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Gregory J. Nowak

In Memory of Gregory J. Nowak

Securities attorney and domain expert Gregory J. Nowak, one of the country’s leading innovative thinkers on the impact to the financial markets of digital and blockchain technologies, was Joe Besecker's long-time lawyer and collaborator. Together, Besecker and Nowak understood the incredible disruptive potential for blockchain technologies and tokenization. This resulted in the formation of Wazuzu in 2020. Sadly, Nowak passed away unexpectedly on April 11, 2021, leaving his colleagues devastated, but determined to honor Nowak’s life and work with success for their clients and Wazuzu.

Joe
Joseph E. Besecker is the founder, president, and chief executive officer of Emerald Asset Management PA, LLC, parent company to four subsidiary investment advisory firms. With more than 30 years of experience in the money management business, Besecker had been intrigued by the transformative potential of digital collectibles for years.

Wazuzu, Inc. is a holding company that creates value for its partners, customers, and stakeholders by leveraging a variety of innovative blockchain technologies. It is the brainchild of a broad group of unusually forward-thinking and experienced business builders.

Joseph E. Besecker is the founder, president, and chief executive officer of Emerald Asset Management PA, LLC, parent company to four subsidiary investment advisory firms. With more than 30 years of experience in the money management business, Besecker quickly recognized the transformative potential of digital collectibles. He teamed up with tech start-up veteran Paul Slaats of the private equity firm Milestone Partners, who has been integral to more than two dozen technology businesses, from inception to exit, including IPOs.

Seeing the application of blockchain technologies and tokenization across all aspects of the economy and understanding the need for regulatory compliance, they founded Wazuzu in 2020. Today, with a team possessing a unique combination of capital markets and business building expertise, Wazuzu is helping its clients exploit and accelerate all of the opportunities that tokenization represents. The Wazuzu team believes that blockchain technologies will transform existing business models and create some of the most useful and valuable asset classes in the history of the world -- unique, personal, digital, secure, and applicable in most every sphere of our lives.

The name Wazuzu is loosely based on the powerful Chinese myth of the nine sons of the Emperor Dragon, in which the dragons are seen as connectors between the ethereal, conceptual space and the unlimited potential of the real world. To the Wazuzu founders, tokenized assets represent something we could only dream of a few years ago – the ability of everyday people to generate unique content that is verifiable, permanent, unlimited in potential, and traded easily and without the need for formal markets.

Today, Wazuzu is building multiple verticals including: