Elan Blutinger has served as our Chairman of the Board since our inception. Since 1996, Mr. Blutinger has been the Managing Director of Alpine Consolidated, LLC, a firm he co-founded that specializes in consolidating travel and technology companies. Since April 2019 he has also been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Espresoh Tech, a Washington, DC-based, software product development company, and from 2010 to 2018 AudioNow Holdings, a global mobile distribution platform for in-language media. From 2004 to 2012, Mr. Blutinger served on the board of directors of Great Wolf Resorts (NASDAQ: WOLF), a family entertainment resorts company. He was previously chairman of VRGateway an online lodging technology company, from 2004 until its sale to Kinderhook Industries in 2008. From 2000 until 2003, he was a director and chairman of the special committee at Hotels.com (NYSE: HOTEL). Mr. Blutinger was also a director of Resortquest International, (NYSE: RQI) from 1997 to 2003, of Travel Services International (NASDAQ: TRVL) from 1996 to 2001, and of London-based Online Travel Services (LSE: OTC) from 2000 to 2004. Mr. Blutinger earned a BA from the American University, a MA from the University of California at Berkeley, and a JD from the Washington College of Law. We believe Mr. Blutinger is well-qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his experience, relationships and contacts.
Kim Schaefer has served as our Chief Executive Officer since our inception. Since 2020, Ms. Schaeffer has been the CEO of Two Bit Circus. From 2017 to 2019, Ms. Schaefer served as President of Two Bit Circus, Inc. She has also served as an Advisor to Alpine Consolidated since December 2020. From 2015 to 2016, Ms. Schaefer was a consultant to Two Bit Circus. From 2009 to 2015, Ms. Schaefer served as Chief Executive Officer and a director of Great Wolf Resorts, Inc. (NASDAQ: WOLF) Prior to being appointed the Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Schaefer served as Great Wolf Resorts’ Chief Operating Officer/Chief Brand Officer from 2005 to 2015. Ms. Schaefer currently serves on the board of Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: HOFV) and SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc (NYSE: SEAS) and previously served on the board of Education Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: EDR), a collegiate housing REIT. Ms. Schaefer received a B.A. in Accounting from Edgewood College and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
Alex Lombardo has served as our Chief Financial Officer since our inception. Mr. Lombardo has over 20 years of finance and development experience in the hospitality and entertainment industries having led capital markets, corporate finance, accounting, financial planning, investor relations, and treasury management. Since January 2020, Mr. Lombardo has served as the Chief Financial Officer of LTD Hospitality Group. He has also served as an Advisor to Alpine Consolidated since December 2020. From 2017 to January 2020, Mr. Lombardo served as Chief Financial Officer and Head of Development for Two Bit Circus, Inc. Additionally, Mr. Lombardo served in a number of positions with Great Wolf Resorts, Inc. (NASDAQ: WOLF) from 2004 to 2017, including Treasurer, SVP of Finance and SVP of Development. From 1998 to 2004, Mr. Lombardo served as VP of Finance for Interstate Hotels and Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: IHR) Mr. Lombardo received a B.B.A. degree from James Madison University.
David Goldberg has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2021. Mr. Goldberg is an experienced public company and start-up CEO, board member and advisor with extensive experience in gaming, entertainment and sports. Since March 2017, he has served as a senior adviser to TPG Capital, one of the world’s largest private equity firms. Since December 2018, he has also served as a board member and audit committee chair of GAN Limited (NASDAQ: GAN), the nation’s leading software platform provider for the burgeoning online sports betting and casino space. From April 2014 to April 2018, he was a board and audit committee member at Trans World (OTCQB: TWOC), which operates casinos in the Czech Republic and was sold in mid-2018. From 2013 to September 2016, Mr. Goldberg was Chief Executive Officer of ScoreBig, Inc., owner and operator of ScoreBig.com, which made a general assignment for the benefit of creditors under California law in October 2016. From August 2008 to June 2010, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Youbet.com (Nasdaq: UBET) which was at the time the United States’ largest online wagering company. From October 2010 to July 2012, Mr. Goldberg was co-Chief Executive Officer of Federated Sports and Gaming, Inc. In 2012, Federated filed a petition for voluntary reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Mr. Goldberg received a BA in Economics from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. We believe Mr. Goldberg is well-qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his experience, relationships and contacts.
Howard Silver has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2021. Since 2007, Mr. Silver has been managing his personal investments and serving on various public and private company boards. From 1994 until 2007, Mr. Silver held various positions with Equity Inns, Inc., a former NYSE- listed hospitality REIT, including Chief Executive Officer, President, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary. Until the sale of Equity Inns to Whitehall Global Real Estate Funds in October 2007, Equity Inns was the largest hotel REIT focused on the upscale extended stay, all suite and midscale limited service segments of the hotel industry. From 1992 until 1994, Mr. Silver served as Chief Financial Officer of Alabaster Originals, L.P., a fashion jewelry wholesaler. From 1987 to 1992, Mr. Silver was employed by Ernst & Young LLP and from 1978 to 1985, by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, both global accounting firms. Mr. Silver has served as a member of the board of directors of Education Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: EDR) since 2010 and currently serves as its lead independent director. Mr. Silver has also served as an independent director and a member of the audit committee and the valuation, compensation and affiliate transactions committee of CIM Real Estate Finance Trust, Inc. (OTC: CMFT) since October 2019, a member of the board of directors and chairman of the audit committee of Jernigan Capital, Inc. (NYSE: JCAP), a mortgage REIT focused on lending to self-storage facilities, since April 2015. From January 2014 until the sale of the company in January 2016, he served as a member of the board of directors and as chairman of the audit committee of Landmark Apartment Trust, Inc., a publicly registered, non-listed multifamily REIT, and, from its inception in 2004 through the sale of the company in November 2013, he served as a member of the board of directors and chairman of the audit committee of CapLease, Inc. (NYSE: LSE), a publicly listed net lease REIT. From 2004 until the sale of the company in May 2012, Mr. Silver also served as a member of the board of directors of Great Wolf Resorts, Inc. (NASDAQ: WOLF). Mr. Silver received a B.S. (cum laude) in Accountancy from the University of Memphis and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1980. We believe Mr. Nolan is well-qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his experience, relationships and contacts.
Alissa Nikki Nolan has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2021. Ms. Nolan has held a variety of senior positions with global leaders involved in the acquisition, planning, development and operation of branded leisure-related real estate for more than 25 years. Since 2009, she has been the principal of Nolan Consulting Services, a consulting firm she founded. Ms. Nolan formerly served as the Director of Global Strategy and Business Development of Tussauds Group/Merlin Entertainment from 2000 to 2007, a non-executive board member of Great Wolf Resorts (NASDAQ: WOLF) from 2004 to 2007, and a director and principal of Economics Research Associates (London and Los Angeles) from 1993 to 2000. Ms. Nolan was a member of Mayor Bloomberg’s Advisory Panel for waterfront development in NY in 2009 and is a contributor to numerous leisure and real-estate industry publications. Ms. Nolan received a Masters of International Management & Finance from Thunderbird. We believe Ms. Nolan is well-qualified to serve on our board of directors due to her experience, relationships and contacts.