BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mark Klein has served as our President since May 2018 and as our Chief Executive Officer since August 2017, and has served on our Board of Directors since 2011. In addition, he served as a consultant to GSV Asset Management, LLC, the Company’s former external investment adviser, from 2012 to March 2019. Since 2010, Mr. Klein has served as a Managing Member and Majority Partner of M. Klein & Company, LLC, which owns the Klein Group, LLC, a registered broker dealer. Since December 2018, he has served on the board of directors of the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village. In addition, Mr. Klein has served on the board of directors for Atlantic Alliance Partnership Corp. since April 2015 and has served as an investment adviser at B. Riley Wealth Management (formerly MK Capital Advisors, LLC) since April 2012. Mr. Klein served as a director of National Holding Corporations from 2011 to 2014, where he also served as Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chairman from March 2013 to December 2014. Mr. Klein also served as a director of New University Holdings Corp. (“NUH”), a capital pool company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange, from its inception in 2010 through August 2011, when NUH merged with ePals, Inc., a K-12 learning network provider. In addition, from April 2010 until May 2011, Mr. Klein served as the Chief Executive Officer and President and a director of 57th Street General Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, until it completed a merger with Crumbs Bake Shop. Subsequently, Mr. Klein served as a member of the board of directors of Crumbs from May 2011 to March 2014. Mr. Klein served from 2007 until 2009 as the Chief Executive Officer, President and a director of Alternative Asset Management Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company which completed a merger with Great American Group LLC. Mr. Klein served on the board of directors of Great American Group until August 2014. From 2007 until 2008, Mr. Klein served as the Chief Executive Officer of Hanover Group LLC, an indirect financial services subsidiary of Hanover Group. Mr. Klein previously served as Chairman of Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc. From April 2005 to September 2006, he was Chief Executive Officer and President of Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services, Inc., the parent of Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc., and Chief Executive Officer of Ladenburg Thalmann Asset Management Inc., a subsidiary of Ladenburg Financial Services, Inc. Prior to joining Ladenburg Thalmann, from June 2000 to March 2005, Mr. Klein served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of NBGI Asset Management, Inc. and NBGI Securities, which were the U.S. subsidiaries of the National Bank of Greece. Mr. Klein is a graduate of the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, with a Masters of Management, and also received a bachelor’s degree, with high distinction, in Business Administration from Emory University.
Our Board of Directors has concluded that Mr. Klein’s extensive familiarity with the financial and investment banking industries and experience as a director of other publicly traded companies provides our Board of Directors with valuable insight and perspective, and that therefore he is qualified to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.
Ronald M. Lott has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2015. Mr. Lott, a member of the Professional and College Football Halls of Fame, has served as the managing member of Lott Auto LLC since 2018, the managing member of Lott Auto Land LLC since 2018, the Chief Executive Officer of Lott Auto Ventures, LLC since 2004 and the managing member of Tracy Auto Land, LLC since 1998. Mr. Lott was previously co-partner and owner of Mercedes-Benz of Medford, Oregon from 2003 until 2011 and Stan Morris Chrysler in Tracy, California from 1997 until 1998. Mr. Lott has also been a member of the board of directors of OneMain Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: OMF), a provider of consumer finance and credit insurance products and services, since 2013 and True Capital Management, a wealth management firm designed for professional athletes, entertainers, and high net worth individuals, since 2006. In 1999, Mr. Lott co-founded HRJ Capital, L.L.C., an investment management firm, remaining as a managing partner through 2009, until it was sold. Between 2013 – 2015, Mr. Lott served as a consultant for TVU Networks Corp., a product and service company for the television industry, and has been a consultant at H. Barton Asset Management, LLC since 2009. He serves on the Advisory Board for the following companies: Chegg, SportsBubble, Thoughtspot, Uptake and Zenefits. Mr. Lott played 14 seasons in the National Football League before retiring from professional football in 1994.
Our Board of Directors has concluded that Mr. Lott’s leadership experience and his extensive business and management experience as a director of a public company and as a small business owner provide significant value to our Board of Directors, and that therefore he is qualified to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.
Marc Mazur has served as a member of our Board of Directors since March 2017. Mr. Mazur has served as an Industry Advisor to Brightwood Capital Advisors, LLC, a $4 billion private debt fund, since 2014 and has served as a member of the board of directors for Fibrocell Science, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCSC), an autologous cell and gene therapy company, since April 2010. Mr. Mazur previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Brevan Howard U.S. Asset Management, a London-based global macro hedge fund, and as a senior advisor of such company until 2010. He also previously served as a senior advisor to Tsinghua Venture Capital Company. Mr. Mazur served in management roles at Salomon Brothers, Inc., The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. from 1987 until 1996, and served as a consultant for Goldman from 1997 to 1999. He was an executive with Careinsite/Medical Manager and has served as a director of Staywell Health, DeVilbiss Healthcare, ChanceLight Behavioral Health and other private companies in the wellness, addiction treatment, homecare and medical device fields. Mr. Mazur received his B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University and a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.
Our Board of Directors has concluded that Mr. Mazur’s senior executive-level experience in finance, healthcare consulting and business strategy, as well as his board experience, provide valuable expertise to the Board of Directors, and that therefore, he is qualified to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.
Leonard A. Potter has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2011. Mr. Potter founded Wildcat Capital Management, LLC, a registered investment advisor in September 2011 and has served as its president and chief investment officer since inception. Mr. Potter has also served (i) as chief executive officer of Infinity Q Capital Management, a registered investment advisor, since its inception in 2014, and (ii) as a founder and senior managing director of Vida Ventures, a biotech venture fund, since its inception in 2017. From 2002 through 2009, Mr. Potter was managing director — private equity at Soros Fund Management LLC (“SFM”) where, from May 2005 through July 2009, he served as co-head of its private equity group and as a member of the private equity investment committee. From July 2009 until September 2011, Mr. Potter served as a consultant to SFM, and as chief investment officer of Salt Creek Hospitality, a private acquirer and owner of hospitality-related assets, which was backed by SFM. From September 1998 until joining SFM in 2002, Mr. Potter was a managing director of Alpine Consolidated LLC, a private merchant bank. From April 1996 through September 1998, Mr. Potter founded and served as a managing director of Capstone Partners LLC, a private merchant bank (“Capstone”). Prior to founding Capstone, Mr. Potter was an attorney specializing in mergers, acquisitions, corporate governance and corporation finance at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, and at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. Mr. Potter has served and continues to serve as a director on a number of boards of public and private companies, including Solar Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ: SLRC), Solar Senior Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ: SUNS), both of which are business development companies, and, since January 2017, as chairman of the board of directors for Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. (NYSE: HGV). Mr. Potter received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University and a Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law.
Our Board of Directors has concluded that Mr. Potter’s experience practicing as a corporate lawyer provides valuable insight to the Board of Directors on regulatory and risk management issues, and that his tenure in private equity investments and service as a director of both public and private companies provides industry-specific knowledge and expertise to our Board of Directors, and that therefore he is qualified to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.
Lisa M. Westley has served as a member of our Board of Directors since July 2019. Ms. Westley is a Senior Advisor of Vida Ventures, LLC, a $1B life sciences venture fund, and a Senior Advisor of Brooklands Capital Strategies. From 2014-2018, Ms. Westley was a Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Brooklands Capital Strategies, a spin-out of TPG Capital that provides global fundraising and strategic advisory services to alternative asset managers and companies at all stages of growth. Prior to Brooklands, Ms. Westley spent nine years at TPG Capital, initially as the Chief Operating Officer of TPG’s Asia-Pacific private equity business and subsequently as the Global Head of Talent Management. Before TPG, Ms. Westley spent 15 years as an investment banker, having been a Founding Partner, Co-Head of the Consumer Group and Head of the IT Services / Business Services Group at Thomas Weisel Partners and a Senior Managing Director at Montgomery Securities. Ms. Westley began her investment banking career at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Salomon Brothers, Inc. Ms. Westley received a B.A., phi beta kappa, in Economics and Asian Studies from Amherst College and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.