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Board of Directors
Mr. Davidson was appointed Executive Chairman of the Board in June 2016, and had been working as a senior consultant to the company since 2015. Mr. Davidson was previously CEO of Independent Liquor (NZ) Limited from 2009 to 2014, with direct operational responsibility for Independent Liquor’s New Zealand, USA and Canadian operations. During this period, Mr. Davidson was involved in the sale of Independent Liquor (NZ) Limited to Asahi, a Japanese brewer. From 2006 to 2007, Mr. Davidson consulted to a consortium of private equity investors, supporting their acquisition of Independent Liquor (NZ) Limited. Following the successful acquisition, in February 2007, Mr. Davidson was appointed Independent Liquor Group CFO and served in this role until 2009. During this period, Mr. Davidson managed the post-acquisition integration, the establishment and management of a global banking syndicate, the development of growth strategies for the group, and the transition from a privately held company to one with multiple equity and debt stakeholders. For 14 years from 1991 to 2005, Mr. Davidson held senior management and leadership roles in Lion Nathan, Australasia’s largest brewer. He began his career with Deloitte, serving for 7 years in various roles up to and including Audit Manager. Mr. Davidson is now a Chartered Accountant with Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand. Mr. Davidson is also on the Board of Directors of Smartfoods, an innovative New Zealand food producer.
Philip J. Thomas has served as our Chief Executive Officer since the consummation of the Business Combination on May 27, 2015, and served as Chairman of the Board from May 2015 to June 2016. Mr. Thomas also has served as the Chief Executive Officer of LIBB since its formation in February 2011 and previously served as the Managing Member and a member of the board of managers of LIBB from February 2011 until May 2015. Since 2005, Mr. Thomas has also served as President of Capital Link LLC, a nationally recognized ATM processing network that he founded. Capital Link partnered with, among others, WSFS Bank (NASAQ: WSFS), Cash Connect, RBSWorldPay (RBS) and Switch Commerce, and these parties, in the aggregate, fund over 13,000 ATMs in all 50 states with over $8 billion annually. From 2008 to November 2010, he served as Chief Executive Officer of KarbonEx Corp, a company he founded dedicated to creating innovative, market driven solutions to address climate change and resolve the way businesses impact the environment. Prior to this, Mr. Thomas revitalized his family’s 45 year old food and beverage distribution business, Magnum Enterprises, by creating strategic partnerships with Coca-Cola, Vitamin Water and Kelloggs. Mr. Thomas began his career in 1998 while attending college at James Madison University where he created Highlawn Restaurant & Lounge, which he sold in 2001. Mr. Thomas graduated from James Madison University, where he was a Division I GTE scholar athlete. We believe Mr. Thomas’ business experience in the beverage industry makes him well suited to serve as a member of the Company’s board of directors.
Mr. Carson is the Chairman of IBC and the former Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of several leading beverage companies including Marbo, Inc. and Triarc Beverages, both private equity backed corporations. As Chairman of Triarc Beverages (RC Cola), he led the acquisition and integration of Snapple Beverages and expanded business internationally by leading negotiations in China, Japan, Mexico, South America, Russia and Poland. Mr. Carson led the sale of the entire beverage portfolio of Triarc to Cadbury Schweppes, generating a significant return for investors. He is former President of Cadbury Schweppes North America where he led the expansion of the Schweppes brand beyond mixers and into adult soft drinks. Mr. Carson is also a Board Member of the National Soft Drink Association and the Board of Directors of Water Source Inc.
Richard Y. Roberts has been a member of our board of directors since the consummation of the Business Combination on May 27, 2015. Mr. Roberts also has been a member of Cullen’s board of directors since October 2009. In March 2006, Mr. Roberts co-founded a regulatory/legislative consulting firm, Roberts, Raheb & Gradler LLC. He was a partner with Thelen Reid & Priest LLP, a national law firm, from January 1997 to March 2006. From August 1995 to January 1997, Mr. Roberts was a consultant at Princeton Venture Research, Inc., a private consulting firm. From 1990 to 1995, Mr. Roberts was a commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and, in this capacity, was actively involved in, has written about or has testified on, a wide range of subjects affecting the capital markets. Since leaving the Commission, Mr. Roberts has been a frequent media commentator and writer on various securities public policy issues and has assisted the Governments of Romania and Ukraine in the development of a securities market. Mr. Roberts was a director of Red Mountain Resources, Inc., an oil and natural gas exploration public company, from October 2011 until February 2016. He was a director of Nyfix, Inc. from September 2005 to December 2009, Endeavor Acquisition Corp. from July 2005 to December 2007, a director of Victory Acquisition Corp. from January 2007 to April 2009 and a director of Triplecrown from June 2007 to October 2009. From 1987 to 1990, he was the chief of staff for Senator Richard Shelby. He is a member of the Alabama Bar and the District of Columbia Bar. Mr. Roberts is a member of the Advisory Board of Securities Regulation & Law Reports, of the Advisory Board of the International Journal of Disclosure and Governance, and of the Editorial Board of the Municipal Finance Journal. Mr. Roberts also previously served as a member of the District 10 Regional Consultative Committee of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the Market Regulation Advisory Board of the FINRA, and the Legal Advisory Board of the FINRA. Mr. Roberts received a B.E.E. from Auburn University in 1973, a J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1976, and a Master of Laws from the George Washington University Law Center in 1981. We believe Mr. Roberts’ contacts and past business experience, including at the Securities and Exchange Commission, make him well suited to serve as a member of the Company’s board of directors.
Tom Cardella has served as a member of our board of directors since April 2016. Mr. Cardella is the founder of Cardella & Associates LLC and is a beverage industry consultant. Prior to founding Cardella & Associates in February 2015, Mr. Cardella was the President and CEO of Tenth and Blake Beer Company, a division of MillerCoors, from June 2010 to January 2015. He also served as President Eastern Division for MillerCoors from June 2008 to June 2010, where he was responsible for all commercial operations in the eastern half of the United States. Prior to the merger with Coors, Mr. Cardella was Executive Vice President of Sales and Distribution for Miller Brewing Company from May 2006 to June 2008. From August 2005 through April 2006, he held the position of Senior Vice President of Market Development and Import Brands with Miller. Prior to rejoining the Miller Brewing Company in August 2005, Mr. Cardella spent nearly a decade at InBev where he held several senior-level positions, including U.S. Vice President of Sales from September 2004 through August 2005, CEO of Beck’s North America from June 2003 through August 2004, Vice President of Strategy for FEMSA Cerveza in Monterey, Mexico (joint venture of InBev/Femsa) from January 2001 through May 2003, and Vice President of Marketing at Labatt USA from January 1996 through December 2000. Mr. Cardella spent the earlier years of his career with Miller Brewing Co. from 1978 through 1995 in various sales and marketing positions. Mr. Cardella has served on the Board of Directors of the Green Bay Packers since July 2010, the United Way of Greater Milwaukee since March 2010 and the Marcus Center for Performing Arts since July 2012. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the North American Brewing Company (parent company is FIFCO, San Jose, Costa Rica) since January 2016. Mr. Cardella received a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York College at Geneseo and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2000. We believe Mr. Cardella’s contacts and past business experience in the beverage industry make him well suited to serve as a member of our board of directors.