Vik Grover, CFA
President & CEO
Vik Grover has a 25+ year track record as a leading thought provider and research analyst in the financial markets covering the emerging communications and technology sectors. Grover received a B.A. degree in marketing from the University of California at San Diego in 1992 and graduated with a M.S. degree in management from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1995.
Grover transitioned to investment banking in 2006 to leverage numerous C-level relationships across public and private companies in the emerging communications and technology sectors, with a focus on emerging growth and micro-cap companies. He then moved to management and financial consulting to assist clients in building their businesses.
CEO and Founder, WorkMerk, LLC
Advisory Board FOMO
John is an innovator and operator with over 25 years of leadership, management, and entrepreneurial experience. In 2002, John co-founded The Hub, an innovative “3rd Space” corporate meeting space platform, disrupting the work place with on-demand meeting space and all-inclusive pricing. The Hub was also a socially responsible vanguard as a founding B-Corp member and the first privately-held green meeting facility in the US.
In 2016, he sold The Hub having led the company as CEO for nearly 15 years. The Hub accommodated over 1.2 million guests, serving nearly 80% of Fortune 500 companies and long-term relationships with some of the nation’s most prestigious universities. In 2017, John founded an innovative company called WorkMerk. Built upon the belief that employees are born to adapt in a rapidly changing world, WorkMerk has built a WorkFlow Enhancement SaaS platform powered by artificial intelligence enabling organizations to thrive. The company achieves this vision by driving optimization in the workplace utilizing proprietary technology to engage, inform, and reward workers. In February 2020, WorkMerk launched its VirusSafePro app to address enterprise needs during the COVID19 crisis.
As a United States Army Captain, he led the macro-level logistics of $120mil in assets and deployment of over 3,000 soldiers while deployed to the Middle East. John also served as an Infantry Platoon Leader in Bosnia-Herzegovina with the 1st Cavalry Division.
At a young age, John founded and directed a 250-volunteer, non-profit serving the severely impoverished and homeless, contributing an astonishing 11,000 volunteer hours – building 27 homes, four shelters, two education centers, and instruction of 40 GED candidates.
He also serves on the Regional American Red Cross Board, Services for the Armed Forces (SAF) and was the Co-Founder of the United States’ first Veterans Shark Tank. John holds a Bachelor of Science in International Affairs from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, with a minor in Mandarin Chinese.
Senator Gerald O. Dial
Advisory Board FOMO
Senator Gerald Dial represented District 13 that included Clay, Cleburne, Chambers, Cherokee, Randolph, and Lee Counties – six counties in East Alabama. He resides in Lineville, Alabama, where he has been in the real estate development business for over 25 years. He is a former teacher and coach at Lineville High School. Gerald Dial was recently named President Pro-Tempore Emeritus for the Board of Trustees of Troy University.
His wife, Faye Bonner Dial, is a retired school teacher at Lineville High School. She received her BS Degree from Jacksonville University. His daughter, Melanie, is a graduate of Auburn University where she was a Tigerette and a member of Phi Mu Sorority. She is presently employed in Atlanta, Georgia. Jason, his son, is a graduate of the University of Alabama and a graduate of Jones School of Law in Montgomery and lives in Tuscaloosa.
Senator Dial was a member of the Alabama National Guard for over 36 years. He served in numerous capacities and retired in 1997 from the position of Assistant Adjutant General.
Senator Dial’s legislative record has been a conservative one over the years. He has been recognized by numerous groups for his legislative leadership and was selected by his fellow Senators as the Outstanding Senator for 1990. He is recognized as a pro-business free enterprise Senator has proven himself over the years as a leader. As former Chairperson for the Alabama Department of Senior Services, he has led the fight for seniors’ programs. He has also led the fight for education reform in the Alabama State Senate.
As the Director of the Alabama Rural Action Commission (2006-2010) Gerald Dial established the office to focus on Rural Health, Jobs, Infrastructure and Broadband. He successfully connected all state mental health facilities to high speed broadband by securing over $90 million dollars in grants. Building on this experience; in 2012, Senator Dial authored and passed the Alabama Ahead Act which proposed to replace textbooks with digital devices in ALL [public schools. A successful project of matching E Rate funds with $15 million state dollars resulted in $85 million federal dollars to connect EVERY school in Alabama to high speed internet access.
FOMO Advisory Board Member
Dilip Limaye, President of SRC Global Inc. and a Senior Energy Advisor to the World Bank in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable development, and climate change mitigation. Mr. Limaye is a highly accomplished entrepreneur and senior executive with more than 45 years of international experience in financing clean-tech and energy initiatives to help governments and industry reduce their carbon footprint. Mr. Limaye is internationally recognized as a financial advisor and consultant, providing services to organizations in more than 50 countries with a proven ability to assist implementation of innovative programs while ensuring regulatory compliance and driving sustainable growth. He has also been the Board Chairman of Photonix Solar, a solar PV manufacturing company in India.
Mr. Limaye is currently actively engaged in the development of large-scale solar energy projects, and is the co-developer of the 683 MW Dawn Solar project in Texas which is currently undergoing a $600 million financial structuring. Mr. Limaye was the Lead Technical Consultant on the design of a $1.3 billion World Bank financing program for implementing clean energy options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution in the Beijing region. He was also the Team Leader, Finance for the USAID Program to Accelerate Clean Energy Deployment in India and is currently working on a $1 billion World Bank initiative to leverage private financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy in water utilities. Mr. Limaye has also launched energy services companies (ESCOs) in India, Australia and Sri Lanka, a solar PV manufacturing company, and an international energy technology company that has developed a patented technology to optimize energy consumption in cooling systems.
Senior Lobbyist for Capitol Strategies Group
Prior to joining CSG, Bob served three full terms in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2013 to 2018. As a legislator, he served in leadership as the Democratic Caucus Whip while also serving on the Appropriations Committee as the ranking Democrat on School Aid, Department of Health and Human Services, and the State Police Subcommittees. During his tenure in the legislature, Bob also served on various policy committees including Insurance, Energy, Tourism, and Local Government. Bob was known in the legislature as a go-to member for getting things done, which led him to have 17 Public Acts signed into law during his tenure.
Prior to his service in the House, Bob was an administrator for the City of Westland for over 20 years. After Bob was term-limited in the House of Representatives, and prior to joining CSG, he worked for the Michigan Association of Counties as a Governmental Affairs Associate.
He is a graduate of the Michigan Political Leadership Program at Michigan State University. In 2017 Bob was named Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Municipal League and was the recipient of the Michigan Animal Law “Brandi Award – Legislator of the Year.”