Investor Relations

Board of Directors
James M. Jenkins
James M. Jenkins has served as the Company’s Executive Chairman since August 30, 2023.  Mr. Jenkins previously served as Chairman of the Board from February 1, 2023 through August 2023 and as a director since 2016.  Mr. Jenkins previously served on our Board from 2012 to 2015 and was a member of our Audit and Corporate Governance Committees.  Mr. Jenkins is the General Counsel and Vice President of Corporate Development for Transcat, Inc. (Nasdaq:TRNS), a provider of calibration, repair, inspection and laboratory services, where he serves as Transcat’s chief risk officer and advises management and the board of directors over matters of corporate governance and securities law.  He also leads Transcat’s acquisition strategy.  He joined Transcat in September 2020.  Before joining Transcat, he was a partner at Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, a regional law firm in New York State.  His practice focused on corporate governance and general corporate law matters, including initial and secondary public offerings, private placements, mergers and acquisitions, and securities law compliance.  Mr. Jenkins joined the firm in 1989 as an associate and was elected a partner effective January 1, 1997.  He is a Chambers-rated attorney and served as the Chair of the firm’s Securities Practice Group from 2001 to 2020 and as a member of the firm’s Management Committee from January 2007 to January 2013.  From 2018 until September 2020, he served as the Partner in Charge of the firm’s New York City office.  Mr. Jenkins holds a B.A. from Virginia Military Institute and a J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law.    Mr. Jenkins’s qualifications to serve on our Board include his corporate governance experience as well as his current business-related experience.
Thomas J. McAteer
Thomas J. McAteer has served as the Company’s Lead Independent Director since August 2023 and as a director since 2011.  Mr. McAteer has served as Executive Vice President of Management Development and Strategic Initiatives of Suffolk Transportation since March 2013 and Chairman of the Board of New World Medical Network, a private healthcare organization, since 2015.  He also served as the Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Compensation and Personnel Committee for the Long Island Power Authority from December 2014 until January 2020.  He served as the Senior Vice President and Regional Market Head for Aetna’s Medicaid Division from March 2007 until March 2013.  Prior to joining Aetna’s Medicaid Division, Mr. McAteer served as the President and CEO of Vytra Health Plans.  In a thirteen-year career at Vytra, Mr. McAteer played an executive leadership role in growing Vytra from annual revenues of $70 million in 1993 to over $375 million in 2005.  In 2001, Mr. McAteer facilitated the sale of Vytra to HIP Health Plans.  After that, he assumed the additional responsibilities of Executive Vice President for Brand Leadership and joined the Executive Committee of the enterprise.  Before joining Vytra, Mr. McAteer served as the Chief Deputy County Executive in Suffolk County, New York, and before that, as the Director of Human Resources for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Mr. McAteer holds an MBA degree from Hofstra University’s Zarb School of Business. Mr. McAteer’s qualifications to serve on our Board include his business experience and multiple prior executive positions.
Nikki L. Hamblin
Nikki L. Hamblin has served as a director since April 2021. Ms. Hamblin has served as the Director of Advisor Service at Manning & Napier Advisors, LLC, a publicly traded investment management company, since September 2019. In addition to her current role, she is a member of the firm’s Committee for Diversity & Inclusion. Previously, she was the Director of Retirement Plan Services at GRP Financial California, LLC, a retirement plan consulting firm, from September 2017 to August 2019 and she served as Vice President, Key Accounts at Manning & Napier from January 2013 to August 2017. Prior to her experience at Manning & Napier, she served as an investment banker specializing in middle-market private and publicly owned mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in finance from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester and has attained multiple securities and financial planning licenses and designations. Ms. Hamblin’s qualifications to serve on our Board include her investment banking and finance experience.
Jeffrey T. Schlarbaum
Jeffrey T. Schlarbaum has served as a director since 2017. Mr. Schlarbaum also serves on the Board of Directors of Creation Technologies, a $1B global electronic manufacturing services provider. Previously, from 2015 to 2022, he served as President & Chief Executive Officer of IEC Electronics Corp (Nasdaq:IEC), a leading electronics manufacturing services provider. During his time there, he led a turnaround effort resulting in nearly 25% CAGR, successfully exited the lender’s workout group, divested a distressed business unit, settled a SEC investigation he inherited, and ultimately, led the sale of the company for an industry leading EBITDA multiple. Prior to rejoining IEC Electronics in 2015, Mr. Schlarbaum was the Chief Operating Officer for LaserMax Inc., a manufacturer of laser gun sights for law enforcement and the defense industries. Previously, from 2005 to 2013, Mr. Schlarbaum successfully led IEC Electronics’ revitalization journey resulting in its transformation from $19M and less than 100 employees to $145M and 950 employees. During that time, he held a variety of roles including President, Executive Vice President and President of Contract Manufacturing. Previously, Mr. Schlarbaum served in several executive management roles with various advanced electronics companies including Plexus Corp (Nasdaq:PLXS) and Seagate Technologies (Nasdaq:STX). Mr. Schlarbaum holds an M.B.A from Pepperdine University. Mr. Schlarbaum’s qualifications to serve on our Board include his experience as a publicly traded CEO and Board member as well as his expertise in global manufacturing, acquisitions, and turning around distressed organizations driving transformational growth and expansion.
Ronald Herring
Ronald Herring is the chairperson of the Board of Advisors of C.N. Associates, Inc., a privately owned radiation protection and remediation company. He has served on the C.N. Associates’ Board of Advisors since December 2017 and as its chairperson since January 2020. Before joining C.N. Associates’ Board of Advisors, Mr. Herring retired in 2017 after more than thirty years working in various capacities for MSA Safety Inc., including as Senior Vice President, President MSA International from 2015 until 2017, and as President, International, of MSA safety from 2011 until 2015. In these roles, Mr. Herring was in charge of international operations for MSA Safety. Since his retirement, Mr. Herring has served on various non-profit boards, and he has served as the Visiting Executive in Residence at the Katz School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh since January 2018.
Melissa Kidd
Melissa Kidd has served as the Senior Vice President, Sales, for Atkore Inc. (NYSE: ATKR) since 2019. Atkore Inc. engages in the manufacture of electrical raceway products. It operates through two segments, Electrical and Safety & Infrastructure.  She joined Atkore Inc. as Vice President/General Manager in July 2017. Prior to joining Atkore Inc., Melissa served as Vice President, AMETEK Brookfield, an industrial R&D and quality instrumentation company based in Middleboro, Massachusetts. Prior to that, Melissa was President, Faradyne Motors, Palmyra, New York, a joint venture between ITT and Pentair Inc. Melissa earned her Masters of Business Administration from Virginia Polytechnic University, in Blacksburg, Virginia, and a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Marquette University, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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