BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mr. Whitmore has been a director of the Company since June 2007 and Chair of our Board of Directors since March 2010. Since 1985, he has been the Managing Partner of Grace Brothers LP, an investment firm that holds approximately 3% of the outstanding shares of our common stock. Mr. Whitmore and Grace Brothers LP collectively hold or claim beneficial ownership of 34.8% of the outstanding shares of our common stock. Mr. Whitmore has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Over the past five years, Mr. Whitmore has served as a director of several privately held companies in which Grace Brothers LP and its affiliates held investments as well as not-for-profit organizations.
Mr. Popielec has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and as a director of the Company since December 30, 2010. Mr. Popielec has over 30 years’ experience in growing domestic and international industrial businesses. Prior to joining us, Mr. Popielec operated his own management consulting business in 2009 to 2010 and was Group President, Applied Technologies in 2008 and 2009 and Group President, Diversified Components from 2005 to 2007 at Carlisle Companies, Inc., a $2.5 billion diversified global manufacturer. Prior to that, from 2003 to 2005, he held various positions, including Chief Operating Officer, Americas, for Danka Business Systems, PLC. From 1985 to 2002, Mr. Popielec held positions of increasing responsibility at General Electric Company, culminating in his serving as a GE corporate officer and as President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Power Controls, the European arm of GE Industrial Systems. Mr. Popielec has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University.
Mr. Saeli has been a director of the Company since March 5, 2010. Since 2011, Mr. Saeli has served as the Chief Executive Officer and a director of John R. Burt Enterprises, a diversified manufacturer of primarily commercial low slope roofing systems. From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Saeli was a consultant to international corporate clients on matters involving business development strategies, acquisitions and operations. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Noble International, Ltd., an international automotive supplier. Prior to that, Mr. Saeli was Vice President of Corporate Development for Lear Corporation, an international automotive supplier. Over the past five years, Mr. Saeli has served on various boards of privately held businesses and nonprofit organizations. Mr. Saeli has a BA in Economics from Hamilton College, and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. Mr. Saeli qualifies as an audit committee financial expert under applicable SEC rules.
Mr. Shaw has been a director of the Company since June 8, 2010. Currently he is on the board of directors for Pratt Miller, Inc., a large engineering company for automotive racing and defense businesses. Additionally, he is a senior advisor to HMS Global Maritime, a marine operator of domestic ferry companies and the US government, the American Queen Steamboat Company, a $100 million operator of overnight cruise ships, and for Hornblower Group, operator of a large fleet of excursion vessels. Mr. Shaw has served as the president of the largest dining and excursion boat operator in the United States, with over 100 vessels. He has been president of a large mechanical contracting company specializing in the federal government and healthcare markets. Mr. Shaw served in the US Marine Corps as an infantry Captain, has an MBA degree from Harvard University and an engineering degree from Cornell University.
Mr. Singh has been a director of the Company since August 2000 and served as Chair of our Board of Directors from December 2001 to June 2007. Mr. Singh is currently the Chief Executive Officer of CSR Consulting Group, which provides business and technology consulting services, a position that he has held since 2008. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Aptara, a content outsourcing services company, from February 2003 until July 2008. Prior to that, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of ContentGuard, which develops and markets digital property rights software. Before joining ContentGuard, Mr. Singh worked for Xerox as a corporate Senior Vice President responsible for the software and services businesses. Mr. Singh has a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Bath, England and MBA from WPI.
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