Jeffrey Kaplin, AUDIT COMMITTEE CHAIR/Independent Board Member
Jeff has lived in Atlanta, GA since 1987. Jeff graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana in May 1987 with a Bachelor of Science with a major in Accounting. He has practiced public accounting for over 20 years and is the managing partner of the public accounting firm, Rosenthal & Kaplin, P.C., which is a member firm of the AICPA. He is a financial expert in the areas of taxation (corporate, individual and partnership), and as a CPA, practices auditing and attestation services. Other areas relative to Jeff’s expertise include IRS representation, litigation support, and merger and acquisition services. Jeff is currently serving on the B’nai Torah Board of Trustees, The Standard Country Club Board of Governors and is a former Epstein School Trustee. He is a an active CPA in Georgia, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA).
ALAIS GRIFFIN, INTERIM BOARD CHAIR/INDEPENDENT BOARD MEMBER
Alais Griffin currently serves as the General Counsel of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. As the organization’s chief legal officer, she oversees all legal issues concerning BBBSA’s operations.
Prior to joining BBBSA, Alais was a partner in the Chicago office of an international law firm, where she focused her practice on litigation, compliance and internal investigations, with an emphasis on transportation. As a former senior political appointee in the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), Alais brought extensive experience in transportation-related enforcement matters and litigation, as well as unique insights into DOT regulatory compliance, regulatory development and other government processes. She represented clients in a wide variety of enforcement, compliance and financing matters before almost every DOT agency. She also served as a Steering Committee Member of the American Bar Association's Section of International Law, International Transportation Committee and was elected Vice-Chair before leaving private practice.
Alais’ experience also includes assisting with the development and implementation of internal compliance initiatives for multinational companies subject to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other bribery acts, including those in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has spoken both in the United States and abroad on compliance related-topics, including the FCPA and transportation regulations, and has been published widely on regulatory and compliance matters.
From 2009 to 2012, Alais served as the Counselor to the DOT General Counsel, where she worked closely with the General Counsel, the Office of the Secretary and other senior political appointees on the Department’s regulatory, policy and litigation matters. She subsequently served as the Chief Counsel for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the DOT agency that oversees commercial motor vehicles. As the Agency’s chief legal officer, Alais managed FMCSA’s litigation matters as well as the legal and strategic review of Agency policies, programs and regulations. In her capacity as a senior advisor, Alais also worked regularly on legislative and regulatory matters with the White House, other Executive Branch agencies and Congress.
Alais received a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude general studies, from Harvard University and a JD, cum laude, from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, where she was Executive Editor of the Northwestern University Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. In 2013, she received the “Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award” from the Asian American Business Development Center.
NEAL KAUFMAN, BOARD MEMBER
Neal is a founding member of Hillair Capital, our majority shareholder. He has over fifteen years of operating experience with large and small publicly traded companies and also has significant experience supporting financing activities. Neal opened the West Coast operations for Ardour Capital Investments, LLC, an investment bank wholly focused on the clean technology sector and prior to that, served as the Chief Executive Officer of TieTek. Neal held various senior management positions at 3Com Corporation, and also worked for the Internet arm of NBC Television. He began his career at McKinsey & Co., working in the U.S., Europe and South America. Neal has an AB in economics magna cum laude from Harvard College, a MA from Stanford University and a MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar. Mr. Kaufman’s pertinent experience, qualifications, attributes, and skills include expertise in finance, strategy, and operations.
SEAN M. MCAVOY, BOARD MEMBER
Sean was appointed as a director of the Company as of January 1, 2017. Sean is a founding member, since 2010, of Hillair Capital Management LLC and its affiliated funds. He has over twenty years of experience in structuring and negotiating transactions primarily in the public markets. Between 1996 and 2008, Sean was a member of the mergers and acquisitions, private equity and corporate finance practices at Jones Day, an international law firm, where he served as a founding partner of the firm’s Silicon Valley office from 2002 to 2008. At Jones Day, Sean represented public companies and their boards of directors, as well as financial sponsors, in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, auctioned dispositions, unsolicited and negotiated tender offers, leveraged buyouts, including going-private transactions, and leveraged recapitalizations. Sean also counseled boards of directors and senior management regarding corporate governance, fiduciary duty and takeover preparedness as well as disclosure obligations. Prior to his corporate legal career, Sean served as a Legislative Aide to Senator William S. Cohen and as a Professional Staff Member of the United States Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. Sean also served as a Special Counsel and senior staff member on Senator John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. Currently, Sean serves on the boards of SG Blocks, Inc., the premier innovator and designer of container-based structures, and The Orvis Company, Inc., a specialty retailer and sporting goods company and also on the board of The Pacific Research Institute, a California-based free-market think tank. Sean is an honors graduate of Williams College and earned advanced degrees at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was an AFLSE Scholar, and Georgetown University Law School, where he was a member of the Georgetown Journal of International Law.