Board of Directors
- James H. Amos Jr.
James H. Amos, Jr. has served as a director since September 2015. Mr. Amos is former chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Mail Boxes Etc. (MBE), now The UPS Store. He is past chairman of the International Franchise Association, an association representing franchising in the United States. He is currently chairman of the board of APFI, Procter and Gamble’s franchising initiatives. Mr. Amos is President and CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA), which tapped him in February 2016 to support the NCPA’s mission to promote alternatives to government regulation and solving problems through the competitive, private sector. A former Marine Corps captain and veteran of split combat tours in Vietnam, Mr. Amos received 12 decorations, including the Purple Heart and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. Mr. Amos received his AB in political science and history in 1968 from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Matthew E. Rubel has served as a director since June of 2017. Mr. Rubel served as CEO, President, and Board Member of Varsity Brands. Previously, starting in 2015, Mr. Rubel served as a Senior Advisor at Roark Capital Group. From 2011 to 2015, he served as a Senior Advisor to both TPG Capital, L.P. and TPG Growth. Prior to his advisor roles, Mr. Rubel served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Collective Brands, Inc. from 2005 to 2011, including his time as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of Payless Inc. which saw the acquisition of brands including Sperry Topsider, Saucony, Stride Rite and Keds. From February 1999 to July 2005, he served as the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Cole Haan. Prior to joining Cole Haan, Mr. Rubel served as an Executive Vice President of J. Crew Group and Chief Executive Officer of Popular Club Plan from 1994 to 1999. Mr. Rubel has been a director of numerous multi-national retail companies and consumer brands. Currently, he is an Independent Director at Hudson’s Bay Company. In addition, Mr. Rubel currently serves on the Board of HSNi, the holding company of HSN and Cornerstone Brands. In 2010, Mr. Rubel became a Presidential Appointee to the House Advisory Council on Trade Policy Negotiation. Mr. Rubel holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University and an MBA from University of Miami in 1980.
- Richard A. Kerley
Richard A. Kerley has served as a director since September 2015. He served as Lead Director from March 2016 to March 2017. Mr. Kerley served as chief financial officer and member of the board of directors of Peter Piper, Inc., a privately-held pizza and entertainment restaurant chain. He joined Peter Piper in 2008 after serving as chief financial officer of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, a privately-held manufacturer and wholesaler of musical instruments and equipment. Prior to that, Mr. Kerley spent over 30 years at Deloitte & Touche, most recently as audit partner on both public and private companies. He is currently a member of the board of directors of The Providence Service Corporation (NASDAQ: PRSC), a Connecticut based company that provides and manages multiple healthcare and social services, comprised of non-emergency transportation services, human services, and workforce development services in the United States and abroad. Mr. Kerley received a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting from Marshall University in 1971.
- Bret Sanders
Bret Sanders has served as a director since April of 2015. Mr. Sanders has served since 1992 as Director of Equity Trading at Sanders Morris Harris Inc., member FINRA/SIPC, a Houston-based registered broker-dealer and investment advisor. Prior to joining Sanders Morris Harris, Mr. Sanders was employed in the legal and investment consulting business, advising investment firms on regulatory and compliance issues. Mr. Sanders is a founding member and has served for six years on the board of directors of R Bank Texas, a regional bank based in Round Rock and Austin, Texas. He is also an owner and has served for 15 years as a member of the Board of Directors of Ryan-Sanders Baseball, Inc., Triple A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Mr. Sanders is a former owner and board member of the Corpus Christi Hooks, Double-A affiliate of Major League Baseball's Houston Astros. He received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Houston in 1989.
- Peter Holt
Peter D. Holt has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since January 2017. Mr. Holt previously served as Chief Executive Officer from August 2016, acting Chief Executive Officer from June 2016, and Chief Operating Officer from April 2016. The Board also elected Mr. Holt to serve as a director of the Company, effective August 2016. Mr. Holt, has had extensive operational experience in senior management with companies that have multiple store locations and franchises. Most recently, he served as President and CEO of Tasti D-Lite LLC, a retailer of lower-fat dairy desserts. He held that position from 2013 until Tasti D-Lite was purchased by Kahala Brands in June of 2015. Prior to Tasti D-Lite, from 2005 until 2007, Mr. Holt served as Executive in Residence of Great Hills Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm. At Great Hills Partners, he was responsible for identifying, qualifying and assisting in the due diligence process of franchisor acquisitions. From 1997 through 2003, Mr. Holt held various positions with Mail Boxes, Etc., including Executive Vice President of Franchise Sales and Development. Ultimately, he was responsible for all franchise sales functions including domestic sales, site selection/retail center development, and the international sales and operations division. Mr. Holt served on the International Franchise Association (IFA) Board of Directors from 2013 to 2015 and as Chairman of the International Affairs Network (IAN) of the IFA from 1998 to 2007. Mr. Holt earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of London and completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Washington, where he graduated cum laude.
- Suzanne M. Decker
Suzanne M. Decker has served as a director since June of 2017. Ms. Decker is currently the Chief Human Resources Officer for Aspen Dental Management, Inc. (ADMI). ADMI supports more than 600 dentist-owned branded dental practices in 35 U.S. States doing business as Aspen Dental. Ms. Decker is responsible for all HR related activities to support ADMI’s 8000 team members; including compensation, benefits, performance and talent management, engagement and employee relations, talent acquisition, field HR and employment practices liability. During her tenure with ADMI, Ms. Decker joined the Field Operations team in 2002 supporting practice operations throughout New York State. Prior to joining ADMI, Ms. Decker was Director of Human Resources for the Davis Vision Companies, a vertically integrated vision services provider. Ms. Decker holds a Bachelor’s degree from Russell Sage College, Troy, NY.
- Ronald V. DaVella
Ronald V. DaVella has served as a director since our initial public offering in 2014, and was appointed Lead Director in March 2017. Mr. DaVella formerly served as the Chief Financial Officer for Amazing Lash Studio Franchise LLC, A franchisor of eyelash extension service studios with over 120 operating locations in the US. Since August 2015 Mr. DaVella is also a franchise owner with Amazing Lash Studio LLC. Mr. DaVella was an audit partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP from June 1989 to July 2014. Prior to becoming a partner at Deloitte & Touche, Mr. DaVella served as an audit manager and staff accountant from August 1980 to June 1989. He has assisted clients with mergers and acquisitions, operational and financial controls, internal and external reporting, financings and public offerings and filings with the SEC. Mr. DaVella is a certified public accountant in the State of Arizona. He received a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Queens College in 1979 and a master’s in business administration degree in finance from Pace University in 1985.