Mr. Kestenbaum has served as Executive Chairman and Director since our inception in December 2004, and served as Chief Executive Officer from our inception through May 2008.
From June 2004, Mr. Kestenbaum served as Chairman of Globe Metallurgical, Inc., until its acquisition by us in November 2006.
has over 20 years of experience in metals including finance, distribution, trading and manufacturing.
Mr. Kestenbaum is a founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Marco International Corp., and its affiliates, a finance trading group specializing in metals, minerals and other raw materials, founded in 1985.
Mr. Kestenbaum serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Wolverine Tube, Inc., a provider of copper and copper alloy tube, fabricated products and metal joining products and between January 2006 and June 2008 served as a director of Neuro-Hitech, Inc., a development stage pharmaceutical company.
Mr. Kestenbaum began his career in metals with Glencore, Inc. and Philipp Brothers in New York City.
He received his B.A. in Economics cum laude from Yeshiva University, New York.
Except for Mr. Kestenbaum who serves as our Executive Chairman, all of our current directors are "independent" as defined by the applicable rules of The NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc. ("NASDAQ").
In addition, Messrs.
The independent directors regularly have the opportunity to meet without Mr. Kestenbaum
During the 2012 fiscal year, there were six Board meetings, and in addition the Board took action by written consent in lieu of a meeting on four occasions.
No director attended less than 75% of the aggregate of (a) the total number of Board meetings (in person or by telephone) and (b) meetings of Board committees on which he
served (during the period that he