The ACTS CSI Team

  • R. Michael Buehler, Chief Executive Officer and Founder

    RMB PICSince American Charities Telesis Services (ACTS) inception in early 1993, Michael has been the driving force in the overall development of the Company, effecting change and refinement of ACTS’ cause marketing and revenue sharing concept and implementing it throughout ACTS’ family of companies.

    While serving on numerous for-profit and non-profit Board of Directors, Michael has enjoyed a successful 35+ year career in sales, marketing and business development.  Offering traditional perspectives relating to honesty, integrity and loyalty, he has thrived in senior executive management operations for various corporate entities driving change and innovation in several multi-billion dollar industries.

    Throughout his career, Michael has had one dream…one desire…to use his God-given talents and resources to help those less fortunate and help make the world a better place. To realize this dream he created ACTS, whose sole purpose is to revolutionize the way non-profit and charitable organizations are funded.  Through cause marketing strategies focused on creating substantial and perpetual revenue for these organizations, Michael has created a unique and innovative revenue sharing program that will accomplish just that.

    Michael’s vast business and professional experience combined with his unique vision for a better tomorrow is not only the anchor of ACTS’ corporate mission…but the window into a future that offers unlimited opportunities for a better quality of life for those associated with ACTS.

    Now, Michael’s efforts have expanded to include ACTS CerarMix Solutions International (ACTS CSI), the newest entity advancing ACTS’ overall vision for the future. ACTS CSI joins the unified efforts of our family of companies to offer world class products utilizing CerarMixTM technologies while promoting the overall cause marketing and revenue sharing ideals of its parent company, ACTS.   Click Here to learn more about CerarMix™

  • Bruce Holden, General Corporate Counsel

    Bruce_Holden_12072009Bruce has served as corporate council to ACTS and Michael Buehler for the past 15+ years and understands the mission and business aspirations of the Company in breadth and depth.  Bruce has become a friend and dedicated supporter of the effort and will continue to insure appropriate business practices and advise the company and its leadership of any and all matters relating to the legal direction of the firm.

    Bruce G. Holden is a Partner in the Business Planning & Transactions Practice Group of Best, Best & Krieger LLP. Mr. Holden represents a number of small and mid-sized privately held businesses as their general counsel. In this regard, Mr. Holden represents real estate developers, lenders, software development companies, construction companies, distributors, and manufacturers. Mr. Holden also represents a number of factoring companies, asset based lenders and purchase order financing companies. His experience includes negotiating the acquisition of a $185 million loan portfolio, structuring a $20 million asset based revolving line of credit facility, providing assistance for the acquisition of a three-hundred and fifty unit apartment complex, and structuring an $80 million asset sale.

    Bruce has a Martindale-Hubbell AV rating and is a member of the California and Orange County Bar Associations.  Mr. Holden’s educational achievements include JD, Pepperdine School of Law, MS, University of Michigan, and BS, University of Michigan.

  • Bill O' Connor, Chief Operating Officer

    Mr. O’Connor is an experienced manufacturing operations leader. With a track record in building, turning around and optimizing fundamental corporate infrastructure, technologies, processes, and measurement systems to increase revenues and improve bottom-line, Bill brings a sense of urgency to ACTS to further develop and expand areas of manufacturing operations excellence. Mr. O’Connor is a high-energy leader experienced in brand positioning, revenue growth financial management, with a demonstrated record of exceeding profitability goals. Serving in the capacity of Chief Operating Officer for ACTS CerarMix™ Solutions, Mr. O’Connor has a history of success, leading initiatives for sales, marketing, advertising and product management. His expertise in the manufacturing and building materials industries extends great working knowledge to the Company. Mr. O’Connor also possesses in depth knowledge in international patent laws and practices.

  • Edwin Bowles, Chief Information Officer

    Mr. Bowles is a highly successful, business technology executive with a servant-leader approach, specializing in entrepreneurial environments, rapid growth and turnaround opportunities. Innovative and results-oriented, Ed strategically and cost effectively utilizes technology in alignment with corporate goals. He excels at strategic planning, building high-performance teams, project management, implementing best practice methodologies, and continuous improvement programs. Mr. Bowles brings to ACTS CerarMix™ Solutions, thirty years of experience in information technology. His proven areas of expertise includes infrastructure design and implementation, technical support, development, architecture, management and leadership roles. Ed and Mr. Buehler have worked together on several projects over the past two decades.

  • Robert Flegal, Vice President of Manufacturing

    Robert is an enthusiastic, resourceful, results oriented professional with skills in leadership, procurement and project management. His Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) entrepreneur skills together with his sales and marketing ability will deliver a broad and confident service program for ACTS. Bob’s experience and track record in effectively communicating with people of diverse backgrounds, ages and levels of authority; collaborating in a team environment; and building relationships with decision-makers, customer, vendors and co-workers assists ACTS in our global journey with diverse applications. He has traveled the world and is prepared to do so again for ACTS.

    Robert’s experience includes supplying component parts to Fleetwood Motor Homes and other leading companies in the recreational vehicle industry. Such firms include Home Alert Inc. specializing in radio frequency digitized two-way communication transmitted to a monitoring center for utility companies, and the Electronic Products Investment Company that is an internet website company specializing in drop ship mail orders. He has been the lead in excess of 300 co-marketing programs, product demonstrations, event planning, and giveaways at industry tradeshows in support of new product launches.
    Robert holds an Associate of Science Degree in Electronics, Compton Junior College; Northrop Institute of Technology Majored in Electronic Engineering; Dale Carnegie trained in “Effective Speaking and Human Relations”.

  • Desmond Colleran, Corporate Advisor

    DES PHOTOSince leaving his tenure as Vice Principal of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, CA. Desmond has achieved many successes as a business consultant and strategist for small organizations regarding their business development and staffing issues.

    With strong capabilities in developing strategic marketing plans, Desmond’s clients include C-level managers, superior court judges, producers, media directors and attorneys who regard his experienced and professional direction of plan implementation as an invaluable resource.

    With his successful background as Chief Operations Officer for Cecala, the marketing arm of the National Dyslexia Research Foundation, Desmond brings to ACTS a broad dimension of executive management experience culminating with his previous involvement in various highly regarded non-profit and charitable organizations.

    Desmond’s goal with ACTS is to enhance the Company’s sustainability in the areas of finances, strategic direction and planning, as well as sales and marketing, analyzing all aspects of Company operations and present ongoing strategies for future success.

    Desmond is a graduate of All Hallows College, Dublin, Ireland and holds membership in the following organizations:  International Board, Director, Society for Advancement of Management;  Senior Consultant, Active Selection – Quest Career Marketing and Management Consulting;  Senior Business Analyst – International Profit Associates.

  • Dan Riedel, Senior Manufacturing Development Executive

    Mr. Riedel has a diverse background in manufacturing, building, real estate development, marketing, financing, and management.  Mr. Riedel’s family began in the timber and lumber business in 1905, and is a 3rd generation builder.  He is veteran of 50 years in the Industrialized Housing business in the Midwest and Southeast.  Benchmark Industries and its affiliates began operations in 1969 and were the first factory-built housing company to be approved under rules set forth in the Ohio Industrialized Housing Act of 1969.  Mr. Riedel has worked in every position in the family company from production, purchasing, engineering and sales to managerial positions of General Manager, Chief Operating Officer, and CEO.  He has personally directed the planning, development, building, financing, and management of over 25 multi-family and single-family residential communities.

    Serving as Senior Manufacturing Development Executive for ACTS CerarMix™ Solutions, Dan assists in identifying and establishing strategies for the company’s global manufacturing, operations and delivery activities.  His expertise in executing large-scale projects, creating highly efficient processes and procedures, and streamlining operations that result in improved productivity, multi-million dollar profitability, and sizeable cost-savings will have a major strategic impact on the long-term success of the company.  Dan’s access to numerous experienced and successful industry leaders delivers an unlimited supply of talent as needed to insure smooth and profitable growth over the many years to come.

  • Jim Girardi, Senior Sales Executive

    Jim Portrait 3Mr. Girardi brings extensive construction, fabrication, and marketing experience to ACTS CerarMix™ Solutions International.  Jim has been involved in the construction industry since the early age of 14.  Over the last 40+ years has been a residential builder and a commercial builder.  Jim has built high end, custom homes and supervised the building of commercial buildings in the greater Philadelphia area.  Early in his career Jim received many awards for his work, most recognized in the area of estimating and construction software.  He was the first person known to integrate estimating and accounting software on the PC platform.  He also worked within the Weyerhaeuser Corporation to develop the first CAD/Estimating package for the PC.  Jim has successfully established several national dealer and distribution networks for companies such as CMS, Construction Data Control, Timberline, and iConnect.  Jim resides in the Washington DC area and manages the political interface on ACTS behalf.

  • Robert Maynard, Executive Director of Global Housing Initiative

    Mr. Maynard is experienced in creating operational structures, taking them from conception, through growth, and into on-going business entities.  He has been responsible for and an operational partner in 18 start-up businesses and 27 P&L centers.  With over 33 years of business management success in operations, development, project management, supply chain logistics, sales and marketing, and acquisitions, Bob’s ability to generate and manage sales, analyze markets, and design and implement market development strategies will assist the company in developing affordable creative marketing campaigns to quickly attract, excite and acquire new loyal customers.

    Bob has extensive experience with “state of the art” building systems and construction management/project management services on a global basis.  Devoted to construction related endeavors, he founded the World Housing Foundation for the purpose of building replicated, low-cost, low maintenance, affordable housing projects in Third World countries and countries possessing emerging economies, as well as doing the same in developed countries.
    Bob’s ability to lead a national and international marketing campaign will help the ACTS Team design, implement and successfully employ targeted marketing with operations and processes being guided by systems and methodology that allows for efficient brokering and exporting CerarMix™ products and technologies and services on a worldwide basis, either through direct sell or as a participant in various projects as “Joint Effort” business partner.

  • Jonathan Riedel BMI, Senior Operations & Fulfillment Director

    Jonathan is a management and operational professional with 15+ years of experience managing sales and operations, taking firms from startup through periods of high growth and recognition as industry pacesetters.  A successful negotiator, Jonathan’s capabilities include directing the entire sales relationship, from identifying prospects through presentation, closing and continuous support through the entire project.  As part of the ACTS Team, Mr. Riedel will assist in managing operations, determine project scope, estimate and monitor budgets, schedule jobs, and source and supervise subcontractors and material suppliers.

  • Roger Wittrock BMI, Engineering and Quality Control Director

    Presently serving as Vice President of engineering and quality control staffs for Benchmark Homes, Brookfield, OH, Roger brings 40+ years in Industrialized Housing Industry to the ACTS Team.  Roger has extensive experience overseeing design and layout of single and multi-family models from preliminary design to final construction documents, both architectural and manufacturing, insuring adherence to all building code requirements.

  • George Kirby BMI, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing

    A seasoned background in manufacturing, building, and management.  A veteran of 47 years in the Industrialized Housing industry in the Midwest and Southeast.  Began after college as an assembler in Tallahassee, FL and rose through the ranks of management from group leader, foreman, production manager, and Vice President of Manufacturing.  He has personally directed the design, tooling, equipment, staffing, manning, and operation of 4 manufacturing facilities.  Participated in the design, engineering, and construction of complicated multi-family, multi-story buildings and pioneered many manufacturing systems to construct multi-story buildings in a factory.  As part of the ACTS Team, George will assist in the design, tooling and equipping of the CerarMix™ manufacturing plant in Philadelphia, Mississippi.

  • John Pardue BMI, Senior Project Director

    Mr. Pardue is a seasoned professional, with 30 years’ experience in building construction, composites and sales.  With vast knowledge in the Industrialized Housing Industry, John is a master carpenter, licensed builder, disaster housing inspector and has invented patent pending composite building panels.  John brings his skill and talents to the ACTS Team and will assist in the development of the CerarMix™ manufacturing plant operations beginning in Philadelphia, Mississipp.