Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Mr. Potiker has served on the Company’s advisory board since May 2007 and is manager of SMP Investments, LLC, the Company’s largest shareholder. He is the Chief Investment Officer and a Manager of HSP Group, LLC, a private investment business that he co-founded in 1992 to manage interests in real estate, energy, private equity, and other alternative investments. Mr. Potiker is also Vice Chairman and a co-founder of ARF Financial, LLC, a leading provider of short-term working capital loans to merchants and retailers nationwide, and serves on a number of other management boards, including Entertainment Publication Holdings LLC. Mr. Potiker also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees, Board Treasurer and Chair of the Audit Committee for The Center for Early Education. Mr. Potiker received a Bachelor of General Studies from the University of Michigan in 1987, a J.D from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 1990, and an LLM in taxation from Golden Gate University in 1999.
Mr. Kirrane brings over 10 years of experience in senior finance and accounting roles for large publicly traded companies, including large financial services and insurance firms. From September 2007 to March 2010, Mr. Kirrane served as Assistant Vice President, Head of Global Treasury for Endurance Specialty Holdings, Ltd., where he designed, implemented, staffed and managed global treasury functions for the property and casualty insurer. From March 2004 to March 2007, Mr. Kirrane served in various finance and investment roles at New York Mortgage Trust, Inc., where he was responsible for treasury, budgeting & forecasting, debt management and covenant compliance activities. He assisted New York Mortgage through a successful IPO in June 2004 and was eventually appointed Vice President and Treasurer in 2005. From January 2000 to March 2004, Mr. Kirrane held various positions in the accounting and treasury departments of Hudson United Bancorp, including Assistant Vice President, Investment Officer and Treasury Cash Manager. In his positions at Hudson United, he was responsible for managing treasury operations and the derivatives and traded fixed income portfolio. Mr. Kirrane received a B.S. in Finance in 2000 from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA and is a candidate for the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Mr. Sells has served on our Board of Directors since April 2005. From January 29, 2001 through April 2007, Mr. Sells has served as Vice-President Global Sales, Cargo, a $1 billion division of Northwest Airlines, Inc. Prior to joining Northwest Airlines, Mr. Sells was Managing Director, Hong Kong and China, for CV Transportation Services, LDC, from 1995 through December 31, 2000. Mr. Sells has a bachelors of science degree in Business Management from the University of Tennessee and East Tennessee State University.
Mr. Houlihan has more than 30 years of finance experience. He has been chief financial officer for four companies between 2001 and 2008, including Metris and Hudson United Bancorp. Mr. Houlihan was an investment banker for Goldman Sachs and other major Wall Street firms from 1981 to 2000 where he advised CEOs and other corporate officers on a broad range of acquisitions, financings and other corporate transactions. Mr. Houlihan received a B.S. in Accounting in 1977 from Manhattan College, became licensed as a C.P.A. in 1979, and received his M.B.A. in Finance in 1983 from New York University Graduate School of Business.
Dr. Schwartz has served on the Board of Directors since August 1998. Dr. Schwartz has been a visiting professor at U.C.L.A since 1979. And owner of a scientific consulting company, Channel Islands Scientific Consulting since December 2000. From 1981 to 2000, Dr. Schwartz was a Senior Research Scientist at HRL Laboratories, LLC, Malibu, California. He has a B.A. in mathematics, chemistry and physics, an M.S. in Chemical Physics from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University of Colorado.