Good Works II Acquisition Corp.
Fred S. Zeidman has served as our Chairman since February 5, 2021. Mr. Zeidman has served as Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chairman of Good Works Acquisition Corp. since June 2020. Mr. Zeidman has served as Chairman of Gordian Group LLC, a U.S. investment bank specializing in board level advice in complex financial matters since December 2014. Over the course of his distinguished 50-year career, Mr. Zeidman has served in a number of high-profile executive roles. In addition to his role with Gordian Group, he is also a director of Prosperity Bank in Houston. His leadership roles have included: Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Unibar Corporation, the largest domestic independent drilling fluids company, until its sale to Anchor Drilling Fluids in 1992, President and CEO of Crown Services (1992-1994), President and CEO of Intersystems, President and CEO of Interpak Systems (March 2002 to December 2007), Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Seitel, Inc. (June 2002 until the sale of the company in February 2007), a Houston-based onshore seismic data provider where he was instrumental in the successful turnaround of the Company, Chief Bankruptcy Trustee of AremisSoft Corp. (1999-2002), Chief Restructuring Officer of TransMeridian Exploration Inc. (August 2009 until the sale of company in November 2009), a Director of the REMA subsidiary of NRG Energy, Lead Director of Straight Path Communications (July 2013 to May 2017), and CFO of the Texas Heart Institute where he led a complex financial restructuring and assisted in the integration of St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital System and Baylor College of Medicine into Catholic Health Initiatives. Mr. Zeidman was appointed Chairman of the US Holocaust Memorial Council by President George W. Bush in 2002, and served until 2010, and is Chairman Emeritus. He was Chairman of the University of Texas Health Science System Houston and is Chairman Emeritus. Mr. Zeidman was a Director of the Texas Heart Institute. He is on the board of the Development Corp of Israel (Israel Bonds) and served on the Board and Executive Committee of the National World War II Museum. Mr. Zeidman holds a Bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master’s in Business Administration from New York University. We believe that Mr. Zeidman is well qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his extensive leadership, restructuring and corporate finance experience as well has his extensive relationships in the investing, investment banking and restructuring businesses.
Douglas Wurth has served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Good Works Acquisition II since February 2021, and as Co- Chairman of Good Works Acquisition Corp. since October 2020. Prior to this, Mr. Wurth led major businesses within J.P. Morgan Asset Management during his nearly 20 years at J.P Morgan from 1997 to 2016. As Chief Executive Officer of Alternative Investments for J.P. Morgan Asset Management, he managed businesses with over $120 billion in alternative assets. Prior to that role, Mr. Wurth was the Chief Executive Officer of J.P. Morgan’s International Private Bank, where he led the expansion of the franchise in Asia, Latin America and Europe while based in New York, Hong Kong, and London. Since leaving J.P. Morgan,
Mr. Wurth has invested in and helped lead several private companies, of which he is Chairman of the Board of Standard Power, Bluejay Diagnostics, and Vestrata, and a board member of Triax Technologies. Before joining J.P. Morgan, Mr. Wurth practiced law at the New York firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom from 1992 to 1995, and served as General Counsel to former U.S. Senator Robert Dole’s 1996 presidential campaign. Mr. Wurth earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. We believe that Mr. Wurth is well qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his overall leadership experience, his experience in the private equity and alternative investments industry and his legal experience.
Cary Grossman has served as our President, Chief Financial Officer and been a member of our board of directors since February 5, 2021. Mr. Grossman has served as President, Chief Financial Officer and as a director of Good Works Acquisition Corp. since June 2020. Mr. Grossman is a veteran finance professional with a combination of executive management, investment banking and public accounting experience. His extensive experience includes interim management and restructuring of distressed businesses, public and private placements of debt and equity, mergers & acquisitions, initial public offerings, building and leading management teams, oversight of company financial functions, investor relations, and corporate governance.
In 2010, Mr. Grossman co-founded Shoreline Capital Advisors, an investment banking firm focused on financial advisory services and middle market corporate finance transactions. Prior to Shoreline, from 1991 – 2002, Mr. Grossman co-founded and was CEO of another investment banking firm, McFarland, Grossman & Company. Earlier in his career, he practiced public accounting for 15 years. Mr. Grossman has also held a number of executive positions, including; President of XFit, Inc. from 2019 to 2021, Chief Financial Officer for Blaze Metals, LLC from 2007 to 2010; Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Gentium, S.P.A. from 2004 to 2006; Chief Executive Officer of ERP Environmental Services, Inc. and Chief Financial Officer of U.S. Liquids, Inc. from 2001 to 2003. He also co-founded Pentacon, Inc. (NYSE: JIT) and served as a board member and Executive Chairman from 1998 – 2002, and as a director of Metalico (NYSE: MEA) 2014 – 2015 and INX Inc (NASDAQ: INXI) 2004 – 2011. Mr. Grossman is a Certified Public Accountant and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas. We believe that Mr. Grossman is well qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his extensive corporate finance and management experience, his prior experience with SPACs and his overall public company experience.