John (Launny) Steffens, Chairman
Mr. Steffens was appointed to our Board of Directors on May 16, 2007, and is the Founder and Senior Managing Director of Spring Mountain Capital, LP. Prior to founding Spring Mountain Capital in 2001, Mr. Steffens spent 38 years at Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., where he held numerous senior management positions, including President of Merrill Lynch Consumer Markets, Vice Chairman of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., and Chairman of its U.S. Private Client Group. Under his leadership, the Private Client Group experienced tremendous growth, increasing assets under management from $200 billion to $1.6 trillion. Mr. Steffens also served on the board of directors of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. from April 1986 until July 2001.
Mr. Steffens currently serves on the board of directors of Colony Financial, Inc. He also serves on the board of managers of HealthpointCapital and the advisory boards of StarVest Partners and Wicks Communication & Media Partners, L.P. In addition, he is currently National Chairman Emeritus of the Alliance for Aging Research and a member of the Board of Overseers of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Previously, Mr. Steffens served as Chairman of the Securities Industry Association (now the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, or SIFMA) and as a Trustee of the Committee for Economic Development. In 2010, Mr. Steffens was the recipient of the Billie Jean King Contribution Award from the Women’s Sports Foundation. Mr. Steffens received a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College and also completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.
John Broderick, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Broderick is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Company and is also a director. Mr. Broderick served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Company since June 2002, as the Chief Financial Officer of the Company since April 2001, and as Corporate Secretary since August 2001. Prior to joining our Company, Mr. Broderick was Executive Vice President of Swell Inc., a sports media e-commerce company where he oversaw the development of all commerce operations and served as the organization’s interim Chief Financial Officer. Previously, Mr. Broderick served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of North American Operations for Programmer’s Paradise, a publicly held (NASDAQ: PROG) international software marketer. Mr. Broderick received his B.S. in accounting from Villanova University.
Director since July 2015
Mr. Avery was appointed to serve on our Board of Directors in July 2015, pursuant to a director designation right granted to Privet Fund LP in connection with its purchase of the Company’s common stock and warrants in July 2015. Mr. Avery has over 37 years of investment banking and venture capital experience which includes serving as a Managing Director at Raymond James & Associates from 2000 until 2014; the head of the investment banking group at Interstate/Johnson-Lane from 1995 to 2000; a general partner at Noro-Moseley Partners from 1989 to 1995; a general partner at Summit Partners from 1984 to 1989; and Senior Vice President at The Robinson-Humphrey Company from 1977 to 1984. During his career as a venture capitalist, Mr. Avery served on numerous private company boards, assisting those companies with advice and help in financing their enterprises; planning and executing growth strategies; and building effective management teams. Mr. Avery is currently serving on the board of directors of KIPP Metro Atlanta, a national charter school organization serving low income, minority children. Mr. Avery also serves on the board of Charles River Associates, a leading global consulting firm. Mr. Avery graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in industrial management and from the Harvard Business School with a master’s degree in business administration. We believe Mr. Avery’s qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors include his over 37 years of investment banking and venture capital experience.
Mr. Landis has been a director of the Company since July 2005. Mr. Landis retired in 2003 from Siemens Building Technology’s where he served as president of the North American Security Division since 2001. Previously he served as CEO of Security Technologies Group from 1988 until it was sold to Siemens Building Technology’s in 2001. In 2008 he became Chairman of Docassist, LLC. Mr. Landis earned his B.A. from Cornell University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Landis received his Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) from the American Institute for Property and Liability Underwriters.
Director since July 2015
Mr. Levenson was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors in July 2015, pursuant to a director designation right granted to Privet Fund LP in connection with its purchase of the Company’s common stock and warrants in July 2015. Mr. Levenson is currently and has been Principal and Managing Member of Privet Fund Management LLC, an investment firm, since its founding in February 2007. Previously, Mr. Levenson served as a director of RELM Wireless Corp (NYSE MKT: RWC), a manufacturer and distributor of wireless communications products from September 2013 until September 2015, where he was a member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Levenson also served as a director and member of the Compensation, Organization and Corporate Governance Committee of Material Sciences Corp. (NASDAQ: MASC) from May 2013 until its sale in March 2014. Mr. Levenson also served as a member of the board of directors and Compensation and Audit Committees of The Middleby Corporation (NASDAQ: MIDD) from May 2006 until November 2012. Prior to founding Privet Fund Management LLC in February 2007, Mr. Levenson served as Vice President of Business Development at MSI, a privately held building products distributor and construction services company, from 2003 until 2006. Prior to his service with MSI, Mr. Levenson served as a financial analyst for Cramer Rosenthal McGlynn’s long/short equity hedge fund after working at SAC Capital Advisors LLC in a similar capacity. Mr. Levenson graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in art history. We believe Mr. Levenson’s qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors include his financial background and previous business experience.
Mr. Bruce D. Miller has been a director since July 2005. He has served as General Partner of Delphi Partners, Ltd. a closely held investment partnership, since 1989. Mr. Miller is a long-standing member of the board of Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines and was recently named a Trustee of the Cape Cod Five Cent Savings Bank. He has been involved with numerous non-profits in his home town of Nantucket, Massachusetts. Mr. Miller received both a B.S. in Finance and an M.B.A. from Lehigh University.
Mr. Peppers has been a director since June 20, 2007. Mr. Peppers formed Marketing 1:1, Inc. in January 1992 which became Peppers & Rogers Group, a customer-centered management consulting firm with offices located in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and South Africa. He has written or co-authored ten books on marketing, sales, and customer relationships issues. Peppers & Rogers Group is now a unit of TeleTech Holdings (TTEC), a business process outsourcer based in Denver. From October 1990 to January 1992, Mr. Peppers was the Chief Executive Officer of Perkins/Butler Direct Marketing, a top-20 U.S.-direct-marketing agency. Prior to marketing and advertising, he worked as an economist in the oil business and as the director of accounting for a regional airline. Mr. Peppers holds a Bachelor’s Degree in astronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and a Master’s Degree in public affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. We believe Mr. Peppers’ qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors include his years of experience providing strategic advisory services to organizations.