Bret D. Scholtes President and Chief Executive Officer
David W. Wehlmann Director
Gary R. Goodwin
Chairman of the Board
GARY R. GOODWIN has been a director of the Company since November 2006 and Chairman of the Board since February 2013. Mr. Goodwin currently manages his personal investments. Mr. Goodwin served as a Principal and Vice President — Crude Oil Marketing of Texon, L.P., a privately held crude oil marketing company from 1996 until his retirement in March 2010.
DR. GARY L. ALLEE has been a director of the Company since May 1998. For more than twenty years, Dr. Allee was Professor of Swine Nutrition at the University of Missouri, a position from which he retired in 2010. Dr. Allee has also served as President and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Midwest Section of the American Society of Animal Science. Dr. Allee has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Animal Husbandry and Swine Nutrition from the University of Missouri and a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Illinois.
STEPHEN C. BRYAN has been a director of the Company since June 2014. Mr. Bryan currently manages his personal investments. Mr. Bryan served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Delavau, LLC, a vitamin and mineral supplement and technology-based food ingredient manufacturer, from 2003 to March 2013 and was responsible for directing all aspects of Delavau's business with a focus on sales, operations and product development. Prior thereto, Mr. Bryan was President of the Great Lakes Division of TCI/AT&T Broadband, a cable, telecommunications and internet service company, and President of Entenmann's Bakery Company, a fresh baked goods manufacturing company. Mr. Bryan also has more than twenty years of general management and marketing experience with Kraft Foods, General Foods, and Frito-Lay. Mr. Bryan also served as a pilot for the U.S. Navy.
GARY J. ERMERS has been a director of the Company since June 2014. Mr. Ermers serves as the Associate Director of Healthcare Consulting Services at Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLC, a public accounting firm, a position he has held since 2013. From 1996 to 2012, Mr. Ermers served as Chief Financial Officer of Saint Joseph Health System, Inc., a large multi-hospital and physician network. Mr. Ermers also served as interim CEO of that organization in 2004. Mr. Ermers holds an MBA degree in Finance from DePaul University and a BA degree in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.
PAUL M. KEARNS has been a director of the Company since June 2001. Since August 2013, Mr. Kearns has served as Managing Director — Marine at Price Forbes Ltd., a London-based insurance brokerage firm which is the successor to Prentis, Donegan & Partners, Ltd., an insurance brokerage firm which Mr. Kearns co-founded in 1993. Prior to August 2013, Mr. Kearns served as Director — Marine at Price Forbes Ltd. Mr. Kearns has more than 25 years of experience in the global risk management and insurance industries. Mr. Kearns is a citizen of the United Kingdom.
DAVID A. OWEN has been a director of the Company since February 2010. Mr. Owen has been a partner in the law firm of Dickinson Wright PLLC since January 2015. Prior to that date, Mr. Owen was a partner in the law firm of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP and its predecessor entity, Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC, for more than the last five years, where he served in firm management as Deputy Chairman, a member of the Compensation Committee and various other management positions. He represents businesses in a variety of complex commercial litigation matters. Mr. Owen's litigation practice includes environmental, agribusiness, anti-trust, securities and environmental enforcement matters. Mr. Owen received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University and his J.D. from Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law.
BRET D. SCHOLTES has served as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer since January 2012 and as a director since February 2013. Prior thereto, Mr. Scholtes served as the Company’s Senior Vice President — Corporate Development from April 2010 to December 2010 and as the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from January 2011 to December 2011. From 2006 to April 2010, Mr. Scholtes served as a Vice President at GE Energy Financial Services, a global energy investment firm. Prior to that, Mr. Scholtes held positions with two publicly traded energy companies. Mr. Scholtes also has five years of public accounting experience.
DAVID W. WEHLMANN has been a director of the Company since April 2012. Mr. Wehlmann is currently a business consultant and private investor. Mr. Wehlmann served as Executive Vice President, Investor Relations of Precision Drilling Corporation, a publicly traded oilfield services company, until March 2012. He assumed this position in December 2008 upon the acquisition of Grey Wolf, Inc. by Precision Drilling Corporation. Mr. Wehlmann previously served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Grey Wolf, Inc., a publicly traded oilfield services company, from March 2003. He was Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Grey Wolf, Inc. from February 1998 to March 2003. He joined Grey Wolf in July 1996 and served as Vice President and Controller. Mr. Wehlmann has served as a director of Xtreme Drilling and Coil Services Corp., a publicly traded Canadian-based land rig drilling contractor, since May 2013, and as a director of Paragon Offshore plc, a publicly traded provider of offshore drilling services, since August 2014. Mr. Wehlmann previously served as a director of Cano Petroleum, Inc., a publicly traded oil and gas exploration and production company, from December 2007 until September 2010. Mr. Wehlmann is a Certified Public Accountant.