Artfest International, Inc. has been in the art business as gallery owners and operators since 2003. From this experience, we discovered an unfilled need for businesses and individuals, centered on the industries of art and home decor, to have a more comprehensive way to expand their marketing presence beyond their physical locations and company websites. Directors and Executive Officer Edward Vakser, President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board Edward Vakser, who was the President and Chief Executive Officer of ACHI since 2004 now holds the same position with us. For the past 24 years, Mr. Vakser has been involved in a multitude of enterprises including owning the second largest staging company in North Texas and producing some of the largest corporate and entertainment industries events. He has been awarded several growth and performance industry awards. For over 10 years, Mr. Vakser has been working on several intellectual property concepts including ACHI, 3D Concert, Wrestling, Ultimate Fighting and Extreme Sports, along with a multitude of art, recording, and performing artists. Edward Vakser currently serves as ARTI President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board.
Larry D. Ditto, Ph. D., Director Larry D. Ditto has been involved with ARTI since early 2005 as its then CEO and was later appointed President and Chairman of the Board of Directors. In 1979, Mr. Ditto became President, CEO, and 50% owner of a business that provided group purchasing programs for nursing homes. He specialized in negotiating agreements with suppliers forpurchasesof hundred of millions of dollars. The company was sold in 1996 to its largest competitor, and he accepted a work/consulting agreement with the new owners. His contract ended in 2006. In 1967, Mr. Ditto completed an MA in elementary administration and entered the doctoral program at Michigan State University as a teaching fellow. Mr. Ditto currently serves on the ARTI Board of Directors.