Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Peter J. O’Malley1,2,3A,4Chairman of the Board
Chairman of the Board of the Company since May 11, 2021. Founder of Kenosis Capital LLC, 2012. Mr. O’Malley has a broad range of experience and global business and investment contacts developed over a thirty year career in international investment banking. Mr. O’Malley’s past employment includes key management positions at Credit Suisse in New York and Johannesburg and Deutsche Bank in New York and Hong Kong, as well as other investment banking firms in the United States and Asia. Although he received a Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University School of Law in 1991, Mr. O’Malley’s career has been spent in the investment community, starting as an in-house corporate counsel for CS First Boston in New York. Mr. O’Malley has been active in the M&A, private equity and capital markets divisions of the investment banking firms with which he has been associated, in most cases as a Managing Director. Mr. O’Malley’s vast experience in global investment banking and the investment community gives him significant insight into corporate operations, financing, accounting and business issues facing the Company. He retains key relationships in North America, Europe, MIddle East, Africa, China and Australasia. He is an expert in China global investment practices especially as it applies to developing regions such as Africa. Mr O’Malley resides in Wyoming.
Kenneth S. Grossman
Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Company from May 11, 2021 to June 30, 2022. Chairman of the Board of the Company from April 15, 2020 to May 10, 2021. Investor and attorney specializing in companies undergoing and/or emerging from restructuring or reorganization; Senior Managing Director of Steppingstone Group, LLC. Mr. Grossman has been engaged in the investment and management of capital as a buy-side principal since 1990. Mr. Grossman has served as an independent director of both private and public companies, and as a member of creditor, bank group and shareholder committees for other businesses and has extensive experience in advising investors as well as leading investors and partners with respect to distressed and other debt-challenged “special situation” companies. Mr. Grossman’s experience includes a strong network of relationships and management roles involving large portfolios in this investment sector maintained by multi-strategy and arbitrage firms. Admitted to the New York Bar in 1982, Mr. Grossman practiced law with Shea & Gould until 1989, where he specialized in bankruptcy, creditor’s rights and commercial litigation. More recently, Mr. Grossman utilized that experience in leadership roles and as a Director of Lehman Brothers Special Finance, Inc. and Signature Group Holdings, Inc. (formerly Fremont General Corporation), as they emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Mr. Grossman is currently a board member and/or special advisor for Concise Capital Management and a director of Performance Sports Group, Inc., Buffalo Armory, LLC and Nebraska Book Co, Inc.
Francis J. Kelly1,3,4A
Mr. Kelly is the Managing Partner of Fulcrum Macro Advisors LLC, an advisory firm that he founded which provides advice to clients as to the public policy decision-making process and its impact on global markets. Prior to founding Fulcrum Macro Advisors LLC, he served as Global Coordinator for Government & Public Affairs and head of the Direct Investment Advisory Group at Deutsche Bank. Mr. Kelly also is an advisor to the Scowcroft Group, a global business advisory firm with an emphasis on emerging markets, and Adjunct Professor at The Catholic University School of Business, where he teaches business intelligence, political risk, and strategic planning. Mr. Kelly was previously a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission Senior Staff, Senior Policy Advisor to the Chairman of the SEC and Chief Spokesman for the Commission.
Alexander C. Kinzler2
Chief Executive Officer of the Company since December 2016. President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company since December 2002 and General Counsel of the Company since December 2001. Mr. Kinzler, an attorney, has been employed by the Company since 1984 in various capacities, including Vice President, Executive Vice President, and currently Chief Executive Officer, President and Chief Operating Officer, and brings to the Board deep insight into the operations, challenges and complex issues facing the Company. He has served on the boards of directors of business groups including the Hawaii Leeward Planning Conference, and also brings to the Board significant operational, strategic, consensus-building and management skills from his years with the Company and legal background. Mr. Kinzler received B.A. and J.D. degrees from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Philip J. McPherson1A,2A,3,4
Vice President, Capital Markets, Riot Blockchain, since March 2021. Mr. McPherson joined Riot Blockchain after spending the past eight years as CFO of Citadel Exploration Inc. Prior to Citadel Mr. McPherson spent fifteen years on the sell side of the capital markets, predominantly in an equity research capacity, focused on the energy sector. Mr. McPherson brings a wealth of knowledge and more than two decades experience in the public markets to Riot, and will lead the Company’s investor relations initiatives, in addition to supporting Riot’s other capital markets-related initiatives. Mr. McPherson received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from East Carolina University. He started his career as a retail stockbroker with Mission Capital in 1997 and became partner before it was acquired by oil and gas boutique C. K. Cooper & Company. At C.K. Cooper, Mr. McPherson was a research analyst specializing in small cap exploration and production companies. In 2007, he joined Global Hunter Securities as a partner and managing director of the energy research group. During his Wall Street career, Mr. McPherson was presented the Wall Street Journal "Best on the Street" Award and was named a Zack’s 5-Start Analyst for three consecutive years. He is a recognized expert on California E&P firms. Mr. McPherson received his Bachelors in Economics from East Carolina University.
Bradley M. Tirpak
A professional investor with more than 20 years of investing experience. Since September 2016, he has served as a portfolio manager and Managing Director at Palm Active Partners Management, LLC, a private investment company. From 2009 to 2016, Mr. Tirpak served as Managing Member of Locke Partners, LLC, a private investment company, where he managed various investment partnerships that focused on engaging public companies to improve corporate governance and improve stockholder returns. Earlier in his career, Mr. Tirpak was a portfolio manager at Credit Suisse First Boston from January 1997 to September 2000, at Caxton Associates from September 2000 to May 2003 and at Sigma Capital Management from April 2003 to December 2007. Between 1993 and 1996, he was the founder and CEO of Access Telecom, Inc., an international telecommunications company doing business in Mexico. Mr. Tirpak has served as a director at Full House Resorts, Inc. (Nasdaq: FLL), a publicly traded company that owns, leases, develops and operates hotels and gaming facilities, since November 2014, and has served as a director of TSR Inc. (Nasdaq: TSRI), publicly traded company providing contract computer programming services, since October 2019, and a director of Liberated Syndication Inc. (OTCMKTS: LSYN), a publicly traded company that is a leading provider of podcast hosting services, since October 2019. Mr. Tirpak also currently serves as trustee of The Halo Trust USA, the world’s largest humanitarian mine clearance organization with operations in over 20 countries. He previously served as a director at Birner Dental Management Services, Inc., then a publicly traded manager of dental practices, from December 2017 to January 2019, when the company was acquired, Flowgroup plc, an energy supply and services business in the United Kingdom, from June 2017 to October 2018 when the company’s principal subsidiary was acquired, Applied Minerals, Inc., a publicly traded specialty materials company, from April 2015 to March 2017, and USA Technologies, Inc., a publicly traded provider of electronic payment transactions to the vending industry, from 2010 to 2012. Mr. Tirpak earned a B.S.M.E. from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from Georgetown University.
Douglas N. Woodrum1
Has served as Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of ChinaCast Education Corporation, a post-secondary education and e-learning services provider in the People’s Republic of China, since January 2012. From January 2006 to December 2009, Mr. Woodrum, a private investor, served as a research analyst for Jayhawk Capital Management, a private equity firm focusing on investing in small- and medium-sized businesses operating in China. From December 1997 to December 2005, Mr. Woodrum was the Chief Financial Officer of CNET Networks, Inc., then a publicly traded online media company, where his responsibilities included raising capital for growth, business model development, financial reporting, annual budgeting, long-term planning, acquisitions, investor relations and tax. Mr. Woodrum has served on the board of directors of MarketScout, a private insurance distribution and underwriting company, since 2002, and on the board of directors of ChinaCast Education Corporation, since 2012. Mr. Woodrum received his B.B.A. in finance and accounting from the University of Iowa in 1979.
- 1A Chair of the Audit Committee
- 1 Member of the Audit Committee
- 2A Chair of the Reserves Committee
- 2 Member of the Reserves Committee
- 3A Chair of the Compensation Committee
- 3 Member of the Compensation Committee
- 4A Chair of the Nominating Committee
- 4 Member of the Nominating Committee