Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Herbert Hughes has been a director since July 9, 2019 and was appointed Lead Independent Director in December 2021. Mr. Hughes is the current Chair-elect, and will assume the position of Board Chair immediately following the 2022 Annual Meeting. Mr. Hughes currently is Chair of the Audit Committee, a member of the Compensation Committee (serving as Chair since December 2021), a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee since September 2021 and served as Chair of the 2021-2022 Ad Hoc Committee. Upon assuming chairmanship of the Board, Mr. Hughes will cede chairmanship of the Compensation Committee to Mr. Reed, but will remain a member of the committee. Mr. Hughes has over 30 years of experience in finance, risk management, operational management, and derivatives modeling as an advisor and leader of a diverse range of businesses and is the Audit Committee’s “financial expert,” as such term is defined in Item 407(d)(5) of Regulation S-K. Since March 2017, Mr. Hughes has been Chief Financial Officer of Wormhole Labs, a metaverse emerging technology company using mixed and augmented applications in enterprise and consumer markets, and has served on its board of directors. At Wormhole Mr. Hughes is responsible for financial reporting, capital structure and formation, and SAAS and ecommerce negotiations, and has worked with the Chief Technology Officer on issues related development of Wormhole’s cybersecurity program. Mr. Hughes has held executive level positions in a number of industries including technology, hospitality, asset management, oil and gas exploration and production, and oil industry services. Through his professional investment and advisory positions, he has gained valuable experience with some of the unique challenges related to leadership and growth of an early stage technology business. Mr. Hughes received a B.A. from Harvard University. Mr. Hughes is a member of the Minnesota Chippewa tribe and the National Congress of American Indians.
Bryan Scott Ganz
Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
Bryan Scott Ganz became the Company’s President effective July 13, 2018, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board effective April 1, 2019, and has been a director since June 2016. Prior to that he was engaged by the Company, beginning in May 2016, in a consulting capacity to assist in a restructuring of operations, evaluation of management, identify sources of capital, and provide strategic advice. Mr. Ganz brings more than 30 years of global business experience in sales management, manufacturing, new product design and development, and supply chain management, and mergers and acquisitions as well as experience as a director of other publicly held companies. Previously, Mr. Ganz founded Maine Industrial Tire LLC, an industrial tire company sold to a unit of Trelleborg AB in 2012. From 1991 to 2009 Mr. Ganz held several roles culminating with CEO of GPX International, Inc. and its predecessor Galaxy Tire Inc. Mr. Ganz started his career at Paramount Capital Group where he was a partner from 1985 to 1991. Mr. Ganz is the founder and majority shareholder of Northeast Industrial Partners LLC, a holding company that owns and operates privately held businesses. In addition, he is a principal in Scudder Bay Capital LLC, a captive private REIT. Mr. Ganz received a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University.
Leonard Elmore has been a director since December 2021 and has been a member of the Nominating and Governance, 2021-22 Ad Hoc, and Product Safety committees. Following the Annual Meeting Mr. Elmore will step down from the Product Safety Committee and assume the chairmanship of the Nominating and Governance Committee. Mr. Elmore is a retired attorney and business leader, a television sports personality, and an educator. He has a wide spectrum of experience in the private and public sectors, and, through his Co-Chairmanship of the John and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, is involved in public interest initiatives directed at promoting diversity, inclusion, and reform in college athletics. A former collegiate basketball All American at the University of Maryland at College Park and a ten-year professional player in both the ABA and NBA, Mr. Elmore has been a Broadcast Analyst for the BIG Ten Network since November 2020. Since August 2018, Mr. Elmore has served as Senior Lecturer in Discipline at the Columbia University School of Professional Studies Sports Management Program. Mr. Elmore’s prior business experience includes serving as Chief Executive Officer of iHoops, the official youth basketball initiative of the NCAA and NBA, and as the President of Test University, a leading provider of internet-delivered learning solutions for pre-college students. As a practicing attorney, Mr. Elmore was a Partner with the law firm of Dreier LLP and, before that, Senior Counsel with LeBoeuf, Lamb, et. al. (subsequently, Dewey & LeBoeuf). He began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney with the King’s County (Brooklyn) District Attorney in New York City. Mr. Elmore has extensive public and private Board experience. Since October 2020, Mr. Elmore has been a member of the Board of Directors of 1800Flowers.com (Nasdaq: FLWS), a leading online and telephonic gift and flower retailer, and he currently chairs its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. From 2007 until February 2020, Mr. Elmore served as a Director on the Board of Directors of Lee Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq: LEE), a newspaper publishing company, where he served on the Audit Committee. He also sat on the Board of iHoops from its foundation. Mr. Elmore has been involved for over a decade in public interest endeavors of the John and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, whose focus is to develop, promote and lead transformational change that prioritizes the education, health, safety and success of college athletes, and currently serves as one of the Commission’s Co- Chairs. He chairs the Commission’s Racial Equity Task Force and is a member of its Leadership Committee. He also is on the Board of Advisors of the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland College Park Merrill School of Journalism. He received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from the University of Maryland.
Chris Lavern Reed
Chris Lavern Reed has been a Director since September 1, 2020 and, since April 2012, has been the managing partner of Garcia Reed Investments, LLC, a real estate management entity. Mr. Reed is the Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee and is a member of the Audit, Compensation, and Product Safety Committees. Following the 2022 Annual Meeting Mr. Reed will assume chairmanship of the Compensation Committee and cede chairmanship of the Nominating and Governance Committee to Mr. Elmore, but will remain a member of the committee. Mr. Reed has over 32 years of experience in global law enforcement. From October 2018 through April 30, 2022 he served as a rehired annuitant for the U.S. Department of State, overseeing classified investigations. From December 2016 to July 2018, Mr. Reed served as the Special Agent in Charge and Director at the U.S. Agency for International Development Office of Inspector General (USAID OIG). Prior to his leadership role with USAID, Mr. Reed served in numerous leadership roles within the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“BATF”). Through his work, Mr. Reed has established professional qualifications and training in leadership, security, and financial crime investigations and has strategic and operational experience related to financial risk and fraud matters. Mr. Reed has served as an instructor for the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Institute and has spoken internationally on the topics of fraud, corruption, and a host of investigative topics. He has served as a subject matter expert in the U.S. Senate on law enforcement, homeland security and fraud issues. Through his government work, Mr. Reed has developed an understanding of complex public policy matters, the government contracting process, and has extensive experience in crisis management and global law enforcement training. He has completed continuing education coursework related to cybercrime, online fraud and business identity theft, among other cybersecurity topics, is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and has been a Certified Fraud Examiner since April 2018. Mr. Reed also is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Congressional Fellow Program and has completed Columbia Business School’s Executive Development and Management Programs. Through his advanced business degree, professional certifications, 10 years of business experience in the private sector, 32 years of experience in relevant global and federal law enforcement, and BATF experience, Mr. Reed has developed a broad legal and technical knowledge base including expertise related to money- laundering, bribery, financial fraud corruption and internal conflict of interest schemes designed to hide illicit proceeds. His education, experience and training bring the Board critical oversight and investigative skills, important subject matter expertise, and a high degree of financial literacy. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps., he received an M.B.A. from Champlain College, an M.A. from Northern Arizona University, and a B.A. from Indiana University.
Emily Rooney has been a director and a member of the Audit Committee since October 1, 2021. She also chairs the Company’s new Product Safety Committee and served on the 2021-22 Ad Hoc Committee of the Board. Following the 2022 Annual Meeting Ms. Rooney will cede her seat on the Audit Committee to Mr. Elmore and join the Nominating and Governance Committee. She also will continue to Chair the Product Safety Committee. Ms. Rooney has over 40 years of experience as a journalist. Since October 1, 2021, she has been working with Muddhouse Media producing a bi-monthly podcast entitled “Beat the Press” which can be heard through Spotify and Apple Music. From December 1998 through September 2021, she was Executive Editor and host for WGBH’s Emmy Award winning television show Beat the Press, examining media coverage of current events. From January 1997 to December 2014, she was also the creator, Executive Editor, and host of the television show Greater Boston with Emily Rooney. Previously she was the political director for Fox News in New York and Executive Producer of World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, positions in which she oversaw multimillion-dollar budgets. Ms. Rooney’s deep understanding and discerning examination of media, politics, and culture, and her writing and speaking skills, have earned her numerous awards, including the National Press Club’s Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism, a series of New England Emmy Awards, and Associated Press recognition for Best News/Talk Show. As an investigative journalist she has examined such company relevant topics as media coverage, financial fraud, police use of lethal force, social justice initiatives, and legislative initiatives related to gun control. Ms. Rooney’s deep understanding of politics, culture, the media, and public sentiment, are beneficial to the Company’s development of its business strategy. Ms. Rooney received a B.A. from The American University, Washington D.C.