Kenneth Orr, Chairman and President
Kenneth Orr, founder and CEO of KORR Acquisitions Group, Inc. has initiated numerous activist investments, all of which have outperformed the markets, proved profitable, and have provided Ken with specific skills and knowledge that can only be gained through experience.
Mr. Orr’s campaigns in the past have included, Surge Components (resulted in a merger), NuHorizons, Inc. (resulted in a sale to Arrow), Calton Homes (resulted in a special dividend).
Since founding KORR, Mr. Orr has been an activist in Sanderson Farms (buybacks), The Andersons (takeover bid by a partner for $1.5 billion), Rocky Brands (divestiture), Skull Candy (sale) and Medallion Financial (de-consolidating a trust and issuing unsecured notes).
Mr. Orr acquired Herold Securities in 1994 and renamed the firm First Cambridge Securities. FCS established offices in New York City and Los Angeles. As Chief Executive Officer, Kenny built the firm to over 400 employees with more than 15,000 clients. Clearing through Bear Stearns, FCS quickly became one of Bear Stearn’s largest correspondents. FCS was an underwriter, syndicate member and/or placement agent in billions of dollars’ worth of IPOs, secondary offerings and private placements. In addition to brokerage services, FCS maintained a proprietary trading desk, fixed income department and a research department. Co-underwriters and/or syndicate members of FCS included Starr securities, Fagenson & Co., Merrill Lynch, Bear Stearns, Montgomery, and Rausher Pierce. Notable underwritings and/or investment focuses included Rentway, which later sold to Rent-A-Center in 2003, and Ivax Corporation, which sold to Teva in 2005, creating the largest generic drug manufacturer in the world.
Kenneth Orr is a graduate of Tufts University (‘88 – Bachelor of Science), Columbia Business School (Value Investing) and Harvard Business School (Leading with Finance).
Philip P. Scala - Interim CEO and Board Member
Pathfinder Consultants International, Inc. | Founder & CEO
Former FBI Supervisory Special Agent
Prior to forming Pathfinder Consultants International, Philip Scala served the United States both as a Commissioned Officer in the US Army for Five years followed by his 29 years of service with the FBI.
Mr. Scala served in the United States Army from 1974 through 1979. He graduated from the Airborne, Ranger, and Pathfinder Schools (Honor Graduate) at the Fort Benning Infantry School, and served with the First of the Sixth Infantry, First Armored Division, in the Federal Republic of Germany (1974-1977). During his service, he was promoted to the rank of Captain. Upon acceptance in to the FBI academy, Captain Scala resigned his commission, and entered the FBI Academy located on the United States Marine Corps Base at Quantico, Virginia; graduating and being appointed as a Special Agent of the FBI, in April of 1979.
Throughout his 29-year career with the FBI, he worked, supervised and lead investigations on nearly every type of federal crime, including securities fraud, white collar crime, money laundering, tax violations, narcotics, racketeering, homicide, violent crime, firearms, and public corruptions. Mr. Scala has been the recipient of numerous commendations and awards for outstanding service, notably the FBI Shield of Bravery, as a group commendation, as the SWAT team leader of the Al-Qaeda Bomb Factory Raid, on June 3, 1993.
Mr. Scala was assigned to the Criminal Division of the New York Office. He served in numerous assignments within the Organized crime branch and was sent to the Defense language Institute in Monterey, California to gain proficiency in the Italian/ Sicilian languages.
Mr. Scala participated in the investigations of the La Cosa Nostra Commission, “the murder of Paul Castellano”, “the investigation, and cooperation of Sammy Gravano”, the investigations and convictions of Gambino leaders, Neil Dellacroce, and John J. Gotti. As part of the investigations of the La Cosa Nostra, Mr. Scala and his team infiltrated both the Italian and Russian Mob which lead to numerous convictions for Tax Violations, Racketeering as well as change IRS code to prevent these activities in the future. In addition, he served five years in numerous undercover positions in the national security and criminal divisions.
Mr. Scala served 15 years in the New York SWAT team, including the leadership of the Brooklyn-Queens team and Senior team leader for the New York Division from 1990-1995. His training included certifications as Rappel-Master, Tactical Instructor, Sniper, and Firearms instructor. He has participated in numerous SWAT operations, arrests, skyjackings and raids, including the Hell’s Angels HQ., the Atlanta Prison uprising, and the rescue of a mutinied oil tanker (Liberian-flagged, “Ypapanti”), in the Atlantic Ocean. In 1993, he led the raid on the Al-Qaeda bomb factory, where five terror operatives were arrested, and seized five explosive drums intended to destroy the United Nations, Federal Plaza, and the city’s tunnels.
On May 10, 1998, Mr. Scala was selected as a Supervisory Special Agent for the Gambino La Cosa Nostra Squad (C-16). During his tenure, the squad successfully investigated and prosecuted the Mob infiltration of Wall Street, the New York Waterfront investigation, “Murder Incorporated,” labor racketeering, the NY Construction Industry, dismantlement of the Gambino family in NY and Sicily, the NBA referee case, and the largest consumers’ fraud ($1 billion) in US history, which involved the mob’s infiltration of the internet, telecommunications, and banking industries.
From 2003-2008, Mr. Scala, developed and implemented the NY Office’s Leadership Development Program, which assisted relief supervisors develop excellence in leadership through mentoring, journalizing, “Best Practice” experiences, and accountability tools. The program was designed to be continuous, progressive, and measurable in assisting the FBI leaders maximize their leadership potential throughout their careers.
Mr. Scala received his Bachelor degree and Master of Business Administration in accounting from St. John’s University, he also earned a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from New York University.
JUSTIN E. DEUTSCH - Board Member
Justin joined Weybosset Research & Management, LLC in October 2014 as a portfolio manager. Prior to joining the firm, he was an equity analyst and trader at Bay Crest Partners for five years, specializing in large cap companies. Justin has been instrumental in helping build portfolios at Weybosset– think, trains, truck engines, beer, industrial gasses, and retailing. Before Bay Crest, Justin worked as head trader and portfolio manager for Horn Capital Management, a hedge fund based in New York City. Justin received his BA from New York University and most recently attended the Harvard Kennedy Schools program, Investment Decisions and Behavioral Finance. He currently splits his time between New York and Providence.
JAMES F. MURPHY - Board Member
James F. Murphy brings more than 40 years of investigative and consulting experience as the Founder and President of Sutton Associates. From 1980 to 1984, Mr. Murphy was an Assistant Special Agent in Charge with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, responsible for a territory encompassing more than seven million people. His investigative specialties included organized crime, white-collar crime, labor racketeering and political corruption. From 1976 to 1980, Mr. Murphy was assigned to the Office of Planning and Evaluation at FBI headquarters, Washington, D.C. In this capacity, he evaluated and recommended changes in the FBI’s administrative and investigative programs. Since entering the private sector in 1984, Mr. Murphy has advanced the industry by developing systematic and professional protocols for performing due diligence, as well as other investigative services.
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– A company is only as strong as its executive leadership.
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