L.A. “Gus” Gornto, Jr., JD, LLM
L. A. "Gus" Gornto, Jr., JD, LLM, CPA
PROFESSIONAL AND BUSINESS BACKGROUND
With Gornto & Gornto, P.A. - Attorney at Law
Provide legal services to individuals and businesses (private and publicly held) in the areas of corporations, LLCs, partnerships, trusts, contracts, taxation, estate planning, succession planning, asset protection, business mergers/acquisitions, real estate transactions and venture capital.
With HTE, Inc. - NASDAQ company.
Member of Board Directors, Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel
Also, served as CFO during HTE's IPO.
HTE, Inc. merged into SunGard Data Systems, Inc. ( NYSE company) in April 2003.
With DemandStar.com, Inc. - OTC company.
Member of Board Directors, Executive Vice President, Secretary, General Counsel and CFO
DemandStar.com, Inc. merged into Onvia.com, Inc. (NASDAQ company) in March 2001.
With Jerrico, Inc. - NASDAQ company (parent company of Long John Silver’s Restaurants).
Senior Vice President-Finance, Treasurer and CFO
1,356 restaurants - Responsible for planning, acquisitions, accounting, budgeting, treasury, tax, M.I.S. and investor relations activities. Managed staff of approximately 334 personnel; Responsible for annual budgets: administrative $10,000,000, capital expenditures $75,000,000. Member of the steering, budget and development committees.
With Red Lobster Restaurants, Inc. (former subsidiary of General Mills, Inc.)
Executive Vice President, Treasurer and CFO
275 restaurants - Personally developed and responsible for legal, real estate, construction, licensing, design, facilities, treasury, accounting, M.I.S., budgeting, strategic planning and research activities. Managed staff of approximately 325 personnel; Responsible for annual budgets: administrative $7,000,000, capital expenditures $40,000,000. Member of Board of Directors, Executive Policy Committee, Financial Fiduciary of Employee Profit Sharing Plan and President of Aqua Culture Farms, Ltd. (Red Lobster owned enterprise located in Honduras, C.A.).
EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS
Graduate: LLM - Taxation, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
JD - Law, University of Florida School of Law, Gainesville, Florida
Undergraduate: BS - Accounting, Valdosta State College, Valdosta, Georgia
Licensed Attorney at Law, Florida and Georgia
Board Certified Tax Lawyer - Florida Bar
Certified Public Accountant, Florida and Georgia