Haymaker Acquisition Corp. IV
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Steven J. Heyer, our Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman since inception, has over 35 years of experience in the consumer and consumer-related products and services industries, leading a range of companies and brands. Mr. Heyer has applied his experience and analytical skills in a variety of leadership positions across diverse industry groups, including broadcast media, consumer products, and hotel and leisure companies. Mr. Heyer currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman of Haymaker III (NASDAQ: HYACU). Mr. Heyer served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Haymaker II until it completed its business combination in December 2020 with GPM and ARKO Holdings, which together merged under a new name, ARKO (NASDAQ: ARKO) as part of the business combination, and has since remained on its board since such time thereafter serving on its board of directors as Director. Mr. Heyer was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Haymaker I from its formation until it completed its business combination with OneSpaWorld (NASDAQ:OSW) in March 2019. Since its business combination, he has served as Vice Chairman on the board of directors of OneSpaWorld. Mr. Heyer’s operating experiences include: leading the turnaround of Outback Steakhouse as an advisor (from 2010 to 2012); as Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide (from 2004 until 2007); as President and Chief Operating Officer of The Coca-Cola Company (from 2001 to 2004); as a member of the boards of Coca-Cola FEMSA, and Coca-Cola Enterprises (all from 2001 to 2004); as President and Chief Operating Officer of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., and a member of AOL Time Warner’s Operating Committee (from 1994 to 2001); as President and Chief Operating Officer of Young & Rubicam Advertising Worldwide (from 1992 to 1994); and before that spending 15 years at Booz Allen & Hamilton, ultimately becoming Senior Vice President and Managing Partner. For the last five years, Mr. Heyer has served on the boards of Lazard Ltd, Lazard Group, and Atkins Nutritionals Inc. (each as further described below) as well as investing in a private capacity in early stage and venture consumer and consumer media companies. Mr. Heyer has extensive board experience, including: the board of Atkins Nutritionals Inc. until 2017, when it was acquired by Conyers Park Acquisition Corp, a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company; Lazard Ltd and Lazard Group (2005 to present); the board of WPP Group, a publicly traded digital, internet, and traditional advertising company (2000 to 2004); the board of Equifax, the publicly traded consumer credit reporting and insights company (2002 through 2003); the board of Omnicare, Inc., a supplier of pharmaceutical care to the elderly (2008 through 2015); the board of Vitrue, Inc., a provider of social marketing publishing technologies (2007 through 2012); and the board of Internet Security Systems, Inc. a provider of internet security software, appliance, and services (2004 through 2005). In March 2011, Harry & David Holdings, Inc. (“Harry & David”), a company where Mr. Heyer had been Chief Executive Officer from 2010 until February 2011, filed a prearranged Chapter 11 plan under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Subsequently, Harry & David filed a reorganization plan in bankruptcy court in May 2011 and emerged from bankruptcy in September 2011. Mr. Heyer received his B.S. from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from New York University. Mr. Heyer is the brother of Mr. Andrew Heyer, our President. Mr. Heyer is qualified to serve as a director due to his extensive operations, management and business background, particularly in the consumer and consumer-related products and services industries.
Andrew R. Heyer, our President and a Director since inception, is a finance professional with over 40 years of experience investing in the consumer and consumer-related products and services industries, as well as a senior banker in leveraged finance during which time his clients included many large private equity firms. Mr. Heyer served as President and Director of Haymaker II until it completed its business combination in December 2020 with GPM and ARKO Holdings, which together merged under a new name, ARKO (NASDAQ: ARKO) as part of the business combination, and has since remained on its board since such time thereafter serving on its board of directors as Director. Mr. Heyer was President and Director of Haymaker I until it completed its business combination with OneSpaWorld in March 2019, and has since remained on its board since such time. Currently, Mr. Heyer is the President and a director of Haymaker III, (NASDAQ: HYACU); and he serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Mistral, a private equity fund manager founded in 2007 that invests in the consumer industry. Prior to founding Mistral in 2007, from 2000 to 2007, Mr. Heyer served as a Founding Managing Partner of Trimaran Capital Partners, a $1.3 billion private equity fund. Mr. Heyer was formerly a vice chairman of CIBC World Markets Corp. and a co-head of the CIBC Argosy Merchant Banking Funds from 1995 to 2001. Prior to joining CIBC World Markets Corp. in 1995, Mr. Heyer was a founder and Managing Director of The Argosy Group L.P. from 1990 to 1995. Before Argosy, from 1984 to 1990, Mr. Heyer was a Managing Director at Drexel Burnham Lambert Incorporated and, previous to that, he worked at Shearson/American Express. Mr. Heyer currently serves on the board of TMKR and AFAQ. From 1993 through 2009, Mr. Heyer also served on the board of The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAIN), a natural and organic food and products company, rejoining the board from 2012 to April 2019. Mr. Heyer also serves on the board of several private companies owned in whole or in part by Mistral, including Worldwise, Inc., a pet accessories business from 2011 to the present, and The Lovesac Company, Inc. (NASDAQ: LOVE), a branded omni-channel retailer of technology-forward furniture, from 2010 to the present. Mr. Heyer has also served on the board of Insomnia Cookies, a retailer of desserts open primarily in the evening and nighttime. In the past, Mr. Heyer has served as a director of XpresSpa Group, Inc. from 2016 to 2019, Las Vegas Sands Corp., a casino company, from 2006 to 2008, El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc., a casual Mexican restaurant, from 2005 to 2008, and Reddy Ice Holdings, Inc., a manufacturer of packaged ice products, from 2003 to 2006. Mr. Heyer is also a Director of AFAQ, a blank check company in the process of its initial public offering. Mr. Heyer received his B.Sc. and M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, graduating magna cum laude. Mr. Heyer is the brother of Mr. Steven Heyer, our Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Heyer was named as a defendant in three class action derivative stockholder actions, which were consolidated into one action, in connection with Hain Celestial Group filed in the Eastern District Court of New York in 2017, alleging, among other things, breach of fiduciary duty and violations of Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 based on allegedly materially false or misleading statements and omissions in public statements, press releases and SEC filings. The case remains pending. Mr. Heyer is qualified to serve as a director due to his extensive finance, investment and operations experience, particularly in the consumer and consumer-related products and services industries.
Christopher Bradley, our Chief Financial Officer and Secretary since inception, is a Managing Director at Mistral, which he joined in 2008. Mr. Bradley brings over 20 years of experience identifying acquisition candidates, due diligence experience including accounting and financial modeling acumen, and a background in deal structuring. He currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Haymaker III (NASDAQ: HYACU). He also serves as the Chief Financial Officer of TMKR (NASDAQ: TMKR) and the Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of AFAQ. From 2019 until its business combination in December of 2020, Mr. Bradley served as the Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Haymaker II. From 2017 until its business combination in March 2019, he was an officer of Haymaker I. Since 2016, Mr. Bradley has served as a member of the board of directors of The Beacon Consumer Incubator Fund, a venture capital fund that invests in consumer technology companies. Mr. Bradley has also previously served on the board of directors of Creminelli Fine Meats, LLC, a privately held premium-priced charcuterie wholesaler from 2016 to January 2020 and The Lovesac Company, Inc. (NASDAQ: LOVE) from 2010 to 2018. Mr. Bradley has also guided Mistral portfolio companies in an operational role and, through Mistral, served on the board of Jamba, Inc. (NASDAQ: JMBA) from 2009 to 2013. Prior to Mistral, Mr. Bradley served as an investment banker at Banc of America Securities from 2005 to 2006, a Manager in Burger King’s strategy group in 2004, and a Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers management consulting practice from 1999 to 2004. He is also currently serving on the advisory board of Coliseum Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ:MITAU) and Growth For Good Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ:GFGDU). Mr. Bradley earned an A.B. from the University of Chicago and an M.B.A. from The Harvard Business School.
Walter D. McLallen, who will serve as one of our directors as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms part, is a finance professional with over 25 years of leveraged finance, private equity, restructuring and operations experience. Mr. McLallen has been the Managing Member of Meritage Capital Advisors, an advisory boutique firm focused on debt and private equity transaction origination, structuring and consulting, since 2004. Mr. McLallen has extensive board and organizational experience and has served on numerous corporate and non-profit boards and committees, with a significant historical focus on consumer products-related companies. Mr. McLallen served as a director of publicly traded Centric Brands Inc. (Nasdaq: CTRC), a lifestyle brands collective in the branded and licensed apparel and accessories sectors, from 2016 to 2020, and AerCap Holdings N.V. (NYSE: AER), an aircraft leasing company, from 2015 to 2017. Since March 2019, Mr. McLallen has served as a director of OneSpaWorld Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: OSW) and, from June 2017 to March 2019, he served as a director of Haymaker II (Nasdaq: HYAC). He also served on the boards of several consumer-focused private companies, including Timeless Wine Company, the producer of consumer luxury wine brands Silver Oak, Twomey and OVID; Worldwise, a consumer branded pet products company; adMarketplace, a search engine advertiser; and Classic Brands, an ecommerce marketer of mattresses and related products. Mr. McLallen is also a Founder and Co-Chairman of Tomahawk Strategic Solutions, a law enforcement and corporate training and risk management company. From 2006 to 2015, he was Vice Chairman of Remington Outdoor Company, an outdoor consumer platform he co-founded with a major investment firm. Mr. McLallen was formerly with CIBC World Markets from 1995 to 2004, during which time he was a Managing Director, head of Debt Capital Markets and head of High Yield Distribution. Mr. McLallen started his career in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department of Drexel Burnham Lambert and was a founding member of The Argosy Group L.P. Mr. McLallen received a B.A. with a double major in Economics and Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Roger Meltzer, Esq., one of our directors as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part, is a distinguished global leader. Mr. Meltzer currently serves on the board of Haymaker III. Mr. Meltzer has practiced law at DLA Piper LLP since 2007 and has held various roles: Global Co-Chairman, since 2015; Americas Co-Chairman, since 2013; Member, Office of the Chair, since 2011; Member, Global Board, since 2008; Co-Chairman, U.S. Executive Committee, since 2013; Member, U.S. Executive Committee, since 2007; and Global Co-Chairman, Corporate Finance Practice, 2007 through 2015. Prior to joining DLA Piper LLP, Mr. Meltzer practiced law at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP from 1980 through 2007 where he was a member of the Executive Committee from 1987 through 2007, Co-Administrative Partner and Hiring Partner from 1987 through 1999, and Partner from 1984 through 2007. Mr. Meltzer currently serves on the Advisory Board of Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession (May 2015 – Present); Board of Trustees, New York University Law School (September 2011 – Present); and the Corporate Advisory Board, John Hopkins, Carey Business School (January 2009 – December 2012). He has previously served on the board of directors of: The Legal Aid Society (November 2013 to January 2020), Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (December 2000 to February 2020) and The Coinmach Service Corporation (December 2009 to June 2013). Mr. Meltzer has also received several awards and honors and has been actively involved in philanthropic activity throughout his career. Mr. Meltzer received Juris Doctor degree in law from New York University School of Law and an A.B. from Harvard College. Roger Meltzer, Esq. is qualified to serve as a director due to his experience representing corporate clients on high-profile, complex, and cross-border matters and his leadership qualities.
Jeffrey E. Stiefler, one of our directors as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms part, has spent 45 years leading a wide range of consumer and business services companies across multiple industry sectors, including financial services, financial technology, real estate, advertising, computer software and services, private equity, and internet start-ups. His operating experiences include serving as Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer at Digital Insight, a digital banking solutions provider, from 2003 to 2007. During his tenure the company improved its operating performance and market capitalization, and was eventually sold to Intuit Financial Services in 2007. From 2000 to 2002, Mr. Stiefler served as Vice Chairman of Walker Digital, a privately held research and development lab, helping to develop several internet start-up businesses. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Stiefler served as Operating Partner/Advisor of McCown DeLeeuw & Co., a private equity firm and as Chairman of two of their portfolio companies as well as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of a third. From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Stiefler served as President and director of American Express Company and helped lead a major re-structuring of that business. From 1983 to 1986 and 1987 to 1993, Mr. Stiefler served as Senior Vice-President-Marketing and Product Development, Executive Vice-President-Sales and Marketing, President, and Chief Executive Officer of IDS/American Express. From 1986 to 1987, Mr. Stiefler served as President of the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society, or PSFS, a savings bank. Prior to 1983, Mr. Stiefler worked in the land development business for Boise Cascade Co. and in retail banking for Citibank. Since March 2019, Mr. Stiefler has served as a member of the board of directors of OneSpaWorld. Mr. Stiefler has served on four other public company boards: Taleo Corporation, a database vendor (prior to its acquisition by Oracle Corporation) from 2009 to 2013, Verifone Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:PAY) an electronic payments company, from 2008 to 2014, LPL Financial Holdings (NASDAQ:LPLA), a broker dealer, from 2007 to 2014, Vantiv, Inc. (NYSE:VNTV) a payment processing and technology provider from 2010 to the 2018, as Chairman, WorldPay from 2018 to 2019, as Director, and FIS Global, from 2019 to present as lead independent director. He has also served on three privately-held company boards, Touch Commerce, a customer engagement solutions provider, from 2008 to 2016, where he served as chairman; Square Trade, a warranty provider for consumer electronics and appliances, from 2011 to 2016, where he served as lead director, and Logic Source, a sourcing and procurement services firm, from 2010 to 2020, where he served as Chairman until 2016 and served as Chairman of its Advisory Board until March 2020. Mr. Stiefler received his B.A. from Williams College and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Mr. Stiefler is well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his extensive strategic, operations, financial and leadership experiences at both the company and board levels.