Key Management Team - ESP Corporate
The ESP Management Team is comprised of individuals with strong, successful, industry-specific backgrounds.
This combined experience includes Business Development, Finance, and Management and Commercial/Residential Construction pertaining to Environmental impacts and Energy awareness with the focus to ensure healthy living environments.
Edward L. Torres, Chairman, CEO - ESP Corporate
Edward Torres was raised in Long Island, New York and lived for most of his life in Los Angeles before moving to Palm Springs, California in July 2001.
Mr. Torres has more than 25 years of business development experience as an Entrepreneur in several professional industries. He has a Bachelors Degree in Business Development.
In 1996, he participated in the acquisition of Commercial Labor Management, Inc., a public entity, and arranged its reverse merger with Voyant, Inc. (formally Zeros & Ones, Inc.), a technology company currently traded on the bulletin board. During 1996, Mr. Torres participated in the formation of Joint Employers Group; a California based professional employer organization. Overseeing the companys marketing and sales division, he was instrumental in increasing its revenue from $100,000 in 1995 to $65 million in 2001. In 2003, Mr. Torres arranged the sale of Joint Employers Group to ITEC, a publicly-traded company in the Human Resource industry.
Mr. Torres, through his company Pro-Active Business Services, founded Contempo Homes
All of the homes built by Contempo Homes, Inc. incorporate distinct architectural
design, modern conveniences, and green technology, also known as ContempoGREEN and
EcoModern. Under his leadership the combination of these various elements made Contempo
Homes unique and desirable.
Mr. Torres serves on several task forces and on a variety of boards and committees for the building industry and moisture management organizations.
Peng Lee - Chief Science Officer
Mr. Lee is a nationally recognized leader in the field of indoor environmental air quality, building inspection and infrared/acoustic detection as it relates to its use in the areas of energy, air quality, building safety and wood-destroying insects. As Chief Science Officer he will provide ESP and its Division’s scientific leadership and expertise in research and development; and evaluate and set scientific priorities for new and emerging products and business opportunities.
Lee comes to ESP from HomeSafe Home Services where he co-founded the company which is recognized as the nation’s pioneer in the utilization of infrared for home inspections, air quality and energy assessments, and termite detection. While at HomeSafe, Lee developed six patents and has three more pending related to infrared and acoustic building inspections, termite detections, energy and indoor air quality inspections.
Prior to co-founding HomeSafe Lee served as an Applied Researcher at the University of Mississippi’s National Center for Physical Acoustics for 11 years. Lee designed various highly advanced acoustical systems for the detection of insect infestations. In this capacity he was recruited to assist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's ‘Operation Full Stop’ a project aimed at combating imported Formosan subterranean termite infestations in New Orleans’ French Quarter district.
Lee has published and presented numerous research papers including in-depth research on a variety of insect behaviors and acoustic alteration of insect behavior. He has consulted for various governmental groups, departments and agencies including NASA, World Bank/China EPA, USDA, United States Custom Service, United States Forest Service and USAID. Mr. Lee’s expertise has also been utilized by leading corporations including Whirlpool, Oreck & Regina Vacuum Cleaner, Inc. and Emerson Electric Company, Inc. among others.
Lee holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Science in Computer and Information Science. He is a licensed Home Inspector, ASHRAE Energy Auditor and Trainer, a BPI Energy Audit Trainer, a licensed pest control operator, and a Certified Indoor Environmentalist. He holds membership in the American Society for Non-Destructive Testing; Indoor Air Quality Association; Entomological Society of America; National Association of Mold Professionals and is a USAID Technical Review Board Member and was appointed by the Governor of Mississippi to serve on the Mississippi Home Inspection Board of which he recently served as president.
Kevin J. Seddon - Director of Division Operations
Mr. Seddon joins ESP as Director of Division Operations and General Manager of HomeSafe Inspection, Inc. Mr. Seddon is co-founder of HomeSafe Inspection, Inc., the nation’s leader in home, energy/air quality and termite inspection technology.
Rarely can you find the diversity of experience that Seddon brings to ESP. He has held senior management positions in corporations and started businesses focused on publishing, trade show management, industry associations, Open Source (Linux) software curriculum development and certifications, medical acoustics, infrared technology and energy, air quality and building inspection.
As Founder and President of HomeSafe, he led the company to in the successful approval of six (6) patents. Three (3) additional patents are currently under review by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. These patents center on advanced inspections utilizing infrared and acoustic technologies that allow building inspectors to "see" and "hear" through the walls, floors and ceilings of a property.
Prior to founding HomeSafe, Seddon was CEO of Oxford Publishing, Inc., which produced the hospitality industry’s leading trade magazines as well as one of the largest food and beverage trade shows in the world. During his time with Oxford Publishing, Seddon increased the company's gross revenue from approximately 1 million to approximately more than 10 million.
Additionally Mr. Seddon’s career includes ownership of Vision Creek Enterprises, a national marketing firm, and part owner and Vice President of Operations of Sair Linux & GNU, which at the time was the leading developer of training materials and certification examinations for the Linux computer operating system. While Seddon handled operations with Sair, the company developed the world’s first comprehensive Linux training curriculum and certification program. Seddon is also President and Owner of Sanus Medical Acoustics, a company which developed acoustic hemostasis devices for the United States Department of Defense and assisted in development of a home tornado warning alarm.
Seddon holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Mississippi and has done post graduate work at the University of Memphis. As Director of Division Operations, Seddon will be responsible for all ESP Divisions and future acquisitions.
Seddon is currently a board member for the University of Mississippi Ed and Becky Meek School of Journalism and serves on several local community organization boards.
Mark B. Chitjian, Director of Human Resources
Mr. Chitjian has been with ESP from its inception as a Human Resources Consultant and has handled many special projects including investor relations. His human resource experience is from Ernst & Young, LLP in Los Angeles where he worked first for the firm Ernst & Whinney in 1985 and stayed throughout the merger with Arthur Young, LLP to form Ernst & Young, LLP until 1997.
Mr. Chitjian began his tenure with Ernst & Whinney as a regional specialist in campus recruiting. Recognized for his outstanding work for the firm, Mr. Chitjian was given increasing levels of responsibility. He served as Assistant Director of Human Resources for the Region offices including Century City, Long Beach, and Woodland Hills. He went on to supervise and train many of the firm’s professionals on a variety of Human Resource topics.
Mr. Chitjian’s experience in the field includes a partnership in the firm of Markar Associates, Inc. a family owned professional recruitment firm. As such he managed the Larchmont Village Branch Office in Los Angeles and worked with the headquarters office based near South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa.
Mr. Chitjian is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship Emphasis. He was involved in many college honors organizations, a campus tour guide, yell leader and a member of the social system Greek fraternity Phi Kappa Psi.
Born in New York and raised in Long Island he moved with his family to Orange County in the early 1970’s. After spending 20 years of his professional career in Los Angeles he moved to Palm Springs which has been his permanent residence for the last 10 years.
Key Management Teams - Subsidiaries
Pete Torres - Environmental Safeguard Professionals, Inc.
Pete M. Torres, age 57, has been the Vice President of Sales and
Marketing of the Company since 2005. Mr. Torres has owned and operated several
businesses in the past 30 years. His background in sales and marketing has afforded him
opportunities in developing businesses from a pioneer stage to regional and national
levels. With his ability to work with and manage employees, Mr. Torres has developed
the insight to place individuals in appropriate occupational positions to create a team
to lead companies. Mr. Torres’s recent accomplishes include: (1) establishing Timeless
Creations in 1987 to fulfill a need in the Home Center Industry which designed a custom
bathroom counter top program, with self service client displays. The concept was sold
to several large home centers in over 100 stores in the western United States,
generating annual sales of $3.5 million. (2) In 1991 Mr. Torres established MUSAC
International, an import distribution company which imported bathroom fixtures and
natural stone products from Mexico and China. These products were placed into several
national home center companies such as Home Depot, Lowes & Menards. In 1997, MUSAC
established a Saltillo Flooring Plant in Monterrey, Mexico that placed programs into
several regional and national home centers such as Home Base and Home Depot in the
Southeastern United States and Canadian markets. Annual revenues averaged $8.3 million
during this period. (3) In 1998 Mr. Torres merged MUSAC International with 3 J Company,
creating MUSAC, 3J International. Mr. Torres became the Vice President of Sales and
Marketing and developed direct sourcing from China. He established a direct source of
cast iron sinks, tubs and bathroom fixture programs. During the first two years Mr.
Torres secured four factories in China, negotiated pricing and terms, and established a
complete retail program to place in national home centers such as Home Depot and
Menards. Revenues were $11.5 million annually. Mr. Torres sold his ownership in 2003.
(4) In 2004 Mr. Torres established JP GLOBAL, a Mexico and China sourcing and marketing
investment company. In 2004 JP Global along with Pro-Active Business Services acquired
28 territories of Company franchises. (5) In 2005 Mr. Torres became the Vice President
of Sales and Marketing of the Company to establish a national marketing campaign. Mr.
Torres plans to establish a successful regional and national campaign for the Company
to become the first national franchise company in its industry. (6) Mr. Torres has
completed certifications as a Certified Level Two Mold Assessor by the Board of the
American Society of Professional Real Estate Inspectors as well as an ESA-certified
inspector to perform mold assessments and tests for insurance companies. Mr. Torres
currently is a member of the PIA Insurance Committee to create the mold/water intrusion
survey standards for the United States, which is scheduled for June 2006.