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.
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.
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.
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.
Peter Bradley, was appointed to the Board of the Company. Mr. Bradley is a global business leader, bringing to the Company more than 23 years of experience as an executive in consumer foods, dietary supplements, food ingredients and specialty chemicals. Mr. Bradley is a Principal at Ingredient Insights (“Insights”), a strategic consulting business focused in food ingredients and specialty materials geared toward M&A activity, supporting new start-ups and providing diligence support for institutional investors. Mr. Bradley is also an Operating Partner with Arbor Investments (“Arbor”), a private equity firm specializing in premier companies in food, beverage and related industries. Mr. Bradley joined Arbor in May 2019 in connection with its acquisition of Darifair Foods, Inc., a provider of dairy products and fresh value-added ingredients for national chain restaurants and food manufacturers. Mr. Bradley previously served at Novel Ingredients (“Novel”), a technology driven provider of value-added ingredients and finished products to the U.S. dietary supplement industry. As Chief Executive Officer of Novel from 2014-2016, Mr. Bradley guided Novel’s transition from an owner-managed business into a successful private equity portfolio company. As Chairman of the Board of Novel from 2016-2017, Mr. Bradley spearheaded the entry into finished consumer products, and successfully guided Novel through the process that culminated in its acquisition by Innophos Holdings, Inc. (“Innophos”) in August 2017. The Innophos exit represented a more than 35% ROI for the private equity owners, and a more than 100% increase from the starting equity value. From 2009-2013, Mr. Bradley was Chief Executive Officer of Warwick International Group (“Warwick”), a specialty chemical company manufacturing bleach activators for the global home care industry and distributing specialty chemicals in Southern Europe and Asia. Prior to Warwick, Mr. Bradley was with Sensient Technologies Corporation, serving as Managing Director of its Colors Europe division (2003-2004), President of its Asia Pacific Group (2004-2005) and President of its Color Group (2005-2009).
Mr. Bradley holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Studies from Manchester University (Finance and Marketing Majors) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing from Manchester Business School.
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.