Marshall Kiev has been our Co-Chief Executive Officer, President and Director since inception. He has over 28 years of deal sourcing and principal investment experience in both family office and private equity settings. He has been the President and Founder of MK Capital Partners, a private investment firm, since 2016. The firm’s primary investment strategies include direct private equity, growth equity and venture capital. Mr. Kiev has been the Co-Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of Forum III since June 2019. Mr. Kiev was Co-Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of Forum I until its business combination with ConvergeOne (Nasdaq: CVON), and was Co-Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of Forum II until its business combination with Tattooed Chef (Nasdaq: TTCF). Mr. Kiev was previously a Director of Cohen Private Ventures, or CPV, from 2013 to 2016. CPV is a family office investing long-term capital in direct private investments and other opportunistic transactions. Prior to his position with CPV, Mr. Kiev was Chief of Staff at S.A.C. Capital Advisors, L.P., an investment firm, from 2010 to 2013. Prior to joining S.A.C., Mr. Kiev was President of Alternative Investments at Family Management Corporation, a multi-family office, from 2007 to 2009, where he oversaw a portfolio of investments in hedge funds and private equity funds. Previously, Mr. Kiev was a Partner at Main Street Resources, a middle-market private equity firm, from 2000 to 2007. He began his career in 1989 at Family Management Corporation where he held a variety of roles over more than a decade. Mr. Kiev is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. Mr. Kiev received an MBA degree from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a BA degree also from New York University. We believe Mr. Kiev is well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his extensive financial experience, his asset management experience and his experience as an executive officer and director of Forum I, Forum II and Forum III.
David Boris has been our Co-Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Director since inception. Mr. Boris has been the Co-Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Forum III since June 2019. He served as Co-Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Forum I from its inception in November 2016 until Forum I’s business combination with ConvergeOne and served as a member of ConvergeOne’s board of directors from the business combination until ConvergeOne’s acquisition by CVC in January 2019 at $12.50 per share. He has also served as Co-Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Forum II from its inception in May 2018 until Forum II’s business combination with Tattooed Chef and continues to serve on the board of directors of Tattooed Chef. He has over 30 years of Wall Street experience in mergers and corporate finance and has been involved in approximately 20 SPAC transactions as an advisor, investment banker and/or officer or board member, including ten business combinations totaling over $5.0 billion. Mr. Boris was a Director of Pacific Special Acquisition Corp. from July 2015 until August 2017. From November 2010 to May 2013, Mr. Boris served as Chairman of Primcogent Solutions LLC, leading the board during the period of the company’s preparation to seek reorganization by way of a voluntary bankruptcy petition, which was filed in 2013. Mr. Boris served as Senior Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking at Pali Capital, Inc., an investment banking firm, from 2007. Mr. Boris served as President of Ladenburg Thalmann Group Inc. from 1999 to 2000, and was also Executive Vice President and Head of Investment Banking at Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc. from 1998 to 2000. In addition, he was a co-founder, director, and a principal stockholder of Brenner Securities Corporation and its successors. Prior to Brenner, Mr. Boris was at Oppenheimer & Company Inc., as a Senior Vice President and Limited Partner. Mr. Boris began his career as a member of the Business Development Group of W.R. Grace & Company, from 1984 to 1985. He is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, an organization with over 25,000 members who are in the top position of a qualifying company or division and are directly responsible for all operations of such business or division. Mr. Boris received a M.B.A. from Columbia University Business School and a B.A. from Vassar College, cum laude. We believe Mr. Boris is well qualified to serve as a member of the board due to his wide range of experience in capital market activities as well as his activities in special purpose acquisition companies and asset management, including his experience as an executive officer and director of Forum I, Forum II and Forum III.
Neil Goldberg will be one of our directors as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Mr. Goldberg has been a Director of Forum III since August 2020. Mr. Goldberg served as a director of Forum I from its initial public offering until the business combination with ConvergeOne and as a director of Forum II from initial public offering until the business combination with Tattooed Chef. He has 45 years of retailing, merchandising, general management and real estate experience. Mr. Goldberg has served as President and CEO of Raymour and Flannigan Furniture and Holdings, one of the largest furniture retailers in the United States, since 1972. He has led the growth of Raymour and Flannigan from three local stores to its current 106 locations across seven Northeast states employing more than 4,700 people. In addition, Mr. Goldberg has been active on numerous national industry boards including the National Home Furnishing Association, the Home Furnishing Council, the American Furniture Hall of Fame and FurnitureFan.com. He has also participated on the board of local and national charitable organizations including the HSBC Bank Regional Board, the Metropolitan Development Association, Say Yes to Education, the Salvation Army of Central New York and the Syracuse University School of Management. Mr. Goldberg has been honored for his work as a recipient of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, the City of Hope Spirit of Life Award and the Anti-Defamation League American Heritage Award. Mr. Goldberg received a B.S. in accounting from the Syracuse University School of Management. We believe Mr. Goldberg is well-qualified to serve as a member of the board due to his experience in operations and real estate and his experience as a director of Forum I, Forum II and Forum III.
Richard Katzman will be one of our directors as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Mr. Katzman served as a Director of Forum Merger I, II and III Corporations and is a private investor in early-stage companies and a member of the New York Angels investing group. He is also an Executive Director and board member of Noodle Education, a leading provider of online Masters programs and other education services, based in New York City. Mr. Katzman was previously a director of ConvergeOne. Mr. Katzman was Chairman & CEO of Kaz, Incorporated, a multinational consumer appliance company, until its sale in December 2010. Kaz’s products include humidifiers, vaporizers, digital thermometers, hot/cold therapy, heaters, fans, and air cleaners. Under his leadership, the company grew from $4 million in annual sales to $500 million by expanding its product offerings, developing international distribution, and pioneering brand extension licensing with global power brands Vicks, Honeywell and Braun. Mr. Katzman also co-founded Terra Firma Software, a provider of enterprise solutions and an early developer of Macintosh applications. Mr. Katzman was a board member of Brown University’s Entrepreneurship Program, the Executive in Residence for the first cohort of the IE-Brown Executive MBA program in 2011-12 and has been a judge in several business plan competitions. Mr. Katzman is on the NY board of Generation Citizen, which provides action civics curriculums to high schools. He was a board member of Princeton Review from its founding in 1982 until 2012 and was a trustee of Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, NY. He is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. Mr. Katzman graduated with an A.B. from Brown University and attended the Singularity University Executive Program. We believe Mr. Katzman is well-qualified to serve as a member of the board due to his experience in finance and operations and his experience as a director of Forum I, Forum II and Forum III.
Steven Berns will be one of our directors as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Mr. Berns has served as a director of Forum III since August 2020. He has also served as a director of Forum II from initial public offering until the business combination with Tattooed Chef, and has served as a director of Forum I. Mr. Berns was the Chief Financial Officer of GTT Communications, Inc. (NYSE: GTT), a leading global cloud networking provider for multinational clients, from April 2020 to December 2020. From September 2015 through July 2019, Mr. Berns served as the Co-Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK), a leading global provider of high-quality licensed photographs, vectors, illustrations, videos and music to businesses, marketing agencies and media organizations around the world. From July 2013 through August 2015, Mr. Berns served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Tribune Media (formerly Tribune Company), one of the country’s leading multimedia companies, operating businesses in broadcasting, publishing and digital media. Prior to that time, Mr. Berns was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Revlon, Inc. (NYSE: REV), a worldwide cosmetics and beauty products company, from May 2009 to July 2013. Prior to that time, Mr. Berns was Chief Financial Officer of Tradeweb, LLC, a leading over-the-counter, multi-asset class online marketplace for securities trading and trade processing, from November 2007 until May 2009. From November 2005 until July 2007, Mr. Berns served as President, Chief Financial Officer and Director of MDC Partners Inc. (Nasdaq: MDCA) and from September 2004 to November 2005, Mr. Berns served as Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President of MDC Partners. Prior to that, Mr. Berns was the Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. (NYSE: IPG), an organization of advertising agencies and marketing services companies from August 1999 until September 2004. Before that, Mr. Berns held a variety of positions in finance at Revlon, Inc. from April 1992 until August 1999, becoming Vice President and Treasurer in 1996. Prior to joining Revlon in 1992, Mr. Berns worked at Paramount Communications Inc. and at a predecessor public accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche. Mr. Berns serves on the Board of Directors of Tradeweb Markets (NYSE:TW), and has served on several boards including Shutterstock, Inc. (from 2012 to 2015 as Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee), LivePerson, Inc. (Nasdaq: LPSN from 2002 to 2011 as Director and Chairman of the Compensation Committee). Mr. Berns received a BS from Lehigh University and an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University. We believe Mr. Berns is well-qualified to serve as a member of the board due to his extensive experience in finance and operations and his experience as a director of Forum I, Forum II and Forum III.
Tory Kiam will be one of our directors as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Mr. Kiam has been president of Kiam Ventures LLC and Kiam Equities Corporation since 1996. These are holding companies consisting of diversified passive investments and one operating division, Cirrus Healthcare Products LLC, a manufacturer and distributor of patented and proprietary consumer health products such as Earplanes and WeatherX. Mr. Kiam also serves as Managing Partner of Slasticarna LLC and Slasticarna II LLC, investment funds focused on venture/growth equity companies since 2016. From 2001 to 2014, Mr. Kiam served as CEO and President of lia sophia, the largest direct seller of fashion jewelry in the world prior to the rise of online shopping. He had previously run the Lady Remington Company, the predecessor of lia sophia, and served in a variety of positions at Remington Products since 1986. Mr. Kiam began his career in 1982 as an analyst in the corporate finance department at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Mr. Kiam serves on the Board of Advisors of the Northcreek Mezzanine fund, on the Boards of the Trinity School, New York Junior Tennis and Learning, and is on the Board of Governors of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and YPO Gold since 1997. Mr. Kiam holds a BA in Government from Harvard College and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. We believe Mr. Kiam is well-qualified to serve as a member of the board due to his extensive experience in finance and operations.