Our Team

Joseph De Perio

Age: 41

Is the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. De Perio joined our Board on May 20, 2015. On March 22, 2017, the Board appointed Joseph De Perio to serve as its Chairman and as the Company’s principal executive officer, effective on the same day. Previously, Mr. De Perio served as the Board’s Non-Executive Chairman. Mr. De Perio served as a Senior Portfolio Manager of Clinton Relational Opportunity Master Fund, L.P. from October 2010 to December 2018; he also served in a similar capacity from 2006 until December 2007. From December 2007 until October 2010, Mr. De Perio was a Vice President at Millennium Management, L.L.C., a global investment management firm. Mr. De Perio was a Private Equity Associate at Trimaran Capital Partners, a private investment firm, from 2004 until 2006 and an analyst and associate in the mergers and acquisitions department at CIBC Oppenheimer, a national investment boutique, from 2000 until 2004. Mr. De Perio served on the board of directors of Viking Systems, Inc., a leading worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of 3D and 2D visualization solutions for complex minimally invasive surgery, from June 2011 until its sale to Conmed Corporation in October 2012, and Overland Storage, Inc. (f/k/a Overland Data, Inc.), a provider of data protection appliances, from April 2011 until its sale to Sphere 3D Corporation in December 2014. Mr. De Perio also served on the board of directors of EveryWare Global, Inc., a provider of tabletop and food preparation products for the consumer and foodservice markets, from May 2013 until April 2015 when the company filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code pursuant to a pre-packaged plan of reorganization. Mr. De Perio received a B.A. in business economics and organizational behavior management with honors from Brown University.

Daniel A. Strauss

Age: 35

Is our Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Strauss served as our Chief Operating Officer from March 2017 through December 2019. Mr. Strauss was a Portfolio Manager at Clinton from 2010 until 2019. Mr. Strauss is currently the Chief Executive Office of Adara and is a member of the board of directors of Adara and SportBLX. Mr. Strauss has over ten years of experience in corporate finance as a portfolio manager and investment analyst in private and public equity through which he has developed a deep understanding of corporate finance and strategic planning activities. At Clinton, Mr. Strauss was responsible for evaluating and executing private equity transactions across a range of industries. Post-investment, Mr. Strauss was responsible for the ongoing management and oversight of Clinton’s portfolio investments. From 2008 to 2010, he worked for Angelo, Gordon & Co. as a member of the firm’s private equity and special situations area. Mr. Strauss was previously with Houlihan Lokey, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions from 2006 to 2008. Mr. Strauss has served on the boards of directors of Pacific Mercantile Bancorp (NASDAQ: PMBC) from August 2011 until December 2015 and Community Financial Shares, Inc. (OTC: CFIS) from December 2012 until its sale to Wintrust Financial Corporation in July 2015. Mr. Strauss received a Bachelor of Science in Finance and International Business from the Stern School of Business at New York University,

Francis Ruchalski, CPA

Age: 56

Is our Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Ruchalski is also currently the Chief Financial Officer of Clinton and a member of its board of directors. He has been employed by Clinton since 1997. In addition, Mr. Ruchalski is the Chief Financial Officer of SportBLX, a member of its board of directors and a member of the board of directors for Adara. Prior to joining Clinton, Mr. Ruchalski was an audit manager with Anchin, Block & Anchin, LLP, a certified public accounting firm, from 1986 to 1997. Mr. Ruchalski’s responsibilities while with Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP included client auditing and financial and taxation planning. Mr. Ruchalski holds a bachelor of science in accounting from St. John’s University.
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