Alton F. (“Rick”) Doody III has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company since its inception in 1987. Mr. Doody was our Chief Executive Officer from 1992 until February 2007 and our President from June 2006 until September 2009. Mr. Doody continues to remain employed in a non-executive officer capacity by the Company, primarily focusing on the development of our new restaurants. Mr. Doody also founded Lindey’s German Village, and was responsible for all facets of its management. Mr. Doody received a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Economics from Ohio Wesleyan University and has completed all the necessary coursework for a Master’s Degree from Cornell University in Restaurant/Hotel Management. Mr. Doody is a member of the Young President’s Organization and the International Council of Shopping Center Owners and is a Board Member for the Cleveland Restaurant Association. Mr. Doody’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his knowledge of our company and the restaurant industry and his years of leadership at our company.
Thomas Baldwin Thomas J. Baldwin has been a director of the Company since February 2012. Mr. Baldwin has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of ROI Acquisition Corp. II since its inception in July 2013. Mr. Baldwin also has served as Vice Chairman of EveryWare Global, Inc. since May 2013 and was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ROI Acquisition Corp. which merged with EveryWare Global in a May 2013 business combination, since September 2011. Mr. Baldwin is also a private investor and a Managing Director of the Clinton Group and serves on the board of directors of Zoe’s Kitchen, Inc. Mr. Baldwin was a private investor from March 2010 to September 2011 and from December 2005 through February 2010 served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Morton’s Restaurant Group, Inc. from December 2005 through February 2010. In addition, Mr. Baldwin had served as Chief Financial Officer of Morton’s Restaurant Group from December 1988 until December 2005. Mr. Baldwin also held several additional titles including Senior Vice President Finance, Vice President Finance, Treasurer, Secretary and Assistant Secretary during his employment at Morton’s Restaurant Group. Earlier in his career, Mr. Baldwin served as Chief Financial Officer for Le Peep Restaurants, a casual dining operator and franchisor. His experience also includes two years as a Vice President for Strategic Planning at Citigroup and seven years with General Foods Corp, now part of Kraft Foods. Mr. Baldwin is currently on several private company boards, including Firebirds Wood Fired Grill Restaurants, Flynn Restaurant Group and Benihana Restaurants. Mr. Baldwin brings his comprehensive experience in brand positioning and brand management, general management, global strategy, operations, marketing and sales, people resources, investor relations, public relations, international and domestic development, franchising, as well as infrastructure functions to our Board. Mr. Baldwin earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration from Iona College.
James S. Gulmi has been a director of the Company since October 2010. Mr. Gulmi currently serves as Special Advisor to Genesco, Inc., a leading retailer of branded footwear, licensed and branded headwear and wholesaler of branded headwear. He served as the Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Genesco Inc. through January 2015. Mr. Gulmi joined Genesco Inc. in 1971 as a financial analyst and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 1986. Mr. Gulmi had served as Genesco Inc.’s Senior Vice President, Finance, since 1996. Mr. Gulmi serves as a board or committee member of several nonprofit agencies, including The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville and Leadership Nashville and serves on the board of Pet People Enterprises. Mr. Gulmi brings more than 40 years of experience in corporate finance, strategic planning and leadership of complex organizations. Mr. Gulmi earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from Baldwin Wallace College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Emory University.
Brian T. O’Malley was appointed Chief Executive Officer in December 2015. Mr. O’Malley was appointed President in August 2014, Chief Operating Officer in October 2010 and earlier served as Senior Vice President of Operations, BRIO from 2006 until October 2010. He joined the Company in 1996 as the General Manager of BRAVO! Dayton, was promoted to District Partner in 1999, Director of Operations in 2000 and to Vice President of Operations in 2004. Prior to that, he was employed with Sante Fe Steakhouse, where he held positions as a general manager, director of training and regional manager.
David B. Pittaway has been a director of the Company since June 2006. Mr. Pittaway is senior managing director, senior vice president and secretary of Castle Harlan, Inc., a private equity firm. He has been with Castle Harlan since 1987. Mr. Pittaway also has been vice president and secretary of Branford Castle, Inc., an investment company, since October, 1986. From 1987 to 1998, Mr. Pittaway was vice president, chief financial officer and a director of Branford Chain, Inc., a marine wholesale company, where he is now a director and vice chairman. Previously, Mr. Pittaway was vice president of strategic planning and assistant to the president of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Inc., an investment banking firm. Mr. Pittaway is also a member of the boards of directors of The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated, the Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association of America, Caribbean Restaurants, Inc., Too Jays Restaurants and Gold Star Foods, Inc. In addition, he is a director and co-founder of the Armed Forces Reserve Family Assistance Fund. Mr. Pittaway possesses in-depth knowledge and experience in finance and strategic planning based on his more than 20 years of experience as an investment banker and manager of Castle Harlan’s investing activities. Mr. Pittaway brings significant restaurant industry experience to the Board of Directors and, among other skills and qualifications, his significant knowledge and understanding of the industry and his experience serving as a director of a number of publicly traded companies in the restaurant industry. Mr. Pittaway received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kansas, a Juris Doctorate degree from Harvard Law School and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.
Harold O. Rosser II has served as a member of our Board of Directors since June 2006. In January 2011, Mr. Rosser founded Rosser Capital Partners Management L.P. an entity formed to sponsor private investments in middle market consumer and retail companies as well as restaurants and other multiple-unit concepts. Prior to forming Rosser Capital Partners, Mr. Rosser was a managing director and a founder of Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill and Co. Management, L.P., a New York-based private equity firm where he worked from 1995 to 2010. From 1987 through 1995 Mr. Rosser was an officer at Citicorp Venture Capital. Prior to joining Citicorp Venture Capital, he spent 12 years with Citicorp/Citibank in various management and corporate finance positions. Mr. Rosser is also a member of the board of directors of Barteca Holdings LLC, Hickory Tavern Holdings, LLC and Pet People Holdings, LLC and the board of trustees of the Culinary Institute of America, Wake Forest University and the New Canaan Society. Mr. Rosser formerly served as a director of several private and publicly traded companies and had led his respective firms’ investments in more than 17 restaurant companies over the past 25 plus years. His in-depth knowledge and experience in the restaurant and food service industry, coupled with his skills in corporate finance, strategic planning, leadership of complex organizations, and board practices of private and public companies, strengthen the Board’s collective qualifications, skills and experience. Mr. Rosser earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Clarkson University and attended Management Development Programs at Carnegie-Mellon University and the Stanford University Business School.
Fortunato N. Valenti has been a director of the Company since October 2010. Mr. Valenti currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Patina Restaurant Group (formerly Restaurant Associates), a boutique restaurant and food service company. Mr. Valenti joined Restaurant Associates in 1968 as a management trainee and was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer in 1994. From 2002-2007 Mr. Valenti served as a member of the board of directors of McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants, Inc. and has served as a member of the boards of directors of public and private companies, including Real Mex Restaurants, Inc., Il Fornaio (America) Corporation and Papa Gino’s Inc. Mr. Valenti is also a member of the boards of directors of various non-profit organizations, including the Culinary Institute of America, NYC & Co. and City Meals on Wheels. Mr. Valenti brings significant restaurant industry experience to the board of directors, including significant experience at the senior executive and board level in both the upscale affordable and upscale dining segments. Mr. Valenti earned an Associates Degree from New York Community College.