Chairman of the Board
Michael Young has served as Director since December 2018 and is the Founding Partner of Cottingham Capital since January 2017. From March 2016 to January 2017, Michael was Managing Director and Co-Head of Global Trading at GMP Securities Toronto. From July 2012 to March 2016, Michael worked as Managing Director and Head of US Equity Trading at GMP Capital USA in New York and was previously a Director at Nuverra and ICC Labs.
Edward J. Brown Jr.
Mr. Brown is a partner of The Word & Brown Companies and is highly respected within the health care insurance industry for establishing and delivering standards of performance and service designed to exceed customer’s expectations. He began his career in the early 1970s as an agent for the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company before launching his own local general agency, Innovative Cost Concepts, in 1982. Mr. Brown co-founded the Word & Brown Insurance Administrators Inc. with John M. Word III in 1985 and is a co-founder of The Word & Brown Companies.
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Damian has extensive experience investing in and operating consumer and commodity related businesses. He was one of the Founders and CEO of Bona Vida (animal health CBD platform) before its acquisition by Better Choice Company, and consolidation with TruPet.
Prior to Better Choice, Damian was a Partner at Albaron Partners – a middle market investment firm focused on the cannabis and healthcare sectors. Damian has more than a decade of Wall Street investment experience managing over $2.5Bn in capital, having previously worked at Bain Capital, King Street, Silver Point and Magnetar.
Damian has an MBA and B.S. Econ, both from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
Jeff Davis has been as a member of the Board of Directors since March 15, 2019, and is the Founder and CEO of Molio Inc., a venture-backed, creative and media analytics agency. Prior to being CEO, Jeff worked in several roles at Procter & Gamble for a total of 23 years, where he spent time in numerous product sectors (consumer-packaged goods, pharmaceuticals and beauty). After retiring from Procter & Gamble in 2009, Jeff became director and CEO of Orabrush Inc., which was acquired by DenTek Oral Care, Inc. in 2015. Jeff is currently a member of the board of directors for Fabric, Curza, Dermaflage, the Hale Centre Theatre, and the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah.
Clinton Gee has been Chief Financial Officer for The Word & Brown Companies since June of 2006. He graduated from California State University, Chico, with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Computer Science. Clinton is a Certified Public Accountant and licensed Life and Health Agent in California. As Chief Financial Officer, Clinton directs and manages all audited financial statements, company budgets, financial forecasts, cash flow projections, trust reconciliations, accounts payable, cash receipts and processes, commission processing, payroll, Lean Six Sigma, internal controls, monitors debt covenants, incentive compensation programs, trustee for the 401k plan, profitability monitoring, and banking relations. He also oversees Information Technology, Marketing, and Strategic Business Development. Before joining The Word & Brown Companies, Clinton was a Vice President at several insurance organizations, including Nationwide Insurance Companies, CalFarm Insurance Company, and Foundation Health Plans. Clinton is a member of the American Institute of Public Accountants, the California Association of Certified Public Accountants, and the National Association of Health Underwriters.
Lori Taylor has been a member of the board of directors since March 15, 2019. Lori was the Chief Executive Officer of TruPet, which she founded, leading it to be named #39 on Inc.com's list of fastest-growing private companies in the United States in 2018. Since April of 2009, Lori served as the Chief Executive Officer of RevMedia Marketing LLC and through her leadership, was named a Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencer in 2012 and 2013 and a Forbes Top 20 Female Social Media Influencer in 2013.
John M. Word, III
John M. Word III is renowned for transforming the California insurance broker’s role in the small group health benefits marketplace through his pioneering technological and marketing advances since 1972. Mr. Word founded the Word & Brown General Agency in 1984 to market and distribute health plans through California’s huge brokerage community; by 1986, the company was recognized as the largest independent small group health distributor in the nation. That same year, the company launched the nation’s first COBRA administration operation, sensing that employers needed assistance and qualified support with federal COBRA laws. CaliforniaChoice®, a groundbreaking enterprise empowering small business employees to select from multiple health plans within one program, was launched in 1996.