Jack L. Howard has been a member of the Company's Board since September 21, 2011. Mr. Howard has been a registered principal of Mutual Securities, Inc., a FINRA registered broker-dealer, since 1989. Mr. Howard is currently the President of Steel Partners Holdings L.P. ("Steel Holdings"), a global diversified holding company that engages in multiple businesses through consolidated subsidiaries, associated companies and other interests. He is the President of Steel Partners LLC ("Steel Partners"), a global management firm, and has been associated with Steel Partners and its affiliates since 1993. Mr. Howard co-founded Steel Partners II, L.P. in 1993, a private investment partnership that is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Steel Holdings. He has served as a director of Handy & Harman Ltd., a diversified industrial products manufacturing company, since July 2005. He has been a director of Steel Excel Inc., a publicly held company primarily focused on capital redeployment and identification of new business operations, since December 2007. Mr. Howard served as Chairman of the Board of a predecessor entity of Steel Holdings from June 2005 to December 2008, as a director from 1996 to December 2008 and its Vice President from 1997 to December 2008. From 1997 to May 2000, he also served as Secretary, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Steel Holdings' predecessor entity. Mr. Howard served as a director of SP Acquisition Holdings, Inc. ("SPAH") from February 2007 until June 2007, and was Vice-Chairman from February 2007 until August 2007. He also served as Chief Operating Officer and Secretary of SPAH from June 2007 and February 2007, respectively, until October 2009. He currently holds the securities licenses of Series 7, Series 24, Series 55 and Series 63. As a result of these and other professional experiences, Mr. Howard is qualified to serve as a member of the Board due to his financial expertise and record of success as a director, chairman and top-level executive officer of numerous public companies.
Mr. Gibson, age 59, has served as a Managing Director of SP Corporate Services, LLC ("SP Corporate Services"), a provider of executive and corporate management services, since July, 2007. Mr. Gibson has been a director and Chief Executive Officer of CoSine Communications, Inc., a company in the business of seeking to acquire one or more business operations, since January 16, 2005, as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since January 2002 and as Secretary since September 23, 2004. Mr. Gibson was appointed as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Ore Holdings, Inc. in October 2010. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of BNS Holding, Inc. since May 2010, and as Chief Financial Officer of BNS Holding, Inc. from July 2007 through its liquidation in June 2012. Mr. Gibson served as Chief Financial Officer of Calient Networks, Inc. from May 2000 through December 2001. He served as Chief Financial Officer of Ramp Networks, Inc. from March 1999 to May 2000 and as Chief Financial Officer of GaSonics, International from June 1996 through March 1999. He also served as Vice President and Corporate Controller of Lam Research Corporation from February 1991 through June 1996. Mr. Gibson holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Santa Clara. Mr. Gibson brings significant managerial expertise and experience, having provided senior executive services to a wide range of companies.
General Merrill A. McPeak has been a member of the Company's Board of Directors since April 27, 2005. General McPeak is the President of McPeak and Associates, a management-consulting firm he founded in 1995. General McPeak was Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force from November 1990 to October 1994, when he retired from active military service. General McPeak was for several years Chairman of ECC. He has been a director of Point Blank Solutions since August 2008 and has served as a director of several other public companies, including Tektronix, Inc. and Trans World Airlines, Inc. Currently, General McPeak is Chairman of the Board of Ethicspoint, Inc., a company providing confidential corporate governance compliance and whistleblower reporting services. He is a director of Miller Petroleum, Inc., a public company engaged in oil and gas exploration, production and related property management. He is also a director of Sensis Corp., a privately held manufacturer of military radars and civilian air traffic control systems. He is an investor in and director of several public and private companies in the early development stage. General McPeak received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from San Diego State College and a Master of Science degree in international relations from George Washington University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, New York City. General McPeak brings to the Board of Directors extensive management consulting and a successful military career, including his position as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during which time he was the senior officer responsible for organization, training and equipage of a combined active duty, National Guard, Reserve and civilian work force of over 850,000 people serving at 1,300 locations in the Unites States and abroad and advised the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council and the President of the United States. In addition, General McPeak currently serves or has served in the past on the Board of Directors of a number of publicly traded companies.
James A. Risher has been a member of the Company's Board of Directors since April 27, 2005. On August 31, 2006, Mr. Risher became the President and CEO of the Company. On August 28, 2009, Mr. Risher resigned from his position as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company effective August 31, 2009. Mr. Risher continues to serve as a director of the Company. Mr. Risher has been the Managing Partner of Lumina Group, LLC, a private company engaged in the business of consulting and investing in small and mid-size companies, since 1998. From February 2001 to May 2002, Mr. Risher served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BlueStar Battery Systems International, Inc., a Canadian public company that is an e-commerce distributor of electrical and electronic products to selected automotive aftermarket segments and targeted industrial markets. From 1986 to 1998, Mr. Risher served as a director, Chief Executive Officer and President of Exide Electronics Group, Inc. ("Exide"), a global leader in the uninterruptible power supply industry. He also served as Chairman of Exide from December 1997 to July 1998. Mr. Risher has also been a director of SL Industries, Inc. since May 2003 and was a director of New Century Equity Holdings Corp., a holding company seeking to acquire a new business, from October 2004 to January 2010. As a former President and CEO of the Company and with previous experience in the management of several companies, Mr. Risher provides the Board of Directors with intimate knowledge of the Company and the industries in which it operates.