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.
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.
Starlette B. Johnson
Since 2012, 60, Starlette Johnson has served as a consultant to the hospitality and entertainment industries, through SBJ Advisory Group, LLC, working with both public and private companies. Starlette joined the board of ARKO Corp. (NASDAQ: ARKO), the sixth largest convenience store chain in the United States in March 2021 and serves as Chair of the Nominating/Governance Committee and as a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees. In October 2020, she joined the board of Tastemaker Acquisition Corporation (NASDAQ: TMKR), a special purpose acquisition company focusing on the restaurant, hospitality, and related tech and services sectors. Starlette also has served on the board of Jack’s Family Restaurants since October of 2019 after the acquisition of the company by AEA Partners and currently serves on the Audit and Marketing Committees. From September 2012 (post its IPO) through February 2023, she served as a member of the Audit Committee, as Chair of the Nominating/Governance Committee and as Chair of the Compensation Committee for Chuy’s Inc. (NASDAQ: CHUY), a full-service casual Mexican chain.
Starlette served as Chair of the Board for privately-held SusieCakes, a classic desserts bakery based in Southern California from December 2014 through December 2020. She also served as a member of the Board and Chair of the Audit Committee of Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits (NASDAQ: BOJA) from March 2016 until the completion of its go-private transaction in January 2019. From May 2008 through November 2013, Starlette was a member of the Board of Directors’, Audit Committee and chair of the Nominating/Governance Committee, for Tuesday Morning, Inc. (NASDAQ: TUES), a leading national closeout retailer.
From January 2019 (following the acquisition of Lucky Strike Entertainment Group by Wellspring Capital Management) through October 2020, Starlette served as a board member and as Interim President of the Company, reporting directly to the board. From October 2015 to October 2016, Starlette was President and Chief Executive Officer for a primarily franchised owned portfolio company of Front Burner Restaurant Group in Dallas and continued to serve on the board of the parent company through 2018. From June 2006 to September 2010, Starlette served both on the Board of Directors and as President and Chief Operating Officer of Dave & Buster’s, Inc. She joined the company, also under the ownership of Wellspring Capital Management, as Chief Strategic Officer with responsibilities for Human Resources, Marketing and Development. She assumed the role of President/COO in April of 2007, and led the Company’s Human Resources/Training, Sales, Amusements, and Strategic Initiatives departments in addition to Operations. In June of 2010, Wellspring Capital Management sold Dave & Buster’s to Oakhill Capital Partners.
Prior to joining Dave & Buster’s, Starlette was Executive Vice President and Chief Strategic Officer for Brinker International (NYSE: EAT), then a $4 billion portfolio restaurant company. She joined Brinker in 1995 as Director of Planning and assumed the role of Chief Strategic Officer in May 2001. After departing Brinker in November of 2004, Starlette served for 18 months as an industry consultant to both public and private companies assisting in the development of their long-term strategic plans. She began her hospitality career as a director of finance for PepsiCo's KFC Division.
Starlette received an MBA from Duke University, and a B.S. in Finance from Virginia Tech. She is currently serving a 2-year term as the Chairman of the Virginia Tech Foundation, since October 2021. Prior to her Chair position, Starlette was a member of the VTF Investment Committee from 2017-2021.
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.