Brent RosenthalBrent Rosenthal—Chairman of the Board of Directors of RiceBran Technologies
Brent Rosenthal, age 44, was elected to the Board of the Company in 2016. Mr. Rosenthal also serves as Co-Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee. The Board believes that Mr. Rosenthal’s track record investing in the food industry, independent board experience and business acumen will allow Mr. Rosenthal to make a valuable contribution.
Brent Rosenthal is the Founder of Mountain Hawk Capital Partners, LLC, an investment fund focused on small and micro-cap equities in the food and technology media telecom (TMT) industries. Mr. Rosenthal also serves on the Boards of Directors of comScore (NASDAQ: SCOR), Sito Mobile (NASDAQ: SITO) and is an adviser to the Board of Directors of Park City Group (NASDAQ: PCYG), a food safety and supply chain software company.
Previously, Mr. Rosenthal was a Partner in affiliates of W.R. Huff Asset Management where he worked from 2002 – 2016. Mr. Rosenthal served on the Board of Directors of Rentrak (NASDAQ: RENT) from 2008 – 2016 and as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board from 2011 - 2016. He also served on the Boards of Directors of two privately-held Hispanic food companies, Wisconsin Cheese Group and Reynaldo's Mexican Food Company from 2007 - 2016. Earlier in his career, Mr. Rosenthal was Director of Mergers & Acquisitions for RSL Communications Ltd. and served emerging media companies for Deloitte & Touche LLP. Mr. Rosenthal is an inactive Certified Public Accountant.
Mr. Rosenthal earned his B.S. from Lehigh University and MBA from the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.
David GoldmanDavid Goldman—Chairman of our Audit Committee RiceBran Technologies
David Goldman, was appointed to the Board of the Directors of RiceBran Technologies. Mr. Goldman will be appointed as Chairman of the Audit Committee, as well as the Nominating and Governance Committee.
Mr. Goldman, a certified public accountant, retired as a senior partner of Deloitte & Touche LLP (D&T) in 2001 and began a consulting practice focused on accounting, financial reporting and SEC matters, mainly involving public companies. These activities included a wide range of investigations, testimony in bankruptcy and regulatory hearings and service on and as an advisor to public and private boards of directors. He currently serves on the board of ML Liquidating Trust, successor to a billion dollar real estate investment fund, and previously served as audit committee chair and member of the board of directors of Swift Transportation Company from 2003 to 2006. During Mr. Goldman’s 35 years with D&T, he managed office operations, concurred on major technical matters, assisted in dispute resolutions and specialized in serving SEC registrants. In addition to the Arizona practice, he served in various roles in the Executive Office in New York, the Los Angeles practice office and other offices. He is a past member of Council of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a past president of the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants, among other executive board positions.
Mr. Goldman obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Arizona.
Robert Smith PhDRobert Smith PhD—CEO & President
Dr. Smith brings over 20 years' experience managing research and development programs in both academia and the private sector, and developing product and business opportunities for botanical ingredients and plant-derived molecules in the agricultural, human and animal nutrition, and pharmaceutical industries.
Previously he served as Director of Business Development at HerbalScience Group, a leader in the development of evidence-based functional ingredients from botanicals. Dr. Smith has also directed research and development programs at Global Protein Products Inc. and PhycoGen Inc., and has led research projects at Dekalb Genetics, a Monsanto Company.
Dr. Smith served as Research Assistant Professor at the AgBiotech Center at Rutgers University and did Post-Doctoral work in Plant Molecular Biology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Smith holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology, both from the University of Chicago.
Baruch HalpernBaruch Halpern—Managing Director, Halpern Capital
Baruch Halpern, founded Halpern Capital, Inc. in 2002, a boutique investment bank and broker-dealer primarily focused on advisory and capital raising activities.
For more than 20 years, Mr. Halpern has been involved in equity research, financing, and other banking activities such as management restructurings, private placements, and leveraged buyouts. Mr. Halpern has an extensive corporate background.
Mr. Halpern also heads CrossCredit Capital, LLC, focused on structured finance as well as bank lending transactions.
Prior to Halpern Capital, Mr. Halpern was a Vice President at Fred Alger & Co., an investment advisory firm. He served as a research group leader managing a $1B portfolio with more than 600 companies in a broad range of industries.
Mr. Halpern has an extensive corporate and industry background. Prior positions include: Manager of a $300M pension and profit sharing plan for Celanese Corporation, a major $1B corporation; Manager of accounting, trade, and credit for the $500M chemical division of Celanese Corporation; Financial Analyst for the same company in charge of multiple $100+M capital projects, budgets, pricing negotiations; international accounting and finance for Beech-Nut, Inc. a major food company.
Mr. Halpern received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Brooklyn College and his Masters of Business Administration in Finance from Baruch College. Mr. Halpern has been a CFA Charter holder since 1982.
Henk HoogenkampHenk Hoogenkamp—Author
Henk Hoogenkamp was elected to the Board of the Company. Mr. Hoogenkamp will serve on the Compensation Committee, as well as the Nominating and Governance Committee. Since 2006, Mr. Hoogenkamp is an active author and independent management consultant to multiple companies. From 1983 to 1990 he was President Campina-DMV USA, now Royal FrieslandCampina, and from 1990 to 2006 served as a senior director of strategic technology with DuPont Protein. In 1978 he initiated milk protein health food concepts, including sports nutrition. Mr. Hoogenkamp has authored 14 books and chapters on the importance of dairy protein and plant protein in formulated food and meat products. He has written over 500 articles discussing protein technology and its socio-economic impact, as well as environmental sustainability for future generations.
Mr. Hoogenkamp is a member of several strategic and technology advisory boards in Asia, US, and the EU. From 2007 -2012, Hoogenkamp was a board member of VSI (now Heartside Foods USA), one of world’s largest protein nutrition bar manufacturers. At present Hoogenkamp is a member of the advisory board of Perfect Day Foods, a cellular biotechnology company, based in Berkeley California.
In December 1996, Mr. Hoogenkamp received an honorary doctoral degree from the Institute of Sports Medicine, in Bucharest, Romania, for his pioneering work on the effects of protein supplementation for elite sports performance, including many Olympic gold medalists.
Beth BronnerBeth Bronner—Independent Director
Beth Bronner, age 64, was elected to the Board of the Company. Ms. Bronner is Chairperson of the Compensation Committee. Ms. Bronner has been a Managing Director at Mistral Equity Partners, a private equity firm that specializes in the consumer and food sector, since 2006. Ms. Bronner is a recognized senior business leader with an outstanding track record delivering strong, profitable revenue and market share growth for marquee brands including: Jim Beam, Revlon, Nabisco, AT&T, Citibank, Haagen-Dazs and Sunbeam. At Revlon, she was President of Revlon Professional, North America. At Sunbeam, she was President of the Health Division. At AT&T, she was Vice-President, Consumer Market/Business Markets, and at Citibank, she was Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer of the Consumer/Retail business. Ms. Bronner also served as Global Chief Marketing Officer of Beam Spirits and Wine. She has demonstrated success in change management, business turnaround, organization restructuring, and high-performance team building. Ms. Bronner’s proven ability to build brands is the result of strong consumer insights, strategic integrated marketing and superior in market execution. Ms. Bronner is a former member of the Board of Directors of Jamba, Inc. (June 2009 – September 2012) (JMBA/NASDAQ), Assurant, Inc. (February 1994 – May 2011) (AIZ/NYSE) and Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (January 1993 – November 2010) (HAIN/NASDAQ). Ms. Bronner also chaired the Compensation Committees for Assurant, Inc. and Hain Celestial Group, Inc.
She is a member of The Committee of 200 International Women’s Forum and The Chicago Network. She currently serves on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations including the President’s Advisory Council of Vassar College. She is a former board member of The Cradle Foundation, The University of Chicago Laboratory School, The New School, and the Women’s Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Ms. Bronner received a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.B.A. from The University of Chicago. We believe that Ms. Bronner’s extensive experience as a senior executive and private equity investor and service on the boards of several multi-billion dollar companies allow Ms. Bronner to make a valuable contribution as one of our directors.
Ari GendasonAri Gendason—Independent Director
Ari Gendason, age 41, was appointed to the Board of the Company. Mr. Gendason will serve on the Audit Committee, as well as the Nominating and Governance Committee. Mr. Gendason is senior vice president, head of corporate investments at Continental Grain Company, a privately held global food and agriculture company. He has been with Continental Grain Company since 2004. At Continental Grain Mr. Gendason has focused on investing in multiple sectors in the food and agriculture supply chain including protein production, agricultural processing, food manufacturing, restaurants as well as agricultural commodities. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Wayne Farms LLC. He was formerly an associate at VantagePoint Venture Partners, an associate at Greenbridge Capital, an associate at RSL Communications and an investment banking analyst at CIBC Oppenheimer.
Mr. Gendason received both his Bachelor of Science degree in finance and accounting and his Master of Business Administration degree in finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.