Keith S. Walters joined the Company in August 1997 as Vice President-Commercial Printing Operations and was appointed Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer in November 1997. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Walters was with Atlas/Soundolier, a division of American Trading and Production Company, a manufacturer of electronic sound and warning systems, from 1989 to 1997, as Vice President of Manufacturing. Prior to that time, Mr. Walters was with the Automotive Division of United Technologies Corporation, an automotive parts and manufacturing company, for 15 years, primarily in manufacturing and operations.
John R. Blind, retired. Mr. Blind served as Vice President of the Printing and Carbonless Division of the Specialty Papers Business Unit of Glatfelter, a specialty paper manufacturing corporation, from 2006 to 2014. Mr. Blind held various positions with Glatfelter during his 32-year career, the last 12 of which included participation in the Senior Executive Team of the corporation, during which time the company exhibited significant growth. Mr. Blind’s extensive experience in the manufacture and sale of printing, forms and specialty papers, coupled with his participation in business growth through acquisitions make him a valuable member of our Board of Directors.
Frank D. Bracken, retired. President of Haggar Clothing Co. from 1994 to 2006. He held various positions with the Company during his 42 year tenure. Mr. Bracken sits on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee at the University of North Texas (“UNT”) and is a director of the UNT Foundation, the UNT Athletic Board, and the UNT Business Board. He is the past president of the board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Texas and past Chairman of the Board for the National Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Mr. Bracken was also a past board member of the public company Online Vacation Center (ONVC), where he was a member of their audit and compensation committees. Mr. Bracken is a member of both the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee. Mr. Bracken’s public company experience as a President and board member, along with extensive experience in apparel manufacturing, marketing, branding, sourcing, and product development provide him with strong insight, particularly with regard to apparel manufacturing and marketing matters, and make him an appropriate and valuable member of our Board and our Audit and Compensation Committees.
Godfrey M. Long, Jr., Business Coach for owners of businesses and key executives focusing on effective management skills and strategic thinking. Mr. Long is a former Consultant and Director of Graphic Dimensions in Atlanta, Georgia, a printing company and forms manufacturer from 2003 to 2008. Mr. Long was Chairman and CEO of Short Run Companies, a forms manufacturer in Newport, Kentucky from 1984 to 2002. Mr. Long is a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Long’s extensive experience in manufacturing and his seven years of service as President and board member of the Document Management Industry Association (DMIA) for printing manufacturers and distributors provide him with strong insight into the manufacturing, marketing and strategic planning challenges facing the print industry today, and make him an appropriate and valuable member of our Board and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
Thomas R. Price, Owner and President of Price Industries, Inc., a real estate and investment company and Price Oil, L.P., a company engaged in oil and natural gas production. Mr. Price has been engaged in his present occupation since 1968. Mr. Price is the chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Price has served on numerous boards and was the President and CEO of Congress Drive, a power transmission products manufacturing company for 27 years. Mr. Price’s strong manufacturing experience and prior Board experience provide him with a strong insight, particularly with respect to manufacturing, finance and corporate governance issues, and make him an appropriate and valuable member of our Board and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
Kenneth G. Pritchett, President of Ken Pritchett Properties, Inc. Ken Pritchett Properties, Inc. is a Commercial and Residential Development Corporation in the DFW Metropolitan area since 1968, specializing in small commercial, medical, office parks and exclusive residential development. Mr. Pritchett is a member of the Board of Methodist Hospitals of Dallas and sits on the planning committee for 5 of the hospitals within the network. Mr. Pritchett has served as President of the Homebuilders Association of Dallas/Fort Worth and has been an executive officer of both the Texas and National Homebuilders Associations. Mr. Pritchett has served on 2 national bank boards and 2 government agency boards. Mr. Pritchett holds an MBA from U.C. Berkeley in Economics. Mr. Pritchett currently chairs the Audit Committee of the Company and was the past chair of the Company’s Compensation Committee. Mr. Pritchett’s extensive experience in finance, architecture and engineering provide him with a strong insight, particularly with regard to finance and construction aspects relating to our new manufacturing facility in Agua Prieta and make him an appropriate and valuable member of our Board and Audit Committee.
Alejandro Quiroz, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of InveStore, a U.S. Holding Company with investments in printing, commercial real estate and food companies in both the United States and Mexico. Mr. Quiroz, currently a resident of San Antonio, Texas, has been founder, shareholder and advisor for different print companies for more than twenty years. He has also been involved in the commercial real estate market in the United States as an investor in different partnerships. In 2009, he purchased the license to develop a frozen yogurt business in Mexico, Central America and South America and in 2011 concluded the acquisition of the assets, trademarks and intellectual property of the U.S. holding company. Mr. Quiroz is a member of both the Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Quiroz was crucial in putting together a group of investors to form the Leader Graphic Arts Group in Mexico. He was one of the founders and Chairman of the Mexican Franchise Association in Mexico and was one of the founders and Chairman of the Mexican Entrepreneurs Association (AEM) in San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Quiroz’s extensive experience in running businesses in both the United States and Mexico provide him with a strong insight into cross-border, legal and cultural challenges facing United States companies doing business in Mexico. He has been an invaluable liaison between the Company and Mexico’s political system in helping the Company with its apparel manufacturing facility in Agua Prieta, Mexico. His skills and expertise make him an appropriate and valuable member of our Board and our Compensation and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees.
Michael J. Schaefer, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Methodist Health System, Dallas, TX (“Methodist”). Methodist owns and operates acute care hospitals and associated services in the Dallas metropolitan area. Mr. Schaefer has served in his present position with Methodist since 1982 and joined Methodist in 1979. Prior to Methodist, Mr. Schaefer was an audit supervisor with the public accounting firm of Ernst & Ernst (now Ernst & Young) where he worked from 1972 to 1979. Mr. Schaefer is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Schaefer is a member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Schaefer’s extensive experience as a Chief Financial Officer and public company audit experience with Ernst & Young provide him with a strong insight, particularly with regard to accounting, corporate finance, internal/financial control environments and financial and system risks matters, and make him an appropriate and valuable member of our Board and Audit Committee.
James C. Taylor, retired. Former Principal of The Anderson Group, Inc. (“Anderson”) from 1989 until 2009, where he served as CEO of four manufacturing firms owned by Anderson. Prior to 1989, Mr. Taylor was with United Technologies Automotive for 19 years in various capacities with the last seven years as a Senior Group Vice President of two separate manufacturing groups. Mr. Taylor is the chairman of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Taylor’s extensive experience in manufacturing provides him with a strong insight, particularly with regard to operations, cost systems strategic planning and business management and make him an appropriate and valuable member of our Board and Compensation Committee.