J.R. "Eddie" Orton III
Eddie Orton earned his law degree at the University of California in Berkeley as a member of the Law Review. After serving briefly as a law clerk in the United States Court of Appeals in San Francisco, Orton joined the family company as West Coast Manager and Trader for RSM Company, a domestic and international textile trading company based in North Carolina. For five years he was responsible for trade in Mexico, Italy, Peru and Japan. Under his management, the Oakland office produced an annual turnover of approximately $10 million. As owner of RSM, Orton now serves as vice-chairman of the board.
In 1984, Mr. Orton began his real estate investments, specializing in mixed-use industrial rehabilitation development in the San Francisco Bay Area. His real estate partnerships have owned and developed approximately 11 million square feet of property.
Orton also founded BoomerangIt, Inc. (www.boomerangit.com), which sells leading-edge database applications, including the "VIN for everything else."
Education & Degrees
JD, Boalt Hall School of Law, 1979 BA,
University of California, Berkeley, 1976
Maria Holmes has been part of the ODI team since 1999. She is a graduate of the University of National and World Economics in Sofia, Bulgaria, with a Business Management degree. With a background in graphic design and technology, she is currently behind the marketing of Boomerangit.com and NationalBikeRegistry.com, leading online return services and ODI sister companies. Maria also facilitated the launch of The Globe Newspapers in 2004, a Bay Area weekly community publication under the advisory of ODI.