Board of Directors
Samer “Sam” Tawfik Chairman of the Board
Samer “Sam” Tawfik is the founder of LMP Automotive Holdings, Inc. and has served as our President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors since January 2018. Prior to the founding of LMP Automotive Holdings, Inc., Mr. Tawfik was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Telco Group, Inc. which was acquired by Leucadia National Corp. in 2007 with a valuation of $160,000,000. Mr. Tawfik also founded and was Chief Executive Officer of PT-1 Communications, Inc. which was acquired by Star Telecommunications Inc. in 1998 with a valuation of $590,000,000. From February 1999 through March 2000, Mr. Tawfik served as a Director of Star Telecommunications, Inc. Mr. Tawfik has extensive experience in technology, finance, banking and statistical science. Awards given to Mr. Tawfik and his prior companies include, Top 10 technology & communications CEO in the U.S., number 1 on Inc. 500’s fastest growing company list in the U.S. for two consecutive years, largest pre-paid Telecom company in the world, Consumer Reports’ best new product of the year, JPM / KPMG Top 25 private employers, number 1 fastest growing in N.Y., 10th largest private company in N.Y., 4th largest international and 8th largest long-distance telecom company in the U.S. behind AT&T, and many more.
William “Billy” Cohen Member
William “Billy” Cohen has served as a member of our Board of Directors and the Lead Independent Director since March 2018 and is the Chairman of the Audit Committee. He is currently the Vice Chairman at Newmark Knight Frank, a global commercial real estate advisory firm. Mr. Cohen has over 38 years’ of experience with commercial real estate acquisitions, conflict management, negotiation, fund raising, tenant representation, owner representation, leasing advisory services, property and asset management, and corporate advisory services. Mr. Cohen holds a B.A. in Finance from the University of Miami.
Robert “Bob” J. Morris, Jr.Member
Robert “Bob” J. Morris, Jr. has served as a member of our Board of Directors and Audit Committee since May 2019. He is currently Director of The Southeast region for the Tim Lamb Group and Former Chairman of the Pontiac-GMC National Dealer Council. Mr. Morris has represented AutoNation, Hendrick Automotive Group, AMSI (Terry Taylor) and many others in buy-sell transactions of franchised dealerships. Mr. Morris brings over three decades of retail automotive experience that encompasses franchise dealer acquisitions and operations, pre-owned dealer operations, as well as leasing, finance and sales expertise. Prior to joining the Tim Lamb Group, he led and owned franchise dealerships for over two decades and always exceeded factory goals.
Elias Nader has served as a member of our Board of Directors and Audit Committee since May 2019. Mr. Nader has over 25 years of experience in Finance and Accounting. He is a versatile, high-energy finance executive who leads companies through change and challenge to profitable growth. He is skilled in negotiating partnerships and alliances with a keen ability to forecast industry trends and capture opportunities as well as experienced in transforming and growing technology start-ups to global businesses. Prior to joining LMP’s Board, Mr. Nader was the interim President and CEO of Sigma Designs, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed Company, as well as its Chief Financial Officer. He has also served as a Board Member of the company from 2012 to 2019. Mr. Nader also serves as an Advisory Board Member of Bottles Waiting, a private company, and served as an Audit Committee Member of the Board of Directors of YuMe, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed company from 2016 to 2018. Prior to that, Mr. Nader was the Chief Financial Officer for Imperial Holding, based in Europe and the Middle East, and held numerous senior executive roles in a number of Fortune 500 public companies. Mr. Nader is a graduate of San Jose State University.
Keith M. LockerMember
Keith Locker has served as a member of our Board of Directors and Audit, Compensation, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees since December 2019. Mr. Locker has more than 30 years and $60 billion of major national market experience in real estate finance, private placements, debt and equity capital markets, governance, transaction structuring and risk management. Keith also has significant public company directorship experience, as well as a proven track record in M&A and capital markets. Mr. Locker has extensive knowledge and financial expertise as well as public and capital markets experience and relationships. In past directorship roles, Mr. Locker has built and negotiated optimal capital structures to maximize value for stakeholders, gained deep experience in governance, risk management, and audit. Keith has also demonstrated a keen ability to evaluate and integrate acquisitions and portfolios. Mr. Locker currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Inlet Capital Management LLC and serves as the President of Global Capital Resources, LLC and GCR Advisors Inc. His responsibilities include overseeing all real estate capital markets activities. Mr. Locker’s prior investment banking experience includes Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., as a Senior Managing Director, and Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc., as a Managing Director. His previous public board of directors experience include Non-Executive Chairman at Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc. from 2011 to 2015 and as its Independent Director from 2006 until 2017, as well as an Independent Director of New York REIT, Inc., The Mills Corporation and Glenborough Realty Trust Inc.. He also served as a Director of IVP Securities, LLC. Mr. Locker is a Trustee of National Jewish Health and Governing Trustee of Urban Land Institute and active in numerous philanthropic and community organizations. He earned an M.B.A. in Finance and Real Estate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S./B.A. in Finance from Boston University School of Management.