John Nemanic, MBA

B.A.      Stong College, York University
B.A.S.   Atkinson College, York University (Dean's List)
M.B.A    Schulich    York University (Graduated With Distinction)
Dip. Entrepreneurial Studies, University of Western Ontario.

John Nemanic, MBA

John is a Visionary Entrepreneur, Executive and Investor, seeking new high return opportunities. John  co-founded and served as CEO, Chairman and President for 3  pre revenue startup's, with annual sales now exceeding $25,000,000. John's major investment in Geekforless Inc, (in 2004) enjoys sales in the millions of dollars under the extremely capable leadership of Mr. Igor Nikolaichuk, CEO. John also serves as a Director of Transgaming Inc., a world leader in porting windows games to multiple platforms.

John Nemanic has experience in the Canadian financial industry through past employment with Motorola, Bank of Nova Scotia, KPMG Chartered Accountants and Parkview-BC/McLean Ltd. John decided that there was a greater challenge in entrepreneurial business than in corporate finance, and in 1992, teamed up with Bill and Colin Campbell to develop MegaChoice Software, a chain of retail software stores. The partners decided to restructure MegaChoice, ultimately creating I.D. Internet Direct Ltd., which became the largest publicly traded, independent Internet Service Provider in Canada. John Nemanic was then appointed as President, CEO and Director of I.D. Internet Direct Ltd. In 1998, Internet Direct was named as the 7th fastest growing company in Canada per Profit Magazine. In November 1999, I.D. Direct Ltd. was amalgamated with a privately held company to form Look Communications, a national wireless broadband and digital cable provider.

In 1996, the partners purchased www.tucows.com, a popular Internet software site, ultimately forming TUCOWS Interactive Inc. The company proceeded to win many prestigious awards, including 2 consecutive Etobicoke Chamber of Commerce awards, 1 Fast 55 award, 2 CATA (Canadian Association for Technology Advancement) awards, and other notable achievements. Tucows was also named by FAST 50 as the 2nd fastest growing technology company 1999, and 3rd fastest growing company in Canada per Profit Magazine and Canadian Business for 1999. Tucows is now a public entity, trading on the Toronto and American Stock Exchanges.

John was also a finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year awards in 1998, as recognition for his accomplishments as President and CEO of TUCOWS. In May of 1999, a majority of TUCOWS Interactive Inc. was sold to the Steinmetz group and partners, and John moved onto a new entrepreneurial venture - Hostopia.com.

Hostopia Executive Management TeamAfter investing in Hostopia, John Nemanic was nominated and assumed the role of Chairman and CEO of Hostopia. In July of 2000, John relinquished the role of CEO to William Campbell, in recognition of Bill's superior abilities and very close fit for the role of CEO.

Despite the dotcom crash of 2000-2002, Hostopia proceeded to rapidly grow and thrive, building a roster of Class 'A'  customers that are household names in the US and Canada. From 2000 to 2005, Hostopia received many awards in recognition of the firm's superior technical prowess and focus on meeting customer needs, including placing First, as the fastest growing company in Canada, 2000-2005, per Profit Magazine.

In November of 2006, Hostopia completed an Initial Public Offering, trading on the Senior Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol, H  (TSX: H).  After exercise of the overallotment by underwriters, Hostopia raised gross proceeds of approximately $29 million dollars.

RBC Capital Markets has acted as lead underwriter of a syndicate that includes TD Securities, GMP Securities, and Haywood Securities.

In February 2007, after completion of Hostopia's IPO, John left Hostopia to pursue other opportunities.

John is currently a director of Transgaming Inc. TransGaming Technologies develops unique and proprietary software portability engines that bridge the gap between these disparate gaming systems, allowing developers and publishers to develop content once but deploy on multiple platforms without the traditionally time consuming and arduous development cycles. Transgaming is publicly traded on the thTSX Venture Exchange: TNG.V

John is also a director of GeeksForLess, a North American based corporation with the majority of its skilled workforce in Nikolaev, Ukraine. GeeksForLess is a dependable business partner, delivering IT human resources to North American firms seeking specialized programming, technical support, quality assurance testing, web design/development, system administration and other time consuming administrative services. The company employs over five hundreds Software Programmers, Technical Support Specialists, Quality Assurance Testers, System Administrators, Web Designers/Developers, Administrative Staff and Management.

John has held other corporate directorships and is also a past director of RISC and CATA, and one of the founding directors of the Canadian Association of Internet Providers (CAIP). In addition, he is an active investor in enterprises operating outside of High Technology.

Today, John is an avid traveler, having visited over 70 countries, and enjoys ecotourism, diving and visiting places of inspiring architecture. He lives in Latin America. He is a practicing Buddhist, in the Mahayana Tradition.

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