Dwight Mamanteo — Chairman of the Board. Mr. Mamanteo became a director of the Company on January 15, 2014. On January 21, 2015, the Board of Directors appointed him to serve as Chairman of the Board, effective February 1, 2015. Since November 2004, Mr. Mamanteo has served as a Portfolio Manager at Wynnefield Capital, Inc. Since March 2007, Mr. Mamanteo has served on the Board of Directors of MAM Software Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAMS), a provider of innovative software and data solutions for a wide range of businesses, including those in the automotive aftermarket. Mr. Mamanteo also serves as the Chairman of the Compensation Committee and as a member of its Audit and Governance Committees. From June 2013 to October 2014, Mr. Mamanteo served on the Board of Directors of ARI Network Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARIS), a provider of products and solutions that serve several vertical markets with a focus on the outdoor power, power sports, marine, RV, and appliance segments, and also served as the Chairman of its Governance Committee and as a member of its Compensation Committee. From March 2012 to April 2012, Mr. Mamanteo served on the Board of Directors of CDC Software Corp. (NASDAQ: CDCS), a provider of Enterprise CRM and ERP software designed to increase efficiencies and profitability, and also served as a member of its Audit Committee. From April 2009 to November 2010, Mr. Mamanteo served on the Board of Directors of EasyLink Services International Corp. (NASDAQ: ESIC), a provider of on demand electronic messaging and transaction services that help companies optimize relationships with their partners, suppliers and customers, and also served as a member of its Compensation and Governance & Nominating Committees. From December 2007 to November 2008, Mr. Mamanteo served on the Board of Directors and as the Chairman of PetWatch Animal Hospitals, Inc. (a private company), a provider of primary care and specialized services to companion animals through a network of fully owned veterinary hospitals. Mr. Mamanteo received an M.B.A. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Concordia University (Montreal). Mr. Mamanteo brings to the Board of Directors valuable business, operations, finance, and governance experience related to public and private companies in the automotive aftermarket and other industries.
David Ide — Director. Mr. Ide became a director of the Company on October 24, 2014. On January 21, 2015, the Board of Directors appointed him to serve as interim Chief Executive Officer and President, effective February 1, 2015. Mr. Ide served as interim Chief Executive Officer and President until May 1, 2016. Since August 2010, Mr. Ide has served as an independent director, investor, and advisor to technology and start-up ventures focused on simple to use software automation tools including mobile SaaS, CMS, and custom marketing and payment systems for small to medium businesses, developers, and enterprise customers. Mr. Ide served as non-executive Chairman of Spindle, Inc. from January 2012 to November 2014. Mr. Ide was a founder and the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Modavox, Inc. in October 2005 after he managed the transition of SurfNet Media into Modavox, Inc. In July 2009, Mr. Ide developed and executed Modavox, Inc.’s acquisition of Augme Technologies, Inc. creating the first full service mobile agency for Fortune 100 companies. At that time, Mr. Ide was appointed to the Board of Directors of Augme Technologies, Inc. and became the Chief Strategy Officer. He resigned as an officer and director in August 2010 to engage in developing and advising technology companies. Mr. Ide was also an independent director in the early stage of SEFE, Inc. Prior to 2005, Mr. Ide served as President of a successful digital agency in Arizona focused on ecommerce, targeted and demand marketing, CMS, and SaaS marketing platforms for fortune 500 companies. Mr. Ide is a technology entrepreneur and an experienced Chief Executive Officer, chairman, patented inventor, and director. Mr. Ide brings to the Board of Directors experience in public company leadership, commercialization of technologies, and expertise in automation and systems.
Charles F. Trapp — Director. Mr. Trapp became a director of the Company on May 22, 2015. Mr. Trapp is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MAM Software Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAMS), a leading provider of business and supply chain management solutions primarily to the automotive parts manufacturers, retailers, tire and service chains, independent installers, and wholesale distributors in the automotive aftermarket, where he served as Chief Financial Officer from November 2007 until his retirement in October 2015. Prior to his employment with MAM Software Group, Inc., Mr. Trapp was the co-founder and President of Somerset Kensington Capital Co., a Bridgewater, New Jersey-based investment firm that provided capital and expertise to help public companies restructure and reorganize from 1997 until November 2007. Earlier in his career, he served as Chief Financial Officer and/or a board member for a number of public companies, including AW Computer Systems, Vertex Electronics Corp., Worldwide Computer Services and Keystone Cement Co. His responsibilities have included accounting and financial controls, federal regulatory filings, investor relations, mergers and acquisitions, loan and labor negotiations, and litigation management. Mr. Trapp is a Certified Public Accountant and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, New Jersey. Mr. Trapp brings to the Board of Directors experience in public company financial leadership within manufacturing and distribution companies, the automotive aftermarket and other industries.
Frank Kneller — Director. Mr. Kneller became a director of the Company on August 17, 2015. Mr. Kneller is currently the Chief Executive Officer of HoSoPo Corporation dba Horizon Solar Power, which was acquired in August 2017 by Northern Pacific Group from Oaktree Capital Management’s GFI Energy Group, and includes oversight of Horizon Solar Power and Solar Spectrum under the Sungevity brand. Previously, Mr. Kneller was the Chief Operating Officer of Verengo Solar, a leading residential solar installation business that was founded in 2008 and grew rapidly to be a top 5 US residential solar business by 2014. Mr. Kneller was recruited to Verengo Solar in October 2015 for his successful track record of driving operational excellence at multiple companies and across several different industries. In eight months, Mr. Kneller executed a turnaround project that reduced expenses and increased revenues in the strategic solar market of Southern California. From 2010 to 2014, Mr. Kneller served as the Vice President of Sales & Operations at Sears Holding Company, where he led sales and operations with full profit and loss responsibility of $1.3 billion, over 740 corporate stores, six franchise stores, multiple call centers, and over 12,000 associates. From 2007 to 2010, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Aquion Water Treatment Products, a $250 million global manufacturer and marketer of water treatment equipment and water quality solutions, where he was selected by the board to lead the revitalization of the company and was responsible for a total reorganization of the business. Mr. Kneller brings to the Board of Directors experience in leadership of companies with different sizes and within different industries, including auto service and distributed service to the consumer markets.
Scott Nussbaum — Director. Mr. Nussbaum became a director of the Company in December 2016. Mr. Nussbaum is an investor with fifteen years of experience investing in small public companies. Since2010, Mr. Nussbaum has been a Partner and Director of Operations for a private fund in New York. Mr. Nussbaum has experience developing and launching new lines of business, managing regulatory compliance programs, building and maintaining infrastructure in support of front office activities and performing operational reviews in support of the firm’s investment portfolio. Mr. Nussbaum also serves as a Director and Endowment Manager for the Emerald Bay Association, a California-based non-profit organization. Mr. Nussbaum holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Tufts University. Mr. Nussbaum brings to the Board of Directors experience in investment in small public companies and business operations.
Scott Krinsky — Director. Mr. Krinsky became a director of the Company in October 2016. Mr. Krinsky is a 35-year automotive aftermarket industry veteran. He joined Advance Auto Parts/CARQUEST (“AAP/CQ”) in August 2006 as Vice President of National Accounts. Before AAP/CQ, Mr. Krinsky was a National Accounts Manager and Divisional Commercial Sales Manager with AutoZone from 2000 to 2006. Since 2009, Mr. Krinsky has been a Trustee on the Aftermarket Foundation Board, sitting on the Finance Committee, as well as other committee assignments. He has also been an appointed Trustee on the Dollars for Doers at General Parts. Prior to 2000, Mr. Krinsky had two other senior automotive management positions with Sears Automotive Group as a District Manager from 1997 to 2000, and with Tire Kingdom Inc. from 1980 to 1997 where he was promoted to increasing responsibilities up to his last position as Vice President of Retail Stores & Customer Service. Mr. Krinsky brings to the Board of Directors experience of market assessment, business development, and relationship management within the automotive aftermarket industry.
Ian Rhodes — Chief Executive Officer and Director. Mr. Rhodes was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Company on December 5, 2016 and became a director of the Company on December 2, 2017. Mr. Rhodes previously served as Chief Financial Officer of the Company from February 2016 to July 2017. Mr. Rhodes previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of Calmare Therapeutics Incorporated, a biotherapeutic company furthering proprietary and patented pain mitigation and wound care technologies, from 2014 to 2016. As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Rhodes was responsible for all financial and accounting matters, including SEC reporting. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Rhodes was an independent consultant and entrepreneur and his activities included leading an investor/management group in assessing a potential multi-location franchised food concept. From 2009 to 2012, he served as the Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer, and Treasurer of Arch Capital, where he had overall responsibility for SEC and GAAP technical matters. Finally, from 1994 to 2009, Mr. Rhodes was with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he served as a Senior Manager from 1994 to 2004 and as Audit Senior Manager from 2004 to 2009, during which time he worked with some of the firm’s largest and most technically challenging audit clients. Mr. Rhodes brings to the Board of Directors valuable financial, accounting and investment experience across a variety of industries.