Adara Acquisition Corp.
- Consumer, Wellness, Ecommerce, Technology
Thomas Finke will serve as our Chairman upon the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms part. Mr. Finke has served the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Barings LLC since December 2008, a global financial services firm and a subsidiary of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. Following his scheduled retirement from Baring LLC on November 30, 2020, Mr. Fink will serve as a director of Invesco Ltd., a global independent investment management firm, effective December 1, 2020. From December 2008 to May 2011, Mr. Finke also served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer for the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. Mr. Finke served as the Managing Director from June 2002 to December 2008 and the President from August 2007 to December 2008 of Babson Capital Management LLC which merged with Baring Asset Management Limited in 2016. He received a Master of Business Administration from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce. We believe he is well-qualified to serve as the Chairman due to his extensive operational and investment experience.
Martin A. Sumichrast has been our Chief Executive Officer since August 2020. Mr. Sumichrast has served as Chairman of the board of directors of cbdMD, Inc. (NYSE American: YCBD), a nationally recognized producer and distributor of consumer cannabidiol (CBD) products, since April 2015. Mr. Sumichrast served as the Chief Executive Officer of cbdMD, Inc. from September 2016 until July 2019 and as Co-Chief Executive Officer of cbdMD, Inc. since July 2019. Since 2012, Mr. Sumichrast has served as Managing Director of Washington Capital, LLC, a family office. In addition, since 2018 he has been the Managing Director over SFT1, LLC, a private investment company owned by a family trust. From September 2013 to June 2020, he served as a Managing Member of Stone Street Capital, LLC, a Charlotte, North Carolina-based private investment company. Mr. Sumichrast serves as a Trustee and Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committees of the Barings Global Short Duration High Yield Fund, Inc. (NYSE: BGH) and the Barings Capital Funds Trust, Inc. From January 2015 until January 2016, he was also a member of the board of directors of Social Reality, Inc. (Nasdaq: SRAX) and served as a member of the Audit Committee. We selected Mr. Sumichrast to serve on our board of directors based upon his significant experience both as an investor and advisor, as well as his experience as a member of a board of directors of a listed company.
Paul G. Porter, who has been our Chief Financial Officer since August 2020, has also been a sole practitioner attorney focusing on mergers and acquisitions, finance and business laws since January 2017. From April 2015 to January 2017, he served as the Managing Director of Stone Street Partners, LLC, a private equity firm based in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he was in charge of business acquisitions and other related legal matters. Prior to that, Mr. Porter served as a Corporate and Transactional Partner intermittently since the 1990s at McGuireWoods LLP, a national law firm. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School with a Juris Doctor degree in 1989. He graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 1986 and passed the Certified Public Accountant examination in the late 1980s.
W. Tom Donaldson III will serve as our director upon the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms part. Mr. Donaldson has been the Founder and Managing Partner of Blystone & Donaldson since October 2018, a Charlotte, NC-based investment firm that focuses on middle-market companies. From January 2016 to December 2018, Mr. Donaldson served as an executive at Investors Management Corporation where he focused on investment decisions, managing risk and developing relationships with companies of interest. From around September 2013 to December 2015, he served as a Partner of Morehead Capital Management, LLC before it was merged into Investors Management Corporation in January 2016. From around June 2003 to August 2013, he practiced law as an associate and then a Partner at McGuireWoods LLP where he represented private funds and their portfolio companies in corporate governance, structuring and financing transactions and operating businesses in a wide variety of industries. Mr. Donaldson received his Master of Business Administration degree and Juris Doctor degree from Villanova University. He earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from North Carolina State University. We selected Mr. Donaldson to serve on our board of directors based on his breath and depth of experience in varied investment, financing and legal roles.
Frank Quintero will serve as our director upon the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms part. Mr. Quintero has been the Principal of the Yucaipa Companies, LLC since July 2003, a Los Angeles, CA-based investment firm, where he is actively involved in deal origination, negotiating transactions, real estate development, public company proxy activism, investor relations and corporate communications. Mr. Quintero has served as a member of the Advisory Board of BioSig Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: BSGM), a medical technology company focused on advanced signal processing solutions for Atrial Fibrillation (A-fib) operations, since April 2019. He has also served on the board of directors of Independent Sports & Entertainment, a U.S.-based sports agency, since January 2016. Mr. Quintero served as a member on the State of California Personnel Board in 2004. From February 1999 to June 2003, Mr. Quintero served as a Special Assistant to former Governor Gray Davis of the State of California, where he liaised with labor and businesses groups. Mr. Quintero served as a member of the board of directors of KPFK 90.7 FM, a California-based radio station, during 1997. Mr. Quintero received his Bachelor of Art degree in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles. We selected Mr. Quintero to serve as our director based upon his demonstrated expertise in investment origination, negotiating transactions, investor relations and corporate communications.
Dylan Glenn will serve as our director upon the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms part. Mr. Glenn has been the Chief Executive Officer of KBBO Americas, L.P., the U.S.-based investment vehicle for the KBBO Group, a diversified investment company headquartered in the United Arab Emirates since December 2018. Since March 2020, Mr. Glenn has served as a Director of Intellicheck, Inc. (Nasdaq: IDN), a provider of authentication services for companies primarily in the area of financial services. From January 2005 to December 2018, Mr. Glenn served as a Senior Managing Director of Guggenheim Partners, a global investment and advisory financial services firm that engages in investment banking, asset management, capital markets services, and insurance services. From January 2003 to January 2004, Mr. Glenn served as Deputy Chief of Staff to former Governor Sonny Perdue of Georgia, responsible for all external affairs. From January 2001 to January 2003, Mr. Glenn also served in the White House in Washington, D.C. as Special Assistant for President George W. Bush for Economic Policy. He was a member of the National Economic Council team from January 2001 to January 2003, advising former President Bush on various economic issues. He was one of the founders, as well as Chairman from 1990 to present, of The Earth Conservation Corps, a White House initiative under President George H. W. Bush that provides opportunity to at-risk youth through serious environmental conservation work. Since 2015, Mr. Glenn also serves as member of the Board of Directors for the American Action Network, a Washington-based “action tank” promoting pro-growth, limited government and strong national security and a Trustee of the Episcopal High School at Alexandria, Virginia and Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. Mr. Glenn received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Davidson College in North Carolina. We selected Mr. Glenn to serve as our director based upon his extensive experience in investment banking, asset management and government relationships.