DR. GARY L. ALLEE has been a director of the Company since May 1998. For more than twenty years, Dr. Allee has been 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.
Mr. Bryan has 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 holds an MBA degree from the College of William and Mary and a BA degree from the University of Virginia. Mr. Bryan also served as a pilot for the U.S. Navy.
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. Mr. Kearns is 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. Mr. Kearns has more than 20 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 Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP for over five years, where he has 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 1, 2012 and as a director since February 28, 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, age 55, has been a director of the Company since April 1, 2012. Mr. Wehlmann is currently a 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. He 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.