Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Herbert Hughes has been a director since July 9, 2019. He served as Lead Independent Director from December 2021 through June 2022 and was appointed as Chair in June 2022. Mr. Hughes is Chair of the Audit Committee, a member of the Compensation Committee, and a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee. Mr. Hughes previously served as Chair of an Ad Hoc Committee during 2021 and 2022 overseeing the establishment of the Company’s stock repurchase program. Mr. Hughes has over three decades of experience in finance, risk management, operational management, and derivatives modeling as an advisor and leader of a diverse range of businesses and is an “audit committee 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 several industries including technology, hospitality, asset management, oil and gas exploration and production, and oil industry services. Through his professional investment and advisory positions, Mr. Hughes 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. Mr. Hughes is the Company’s first independent Chair and during his tenure as Lead Independent Director and as Chair he has focused the Board on the Company’s strategic plans to achieve short- and long-term shareholder value, on management oversight of key drivers and, with the Nominating and Governance Committee, on improving board communications, efficiency, and focus. During his tenure as Chair of the Audit Committee, the Company has eliminated material weaknesses in its financial processes and controls and established a robust oversight program to monitor financial and enterprise risk including retention and continuity of a Chief Financial Officer and independent public auditing firm, and overseen management’s development of a comprehensive program for timely and reliable financial reporting and controls, including systems and controls.
Bryan Scott Ganz
Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
Bryan Scott Ganz became the Company’s President effective July 13, 2018, Chief Executive Officer effective April 1, 2019, and has been a director since June 2016. and a member of the Product Safety Committee since June 2022. Mr. Ganz served as Board Chair between April 2019 and June 2022. Prior to becoming the Company’s President, 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. During Mr. Ganz’s tenure, the Company has transitioned from the research and development stage to produce and sell multiple unique products including less lethal launchers, projectiles, and other personal security tools. Key achievements during this period included listing on Nasdaq, eliminating all long term debt, development of a robust DTC ecommerce program, including Amazon, establishment of a nationwide network of dealers including such large chain sporting goods stores as Cabela’s, Bass Pro, and Sportsman’s Warehouse, establishment of new enlarged manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and South Africa, entry into the Canadian and Latin American markets including ongoing development of a manufacturing facility in Argentina, successfully completing a share repurchase program, establishing a talented and diverse Board of Directors, and establishing a first class operational infrastructure with a dynamic, experienced quality leadership team. He also has emphasized management accountability, initiating programs to align management and shareholder interests, control operating costs, and improve profit margins. Through his personal work ethic, Mr. Ganz leads the management team by example.
Leonard Elmore has been a director since December 2021. He serves as Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee. He previously served as a member of an Ad Hoc Committee during 2021 and 2022 the Product Safety Committee from December 2021 to June 2022 overseeing the establishment of the Company’s stock repurchase program. 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 also 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 is the Chair of 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. Mr. Elmore’s education, business experience and experience as a director of other public companies, including as a member of Audit and Governance committees, bring the Board experience in oversight (including of financial reporting and ESG areas), public relations (including media relationships), and a high degree of financial literacy. During his tenure on the Nominating and Governance Committee Mr. Elmore has been instrumental in the transition to an independent Chair, the restructuring of the Compensation Committee’s responsibilities to improve Board efficiency, improvements to the Board self-evaluation process, and development of new ESG related policies including, development of policies to encourage a Speak Up culture, an Anti-Child Labor Policy, Anti-Human Trafficking Policy, New Stockholder Communication Protocol, adoption of Anti-discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity statements, and development underway of several employee-related programs and sustainability initiatives.
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 Chair of the Compensation Committee and is a member of the Audit, Nominating and Governance, and Product Safety Committees. Mr. Reed has over three decades of experience in global law enforcement. From October 2018 through April 29, 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 business degree, professional certifications, 10 plus years of business experience in the private sector, over 30 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. During Mr. Reed’s tenure as Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee, shareholders approved amendments to the Company’s charter to reduce the number of shares authorized from 300,000,000 to 50,000,000, established a new Product Safety Committee of the Board and a management Product Safety Committee, and, working with the Compensation Committee, closely oversaw management’s efforts to evaluate and improve workplace environment and employee recruitment and retention programs. As a direct result of this effort, and during Mr. Reed’s Chairmanship of the Compensation Committee, the Company has addressed retention challenges in past incentive compensation by, among other things, establishing a comprehensive short- and long-term employee incentive program designed to motivate and reward high performing employees at different levels, motivate new hires, and align employees interests with those of the Company’s shareholders.
Emily Rooney has been a director since October 1, 2021. She also chairs the Company’s Product Safety Committee and serves on the Nominating and Governance Committee. She previously served on the Audit Committee from October 2021 to June 2022 and on an Ad Hoc Committee during 2021 and 2022 overseeing the establishment of the Company’s stock repurchase program. 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 Board in overseeing the development of the Company’s business strategy. Ms. Rooney received a B.A. from The American University, Washington D.C. Ms. Rooney has been instrumental in overseeing management’s establishment of procedures to seek to ensure safety of its products and communications related to product safety and safe product use.