Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board
Byron Roth, 58, served as our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board since the company’s inception in February 2019, and became our Co-Chief Executive Officer in February 2021. Mr. Roth has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Roth since 1998. Under his management, the firm has helped raise over $50 billion for small-cap companies, as well as advising on many merger and acquisition transactions. Mr. Roth is a co-founder and General Partner of three private investment firms; Rx3, LLC, a $50 million influencer fund focused on consumer brands, Rivi Capital, LLC, a $35 million fund concentrated in the mining sector, and Aceras Life Sciences, LLC, an in-house incubator focused on funding the development of novel medical innovations. He also co-founded two long only asset management firms: Cortina Asset Management, LLC, which was recently acquired by Silvercrest Asset Management (NASDAQ: SAMG), and EAM Investors, LLC, with assets under management of approximately $1.5 billion. Mr. Roth is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of each of Roth CH Acquisition I Co. (NASDAQ: ROCH) and Roth CH Acquisition II Co. (NASDAQ: ROCC), both of which are special purpose acquisition companies. Roth CH Acquisition I Co. has entered into an agreement and plan of merger with PureCycle Technologies LLC pursuant to which Roth CH Acquisition I Co. will acquire PureCycle Technologies LLC. Roth CH Acquisition II Co. is still searching for a target business with which to consummate an initial business combination. Mr. Roth is a member of the Advisory Council, Executive Committee, and serves as the Chairman on the Nominating Committee for the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. He is a founding member of the University of San Diego Executive Cabinet for the Athletic Department, and former member of the Board of Trustees where he served on the Investment Committee for the university’s endowment and athletic department for nine years. Mr. Roth also sits on the Executive Board of SMU’s Cox School of Business. Mr. Roth serves as a National Trustee for the Boys and Girls Club of America, and served as the Co-Chair for the 2019 Boys and Girls Club Pacific Youth of the Year Competition. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Lott IMPACT Foundation, whose Lott IMPACT Trophy is presented annually to the college football defensive IMPACT player of the year for their contribution on and off the field. Mr. Roth was the honoree at the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) 2015 Celebration of Heroes, Heart and Hope Gala and the 2018 Athletes First Classic Golden Heart Award benefitting the Orangewood Foundation. Mr. Roth earned his B.B.A, from the University of San Diego in 1985 and his MBA from the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business in 1987. Mr. Byron Roth is the brother of Mr. Gordon Roth. We believe Mr. Roth is well-qualified to serve as a director due to his business experience and contacts and relationships.
Chief Operating Officer and Director
John Lipman, 44, served as our Chief Operating Officer and as a member of our Board of Directors since August 2020, and became our Co-Chief Executive Officer in February 2021. Mr. Lipman is a Partner and Managing Director of Investment Banking at Craig-Hallum. Mr. Lipman joined Craig-Hallum in 2012 and has more than 15 years of investment banking experience advising growth companies in the healthcare, industrial, and technology sectors. Mr. Lipman has completed over 125 equity, convertible, and debt offerings and advisory assignments for growth companies - including over 75 since joining Craig-Hallum. Prior to joining Craig-Hallum, Mr. Lipman was a Managing Director at Rodman & Renshaw LLC from 2011 to 2012, a Managing Director at Hudson Securities, Inc. from 2010 to 2011, and Carter Securities LLC, a firm he founded that specialized in raising equity, equity-linked, and debt capital for growth companies, from 2005 to 2009. Mr. Lipman is the Chief Operating Officer and director of each of Roth CH Acquisition I Co. (NASDAQ: ROCH) and Roth CH Acquisition II Co. (NASDAQ: ROCC). Mr. Lipman earned his B.A. in Economics in 1999 from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. We believe Mr. Lipman is well-qualified to serve as a director due to his business experience and contacts and relationships.
Molly Montgomery, 54, will become a member our Board of Directors at the closing of this offering. Ms. Montgomery has served as a member of each of the board of directors of Roth CH Acquisition I Co. (NASDAQ: ROCH) since February 2020 and of Roth CH Acquisition II Co. (NASDAQ: ROCC) since December 2020. Since January of 2020, Ms. Montgomery has been a member of the Board of Directors at Wilbur-Ellis Company Inc., a privately-owned family business based in San Francisco with a rich history spanning nearly 100 years. With revenues over $3.0 billion, Wilbur-Ellis is a leading international marketer, distributor and manufacturer of agricultural products, animal nutrients and specialty ingredients and chemicals. Also since January 2020, Ms. Montgomery has served as Board Director for Flower One, a publicly traded company that specializes in large-scale cultivation and production of high-quality, low-cost cannabis with operations located in Nevada. Since October 2020, Ms. Montgomery has served as Board Director of The Wine Group. The Wine Group is a privately-held, management-owned company that is the second largest wine producer in the US and third largest in the world. From 2009 to 2019, Ms. Montgomery served as an Executive of Landec Corporation, a publicly-traded company in the health & wellness space with revenues of approximately $550M, and served as Chief Executive Officer, President & Director of Landec Corporation from 2015 to 2019. Ms. Montgomery has also served on the Board of Directors for Windset Farms, one of the largest and most technologically advanced hydroponic growers in North America, from 2018 to 2019. Prior to Landec, from 2006 to 2009, Ms. Montgomery served as VP of Global Marketing and Business Development at Ashland Chemical. Ms. Montgomery has also been an executive in two software companies and held additional positions in strategy, marketing, engineering and operations in a number of other chemical, pharmaceutical and consumer product companies. Ms. Montgomery holds a BES and MEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisville and an MBA from Harvard Business School. We believe Ms. Montgomery is well-qualified to serve as a director due to her experience as CEO and Director of a publicly traded company and the depth and breadth of Ms. Montgomery’s operating and transactional experience in a wide variety of industries with both private and public companies at different stages of maturity.
Daniel M. Friedberg
Daniel M. Friedberg, 59, will become a member our Board of Directors at the closing of this offering. Mr. Friedberg has served as a member of each of the board of directors of Roth CH Acquisition I Co. (NASDAQ: ROCH) since February 2020 and of Roth CH Acquisition II Co. (NASDAQ: ROCC) since December 2020. Mr. Friedberg has served as Chairman of the Board of Quest Resource Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: QRHC) since April 2019. Mr. Friedberg has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Hampstead Park Capital Management LLC, a private equity investment firm, since its founding in May 2016. Mr. Friedberg was Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Sagard Capital Partners L.P., a private equity investment firm, from its founding in January 2005 until May 2016. In addition, from January 2005 to May 2016, Mr. Friedberg was also a Vice President of Power Corporation of Canada, a diversified international management holding company. Mr. Friedberg was with global strategy management consultants Bain & Company, as a consultant from 1987 to 1991 and then again as a Partner from 1997 to 2005. Mr. Friedberg started with Bain & Company in the London office in 1987, was a founder of the Toronto office in 1991, and a founder of the New York office in 2000, leading the Canadian and New York private equity businesses. From 1991 to 1997, Mr. Friedberg worked as Vice President of Strategy and Development for a U.S.-based global conglomerate and as an investment professional in a Connecticut-based boutique private equity firm. Mr. Friedberg currently serves on the Board at Buttonwood Networks and USA Field Hockey. Mr. Friedberg serves on the Board of Directors of Point Pickup Technologies and Triphammer Ventures LLC and has previously served on the Board of Directors at GP Strategies Corp. (GPX), InnerWorkings, Inc. (INWK), Performance Sports Group Ltd. (PSG) and X-Rite, Inc. (XRIT). Mr. Friedberg has a Master’s in Business Administration degree from the Johnson School at Cornell University’s College of Business, and a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) degree from the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology. We believe that Mr. Friedberg’s experience as the Chief Executive Officer of two investment firms, his experience as an executive with a leading global management consulting firm, his extensive experience in investing in private and public companies, and his service on multiple boards of directors provide him with knowledge and experience with respect to organizational, financial, operational, M&A, and strategic planning matters and provide the requisite qualifications, skills, perspectives, and experiences that make him well qualified to serve on our Board of Directors.
Adam Rothstein, 49, will become a member our Board of Directors at the closing of this offering. Mr. Rothstein has served as a member of each of the board of directors of Roth CH Acquisition I Co. (NASDAQ: ROCH) since February 2020 and of Roth CH Acquisition II Co. (NASDAQ: ROCC) since December 2020. Mr. Rothstein is a Co-Founder and General Partner of Disruptive Technology Partners, an Israeli technology-focused early-stage investment fund, and Disruptive Growth, a collection of latestage investment vehicles focused on Israeli technology, which he co-founded in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Since September 2020, Mr. Rothstein has also been the Executive Chairman of 890 5th Avenue Partners, Inc., a special purpose acquisition company focused on the media and entertainment sectors, which completed its public offering in January 2021. Since 2014, Mr. Rothstein has been the Managing Member of 1007 Mountain Drive Partners, LLC, which is a consulting and investment vehicle. Previously, from July 2019 until January 2021, Mr. Rothstein was a director of Subversive Capital Acquisition Corp. (NEO: SVC.A.U) (OTCQX: SBVCF), a special purpose acquisition company that partnered with Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter and Roc Nation in January 2021 to acquire CMG Partners Inc. and Left Coast Ventures, Inc. and which now trades as TPCO Holding Corp. (NEO: GRAM.U) (OTCQX: GRAMF). Mr. Rothstein has over 20 years of investment experience, and currently sits on the boards of directors of several early- and mid-stage technology and media companies both in the US and in Israel and is on the Advisory Board for the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Mr. Rothstein graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and has a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Finance from the University of Cambridge. We believe Mr. Rothstein is well-qualified to serve as a director due to his two decades of investment experience in the public and private markets both domestically and internationally
James Gold, 56, will become a member our Board of Directors at the closing of this offering. Mr. Gold was President and Chief Merchandising Officer for The Neiman Marcus Group, LLC from October 2010 to March 2019. The Neiman Marcus Group is one of the premier retailers of luxury and fashion merchandise in the U.S. and has been operating for over a century. In his role as President and Chief Merchandising Officer, Mr. Gold oversaw strategy, merchandising, and management, and led the company’s integrated merchant and planning team for NM Stores, Bergdorf Goodman, and E-Commerce. Mr. Gold joined Neiman Marcus Stores in 1991. In 1997, after advancing through a series of buying and store positions, he was promoted to Vice President, Neiman Marcus Last Call Division. Subsequently, in 2000, he was named Vice President, Divisional Merchandise Manager, Women’s Designer Sportswear. In 2002, he was promoted to Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager, Men’s, Cosmetics and Fragrances. He was appointed President and CEO of Bergdorf Goodman in 2004, a position he held until October 2010. In October 2010, Mr. Gold was appointed President and Chief Merchandising Officer for the Neiman Marcus Group. Mr. Gold has served as Interim CEO of Moda Operandi, an online luxury fashion retailer, since January 2021. Mr. Gold has served as a member of the boards of Joor Software since June 2019 and Vuori Clothing since September 2019. Mr. Gold also serves on the board of directors of World of Children. Since December 2020, Mr. Gold has served as a Specialist Advisor to Aequi Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: ARBG), a special purpose acquisition company searching for a target business with which to consummate an initial business combination. Mr. Gold holds a B.A. from Tulane University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. We believe Mr. Gold is well-qualified to serve as a director due to his business experience and contacts and relationships.
Sam Chawla has been a Portfolio Manager of Perceptive Advisors LLC, an investment fund focused on the healthcare sector, since 2013. Prior to joining Perceptive Advisors in 2013, Mr. Chawla was a Managing Director at UBS in the Global Healthcare Group. Mr. Chawla’s investment banking experience centered on strategic advisory work for both public and private healthcare companies. Prior to joining UBS in September 2010, Mr. Chawla was a Director (from January 2009 to September 2010) and a Vice President (from July 2007 to January 2009) in the Healthcare Investment Banking Group of Credit Suisse, which Mr. Chawla originally joined as an investment banker in 2002. Mr. Chawla also worked at Bloomberg L.P. and Pelican Life Sciences. Mr. Chawla received an M.B.A. from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Economics from Johns Hopkins University.