Lead Independent Director, Chairman of the Board
Landel Hobbs has served as the Company’s Chairman of the Board since August 2016 and prior to that time serviced as Vice Chair since 2015. He is the founder and has been Chief Executive Officer of LCH Enterprises LLC, a consulting and investment firm that operates in the broader telecommunications and media space, since 2010. Mr. Hobbs previously served as Chief Operating Officer of Time Warner Cable (“TWC”) from 2005 until the end of 2010 and was Chief Financial Officer of TWC from 2001 until 2005. He served as Vice President of Financial Analysis and Operations Support for all divisions of AOL Time Warner from September 2000 until October 2001. Mr. Hobbs also served in various positions, including Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer, of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. from 1993 until 2000. Before joining Turner in 1993, he served as Senior Vice President and Audit Director of Banc One Illinois Corporation and as a Senior Manager with KPMG Peat Marwick. He is currently Chairman of the National 4H Council. He was previously the Chairman of The Dyslexia Resource Trust, Lead Director of Allconnect, Chair and a Director of CSPAN, a Trustee of Women in Cable Television (WICT), and a Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame Member. Mr. Hobbs earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Angelo State University. He has served on our Company’s Board of Directors since June 2014. He brings to the Board significant cable and broadcast television expertise which is invaluable to the Company and management when assessing and structuring both cable and satellite distribution and other carriage deals. Mr. Hobbs also has an extensive finance and operations background which benefits the Board with analyzing financial transactions, financial reporting as well as accounting oversight.
Director, Vice Chairman
Eyal Lalo has been owner, Chief Executive officer and member of the board of directors of Invicta Watch Company of America, Inc. (“IWCA”), a designer and manufacturer of Invicta branded watches and watch accessories, since December 1996. Under Mr. Lalo’s leadership, IWCA has been recognized for its vast amount of design and product innovations targeted to all demographics and age groups, and a strong following from collectors worldwide. For over 20 years Mr. Lalo has worked very closely with the Company to develop fundamental strategies to drive sales growth benefiting Invicta and the Company. Through his service on the Board, his experience may now be applied to all product categories within our portfolio. He has served as Vice Chair of the Company’s Board of Directors since May 2019. Mr. Lalo brings to the Board experience in consumer product design, sales, development and manufacturing, as well as operational expertise.
Chief Executive Officer
Tim Peterman rejoined the Company as CEO in May 2019. Tim originally joined the Company as its CFO in 2015 and was promoted to COO and CFO in 2017, which was the first year in ten years that the Company produced positive net income.
Tim is an Interactive Media executive with over 25 years of diversified operational, M&A and financial management experience for both public and private industry leaders in media, eCommerce and technology. He has held senior executive roles in a variety of companies including Interactive Corp., Scripps Interactive, Tribune Entertainment, Sinclair Broadcasting and The J. Peterman Company.
Tim began his career at KPMG in 1989, is a CPA and holds a BS in accounting from the University of Kentucky
Michael Friedman has been an owner and officer of Sterling Time, LLC, which is the exclusive distributor of Invicta Watch Company of America, Inc. watches and watch accessories for television home shopping and our long-time vendor, since 2005. Sterling Time, LLC has served as a vendor to the Company for over 20 years. Mr. Friedman has served on our Company’s Board of Directors since May 2019. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Beth Medrash Govoha which is the world’s foremost Rabbinical College. Mr. Friedman brings to the Board both financial and operational expertise.
Jill Krueger has served as the president and CEO of Symbria, Inc., located in Warrenville, Illinois, since it was founded in 1995. Symbria is a leading national developer and provider of innovative, outcome-driven programs that enhance the lives of the geriatric population. Prior to joining Symbria, she was a partner at KPMG LLP, an international accounting firm. Ms. Krueger is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant, and she is experienced in corporate governance, having served as a director of two publicly-traded boards, six privately held for-profit or limited liability company boards, and three nonprofit boards. Ms. Krueger currently serves on the board of publicly traded Capital Senior Living and is also a member of the compensation committee and serves as the chair of the audit committee. Additionally, she serves as a member of the board and steering committee of the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. She has served on our Company’s Board of Directors since September 2019. Ms. Krueger brings to the Board significant financial, accounting and operational experience.
Lisa Letizio serves as a strategic advisor for LivingHR, Inc., a culture first consulting and search group. She served as the Chief Human Resources Officer at HSN, Inc. from 1998 to 2014. In that role, Ms. Letizio oversaw the Human Resources teams for all of HSNi, a retail portfolio that encompassed HSN, a leading interactive multichannel retailer, and Cornerstone, a multichannel retailer of lifestyle brands including Frontgate, Garnet Hill, and Ballard Designs. Ms. Letizio’s responsibilities at HSNi included talent acquisition and assessment, leadership development, compensation, employee engagement, benefits/wellness, work life programs and community affairs. Prior to joining HSNi, Ms. Letizio was Vice President of Human Resources of The Timberland Company from 1992 to 1998. During her tenure at The Timberland Company, Ms. Letizio built the company’s global human resources function, establishing world-wide pay and benefits systems as well as recruiting top leadership talent across Europe, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Ms. Letizio is a board member and board secretary of the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance. She has served on our Company’s Board of Directors since July 2015. Ms. Letizio provides the Board with valuable talent acquisition and assessment, leadership development, and compensation experience obtained over her more than 20-year career in the consumer goods and home shopping industries. Her deep experience in these areas provides the Board with strategic and operational leadership and critical insights into human resources and executive compensation issues.
Darryl Porter is a proven media executive with over 30 years of diversified business and creative experience in television, film and music. He is the CEO of Iconic Spectrum, a licensing company that specializes in monetizing African American icons like Miles Davis and George Duke across all forms of media. Prior to Iconic Spectrum, Mr. Porter served as CEO of Underworld Entertainment, a Disney-affiliated, feature film production company. During his tenure, Underworld developed notable films such as “Dead Presidents” and “Menace II Society.” Earlier in his career, Mr. Porter was VP, Business Affairs at Tribune Entertainment. He began his career at the law firm of Schuyler, Roche & Zwirner, specializing in securities litigation and sports and entertainment law. Mr. Porter holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law. He has served on our Company’s Board of Directors since August 2020. Mr. Porter brings to the board significant media and entertainment experience, along with unique legal expertise.
Aaron Reitkopf has served as the Global Chairman of MullenLowe Profero, a global, experience-led transformation agency that is part of the MullenLowe Group. MullenLowe Group is an integrated marketing communications network consisting of specialized agencies in communications, media, CRM, public relations and experience-led transformation. Since 2018 Mr. Reitkopf has also served as one of eight members of the global executive committee responsible for the strategic direction and performance of the MullenLowe Group. Mr. Reitkopf has also served on the board of Amref, the largest healthcare NGO in Africa, since 2017. From 1996 to 2010, Mr. Reitkopf served as Chief Executive Officer and President of KBS+, a marketing communications company. Prior to that Mr. Reitkopf worked in various positions for different advertising agencies, as well as being a trader on Wall Street. He has served on our Company’s Board of Directors since July 2019. Mr. Reitkopf brings to the Board deep contemporary integrated marketing communications expertise across all channels with deep expertise in multiple business-to-business and business-to-consumer industries.