The Company’s management has worked together for many years and been involved in bringing exceptional “green” products and services to commercial fruition.
We’ve worked in the cleaning, restoration, oil and gas, commercial drinking water, agriculture and management industries for decades and saw a need to change the essential foundation, reviving agricultural environments and cleaning up the oil and gas industry by bringing together “green,” proprietary products that act symbiotically with nature and the environment.
President & Director
Mr. Karren co-founded Zerorez (2003) and is a director and multi-franchise and operator of Zerorez (2007 – present). Mr. Karren co-founded EAU a public company that developed water technologies for the health and sanitation industries and supplied them to large multi-national companies, including Tyson Foods and Coca-Cola. He served as the chief executive officer and Chairman of the Board. Prior to founding EAU, Mr. Karren co-founded Venturi where he served as the Chairman of the Board and the chief executive officer (1990-1999).
Mr. Karren graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University in 1973 and a Master of Banking, ABA from the University of Oklahoma in 1979.
James K. Stone
Treasurer & Director
Mr. Stone is one of the Company’s founders.Prior to founding the Company, from 1983 to 1995, Mr. Stone was the owner and President of Stone Flood & Fire Restoration, Inc., a very successful restoration company specializing in the cleaning and restoration of properties damaged by floods, fires and other natural disasters. Stone Flood and Fire at its peak had over 100 employees and represented many large, multinational insurance companies.
Stone also was the founder and chief operating officer of Pro-Tech Restoration, Inc., a specialty restoration company that worked in tandem with Stone Flood and Fire. In 1996, Mr. Stone sold Stone Flood & Fire and Pro-Tech Restoration to Venturi Technologies, Inc., a fully reporting public company in the floor and fabric care business with over 25 locations in the U.S. Mr. Stone was retained by Venturi as Executive Vice President of Operations.
In 2003, Mr. Stone was a co-founder of Zerorez Franchising Systems, Inc. Zerorez is a national franchise company that uses unique technologies in the carpet and living surfaces industries. From 2005 to the present time, Mr. Stone has also served as President and CEO of Zerorez and has helped grow the franchise system to 36 franchisees nationally, grossing over $70 mm per year.
Mr. Stone holds many cleaning and restoration certifications and hold a patent for mold remediation in restoration services. Mr. has also held Series 6 and 63 securities licenses.
Mr. Stone is involved in church and community service.
William R. Shupe JD
Mr. Shupe has significant experience in assisting emerging and public companies. For the past 15 years, he has been involved in helping companies achieve short and long-term financing, strengthen their corporate infrastructures, locate and enlist strategic partners. During this time he has completed many strategic mergers and acquisitions and effected public offerings. In order to better understand the basic operations of emerging companies, Mr. Shupe has worked in virtually every aspect of many companies’ operations.
Mr. Shupe was Executive Vice President with RoomSystems, Inc., a small cap public company from 1995 to 2001. This company manufactured and installed state-of-the-art in-room computerized mini bar systems in hotels throughout the world. Mr. Shupe was responsible for raising over $23 mm and oversaw day-to-day operations, managing the legal affairs, overseeing all financial matters and was a member of executive management.
From 2004 to the present time he has been a director and senior vice president with Zerorez Franchising Systems, a national franchise company involved in carpet and living surfaces cleaning, with franchisees from Florida to California. He has worked in Zerorez’s day-to-day operations, sales and marketing, national legal compliance, franchise training and management and human resources.
Mr. Shupe was an Associate Professor with the University of Phoenix and served as a Judge Pro Tempore for several years. Mr. Shupe serves on many boards and is involved in church and community service.
Mr. Shupe received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University, Magna Cum Laude, and a Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law.
Randall L. Waters
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Mr. Waters has been working with the Company since its formation. Prior to joining VGL, Mr. Waters was with EAU Technologies for over ten years. As General Manager of consumer products and dairy operations, he worked with industry leaders in the international agricultural industry and consumer products marketplace. He was responsible for developing products and distribution to over 5,000 retail operations including Kroger Stores, Whole Foods and independent grocery distributors. He was lead in negotiating contracts including the sale of the consumer division to Amway distributors. Before being employed by EAU, Mr. Waters was the president of WhetStone Technologies, Inc., an applications software integrator for the document imaging industry where he was responsible for managing various partner initiatives including relationships with Novell, XEROX and Wang.
J. Scott Sargent
With a design degree from Brigham Young University, Mr. Sargent launched Sargent & Associates in 1990. It is a full service design firm that has created graphic and marketing solutions in many forms for businesses such as, 1-800 Contacts, SynergyWorldwide, Eclipse Marketing and many others, internationally and domestically. Mr. Sargent and his design firm have been responsible for he design and integration of graphics in many environments including startup companies, advertising campaigns and promotional strategies.
Zerorez Franchising Systems
Zerorez Franchising Systems, Inc., is a Nevada corporation that owns and operates a national carpet and living surfaces cleaning franchise company. Its cleaning system is unique, superior and unprecedented in its ability to clean homes or commercial buildings without soaps, shampoos, or toxic chemicals. In addition, ZEROREZ® sanitizes without any toxicity. ZEROREZ® is the first company in the world that can clean, disinfect and protect a customer’s total living environment—with “Green” products. Live Green Germ Free’s management founded Zerorez and uses it as a testing ground for new “Green” products in the cleaning industry.