VerifyMe Appoints Chris Gardner to its Board of Directors
Rochester, NY, May 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NEWMEDIAWIRE -- VerifyMe, Inc. (OTCQB: VRME ), a technology solutions company that markets invisible ink identifiers and serialization for authenticating, tracking and tracing functions for labels, packaging and products, announced today the appointment of Chris Gardner to its Board of Directors.
Christopher Paul Gardner (born February 9, 1954) is an American entrepreneur, private equity investor, international best-selling author and award-winning film producer. Gardner’s first book, “The Pursuit of Happyness”, was published in May of 2006. The book became a major motion picture starring Will Smith who portrayed Chris Gardner was released in December 2006. Gardner established the institutional brokerage firm of Gardner Rich and Company (GRC) in 1989. As an institutional brokerage firm, GRC executed transactions for institutions, public pension funds and unions globally. In December 2012 the Firm Closed. The death of his partner Holly Norwick in 2012 prompted a life changing experience for Gardner. Gardner has commented many times that being Holly’s primary care giver for the last three years of her life, was the greatest ‘honor’ that he’s ever received in his life. Gardner has also received multiple awards. They include the NAACP Image Awards, The Peabody Award from PBS for the production of the documentary on the life of Dr. Maya Angelou and ‘The Lone Sailor’ Award from the United States Navy Memorial Foundation. Some of the previous recipients of the ‘Lone Sailor’ Award include Arnold Palmer, Astronaut and Senator John Glenn and President John F. Kennedy. Gardner is currently a Senior Advisor to Wisdom Tree Asset Management and previously was the Ambassador of Happyness for the AARP which has 40 million members.
In addition to his management of private equity investments focused on Fintech, Mr. Gardner’s speaking engagements for governments, Fortune 500 companies and non-government organizations require him to travel 200 days a year.
Chris Gardner stated, “I am excited to join the VerifyMe Board at this time. The company’s technology is at the forefront of security and authentication and addresses areas of vulnerability in brand protection and packaging. Recent contract awards validate the company’s value-add and position it at an inflection point to begin to accelerate its revenue. I look forward to utilizing my network of relationships I have built over the years to assist in the growth of VerifyMe in any way I can.”
VerifyMe Chief Executive Officer Patrick White commented, “We welcome Chris Gardner to our Board and look forward to his advice, guidance and network of relationships. His entrepreneurial experience and drive will be a valuable asset to VerifyMe, as we seek to accelerate our business growth.”
About VerifyMe, Inc.
VerifyMe, Inc., is a technology solutions company that markets products supported by patents, patent applications and trade secrets which provides identifiers and serialization for authenticating, tracking and tracing functions for labels, packaging and products. The company also markets multi-factor biometric verification solutions to verify people. VerifyMe’s physical technology authenticates packaging, labels and documents with a suite of proprietary security inks and pigments, which work in conjunction with serialization and track-and-trace software. The company’s digital technologies authenticate people by performing strong, multi-factor biometric verification via its patented digital software platforms. To learn more, visit www.verifyme.com