Board of Directors

Raymond Chang

Mr. Chang has served as President and Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors since June 2019. From September 2015 through May 2019, Mr. Chang was a lecturer in the Practice of Management at the Yale School of Management and an Adjunct Professor at Babson College as well as a managing director at NXT Ventures. In 1997, Mr. Chang founded GigaMedia, the first broadband company in Asia. In 2000, this company went public on NASDAQ (NASDAQ: GIGM) and raised $280 million, one of the largest IPOs for an internet company prior to 2000. In 2007, Mr. Chang founded Luckypai, a leading TV shopping company in China and raised venture financing from Lightspeed Venture Partners, DT Capital, Intel, Lehman Brothers, and Goldman Sachs. Luckypai was sold to Lotte Group, which is one of the largest Asian conglomerates based in Korea, for $160 million in 2010.

From 2012 to 2013, Mr. Chang served as the Chief Executive Officer of New Focus Auto, the largest automobile after-sales service company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKSE: 0360.HK). In 2014, Mr. Chang completed the sale of New Focus Auto to CDH Investments, which is one of the largest private equity firms based in Asia, and raised over $150 million for the company. In 2000, Mr. Chang was selected by Fortune as one of the twenty-five “Next Generation Global Leaders Under 40” and by Business Week Asia as one of Asia’s 20 most influential new economy leaders in the 21st century. He was also featured in 2005 as a panel speaker at the World Economic Forum in Zurich, Switzerland. Mr. Chang was the former Treasurer/elected Board Member of Shanghai American School and a member of the Young President’s Organization — Shanghai Chapter. Mr. Chang received his BA from New York University, MBA from Yale School of Management, and MPA from Harvard JFK School of Government.

Chairman of the Board
Gary Hua
Mr. Hua has served as a member of Agrify’s Board of Directors since June 15, 2019. Mr. Hua is a renowned expert in the global power electronics arena. He brings over 25 years of experience in the lighting industry and has extensive knowledge in running successful businesses. In 2007, Mr. Hua founded Inventronics Inc., which is currently one of the largest companies in the world engaged in the design and manufacture of high efficiency, high reliability and long-life LED drivers, and served as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer from 2007 to 2019, and has served as the Executive Chairman since 2019. In 2016, Inventronics became a public company in China (300582.SZ). In December 2017, Mr. Hua founded 4D Bios Inc., which is focused on the design, manufacture, and marketing and sales of LED vertical farm systems. 4D Bios aims to become a global leader in this high-tech new agriculture industry. Mr. Hua is a Co-Founder and former Vice President of Engineering of VPT Inc., which is now one of the largest military/aerospace power companies in the world. Mr. Hua received his Ph.D from the Center for Power Electronic System (CPES) at Virginia Tech in 1994, and served as Research Associate and Scientist in CPES for 5 years. Mr. Hua has obtained more than 20 U.S. patents and published more than 70 theses, enjoying a strong reputation in the switch power industry.
Independent Director
Tim Mahoney
Mr. Mahoney has served as a member of Agrify’s Board of Directors since December 2020. Mr. Mahoney served as a U.S. Representative for Florida’s 16th congressional district from January 2007 to January 2009. Mr. Mahoney is the owner of Caribou LLC, a strategic advisory firm he found in 2009 that consults with CEOs and their boards on managing systemic risk and maximizing shareholder value through the identification and capture of strategic opportunities. In March 2013, Mr. Mahoney also founded Cannae Policy Group, a Washington D.C. based public policy company, where he serves as a Chief Political Strategist advising companies, associations, and governments on complex public policy issues. Before becoming a Congressman, from 1998 to 2007, Mr. Mahoney was a Co-Founder of vFinance, Inc., which subsequently acquired National Holdings Corporation. National has grown to become one of America’s leading middle-market brokerage firms, managing more than $5 billion of client assets with over 50 offices worldwide. Mr. Mahoney has also been involved with companies in the cannabis industry in varying capacities as a private investor, advisor and consultant, including Atlas Biotechnologies, Inc., a licensed medical cannabis grower operating in Canada and the EU, and Volcanic Green Holdings, Inc., a holding company for a Colombian based outdoor cultivation cannabis grower and CBD extracts producer. Mr. Mahoney holds a BA degree in Computer Science and Business from West Virginia University and an MBA from George Washington University.
Independent Director
Thomas Massie
Mr. Massie has served as a member of our Board of Directors since June 2020. Since 2016, Mr. Massie has been a Partner with WAVE Equity Partners, a Boston based private equity firm that accelerates market validated companies solving some of the world’s greatest challenges in essential markets for energy, food, water, and waste. In addition, since 2016, Mr. Massie has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Topline Performance Solutions, Inc., a management consulting firm based in Woburn, MA. From 1987 to 2016, Mr. Massie was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of three technology related companies, Mass Micro Systems, Focus Enhancements and Bridgeline Digital, each of which subsequently went public on NASDAQ. From 2002 to 2007, Mr. Massie was a Board Member and Chairman of the Corporate Governance Committee for MapInfo Corp., which was acquired by Pitney Bowes in 2007. Mr. Massie is a guest lecturer at the University of Massachusetts, Robert J. Manning School of Business and attended Wayne State University. Mr. Massie was a non-commissioned officer in the United States Army and is currently the chairman of the board for Warriors A Team, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting struggling veterans to successfully re-acclimate in civilian life.
Independent Director
Leonard J. Sokolow
Mr. Sokolow has served as a member of Agrify’s Board of Directors since December 2021. He has been Chief Executive Officer and President of Newbridge Financial, Inc., a financial services holding company, and Chairman of Newbridge Securities Corporation, its broker-dealer subsidiary, since 2015. Mr. Sokolow previously served in a variety of roles at vFinance, Inc., a publicly traded financial services company, including as Chairman of the board of directors from January 2007, a member of the board of directors from November 1997 and Chief Executive Officer from November 1999 through July 2008, when it merged into National Holdings Corporation, a publicly traded financial services company. Mr. Sokolow also served as President of vFinance, Inc. from January 2001 through December 2006. From July 2008 until July 2012, Mr. Sokolow was President of National Holdings Corporation, and from July 2008 until July 2014, he was Vice Chairman of the board of directors of National Holdings Corporation. From July 2012 until December 2014, Mr. Sokolow was a consultant and partner at Caribou LLC, a strategic advisory services firm. Mr. Sokolow was Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Americas Growth Fund Inc., a closed-end management investment company, from 1994 to 1998. From 1988 until 1993, Mr. Sokolow was an Executive Vice President and the General Counsel of Applica Inc., a publicly traded appliance marketing and distribution company. From 1982 until 1988, Mr. Sokolow practiced corporate, securities and tax law and was one of the founding attorneys and a partner of an international boutique law firm. From 1980 until 1982, he worked as a Certified Public Accountant for Ernst & Young and KPMG Peat Marwick. Mr. Sokolow has served on the board of directors of Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq: CWCO), a developer and operator of advanced water supply and treatment plants and water distribution systems, since June 2006, where he currently serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Nominations and Corporate Governance Committee. In addition, Mr. Sokolow has served as a director of the SQL Technologies Corp since November 2015 and has been Chairman of its Audit Committee and Corporate Development Committee. Mr. Sokolow has served on the board of directors of Vivos Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: VVOS), a medical technology company focused on developing and commercializing innovative treatments for adult patients suffering from sleep-disordered breathing, since June 2020, where he currently serves as Chair of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Since August 2021 Mr. Sokolow served on the Advisory Board of Masterworks. Mr. Sokolow previously served on the board of directors of, and as Chairman of the Audit Committee for, Marquee Energy Ltd. (formerly Alberta Oilsands Inc.) (formerly TSXV: MQX), an energy company. Mr. Sokolow earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Florida, a J.D. from the University of Florida School of Law and a Masters of Law in Taxation from the New York University School of Law.
Independent Director
Krishnan Varier
Mr. Varier has served as a member of the Board of Directors since June 2020. Mr. Varier joined Arcadian Capital Management in 2018 to help lead its principal investing activities, including deal sourcing, due diligence and negotiations, bringing more than 15 years of financial services and Wall Street deal-making experience and knowledge. For much of his career, Mr. Varier served as a healthcare investment banker in relationship coverage roles with Cowen (2014-2016), BofA-Merrill Lynch (2011-2013) and Morgan Keegan and has completed more than $6 billion in closed capital raising and M&A transactions. Mr. Varier began independently working with companies in the cannabis industry in 2016 in varying capacities as a private investor, mentor, advisor and consultant as part of Varier Venture Consulting LLC. Mr. Varier completed his undergraduate studies in 2001 at the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a B.A. in Economics with a focus in Business Administration. He initially gained experience as a wealth manager for AXA Advisors, and later with the Austin-based brokerage firm Eltekon Financial. He then joined Bank of America’s Global Corporate Bank in Charlotte, NC, as part of its Treasury Solutions Group inside sales team covering large-cap industrial corporate clients. Mr. Varier also holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School, with a double-focus in Finance and Investment Management.
Independent Director
wilcox
Stuart A. Wilcox has over 30 years of domestic and internal experience serving on numerous cannabis and biotech boards. He currently is Chairman of the Board for Ora Pharm, an international cannabis company based in New Zealand, Advisory Board for Revelation Micro and managing partner of NuRevelation Bio-tech Company based in North Carolina. In his career Mr. Wilcox held the position of Chief Operating Officer for 3 years building Curaleaf from a small cannabis company to one of the largest Cannabis Companies. He has been instrumental in leading efforts to legitimize and professionalize the medical cannabis industry including influencing legislation to require product safety certifications for cannabis operators, standard product testing and standard operating procedures. Prior to Curaleaf, he was the Chief Operating Officer at Hostess Brands, Inc., Senior Vice President-Operations for Chiquita - Fresh Express, Inc., Senior Vice President-Operations for The Original Cakerie Ltd. and ConAgra. He was instrumental in amassing the largest hydroponic grow operation for mung beans in the United States and developing hydroponic grows for leafy greens. He received an undergraduate degree in Engineering from the University of Toledo and a graduate degree from Central Michigan University.
Independent Director