Meet team Tevano

Ben Sawchuk

Chairman of the board

Ben Sawchuk is a true, made-in-Canada Horatio Alger story. Born in a cabin on his family’s northern trapline, where the Sawchuks lived off the fur trade, Ben is one of Western Canada’s widely respected investors, entrepreneurs and business mentors. He has built and financed more than a dozen companies in real estate, insurance, finance, energy and many other sectors.

He took his securities license in 1970, joining the Principal Group, where he become the top salesman in Canada in 1970 and 1971. He began investing in real estate in 1978, starting up Loiselle Realty Ltd, named in honour of his late father in-law, Paul Loiselle. A strategic investment in a Block Brother Real Estate franchise followed, where Sawchuk became the top salesman for Canada in 1980 and 1981, and for Remax in 1987 and 1988. He formed Vancouver-based Sawchuk International Real Estate Services Inc. in 1990, creating international brokerages in six countries.

His investments in Canada’s insurance industry from 1984 until 2006 saw him acquire 20 insurance agencies across northern BC and the Northwest Territory. The Western Financial Group bought the group in 2007, at the time the largest acquisition of privately-owned general insurance agencies in Canada.

Sawchuk continues to invest in real estate and start-ups in energy, consumer goods, fintech and other sectors. His latest investment is in Tevano, where once again, Ben enters the corporate boardroom —as Tevano’s Chairman.

Eugene Hodgson

Interim-CEO CFO/Director

Eugene joins Tevano following an extensive career in the capital markets and public companies, serving in leadership roles in private industry most recently as CFO at Trait Biosciences Inc., a Toronto-based emerging biotechnology leader in the cannabis industry as well as in public service roles as a public policy and political advisor and Chair of Vancouver Community College. Prior to Trait he was an investment banker at Corpfinance International Inc. for 11 years, specializing in infrastructure debt. Eugene’s experience includes First Nations negotiations, corporate and financial strategy. He is a Board member of Pebble Labs, Maxtech Ventures Inc., Red Lake Gold Inc., Rover Metals Inc., Century Metal Inc., and RedFund Capital Corp. He is a graduate of the University of Calgary with a BA in economics and political science.

Chad Rissanen

CRO

Chad is an enterprise leader, with broad experience in strategy, P&L management, operations excellence, marketing & sales management, and revenue creation. Proven success in creating effective sales strategies, build/lead extremely successful teams both in house and remote as well as working with product and tech teams on build strategy. Highly skilled in sales funnel and process optimization data/metric creation, sales leadership, strategy and vision creation and implementation, customer acquisition, lead acquisition and talent development. Recognized as a highly competitive self-starter with strong business sense, strong analytical skills and delivering creative resourceful approaches to solving complex business challenges.

Ara Tcholakian

COO/Director

Ara Tcholakian as Tevano’s Chief Operating Officer brings extensive manufacturing expertise and an entrepreneurial mindset. Recognizing that there was a manufacturing gap in Las Vegas, Mr. Tcholakian opened Nevatronix 20 years ago with the objective of servicing the gaming industry. Nevatronix was Las Vegas’ only full-service manufacturing complex at the time, manufacturing brackets and slot machine enclosures, assembling and testing the finished units. Mr. Tcholakian soon expanded the business to apply the same electronic components to other casino applications, creating point of sale kiosks and ATM machines that look like slot machines, which are now used in casinos around the world.

Slawek Wesierski

CTO

Slawek Wesierski is an information technology veteran and has an extensive background with over 25 years of development and leadership experience.

Prior to joining the Tevano team, Mr. Wesierski was focusing on designing software solutions as well as leading the process of software development and delivery for a major gaming company. His ideas are materialized in software and hardware on thousands of devices deployed to gaming establishments worldwide.

Christian Scovenna

Advisor

Christian Scovenna is a highly-experienced C-Suite Executive with over twelve years of capital market experience. In his most recent engagement with High Hampton Holdings Corp. (HC.CSE), he was instrumental in building the company as one of the original founders and was a key member of the management team as interim CEO and Senior VP Corporate Finance while also serving on the board as a director. As Managing Director at a boutique firm, Mr. Scovenna led six portfolio companies within the group where he focused on raising capital and business development. He also spent four years with Frontier Merchant Capital Group as Director & Senior VP of Operations and served as Managing Partner with Lions Edge Capital. Over the years, Mr. Scovenna has been successful in completing numerous M&A activities and capital raises. He currently serves as Director & Sr. VP of Corporate Development for Enforcer Gold Corp. (VEIN-TSX.V)

David Bajwa

Director

David Bajwa is a highly-motivated Capital Markets professional with over 25 years experience providing access to finance, liquidity and awareness for publicly traded companies in North America. As a member of the founding group of Chartwell Technology Inc. in 1997, David represented the company from inception to advancing the company to a full TSX senior listing, culminating in the company’s successful acquisition by Amaya Gaming in 2011. During his tenure at Chartwell, David was instrumental in capital raises exceeding $20 million through senior Canadian Investment firms and subsequently developed analyst coverage across 9 investment firms including 3 of Canada’s top 6 banks. In addition to Chartwell, he has consulted and raised capital for Triant Technologies, Kraken Sonar and most recently spearheaded the recapitalization of BST Transportation, the largest private trucking and logistic company in Western Canada.
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