Christopher J. Ryan
Christopher J. Ryan has served as our Executive Chairman of the Board since February 1, 2020. Mr. Ryan was our Chief Executive Officer and President from November 2003 to January 31, 2020, Secretary from April 1991 to January 31, 2020, and a director since May 1986. Mr. Ryan was our Executive Vice President-Finance from May 1986 until becoming our President in November 2003. Mr. Ryan also worked as a Corporate Finance Partner at Furman Selz Mager Dietz & Birney, Senior Vice President-Corporate Finance at Laidlaw Adams & Peck, Inc., Managing-Corporate Finance Director of Brean Murray Foster Securities, Inc. and Senior Vice President- Corporate Finance of Rodman & Renshaw, respectively, between 1983 to 1991. Mr. Ryan served as a Director of Lessing, Inc., a privately held restaurant chain based in New York, from 1995 to 2008. Mr. Ryan received his BA from Stanford University, his MBA from Columbia Business School and his J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School. Mr. Ryan’s qualifications to serve on our board include his business and legal education as well as his lengthy experience as a director at our company and at other companies.