External Board of Directors

Kevin Canavan, Esquire

Kevin Canavan is a partner in the Philadelphia Toxic Tort group at Schwartz Campbell LLC. Mr. Canavan also handles contract disputes, bankruptcy, estate planning and trusts. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania. Mr. Canavan attended Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School, and graduated with honors from Lafayette College, in Easton, Pennsylvania. He majored in Government and Law. He earned his Juris Doctor from Villanova University School of Law in 1979.  Mr. Canavan is a member of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations. From 1986 to 1991, he was on the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Committee on Special Events. Mr. Canavan is a member of the Board of Directors of ZPT Foundation and the Tau Chapter Association of Zeta Psi Fraternity at his alma mater, Lafayette.  Mr. Canavan has been the trustee of the J. Wood Platt Scholarship Trust of the Philadelphia Golf Association since 2003.

Brian McAdams

Brian McAdams has served as a Chief Executive Officer for more than 25 years.  He began his rise in business as a well-known packaged goods advertising executive.  He founded McAdams and Ong with Tom Ong in 1977 and acquired the Mel Richman design agency in 1985, then named McAdams, Richman and Ong.  The agency won more than 1000 creative awards before it was sold in 1996. In 1994 he was elected CEO of National Media Corporation (NYSE), one of the world’s largest television direct marketing companies. He became CEO of My Help Desk Inc. in Boston, an award-winning technology company, and then became CEO of Passport Express in Providence, Rhode Island.  The Company became the largest expediter of passports and visa to consumers in the US.  In 2004, he co-founded what was to become Emtec Inc. and served as Vice Chairman of this large technology systems and services company until 2010. Today he serves as Chairman of three technology companies and serves on a number of corporate boards. He is also a partner in Cecond Opinion, a corporate advisory for C Level executives. During his career he served as Chairman of many civic and charitable organizations including the Boy Scouts and the Better Business Bureau. He graduated from St Joseph’s University Haub School of Business. In 1996 he was inducted into the School’s business Hall of fame.  He was also named Communications ‘Man of the Year’, frequently recognized for his accomplishments and has received numerous accolades and awards throughout his career.

Richard O’Brien

Richard O’Brien, has broad experience in acquisitions and as a consultant and attorney in the insurance industry.   Until September 2003, he was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Mutual Risk Management Ltd, a Bermuda based insurance and financial services firm listed on the NYSE. At Mutual Risk, he had primary responsibility for the company’s active Mergers and Acquisition program completing in excess of twenty-five transactions between 1995 and 2002. He also oversaw the company’s expansion into the financial services business.  From 1981 until 1995, Mr. O’Brien was a partner and associate at Dunnington Bartholow & Miller, a law firm in New York City focusing on assisting foreign companies in registration and reporting requirements with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and in public and private financing transactions in the U.S.  Mr. O’Brien is admitted to practice law in New York and Ireland. He is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin with an honors degree in Economics and Politics.