Bret D. Scholtes President and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Gary L. Allee Director
Stephen Bryan Director
Michael N. Christodolou Director
David H. Clarke Director
David A. Owen Director
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.
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.
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.
Michael N. Christodolou has been a director of the Company since June 2016. He has over thirty years of investment and corporate governance experience with publicly-traded companies. Mr. Christodolou serves as the Manager of Inwood Capital Management LLC, a private investment firm he founded in 2000. From 1988 to 1999 Mr. Christodolou was employed by Bass Brothers/Taylor & Company, the public equity investment group for certain members of the Bass family of Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. Christodolou has also served as the Chairman of Lindsay Corporation from January 2003 to January 2015 and has been a Director of the company since January 1999. Previously he served as a Director of XTRA Corporation from 1998 to September 2001, a Director of Quest Capital Group LLC from March 2011 to June 2015 and a Director of Farmland Partners Inc. from November 2015 to February 2016. Mr. Christodolou received a B.S. in Economics and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
DAVID H. CLARKE has been a director of the Company since June 2016. Mr. Clarke has served from 1989 through 1995 as Executive Chairman of International Proteins Corporation (subsequently Marine Harvest International, Inc.) an American Stock Exchange listed company, then one of the largest aquaculture companies in the world engaged in fishing for menhaden, sardines and anchovies in the United States and Panama, and the production, distribution and trading of fishmeal and fish oil worldwide, as well as farming Atlantic salmon in Scotland and Chile and shrimp in Ecuador. Prior thereto, Mr. Clarke was President and Chief Executive Officer of his family’s menhaden fish meal business, Seacoast Products, Inc., which had operations in Cameron, Louisiana, Intracoastal City, Louisiana, Morgan City, Louisiana, Moss Point, Mississippi, Port Monmouth, New Jersey and Beaufort, North Carolina. Seacoast Products, Inc. was sold to Hanson plc in 1973 and was subsequently sold to Zapata Corporation, the predecessor of Omega Protein Corporation. Currently, Mr. Clarke is the Chief Executive Officer of GSB Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of his family’s private business engaged in real estate development and investments. Mr. Clarke is also currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Monster Digital, Inc., a privately held company engaged in the consumer electronics business. From June 2010 until October 2014, Mr. Clarke served as Chairman of Hong Kong based United Pacific Industries, Limited, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Mr. Clarke served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NYSE listed Jacuzzi Brands, Inc., a multi-billion dollar international conglomerate, from June 1995 until October 2006. Prior thereto, Mr. Clarke was Vice Chairman of Hanson plc, a diversified multi-billion dollar conglomerate listed on the London Stock Exchange, with oversight responsibility for the acquisition, operation and disposition of numerous public and private companies. Mr. Clarke received a BA degree from Hobart College in 1965.
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.
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, from August 2014 to November 2016 Mr. Wehlmann is a Certified Public Accountant.