Brent Rosenthal, was elected to the Board of the Company and Chairman of the Board in 2016. Mr. Rosenthal also serves as Chairman of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee.
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 as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of comScore (NASDAQ: SCOR). Previously, Mr. Rosenthal was an adviser to the Board of Directors of Park City Group (NASDAQ: PCYG), a food safety and supply chain software company from 2015 to 2018. Mr. Rosenthal was a Partner in affiliates of W.R. Huff Asset Management where he worked from 2002 to 2016. Mr. Rosenthal served on the Board of Directors of Rentrak (NASDAQ: RENT) from 2008 to 2016 and as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board from 2011 to 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 to 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 Bachelor of Science degree from Lehigh University and Master of Business Administration degree from the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.
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.
Mr. Rystrom brings over 25 years of business finance experience, including over 20 years of service as a Director of Research and Senior Financial Analyst for several prominent investment banking firms, including Piper Jaffray and Feltl & Company. From 2009 until joining RiceBran Technologies, Mr. Rystrom served as Director of Research for Feltl & Company, a regional investment banking firm headquartered in Minnesota. While at Feltl, he managed the firm’s research, institutional sales, and trading departments while providing research coverage on consumer products, retail and agriculture companies ranging from micro to large capitalization. Over his 11 years of service at Piper Jaffray he was named a Wall Street Journal “Best on the Street” analyst and a “Top 10” Retailing Industry Analyst from Reuter’s. Since 1997, Mr. Rystrom has also successfully acquired and managed a large portfolio of personal agricultural real estate assets, and from 2011 through 2015, he served on the Customer Advisory Board of AgStar, a $10 billion agricultural bank based in Minnesota. Mr. Rystrom holds a Degree in Business-Finance from St. Thomas University.
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.
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.
Beth Bronner, 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.
Ari Gendason was elected to the Board of the Company. Mr. Gendason serves on the Compensation Committee, the Nominating and Governance Committee, and the Executive Committee. Mr. Gendason is Senior Vice President and 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. Mr. Gendason has focused on investing in multiple sectors in the food and agriculture supply chain at Continental Grain, 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, one of the largest poultry producers in the U.S. 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.
Robert S. Bucklin was appointed to the Board of the Company. Mr. Bucklin brings over 38 years of extensive financial services experience within the food and agriculture industries to the Company. Mr. Bucklin recently completed twenty years of service at Rabobank International, culminating with his position as Vice Chairman of North America Wholesale banking where his primary responsibilities included U.S. and Canadian Wholesale Clients, Corporate Banking, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory. Prior to being named Vice Chairman, he served as Chief Corporate Banking Officer of Rabobank International, where he led the significant growth of Rabobank’s regional business and client relationships, and helped establish Rabobank as the premier Food & Beverage bank in North America. Before joining Rabobank International, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of First City-Dallas bank and in various executive level capacities at The First Bank of Chicago.
David Chemerow was appointed to the Board of the Company. Mr. Chemerow brings over 40 years of finance, accounting, and operations leadership in multiple industries. Mr. Chemerow is currently a member of the Board of Directors at Dunham’s Athleisure Corp., and served for 15 years as a board member at Playboy Enterprises, Inc., culminating with his role as Non-Executive Chairman prior to its acquisition by Icon Acquisition Holdings, L.P. in 2011. Mr. Chemerow has held numerous key executive roles in both public and private companies, including serving as chief financial officer and chief revenue officer of comScore, chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Rentrak, president and chief operating officer of GT Interactive Software, EVP and chief financial officer of Playboy Enterprises. During his distinguished career he garnered significant expertise managing early stage growth companies, conducting mergers, acquisitions, turnarounds and divestitures, and developing long term corporate growth strategies.
Mr. Chemerow is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds an MBA from The Amos Tuck School.