Jeffrey R. Geygan
Chair of the Board
Mr. Geygan became a director in August 2021. Mr. Geygan has served as a director of the Climb Global Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLMB) since February 2018, and as Board Chair since May 2018. Mr. Geygan has served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Global Value Investment Corp. an investment research and advisory services firm, since he founded it in 2007. Prior to founding GVIC, Mr. Geygan served as a Senior Portfolio Manager at UBS Financial Services. Mr. Geygan has taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses at IE University in Madrid, Spain, the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Lubar School of Business, and the College of Charleston. He serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Wisconsin – Madison Department of Economics. Mr. Geygan received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin. The Board believes that his qualifications to serve on the Board include his skills in developing business strategy, and years of experience with capital markets and the finance industry.
Robert J. Sarlls
Director and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Sarlls joined the Company in May 2022. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Sarlls was employed by Wyandot, Inc., where he served as President & CEO for the preceding six years. In that time, he helped transform Wyandot from a regional contract manufacturer to a nationally recognized, B Corp certified market leader of plant-based, better for you snack foods. He is a recognized industry leader, recently serving as Chairman of SNAC International, the leading trade association for the global snack industry.Prior to his employment with Wyandot, Inc., Mr. Sarlls previously spent almost half a decade with John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. (NASDAQ:JBSS), one of the largest nut processors in the world with over $800 million in sales. Prior to JBSS he was a senior advisor to domestic and international food and beverage businesses with several firms, most notably Rabobank, one of the largest financial institutions dedicated to the global food, beverages, and agribusiness space. He currently serves on the Board of Mennel Milling Company. He is a graduate of Harvard College.
Mr. Craig is a seasoned business strategist with over 30 years of executive and board experience for both public and private companies, primarily in the real estate sector. For nearly four decades he has developed, owned and operated commercial real estate, primarily outdoor malls for retail shops and restaurants, throughout the United States. Mr. Craig started his career with Ginsburg Craig Associates, which in 1993 merged with Chelsea Property Group, to form Chelsea GCA Realty, Inc. (‘Chelsea GCA”), which subsequently went public via an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. He served as President/Chief Operating Officer and Director of Chelsea GCA. For the last two decades Mr. Craig has successfully developed and operated over a dozen centers containing upscale retail shopping and dining destinations in nine states.
Mr. Craig, a prominent philanthropist, made a significant investment in aspiring entrepreneurial youth in his home state of Missouri with the endowment and founding of the Steven L. Craig School of Business at Missouri Western State University in 2009. The Craig School of Business’ Center for Franchise Development trains and develops students to become owners and operators of franchised businesses. The program has graduated 33 students who were awarded franchised stores in 12 states, and currently include 10 alumni operating 15 Rocky Mountain Chocolate stores.
Mr. Craig received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
Starlette B. Johnson
Ms. Johnson became a director in March 2023. Ms. Johnson brings more than thirty years of success in consumer-facing retail businesses, including extensive experience in the franchise restaurant and hospitality business sectors. Outside of the Company, Ms. Johnson is the President of SBJ Advisory Group, a hospitality and entertainment industry consultancy firm, that she founded in 2012. Prior to founding SBJ Advisory, she held pivotal roles including President/COO at Dave & Busters Entertainment (NASDAQ: PLAY) from 2007 to 2010, and Executive VP/Chief Strategic Officer at Brinker International (NYSE: EAT) from 2001 to 2004. Ms. Johnson's boardroom governance experience includes over a decade of service across public and high-growth companies like Chuy’s Holdings (NASDAQ: CHUY), SusieCakes Bakeries, ARKO Corp (NASDAQ: ARKO), and Jack’s Family Restaurants. She is also currently serving a term as the Chairman of the Virginia Tech Foundation and has been a long-time member of the VTF Investment Committee. Ms. Johnson received a MBA from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business and a B.S. in Finance from Virginia Tech.
Mark O. Riegel
Mr. Riegel became a director in October 2021. Mr.Riegel is a veteran of the confection industry. Since 2021, Mr.Riegel has served as the President and CEO of FroDo Baking Company, LLC. FroDo Baking Company is a national manufacturer and distributor of frozen dough products, as well as other baked goods, to leading retailers. Prior to his role as President and CEO of FroDo Baking Company, LLC, Mr.Riegel served as Vice President of Marketing for Russell Stover Chocolates, a supplier of candy and chocolate, from 2017 to 2020, where he had commercial accountability related to all marketing efforts for an over $500million organization. In addition, he was selected to attend the Lindt & Sprungli Senior Leadership Program. From January 2014 to November 2017, Mr.Riegel served at various roles Ferrara Candy Company, a sweet snacking company, to include Vice President of Iconic Brands. From 2007 to 2014, Mr.Riegel served in various management positions with Kraft Foods Group. Mr.Riegel served as an Army Officer from 2002 to 2007. He earned his BS in Engineering at the United States Military Academy and completed an MBA at the Kellogg School of Management. We believe Mr.Riegel’s extensive business experience, especially with confection companies, qualifies him to serve as a director of the Company.
Brett P. Seabert
Mr. Seabert has served on the Board since April 2017. Mr. Seabert, a Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”), has been primarily engaged in business management, operations, finance and administration since 1989. Mr. Seabert currently serves in various capacities, including as a director or executive officer of various companies, including Tanamera Construction, LLC, a high-end real estate development and construction company (since April 2007), TD Construction, LLC, a construction company (since September 2009), Caughlin Club Management Partners, LLC, a health and tennis club and preschool owner and operator (since July 2008), and B&L Investments, Inc., a management and holding company (since March 2003). From 2001 to 2008, Mr. Seabert served as Chief Financial and Operating Officer of Tanamera Commercial Development, LLC. Between 1989 and 2001, Mr. Seabert served in various positions at CMS International, an owner and management company operating several casinos, in the US and one in the Caribbean, most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, including oversight of internal audit, risk management and human resource functions. Mr. Seabert has been primarily engaged in commercial and residential real estate development and construction since 2001. From 1984 to 1989, Mr. Seabert was a practicing CPA with Deloitte & Touche LLP.