Brian R. Kahn
Chief Executive Officer
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.
Andrew M. Laurence
Executive Vice President
Mr. Laurence has served as the Executive Vice President of Franchise Group since October 2, 2019. Mr. Laurence has also been a partner of Vintage since January 2010 and is responsible for all aspects of its transaction sourcing, due diligence and execution. Mr. Laurence served as Corporate Secretary of API Technologies from January 2011 until February 2016; he also served as Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer from January 2011 to June 2011. Since January 2015, Mr. Laurence has been a director and member of the audit committee of IEC Electronics Corp., a provider of electronic manufacturing services to advanced technology companies that produce life-saving and mission critical products for the medical, industrial, aerospace and defense sectors. Mr. Laurence also serves as a director of Energes Services, LLC, an oilfield services company located in Colorado and as Manager of East Coast Welding & Fabrication, LLC, a metals fabrication business based in Massachusetts. He is also a director of non-profits Good Sports, Inc. and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Milton. Mr. Laurence’s finance experience provides substantial expertise to the Board. Mr. Laurence received a B.A. from Harvard University.
Andrew F. Kaminsky
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
Mr. Kaminsky has served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Franchise Group since October 2, 2019. Prior to joining Franchise Group, Mr. Kaminsky has held various executive and operating positions with Viavi Solutions Inc., Cobham plc and Aeroflex Holding Corp. From April 2018 through June 2019, Mr. Kaminsky was an Executive Consultant in Strategic Initiatives to the CEO of Viavi Solutions Inc., focusing on mergers and acquisitions, their subsequent integration and driving operational efficiencies across the company. From September 2014 through April 2018, Mr. Kaminsky held various roles with Cobham plc, most recently as the Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. From March 2010 through its sale to Cobham plc in September 2014, Mr. Kaminsky was a Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Development, Investor Relations and Human Resources for Aeroflex Holding Corp. Prior to his corporate roles, Mr. Kaminsky spent over 15 years as an investment banker, including as a Managing Director at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. and CIBC. In 2001, Mr. Kaminsky co-founded and presently serves as the Chairman and Executive Director of the Greg Richards, Larry Polatsch and Scott Weingard Memorial Fund, a 9/11 not-for-profit charity. Mr. Kaminsky holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a M.B.A. in Finance and Management from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Seeton has served as the Chief Financial Officer of Franchise Group since October 28, 2019. Since September 2015, Mr. Seeton has served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of API Technologies Corporation, a developer of radio frequency and microwave, power and securities applications. Prior to API Technologies Corporation, Mr. Seeton served as the Business Unit Finance Director for the radio frequency and microwave business unit from July 2014 until September 2015 at Analog Devices, Inc. and as the Director of Corporate Finance for Hittie Microwave Corp. from July 2011 until its acquisition by Analog Devices, Inc. in July 2014. Mr. Seeton is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Bentley College (now Bentley University) and an M.B.A. from Cornell University.
Kenneth Todd Evans
Chief Franchising Officer
Mr. Evans has served as Chief Franchising Officer of Franchise Group since August 1, 2020. Prior to joining Franchise Group, Mr. Evans served as Vice President of Franchising with UBREAKIFIX/Asurion, a franchised consumer electronics repair company, from May 2015 through July 2020. From April 2014 through May 2015, Mr. Evans served as Vice President of Franchising with Rent A Tire. From June 1991 through Mach 2014, Mr. Evans served various executive roles including Vice President of Franchising with Aaron’s, Inc., a franchised consumer durables leasing company. Mr. Evans holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from East Carolina University.
Lee A. Wright
Chief Commercial Officer
Mr. Wright has served as the Chief Commercial Officer of Franchise Group since January 3, 2022. Prior to joining Franchise Group, Mr. Wright served in various executive positions at Conn’s, Inc. from June 2016 to February 2021, including Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Conn’s, Mr. Wright served as CEO of Professional Directional Enterprises, Inc., an energy services company, since 2015 and served as its President from 2012 to 2015. Prior to joining Professional Directional Enterprises, Inc., he was a Senior Managing Director at the private equity firm of Diamond Castle from 2005 to 2012. From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Wright was a Director at DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, a private equity firm. Prior to this role, Mr. Wright was a Vice President and Associate in Credit Suisse First Boston’s (“CSFB”) Private Equity division and was an analyst in CSFB’s Investment Banking division. Mr. Wright holds a Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Washington & Lee University.