Senior Management Team
John Wildman, Chairman and CEO Prior to joining the GolfBoard team, John was with Bally Total Fitness for over 25 years in various sales and marketing positions, including Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Operating Officer. John helped grow the company to over 400 locations with over 20,000 employees, generating annual revenue of over $1B. John attended DePauw University, the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, and the Executive Education Program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Jeff Dowell, President Jeff has spent 35 years in start-ups and early stage business development ventures in the Golf, Technology and Digital Media industries. Jeff has held Sr. Executive roles in Sales, Operations, and Product Development during his tenures at OakHill Country Club, Inter-ad Inc, Clarity Visual Systems, LG Electronics and 3M Corporation, prior to coming to GolfBoard. Jeff graduated from Indiana State University.
Board of Directors
Dean Fuschetti, Director A major investor in Sol Board, Dean is COO of Microcast Technologies, the exclusive manufacturing partner with Sol Board. The development of the GolfBoard has been largely driven by the engineering and prototyping work of Microcast Technologies Corporation. Dean is a graduate of Florida State University.
Star Faraon, Director A Sol Boards Co-founder and one of its largest shareholders, Star's lifetime vision has been to encourage the masses to experience clean and powerful electric propulsion that serves our people and planet. In the past, Star worked extensively with Quantya, an electric motorcycle company based in Switzerland. He then used his experience and expertise to develop the high performance 4-wheel skateboard that evolved into GolfBoard.
Paul Hodge, Director Active with SolBoard since its formation, Paul is the Founder and Managing Member of GB Leasing, the preferred leasing partner to GolfBoard. Paul is a serial entrepreneur who has spent the last 24 years launching a variety of small to mid-sized businesses, including industrial robotic systems used for manufacturing, high speed laser marking systems, pioneering of smart home automation technologies and distribution, as well as engineering, design, construction and financing of large scale commercial and utility solar energy systems.
Laird Hamilton, Director World renowned waterman, Laird is considered the primary influence behind tow-in surfing, stand up paddle boarding, and hydrofoil boarding. Laird has also been featured in many surfing movies and documentaries, as well as profiled on the CBS News ‘60 Minutes’ and National Geographic. His first book, Force of Nature, became the go-to manual for people looking to make a healthy lifestyle change, and appeared 7th on the New York Times Bestseller list. With an eye on expanding the popularity of board sports, Laird has been at the forefront of the extensive PR and social media that has brought Golfboard worldwide recognition.
Directors and Key Investors
Don Wildman, Investor and Consultant Arguably the fittest man in America over 80, Don was founder and owner of Health & Tennis Corporation of America, which was rebranded Bally Total Fitness, and subsequently sold to 24 Hour and LA Fitness. Widely regarded as the originator of today’s multi-service fitness centers, Don is the visionary behind the initial idea for GolfBoarding. One of Sol Board’s largest investors, Don is a highly active consultant to the company.
Luan Pham, Marketing/Digital Sales Executive Director & Advisory Board Member
Luan is an award winning marketer who brings over 20 years of industry experience to GolfBoard, with recent in-depth experience in sports marketing. He is currently Head of Marketing for Condé Nast Golf Digest, and previously was Senior Director of Marketing, Golf & Tennis for Polo Ralph Lauren, and Marketing Services Director for Kiplinger Washington Editors. He has a Bachelor’s in Communication, Emphasis in Advertising, from California State University, Fullerton.
Mike Radenbaugh, Director of Product Development A co-founder and large shareholder, Mike Radenbaugh has lead much of the early stage design and development of the GolfBoard. Mike brings ten plus years of battery technology and technical product expertise to the company, including extensive experience with electric bicycles as the founder of Rad Power Bikes, as well as developing an electric propulsion system for stand-up paddleboards called the ElectraFin. Mike is a graduate of Humboldt State University and attended the University of California Davis for a master’s degree in Transportation Technology and Policy.