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Executive Team

Executive Team

Legal Representation & Management Team

Partner, Ater Wynne

Ernie Bootsma


Ernie Bootsma represents start-up and growth stage businesses, as well as more mature companies in the areas of intellectual property (copyright, trademark, trade secret) media, licensing and entertainment law.  His practice encompasses the formation, financing, corporate governance, IP due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, and transactional fields.  He has negotiated and closed complex merger and acquisition transactions, planned and counseled clients with regard to intellectual property protection and maintenance, provided internet/e-commerce, domain name, website, entertainment, media and advertising counseling and copyright advice, structured and implemented licensing and distribution arrangements, and handled debt and equity financing transactions for clients in a wide variety of industries.  Ernie also counsels physicians and physician practice groups in a wide variety of business structural issues in response to state and federal legislation.


CPA, Partner, KS&Co

Peter Buss


Peter focuses on serving public companies, venture backed, and pre-public companies. Peter has built a niche in providing ASC 740 and other tax consulting services to over 20 public companies up and down the West Coast. Additionally, Peter oversees the corporate tax compliance team, handling income tax preparation for both public and private companies.


Peter serves as the outsourced tax department for both public and large private companies in Portland, handling all tax related matters for these companies. In many instances, Peter works as a liaison between the client and the Big 4 audit firm on tax accounting matters. Working directly with the Big 4 has allowed Peter to maintain and strengthen his technical proficiency in the area of ASC 740. With the heightened independence requirements required by the SEC and PCAOB, Peter has filled a necessary void for many public companies.


Peter assists numerous companies on a routine basis with their tax purchase accounting issues, and has developed a strong focus in this area. Additional technical tax accounting topics Peter regularly consults on include FAS 123R, FIN 18, and FIN 48 adoption and maintenance.


Peter was with Ernst & Young in San Francisco prior to joining KS&Co as a partner in 2004. When Peter is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Loridel, and daughter, Isabella.



Steve Mahon


Steve Mahon worked as an executive, technical manager and engineer in the semiconductor and thin film industries for over 35 years. He has held positions for Cascade Microtech, TriQuint Semiconductor, Electronic Decisions and Hewlett Packard in addition to being active in industry association. Steve is currently a freelance technology and management consultant associated working in the areas of microwave acoustics and compound semiconductors. Steve is also active in the greater Portland area entrepreneurial community and volunteering with the business school of WSU-Vancouver mentoring students and local small businesses. Steve has electrical engineering degrees from the University of Illinois and Stanford University.


Founder / CTO:

Ralph McCarthy


Ralph McCarthy is the founder of PacLab Analytics®, a technology company in the Oregon Cannabis industry with a Bio-data Analytics focus. He was an Intel Senior Process Technology Development Engineer for 10 years, with expertise in statistical process control systems, quality control in ISO 9000 environments, and the management and implementation of next-generation technology development projects which improved yield to record-setting levels and reduced costs by millions of dollars. He was also a member of the Intel College of Engineering faculty, where a he led a team of engineers in the development and teaching of a graduate level engineering course. Prior to that he was an engineer at Texas Instruments where he introduced new process technologies which shortened the next-generation technology development cycle. In recognition of his contributions, he was invited to publish and speak at the TI Yield Symposium. Ralph McCarthy has an MS in Electrical Engineering and a BS in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from the University of Minnesota.


Co-Founder / COO:

Samia Arram


Samia Arram is the Co-Founder and COO of PacLab Analytics®. She has served over 20 years in the medical industry; both in capital equipment and services businesses. In 2009, Samia Arram and her co-owners launched MD Office Solutions; a startup nuclear cardiology mobile imaging services company which operated in northern California and serviced over 45 physicians. in 2015, MD Office Solutions was sold to Digirad, a publicly held company based in Atlanta Georgia. During her tenure at MDOS, Samia served as the COO and helped grow the business into a profitable services company. Samia’s expertise lie in Marketing, business development and strategic alliance. She has been named on multiple patents and published many articles in the medical journals. Samia received her Masters from the University of Phoenix, her Nuclear Medicine degree from the Mayo Clinic and her Bachelors of Science from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Samia continues to be involved in the community and has special interest in minority and women organizations.



Richard Vireday


Richard Vireday is the CIO of PacLab Analytics®, focusing on the IT DevOps and Analytics Technology development for the company. With 3 other ex-Intel engineers, he co-founded an engineering design firm. He was an Intel Software Engineer for 31 years, with expertise in large scale Software Development. During his time as an Interoperability Engineer, he worked on many of the Intel Pre-Production Systems (SDPs), from the latest Android Tablets and Phones, to Desktops, Workstations, Servers and Microservers. He volunteered in 2005 and 2007 to coordinate the Intel support of CMU and Stanford for the DARPA Grand Challenges on Autonomous Vehicles. Richard received his Masters Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Oregon Graduate Institute, and his Bachelors of English from Willamette University. He stays involved with the software community thru IEEE, PNSQC, the PDX Eliminati and various local Portland-area meetups.


Chief Compliance Officer:

Gary Ward, PhD


Dr. Gary K. Ward serves as a The Chief Compliance Officer and Principal Laboratory Scientist at PacLab Analytics.


Previously, Dr. Ward was one of 5 voting technical experts on the California Cannabis Industry Association’s (CCIA) Quality Committee advising California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) on cannabis rules.


Dr. Ward was the Oregon ORELAP Administrator in the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory for the last 6 years. (ORELAP is the state agency that regulates environmental and cannabis testing labs in the Oregon.)


Dr. Ward served as Laboratory Director at Accutest Laboratories-Denver. Before that, he was Vice President, Chief Quality Officer and Ethics Officer, and IT Director at Columbia Analytical Services, Inc., the 3rd largest laboratory network in the country. He has extensive government and private industry laboratory experience. Gary has served as Director of three NOAA laboratories and was Chairperson of the Interagency Committee for Water-Data Acquisition.


While at US EPA Headquarters, he served as Deputy Branch Chief of the Analytical Support Branch of the Superfund program and was National Program Manager of the Contract Laboratory Program (CLP). The CLP had over 100 laboratories analyzing all the samples in the national hazardous waste sites. In this capacity, he also helped develop and write a number of CLP and SW-846 analytical methods, including ICP/MS and hi-res GC/MS/MS.


Dr. Ward is an experienced 3rd party assessor certified by the US EPA for organics, inorganics, radiochemistry, microbiology and Cryptosporidium.


He has participated in NELAP and TNI for many years and was TNI’s representative on the US delegation to assist China’s State EPA in preparation for the Olympics. He also served on the ACIL (American Council of Independent Laboratories) Technical Committee and as a member of the TNI Chemistry Expert Committee helped develop the current national Method Detection Limit (MDL) procedure.


Dr. Ward has over 140 technical publications and presentations.



Grant Canary


Grant Canary is a serial entrepreneur with experience in startups ranging from sustainable insect protein to drone-powered forestry. He oversaw the acquisition of his previous company after raising $10M in venture capital. Currently, he is the Chief Executive Officer at DroneSeed, Inc. The clean-tech startup is the first to receive approval by the FAA for using multiple drones to deliver agricultural payloads (fertilizers, herbicides, and water). He also publishes articles and interviews that explore the startup world and share some of his experiences.

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