Information Regarding the Director Nominees (Class III)
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ALFRED V. TOBIA, Jr
Alfred V. Tobia, Jr. .
Directors with Terms Expiring in 2019 (Class I)
FRED A. deBOOM
Director, Principal Sonfad Associates Mr. deBoom has served as a Director since February 1995. Mr. deBoom has been a principal in Sonfad Associates since June 1993. Sonfad Associates is a Los Angeles-based investment banking firm that is involved in mergers and acquisitions, private debt and equity placements, strategic and financial business planning, leveraged buy-outs and ESOP funding, bank debt refinance, asset based and lease financing, and equity for debt restructuring. Previously, he was employed as a Vice President of Tokai Bank for five years and as a Vice President of Union Bank for eight years. Mr. deBoom received his B.A. degree from Michigan State University and his M.B.A. degree from the University of Southern California.
JAMES F. SANDERS
James F. Sanders is a corporate lawyer currently engaged in private practice advising both public and private companies. From 1998 to March 2017, Mr. Sanders served as corporate counsel for Apex Oil Company, Inc., a St. Louis-based, privately held company with nationwide operations in petroleum trading, bulk storage, distribution and inland marine transportation. From 2006 through July 2015, he also served as corporate counsel for FutureFuel Corporation, an NYSE-listed manufacturer and distributor of biodiesel and chemical products, with primary responsibility for corporate governance and SEC public reporting. Since October 1998, Mr. Sanders has served as secretary and general counsel of Boss Holdings, Inc., a distributor of work gloves, work apparel, pet products, wireless accessories and promotional products. From 1990 to 1998, Mr. Sanders was an associate then partner at Lewis, Rice & Fingersh in St. Louis. He holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration (summa cum laude) and an M.B.A. in finance from St. Louis University School of Business Administration, as well as a J.D. degree from St. Louis University School of Law.
Mr. Sanders experience in advising companies on corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, banking, real estate, antitrust and litigation management will strengthen the governance and functioning of the Board. His legal experience and financial education will help the Board’s assessment of business opportunities, strategic options and risk management.
JOSEPH E. DAVIS
Joseph E. Davis has served as a director since March 30, 2018. Mr. Davis currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of ETONIEN, LLC, a financial consulting firm that he co-founded in July 2008. Prior to co-founding ETONIEN, Mr. Davis was the Managing Partner of the Los Angeles practice for Tatum LLC, an executive services and consulting firm, from December 2004 to July 2008. Prior to joining Tatum, Mr. Davis was a partner with KPMG for 27 years. Mr. Davis is currently a Board Member for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. He also served as the Chairman of the Finance Committee for The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank from 2011 to 2018. From 2005 to 2011, Mr. Davis served as a Board Member and Audit Committee Chair for Dorado Network Systems Corporation, a venture capital backed, Silicon Valley company in the software applications market space. Mr. Davis is a CPA in California, New York and Ohio. He also holds a B.A. in History/ Political Science from Butler University, a B.S. in Accounting from Arizona State University and a Master’s in Business Taxation from the University of Southern California. We believe Mr. Davis’ qualifications to serve on the Board include his extensive experience in the fields of accounting and finance and his experience in holding senior management positions at several different companies.
Directors with Terms Expiring in 2020 (Class II)
WILLIAM S. ANDERSON
William S. Anderson has served as a director since August 2007. Mr. Anderson currently serves as Founder and Chief Executive Officer of First Beverage Group, a privately held company founded by Mr. Anderson in 2005 which provides financial services to the beverage industry. Mr. Anderson also now serves as Chairman of Topa Equities, Ltd. and Topa Insurance Group. Mr. Anderson served as Executive Vice-President of Topa Equities, Ltd., a diversified holding company and beer distributor group, from 1991 to 2004.
Prior to joining Topa, Mr. Anderson was an attorney with O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles. Mr. Anderson has served on the board of directors of Topa Equities, Ltd. since 2008, on the board of directors of Topa Insurance Group since 2013, on the board of directors of Purity Organic, LLC, an organic fruit juice company, since 2011, on the board of directors of Health-Ade Kombucha since 2013, and on the boards of directors of GEM&BOLT and Experience Camps since 2017.
Mr. Anderson received his B.A. degree from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine and his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. We believe Mr. Anderson’s qualifications to serve on the Board include his legal training and experience and extensive business experience having held senior management positions at several different companies.
Paul Falzone has served as a director since March 30, 2018. Mr. Falzone is currently the Managing Partner of Manifest Investment Partners, a growth equity fund focused on tech-enabled services and business-to-business software companies. Prior to joining Manifest, Mr. Falzone was President and Chief Growth Officer of Brand Networks, a large global pure-play social media software company, from 2012 to 2016. From 2007 to 2010,Mr. Falzone was President of SDI Media, a language localization software and services company. Prior to joining SDI, Mr. Falzone was President of MediaMix Marketing, an Internet marketing company, from 1998 to 2002. Mr. Falzone serves as Vice Chairman on the board of directors for Brand Network. He also serves on the boards of directors of several of Manifest’s portfolio companies and MPI Cognition, an innovative healthcare practice focused on reversing the effects of the Alzheimer’s disease. Mr. Falzone received a B.A. and graduated with honors from Northwestern University. We believe Mr. Falzone’s qualifications to serve on the Board include his extensive experience having held senior management positions at various software and media companies.