Upon the recommendation of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee of our Board of Directors, each of Bruce W. Taylor, Mark A. Hoppe, Ronald L. Bliwas, Ronald D. Emanuel, C. Bryan Daniels, M. Hill Hammock, Michael H. Moskow, Louise O’Sullivan, Shepherd G. Pryor, IV, Melvin E. Pearl, Harrison I. Steans, Jennifer W. Steans, Jeffrey W. Taylor and Richard W. Tinberg has been nominated by our Board of Directors as a director to be elected at the Annual Meeting.
Our Board of Directors has determined, in its business judgment, that each of Ronald L. Bliwas, C. Bryan Daniels, Ronald D. Emanuel, M. Hill Hammock, Michael H. Moskow, Louise O’Sullivan, Shepherd G. Pryor, IV, Melvin E. Pearl and Richard W. Tinberg
meet the independence standards set forth in the corporate governance listing requirements applicable to companies whose securities are listed on The Nasdaq Global Select Market.
Richard W. Tinberg
Richard W. Tinberg has served as a director of our company since its inception in 1997.
He served as Chairman of our Audit and Examining Committee (including the prior joint committee for our company and the Bank) from 1997 to November 2009, and also served as a member of the Compensation Committee from 1997 to March 2009.
Mr. Tinberg was formerly a director of CTFG from 1995 until February 1997.
From 1985, Mr. Tinberg has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Bradford Exchange, a group of organizations engaged in the development and marketing of collectibles, gifts, jewelry, direct to consumer checks, and home decor items.
In 2008, Mr. Tinberg assumed the role of Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Bradford Exchange.
Mr. Tinberg has also served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hammacher Schlemmer & Company, which specializes in the marketing of innovative products and gifts, since 1982.
As indicated in the preceding biographies, the nominees have extensive experience in a variety of fields, including banking and financial services (Mr. Bruce Taylor, Mr. Hoppe, Mr. Steans, Mr. Hammock, Mr. Moskow, Ms. Steans and Mr. Jeffrey Taylor), investment funds (Mr. Daniels), marketing / advertising (Mr. Bliwas), retail sales (Mr. Emanuel and Mr. Tinberg), manufacturing (Ms. O’Sullivan), consulting, banking and financial services (Mr. Pryor) and law (Mr. Pearl), each of which the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee
believes provides valuable knowledge about important elements of our business and customer base.
Mr. Moskow, Ms. O’Sullivan, Mr. Jeffrey Taylor and Mr. Tinberg), as a chairman of a financial institution (Mr. Bruce Taylor, Mr. Steans and Ms. Steans), as a chief operating officer of a financial institution (Mr. Hammock), as a founding principal of an investment fund (Mr. Daniels), as a founder of a management consulting firm (Mr. Pryor), as a senior partner of a law firm (Mr. Pearl) or as an executive and management consultant (Ms. Steans).