KEVIN DALTON – CHAIRMAN
Mr. Dalton is a nearly 20-year veteran of the capital markets and investment banking industry. Mr. Dalton most recently held the position of Vice Chairman, Head of Investment Banking at Desjardins Securities, the brokerage arm of Desjardins Group, the biggest financial institution in Quebec and the largest cooperative financial group in Canada. Prior to joining Desjardins, Mr. Dalton worked at Blackmont Capital, a full-service investment dealer that now operates under the name Stonecap Securities Inc., first serving as Managing Director, Head of Investment Banking, then moving onto the role of President. Mr. Dalton spent 14 years in the investment banking division of CIBC Capital Markets, where he specialized in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors, and served as Managing Director, Head of Canadian Diversified Investment Banking. He began his career at The Hathaway Corporation, a Toronto-based consulting firm that provides clients with expert financial advice on a variety of disciplines, including valuations, fairness opinions and M&A. Mr. Dalton holds a Bachelor of Arts in Honors Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.
Ms. Heppe comes from a strong background in the Retail industry, with extensive leadership experience in Sales, Store Operations, Distribution and Merchandising. She recently retired as President, Burberry Americas, a division of Burberry Group PLC, an iconic global fashion brand operating retail and wholesale businesses, as well as a licensing network, selling men’s and women’s designer apparel and accessories worldwide. In her 15+ years as President, Burberry Americas, Ms. Heppe had full P&L responsibility for all of Burberry’s operations in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Prior to Burberry, Ms. Heppe served as Senior Vice President and Director, Stores of Loehmann’s Holdings Inc. and Senior Vice President and General Manager of John Wanamaker Department Stores.
Mr. Kronengold has a long history of successful marketing leadership. Most recently, he served as Chief Marketing Officer at RadicalMedia Inc., a global advertising and transmedia studio that has helped build some of the world’s most recognized brands. He also founded the company Spark361 LLC in 2012.
Previously, Mr. Kronengold served as Chief Marketing Officer of BBDO, the world’s most awarded advertising agency. He was responsible for marketing the BBDO brand and agency philosophy. He also oversaw the agency’s Charles Schwab and Texaco businesses and the then-new Houston office. During his tenure, BBDO was named “Agency of the Year” twice by Adweek and Advertising Age.
On an interim basis, Mr. Kronengold has worked with VISA as Chief Marketing Officer. While working with VISA, he was inducted into the Marketing Hall of Fame in 2002 in recognition of the highly successful campaign, “VISA. It’s Everywhere You Want to Be.”
Mr. Kronengold has been awarded seven Gold Effie awards for advertising effectiveness over the course of his career. He also won the Omnicom Catalyst award for Best Integrated Marketing Communications Program. He holds an MBA from Baruch College in New York City.
Ross B. Levin, CFA is the Director of Research for Arbiter Partners Capital Management. Mr. Levin has served on numerous restructuring committees and is a former board member of American Community Properties Trust, a NYSE Amex listed real estate firm, and Presidential Life Corporation, a NASDAQ listed life insurance company. Mr. Levin is also a member of the Board of Directors of Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State.
Mr. Levin has been a member of the New York Society of Securities Analysts since 2006 and is a CFA charterholder. Mr. Levin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management with a concentration in Finance from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University (2005) and completed the Executive Education, Investment Decisions and Behavioral Finance program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2006.
DAVID V. RICHARDS
Mr. Richards is the President and Managing Director of Network Capital Management, Inc. a private investment management company investing primarily in energy related companies and special situations that he founded in 1997. Before Network Capital, Mr. Richards served as a senior tax partner in the Calgary division of Arthur Anderson & Co. from 1993 to 1995. In this role, he advised clients on various complex accounting issues, including mergers, acquisitions and financial due diligence. Prior to joining this firm, Mr. Richards was the Partner-in-Charge of PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ (PWC) Calgary taxation operations from 1990 to 1993 and was admitted to PWC’s partnership in 1986. As a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Mr. Richards has extensive accounting expertise, and a great understanding of mergers, acquisitions, purchase investigations, restructurings and financial engineering. In the past, Mr. Richards has served as a director for various companies, including Boardwalk REIT, Alliance Atlantis Movie Distribution Income Fund, Valiant Energy Inc., Bear Ridge Resources Inc., and Canada Fluorspar Inc. He currently serves as a director of Madison PetroGas Ltd. and Wilmington Capital Management Inc.
Steve Richards is the President and CEO of Mood Media. He previously served in the role of President, Mood North America and CEO of Muzak, having joined the organization in 2010. Under his leadership, Mood established its clear position as the world leader for delivering integrated in-store music, digital signage, advertising messaging and scent solutions, to 1000+ Global brands, in 470,000 client sites, reaching 150 million people daily.
Prior to his tenure at Mood, Steve was the CEO of PRC, a Top-Ten, Global Business Process Outsourcing provider, delivering award winning, outsourced Customer solutions for Fortune 500 clients. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Richards served as President of Transworld Systems, where he led a major business expansion, delivering record revenues and earnings for the firm. Before joining Transworld Systems, Mr. Richards spent nearly four years serving as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Operations for RMH Teleservices, the fifth largest outsourced call center provider in North America. Mr. Richards started his career at AT&T, Inc., where he worked in operations and marketing across the organization for over 14 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Penn State and has completed executive education programs at Penn State, Duke University and the University of Virginia.
Mr. Shenk is the Chief Executive Officer of Corbis, a leading digital content and worldwide entertainment and licensing company founded and owned by Bill Gates. In this position, he is responsible for leading business strategy to accelerate Corbis’ place as an innovative digital media company and leading creative resource for advertising, entertainment, marketing, and media professionals worldwide. Before being appointed CEO, Mr. Shenk served as both President and Senior Vice President of Corbis, where he oversaw integrated market-facing functions including Sales, Marketing, Image Licensing, and Rights Services and spearheaded a transformation of the image licensing business from an editorial focus to an end-to-end offering with world-class historical, editorial, entertainment, and creative photography. He joined Corbis in 2003 when he founded and led the company’s Rights Services unit, responsible for executing a series of acquisitions and business development strategies. Prior to joining Corbis, Mr. Shenk founded FlixMix, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Universal Pictures that was one of the industry’s leading media licensing agencies. He successfully entered the media and entertainment industries by leveraging his significant knowledge, which he gained as a Project Leader in The Boston Consulting Group’s media and entertainment practice. Mr. Shenk holds a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Mr. Solursh was a founding partner at Solursh, Feldman & Partners, Chartered Accountants, where he practised for 30 years. He was formerly a director of Fun and formerly a director and Chief Financial Office of CryptoLogic Inc. His areas of expertise include commercial financing, mortgage financing, property management and private placements.
Mr. Warren began his career with the NYNEX Legal Department in 1986. After their merger with Bell Atlantic, he provided legal counsel to 18 affiliated international companies. He had a leading role in managing Verizon’s investment in Omnitel, a wireless venture with Vodafone in Italy, until February 2014. During his management, Omnitel made distributions to Verizon subsidiaries of over $7 billion. Mr. Warren was responsible for the full range of legal functions including corporate governance, commercial, regulatory, transactional, tax, labor, litigation, employment, finance, anti-trust, intellectual property and strategic planning during his tenure.
Mr. Warren holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and a Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law.
Mr. Williams is a seasoned retail expert and is currently President of Cabela’s Inc., a leading specialty retailer and the world’s largest direct marketer of hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor merchandise. Mr. Williams joined Cabela’s in 2011 and has served in the positions of Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, as well as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing & E-Commerce Officer.
Prior to Cabela’s, Mr. Williams served as President of Fanatics, a vertically integrated online retailer of team and league licensed sports apparel and collectibles. Mr. Williams has also served as Corporate Vice President of Walmart Stores, Inc., and held a series of key leadership positions at OfficeMax Incorporated, including Senior Vice President, OfficeMax Direct Business Segment, and Senior Vice President, Marketing.