Jess M. Ravich - Mr. Ravich has served as a director of the Company since June 26, 2006 and the Chairman of the Board since August 31, 2006 and has served as the Executive Chairman and senior executive officer of the Company since February 20, 2013. Mr. Ravich joined The TCW Group as Group Managing Director in December 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Ravich was Managing Director at Houlihan Lokey since December 2009. Prior to that, Mr. Ravich was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Libra Securities, LLC ("Libra Securities"), a Los Angeles-based investment banking firm that focused on capital raising and financial advisory services for middle market corporate clients and the sales and trading of debt and equity securities for institutional investors. Prior to founding Libra Securities in 1991, Mr. Ravich was an Executive Vice President at Jefferies & Co., Inc. and a Senior Vice President at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Mr. Ravich has served on the board of directors of Cherokee Inc. (Nasdaq GS: CHKE) since May 1995. Mr. Ravich has also served as Chairman of the board of directors of Cherokee Inc. since January 2011. Mr. Ravich has also served on the board of directors of A-Mark International since 2014 and Unwired Planet since November 2015. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Mr. Ravich has also served on the Undergraduate Executive Board of the Wharton School and the Board of Trustees of the Archer School for Girls. Mr. Ravich has both a B.S and M.S. from the Wharton School and a J.D. from Harvard University.
T. Robert Christ - Mr. Christ has served as the Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of the Company since July 2008. Mr. Christ also serves as Executive Vice President for Aristotle International Inc., a political software company and age and identity verification company ("Aristotle"). Mr. Christ was previously Chief Financial Officer for Electronic Recyclers International, Inc., a nationwide recycler of e-waste. From 1999 to 2006, Mr. Christ served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Aristotle. From 1997 to 1999, Mr. Christ served as Chief Financial Officer for Pulsar Data Systems, a government contractor that merged with Litronic Inc. and went public in 1999. From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Christ served as controller for the Centech Group Inc., a government contractor, and from 1991 to 1993, Mr. Christ held various positions with Rubino and McGeehin, Chtd. a public accounting firm. Mr. Christ holds a B.B.A. degree in Accounting from James Madison University and passed the C.P.A. exam in 1991.
Hal G. Byer - Mr. Byer has served as a director of the Company since January 30, 2003. Mr. Byer joined Houlihan Lokey as a Senior Vice President in their Financial Sponsors Coverage Group in December 2009. From May 2001 to November 2009, Mr. Byer was a Senior Vice President of Libra Securities, a broker-dealer registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission and an NASD member. From 1995 to 2003, Mr. Byer was Chief Executive Officer of Byer Distributing Co., a snack food distribution company. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Byer was also the Chief Operating Officer of eGreatcause.com, an internet start-up involved in fundraising for charitable and non-profit organizations that is no longer active.
Robert Scott Fritz - Mr. Fritz has served as a director of the Company since January 30, 2003. Since May 1982, Mr. Fritz has served as the President of Robert Fritz and Sons Sales Company, a food broker and paper distributor that he owns in New Jersey. Mr. Fritz holds a B.S. in Business from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Rae Ravich. - Ms. Ravich has served as a director of the Company since June 4, 2014. Ms. Ravich is a Financial Analyst at Houlihan Lokey, which she joined in July 2013. Prior to joining Houlihan Lokey, Ms. Ravich was a Healthcare Consultant at the University of Pennsylvania Comparative Healthcare in India during 2012. Ms. Ravich has dual B.S. degrees from the Wharton School and the Nursing School at the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Ravich is the daughter of Jess Ravich, the Company's Executive Chairman.
John Scheel - Mr. Scheel has served as a director of the Company since September 13, 2006. From August 31, 2006 to February 20, 2013, Mr. Scheel was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Scheel is a principal of and also currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Pinnacle Steel, and pursuant to the Management Agreement between KES and Pinnacle, he served as plant manager of KES' steel mini-mill in Ashland, Kentucky (the "Mill") and managed the operations of KES on our behalf from January 2004 until its sale to Optima on February 5, 2013. Following such sale, Mr. Scheel has continued to manage the Mill as its general manager. Prior to joining Pinnacle, Mr. Scheel held various positions of increased responsibility at AK Steel, Nucor Corporation and Birmingham Steel Management. Mr. Scheel holds both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Metallurgical Engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration in Finance and International Business from Xavier University.
Anna Van Buren - Ms. Van Buren has served as a director of the Company since November 2013. Ms. Van Buren was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Faneuil, in April 2009, after previously serving as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2007 to 2009, as Vice President and Managing Director of Faneuil's Government Services Division from 2005 to 2007, and as its Vice President of Business Development from 2004 to 2005. Prior to her association with Faneuil, Ms. Van Buren founded Capital Initiatives, a consulting service for clients seeking visibility among federal lawmakers with the objective of encouraging legislative action, and operated numerous government services and marketing companies. Ms. Van Buren has served in leadership roles for many civic and business organizations including chairmanship of the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula, the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and the NASA Aeronautics Support Team. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Women in Business Achievement Award by Inside Business Magazine, the Presidential Citizenship Award from Hampton University and the NCCJ Humanitarian Award. Ms. Van Buren holds a degree from Hollins University and the University of Virginia Executive School.
Michael Borofsky - Mr. Borofsky has served as a director of the Company since September 27, 2013. Mr. Borofsky is Senior Vice President of MacAndrews & Forbes. Prior to joining MacAndrews & Forbes in 2003, Mr. Borofsky was with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he specialized in mergers & acquisitions, and before that he was an analyst in the treasury group of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Mr. Borofsky has a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.
Marc Reisch - Mr. Reisch was appointed Chairman of Phoenix in August 2015 and has served as a director of the Company since that time. Mr. Reisch has served as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of Color Optics, Inc. and Visant Holding Corp. since October 2004. Prior to joining Visant, he served as Senior Advisor to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and has over 20 years of experience in the printing and publishing industries. Mr. Reisch holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Cornell University.
Margarita Paláu Hernández - Ms. Paláu Hernández has served as a director of the Company since November 25, 2015. Ms. Paláu Hernández is a Principal and Founding Partner of Hernández Ventures, a privately held entity engaged in the acquisition and management of a variety of business interests, which she founded in 1988. Prior to founding Hernández Ventures, Ms. Paláu Hernández was an attorney with the law firm of McCutcheon, Black, Verleger & Shea, where she practiced domestic and international business and real estate transactional work. Ms. Paláu Hernández has a B.A. from University of San Diego and a J.D. from UCLA School of Law.