Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board
Michael Mathews has served as the Company's Chief Executive Officer and a director since March 2012 and as Chief Executive Officer of Aspen University Inc. ("Aspen University"), a subsidiary of the Company, since May 2011. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Interclick, Inc. ("Interclick") (Nasdaq: ICLK) from August 28, 2007 until January 31, 2011. From June 2007 until it was acquired by Yahoo, Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) in December 2011, Mr. Mathews also served as a director of Interclick. From May 15, 2008, until June 30, 2008, Mr. Mathews served as the interim Chief Financial Officer of Interclick. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Mathews served as the senior vice-president of marketing and publisher services for World Avenue U.S.A., LLC, an Internet promotional marketing company. Mr. Mathews was selected to serve as a director due to his knowledge of the for profit education industry, his commitment to a "debt free" education, his track record of success in managing early stage and growing businesses, his extensive knowledge of the online education and Internet marketing industries and his knowledge of running and serving on the boards of public companies.
Chief Financial Officer and Director
Frank Cotroneo is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Core Business Consulting, LLC, which he started in 2004 to provide professional consulting services to private and public companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500. Projects include strategic and financial planning, business development, capital raising, capital restructuring, third party vendor management, ERP and financial systems implementation, internal control improvements, risk management, and leadership development. In 2008, Mr. Cotroneo joined Netspend as their Audit Committee chairman then stepped down to become their COO and CFO. He finalized a major acquisition, restructured the company's capital structure during the financial crisis of 2008 and led process change efforts to reengineer their corporate finance, IT and customer service departments in preparation for a successful IPO. In 2006, Mr. Cotroneo was appointed CFO for Acxiom Corporation, in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he was brought in to defend the company in a shareholder proxy contest brought by ValueAct and to improve the company's overall financial management, ERP systems and supporting processes. In 2000, Mr. Cotroneo joined H&R Block as CFO where he held that position for almost four years. From 1988 - 2000 Mr. Cotroneo held various finance positions with MasterCard International, including being promoted in 1996 to Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at MasterCard headquarters in Purchase, New York. Previous board roles include Intrix Technology in Rosemont, California from 2011-2016; Achieve Financial Services from 2010 to 2012 in Austin, Texas; Netspend audit committee chairman, Austin, Texas in 2008; Interclick (Nasdaq: ICLK) audit committee chairman from 2010-2011 until acquired by Yahoo!; and Adknowledge, Kansas City, Missouri audit committee chairman from 2012 to 2018. Mr. Cotroneo was selected as a director for his over 30 years of experience in the Financial Services, Fintech, Payments and Technology sector and his experience serving on the audit committees of public and private companies.
Norman D. Dicks
Norman D. Dicks has served as a director since November 17, 2016. He was a member of the United States House of Representatives for approximately 36 years. He has served as Senior Policy Advisor to law firm Van Ness Feldman LLP since 2013, advising clients on a wide-range of public policy, strategic, and regulatory issues, particularly those in the environmental sector. Prior to joining the firm, Congressman Dicks represented Washington State's 6th Congressional District from 1977 to 2013, during which time he received a first-term appointment to the House Appropriations Committee, a committee he served on for his entire tenure in Congress. In addition, Congressman Dicks served on and chaired the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, where he made environmental issues a priority, and worked on issues affecting the National Parks, National Forests, and Native American issues. Congressman Dicks also was the chair of the Defense Appropriations Committee, and concluded his tenure in Congress as top-ranking Democratic Member on that Committee, and top-ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee. From 1990 to 1998, Congressman Dicks served on the House Intelligence Committee and was awarded the CIA Directors Medal. Upon his retirement, Congressman Dicks received the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon a civilian, for his work on behalf of military members and their families. Congressman Dicks was appointed a director for his experience and expertise on a wide range of public policy, strategic and regulatory issues. Given the regulatory nature of our business, Congressman Dicks' experience provides invaluable insight and advice to the Board and management regarding our debtless education solution to adults across America.
C. James Jensen
C. James Jensen has served as a director of the Company since March 2012 and of Aspen University since May 2011. Mr. Jensen is currently retired. He is an active member of the World Presidents' Organization, a life director of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and is Vice Chairman of American Global Health Group. He is also the author of the book 7 KEYS To Unlock Your Full Potential. Mr. Jensen was selected as a director due to his previous service on public company boards and his experience with entrepreneurial companies.
Andrew Kaplan has served as a director of the Company since June 2014. Since January 1, 2015, Mr. Kaplan has been a Managing General Partner in Education Growth Partners, a private equity firm focused exclusively on the education and training industry. From July 2000 through March 2014, Mr. Kaplan was a partner in Quad Partners ("Quad") a private equity firm focused exclusively on the education industry. During his tenure with Quad, Mr. Kaplan also served as a Managing Director of Quad College Group, the operational team focused on Quad's postsecondary portfolio. From March 2014 to December 2014, Mr. Kaplan was a consultant to the education industry. From May 2014 until June 2015, Mr. Kaplan, through an entity he controls, served as a consultant to the Company. Mr. Kaplan was selected as a director for his extensive knowledge of the educational industry.
Kass currently serves as a board member of MVC Capital and is the founder and president of Seabreeze Partners Management, a privately-owned hedge fund sponsor. He has over 45 years of experience with various investment firms. Kass began his career as an analyst at Kidder Peabody and spent nearly a decade at Putnam Management as an analyst and economist. He served as a member of the board of directors of Empire Resources Inc. (formerly NASDAQ: E.R.S.), a distributor of value-added, semi-finished metal products, from July 2011 until May 2017, when it was acquired by Ta Chen Stainless Pipe Co., Ltd. Kass's knowledge and experience in investing have made him a featured contributor to The Street.com and Barrons and a guest on CNBC Squawkbox, Jim Cramer's Mad Money, Moneyline and Bloomberg TV. Kass received his bachelor's degree from Alfred University in three years and an M.B.A. in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Koehneman was Global Advisory Chief Operating Officer and Human Capital Leader at PwC, a global leader in advisory and professional service, where he led worldwide operations for the Advisory business, overseeing 50,000 professionals. Prior, he served as the U.S. Advisory Operations leader responsible for oversight of Advisory's services for PwC, including business unit performance, finance, investments, human resources, acquisitions, and administration. Previously at PwC, he was the Lead Engagement Partner for Financial Statement Audits and Internal Control and Security reviews. Koehneman is a C.P.A. and holds a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Accounting degree from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
Sanford Rich has served as a director of the Company since March 2012. Since January 2016 Mr. Rich has served as the Executive Director of the New York City Board of Education Retirement System. From November 2012 to January 2016, Mr. Rich served as the Chief of Negotiations and Restructuring for the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (a United States Government Agency). From October 2011 to September 2012, Mr. Rich served as Chief Executive Officer of In The Car LLC. Mr. Rich served as a director of Interclick from August 28, 2007 until June 5, 2009 and as Audit Committee Chairman from August 2007 to June 2009. From February 2009 to December 2012 Mr. Rich was a Managing Director of Whitemarsh Capital Advisors, a broker-dealer. Since April 2006, Mr. Rich has served as a director and Audit Committee Chairman for InsPro Technologies (OTCQB: ITCC). Mr. Rich was selected as a director for his 35 years of experience in the financial sector and his experience serving on the audit committees of public companies.