People: Great American Group Inc (GAMR.OB)

GAMR.OB on OTC BB

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28 Aug 2014
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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Bryant Riley

47 2014 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Thomas Kelleher

2014 President, Chief Executive Officer of B. Riley & Co., LLC

Phillip Ahn

44 2013 Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer

Andrew Gumaer

53 2014 Chief Executive Officer of Great American Group, LLC, Director

Harvey Yellen

67 2014 President of Great American Group, LLC

Scott Carpenter

58 2009 Executive Vice President - Retail Services

Howard Weitzman

52 2009 Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer

Mark Naughton

51 2009 Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

Lester Friedman

54 2009 Managing Director of Great American Group Advisory and Valuation Services, LLC

Richard Todaro

2014 Director

Matthew Hart

62 2009 Independent Director

Hugh Hilton

62 2009 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Bryant Riley

Mr. Bryant R. Riley is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of Great American Group, Inc. Mr. Riley currently serves on the board of directors of Strasbaugh (OTCBB: STRB) since July of 2010, Lightbridge Communications Corp (LCC) since March 2010 and Cadiz Inc. (NASDAQ: CDZI) since April 2013. He has also served on the boards Alliance Semiconductor Corp. from July 2005 to February 2012, DDI Corp. from May 2007 to May of 2012, Trans World Entertainment Corp. from January 2009 to July 2012 and National Holdings Corporation from April 2012 to October 2012. He also serves on the board of directors for several private companies. Mr. Riley also previously served on the board of directors of Aldila, Inc. from 2003 to February 2010, Celeritek, Inc. from 2003 to 2007, Integrated Silicon Solutions, Inc. from 2006 to 2008, Mossimo, Inc. from 2005 to 2006, Silicon Storage Technology, Inc. from 2008 to 2009 and Transmeta Corp. from 2008 to 2009. Mr. Riley received his B.S. in Finance from Lehigh University.

Thomas Kelleher

Mr. Thomas C. Kelleher has been appointed as President of the GREAT AMERICAN GROUP, INC., and Chief Executive Officer of the company's wholly owned subsidiary B. Riley & Co., LLC., effective August 13, 2014. Mr. Kelleher has over 17 years of experience in the financial services industry, with a focus on the investment banking, asset management, and capital markets sectors. Mr. Kelleher has served as Chief Executive Officer of B. Riley & Co., LLC since 2006. From 1997 to 2006, Mr. Kelleher held other senior management positions with B. Riley & Co., LLC, including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. In Mr. Kelleher’s over17 years with the B. Riley & Co., LLC, he has been instrumental in shepherding the firm’s growth from a one-office, research focused firm to a full service investment bank with offices in major U.S. financial markets. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University.

Phillip Ahn

Mr. Phillip Ahn is appointed as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer of Great American Group, Inc., effective April 15, 2013. Mr. Ahn served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer since April 2013 and previously served as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development from February 2010 to April 2013. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Ahn served as Vice President of Altpoint Capital Partners from June 2009 to February 2010 and as Vice President of Stone Tower Equity Partners from June 2007 to June 2009. Prior to 2007, Mr. Ahn served as Senior Investment Officer at the NY State Common Retirement Fund and also held investment banking positions at both Salomon Smith Barney and CIBC World Markets. Prior to starting his investment banking career, Mr. Ahn was a research analyst at Standard & Poor’s J.J. Kenny division. Mr. Ahn received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1992 and his MBA in Finance from Columbia University in 1997.

Andrew Gumaer

Mr. Andrew Gumaer is Chief Executive Officer of Great American Group, LLC, Director of Great American Group, Inc. Mr. Gumaer was a co-founder of GAG, LLC, had served as GAG, LLC’s Chief Executive Officer since May 2007 and previously served as GAG, LLC’s President from June 2006 to May 2007. Prior to assuming his current responsibilities, Mr. Gumaer was the President of The Pride Capital Group, LLC, predecessor in interest to GAG, LLC, from 2002 to May 2006. Mr. Gumaer also served as the Senior Vice President of Garcel, Inc. from 1997 to 2002 and as a Senior Vice President with the investment banking firm Drexel Burnham Lambert prior to his service with Garcel, Inc. Mr. Gumaer’s in depth knowledge of business and operations, his experience in the investment banking industry, and leadership as GAG, LLC’s Chief Executive Officer and President since 2006 positions him well to serve as Chief Executive Officer and a member of Board.

Harvey Yellen

Mr. Harvey Yellen is President of Great American Group, LLC of Great American Group Inc. He has served as the company Vice Chairman and President since July 2009 and as the company Chief Operating Officer since September 2010. Prior to July 2009, Mr. Yellen was a co-founder of GAG, LLC, had served as GAG, LLC’s Chairman since June 2007 and previously served as GAG, LLC’s President from June 2006 to June 2007 and the President of The Pride Capital Group, LLC, predecessor in interest to GAG, LLC, from 2002 to May 2006. Mr. Yellen was also the Executive Vice President of Garcel, Inc. from 1994 to 2002. Prior to beginning his services at Garcel, Inc., Mr. Yellen held senior management positions at various retail companies, including: Allied Department Stores, Sieferts/Spurgeons and Fashion Crossroads. Mr. Yellen received his Bachelor of Science in Business from Louisiana State University in 1968.

Scott Carpenter

Mr. Scott K. Carpenter is Executive Vice President - Retail Services of Great American Group, Inc. Mr. Carpenter was the Senior Vice President of Operations of The Pride Capital Group, LLC, predecessor in interest to Great American, from 2001 to May 2006 and the Vice President of Operations of Garcel, Inc. from 1997 to 2000. From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Carpenter was responsible for operations in 155 Office Depot stores in 17 states as Regional Operations Manager. Prior to his service with Office Depot, Mr. Carpenter served as a Buyer and as Director of Store Operations of Hechinger stores in both domestic and international operations from 1987 to 1995. Mr. Carpenter also previously worked for Booz, Allen and Hamilton and McDonnell Aircraft Company. Mr. Carpenter received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from George Mason University in 1978 and earned a Master of Arts from George Mason University in 1982.

Howard Weitzman

Mr. Howard E. Weitzman is Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer of Great American Group, Inc., since December 7, 2009. Mr. Weitzman worked as a consultant from November 2008 assisting clients with financial reporting, internal controls, and compliance with Section 404 of the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002, including consulting for the Company from April 2009 on various accounting and financial reporting matters in connection with the Company’s transaction with AAMAC. From December 2006 to October 2008, Mr. Weitzman served as a Senior Manager in the SEC Services Group in the audit practice at Moss Adams, LLP. Mr. Weitzman also spent 12 years in public accounting at two “Big 4” accounting firms, most recently from 2003 to October 2005 as a Senior Manager in the financial services audit practice of Deloitte & Touche, LLP. Mr. Weitzman also held various senior financial management positions, including from 1994 to 2003, with Banner Holdings, Inc. as the Chief Financial Officer of Central Financial Acceptance Corporation and Controller and Principal Accounting Officer of Central Rents, Inc. Mr. Weitzman also served as a Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Peoples Choice Financial Corporation from October 2005 to October 2006. Mr. Weitzman received a B.S. in Accounting from California State University, Northridge and is a California licensed Certified Public Accountant.

Mark Naughton

Mr. Mark Naughton is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary of Great American Group Inc. He served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel since July 2009, as Secretary since August 2009 and as GAG, LLC’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel since June 2006. Prior to assuming his current responsibilities, Mr. Naughton was the Vice President and General Counsel of The Pride Capital Group, LLC from May 2003 to May 2006 when The Pride Capital Group, LLC merged into Great American. Prior to joining Great American, Mr. Naughton was a partner in the Chicago office of Piper Rudnick (n/k/a DLA Piper) from 1993 to May 2003 and was an associate from 1987 to 1993. Mr. Naughton received his Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Marquette University in 1984 and earned a J.D. from Northwestern University Law School in 1987.

Lester Friedman

Mr. Lester M. Friedman is Managing Director of Great American Group Advisory and Valuation Services, LLC, a subsidiary of Great American Group, Inc.. He previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Great American Advisory and Valuation Services, LLC from 2002 to April 2009 and as the Chief Operating Officer from 2000 to 2002. Prior to assuming his current responsibilities, Mr. Friedman was the Chief Operating Officer of the Garcel, Inc. Appraisal Division from 1996 to 2000 and the Chief Financial Officer of Garcel, Inc. from 1994 to 1996. Mr. Friedman was also the Controller and Director of Inventory Appraisal and Valuations for Gordon Brothers Partners. Mr. Friedman received his Bachelor of Business Studies in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst in 1982 and was a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Massachusetts from 1982 to 1990 while he worked for Laventhol Horwath.

Richard Todaro

Mr. Richard Todaro is appointed as Director of Great American Group, Inc., effective July 28, 2014. Richard Todaro, CFA, is President of Todaro Capital. Mr. Todaro previously spent 20 years at Kennedy Capital Management, managing the Small Cap Growth portfolio there for the past 10 years. He held several positions at Kennedy Capital Management, including Analyst, Assistant Director of Research, Assistant Portfolio Manager, Portfolio Manager, and Vice President and served as a member of its board of directors. Mr. Todaro spent three years as a board member of the University of Missouri – St. Louis Finance Department. He currently serves as an advisory board member for Gateway Greening. Mr. Todaro also served in the Air National Guard as a staff sergeant from 1991 to 1997. Mr. Todaro received a BSBA in Finance from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and a Master of Finance degree from Saint Louis University. Mr. Todaro has also passed the Uniform Investment Advisor Law examination.

Matthew Hart

Mr. Matthew J. Hart is an Independent Director of Great American Group, Inc. Mr. Hart was President and Chief Operating Officer of Hilton Hotels Corporation, referred to herein as Hilton, from May 2004 until the buyout of Hilton by a private equity firm in October 2007. Mr. Hart also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hilton from 1996 to 2004. Prior to joining Hilton in 1996, Mr. Hart was Senior Vice President and Treasurer of The Walt Disney Company and was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Host Marriot Corp. Mr. Hart received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Sociology from Vanderbilt University in 1974 and earned a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from Columbia University in 1976.

Hugh Hilton

Mr. Hugh G. Hilton is Independent Director of Great American Group, Inc., since July 2009. Mr. Hilton has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Alvarez & Marsal Capital Real Estate, LLC, which he co-founded in December 2008, the real estate and investment management arm of Alvarez & Marsal. From 2003 to December 2008, Mr. Hilton served as the founding Managing Director of Catalyst, LLC, a restructuring and turnaround firm. Mr. Hilton has been involved in over 25 corporate restructuring and turnaround engagements, during which he provided financial advisory services and/or filled interim senior management roles, such as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, President, and/or Chief Restructuring Officer at both public and private middle market companies. Prior to 2003, Mr. Hilton served as a Managing Director of Alvarez & Marsal, President of HVK, Inc., President First Interstate Bancorp’s real estate fund advisory arm, and Vice President of BankAmerica Investment Real Estate. Mr. Hilton holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan as well as a Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado.

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