Robert Ferri
David Ketchum
Paul Mottram
Francis Nagle
Lynn Upshaw
RJ Valentino

ROBERT FERRI- Investor Relations
Robert Ferri, co-founder of Nagle & Ferri, LLC, serves as counsel to public and private companies, elected officials and nonprofit organizations. His areas of focus include start-up founding and early-stage growth, corporate development, business development, investor relations, corporate communications and public affairs.

Mr. Ferri has helped found, grow and finance a number of electronic commerce companies, including online securities brokers, trading and other transaction technology providers, exchanges, portals and enterprise solutions companies. He has international experience in financial communications, having launched and headed corporate communications departments for The Nasdaq Stock Market and its parent organization, the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc., as well as Montgomery Securities, a prominent investment bank focusing on growth companies.

At the Omnicom firms of Copithorne & Bellows Public Relations and Porter Novelli International, Mr. Ferri launched the San Francisco-based Financial Communications and Investor Relations Practice, which grew quickly to serve publicly traded and IPO-track companies, as well as financial services firms, throughout the United States. In Washington, D.C., Mr. Ferri was Executive Assistant for Communications to United States Senator John Heinz. He also was a columnist and reporter in the Washington bureau of Thomson Newspapers, Inc., a chain of more than 100 daily newspapers.

Mr. Ferri was Founding Owner and President of The Amherst News, Inc., a weekly newspaper in his native Massachusetts. He also served as Editor of two daily newspapers.

Mr. Ferri, who has a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, has a wide range of experience in politics and government. He is a frequent commentator in electronic and print media. He has been a guest lecturer at Harvard University and other institutions of higher education, as well as a speaker to business and civic organizations. He serves as an instructor at the ECM Certificate Program at San Jose State University.

A resident of Sausalito, CA, Mr. Ferri serves on advisory committees for a number of companies, and he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Resource Center for the United Nations. At the 1988 Super Bowl in San Diego, Mr. Ferri was a member of an on-field camera crew for NFL Films.
DAVID KETCHUM - Branding/Strategic Corporate Communicationsg
Upstream Asia is THUNDER FACTORY's official integrated marketing and communications partner for Hong Kong and Asia.

David is the founder and CEO of Upstream Asia and specializes in brand building and strategic corporate communications for Internet and technology companies in Asia.

Based in Asia since 1991, he has provided strategic counsel and managed corporate/marketing campaigns for such companies as Asia2B, AT&T;, eBay,, Calvin Klein, Citibank, CNN, General Motors, Intel, Microsoft, Nortel Networks, Sun Microsystems and

Prior to founding Upstream Limited, David was senior vice president, marketing and communications for Calvin Klein Inc., where he established the regional office for marketing, retail and licensing operations. In addition, he directed brand marketing across Asia-Pacific.

Previously he was vice president of Burson-Marsteller, where he was Hong Kong/China marketing director, and later, general manager of Korea.

Before coming to Asia, he held senior positions with Hill & Knowlton in New York and London, where he oversaw Barclays Bank, DuPont, GTE Mobilnet, PepsiCo, and Polygram, among others.

David began his career with Cunningham & Walsh Advertising in New York.

He is a graduate of Haverford College (BA Hons) and Milton Academy in the US.


PAUL MOTTRAM - B2B Marketing
Upstream Asia is THUNDER FACTORY's official integrated marketing and communications partner for Hong Kong and Asia.

Paul is Chief Operating Officer of Upstream Asia and is a B2B marketing specialist with a focus on technology and media businesses in the Asia Pacific region. He has a wide range of marketing experience covering old and new economy communications challenges, as well as investor and internal relations.

Paul was previously Chief Executive Officer of Gorilla Asia, which agreed to merge with Upstream Asia in June 2001. At Gorilla, Paul oversaw all aspects of that technology events and content business, including conferences, events and content material, while making sure that the organization meets clearly laid out performance objectives.

Prior to that, Paul spent nine years with NASDAQ-listed Global Sources (previously known as Asian Sources) most recently as Vice President of Corporate Marketing, heading worldwide marketing efforts to its customer and investor audiences. He was instrumental in the successful launch of Global Sources Online in 1999, the organization's corporate identity program in 1998, as well as handling investor relations throughout its NASDAQ listing in April 2000.

While at Global Sources, Paul held a variety of marketing and sales positions in Hong Kong and Manila, Philippines, including regional sales manager for Asian Electronics Engineer magazine (since renamed EE Times Asia) and marketing manager for the company's technical electronics publishing group.

Born and educated in the United Kingdom, he began his career in 1989 working as account executive for Team, a public relations company in London, before moving to Asia in 1992. He holds a BA (Econ) Honours degree in Government and Political Theory from the University of Manchester.


FRANCIS NAGLE - Investor Relations
Francis (Frank) J. Nagle is an investor relations expert who provides a range of IR related services to THUNDER FACTORY's clients.

Prior to forming Nagle & Ferri, Mr. Nagle served as a vice president for Omnicom Group agencies Porter Novelli International and Copithorne & Bellows Public Relations, where he launched corporate communications and public affairs groups. He joined Omnicom in 1997 from the New York office of Hill and Knowlton Public Relations and Public Affairs, where he served as a managing director. From early 1991 through 1996, Mr. Nagle managed the public affairs and corporate communications practice groups for Hill and Knowlton San Francisco, spending a brief stint with E. Bruce Harrison Co., a Washington, D.C.-based environmental communications agency.

Mr. Nagle joined Hill and Knowlton from MacKenzie Communications, a San Francisco-based public relations and public affairs agency, where he specialized in issues management and media relations. He spent three years as a communications officer for the administration of then Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, managing media relations and internal communications for the Department of Revenue.


LYNN UPSHAW - Brand Management/Development
Lynn Upshaw is principal of Upshaw & Associates, a national brand and marketing consulting practice. He has also served as a senior consultant to Interbrand Corporation and BridgeStrategy management consultancy. Mr. Upshaw was formerly Executive Vice President/Brand Marketing and Managing Director of Interactive for Ketchum Communications Worldwide.

During his 25+ year career, he has consulted with business-to-business and consumer marketing brand teams in such corporations as Visa International, SBC Communications, 3Com Corp.,, Blue Cross of California, Bayer Corporation, ConAgra, Kentucky Utilities, Pacific Telesis, Bank of America, Thomson Newspapers, Miller Brewing, Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, The Clorox Co., and DHL Worldwide Express. He has also served as a faculty member of the Bell Atlantic Marketing Leadership Institute, will be a member of the adjunct faculty at the Haas School of Business at University of California/Berkeley beginning in the Fall of 2001.

Lynn Upshaw has authored books on branding including Building Brand Identity: A Strategy for Success in a Hostile Marketplace (John Wiley & Sons), that is in use in corporations and universities around the world, and was recently translated into Chinese for distribution in Asia Pacific, and has also authored articles for numerous leading publications including Brandweek, Advertising Age, The Journal of Brand Management - UK, The Design Management Journal, and Marketing News.


RJ VALENTINO - Business Design/Effectiveness, Change Management
RJ Valentino is Principal and President of The Napa Group, a leading management consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. RJ provides a broad range of business design/effectiveness, organizational development and change management services to THUNDER FACTORY clients. He works closely with Jerry Dark, COO of Bowker Consulting International, a leading human resources consulting firm, which is affiliated with The Napa Group.

RJ's broad client base spans the fields of venture capital technology start-ups, publishing, law, health care, engineering and construction, professional services, and education. Leveraging over 25 years experience in strategy consulting, organizational development, change management, work design and process improvement RJ has assisted executives and senior managers successfully build high performing work groups and organizations. Utilizing Best of Breed methodologies, he's co-developed custom solutions that drive and sustain high performance and shareholder value. His consulting and coaching practice emphasizes partnership. He works collaboratively with his clients to strategize, plan and execute business initiatives that drive revenue and operational outcomes to an agreed upon set of metrics and outputs.

RJ serves as a consultant to Project Read, San Francisco Public Library and to the Director of the Christian Brothers Mont La Salle Conference Center. He is certified in Mediation and is Professionally Credentialed in Organizational Learning from the Sloan School of Business at MIT. RJ received his B.S. in Marketing from the University of Texas with additional course work at the University of California, Los Angeles.


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