Board Members

KramerMr. Ronald J. Kramer
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Ronald J. Kramer has been our Chief Executive Officer since April 2008, a director since 1993 and Chairman of the Board since January 2018. Mr. Kramer was Vice Chairman of the Board from 2003 until January 2018. From 2002 through March 2008, he was President and a director of Wynn Resorts, Ltd. (NASDAQ: WYNN), a developer, owner and operator of destination casino resorts. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Kramer was a Managing Director at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, an investment banking firm, and its predecessor Wasserstein Perella & Co. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Douglas Elliman Inc. (NYSE: DOUG), and is also a member of the board of directors of Franklin BSP Capital Corporation, Franklin BSP Lending Corporation and Franklin Private Credit Fund.

AlpertMr. Henry A. Alpert

Mr. Henry A. Alpert has been a director since 1995. Mr. Alpert has been President of Spartan Petroleum Corp., a real estate investment firm and a distributor of petroleum products, since 1985. Mr. Alpert is also a director of Boyar Value Fund, a mutual fund (NASDAQ: BOYAX).

 

BrosigMr. Thomas J. Brosig

Mr. Thomas J. Brosig has been a director since 2015. Since 2020, Mr. Brosig has been an owner of McMurphy Homes, LLC, a builder of residential homes on the Mississippi gulf coast, where he is responsible for finance, accounting, administration and business strategy. Mr. Brosig also serves as a strategic advisor to Nikki Beach, a global multi-faceted luxury lifestyle and hospitality brand, where he served as President from January 2017 until his retirement in June 2020. From November 2015 to December 2016, Mr. Brosig provided financial and operational consulting services to Nikki Beach. From 2012 to October 2015, Mr. Brosig served as a strategic business consultant, providing financial and operational consulting services to a variety of companies primarily in the gaming and hospitality industries. Mr. Brosig was Chief Executive Officer of MVB Holdings LLC, owner of a resort and gaming property located in Biloxi, Mississippi, from December 2011 until August 2012, and President from August 2012 to November 2012. Prior to joining MVB Holdings, Mr. Brosig was a consultant in the gaming and hospitality industries from 2003 to 2011. From January 1999 through February 2003, he served as Senior Vice President of Park Place Entertainment Corporation, one of the largest owners and operators of casinos in the world. Prior to that time, he served a predecessor company, Grand Casinos, Inc., in a variety of executive roles from January 1990 to January 1999. Mr. Brosig serves on the Board of Directors of G-III Apparel Group, LTD. (NASDAQ: GIII).

CobenMr. Jerome L. Coben

Mr. Jerome L. Coben has been a director since July 2020. For almost four decades, Mr. Coben was a corporate lawyer focusing on mergers and acquisitions, securities and finance matters and other business transactions. Mr. Coben co-founded the Los Angeles office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP in 1983 and remained a partner at Skadden until his retirement from the practice of law in 2008, having served on various national firm management committees. From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Coben was a partner at the Zeughauser Group, a firm that provides management consulting services to law firms. Mr. Coben has served as a director of both public and private corporations and has occupied leadership roles with a variety of non-profit and community organizations, and continues to serve in some of such roles today.

Charlie DiaoMr. H. C. Charles Diao

Mr. H. C. Charles Diao has been a director since February 2022. Mr. Diao is a private investor and also provides strategic advisory services to corporate, venture capital, and private equity clients. From 2012 until June 2021, Mr. Diao was Senior Vice President of Finance and Corporate Development and Corporate Treasurer at DXC Technology Company (NYSE: DXC) and Vice President and Corporate Treasurer of its predecessor, Computer Science Corp, with responsibility for and management of global treasury operations, corporate finance and capital markets, corporate development and M&A, pension plans and risk management/insurance. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Diao provided strategic advisory services to corporate clients and was CIO of an investment management firm that managed alternative investments on behalf of institutional family offices. Mr. Diao was formerly a Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns where he was the Group Head for Special Situations Credit, a partner within the firm’s TMT investment banking practice and a member of the firm’s Investment Banking Committee and IPO Committee. Prior to that, Mr. Diao was Group Head of the Telecom & Media Group at Prudential Securities Inc. where he began his career in mergers & acquisitions and in the Merchant Banking group. Mr. Diao has served on the board of directors of Turning Point Brands, Inc. (NYSE: TPB), a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of branded consumer products, since 2012, where he is currently Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nominating and ESG Committee. Mr. Diao also served as a member of the board of directors of television broadcaster and digital media company Media General Inc. (formerly NYSE: MEG), the successor via merger to New Young Broadcasting Holdings Inc., from August 2012 until January 2017.

GrabowskyMr. Louis J. Grabowsky

Mr. Louis J. Grabowsky Has been a Director since 2015. He is a founder and principal of Juniper Capital Management, a financial sponsor that provides capital to high growth potential but under-resourced U.S. entrepreneurial companies. Prior to founding Juniper Capital, Mr. Grabowsky was a partner at Grant Thornton LLP from 2002 to 2014, serving as Chief Operating Officer from 2009 to 2013 and Senior Advisor, Operations from 2013 until his retirement in July 2014. Mr. Grabowsky currently serves on the boards of various portfolio companies in which Juniper Capital is an investor.

HarrisonRear Admiral Robert G. Harrison (USN Ret.)

Rear Admiral Robert G. Harrison (USN Ret.) has been a director since February 2004. He was an officer in the United States Navy for more than thirty-five years prior to his retirement in 1994. Since retirement, Rear Admiral Harrison has been a consultant for various defense systems companies in the areas of acquisition, support and program management. Rear Admiral Harrison was a director for Indra Systems, a company engaged in the manufacture and support of training and simulation systems and automatic test equipment, from 2004 to July 2015.

JohnsonMr. Lacy M. Johnson

Mr. Lacy M. Johnson has been a director since November 2019. In February 2021 Mr. Johnson joined the law firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, where he is a partner in the Public Affairs Strategies Group and partner-in-charge of the firm’s Washington D.C. office. From 1993 to February 2021, Mr. Johnson was a partner with the law firm of Ice Miller LLP, where his primary practice areas focused on public affairs services and he served as co-chair of the firm’s Public Affairs and Gaming Group. Before joining Ice Miller, Mr. Johnson served as Attorney, Government Relations Services, Sagamore-Bainbridge, Inc., Director of Security for the Indiana State Lottery, liaison with the Indiana General Assembly, and Lt. Colonel and deputy superintendent for Support Services for the Indiana State Police. He is a Democratic National Committeeman and former Lt. Commander of the United States Naval Intelligence Reserves. Mr. Johnson serves on the Board of Directors of Kemper Corporation (NYSE: KMPR).

RenuartGeneral Victor E. Renuart (USAF Ret.)

General Victor Eugene Renuart (USAF Ret.) has been a director since January 2014. He was an officer in the United States Air Force for over thirty-nine years prior to his retirement in 2010. General Renuart’s military service culminated with his service as Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command from 2007-2010. During his tenure in the U.S. Air Force, General Renuart served as Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Secretaries Donald Rumsfeld and Robert Gates; Director of Strategic Plans and Policy, The Joint Staff; Vice Commander, Pacific Air Forces; and Director of Operations, United States Central Command. From 2010 to 2012, General Renuart served as Vice President, National Security and Senior Military Advisor to the CEO for BAE Systems, Inc. Since 2012, General Renuart has been President of The Renuart Group, LLC, a defense, homeland security, energy, and leadership consulting firm. General Renuart is also Chairman of the Indiana Innovation Institute, a non-profit, applied research organization supporting the Department of Defense and major research universities in Indiana, and serves on the boards of various private companies in the defense industry.

SightMr. James W. Sight

Mr. James W. Sight has been a Director since July 2019. He is currently on the Board of Fiduciary Benchmarks Insights, LLC, an independent, private company that provides consulting services to the retirement plan industry. Mr. Sight has been a private investor for over twenty-five years, serving on the boards of numerous public companies, including most recently ImageWare Systems, Inc. (OTCQB: IWSY) from May 2021 to September 2021 and Photomedex, Inc. (formerly NASDAQ: PHMD) from 2010 through 2015. Mr. Sight has over two decades of experience in corporate restructurings and financings, having advised both public companies and creditors in these areas serving as a board member, consultant and on creditors’ committees. From 2007 through 2012, Mr. Sight was a significant shareholder of Feldman Mall Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust (formerly NYSE: FLMP), and served in the office of the REIT’s President; and from 1998 to 2006, he served as a consultant to LSB Industries (NYSE: LXU).

StewartMs. Samanta Hegedus Stewart

Ms. Samanta Hegedus Stewart has been a Director since September 2018. In March 2022, Ms. Stewart joined the Consumer, Technology and Financial Services practices of Egon Zehnder, a preeminent global leadership advisory firm. She was Senior Vice President and Head of Investor Relations at Endeavor, a global leader in sports, entertainment and fashion with a portfolio of companies including WME, IMG and UFC, from February 2019 to January 2021. From 2013 to 2018, she was Head of Investor Relations for Manchester United, an English Premier League football team; Director of Investor Relations at Snap Inc. (NYSE: SNAP), leading the investor relations efforts behind its initial public offering; and Chief Investment Officer of Soho House, a global private membership club and lifestyle brand that features hotels, food and beverage venues, gyms and retail outlets. Prior to such time, Ms. Stewart was Vice President of Investor Relations for Wynn Resorts, Ltd. (NASDAQ: WYNN), a developer, owner and operator of destination casino resorts, for ten years. Ms. Stewart began her career in investment banking at Morgan Stanley.

SullivanMr. Kevin F. Sullivan

Mr. Kevin F. Sullivan has been a Director since 2013. Mr. Sullivan was a Managing Director at MidOcean Credit Partners, a private investment firm that specializes in U.S. hedge fund investments, from 2013 until his retirement in December 2021. Prior to joining MidOcean in 2013, Mr. Sullivan was a Managing Director with Deutsche Bank, and a predecessor bank, Bankers Trust, from 1980 until November 2012. Mr. Sullivan held positions of increasing responsibility over his 32 years at Deutsche Bank and Bankers Trust, including Global Head for Loan Sales, Trading and Capital Markets; Head of Leveraged Finance—Asia; and last serving as Group Head for Asset Based Lending. He was also a member of the Capital Commitments Committee from 2002 to 2012 and a member of the Equity Investments Committee from 2008 to 2012. Mr. Sullivan serves on the Board of Directors of Studio City International Holdings Limited (NYSE:MSC).

Ms. Michelle L. Taylor

Ms. Michelle L. Taylor has served as Director, New Product Quality, at Trane Technologies (NYSE: TT) since March 2021, responsible for leading the North America Commercial HVAC New Product Quality Team. Prior to joining Trane, Ms. Taylor spent ten years at Cummins, Inc. (NYSE: CMI), a global power leader, where she held several roles including Executive Director, Global Supplier Quality; Director, North America Defense and Government Sales; and Global Diversity Procurement Director. Prior to joining Cummins, Ms. Taylor held positions at the Allison Transmission Division of General Motors, Ford Motor Company and Delco Remy International, as well as with IC Leadership Training Group, a provider of professional and business development services for small businesses.

Turnbull
Ms. Cheryl L. Turnbull

Ms. Cheryl L. Turnbull has been a director since May 2018. She is the Senior Director of the Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship at The Ohio State University. Ms. Turnbull has been with Ohio State in a number of different capacities since 2013. From 2009 to 2012, Ms. Turnbull was a founding partner at Capital Transactions, LLC, a corporate advisory firm that partners with senior management teams and corporate boards at privately held companies to consult regarding business strategy, operating and financial plans and funding. Prior to 2012, Ms. Turnbull served in a variety of private equity, venture capital and other investment management roles, and served as a managing director at a merchant bank. Ms. Turnbull currently serves on the boards of directors of a number of non-profit and community organizations.

Director Emeritus

WaldorfMr. William H. Waldorf

Mr. Waldorf has been Director Emeritus since February 2022. He was a Director from 1963 to February 2022. He has been President of Landmark Capital, LLC, an investment firm, for more than the past five years.