Co-Founder & CEO
Sammy has over 38 years of sales and marketing leadership, while owning and operating a number of other businesses. He has had many local and regional positions of leadership and is heavily involved in the community. Sammy is currently serving as president of the Uptown Greenwood Development Community in Greenwood, SC. Sammy was a professional soccer player with the Chicago Pampas FC when they won the NSL Championship and he was named a member of the 1984 Chicago All Star Team.
Chief Operating Officer
As the COO, Alexandra Tirado manages and oversees the company’s domestic market growth and global expansion strategies.
Ms. Tirado is also the CEO of Fortuna Holdings International, a US-China cross- border advisory firm working with multi-billion dollar global companies, and overseeing small and mid cap buy side investments in cross-border transactions throughout the US, Europe & Asia.
Ms. Tirado holds a BA from Duke University in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and an MA from Columbia University in East Asian Studies – Chinese law and economics. Ms. Tirado is also an alumnus of Peking University and fluent in Mandarin.
Known for her innovative approach towards global economics and financing, she has been acknowledged across media platforms and forums such as NASDAQ, The World Journal, The World Affairs Council, Sichuan Daily News, Puerto Rico Channel 3 News, China Currents, among others.
Ambrose L. Schwallie
Chairman of the Board
Including his position as Chairman of the Board, Mr. Schwallie is also the Executive Vice President of Corporate Development for SCRA, where he oversees the strategic direction and business development activities. His primary focus is to diversify the business mix of SCRA to better positions for future growth. Mr. Schwallie oversaw the transformation of the South Carolina Biotechnology Incubation Program, where he served as CEO, into the South Carolina Biotechnology Center (SC Bio) and through the recent merger with SCRA. The organization was chartered to develop the life sciences sector, from medical devices to bio-remediation, in the state of South Carolina.
Ricardo C. Carvalho
Ricardo Carvalho is Founder and President of Carvalho & Associates International, Inc. (CAI), an Atlanta-based development consultancy serving a wide range of U.S. and international clients. With well over 30 years of international business development and marketing, Ricardo has established himself as an economic ambassador by developing operations, partnerships, alliances, and mergers and acquisitions for a multitude of dynamic Fortune 500 companies. Prior to forming CAI, Ricardo was a key member of Coca-Cola’s leadership team directing the Company’s international marketing and development programs in Latin America. He played a major role in extending the Coca-Cola brand and their market leadership operations. Ricardo holds a law degree from the University of Vila Velha, in Brazil, as well as a Business Administration / International Business degree from Oglethorpe University, in Atlanta. He is a senior member of the prestigious Strategic Coach’ Masters program for successful worldwide entrepreneurs and currently serves on the board of directors for a variety of health-related corporations and organizations. A triathlete, he has also been an adviser on committees for the Olympics.
Coach Curtis Frye has been the head coach for the University of South Carolina Track and Field teams for the past twenty years. Coach Frye served as an assistant coach for the United States women’s track and field team at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, and will be coaching the men’s sprinters and hurdlers for Team USA at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro 2016.
His impressive record includes: 2008 Order of IKKOS medallion, US Men’s Head Coach at the 2001 Goodwill Games, Coached 25 Olympians (that have won 11 medals), Coached over 415 NCAA All-Americans
Curtis Frye and his wife Wilma started The Frye Foundation in 2011 (www.thefryefoundation.org). A nonprofit organization, The Frye Foundation is dedicated to the assistance of persons and their families that deal with diabetes and mental illnesses, as well as other charitable causes.
research & development team
Babak Baban, Ph.D., M.B.A., FAHA
Babak is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Oral Biology within the Medical College of Georgia. Prior to that position he was a research scientist in the Medical College of Georgia Cancer Center. Babak has a Ph.D. in Medical Bacteriology from the University of London, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Molecular Immunology from the Medical College of Georgia, and a Masters of Business Administration from Augusta State University. He is considered one of the leading international research scientists within the oral, molecular medicine and genetics and also cancer research.
Dr. Mark Fields, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Mark is co-founder and President of Research and Development. Dr. Fields is currently working in biotechnology in the area of degenerative diseases of the eye. He was an assistant professor of research at the Medical University of South Carolina in regenerative medicine. Mark earned his Ph.D. from the Medical College of Georgia in cellular biology where he focused on the use of novel therapeutics to treat degenerative diseases of the eye. He has also earned his Master’s in Public Health at Columbia University in New York where he focused on health policy and management. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University in New York. At Hydro One, Mark is responsible for research and development of novel and alternative products that address the nutritional needs of individuals with specific disease.
Dr. Thomas B. Stoddard, DMD
Dr. Thomas B. Stoddard has owned a private practice of general dentistry for 31 years. He received a B.S. degree in Microbiology from Clemson University and a Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D) degree from The Medical University of South Carolina. Dr Stoddard has been a staff member at Self Regional Hospital for 31 years. He has also been a dental consultant and practitioner for Connie Maxwell Children’s Home and National Health Care nursing home for many years as well. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the South Carolina Dental Association, and Past President of the Piedmont Dental Association of South Carolina.
Dr. Stoddard is also a health enthusiast who has completed numerous triathlons including a full iron man distance event in Wilmington, N.C.