Michele Ciavarella serves as a member of the Company’s Board since June 2011 and has served as the Company’s Chairman of the Board since June 26, 2019. In addition, Mr. Ciavarella has served the Company in various roles and executive capacities since 2004 including President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Operations. From 2004 to 2011, Mr. Ciavarella was engaged in senior executive and director roles for a variety of private and publicly listed companies including Kerr Mines Ltd. (formerly known as Armistice Resources Corp.), Firestar Capital Management Corporation, Mitron Sports Enterprises, Process Grind Rubber and Dagmar Insurance Services. He also served as the Business Development Officer for Forte Fixtures and Millwork, Inc., a family owned business in the commercial retail fixture manufacturing industry from January 2007 until October 2013. From 1990 until 2004, Mr. Ciavarella served as a senior executive, financial planner, life insurance underwriter and financial advisor for Manulife Financial and Sun Life Financial. Mr. Ciavarella received his Bachelor of Science degree from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. Mr. Ciavarella has been focused on incubating and executing on business building strategies for the prior 25 years.
Mr. David Aronoff is elected to serve as a member of our Board of Directors and brings considerable broad-ranging experience both as a consultant and directly within the public sector related to the gaming environment. Mr. Aronoff is President of Pareto Consulting Inc. and has over 35 years of diverse experience in both the public and private sectors.
Mr. Aronoff’s consulting projects include a 2007 review of the Horse Racing Industry in Ontario, an analysis of the British Columbia Lottery Corporation use of proceeds and problem gambling practices in 2010, and a 2015 article on regulation and best practices in rolling out internet gaming for the Gaming Law Review magazine.
From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Aronoff served as the Assistant Deputy Minister (lead executive) of the Ontario Provincial Government's Gaming Secretariat, the primary public sector gaming policy and planning organization, ultimately responsible for the roll-out of a holistic approach to gaming in the province that encompassed four destination resort gaming facilities, five regional charity casinos as well as 18 Racinos. From 1994 to 1998, Mr. Aronoff held various executive positions within the Ontario Government, heading ministry organizations responsible for corporate services, policy and program development, revenue, finance, treasury functions and gaming and has been involved in many complex and high-profile public-sector projects, including Olympic and Expo Bids, taxation arrangements, infrastructure projects and international asset refinancing transactions.
Mr. Aronoff has been a spokesperson on government revenue and gaming matters; and has presented at both Canadian and U.S. conferences in these areas and has previous experience in the Canadian banking system in the areas of forecasting and modeling. Mr. Aronoff holds an MA from York University and Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and has served as a Board member of the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation and several non-profit entities. Mr. Aronoff has extensive global travel experience (to all seven continents) with a focus on the developing world, and is active in several charitable organizations, including an NGO rapid response team for international disaster relief.
Mr. Larry Flynn is elected to serve as a member of our Board and brings vast leadership and board experience in regulated businesses, which includes his executive roles in the regulated gaming industry. Mr. Flynn is currently the President of 2 Vice Advice Inc. and the O’Flynn Group of Companies Inc currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO).
Previously, Mr. Flynn was the Senior Vice President, Gaming, of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), a role that he held for 14 years until his retirement in April 2015. In this role, Mr. Flynn oversaw a $3.6 billion gaming operation responsible for 24 gaming sites, two warehouses and more than 6,500 direct employees. Prior to joining OLG, Mr. Flynn spent over 26 years at the LCBO where he held several leadership roles, including SVP, Merchandising, Regional Director, District Manager and Director of Retail Administration and Customer Service.
In addition to being declared a “Learning Leader” by the Canadian Society for Training and Development (CSTD) in June 2012, Mr. Flynn also received the prestigious industry Leadership & Outstanding Contribution Award from the Canadian Gaming Association. Mr. Flynn is a Chartered Director (C.Dir.) and has completed management programs at Wilfrid Laurier University, Dalhousie University, Ivey School of Business and the University of Nevada.
Paul Sallwasser was appointed to serve on our Board on June 13, 2019. Mr. Sallwasser is a certified public accountant, joined the audit staff of Ernst & Young LLP in 1976 and remained with Ernst & Young LLP for 38 years. Mr. Sallwasser served a broad range of clients primarily in the healthcare and biotechnology industries of which a significant number were SEC registrants. He became a partner of Ernst & Young in 1988 and from 2011 until he retired from Ernst & Young LLP in 2014, Mr. Sallwasser served in the national office as a member of the Quality and Regulatory Matters Group working with regulators and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). Mr. Sallwasser currently serves as the chief executive officer of a private equity fund that is focused on investing in healthcare companies in the South Florida area. Mr. Sallwasser has also served as member of the Board of Directors of Youngevity International, Inc. (“Youngevity”) since June 5, 2017. Youngevity (Nasdaq Capital Market: YGYI) was founded in 1996 and develops and distributes health and nutrition related products through its global independent direct selling network, also known as multi-level marketing, and sells coffee products to commercial customers.
Steven A. Shallcross
Steven A. Shallcross was appointed to serve on our Board on June 13, 2019. Mr. Shallcross has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Synthetic Biologics, Inc. (NYSE MKT: SYN) since December 6, 2018 and currently serves as Synthetic Biologics’ Chief Executive Officer, a position he was appointed to on December 6, 2018, and Synthetic Biologics’ Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Shallcross was appointed as Synthetic Biologics’ Interim Chief Executive Officer on December 5, 2017 and has served as its Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary since joining Synthetic Biologics in June 2015. Synthetic Biologics is a clinical-stage company focused on developing therapeutics designed to preserve the microbiome to protect and restore the health of patients.
From May 2013 through May 2015, Mr. Shallcross served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Nuo Therapeutics, Inc. (formerly Cytomedix, Inc.). In January 2016, Nuo Therapeutics, Inc. filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware and on April 25, 2016, the Bankruptcy Court entered an order granting approval of Nuo’s plan of reorganization. From July 2012 to May 2013, Mr. Shallcross held the offices of Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Empire Petroleum Partners, LLC, a motor fuel distribution company. From July 2011 to March 2012, Mr. Shallcross was Acting Chief Financial Officer of Senseonics, a privately-held medical device company located in Germantown, MD. From January 2009 to March 2011, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Innocoll AG (formerly privately held Innocoll Holdings, Inc.), a global, commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company specializing in the development and commercialization of collagen-based products. He also served for four years as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc., leading the company through its successful IPO and follow-on offering and previously served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Middlebrook Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (formerly Advancis Pharmaceutical Corporation). In addition, Mr. Shallcross also served as the Chief Financial Officer of Bering Truck Corporation. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois.
Mr. Mandel-Mantello has approximately 40 years of experience in international corporate finance, M&A and equity banking matters. Since July 1997, he has served as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Advicorp PLC, a London-based investment banking firm. He also has served since February 2012, as a member of the board of directors of GABF Ltd. (The Great Bagel Factory), which was acquired by Chef Express UK Ltd (Cremonini Group), and from July 2011 as a member of the board of directors and President of Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories (AdviHair S.r.l.), a Bologna, Italy based leading hair treatment and hair restoration company acquired out of bankruptcy. From February 1988 until January 1997 Mr. Mandel-Mantello was an Executive Director - Corporate Finance based in London at Swiss Bank Corporation Group (now known as UBS Group AG).