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.
Michael D'Anton has served as a director of the Company since March 2012 and of Aspen University for approximately 13 years. Since 1988, Dr. D'Anton has been an ENT physician and surgeon at ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP. Dr. D'Anton was selected as a director for his experience in growing and running a successful surgery center and his knowledge of Aspen University from serving as a director prior to the acquisition of Aspen University in 2012.
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.
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.
John Scheibelhoffer has served as a director of the Company since March 2012 and of Aspen University for approximately 10 years. Since 1996, Dr. Scheibelhoffer has been a physician and surgeon employed by ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP. Dr. Scheibelhoffer was selected to serve as a director for his experience in running a successful surgery center and his knowledge of Aspen University from serving as a director prior to its 2012 acquisition by the Company.
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.
Rick Solomon has served as a director of the Company since March 2014. Since August 2016, Mr. Solomon has been retired. From July 2015 to July 2016, Mr. Solomon was a partner at Renrel Partners, LLC. From February 2015 until October 2016 Mr. Solomon was an associated person of Tripoint Global Equities, LLC, a registered broker-dealer. Mr. Solomon is a director and a member of the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee for Ipsidy Inc. From May 2009 until May 2014, Mr. Solomon served as a portfolio manager at Verition Fund Management LLC, a multi-strategy, multi-manager investment platform. Mr. Solomon was selected as a director for his experience in the investment industry.
Malcolm F. MacLean IV
Malcolm F. MacLean IV has served as a director of the Company since November 17, 2016. Mr. MacLean is the Managing Partner and Director of Tokyo-based Star Asia Group, LLC, an independent investment management group investing primarily in various Japanese real estate related opportunities, which Mr. MacLean co-founded in November 2006. Mr. MacLean is responsible for the day-to-day investment activities at the firm as co-Chair of the Investment Committee. Mr. MacLean is also the co-Founder and Managing Member of Taurus Capital Partners LLC, based in Los Angeles, which makes opportunistic investments in public and private companies, partnerships and other structured vehicles. Mr. MacLean was selected as a director for his extensive investment banking experience, history of entrepreneurial and investment success as well as business operational expertise.
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.
Oksana Malysheva has served as a director of the Company since December 2017. Since 2017, Dr. Malysheva has served as the Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of SputnikATX, a venture capital firm specializing in startup investments. Since October 2013, Dr. Malysheva has served as the Managing Partner of Linden Venture Fund LLC, a private equity firm focused on leveraged investments in middle market healthcare and life science companies. Since July 2010, Dr. Malysheva has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Linden Education Partners, LLC ("Linden Education"), an affiliate of Educaciόn Significativa, LLC ("Educaciόn Significativa"), the seller to the Company of USU assets in December 2017 (the "USU Acquisition"). Ms. Malysheva was appointed as director of the Company in connection with the USU Acquisition.