Board of Directors
Matthew Avril is a self-employed consultant. He is currently a member of the strategic advisory board of Vintage Capital Management (VCM). From January 2018 to December 2020, he served as a director of Babcock & Wilcox. From November 2016 to March 2017, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Resorts International, Inc., a company in the hospitality and vacation ownership industries. From July 2014 until June 2016, Mr. Avril was a director of Aaron’s, Inc. From March 2011 to April 2016, Mr. Avril was a director of API Technologies. From February 2015 to March 2016, he was consultant to and Chief Executive Officer-elect for Vistana Signature Experiences, Inc. (“Vistana”), a vacation ownership business. Previously, he served as President, Hotel Group, for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (“Starwood”), an international hotel and leisure company, from August 2008 to July 2012. From 2002 to 2008, he served in a number of executive leadership positions with Starwood, and from 1989 to 1998, held various senior leadership positions with Vistana. Mr. Avril is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive status). Mr. Avril received a B.S.(Accounting) from the University of Miami. Our Board of Directors has determined that Mr. Avril has been designated a financial expert for the Company’s audit committee as defined under the applicable rules of the SEC and NASDAQ.
Mr. Cozza has served as a Director of the Company since May 2018. Mr. Cozza also serves as an Executive in Residence, Lecturer and Professor at the Silberman College of Business, Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Cozza was formerly Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Insurance North America, which operated four insurance companies with operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, India and the United Kingdom, from January 2006 to December 2014. Concurrently, Mr. Cozza served as Senior Executive Vice President, Retail Banking and Wealth Management – North America for HSBC from January 2011 to December 2014, and previously served as Group Executive, Taxpayer Financial Services and North America and Mexico Insurance for HSBC from January 2002 to December 2006. HSBC Holdings plc is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations. Mr. Cozza was also Chief Executive Officer of Taxpayer Financial Services from 2000 to 2002 and held a variety of senior leadership positions, including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and President of the Beneficial Insurance Group subsidiaries of Beneficial Corporation from 1985 to 1998. Mr. Cozza serves on the Boards of Directors of the National Association of Corporate Directors, where he holds the designation of Board Leadership Fellow, Private Directors Association, Junior Achievement and the Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Cozza provides substantial management, leadership and strategic business experience and expertise to the Board of Directors. Mr. Cozza received a B.S. from Seton Hall University and an M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Our Board of Directors has determined that Mr. Cozza has been designated a financial expert for the Company’s audit committee as defined under the applicable rules of the SEC and NASDAQ.
Ms Dubin is an experienced chief financial officer and board director. In February 2019, Ms. Dubin was appointed to the board of the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA") and is the Interim-Chair of its Audit and Risk Assurance Committee and Chair of the Nominations Committee. The CMA is a non-ministerial government department, responsible for strengthening business competition and preventing and reducing anti-competitive activities. In March of 2019, she was appointed to the board of Hurco Group Companies and sits on their Audit Committee. Hurco, Nasdaq-listed, is an industrial technology company that designs and produces interactive computer controls, software and computerized machine tools. From 2015 to September 2020, she served on the Board of Directors of Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc., a NYSE-listed global leader in advanced energy and environmental technologies and services. During her service, she served as the Chair of its Audit and Finance Committee and a member of its Governance Committee. Since July 2020, Ms. Dubin has served as a director for Synthomer plc, a London Stock Exchange traded chemicals manufacturer and is the Chair of its Audit Committee and a member of its Remuneration Committee. Since December 2020, Ms. Dubin has also served as a director for ICE Futures Europe, an exchange for futures and options contracts for crude oil, interest rates, equity derivatives, natural gas, power, coal, emissions, and soft commodities, and is a member of its Risk and Audit Committee. Ms. Dubin served as the CFO of Pivot Power LLP, an emerging leader in power storage and electric vehicle infrastructure in the U.K., from August 2018 to March 2019. Ms. Dubin was also the CFO for JKX Oil & Gas plc, from 2011 to 2016 and CFO for Canamens Ltd. from 2006 to 2011. These companies were London Stock Exchange listed and private equity-backed oil and gas exploration and production companies, respectively. Previously, Ms. Dubin was European CFO for a pre-eminent builder, owner and operator of large-scale power generation projects and started her career as a project finance banker. Ms. Dubin received a B.S. (finance and economics) from Georgetown University. Our Board of Directors has determined that Ms. Dubin has been designated a financial expert for the Company’s audit committee as defined under the applicable rules of the SEC and NASDAQ.
Ms. Fairfax, age 50, is currently a tenured and chaired professor at the George Washington University Law School ("GW") where she is the Alexander Hamilton Professor of Business Law, and the Founder and Director of the GW Corporate Law and Governance Initiative. From September 2015 to August 2019, Ms. Fairfax served as an appointed member of the Investor Advisory Committee of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). From January 2008 to December 2011, Ms. Fairfax served as a member of the National Adjudicatory Council of the Financial Industry Regulation Authority (“FINRA”). From June 2008 to June 2012, Ms. Fairfax served on FINRA’s NASDAQ Market Regulation Committee. Ms. Fairfax is currently Chair of the Board of Georgetown Day School, an independent K-12 school in Washington, D.C. Ms. Fairfax serves on the Board of DirectWomen, a nonprofit focused on increasing public company board diversity, and is a member of DirectWomen’s finance and audit committee. Ms. Fairfax is an elected member of the American Law Institute (“ALI”), and serves on the Advisory Group for the ALI’s Restatement of the Law, Corporate Governance. Ms. Fairfax is a member of the SEC Historical Society Board of Advisors. Prior to joining GW, Ms. Fairfax was a tenured professor and Director of the Business Law Program at the University of Maryland School of Law. Before entering academia, Ms. Fairfax practiced corporate and securities law with Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston and the District of Columbia. Ms. Fairfax’s financial services, securities, capital markets, regulatory environment, board oversight and duties, and corporate governance background provides substantial additional expertise to the Board. Ms. Fairfax received a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School with honors and an A.B. from Harvard College with honors.
Mr. Herskovits has served as a Director of the Company from October 2015 until November 2017 and was reappointed to serve as a Director in March 2018. Since 2014, Mr. Herskovits has been managing director of Feldman Advisors, a middle market investment banking firm based in Chicago, and since 1996, he has managed private investments through Herskovits Enterprises. From 2013 through February 2014, he was CEO of WinView, Inc., a technology company. He served on the Board of Directors of that privately-held company from 2012 to 2015. He previously served as non-operating Chairman of the Board of Directors of Natural Golf Corporation, a golf equipment and instruction company, as President & CEO of Specialty Foods, and as President of Kraft Dairy and Frozen Products. Mr. Herskovits was President of the Breakfast Foods Division of General Foods and spent the first nine years of his career in brand management at Procter and Gamble. Mr. Herskovits’ management, finance and consumer products backgrounds provide substantial additional expertise to the Board. Mr. Herskovits received a B.S. in Architecture and Finance and an M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from Syracuse University.
Mr. Kahn has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Franchise Group since October 2, 2019. Mr. Kahn founded and has served as the investment manager of Vintage and its predecessor, Kahn Capital Management, LLC, since 1998. Vintage is a value-oriented, operations-focused, private and public equity investor specializing in the consumer, aerospace and defense, and manufacturing sectors. Mr. Kahn has serves as Chairman of the Board of Buddy’s Newco LLC, an operator and franchisor of rent-to-own stores under the banners of Buddy’s Home Furnishings, Chairman of the board of directors of API Technologies Corporation from 2011 until 2016 and White Electronic Designs Corporation from 2009 until 2010. Mr. Kahn has also served as a director of Aaron’s, Inc., a leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of residential furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories from 2014 until 2015, Integral Systems, Inc., a provider of products, systems and services for satellite command and control, telemetry and digital signal processing, data communications, enterprise network management and communications information assurance, from 2011 to 2012, and Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. (“Babcock & Wilcox”), a global leader in energy and environmental technologies and services for the power and industrial markets, from 2018 to 2020. Mr. Kahn brings to the Board extensive management and consumer finance expertise, as well as public company experience. Mr. Kahn received a B.A. from Harvard University.