About Agora Digital

Agora Digital's Vision

Traditional finance has historically bad customer service and a less than desirable user experience in mobile and web-based platforms, which opens the door to massive disruption through digital technologies. 

Additionally, central bank intervention in the financial markets has increasing turned to money printing through quantitative easing, which increasingly dilutes the buying power of the global fiat currency market and leads the world to seek more scarce alternatives.

The first phase of the digital transformation has been through the creation of blockchain-based digital assets. We believe the second phase of this transition will be take form in bridges being built between Defi and traditional finance to help improve customer service and user experience in traditional finance.

Traditional finance has historically bad customer service and a less than desirable user experience in mobile and web-based platforms, which opens the door to massive disruption through digital technologies. 

Additionally, central bank intervention in the financial markets has increasing turned to money printing through quantitative easing, which increasingly dilutes the buying power of the global fiat currency market and leads the world to seek more scarce alternatives.

The first phase of the digital transformation has been through the creation of blockchain-based digital assets. We believe the second phase of this transition will be take form in bridges being built between Defi and traditional finance to help improve customer service and user experience in traditional finance.

Agora Digital'S Mission

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Agora Digital'S Team

Executive team

Randy May

Executive Chairman of Agora Digital

Randy May

Mr. May has served as Agora’s Executive Chairman since September 2021. Since April 2016, Mr. May has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ecoark and as its Chief Executive Officer from April 13, 2016 through March 28, 2017, and then again from September 21, 2017, to the present. He previously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and as Chief Executive Officer of Ecoark, Inc. from its incorporation until its reverse acquisition with Magnolia Solar Corporation in March 2016.

Mr. May is a 25-year retail and supply-chain veteran with experience in marketing, operational and executive roles. Prior to joining Ecoark, Mr. May held a number of roles with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (“Walmart”). From 1998 to 2004, Mr. May served as Divisional Manager for half the United States for one of Walmart’s specialty divisions, where he was responsible for all aspects of strategic planning, finance, and operations for more than 1,800 stores.
Mr. May’s qualifications and background that qualify him to serve on the Board include his strong managerial and leadership experience, his extensive knowledge of strategic planning, finance and operations, as well his ability to guide Agora.

Brad Hoagland

Chief Executive Officer of Agora Digital

Brad Hoagland

Mr. Hoagland has served as Agora’s Chief Executive Officer and a director since September 2021. From May 2019 to the closing of this offering, Mr. Hoagland was also Chief Financial Officer of Ecoark. Upon the closing of this offering, Mr. Hoagland will resign from his position with Ecoark. Prior to that, Mr. Hoagland spent eight years as Managing Member of Trend Capital Management, a hybrid hedge fund with a track record of outperforming the S&P 500. Prior to founding Trend Discovery in 2011, Mr. Hoagland spent six years as a Senior Associate at Prudential Global Investment Management (PGIM), working in both PGIM’s Newark, NJ and London, England offices. Mr. Hoagland holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a Level III candidate in the Chartered Market Technician Program.

Jay Puchir

Chief Financial Officer of Agora Digital

Jay Puchir

Mr. Puchir has served as Agora’s Chief Financial Officer since September 2021. Since October 22, 2020, Mr. Puchir has served as the Treasurer of Ecoark. Mr. Puchir has also served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Banner Midstream Corp., an Ecoark subsidiary, since its formation in April 2018. Upon the closing of this offering, Mr. Puchir will resign from his position with Ecoark and its other subsidiary. Mr. Puchir served in various roles as an executive at Ecoark including Director of Finance from December 2016 to March 2017, Chief Executive Officer from March 2017 to October 2017, Chief Financial Officer from October 2017 to May 2018, and Chief Accounting Officer from March 2020 to October 2020. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Banner Energy Services Corp. from November 2019 to August 2020 and as Chairman from February 2020 to August 2020. Mr. Puchir is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of South Carolina.

Mr. Puchir started his career as an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers and a consultant at Ernst & Young, ultimately achieving the position of Senior Manager at Ernst & Young. Mr. Puchir held the role of Associate Chief Financial Officer with HCA Healthcare from February 2016 to December 2016, and from February 2013 to February 2016 he served as the Director of Finance at The Citadel.

Richard Horgan

Chief Marketing Officer of Agora Digital

Richard Horgan

Richard Horgan currently serves as the Chief Marketing Officer of Agora Digital. Prior to joining Agora, Richard served as Chief Executive Officer of Fortium Holdings, a publicly traded company, and Director of Apparel Operations for The Berric’s portfolio of brands. Throughout his career, Richard has held various senior level positions across a range of growth industries. He has significant experience in marketing, M&A, operations and supply chain management. Richard has extensive experience in identifying and partnering with young growth companies to advance growth and maximize value, including partnering with major retailers including Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Costco and Zumiez.

Britt Swann

President of Bitstream

Britt Swann

Mr. Swann has served as President of Bitstream since May 2021. Since March 2021, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Banner Midstream Corp., a subsidiary of Ecoark focused on oil and gas exploration, production and drilling. Upon the closing of this offering, he will resign his position with that Ecoark subsidiary. From April 2019 to February 2021, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Vantage Operations, an oil and gas company, following his tenure there as Vice President, Finance beginning in April 2017. Prior to that, Mr. Swann served as a Financial Analyst at Howard Energy Partners, an oil and gas company, from May 2015 to April 2017.

Matt Wilson

President of Barrier Crest

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Board of Directors

Jim Everett

Independent Director

Jim Everett

James Everett III has served as a director of Agora since October 2021. From June 2014 to date, Mr. Everett has worked as an independent in media (TV, Podcasts, radio, and social platforms) as well continuing business/asset evaluations and maintains expertise in modern digital investments. Prior to that, from April 2001 to June 2014, Mr. Everett was the sole Managing Member of Jim Everett Company LLC, a RIA firm. After graduating from Purdue University, Mr. Everett played professional football for 12 years in the National football League, primarily for the Los Angeles Rams. He then earned an MBA degree from the Graziadio School of Business, Pepperdine University.

Based upon his experience and educational background, we believe that Mr. Everett has substantial knowledge of the financial markets and as a result is qualified to serve on our Board.

Todd Landis

Independent Director

Todd Landis

Mr. Landis has served as a director of Agora since October 2021.  In January 2020, Mr. Landis and other attorneys founded Williams Simons & Landis PLLC, a law firm focused on complex intellectual property litigation. Prior to that, from June 2016 to December 2019, Mr. Landis was a Partner at Vinson & Elkins LLP, a full-service law firm where he specialized in complex intellectual property litigation. Williams Simons & Landis PLLC represents Ecoark, Agora’s principal stockholder, in its litigation against Walmart. Previously Vinson & Elkins LLP represented Ecoark in the litigation. 

We believe that Mr. Landis’ legal experience in complex litigation will make him a valuable addition to our Board.

Steve Nelson

Independent Director

Steven Nelson

Mr. Nelson has served as a director of Agora since October 2021. He has been a director and chairman of the audit committee of Ecoark since April 2017. Since 2015, Mr. Nelson has been a lecturer for the Department of Accounting at the University of Central Arkansas. From 1988 to 2015 Mr. Nelson served as Vice-President, Controller of Dillard’s, Inc., where he was responsible for administering financial accounting and reporting. Prior to that, in 1980 Mr. Nelson served as a staff accountant for Ernst & Young and attained the title of audit manager by the time he left the firm in 1984. Mr. Nelson is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Arkansas.

Mr. Nelson’s 35-year career as a CPA and his extensive experience as controller of a publicly traded company qualify him to serve on the Board and its Audit Committee. His broad experience as the controller of a public company uniquely qualifies Mr. Nelson to advise Agora not only on general accounting and financial matters but also on various technical accounting, corporate governance and risk management matters that the Board may address from time to time. He possesses key insight on financial reporting processes and external reporting issues.

Strategic Advisory Board

Kevin Geiger

Advisory Board Chair

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Tim Newfang

Advisory Board Member

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Mikey Taylor

Advisory Board Member

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