Board of Directors
Frederick J. Sandford, age 55, was appointed as our President and Chief Executive Officer on February 22, 2013, and was first elected as a director at the Company’s 2013 shareholders meeting. Mr. Sandford has over 30 years of leadership experience as CEO, President, or General Manager, guiding businesses in various stages, including startups, turnarounds and wind downs. He has led companies in diverse industries, including technology, industrial fabrication, security services, waste management and retail. Prior to joining our company, he served as an independent consultant to Silicon Valley venture capitalists. From 2003-2005, he led the restructuring of The Environmental Trust, a land mitigation organization with 80 holdings, resulting in significant asset protection. Mr. Sandford was awarded a full fellowship and earned his MBA from Cornell University while serving as the CEO of Student Agencies, America’s oldest student-run company. He earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is a former U.S. Navy SEAL.
John Stewart, age 59, has been a member of our Board of Directors since November of 2013 and was elected as Chairman in December 2014. He has been the President of Glacial Holdings, Inc. and Glacial Holdings LLC, private multi-family residential and commercial real estate holding companies, and of Glacial Holdings Property Management, Inc., a private property management company since 1992. Through a number of private entities, Mr. Stewart is an investor in various business enterprises. During the past nine years, he has served as the chair of the Advisory Board of the Bank of North Dakota, a director of Corridor Investors, LLC, the Minot Family YMCA and the Minot Vocational Adjustment Workshop, and as a trustee of the Open Family Guidance Institute. Mr. Stewart was employed as a Certified Public Accountant by the accounting firms of Arthur Andersen & Co. (from 1978 to 1980) and Brady, Martz & Associates P.C. (from 1980 to 1997). Mr. Stewart has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Investors Real Estate Trust (NYSE – IRET) since 2004.
John Schneller, age 50, was appointed to our Board of Directors on June 23, 2008. Mr. Schneller is a Partner at the investment banking firm of Scura Paley & Company LLC. Prior to joining Scura Paley Mr. Schneller was the Chief Financial Officer of iMedicor, Inc., an enterprise healthcare software company. Prior to iMedicor Mr. Schneller served from 2002 to 2007 as an investment analyst at Knott Partners, a multi-billion dollar, value-based, New York hedge fund. Mr. Schneller's area of expertise was analysis and investing in micro-to-mid-cap securities with emphasis in the fields of intellectual property, technology, content distribution, nanotechnology, healthcare, non-bank financials, business services, insurance companies, packaging and retail. Mr. Schneller received his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MA, a Master's in Public Administration from Suffolk University in Boston and a Master's in Business Administration from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
JD Smith, age 45, has been a member of our Board of Directors since
Richard Finlay, age 56, was appointed to our Board of Directors on July 9, 2015. Mr. Finlay is currently Chief Financial Officer at BNBuilders, Inc. (BNB), a construction company focused on life science, biotech, lab research, health care, education and commercial markets with offices in Seattle and San Diego. Prior to joining BNB, Mr. Finlay spent four years in non-profit leadership as CFO at Eastside Catholic School and in Guatemala for Ecofiltro, a social enterprise manufacturing and distributing water filters. Prior to his work in Central America, Mr. Finlay served in senior leadership positions (either CEO or CFO) with a veterinary hospital group, a boat manufacturer, a fitness / nutrition focused company and an innovative early stage health care company. Additional experience includes more than 15 years’ experience in business development, finance and accounting with a Fortune 500 company as well as small and mid-size regional companies. He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Washington earning a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.
R. Rimmy Malhotra, age 40, was appointed to our Board of Directors on April 6, 2016. From 2013 to the present, Mr. Malhotra has served as the Managing Member and Portfolio Manager for the Nicoya Fund LP, a private investment partnership. Previously, from 2008-2013 he served as portfolio manager of the Gratio Values Fund, a mutual fund registered under the Investment Act of 1940. Prior to this, he was an Investment Analyst at a New York based hedge fund. He earned an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania where he was a Lauder Fellow. Mr. Malhotra holds undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Economics from Johns Hopkins University.
Steven Bathgate, age 61, has over 35 years of security industry experience, particularly with microcap companies. He was appointed to the company's Board of Directors in 2016. In 1995 he founded GVC Capital LLC, and he is the Senior Managing Partner of that firm. GVC Capital is an investment banking firm located in Denver, Colorado, focusing primarily on providing comprehensive investment banking services to undervalued microcap companies. Prior to founding GVC Capital, Mr. Bathgate was CEO of securities firm Cohig & Associates in Denver from 1985 to 1995 and was previously Managing Partner, Equity Trading, at Wall Street West. He currently is also a director for Global Healthcare REIT and Bluebook International, Inc. Mr. Bathgate received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Colorado, Leeds School of Business.