Jay Messer has served as Senior Vice-President/Corporate Development since October 2001. Prior to joining Tempra, from 1983 to present, Mr. Messer was President of Stonearch Corporation, a consulting firm that specialized in raising venture capital and developing strategic business alliances. He has served as a business consultant to such companies as USAA, Ford Motor Company, Arthur Andersen & Company and a number of Fortune 500 companies. Prior to Stonearch Corporation, from 1975 to 1983, Mr. Messer was Chairman of United Trust Fund, a leading real estate investment fund that developed in excess of two billion dollars of commercial real estate. From 1963 to 1975 Mr. Messer was Vice-President, Director of Corporate Development for the Howard Johnson Company. During that period he directed the strategic and tactical planning for the development and licensing of hundreds of restaurants and hotels across the U.S. and internationally. Mr. Messer holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence from New York Law School and a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University.