My name is Brian Rust, and I have worked in the public accounting profession in Orlando, Florida for the past 4.5 years. I also have held an active notary commission and real estate broker’s license from the State of Florida for the past eight years.
I consider myself fortunate in that my career and passion for blockchain technology overlap. I work to spearhead the professional services offered nationally by my firm for clients operating in the diverse cryptocurrency and blockchain industry. My recent projects include tax compliance and planning for high net worth individuals, many of whom were either early adopters or founders of various cryptocurrencies, strategic tax consulting for technology companies pursuing ICO funding, and operational consulting for large scale cryptocurrency mining operations. I am also a member of our firm’s national federal tax strategies team where I perform R&D studies to secure tax credits for startups investing in the development of new technology and processes.
As an active member of a large investment group comprised of multinational technology, legal and finance professionals, I also personally invest in projects that drive blockchain ecosystem growth. Our group identifies projects with strong teams, then performs due diligence, research and technical analysis. If aligned with our fundamental values and goals, we work vigorously to partner with the project’s founders to capitalize and grow their community. These projects are personally important to my wife and I as we have family members living in parts of the world where there is a real and immediate need for solutions that help bank the unbanked.
I would like to pledge both my personal and professional reputation to the POA Network by serving as an independent Validator. I have studied the POA GitHub Wiki – https://github.com/poanetwork/wiki - and discussed the role with independent Validators to better understand the responsibilities. I recognize that a validator is required to participate in on-chain governance, maintain their node at all times and act in good faith. I look forward to the opportunity to fulfill these responsibilities. I am in the process of deploying a Sokol (Test) Network bootnode to familiarize myself with the process, and will be ready to deploy a Validator node when allowed.
The POA Network team and community are to be commended for their invested time, effort and capital. Active communities like POA Network offer an exceptional environment for projects to grow, evolve, develop, and foster long-term success. Thank you for your consideration.
Full name: Brian M. Rust
Florida Notary ID #: 1288979
Florida Notary Commission #: FF 142754
Commission Expiration Date: July 16, 2022 (renewed from July 16, 2018 exp)
Florida Department of State notary lookup: http://notaries.dos.state.fl.us/not001.html