a biometric-based tracking software that eventually drew the interest of cannabis operators, resulting in the creation of BioTrackTHC in 2010. As a self-taught programmer and technology inventor, Mr. Ferraro is considered one of the most experienced and effective traceability and seed-to-sale developers in the world, maintaining the company’s flawless track record in IT security and launching the world’s only private-sector traceability system within a 24-hour timeframe. As the company’s Chief Software Architect, he demonstrates unparalleled experience in government cannabis programs as it relates to technology infrastructure and launch timelines, being the only cannabis traceability company to never miss a deployment deadline. Mr. Ferraro and his innovative technology solutions are responsible for creating the most effective and transparent cannabis tracking programs in the world. His goal remains focused on establishing safety, accountability, and effective cannabis traceability infrastructure, throughout the US and internationally.