Bruce Rodgers serves as our Chief Executive Officer and President and is Chairman of our Board of Directors . Since completion of its initial public offering in October 2015, Mr. Rodgers has served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of LMFA, an affiliate of our sponsor and publicly traded company on the Nasdaq Capital Market. LMFA is a specialty finance company that provides funding to nonprofit community associations primarily located in the state of Florida. Mr. Rodgers was instrumental in developing LMFA’s business model prior to its inception and was one of its primary investors. As LMFA’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Rodgers has guided LMFA through its initial public offering, subsequent public offerings, and acquisitions of complementary businesses. Mr. Rodgers is a former business transactions attorney counseling numerous businesses with respect to mergers, acquisitions and capital raising transactions. In this capacity, Mr. Rodgers was an associate of Macfarlane, Ferguson, & McMullen, P.A. from 1991 to 1995 and a partner from 1995-1998 and was an equity partner of Foley & Lardner LLP from 1998 to 2003. Originally from Bowling Green, Kentucky, Mr. Rodgers holds an engineering degree from Vanderbilt University (1985) and a Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Florida (1991). Mr. Rodgers also served as an officer in the United States Navy from 1985-1989 rising to the rank of Lieutenant, Surface Warfare Officer. Mr. Rodgers is a member of the Florida Bar and holds an AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell. We believe that Mr. Rodgers is well-qualified to serve on our Board due to his experience in sourcing, negotiating and consummating acquisitions, and investment in and management of a financial services business.
Richard Russell serves as our Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, Secretary and as a director . Mr. Russell has also served as Chief Financial Officer of LMFA, an affiliate of our sponsor and publicly traded company on the Nasdaq Capital Market since 2017. Since 2016, he has provided financial and accounting consulting services with a focus on technical and external reporting, internal auditing, mergers & acquisitions, risk management, and CFO and controller services. Mr. Russell also served as Chief Financial Officer for Mission Health Communities, offering management services for nursing and post-acute care facilities, from 2013 to 2016 and, before that, Mr. Russell served in a variety of roles for Cott Corporation, an American-Canadian beverage and food service company, from 2007 to 2013, including Senior Director Finance, Senior Director of Internal Auditing, and Assistant Corporate Controller. Mr. Russell’s extensive professional experience with public companies includes his position as Director of Financial Reporting for Quality Distribution, a transportation and logistics company, from 2004 – 2007, and as Director of Financial Reporting for Danka Business Systems PLC, a supplier of photocopiers and office imaging equipment, from 2001 to 2004. Mr. Russell also serves as Chief Financial Officer of Generation Income Properties, Inc., which is a real estate investment company that is publicly traded on the OTCQB Venture Market, a position he has held since December 2019. Mr. Russell earned his bachelor of science in accounting and a master’s in tax accounting from the University of Alabama, a bachelor of arts in international studies from the University of South Florida, and a master’s in business administration from the University of Tampa. On March 1, 2020, Mr. Russell was appointed to the board of directors for TDNT, a publicly held consumer products company that has been trading on the OTCQB Venture Market since April 2015. Mr. Russell is also Chairman of the Hillsborough County Internal Audit Committee since January 2020 and has been a board member since August 2016. We believe that Mr. Russell is well-qualified to serve on our Board due to his experience in public company operations, including in the financial services industry, financial analysis and reporting, mergers and acquisitions and risk management.
Bruce H. Bennett is one of our director nominees . Mr. Bennett currently serves as CEO and Chairman of Mad Mobile, Inc., a global leader in point-of-sale modernization and technology solutions for the retail and restaurant industries, which he founded in 2010. As CEO and Chairman of Mad Mobile, Mr. Bennett is responsible for providing leadership and oversight over all functions of the company, including areas such as financial, sales, marketing, hiring, and compensation for the company’s 250 employees globally. Prior to 2010, Mr. Bennett served as the Chief Operating Officer and as a member of the board of directors of SOE Software, a nationally recognized leader of e-Government focused software solutions, from 2005 to 2010. In addition, Mr. Bennett has founded, grown, operated, and sold multiple high-growth technology companies, including: GoSolutions, Inc., a provider of voice and data communications services, from 2002 to 2004; Mediacentric Group, Inc., an e-commerce delivery service network provider, from 1998 to 2003; eAngler.com, an online fishing resource, providing anglers with content, community, and e-commerce, from 1994 to 1999; and Image Technologies Group, Inc., a provider of strategic consulting, website-design services, database programming, back-end integration, multimedia services, and wireless applications, from 1989 to 1993. A veteran of the software industry, with over two decades of experience, Mr. Bennett is well-versed at both the board of directors and executive levels of public and private sector companies, and he strives to maximize organizations’ key value propositions and enhance their greatest asset: their people. Mr. Bennett received his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1983. We believe that Mr. Bennett is well-qualified to serve on our Board due to his experience founding, growing, operating, and selling high-growth technology companies, his prior board of directors experience, his successful history of addressing the complex needs of large retail and technology brands, and his proven ability to undertake complex mergers and acquisitions.
Craig Burson is one of our director nominees . Mr. Burson is currently the founder and Managing Member of Peak 8 Capital, LLC and Ski Mountain Properties, LLC, two commercial real estate businesses founded by Mr. Burson and his wife. From January 2000 to March 2020, Mr. Burson worked for H.I.G. Capital, LLC (“H.I.G.”), a leading global alternative investment firm with approximately $42 billion of equity capital under management and a focus on the small cap and mid cap segments of the market. From June 2003 until March 2020, Mr. Burson served as a Managing Director in H.I.G.’s Growth Equity and VC funds. During his 20 year career at H.I.G., Mr. Burson focused on making investments in the business services, consumer, healthcare, and technology sectors. Mr. Burson was involved with over 20 investments while at H.I.G., sat on many of the boards of companies in which investments were made, and was a member of the audit and compensation committees for a number of his investments. Prior to H.I.G., Mr. Burson was a member of the Raymond James & Associates technology investment banking practice, where he was active in public offerings, private placements, and mergers & acquisitions. In addition, Mr. Burson had a 15-year career with the Dow Chemical Company, holding management positions in engineering, sales, marketing, and new business development. His focus at the Dow Chemical Company was on the healthcare, semiconductor, water treatment, mining, and oil & gas industries. Mr. Burson also served as a development leader at Dowell Schlumberger, where he was involved with advanced oil & gas treatment technologies. In addition, he spent time in the trenches working as a roust-a-bout for Phillips Petroleum while earning his engineering degree. Mr. Burson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. We believe that Mr. Burson is well-qualified to serve on our Board due to his experience in finance and investments, including investments in the technology sector, as well as his board and audit committee service.
Martin Traber is one of our director nominees . Mr. Traber currently serves as a director of LMFA, an affiliate of our sponsor and publicly traded company on the Nasdaq Capital Market, since its initial public offering in October 2015, although Mr. Traber will cease to be a director of LMFA upon the completion of this offering. Also, Mr. Traber currently serves as a director of Mad Mobile, Inc., a global leader in point-of-sale modernization and technology solutions for the retail and restaurant industries, a position he has held since March 2019. Since February 2017, Mr. Traber has served as Chairman of Skyway Capital Markets, LLC a Tampa, Florida-based investment banking firm. From 1994 until 2016, Mr. Traber was a partner of Foley & Lardner LLP, in Tampa, Florida, representing clients in securities law matters and corporate transactions. Mr. Traber was a founder of NorthStar Bank in Tampa, Florida and from 2007 to 2011 served as a member of the Board of Directors of that institution. From 2012 to 2013, he served on the Board of Directors of Exeter Trust Company, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Mr. Traber holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor from Indiana University. He has counseled and observed numerous businesses in a wide range of industries. The knowledge gained from his observations and his knowledge and experience in business transactions and securities law will assist in monitoring our performance and when we consider and pursue business acquisitions and financial transactions. As a former corporate and securities lawyer, Mr. Traber has a fundamental understanding of governance principles and business ethics. His knowledge of other businesses and industries are useful in determining management and director compensation. We believe that Mr. Traber is well-qualified to serve on our Board due to his strong background in law, finance, mergers and acquisitions, and business.