Board of Directors
Matthew E. Rubel
Matthew E. Rubel has served as a director since June of 2017. Mr. Rubel currently serves as Executive Chairman of KidKraft, Inc. and Chairman, Mid Ocean Partners Private Equity Consumer Group. Previously, he served as CEO, President, and Board Member of Varsity Brands. Starting in 2015, he 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. 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 and TreeHouse Foods, Inc. In addition, Mr. Rubel has served 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.
Education: Mr. Rubel holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University and an MBA from University of Miami in 1980.
James H. Amos Jr.
James H. Amos, Jr. has served as a director since September 2015. Mr. Amos is the former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Mail Boxes Etc. (MBE), now The UPS Store. Under his leadership, MBE became the world’s largest and fastest growing franchisor of retail business, communication and postal service centers. Based in San Diego, the MBE Network is comprised of nearly 5,000 locations worldwide, with master licensing agreements in more than 80 countries. In 2001, Mr. Amos was instrumental in orchestrating the sale of MBE to UPS and executing the largest re-branding in history of a retail system from MBE to The UPS Store.
He is past chairman of the International Franchise Association, and in 2011 was an inductee into the IFA’s hall of Fame. Mr. Amos is currently Chairman of the Advisory board of APFI, a wholly owned subsidiary of Procter & Gamble dedicated to franchising.
Mr. Amos has served on or is serving on the board of directors of the National Veteran’s Administration, The marine Military Academy, The marine Corps Heritage Foundation, Meineke Car Care Centers, Oreck Corporation, Zig Ziglar Corporation, WSI of Canada, The University of Missouri, Skin PhD, The HealthStore Foundation, Ken Blanchard’s Faith Walk leadership Foundation and Aspen Dental.
Education: Mr. Amos received his AB in political science and history in 1968 from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Ronald V. DaVella
Ronald V. DaVella has served as a director since our initial public offering in 2014. Mr. DaVella currently serves as Executive Vice President of Finance for Alkaline Water Company, a consumer product public company producing and selling alkaline water under the brand name Alkaline 88. He formerly served as Chief Financial Officer for NanoFlex Power Corporation, a public company that was commercializing two disruptive solar technologies from May 2017 to March 2019. He also formerly served as the Chief Financial Officer for Amazing Lash Studio Franchise LLC from March 2016 to May 2017 a franchisor of eyelash extension service studios with over 200 operating locations in the US. From August 2015 to February 2019, Mr. DaVella was 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.
Mr. DaVella is a certified public accountant in the state of Arizona. He has assisted his clients with mergers and acquisitions, operational and financial controls, internal and external reporting, financings and public offerings and filings with the SEC.
Education: BS in Accounting, Queens College; MBA in Finance, Pace University
Suzanne M. Decker
Suzanne Decker has served as a director since June 2017. Ms. Decker is currently the Chief Human Resources Officer for Aspen Dental Management, Inc. (ADMI). ADMI supports more than 750+ dentist-owned branded dental practices in 39 U.S. states doing business as Aspen Dental. In 2016, ADMI acquired WellNow Urgent Care (formerly Five Star Urgent Care). Since 2016, Ms. Decker also supports the HR function for WellNow Urgent Care Centers. WellNow operates 30 urgent care facilities throughout New York state.
Ms. Decker is responsible for all HR-related activities to support ADMI’s 8,000 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.
Education: BS in Childhood Education, Russell Sage College
Peter D. Holt
President & Chief Executive Officer
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 27, 2016. The Board also elected Mr. Holt to serve as a director of the Company, effective January 2017. 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. From 2007 through 2012, he was Chief Operating Officer of Tasti D-Lite. While at Tasti D-Lite, among other achievements, he led the team to convert the licensed retail network into a business format franchise structure. He also led the acquisition of Planet Smoothie and managed the integration of the two brands.Over the years, Holt held various management positions with franchised companies including working for Mail Boxes Etc.(MBE) for seven years. MBE, now The UPS Store, is the world’s largest franchisor of retail centers specializing in shipping, business and communications services. Additionally, Holt has held positions at Brice Foods, Inc., Great Hills Partners and International Franchise Association.
Prior to Tasti D-Lite, from 2005 until 2007, Mr. Holt served as Executive in Residence of Great Hill 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 potential franchisor acquisitions.
He was the Chief Operating Officer of 24Seven Vending (US), a subsidiary of the New Zealand publicly traded company, VTL Group Limited, from 2004 until 2005. At 24Seven Vending (US), Mr. Holt was responsible for all aspects of the implementation of an acquisition-to-franchise conversion expansion strategy in parallel with managing the financing, sales, operations, technology and training for the company.
From 1997 through 2003, Mr. Holt held various positions with Mail Boxes, Etc., including Executive Vice President of Franchise Sales and Development, Senior Vice President, International, and Vice President, International. 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 also held positions at Brice Foods, Inc. (1990-1996) and International Franchise Association (1986-1990).
Education: BA in Political Science, University of Washington; MA in Latin American History, University of London
Mr. Hong has served as a director since June 2018. Mr. Hong is currently serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Discount Tire Company. In this role, Mr. Hong is responsible for all customer-facing and back-of-house systems and people and for the company's digital technology strategy. Discount Tire Company is a $5 billion privately held retail company, headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, with 950+ stores and a strong online presence.
Prior to Discount Tire, Mr. Hong served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Red Rock Resorts, Inc. Mr. Hong was instrumental in modernizing the company's enterprise systems to facilitate its 2016 initial public offering and its overall digital business strategy. Before that, Mr. Hong was responsible for international IT and all customer and back office technology at Starbucks Corporation. In that role, he led and supported key IT initiatives, including enabling strong international store growth, managing the global rollout of a new point of sale mobile application and integrating retail infrastructure across three continents.
Education: BE in Engineering, United States Military Academy at West Point
Glenn J. Krevlin
Mr. Krevlin is the Founder, Managing Partner, Principal and Portfolio Manager of Glenhill Capital Advisors LLC ("GCA"), a fundamental equity investment manager. Mr. Krevlin founded and has worked at GCA since 2001. Previously, Mr. Krevlin was a Partner and Portfolio Manager at Cumberland Associates, Cumberland Partners, and Long View Partners (collectively, "Cumberland Associates"), an affiliated group of value oriented private investment partnerships, from 1994 to 2000. Before becoming a partner, Mr. Krevlin worked as an associate at Cumberland Associates from 1989 to 1994. Prior to that, Mr. Krevlin served as Vice President & Associate at the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS), in the institutional Equity Sales department, from 1982 to 1989. Mr. Krevlin serves on an advisory board for Design Within Reach, Inc., a modern furniture design company that is a subsidiary of Herman Miller, Inc. (Nasdaq: HMLR). From 2009 until Herman Miller's 2014 acquisition of Design Within Reach, he served as a member and chairman of its board of directors (Pink Sheets: DWRI). Additionally, Mr. Krevlin has served on the Board of Directors of Centric Brands Inc. (NASDAQ: CTRC) (f/k/a Differential Brands Group Inc.), a leading lifestyle brands collective, since October 2018. Prior to that, Mr. Krevlin served on the Board of Directors of Restoration Hardware, Inc. a home-furnishings company, from 2001 to 2012, including a period of service on the audit committee. During part of his tenure on the board, the company was publicly traded on Nasdaq (RSTO).
Education: BA in Economics and Government, Wesleyan University; MBA , New York University.