Mr. Larimer, affectionately known as "The Godfather of Bitshares", has in recent years focused his attention on the emerging industry of smart cryptocurrencies and other decentralized financial services. He currently serves as CEO of Cryptonomex Inc., a U.S. software development firm whose engineers have built what is touted as one the “most advanced blockchain architectures” and platforms on the market. The Graphene ecosystem, which was created by the father-son team of Stan and Dan Larimer, powers several major blockchain ventures including OpenLedger, Steemit and PeerPlays. The system is capable of processing over 100,000 transactions per second (more than Visa, NASDAQ and MasterCard combined) with an average transaction time approaching one second. And, while confirmations can take many seconds—by contrast on Bitcoin it can take an hour or more.
Mr. Larimer is a 40-year veteran of the American aerospace industry. He has extensive experience in software, hardware, and systems engineering, program management, business development and even teaching rocket science at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has been a major contributor on 17 different R&D programs for air, ground, sea and space systems, serving with Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and SAIC as a consultant, tech lead, program manager and/or corporate officer.
Lawrence D. Hilton, Esq.
Beginning in 2009, Mr. Hilton conceptualized, drafted and then shepherded through the Utah Legislature the Specie Legal Tender Act, which was passed into law in 2011, with important amendments adopted during the 2012 session. By that statute, Utah became the first state in more than one hundred years to formally recognize gold and silver coinage as legal tender. Since then he has actively championed monetary reform measures in Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, Arizona, Oklahoma and Texas—with the latter three states having adopted meaningful specie legal tender legislation.
Mr. Hilton formed Citizens for Sound Money in 2010, and the Utah Monetary Summit in 2011, which in its first year was attended by participants from more than a dozen U.S. states and half a dozen countries. In 2013, he co-founded the United Precious Metals Association (UPMA) to promote the commercial framework necessary to implement Utah's new monetary system. He also serves on the Gold Standard Now advisory board of American Principles in Action, a Washington D.C. based public policy think tank, as UPMA General Counsel, and as the Exchequer of the Royal Court of Breifne.
Mr. Hilton holds both Juris Doctorate and Masters of Business Administration degrees from Brigham Young University. Admitted to both the Utah and California bar associations, he has practiced in the areas of insurance coverage and defense, commercial litigation, business formation, bankruptcy and Constitutional law for more than 30 years. He currently holds insurance licenses in all 50 states and is a tribunalized cover holder with Lloyd's of London.
Mr. Taggart is President of Cryptonomex, the company that authored the Graphene blockchain, originally developed as the foundation of Bitshares, and maintains an MIT license for usage. As a long time evangelist for Graphene technology and the BitShares platform, Mr. Taggart travels the world educating businesses, students, and government officials on the capabilities and use cases Graphene currently powers. As a digital marketing veteran, Mr. Taggart is responsible for several millions of dollars in sales of educational material, and SaaS platform products. Mr. Taggart is a serial entrepreneur, public speaker, and internet marketing strategist who has advised tens of thousands of small businesses and individuals on the topic of digital marketing; with an overall emphasis on helping companies develop successful online business strategies.
Jeremy T. Cordon
A life-long liberty activist, Jeremy Cordon holds a political science degree from the University of Utah. After graduation, he interned with the Libertas Institute in Salt Lake City. Subsequently Mr. Cordon pursued a number of related legal reform efforts before joining management of the not-for-profit United Precious Metals Association in 2015. With his aid UPMA has grown into one of the most prominent voices for monetary reform in the nation—not only through advocacy, but by developing and modeling programs effectively promoting true choice in currency.
As a tireless champion of verifiable accountability, both in government and business, Mr. Cordon has taken on a key role in developing and implementing the Quintric Monetary System around such guiding principles. In particular, he has taken the lead in establishing Quintric's state-of-the-art, first ever, transparent vaulting facility, coupled seamlessly with advanced blockchain technology. With these complementary services in hand, Mr. Cordon remains fully committed to delivering an unprecedented level of fully auditable, monetary services.