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Conn's Inc (CONN.OQ)

CONN.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Norman Miller

59 2017 Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer

George Bchara

35 2019 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Rodney Lastinger

40 2019 President - Retail

Lee Wright

48 2019 Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President

Brian Daly

49 2015 Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

Ryan Nelson

37 2019 Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President

Todd Renaud

49 2014 Chief Information Officer, Vice President

Eddie Combs

52 2018 Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer

Mark Prior

52 2016 Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

Bobby Martin

71 2012 Lead Independent Director

Douglas Martin

66 2003 Director

Sue Gove

61 2020 Independent Director

James Haworth

58 2016 Independent Director

William Saunders

45 2014 Independent Director

William Schofman

48 2012 Independent Director

Oded Shein

58 2016 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Norman Miller

Mr. Norman L. Miller serves as Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He was appointed as our President and Chief Executive Officer, and to our Board of Directors, effective September 7, 2015. Mr. Miller was appointed as our Chairman of the Board in May 2016. In March 2018, Mr. Miller was nominated to serve as chair of the Compliance Committee. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Miller most recently served as the Senior Vice President and President, Automotive at Sears Holdings, which, during his service, operated over 700 Sears Auto Center locations. Previously, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of DFC Global Corp (formerly Dollar Financial Corp) from 2007 to 2014. Prior to his employment at DFC Global Corp, Mr. Miller served as Group President, Sports and Entertainment unit at ARAMARK, where he worked for a decade. He was named to the role after serving as the President of ARAMARK’s Correctional Services unit from 2002 to 2003. Mr. Miller’s career also includes nine years with Nestle, Kraft General Foods and PepsiCo, serving in management positions in sales, marketing and operations. Mr. Miller received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

George Bchara

Mr. George L. Bchara serves as Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company. George L. Bchara joined the Company as Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer in December 2016. In June 2019, he was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining the Company, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of BankUnited, based in Miami Lakes, Florida, from March 2013 to December 2016, and served as Vice President and Loan Controller from June 2011 to February 2013. Prior to BankUnited, Mr. Bchara was a Manager with the global professional services firm, PwC, where he worked from January 2007 until May 2011. Mr. Bchara holds a Masters of Business Administration in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from Florida State University. Mr. Bchara is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of New York and a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Rodney Lastinger

Mr. Rodney D. Lastinger serves as President - Retail of the Company. He joined the Company in June 2019 as President of Retail. Prior to joining the Company, he spent 18 years at Target Corporation from 2001 to 2019. From 2016 to 2019, he served as Senior Vice President, Stores and was responsible for managing the southern U.S. region, which comprised of over $21 billion in sales, 85,000 team members and 565 stores. Prior to 2016, Mr. Lastinger worked in multiple leadership roles including Senior Group Vice President, Group Vice President, District Store Director and Store Director. Mr. Lastinger holds a Master of Business Administration in Management from Stetson University and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Management from Florida State University.

Lee Wright

Mr. Lee A. Wright serves as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company. He joined the Company in June 2016 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In June 2019, he was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Wright served as CEO of Professional Directional Enterprises, Inc., an energy services company, since 2015 and served as its President from 2012 into 2015. Prior to joining Professional Directional Enterprises, Inc., he was a Senior Managing Director at the private equity firm of Diamond Castle from 2005 to 2012. From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Wright was a Director at DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, a private equity firm. From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Wright was a Vice President and Associate in Credit Suisse First Boston’s (“CSFB”) Private Equity division and was an analyst from 1994 to 1996 in CSFB’s Investment Banking division. Mr. Wright holds a Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, from Washington & Lee University.

Brian Daly

Mr. Brian A. Daly serves as Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer of the Company. He was appointed Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer in November 2015. Prior to joining the Company, from June 2007 until November 2015, Mr. Daly served in several positions with DFC Global Corp, a global alternative financial services company, including as Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer. Prior to DFC Global, he worked in human resources and operational leadership roles at Marsh & McLennan, from 2006 to 2007, ARAMARK Corporation from 2000 to 2005, and Florida, Power & Light from 1997 to 1999. Mr. Daly has a Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of Richmond and a Master of Business Administration in Human Resources and Finance from the University of Florida.

Ryan Nelson

Mr. Ryan Nelson was Vice President, Controller of the Company. He joined the Company as Vice President and Controller in May 2018. In June 2019, he was promoted to Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer. Prior to joining the Company, he spent seven years with EnLink Midstream Partners, a midstream energy services company, from 2011 to 2018, where he worked in several leadership roles, including Director of Operations Accounting and Director of Financial Reporting. Mr. Nelson started his career at KPMG from 2006 to 2010. Mr. Nelson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and a Master of Accounting from the University of Mississippi and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Todd Renaud

Mr. Todd F. Renaud serves as Chief Information Officer, Vice President of the Company. He joined the Company as Vice President and Chief Information Officer in August of 2014 with over 20 years of technology experience across multiple industries. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Renaud served as Vice President, Management Information Systems for Security Service Federal Credit Union (“SSFCU”). Prior to joining SSFCU in 2002, he worked as Director of Technology for Enron Corporation. Mr. Renaud is a graduate of Texas A&M University where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems.

Eddie Combs

Mr. Eddie D. Combs serves as Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer of the Company. He joined the Company as Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer in May 2018 with over 30 years of marketing and business experience. Previously, he served as Vice President of Consumer Marketing for Samsung Electronics America Home Entertainment from 2015-2018. Prior to that position, Mr. Combs served as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing officer at Guitar Center in 2014. Mr. Combs also held several positions at Sears Holdings including Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Appliances/Electronics from 2006 to 2014. Mr. Combs held roles of increasing responsibility at Motorola Inc. from 1988 to 2006. Mr. Combs holds a Master of Business Administration from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts from Judson University.

Mark Prior

Mr. Mark L. Prior J.D. serves as Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary of the Company. He was appointed the Company’s Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary in July 2016. Previously, from March 2007 to July 2016, Mr. Prior was employed by DFC Global Corp as General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel, Senior Vice President and Secretary. Previously, he was Corporate Counsel for the Philadelphia Stock Exchange from August 2005 to March 2007 and firm partner with Rubin Fortunato, P.C., from September 1998 to July 2005. Mr. Prior holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dickinson College, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and a Juris Doctor from Penn State University – Dickinson Law. Mr. Prior is licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Bobby Martin

Mr. Bobby L. Martin serves as Lead Independent Director of the Company. He has served as a director since September 2003 and was appointed as our Lead Independent Director in August 2012. Mr. Bob Martin was elected as an Operating Partner of The Stephens Group LLC, a family-owned investment company in March 2012, and currently holds such position. Mr. Bob Martin is also the Chief Executive Officer (part-time) of Mcon Management Services, Ltd., a consulting company, since 2002. He was previously a consultant to that entity. Mr. Bob Martin has over 35 years of retailing and merchandising experience. Prior to retiring from the retail industry in 1999, he headed the international operations of Wal-Mart International, Inc. for 15 years. From 1968 to 1983, Mr. Bob Martin was responsible for technology services for Dillard’s, Inc. Mr. Bob Martin has also served as a director of Dillard’s, Inc., Sabre Holdings Corporation, Furniture Brands International and Guitar Center, Incorporated. As required by our Corporate Governance Guidelines, Mr. Martin submitted his conditional resignation to the Board due to his appointment to the position of Executive Chairman of the Gap, Inc. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee (without Mr. Martin) considered the conditional resignation and the Board (without Mr. Martin) accepted the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee’s recommendation to decline his conditional resignation. Mr. Bob Martin currently serves as Executive Chairman on the board of directors of Gap, Inc. He has experience as chairman of a corporate governance and compensation committee, and has been a member of an audit committee, in each case, of publicly held companies. Mr. Bob Martin attended South Texas University and holds an Honorary Doctorate degree from Southwest Baptist University.

Douglas Martin

Mr. Douglas H. Martin is a Director of Conn's Inc., since September 2003. He served as a director of the predecessor to the Company beginning in 1998 and was appointed as one of our directors in February 2003. Mr. Doug Martin is a Senior Executive Vice President of Stephens Inc., an investment bank, where he has been employed since 1981. He is responsible for the investment of the firm’s capital in private companies. Mr. Doug Martin serves as a member of the board of directors of numerous privately held companies. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Physics and Economics from Vanderbilt University and his Master of Business Administration from Stanford University.

Sue Gove

Ms. Sue E. Gove serves as Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Gove was appointed as a director in March 2020 and was also appointed to the Company’s Audit Committee and Credit Risk Committee. Ms. Gove is President of Excelsior Advisors, LLC, a retail consulting and advisory firm, and served as a Senior Advisor to Alvarez & Marsal, a corporate consulting firm from March 2017 to March 2019. Prior to founding Excelsior Advisors in August 2014, she was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Golfsmith International Holdings, Inc., an American golf specialty retailer, from October 2012 to April 2014 and President, from February 2012 to April 2014. Ms. Gove also served Golfsmith as Chief Operating Officer from September 2008 to October 2012, as Chief Financial Officer from March 2009 to July 2012, and as Executive Vice President from September 2008 to February 2012. From 1980 to 2008, Ms. Gove held senior level positions with national retailers and consulting firms in the retail sector. Ms. Gove currently serves on the boards of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., an omni-channel retailer of goods and services that help make a house a home since 2019, IAA, Inc., a leading North American salvage auto auction since July 2019, and Tailored Brands, Inc., a retail holding company for various men’s apparel stores since August 2017. Ms. Gove obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Texas, Austin.

James Haworth

Mr. James Harold Haworth serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Haworth was appointed as a director in March 2016 and was appointed to the Company’s Compensation Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee concurrent with his joining the Board. In August 2016, Mr. Haworth joined Outdoor Cap, a privately held company in Bentonville, Arkansas, as President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to Outdoor Cap, Mr. Haworth served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Professional Bull Riders Inc. from 2011 to 2016. From 2010 through 2011 he served as Executive Vice President and President, Retail Services for Sears Holding Corporation. Prior to that, he served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Office for Chia Tai Enterprises International Limited & CP Lotus, an investment holding company principally engaged in the operation of shopping centers in China, from 2006 to December 2009. Mr. Haworth is also the founder and President of Business Decisions Inc., a consulting firm specializing in strategic product marketing for the retail, merchandising and supply chain industries. Previous to Business Decisions Inc., Mr. Haworth spent 20 years with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., in roles of increasing responsibility including Executive Vice President of Operations for Sam’s Club and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Mr. Haworth received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Missouri State University.

William Saunders

Mr. William E. Saunders Jr. serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Saunders was appointed as a director in August 2014 and has served on the Company’s Audit Committee since his appointment. He also chaired the Company’s Credit Risk and Compliance Committee from the committee’s formation in December 2014 until it became two separate committees, the Credit Risk Committee and the Compliance Committee in March 2018, when Mr. Saunders was then nominated to serve as chair of the Credit Risk Committee and as a member of the Compliance Committee. Mr. Saunders has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Community Choice Financial Inc., a leading retailer of alternative consumer financial services products since June 2008, and Chairman of its Board of Directors since May 2014, after joining the company as its Chief Financial Officer in March 2006. Prior to joining Community Choice Financial (previously CheckSmart Financial Holdings), Mr. Saunders was a Vice President for Stephens Inc., an investment bank, from 2004 to 2006 and, prior to that was an associate at Houlihan Lokey, an investment bank, SunTrust Equitable Securities, an investment bank, and Arthur Andersen, an accounting firm. Mr. Saunders holds a Bachelor of Science in Business with Special Attainment in Accounting and Commerce from Washington & Lee University and is a certified public accountant in the State of Georgia.

William Schofman

Mr. William D. Schofman serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Schofman was appointed as a director in March 2012. Mr. Schofman is an active executive, investor and board member for several companies including: PureWRX, Inc., a value-added distributor and reseller of information technology hardware; Coro Health, LLC, a new media healthcare company and CPO Commerce, Inc., the largest online tool retailer. In addition, Mr. Schofman participates in several other business ventures through his private equity and management services business, AnderSchof Investments, LLP. Mr. Schofman previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Callaway Golf Interactive from June 2004 to September 2007, and as the Executive Vice President Global Ecommerce of Callaway Golf from 2004 to 2007. Mr. Schofman was the co-founder and CEO of FrogTrader from 2000 until 2004, before the Company was sold to Callaway Golf. Prior to that, Mr. Schofman was the co-founder and CEO of International Golf Outlet from 1995 until 1999, which was sold to CBS Sportsline. Mr. Schofman graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994.

Oded Shein

Mr. Oded Shein serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Shein was appointed as a director in March 2016 and was appointed to the Company’s Audit Committee and Credit Risk and Compliance Committee concurrent with his joining the Board. Mr. Shein was nominated to serve as chair of the Audit Committee for fiscal year 2020. In March 2018, the Credit Risk and Compliance Committee became two separate committees, the Credit Risk Committee and the Compliance Committee. Mr. Shein was then nominated to serve on both the Credit Risk Committee and the Compliance Committee. In March 2020, Mr. Shein was appointed to serve on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and will continue to serve as chair of the Audit Committee. Mr. Shein has served as Chief Financial Officer of The Fresh Market, Inc. since August 2018. He previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Stage Stores from January 2011 to August 2018. From July 2004 until January 2011, Mr. Shein served in various financial positions at Belk, Inc., including as its Vice President, Finance and Treasurer. Prior to joining Belk, Inc., Mr. Shein served as the Vice President, Treasurer of Charming Shoppes, Inc. Mr. Shein holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Systems from Baruch College and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Columbia University.

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Norman Miller

1,043,160

George Bchara

697,464

Rodney Lastinger

875,714

Lee Wright

1,345,680

Brian Daly

814,070

Ryan Nelson

--

Todd Renaud

567,917

Eddie Combs

896,512

Mark Prior

1,103,200

Bobby Martin

242,356

Douglas Martin

180,000

Sue Gove

--

James Haworth

180,000

William Saunders

195,000

William Schofman

180,000

Oded Shein

200,000
As Of  31 Jan 2020