Director of the Company since June 4, 1993. Mr. Africk has been a Managing Partner of Evolution Partners, LLC since June 1993. He is a Director, since 1997, and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, since 2007, of North Atlantic Trading Company (“NATC”), which, through its subsidiaries manufactures, distributes and markets tobacco products. He is also Director, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and Chief Executive Officer of North Atlantic Holding Company, Inc. (“NAHC”), the parent company of NATC, simultaneously. Mr. Africk previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of both NATC and NAHC in 1998. His long tenure on our Board gives him extensive knowledge of our Company.
Director of the Company since June 4, 1993. Mr. Benton is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Salem Senior Housing, Inc., a senior living facility operator, since May 2002. Since May of 1996, he is also Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Diversified Senior Services, Inc., and he is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Benton Investment Company since 1982. From 1987 to 1994, Mr. Benton was Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Health Equity Properties, Inc. His long tenure on our Board gives him extensive knowledge of our Company.
Director of the Company since January 1, 2009. Ms. Ryan Berman is currently Chief
Executive Officer of Victoria’s Secret Direct, LLC, the online and catalogue division
of Victoria’s Secret, a specialty retailer of women’s intimates, beauty, apparel,
and accessories. She was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of Giorgio Armani
Corporation and Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of Apple Computer Retail.
Ms. Ryan Berman also held various executive positions with Polo Ralph Lauren
Corporation, including Group President of Polo Ralph Lauren Global Retail . She served
in various capacities at May Department Stores, Federated Department Stores, and
Allied Stores Corporation. As an independent consultant, she has also advised clients
in the retail, wholesale, and financial investment sectors providing strategic planning,
business development, and executive coaching services. In addition, Ms. Berman is a
former member of the board of directors, and served on the audit committee for J. Crew
Director of the Company since March 3, 2011. Mr. Drapkin is the Founder and Chairman of Casablanca Capital LLC and has been a principal of the Casablanca Special Opportunities Fund I, LLC since 2010. He was Vice Chairman of Lazard International and Chairman of Lazard’s Investment Committee from 2007 until 2010. Mr. Drapkin was Vice Chairman of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc. and a number of its affiliates from 1987 to 2007. He was previously a partner in the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and is a member of the American Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association.Mr. Drapkin serves on the Board of Directors of Brandeis University, Lincoln Center Theater, The Federal Law Enforcement Foundation, Inc. and he is a member of the Dean’s Council of Columbia Law School.
Director of the Company since July 26, 2010. Formerly the Chief Executive Officer of LendingTree.com, and Richard Petty Motorsports, Mr. Reddin has close to 30 years executive and management experience in consumer marketing and e-commerce. Mr. Reddin spent 17 years in the consumer packaged goods industry at Kraft Foods and Coca-Cola USA in various brand management and finance capacities. Currently, he is the owner of Red Dog Ventures, a venture capital and advisory firm in the digital arena. Mr. Reddin serves as a Director of Valassis Communications, Inc., Premier Farnell, plc and is a member of the board of trustees of Queens University of Charlotte. He is also the publisher of MortgageRates.us, a blog where he voices his insights and opinions on
mortgage rates in the U.S.
Director of the Company since January 21, 1994. Mr. Robinson is currently a Senior Advisor of Stifel, Nicolaus & Company (formerly Legg Mason Wood Walker, Inc.), a financial services firm. He served as Managing Director for Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc., and its prior affiliate Legg Mason, from June 1997 to March 2009. Previously, he was a Director, President and Chief Financial Officer of Storage USA, Inc. Mr. Robinson serves on the Board of Directors of BRE Properties, and is a former trustee of CenterPoint Properties Trust. He is also a former member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts ("NAREIT"), from whom he received an Industry Achievement Award in 2009 for his wisdom, expertise and service to the REIT industry.
Director of the Company since August 23, 2004. Since 2008, Mr. Schuman has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Schwan Food Company, a provider of fine frozen foods. He was previously Chairman of the Board from January 2000 to May 2006, President and Chief Executive Officer from March 1995 to July 2004, and President and Chief Operating Officer from August 1992 to March 1995 of Ecolab, Inc, a provider of cleaning, food, safety and health protection products. Mr. Schuman sits on The University of Minnesota Carlson School Board of Overseers, the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and on the MRAEF Board of Trustees.