Jason DeZwirek became the Chairman of Board in May 2013 and been a director of the Company since February 1994. He previously served as the Secretary of the Company since February 20, 1998. He also serves as a member of the boards of directors of the Company’s subsidiaries. He was the founder (1999), Chairman and CEO of Kaboose, Inc., which was listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and was the largest independent family focused online media company in the world. Kaboose Inc. was sold to Disney and Barclays Private Equity in 2009. Mr. DeZwirek also previously served as a director and the Secretary of API Technologies Corp., a publicly traded company engaged in the manufacture of electronic components and systems for the defense and communications industries from November 2006 through January 2011. Mr. DeZwirek is and has also been involved in private investments activities.
With his experience at Kaboose Inc., Mr. DeZwirek brings broad executive expertise, including operations, technology, management, and strategy. Having served as director of the Company for over 20 years, he also has a breadth of knowledge of the overall issues the Company faces.
Eric M. Goldberg has served as a director of the Company since April 12, 2013. He has, since 1996, served as the President of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based All American Events & Tours, a sports incentive company, specializing in providing unique and customized experiences for retail and corporate clients. Since 1997, Mr. Goldberg has also been a principal of GKK Capital, a commercial real estate development company. From 1996 until 1999, Mr. Goldberg was General Counsel for Native American Nations, a company focusing on developing business strategies for Native American Tribes throughout the United States. From 2010 until 2011, Mr. Goldberg served as a director of API Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:ATNY). Mr. Goldberg received a Bachelor of Science in Management from the Tulane University A. B. Freeman School of Business and a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Miami School of Law. Mr. Goldberg is a member of the Florida Bar.
Mr. Goldberg brings 19 years of sales, marketing, operations, strategic planning, and legal expertise to the Board, which assists the Board as it continues to expand the business.
David B. Liner became a director on May 16, 2017. He served as General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of Roper Technologies, Inc. from August 2005 until June 2016 and is currently a Vice President in anticipation of retirement in early 2018. Roper Technologies, a component of the S&P 500, designs and develops software and engineered products and solutions for healthcare, transportation, food, energy, water, education and other niche markets worldwide. Mr. Liner helped execute Roper Technologies' acquisition program, deploying over $5 billion in assets and acquiring over 40 businesses. Prior to joining Roper Technologies, Mr. Liner served as a corporate partner in the Detroit office of Dykema Gossett, a national law firm, where he headed the firm's automotive industry practice and founded the firm's China practice. Before that, he was Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of Metaldyne Corporation, formerly MascoTech, Inc., a manufacturer of products for the global transportation industry. Mr. Liner earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and his Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School.
Claudio A. Mannarino became a director on June 8, 2015. The Board also appointed Mr. Mannarino as chairman of the Audit Committee, also effective on June 8, 2015. Mr. Mannarino served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of API Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:ATNY, "API"), a leading provider of RF/microwave, microelectronics and security technologies for critical and high-reliability applications from June 2014 to November 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Mannarino served as Senior Vice President (January 2010 - June 2014) and as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance (November 2006-January 2010) at API. Prior to that, he served in various, senior-level management roles throughout API's finance organization. Before joining API, Mr. Mannarino served as Controller for two divisions of Transcontinental, Inc., a Canadian publicly traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange ("Transcontinental"). After three years in roles with progressively more responsibility at Transcontinental he joined a project management company as a senior accountant, whose role centered on developing long-term business strategies and improving business practices. Mr. Mannarino holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Ottawa and attained his Certified Management Accountant certification in 1996.
Mr. Mannarino brings over 20 years of financial, strategic, and merger and acquisition expertise to the Board, which will assist the Company as CECO expands its business.
Jonathan Pollack became a director on May 17, 2011 and has served as Assistant Secretary of the Company since May 15, 2012. He is currently the President of The JMP Group, Inc., an investment and consulting company. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President of API Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:ATNY), a leading provider of RF/microwave, microelectronics and security technologies for critical and high-reliability applications, from September 4, 2009 and as a director from June 2007 until, in each case, January 2011. Mr. Pollack also served on its audit committee and compensation committee from January 2007 through September 4, 2009. From March 2005 through its sale in 2009, he served as the Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Kaboose Inc. Prior thereto, he worked in investment banking in New York. Mr. Pollack was formerly a director of Hanfeng Evergreen Inc. (TSX:HF) from November 2010 until February 2013. Mr. Pollack was reappointed to the board of directors of Hanfeng Evergreen Inc. on February 24, 2014 and serves as the lead director and is a member of the audit committee and the governance and compensation committee. Mr. Pollack was formerly a director of Lifebank Corp. (TSX-V:LBK) from November 2003 until its sale in September 2012, where he served on the audit committee and compensation committee. Mr. Pollack received a Masters of Science in Finance from the London School of Economics and a Bachelors of Commerce from McGill University. He sits on the Boards of several philanthropic organizations including the Mt. Sinai Hospital Foundation, Toronto, Ontario, the Crescent School Foundation, Toronto, Ontario, and the Sterling Hall School, Toronto, Ontario.
Mr. Pollack brings 18 years of financial, strategic, and merger and acquisitions expertise to the Board, which will assist the Board as the Company expands its business. He also brings experience serving on public company boards.
Seth Rudin has served as a director since April 12, 2013. Mr. Rudin is currently the President of Muskoka Rock Company Ltd., the largest producer and manufacturer of granite in Muskoka, Ontario, and has been the President of Run 2IT Inc., a management consulting firm focused on the healthcare, technology and government industries, since 2006. For over 20 years, Mr. Rudin has worked extensively in healthcare, technology and government. Previously, Mr. Rudin served as Vice President of Business Development and Client Relations at PatientOrderSets.com, a provider of innovative clinical support services for use across all phases of health care, from 2011 until 2013, Managing Director of ABS System Consultants Ltd, a health care solutions company, from 2001 until 2010 and Vice President of InternetIncubation.com from 2000 until 2001. From 1992 until 2000, he held several senior positions within the Canadian Federal Government and the Provincial Government of Ontario, including Senior Advisor to the Canadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and as Chief of Staff to a Member of Parliament. Mr. Rudin currently serves as the Chair of the Justices of the Peace Appointments Advisory Committee for the Province of Ontario, has served as a Director of Mitec Technologies Inc. (TSX-V: MTM.h) since October 2013 and is involved with charitable and non-profit organizations. Mr. Rudin received his Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Concordia University in 1992. Mr. Rudin brings over 20 years of business and government experience to the Company, focusing on business development, sales, strategic planning, management, communications, and public relations.
Valerie Gentile Sachs was the Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of NYSE-listed OM Group, Inc., a global developer and manufacturer of magnetic technologies, battery technologies and engineered specialty chemicals, from September 2005 through the completion of the sale of the company in November 2015 to Apollo Global Management. Ms. Sachs had executive responsibility for OM Group’s worldwide legal, internal audit and environment, health & safety operations. Prior to joining OM Group, Ms. Sachs served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Jo-Ann Stores, a US-based NYSE-listed retailer. Before that, she was General Counsel of Marconi plc, a London-based, LSE and NASDAQ-listed global communications and information technology company. Ms. Sachs earned her bachelor’s degree (B.L.S.—Chemistry), with honors, from Bowling Green State University and her Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where she was a member of Law Review and a DeWitt Scholar.
Dennis Sadlowski was appointed Chief Executive Officer and President of CECO Environmental effective June 12, 2017. Mr. Sadlowski had been acting in the role of interim CEO of CECO since January 24, 2017, and has been a member of the Company’s board of directors since May 2016. Previously, Mr. Sadlowski was the Chief Operating Officer of LSG Sky Chefs North America from April 2013 until March 2015, overseeing operations across over 40 locations and managing over 8,000 employees. He was the Chief Executive Officer of International Battery, an early stage green tech company focused on large format lithium ion batteries for the grid storage markets, from September 2011 until April 2012. Mr. Sadlowski was employed by Siemens from July 2000 to March 2010, serving as the President & Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. from July 2007 until October 2009, an operating subsidiary of the global manufacturer Siemens AG, where he had executive accountability of the company’s global strategic direction, operating performance and marketplace success. He previously worked at General Electric and Trojan Battery, and currently serves on the board of directors and audit committee of Trojan Battery, a privately-held global leader in deep cycle lead-acid batteries. Mr. Sadlowski earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical and Nuclear Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Seattle University.
Donald A. Wright became a director on February 20, 1998. Mr. Wright has also been a member of the Audit Committee since February 20, 1998 and the Compensation Committee since its formation on December 1, 2005. Mr. Wright has been a principal of and real estate broker with The Phillips Group in San Diego, California, a company which has been a real estate developer and apartment building syndicator, since 1992. Since September 2010, Mr. Wright has served as Associate Broker and Vice President of Syndication of SD Homes, a real estate brokerage firm and syndicator of apartment buildings in San Diego. From January 2005 through 2007, he was an associate real estate broker with One Source Realty GMAC in San Diego California, and from July 2007 through September 2010, was an associate real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. Mr. Wright served as director of API Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:ATNY) from February 15, 2006 through June 3, 2011, and served on its audit committee and compensation committee. Mr. Wright went to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania for his M.B.A. degree. With over 16 years as serving on our Board and Audit Committee, Mr. Wright has a breadth of knowledge concerning issues affecting our Company. Mr. Wright also has additional experience as a public director, including serving on an audit committee.