Kevin M. Rendino
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Rendino began serving as Chairman and CEO of 180 Degree Capital in the first half of 2017 following his joining of our board in 2016. Kevin Rendino is a financial services leader with three decades of Wall Street experience and expertise in capital markets, value investing and global equity markets. For over twenty years, Mr. Rendino worked on one fund, Basic Value Fund, with a consistent Graham and Dodd focus, at the same firm, BlackRock/Merrill Lynch. He was the Value team leader,overseeing 11 funds and $13B in assets, a member of Blackrock’s Leadership Committee and a frequent contributor to CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Fox Business, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. For the entirety of his money management career, Kevin ranked in top quartile, and beat competitor average and SPX by over 100 basis points. He also received numerous Lipper awards for Investment Excellence during his tenure. Since early 2016, Kevin has served as a Board Director for Rentech Inc., a global wood fiber company. Mr. Rendino has served on the board of directors of Partners for Health, a public charity based in Montclair, New Jersey, since 2012 and has served as its Board Chair since 2014. Partners for Health’s focus areas include: hunger and homelessness; policy and environmental changes that promote healthy people in healthy places; aging in our communities and mental health. Mr. Rendino was graduated from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College (B.S.). We believe that Mr. Rendino is qualified to serve on our Board because of his extensive experience in the financial services industry.
Parker A. Weil
Mr. Weil is the Vice Chairman of Investment Banking at Cowen. In this role, Mr. Weil is responsible for overseeing a portfolio of Cowen’s sponsor and institutional relationships while also providing leadership to a number of the firm’s critical growth initiatives.
Prior to joining Cowen, Mr. Weil served as Managing Director and Head of the Industrials and Natural Resources investment banking group for Stifel Financial Corp. In addition, he served on Stifel’s investment banking executive committee. During his almost three decades in investment banking, Mr. Weil has served as an advisor, underwriter and placement agent on dozens of initial public offerings, add-on financings and merger and acquisition transactions.
Mr. Weil has served on the board of trustees of the Ridgewood Lacrosse Association, Maroons Soccer Club and Ridgewood Education Foundation.
Mr. Weil holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Richard P. Shanley
Mr. Shanley has served as a member of our Board since March 2007. He has also served as our Lead Independent Director since May 2013. Since May 2012, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors of H&H Ventures Management, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company. From February 2001 to December 31, 2006, he was a partner of Deloitte & Touche LLP. During his over 30 years of public accounting experience, he served as lead audit partner on numerous audit engagements for public and private companies and companies making public stock offerings. He served as lead audit partner primarily for biotechnology, pharmaceutical and high-tech companies, including companies enabled by nanotechnology. He has been actively involved on the Biotech Council of New Jersey, the New Jersey Technology Council, the New York Biotechnology Association, the Connecticut Venture Group, the Biotechnology Industry Organization and the NanoBusiness Alliance. He is Chairman of the board of directors of Redpoint Bio Corporation, a publicly held biotechnology company. He is an active member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in New York. He was graduated from Fordham University (B.S.) and Long Island University (M.B.A.). We believe Mr. Shanley is qualified to serve on our Board because of his extensive prior financial, valuation and accounting experience, as well as his experience with companies investing in nanotechnology. Mr. Shanley’s career as a certified public accountant and as a partner at a large accounting firm qualify him for his role as Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Shanley’s knowledge of the financial, valuation and accounting areas further qualifies him to be our Lead Independent Director.
Stacy R. Brandom
Ms. Brandom has served as a member of our Board since January 1, 2014. Since March 6, 2014, she has served as a member of the Board of Directors of H&H Ventures Management, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company. Since June 2015, Ms. Brandom has been a Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Save the Children Federation, Inc., a not-for-profit 501©(3) organization for the welfare of children worldwide. Prior to joining Save the Children, Ms. Brandom was an Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Trinity Wall Street from October 2009 to May 2015. She served as a Managing Advisor of Brandom Advisors, from 2008 to 2009, and as Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director of Citi Smith Barney from 2005 to 2007. She held various positions at JPMorgan Chase and its predecessor firms from 1984 to 2005, including Chief Financial Officer of JP Morgan Chase Corporate Sector and Chase Middle Market Group; Head of Strategy and Administration, Corporate Business Service of JP Morgan Chase; Head of Strategy and Administration and Managing Director, Global Investment Banking (Chase); Head of Strategy and Managing Director, Global Bank (Chemical Bank, pre Chase merger). She was graduated from the University of North Texas (B.B.A.) and the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University (M.B.A.). She is a member of the board of directors of Bridges to Community, a non-governmental organization dedicated to construction projects in Nicaragua, and a member of the board of directors of Westchester Jazz Orchestra. We believe Ms. Brandom is qualified to serve on our Board because of her financial and compliance experience and her connections in the investment banking industry.
Tonia L. Pankopf
Ms. Pankopf brings 25 years of investment experience in researching and valuing equity and debt corporate securities and managing capital market transactions for domestic and international public and private companies. She has held Vice President and Senior Equity Analyst positions at Goldman Sachs & Co and Merrill Lynch & Co. Further, Ms. Pankopf's experience includes hedge fund portfolio management at P.A.W. Capital Partners and Palladio Capital Management generating significant returns based on fundamental business, financial, accounting and valuation analyses. In recent years as managing partner of Pareto Advisors, Ms. Pankopf has provided capital investment and financial advisory services. Ms. Pankopf currently serves on the Board of Landec Corporation and has served on the Board of Oxford Square Capital Corp and the University System of Maryland Foundation. Ms. Pankopf is a Governance Fellow and member of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Ms. Pankopf holds a Master of Science from the London School of Economics.
Daniel B. Wolfe Ph.D.
President, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Compliance Officer
Mr. Wolfe has served as President since January 2009 and Chief Financial Officer, Chief Compliance Officer since July 2016 and a Director since 2017. He served as Chief Operating Officer and as a Managing Director from January 2008 to June 30, 2016. He served as Chief Financial Officer from January 2008 to December 31, 2012, as Treasurer from May 2008 to December 31, 2012, as Principal from January 2007 to January 2008, as Senior Associate from January 2006 to January 2007, as Associate from 2004 to 2005, and as Vice President from July 2004 to January 2008. Since January 2009, he has served as President and Chief Operating Officer and from January 2009 to December 31, 2012, as Chief Financial Officer of H&H Ventures Management, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company; and from October 2008 to May 2, 2012, he served as a Director. He is Chief Executive Officer, President and a Director of SynGlyco, Inc. (formerly Ancora Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) as well as President and Director of Black Silicon Holdings, Inc. privately held companies in which we have investments. He is a Director of Produced Water Absorbents, Inc., a privately held portfolio company in which we have an investment. Prior to joining us, he served as a consultant to Nanosys, Inc. (from 2002 to 2004), to CW Group (from 2001 to 2004) and to Bioscale, Inc. (from January 2004 to June 2004). He was graduated from Rice University (B.A.), where his honors included the Zevi and Bertha Salsburg Memorial Award in Chemistry and the Presidential Honor Roll, and from Harvard University (A.M., Ph.D., Chemistry), where he was a NSF Predoctoral Fellow. We believe Mr. Wolfe is qualified to serve on our Board because of his intimate knowledge of our operations through his day-to-day leadership as President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company along with his comprehensive experience on the boards of directors of many of our private portfolio companies.