Our Key Team Members

Richard Dean Starr

Interim CEO and Senior Project Manager

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Richard Dean Starr is a senior project manager, marketing expert, and former copywriter. His work for Diamond Pacific Media Group has boasted Fortune 500 clients including The Walt Disney Company, Walt Disney Imagineering, Apple, Hilton, Villa Hotels (Maldives), and many others.  

In addition, as an author, screenwriter and/or editor he has written and sold more than 200 articles, columns, stories, books, screenplays and graphic novels.  During the course of his 22-year career as a professional writer, Richard has created or overseen all-new stories for such world-famous characters as Hellboy, Zorro, The Lone Ranger, The Phantom, The Green Hornet’s Kato, Sherlock Holmes, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, and many more.

Originally a freelance creative for Diamond Pacific Media Group, Richard first conceived the business model for Eread Technologies, Inc. in late 2009 and saw it become reality in the Fall of 2012. Under his interim leadership, Eread Technologies applied for – and was granted – the U.S. Trademark for Ereading.com® in early 2013. This “million dollar domain” is instantly recognizable because of its obvious association with the word “ereading”, a term that is now synonymous with digital books and online bookselling worldwide.

Erin R. Bower

Co-Founder and President

Bower, Erin-2-COLORFor almost seven years, Erin R. Bower has been special assistant to Richard Dean Starr, a position whose rapidly shifting priorites require her to wear many hats; from web coder and sales person, to project manager, researcher, editor and even co-writer.

Originally from Cleveland, OH, Erin graduated magna cum laude with Honors from Cleveland State University in 2008. After moving to Los Angeles in early 2009, Erin has developed a post-collegiate reputation as a strong organizer, able to adapt easily to new categories of information, as well as an excellent manager of personnel and resources—all gained through 12 years working for various retailers, as a creative intern with the prominent non-profit publisher Les Figues Press, and as an author and editor of poetry, including her poem, JAMES BROWN IN SPRINGTIME, chosen to appear in the recent Browm anthology, SAY IT LOUD, essay and licensed short stories for world-famous characters such as Sherlock Holmes and The Lone Ranger, both in which she appeared alongside multiple New York Times best-selling authors.

Muhammad Raza

Chief Financial Officer

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Muhammad, or "Raza" as he likes to be called, is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (the equivalent of a CPA in the U.S.). He has over nine years of experience in the financial industry, having worked with prominent commercial clients including Grant Thornton and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has also served as an Internal Auditor for Shirazi Trading Company (Private) Limited. Raza has extensive experience consulting and managing the financials for a variety of start-ups in the U.S. and around the world.  In the United States alone he has provided business, financial and operational planning for over fifty start-up companies.  Raza will be moving to the U.S. in 2015 to run the Eread Technologies, Inc.™ Los Angeles office.

Ali Touqeer

Project Manager

Touqeer, Ali-1-COLORAli Touqeer holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from the University of the Punjab, the largest institution of higher learning in Pakistan.  He began his career as a web developer at ISU Web Solutions and later joined GrayMath Technology Consulting Company, a software development firm, where he began as a Quality Assurance Engineer before being promoted to Senior Project Coordinator after two years of service.  Ali has managed web design and web architecture teams serving large corporations, small and mid-size businesses, and clients from numerous industries.  He also holds a Customer Requirements Analysis certification from BrainBench, Inc. In addition, Ali writes and speaks flawless English as well as both Punjabi and Urdu.