Executive Management & Board Members
Eric Hill – Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Eric Hill is a Texas attorney focused on business and real estate transactions. Using a variety of financial platforms from syndications to venture capital to angel funding, he has conceptualized, organized and capitalized numerous business ventures. Hill attended Baylor University and Baylor University Law School. He earned his BBA for economics and international business in 1993, and his law degree in 1996. He has served on a number of charitable boards and enjoys working with nonprofit organizations benefiting children or at-risk juveniles.
Rick Leslie – President
Rick Leslie is a multifaceted, goal-driven and successful sales professional. Leslie holds extensive experience in providing strategic growth and optimizing business processes and operations toward profitability. Leslie is a strategic thinker with the ability to analyze business development and client needs, quickly identify potential opportunities, and develop operational solutions to increase revenue. He is a Zig Ziglar Network Certified Trainer and has built numerous, national sales teams from the ground up. In a stellar sales career spanning nearly 20 years, Leslie has been responsible for remarkable corporate turnarounds in both regional divisions and entire companies, led a corporate startup, and created and lead several of his own businesses.
W. Paul Sullivan, RPh – Board Member and Chief Science Officer
Paul Sullivan has 40 years of health care industry experience as a compound pharmacist, hospital pharmacy innovator, company owner, a senior level executive, speaker, writer, product formulator, educator, pharmaco-nutrition clinician, and consultant. Sullivan’s unique combination of experience, pharmacy, medicine, nutrition, and botanical studies has transferred to his work in genetics with focus on seed to strain, farming, harvesting, extraction, raw material sourcing, formulation, production, and finished product in the rapidly expanding cannabis market. He was recognized as an Inc. magazine Entrepreneur-of-the-Year in 1988 and has been interviewed on various health care subjects by The Wall Street Journal, Inc. magazine, The New York Times, CNN and NBC.
Paul Williams – Chief Financial Officer and Board Member
Paul Williams is CEO of Bison Financial Group, Inc. He holds over 35 years of business experience, primarily in capital markets and mergers and acquisitions. Williams has served as the chairman, vice chairman, CEO or CFO of numerous companies, including five publicly traded companies. His work spans various domestic and international industries with involvement in opening company offices in both Beijing and Moscow.
Williams is heavily involved in local, state and national civic affairs. He was appointed to three terms on the board of the Texas Economic Development Council in Austin. In 2009, Williams was awarded the CFO of the Year award for north Texas by the Dallas Business Journal. In 2007, Williams served as the chairman of the board for the Frisco Chamber of Commerce. He still serves on their board and executive committee. Recently he served two years on the advisory board of a north Texas bank.
Williams graduated from Austin College in Sherman with a double major in economics and business administration. He also graduated from the Institute of Organization Management in Washington, D.C.
Paul Caraway – Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Paul Caraway’s career spans experience with Fortune 100 companies, small businesses and entrepreneurs. In addition to successfully overseeing the operations for multimillion-dollar companies, Caraway is an entrepreneur at heart and carries the perspective of building his own small businesses. Caraway offers in-depth knowledge in reviewing company strategies to build or rebuild, understands the components of effective compensation, and utilizes technology with video to draw audiences effectively. With a background in running operations for personal development coaches, multi-level marketing teams and corporations, as well as CBD companies, Caraway boasts skills in sales funnel development and design, squeeze page creation, and team management to build needed tools for success. Caraway’s key strengths center in over 45 years in information technology. He provides expertise in development, web design, database design, client support and operational oversight. Additionally he has worked over 45 years in video production including live broadcasting, directing, hosting, voice-over, editing and videography. Caraway is a passionate actor with a portfolio of roles on the stage, as well as on camera in commercials, short films, television and full-feature films.
Advisory Team Members
Charlie Dry – Nasa Astronaut and Advisory Team
Charlie Dry was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma. He attended Murray State College, East Central University, and the University of Oklahoma with continuing education at UCLA and the University of Houston. After graduating from college with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and physics, he voluntarily joined the Oklahoma National Guard, 45th Infantry. He received an honorable discharge in 1967.
Dry’s eagerness to become completely involved in aviation and the space program led him to first accept a position as senior research engineer for North American Aviation in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While at North American, Dry was offered the opportunity to become part of NASA’s space program in 1966. He held various roles at NASA until he was ultimately chosen to serve as a test astronaut. In this role, he helped design policies and procedures for his colleagues who would ultimately traverse the lunar surface. Dry is a noted aerospace lecturer and was inducted into the Oklahoma Air and Space Hall of Fame in 2003.
Derek Holland – Major League Baseball Player and Advisory Team
Derek Holland is currently a free agent Major League Baseball pitcher. He most recently played for the San Francisco Giants, and has also played for the Texas Rangers and the Chicago White Sox.
Holland was drafted in the 25th round in 2006 out of Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama. As a pitcher for the Texas Rangers in 2013, Holland was ranked among the American League leaders in shutouts and strikeouts. He had three starts of 7.0-or-more innings while allowing two hits or less. This achievement tied him for the most in the American League and the most by a Ranger since Nolan Ryan had four such starts in 1991. In 2010, he was crucial in Game 4 and earned the victory against the defending champion New York Yankees when he pitched 5.2 innings in the ALCS with no earned runs. In the following season on October 23, 2011, Holland was the winning pitcher in Game 4 of the 2011 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, boasting zero runs on two hits, two walks and seven strikeouts.
Jason S. Finkelstein, M.D. – Certified Cardiologist and Advisory Team
Dr. Finkelstein is a board-certified cardiologist with specialties in nuclear cardiology and coronary and peripheral interventional cardiology. He completed medical school at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies, followed by an internal medicine residency at MCP/Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He holds medical licenses in Louisiana, Indiana, Texas and Oklahoma. His current hospital appointments include Wise Regional Healthcare System and The Heart Hospital at Baylor Plano.
Michael Melman, M.D., FAAP – Advisor
Dr. Melman joined Conejo Children’s Medical Group in 2013 after practicing in the San Fernando Valley for 10 years. Melman is originally from New York and received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University with distinction. He attended the University at Buffalo School of Medicine in New York where he graduated cum laude and earned his medical degree in 1999. Melman then served as a pediatric leukemia research fellow at the National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute in Washington, D.C. In this role, he published two papers on acute lymphoblastic leukemia and received a Cancer Research Training Award. His pediatric residency was completed at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. Following his residency, Melman moved to California in 2003. He is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Melman’s areas of interest in pediatrics include sports medicine and nutrition.
Joseph Jaconi – Advisor
Joseph began his career working for the University of Southern California in Madrid, Spain before moving to Mexico City to work for the U.S. Embassy. He then entered the world of commerce joining the Singer Sewing Company in Mexico City and managing their small electronics and appliance business unit before leaving to join Belkin in Compton, California in 1996. Joseph developed and managed all product categories launching 1000’s of retail skus before joining their Business Development Team’s international and e-commerce efforts.
Joseph has degrees in International Relations and in Spanish from the University of Southern California, studied in Madrid, Spain and has taken additional coursework at UCLA. Joseph is married to his wife Linda of 14 years and has three children.