Board of Directors
Avram A. “Avie” Glazer is the principal of Lancer Capital. In addition, he currently serves as Executive Co-Chairman and Director of Manchester United Plc (NYSE: MANU). Mr. Glazer served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Zapata Corporation, a U.S. public company between from March 1995 to July 2009 and Chairman of the board of Zapata Corporation from March 2002 to July 2009. In addition to his professional experience, Mr. Glazer received a business degree from Washington University in St. Louis and received a law degree from American University, Washington College of Law.
Mr. Barr has served as a director of HC2 since January 2014 and as Lead Director during March 2020. Mr. Barr serves and has served as a director of certain HC2 subsidiaries. Since March 2019, Mr. Barr has been the President and CEO of CCUR Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: CCUR). He joined the CCUR board in 2016 and was Executive Chairman of CCUR until April 2020. Mr. Barr is also a member of the board of directors of Alaska Communications Group, Inc., (NASDAQ: ALSK), which he joined in March 2018, where he is chairman of the Compensation and Personnel Committee and serves on the Nominating and Governance Committee. Mr. Barr is the principal of Oakleaf Consulting Group LLC, a management consulting firm focusing on technology and telecommunications companies, which he founded in 2001. Mr. Barr also co-founded and was president from 2003 to 2008 of Capital & Technology Advisors, a management consulting and restructuring firm and served as Managing Director of Alliance Group of NC, LLC, a full service real estate firm providing brokerage, planning and consulting services throughout North Carolina to a wide variety of stakeholders including landowners, developers, builders and investors, from 2013 through September 2018. Mr. Barr has previously served on the boards of directors of several companies, including as a director of Aviat Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVNW) from November 2016 to November 2018. Mr. Barr received his J.D. degree from Albany Law School of Union University and is admitted to practice law in New York State. He is also a licensed real estate broker in the state of North Carolina.
Kenneth S. Courtis is a financial executive with more than 30 years of banking, investment management and board service experience. Since January 2009, Mr. Courtis has served as the Chairman of Starfort Investment Holdings. Previously, he served as Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Goldman Sachs, and Chief Economist and Investment Strategist of Deutsche Bank Asia. He received an undergraduate degree from Glendon College in Toronto and an MA in international relations from Sussex University in the United Kingdom. He earned an MBA at the European Institute of Business Administration and received a Doctorate with honors and high distinction from l’Institut d’etudes politiques, Paris.
Mr. Gfeller has served as a director of HC2 since June 2016 and interim non-executive Chairman of the Board as of April 2020, and was a director of Global Marine Holdings, LLC, a majority owned subsidiary of HC2 from June 2018 until its sale in February 2020. He has been a member of the board of directors of Crestwood Equities Partners LP (NYSE: CEQP) since 2013, where he serves as Lead Director, Compensation Committee Chairman and as a member of the Finance Committee. He served as Lead Director and as a member of the Compensation Committee of Crestwood Midstream Partners LP from 2013 until its merger with Crestwood Equities Partners LP in November 2015. Mr. Gfeller served as Lead Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Inergy Holdings, L.P. from 2001 to 2013, Inergy Midstream Partners from 2011 to 2013 and Inergy Holdings GP LLC from 2005 to 2011. Mr. Gfeller served as Lead Director, Chairman of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Compensation Committee of Zapata Corporation from 1997 to 2009, and as Chairman of the Board and a member of the Audit Committee of Duckwall-Alco Stores, Inc. from 2003 to 2009. Mr. Gfeller also served as a director of Houlihan’s Restaurant Group from 1993 to 1998 and as a director of Synergy Gas, Inc. from 1992 to 1995. He also served as President and Chief Executive Officer from 1986 to 1991, and as a Director from 1987 to 1991, of Ferrellgas, Inc. (now Ferrellgas Partners LP (NYSE: FGP)) (“Ferrellgas”), a retail and wholesale marketer of propane and other natural gas liquids. Mr. Gfeller began his career with Ferrellgas in 1983, as an executive vice president and financial officer. Prior to joining Ferrellgas, Mr. Gfeller was the Chief Financial Officer of Energy Sources, Inc. from 1978 to 1983 and a Certified Public Accountant at Arthur Young & Co. from 1974 to 1978. Mr. Gfeller received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kansas State University.
Michael Gorzynski is the Managing Member of MG Capital, an investment firm focused on complex value-oriented investments. Previously, he invested in special situations globally at Third Point LLC, a large asset management firm, where he focused on macro, event-driven, distressed, and private investments across the capital structure. He is an expert in restructurings and in the insurance and banking industries, having participated in multiple large-scale bank and insurance company restructurings. He began his career at Credit Suisse First Boston in the technology investment banking group and at Spectrum Equity Investors a private equity fund in Boston. He earned a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Hillman has served as a director of HC2 since June 2016. He has served as President of Liberation Advisory Group, a private management consulting firm, since 2003. Mr. Hillman has also served as Chief Executive Officer of Performance Health Systems, LLC, a business distributing Power Plate™ and bioDensity® branded, specialty health and exercise equipment since 2012, and its predecessor since 2009. From February 2006 to May 2008, Mr. Hillman served as Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Power Plate International and from 2004 to 2006 as Chief Executive Officer of Power Plate North America. Previously, from 1996 through 2002, Mr. Hillman was Chief Executive Officer of Bally Total Fitness Corporation, then the world’s largest fitness membership club business. Mr. Hillman has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Lawson Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: LAWS) since 2004, where he has served as the Lead Independent Director since March 2017, as Chair of its Audit Committee since 2019, and as Chair of its Compensation Committee since 2006. Mr. Hillman has also served as a board member of Business Development Corporation of America since February 2017 and as Chair of its Audit Committee since April 2018 and as trustee and member of the Audit Committee of Adelphia Recovery Trust since February 2007. Previously Mr. Hillman has served as a member of the Board of Directors and as the Chairman or as a member of the Audit Committees of: HealthSouth Corporation (2003-2005), Wyndham International (2004-2005), RCN Corporation (where he also served as Chairman of the Board) (2004-2010), Bally Total Fitness Corporation (where he was Chairman of the Board) (1996-2002) and Professional Diversity Network, Inc. (NASDAQ: IPDN) (where he also served as a member of its Compensation Committee and Nominating Committee in 2016) (2016-2017). Mr. Hillman received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago’s Booth Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Hillman is a Certified Public Accountant and former audit partner with Ernst & Young.
Mr. Leffler has served as a director of HC2 since September 2014 and served as Lead Independent Director from June 2016 through February 2020. Mr. Leffler is semi-retired but now operates Milton Drive Consulting, LLC. He formerly owned The Leffler Agency, Inc. (“The Leffler Agency”), a full-service advertising agency, from 1984 to 2016. The firm specialized in the areas of sports/entertainment and media. Previously headquartered in Baltimore, the agency also had an office in Tampa and operated in 20 U.S. markets. The Leffler Agency also had a subsidiary media buying service, Media Moguls, LLC, which specialized in mass retail media buying. Mr. Leffler previously served as a director and Chairman of the Compensation Committee of HRG from 2008 to 2013 and a director and Chairman of the Compensation Committee of Zapata, Inc. from 1995 to 2008. In addition to his service as an independent public director for three different firms since 1995, by owning and running an advertising agency, he worked with 15 different types of businesses, including those in sports, entertainment and media (in the television (both broadcast and cable) and radio industries). The Leffler Agency conducted broadcast rights negotiations for potential media rights holders and the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the Canadian Football League and the National Hockey League, as well as College Division One teams. In addition, it produced public affairs TV programming that ran on MyTV Tampa Bay for three years. Mr. Leffler holds a Bachelor of Arts in social science/history from Towson University and a Master of Arts in Urban Studies and Popular Culture History from Morgan State University.
Shelly C. Lombard is currently an independent consultant. From 2011 to 2014, she was the Director of High Yield and Distressed Research for Britton Hill Capital, a broker dealer specializing in high yield bank debt and bonds and value equities. From 2003 to 2010, Ms. Lombard was a high yield bond analyst covering the automotive industry at Gimme Credit, a subscription bond research firm. From 1992 to 2001, she analyzed, managed, and was involved in the restructurings of proprietary investments for ING, Chase Manhattan Bank, Barclays Bank, and Credit Lyonnais. Ms. Lombard began her career at Citibank in the leveraged buyout group. Ms. Lombard has an M.B.A. in finance from Columbia University.
Ms. Springer has served as a director of HC2 since February 2020. Ms. Springer has served as Chief Marketing and Communications Officer (Executive Vice President) for TransUnion since 2015, where she is responsible for TransUnion’s marketing and communications efforts. Ms. Springer also currently serves on the board of directors of the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, a national not-for-profit organization focused on educating and preparing youth for life-long financial success. She was an early-stage Mentor with Excelerate Labs (now Techstars) in Chicago and serves as Advisor to several national start-ups. She previously held the role of Vice President of Marketing and Product Development for the consumer division of TransUnion, TransUnion Interactive, from 2013 to 2015. Ms. Springer holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Arizona State University.