Stephen A. Vogel has served as our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since our inception. Mr. Vogel has over 40 years of operating and private equity experience. He has served as General Partner of Vogel Partners, LLP, a private investment firm, since 1996. Since November 2018, he has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tuscan I, a blank check company seeking to consummate an initial business combination in the cannabis industry. Since May 2018, he has also served as President of Twelve Seas Investment Company, a blank check company seeking to consummate an initial business combination, and has served as a director since June 2018. From December 2016 until February 2018, Mr. Vogel was Executive Chairman of Forum Merger Corporation, a blank check company that completed its initial public offering in April 2017. Forum completed its initial business combination in February 2018 with C1 Investment Corp. and in connection with the consummation of the business combination changed its name to ConvergeOne Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CVON). Mr. Vogel began his career in 1971 as President, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Synergy Gas Corp., a retail propane distribution company. After selling Synergy Gas Corp. to Northwestern Corp. in 1995, Mr. Vogel co-founded EntreCapital Partners, a private equity firm that focused on companies facing operational or management challenges, and served until 1999. Additionally, he was a venture partner at EnerTech Capital Partners, an energy focused venture capital firm, from 1999 to 2002, and an operating partner at Tri-Artisan Capital Partners, LLC, an investment bank, from 2004 to 2006. Mr. Vogel also served as Chief Executive Officer of Grameen America, a not-for-profit organization that provides microloans to low-income borrowers in the United States, from 2008 to 2013. He was on the board of Netspend (NASDAQ: NTSP), a leader for prepaid stored value platforms, from 2011 to 2013. Mr. Vogel was a member of the Board of Trustees at Montefiore Medical Center and Children’s Hospital for over 20 years and served on the Board of Trustees at Lighthouse International, a non-profit organization. Mr. Vogel is a past Trustee of the Horace Mann School and previously served on the Board of Directors of the National Propane Gas Association. Mr. Vogel received a BS degree from Syracuse University School of Management.
We believe Mr. Vogel is well-qualified to serve as a member of the board due to his business experience, including prior blank check company experience, investments made in the legal cannabis industry and his contacts.
Richard O. Rieger has been our Chief Financial Officer since June 2019 and served as a member of our board of directors from March 2019 to June 2019. He has also served as a member of the board of directors of Tuscan I since February 2019. Mr. Rieger has over 33 years of investment experience. Since January 2016, he has served as the President of Inkblot Capital, LLC, which is a family office. Prior to this, Mr. Rieger was a Principal, Member of the Executive Committee and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Kingdon Capital Management LLC (“Kingdon”) from 1992 to September 2014 and then served as a consultant to Kingdon until December 2015. He joined Kingdon in December 1992 as a Portfolio Manager and was named Co-Director of Domestic Equity Research in March 1995 and the Chief Investment Officer in May 2002. From January 1992 to December 1992, Mr. Rieger worked as a securities Analyst and a Portfolio Manager for Glickenhaus & Co., an investment manager. Prior to this, Mr. Rieger served as an Analyst for several investment firms, including Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc., Allen & Company and Sloate, Weisman, Murray & Co. Mr. Rieger is on the Photography Committee at the Museum of Modern Art and the Investment Committee of Ethical Cultural Fieldston School. He previously served on the board of the University Settlement House in New York City and was a trustee at the Ethical Cultural Fieldston School and the Rippowam Cisqua School in Bedford NY. Mr. Rieger received a BA from the University of Michigan.
We believe Mr. Rieger is well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his business experience as well as business contacts and relationships.
Michael Auerbach has served as a member of our Board of Directors since June 2019. He has also served as a member of the board of directors of Tuscan I since February 2019 and of Subversive Capital Acquisition Corp. since June 2019. Since July 2012, Mr. Auerbach has served as Senior Vice President of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm. Since 2012, he also serves as a General Partner of Subversive Capital, a venture capital firm. From September 2009 to July 2012, he was Vice President, Social Risk Consulting at Control Risks, a global risk consulting firm. From September 2010 to January 2011, he was also an Adjunct Professor at The New School for Social Research. From 2007 to 2009, he was Chief Executive Officer of Social Risks, LLC, a consulting firm. From 2005 to 2007, he was Associate Director for The Century Foundation, a progressive, non-partisan think tank. He began his career in technology in 1993 when he founded Panopticon, a venture capital incubator concentrating on internet and mobile technology, and served as its Chief Executive Officer until January 2004. Mr. Auerbach sits on the boards of Privateer Holdings, Inc., Tilray, Inc, Duco Advisors, Inc., JackPocket, Inc. and MainBase, SA. Mr. Auerbach is a former term member at the Council on Foreign Relations, a national security fellow at the Truman National Security Project and sits on the founding advisory board of the Theodore C. Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice at the CUNY School of Law. Mr. Auerbach received a B.A. from The New School for Social Research and a M.A. from Columbia University.
We believe Mr. Auerbach is well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his business experience, contacts and relationships.
David H. Dickstein has served as a member of our Board of Directors since June 2019. He is a seasoned investor, investing in a variety of instruments ranging from equities and bonds to real estate ventures and other special purpose acquisition corporations. Since 1971, Mr. Dickstein has been with Jacobson Hat Co. Inc., currently serving as its Corporate Treasurer and Import Director. Founded in 1930, Jacobson Hat Co. offers the widest variety of headwear in the world. Mr. Dickstein has co-managed all aspects of the business, including finance, over his 48 years with the Company. Mr. Dickstein has also been a partner of 310 Penn LLC ,which owns and operates commercial properties and residential rental properties, since 2009. He has served as Treasurer and President of the Scranton JCC, and serves on the finance committee of Temple Hesed of Scranton. He is a former Executive Committee member of the Board of Directors of the Scranton Chapter of the American Red Cross, and currently is a member of the Board and Executive Committee for the Jewish Home of Northeastern PA. He also serves on the Board and Finance Committee of Elan Gardens, a non-profit assisted living facility in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. Mr. Dickstein received a BS in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University.
We believe Mr. Dickstein is well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his business experience, contacts and relationships.
Our board of directors is divided into three classes with only one class of directors being elected in each year and each class serving a three-year term. The term of office of the first class of directors, consisting of Michael Auerbach, will expire at our first annual meeting of stockholders. The term of office of the second class of directors, consisting of David Dickstein, will expire at the second annual meeting. The term of office of the third class of directors, consisting of Stephen A. Vogel, will expire at the third annual meeting.
Prior Experience with Blank Check Companies
Mr. Vogel, our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, has been or is, a founder, officer and director of multiple blank check companies. Mr. Vogel is currently the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Tuscan Holdings Corp., a blank check company that raised $276,000,000 in its initial public offering and is currently seeking to consummate an initial business combination in the cannabis industry. Each of Richard Rieger and Michael Auerbach is also a director of Tuscan I.
Mr. Vogel is also currently the President and a Director of Twelve Seas Investment Company, a blank check company that raised $207,000,000 in its initial public offering and entered into a definitive agreement for a proposed business combination in April 2019 with Brooge BPGIC, which was formed to capitalize on an anticipated need for oil storage capacity at the Port of Fujairah. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2019, subject to certain closing conditions.
Mr. Vogel was previously the founder and executive Chairman of the Board of Forum, a $172,500,000 blank check company that completed its initial public offering in April 2017. Forum completed its initial business combination in February 2018 with C1 Investment Corp. and in connection with the consummation of the business combination changed its name to ConvergeOne Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CVON). In connection with this transaction, Mr. Vogel was part of the management team in the initial public offering, its search for suitable acquisition targets, was involved in sourcing the ultimate target, the acquisition negotiations, and raising a private placement at closing of the merger. In January 2019, ConvergeOne consummated the transactions contemplated by an agreement with PVKG Intermediate Holdings Inc. pursuant to which a subsidiary of PVKG acquired all of the stock of ConvergeOne for $12.50 per share.