Our Executive Team

William G. Hancock
President and Chief Executive Officer

William (Bill) Hancock joined Ready Corporation in early 2009 following a highly successful career as a transactional lawyer in the Richmond office of Troutman Sanders LLP (formerly Mays & Valentine) for over three decades. At Troutman Sanders, Bill founded and Chaired the annual Early Stage Capital Forum. Bills practice at Troutman Sanders focused on commercial real estate development and finance, legislative and regulatory matters relating to the life and health insurance industries, and issues affecting early stage companies, including strategy, corporate structure, capital formation and financing, among others. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from University of Virginia, attended Tulane University Law School and received his J.D. degree from the University of Richmond, where he sat on the Editorial Board of the University of Richmond Law Review. Bill has been a member of the Board of Directors of several diverse companies, including a publicly traded life and health insurance company, where he sat on the Investment Committee and served as General Counsel. Bill is author of numerous publications as well as a frequent speader on real estate and legal topics. He also achieved Martindale'Hubbell's highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. Bill has significant connections in Virginia's business, legal, civic and political arenas. His associations include the Greater Richmond Association of Commercial Real Estate, the Greater Richmond Technology Council, the Richmond Venture Forum and the Virginia and American Bar Associations. His community involvement activities extend to the Richmond Ballet / State Ballet of Virginia, Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts, Alliance for the Arts, Richmond Ronald McDonald House and a multitude of local not-for-profit health and human service organizations.

Fernand Baruch, Jr.
Senior VP,  Strategy

Fernand Baruch, Jr., Board member and investor - Ferd was formerly a Managing Director with Marsh, a subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan, where he worked for twenty four years. Prior to retiring, Ferd oversaw the Marsh region encompassing Maryland, D.C. and Virginia.  He graduated from Randolph-Macon College with a BA in Economics in 1973.  Ferd has and continues to serve on a number of non-profit boards, and has been an active investor in a number of real estate developments.  For fourteen years, Ferd has traveled frequently to Haiti, and has developed many relationships helpful to Ready Corporation Worldwide in its efforts there. 

J. Read Branch
Board of Directors

J. Read Branch has been a Senior Vice President and Investment Advisor at Davenport & Company for more than 22 years , having also served as the Head of Information Technology there for over 15 years. He graduated from the University of Virginia,  having attended the London School of Economics as part of his degree program. He has been involved in a number of startup companies including Ready on whose board he serves.

John L. Stinson
Jr. VP Construction

General Contractor in the Commonwealth of Virginia with over 39 years experience in construction of custom homes, remodels and light commercial buildings. Experience includes managing multiple subcontracting crews, bidding work and billing. Stinson has extensive experience in homebuilding in the US and Haiti.

Stephen A. Storey
VP Finance

Stephen brings to Ready Corporation over 25 years of business experience most of which has been in start-up companies. With a background in finance he helped raise over $75 million in development and growth capital to help fund these businesses. Stephen has experience in a number of industries including manufacturing, importing and distribution, retail and healthcare, as well as VOIP, mobile robotics and speech recognition technologies. Stephen began his business career working with a petroleum and gasoline wholesaler, participating in the start-up and development over a six-year period of a 40-unit convenience store and gas retail chain. He was one of five executives in a venture funded start-up that today operates a chain of 30 free-standing medical centers. After 12 years in healthcare Stephen took an executive position to help turnaround a first-to-market VOIP telecommunications company. Subsequently, he co-founded a company that is developing navigation & control software to automate commercial equipment. Before joining Ready Corporation Stephen was actively involved in a development-stage family business that is manufacturing high-end kitchen and bath cabinetry in China and importing the products for sale to dealer networks along the East Coast of the United States. Stephen has a penchant for high-growth companies with strategic planning being a particular strength. Stephen graduated with high honors from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an accounting major. Upon graduation, he worked in public accounting as a CPA with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Co. for five years in the audit, tax and small business groups.

Douglas W. Fodge, Ph.D.
Agricultural Advisor

Dr. Fodge has over 35 years of experience in Ag, Animal, and Chemical Industries. He was Head of the Experimental Cancer and Virus Lab in the Medical Science Department and Director of Biotechnology at Stanford Research Inst, Menlo Park, California. During this phase of his career, Dr. Fodge was a member of various R&D teams that commercialized many new products for Ag, Animal and Human use. Dr. Fodge and his son Damon Fodge comprise DFInternational. They are experts in plant and animal nutrition and sell yield enhancing agricultural and animal products in 50 countries around the world. DFInternational is a stakeholder in Ready and is actively working with Ready in several emerging growth countries.

Matthew Duke
Independent Contractor, Sales and Construction

Matt joins us in bringing his expertise in business development, finance, manufacturing, production, project management and construction. Matt is the V.P. of Duke Management Services (DMS), a family owned business, managing a $25 million real estate portfolio with $4.5 million a year in revenue, comprised of 7 self storage facilities in Virginia and Florida, three portable storage businesses and 35 apartment units. Since 2001, as a principal, Matt has acquired and constructed over $10 million in new residential construction and rehabilitation projects, acquired and developed $30 million in real estate projects. In 2004, Matt was a founding partner of EZBox portable storage. EZBox developed its own proprietary delivery system as well as its own storage container. DMS is also the manufacturer of the storage container. DMS has manufactured over $4 million storage containers. Matt’s business and finance experience, knowledge of the construction industry, manufacturing, production, and project management is a valued and critical aspect to the growth of our company. Matt is a licensed Class A building contractor in the state of Virginia with real field experience in the alternative building methods of CAF, modular construction, insulated concrete forms, precast modular concrete foundations, and steel framing. Matt also has three years of experience in all aspects of site work, road building, and commercial and residential utility installation. An alumnus of College of Charleston in South Carolina, Matt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He is an excellent asset to our company and we are pleased to welcome him aboard.

Bob Brown
Product Engineering - Independent Contractor

Bob Brown has over 20 years experience in engineering, technical sales, sales management, new product development and patent procurement. His experience includes a combined 15 years in the pulp and paper and compressed agricultural fiber (CAF) panel industries. Prior to joining Ready Corporation, Bob served as Sr. Vice President for Durra Building Systems, a small, privately owned CAF panel manufacturer based in North Texas. As Senior Vice President, he was responsible for all sales and general business management activities. In his first year at Durra, Bob generated more sales than the company had realized in its entire six year prior existence. He obtained a $150,000 USDA value-added producer grant, and assisted ownership in securing additional operating capital assistance; despite approximately $12 million in owner-held debt/notes. Bob wrote and procured seven Durra-assigned patents and has 4 more currently pending. Prior to joining Durra, Bob was Central Region Sales Manager for International Paper Company’s Containerboard and Kraft Division where he was responsible for the division’s largest region with an annual sales budget exceeding $150 million. He led product development teams, interfaced with outside patent counsel and was selected to participate in a division-wide operational cost-cutting audit wherein over $50 million in manufacturing and operating costs were identified and eliminated. Bob has a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University and an MS in Material Science and Engineering from The University of North Texas. He holds an Executive Education Certificate in Marketing from The Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. He is a registered patent agent; passed the US Patent and Trademark Office exam for agents and attorneys in 1999 and holds registration no. 44,567. Bob is a member of The National Association of Patent Practitioners (NAPP), Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI), and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).