Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President
Mr. Rodgers also serves as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of LMFA, an affiliate of our sponsor and publicly traded company on the Nasdaq Capital Market. Mr. Rodgers was instrumental in developing LMFA’s business model prior to its inception and was one of its primary investors. As LMFA’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Rodgers has guided LMFA through its initial public offering, subsequent public offerings, and acquisitions of complementary businesses. Mr. Rodgers is a former business transactions attorney counseling numerous businesses with respect to mergers, acquisitions and capital raising transactions. In this capacity, Mr. Rodgers was an associate of Macfarlane, Ferguson, & McMullen, P.A. from 1991 to 1995 and a partner from 1995-1998 and was an equity partner of Foley & Lardner LLP from 1998 to 2003. Originally from Bowling Green, Kentucky, Mr. Rodgers holds an engineering degree from Vanderbilt University (1985) and a Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Florida (1991). Mr. Rodgers also served as an officer in the United States Navy from 1985-1989 rising to the rank of Lieutenant, Surface Warfare Officer. Mr. Rodgers is a member of the Florida Bar and holds an AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell.
Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, Secretary and Director
Richard Russell serves as our Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, Secretary and a director. He serves as Chief Financial Officer of LMFA, an affiliate of our sponsor and publicly traded company on the Nasdaq Capital Market. Since 2016, he has provided financial and accounting consulting services with a focus on technical and external reporting, internal auditing, mergers & acquisitions, risk management, and CFO and controller services. Mr. Russell also served as Chief Financial Officer for Mission Health Communities from 2013 to 2016 and, before that, Mr. Russell served in a variety of roles for Cott Corporation from 2007 to 2013, including Senior Director Finance, Senior Director of Internal Auditing, and Assistant Corporate Controller. Mr. Russell’s extensive professional experience with public companies includes his position as Director of Financial Reporting for Quality Distribution, a transportation and logistics company, from 2004 – 2007, and as Director of Financial Reporting for Danka Business Systems PLC, a supplier of photocopiers and office imaging equipment, from 2001 – 2004. Mr. Russell also serves as Chief Financial Officer of Generation Income Properties, Inc., which is a publicly traded real estate company that has been trading on the OTCQB Venture Market since March 2019. Mr. Russell earned his bachelor of science in accounting and a master’s in tax accounting from the University of Alabama, a bachelor of arts in international studies from the University of South Florida, and a master’s in business administration from the University of Tampa. On March 1, 2020, Mr. Russell was appointed to the board of directors for Trident Brands Inc. (“TDNT”), a publicly held consumer products company that has been trading on the OTCQB Venture Market since April 2015. Mr. Russell is also Chairman of the Hillsborough County Internal Audit Committee since January 2020 and has been a board member since August 2016.
Bruce H. Bennett
Mr. Bennett currently serves as CEO and Chairman of Mad Mobile, Inc., a global leader in point-of-sale modernization and technology solutions for the retail and restaurant industries, which he founded in 2010. As CEO and Chairman of Mad Mobile, Mr. Bennett is responsible for providing leadership and oversight over all functions of the company, including areas such as financial, sales, marketing, hiring, and compensation for the company’s 250 employees globally. Prior to 2010, Mr. Bennett served as the Chief Operating Officer and as a member of the board of directors of SOE Software, a nationally recognized leader of e-Government focused software solutions, from 2005 to 2010. In addition, Mr. Bennett has founded, grown, operated, and sold multiple high-growth technology companies, including: GoSolutions, Inc., a provider of voice and data communications services, from 2002 to 2004; Mediacentric Group, Inc., an e-commerce delivery service network provider, from 1998 to 2003; eAngler.com, an online fishing resource, providing anglers with content, community, and e-commerce, from 1994 to 1999; and Image Technologies Group, Inc., a provider of strategic consulting, website-design services, database programming, back-end integration, multimedia services, and wireless applications, from 1989 to 1993. A veteran of the software industry, with over two decades of experience, Mr. Bennett is well-versed at both the board of directors and executive levels of public and private sector companies, and he strives to maximize organizations’ key value propositions and enhance their greatest asset: their people. Mr. Bennett received his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1983. We believe that Mr. Bennett is well-qualified to serve on our Board due to his experience founding, growing, operating, and selling high-growth technology companies, his prior board of directors experience, his successful history of addressing the complex needs of large retail and technology brands, and his proven ability to undertake complex mergers and acquisitions.
In April 2020, Mr. Burson founded Peak 8 Capital, LLC, a commercial property business that is privately held by Mr. Burson and his wife. From January 2000 to March 2020, Mr. Burson served as Managing Director of H.I.G. Capital, LLC, a leading global alternative investment firm with approximately $42 billion of equity capital under management, with a focus on the small cap and mid cap segments of the market. While at H.I.G. Capital, LLC, Mr. Burson focused on making investments out of the firm’s Growth Equity fund, with a focus on the technology, consumer, healthcare, and business service sectors. In addition, Mr. Burson has held several board seats throughout his career, including recent board and audit committee seats with Cocona Inc., a privately held company that designs, develops, markets, and converses odor management knitted fabrics for the outdoor apparel industry, and HexaTech Inc., a privately held company that manufactures and distributes semiconductor devices, as well as offers optical data storage, printers, chemical and bioagent detection, sterilization, and compact analytical devices.
Mr. Traber currently served and has served as a director of LMFA, an affiliate of our sponsor and publicly traded company on the Nasdaq Capital Market, since its initial public offering in October 2015, although Mr. Traber will cease to be a director of LMFA upon the completion of this offering. Mr. Traber is currently Chairman of Skyway Capital Markets, LLC. From 1994 until 2016, Mr. Traber was a partner of Foley & Lardner LLP, in Tampa, Florida, representing clients in securities law matters and corporate transactions. Mr. Traber was a founder of NorthStar Bank in Tampa, Florida and from 2007 to 2011 served as a member of the Board of Directors of that institution. Mr. Traber served on the Board of Directors of JHS Capital Holdings and on the Advisory Board of Platinum Bank. From 2012 to 2013, he served on the Board of Directors of Exeter Trust Company, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Mr. Traber holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor from Indiana University. He has counseled and observed numerous businesses in a wide range of industries. The knowledge gained from his observations and his knowledge and experience in business transactions and securities law will assist in monitoring our performance and when we consider and pursue business acquisitions and financial transactions. As a corporate and securities lawyer, Mr. Traber has a fundamental understanding of governance principles and business ethics. His knowledge of other businesses and industries are useful in determining management and director compensation.