Paul Vigano is a Co-Managing Partner at J.H. Whitney & Co., LLC where he oversees all day-to-day operations of the firm. He has been an investment professional at the firm since 1997. Prior to joining the firm, he served at Goldman, Sachs & Co. as a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions group. Mr. Vigano received a B.B.A. degree from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Robert Merritt’s career in the restaurant industry has spanned over three decades. He was an original member of the senior management team of Outback Steakhouse Inc., where he oversaw the initial public offering and helped to expand the company’s initial operations of five restaurants in Florida in 1990 to over 1250 restaurants in 22 countries by his retirement in 2005. As part of Outback’s growth, Mr. Merritt was responsible for structuring and negotiating the formation of joint ventures with Carrabba’s Italian Grill and Bonefish Grill, as well as the acquisitions of Roy’s and Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Bar. Mr. Merritt served on the Outback Steakhouse, Inc. board of directors from 1991 to 2005, and served on the boards of each of Outback’s operating subsidiaries and joint ventures.
Mr. Merritt currently serves on the board of directors for Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: RUTH). He has previously served on the boards of St. Augustine Health Care, Inc. and Hydrogen Media, and was also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tampa’s Lowery Park Zoo and Chairman of the Florida Orchestra, two not-for-profit entities.
F. Philip Handy
Over a career that spans more than forty years, Mr. Handy has demonstrated business and financial acumen. Mr. Handy founded the investment firm, Winter Park Capital, in 1980, and he currently serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Handy has held leadership positions in companies such as Maryland Club Foods, a nationally branded coffee/beverage company, Majik Markets, a thousand-unit convenience store and gasoline retailer, Rewards Network, Inc., a leading provider of dining and loyalty programs for restaurants, airlines and retailers, and Chart House Restaurant Group. Further, Mr. Handy serves on the Boards of Directors of Owens Corning, Inc., a prominent global supplier of insulation, roofing and fiberglass composites, and Anixter International, Inc., a leading global supplier of communications and security products. He is also a philanthropist and he currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to education reform. Mr. Handy is a Cum Laude graduate of Economics, B.A. from Princeton University and he holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Handy’s experience within the retail and restaurant industries, combined with his public board service and his successful strategic planning and leadership of complex organizations provide Mr. Handy with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director of the Company.
Ann Iverson has provided international consulting services in Carefree, Arizona, since 1998. Prior to that, Ms. Iverson served as chief executive officer of Laura Ashley Holdings plc, Mothercare plc and Kay-Bee Toy Stores, as well as chairman of Brooks Sports, Inc. Additionally, she has held executive positions with Bloomingdales and Federated Department Stores, Inc. Ms. Iverson is also a member of the Board of Directors at Owens Corning where she serves on the Audit and Finance Committees. Previously she served on a number of other public company boards including Shoe Pavilion, Inc. and Iconix. She currently is Chairman of the Board of Thunderbird School of Global management where she has been a trustee since 2001 and a member of Financo Global Consulting.
Shauna R. King currently serves as Vice President, Finance and Business Operations for Yale University, a position she has held since 2006, where her responsibilities include Strategic and Financial Planning, Capital and Operating Budgeting, Departmental Business Operations, Information Technology, Dining Operations, Shared Services and Procurement. Prior to her role at Yale University, Ms. King provided management, financial and operations consulting to select clients with SKing Consulting from 2003 to 2006, as well as from 1994 to 1998. Between her consulting endeavors, Ms. King held leadership positions at PepsiCo, Inc., including Chief Transformation Officer in 2003, and President, PepsiCo Shared Services and Global Information Officer from 2000 to 2003. She also held the positions of Vice President and General Manager, Club Channel and Vice President, Field Finance at Frito-Lay, Inc. Prior to these roles, Ms. King held various business development, finance and marketing related roles at PepsiCo Food Systems, Frito-Lay, Inc and PepsiCo Bottling Group, in addition to starting her career at Price Waterhouse.
Joseph N. Stein has served as a restaurant and franchise consultant since February 2011. Mr. Stein is also a CFO Partner of Accordion Partners CFO Leadership Group, a financial services firm. From January 2009 to February 2011, Mr. Stein was the Senior Vice President of Strategy & Innovation for El Pollo Loco, Inc., a restaurant concept, and was previously the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of El Pollo Loco, Inc. from 2002 to 2009. Mr. Stein has served in a variety of executive positions with other restaurant companies during his over 25 year career, including with Rubio's Restaurants, Inc., Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. and CKE Restaurants, Inc. Mr. Stein was also previously a certified public accountant for KPMG LLP. Mr. Stein was also a director of ROI Acquisitions Corp., a special purpose acquisition corporation in the restaurant and consumer goods industry and is also the author of Bottom-Up and Top-Down Innovation.
Mr. Stein's extensive experience as a senior executive officer in the restaurant industry, his accounting and financial expertise and his experience with strategic transactions provides him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.