Board of Directors

Peter Menikoff, age 74, is currently a private investor and most recently he was the Interim Chief Financial Officer of Vlasic Foods International Inc. from February 2000 to May 2001. He has been a director of the Company since May 2007 and Vice Chairman of the Board since November 2009. Mr. Menikoff served as President and Chief Executive Officer of CONEMSCO,Inc., an oil and gas drilling/production supplies, services and equipment company, from April 1997 until June 1998. Mr. Menikoff served as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Tenneco Energy Corporation from April 1997 until June 1998. Prior to that, Mr. Menikoff served as a Senior Vice President of Tenneco, Inc., from June 1994 until April 1997. Mr. Menikoff served as Executive Vice President of Case Corporation, an agricultural and construction equipment company and a subsidiary of Tenneco, Inc., from November 1991 to June 1994. Mr. Menikoff served as Treasurer of Tenneco, Inc. from May 1989 to November 1991. Mr. Menikoff serves as a director for ACE Limited, a position he has held since 1986. ACE Limited is the holding company of the ACE Group of Companies, a global insurer and reinsurer, and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is subject to the reporting requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Mr. Menikoff holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Bates College of Law of the University of Houston. Mr. Menikoff is a member of the State Bar of Texas. The Board believes that Mr. Menikoff’s extensive experience as a senior executive and director of major public companies assists the Board and management in strategic planning, managing for growth and the Board’s governance process.

 

Charles M. Dauber, age 46, became President and CEO of the Company in September 2009 and a director in November 2009. He served as Senior Vice President of Marketing of the Company from May 2007 to September 2009. Mr. Dauber was hired by M&I on February 1, 2007 and was President of M&I from January 2008 to September 2009. From September 2006 until January,2007 he was a self-employed consultant providing start-up strategy and marketing advisory services. From March, 2005 until September, 2006, Mr. Dauber was President and CEO of Nevis Networks, a venture-backed network security start-up company in Silicon Valley. From February,2001 until March, 2005 he held various positions including Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Blue Coat Systems (NASDAQ: BCSI), a leading network security equipment provider.  Mr. Dauber was founder and CEO of a broadband service provider and has held management positions at Copper Mountain Networks and Teradyne, Inc. He holds a BBA degree from the University of Texas with emphasis in Electrical Engineering and Marketing. 

 

Neal M. Dikeman, age 41, was most recently a venture capitalist at the corporate venture capital arm of Royal Dutch Shell, which he joined in 2013. He has been a director of the Company since August 2011. Prior to joining Shell, he was a founding partner of Jane Capital Partners, a clean tech merchant banking firm, from 2001-2013. At Jane Capital he served as alternative energy advisor to a number of multinational energy companies, and cofounded 7 venture-backed alternative energy and technology startups; serving in various capacities both as director and full time or acting executive. From 2000 to 2001 Mr. Dikeman oversaw mergers and acquisitions at Globalgate, Inc., an ecommerce investment firm, and the parent company of Yellowpages.com. From 1999 to 2000 he was an Associate at the private equity fund manager Doyle & Boissiere LLC., which invested in mid-market manufacturing companies. 

Mr. Dikeman began his career in energy investment banking with Bankers Trust in the oil & gas and energy service sectors. He holds a B.A. from Texas A&M University, and has served on the board of a number of technology startups. The Board believes that Mr. Dikeman’s combined experience in oil & gas, renewable energy and corporate finance will assist the Board and management in formulating strategy for the Company’s renewable energy products and services and for corporate finance matters.

 

Edward L. Kuntz, 70, joined the Board of Directors in September 2013. Mr. Kuntz has served as Chairman of Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: KND), one of the largest providers of long-term health care services in the United States, since May 2009. He served as the Executive Chairman of Kindred from January 2004 to May 2009 and as Kindred’s Chairman and Chief ExecutiveOfficer from January 1999 to December 31, 2003. Mr. Kuntz is a director of Rotech Healthcare,Inc., one of the largest providers of home medical equipment and related products and services in the United States, where he serves as a member of the audit and operating committees. He is also a senior operating partner with Sentinel Capital Partners, a New York-based private equity firmwhere he serves on a number of portfolio company boards and an advisory partner of Aperture Venture Partners and Woodway Financial Advisors. Mr. Kuntz previously served as CEO of Kindred from 1999- 2003 and as a director of PharMerica. The Board believes that Mr. Kuntz’s experience as an executive and director of a variety of growing public and private equity-backed companies brings valuable experience to the board in matters such as organizational structure, corporate strategy, operational performance measurement and improvement and governance.

 

J. Hoke Peacock II, age 74, has been a partner with the law firm of Orgain, Bell & Tucker, L.L.P. since 1971. He has been a director of the Company since May 2007 and has been a director of M&I since 1978. Mr. Peacock is board certified in civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. His practice specializes in business litigation, including contract, real estate,intellectual property and oil and gas disputes. Mr. Peacock received his Bachelors degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Doctor of Jurisprudence with Honors from the Universityof Texas School of Law. The Board believes that Mr. Peacock’s legal experience aids the Board and management in assessing and managing the legal risks facing the Company’s current operations as well as in considering the legal risks of potential future activities.

 

Casey Crenshaw is an Independent Director of American Electric Technologies, Inc., effective April 18, 2012. Mr. Crenshaw is currently serving as President and as a member of the Board of Directors of The Modern Group, Ltd, a privately owned diversified manufacturing, parts and distribution, rental/leasing and finance business. Mr. Crenshaw has held various positions with The Modern Group since 1997, including over 10 years as CFO. Mr. Crenshaw holds a BA in Finance from Texas A&M University.

 

Corporate Committees and Charters

Audit Committee - Charter

  • Edward Kuntz, Chairman
  • Peter Menikoff
  • Neal Dikeman
  • Casey Crenshaw

Compensation Committee - Charter

  • Neal Dikeman, Chariman
  • Casey Crenshaw
  • Peter Menikoff
  • Hoke Peacock
  • Edward Kuntz

Nominating and Governance Committee

  • Hoke Peacock, Chairman
  • Peter Menikoff
  • Neal Dikeman
  • Edward Kuntz

 

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