Board of Directors
Sandra B. Cochran, age 63, has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since September 2011. From April 2009 until November 2010, Ms. Cochran served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company and was named President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company in November 2010. Ms. Cochran previously served from February 2004 until April 2009 as Chief Executive Officer of Books-AMillion, Inc. (NASDAQ: BAMM) (“Books-A-Million”), a leading book retailer in the southeastern United States. Ms. Cochran serves on the board of directors of Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW). Ms. Cochran also served as a director of Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) until 2020.
Thomas H. Barr, age 53, first became one of our directors in May 2012. Since February 2016, Mr. Barr has served as President of Sono Bello, a leader in elective cosmetic surgery, with over 50 locations nationwide. From January 2013 to July 2015, Mr. Barr served as an executive of Hailo Network, a privately owned London-based company that develops mobile applications for acquiring taxicab services. Mr. Barr’s roles with Hailo Network included serving as CEO and Global President, Co-CEO and Global President, Global Chief Operating Officer, Chief Operating Officer of Hailo Network USA and board member of Hailo Network. From 2005 to 2013, Mr. Barr served as Vice President at Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) (“Starbucks”) and was a member of the Starbucks marketing and products team since 2000 with responsibility for Starbucks’ global coffee business. During his approximately 12-year career with Starbucks, Mr. Barr led North American Marketing, U.S. Product Management and U.S. Food categories in senior executive roles, most recently as Vice President, Global Coffee. Since May 2015, Mr. Barr has served as a board member of Sheetz, Inc., a privately owned company that operates over 500 convenience store locations throughout the mid-Atlantic region of the United States, and serves as an advisor on several early-stage start-up companies, including Bellwether Coffee and Mill Hill Capital.
Carl T. Berquist, age 70, first became one of our directors in January 2019. From 2009 to 2015, Mr. Berquist served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Marriott International, Inc. (“Marriott”). Prior to serving as Chief Financial Officer of Marriott, Mr. Berquist was Marriott’s Executive Vice President, Financial Information and Enterprise Risk Management from 2003 until 2009. Mr. Berquist joined Marriott after a 28-year career with Arthur Andersen & Co. (“Arthur Andersen”), for which he served in a variety of leadership roles, including the firm’s Global Real Estate and Hospitality Industry Head. Mr. Berquist’s last position at Arthur Andersen was managing partner of the mid-Atlantic region, which included five offices from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Berquist previously served for 10 years on the Board of Directors of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HRI) (“Hertz”) and presently serves on the board of directors of Beacon Roofing Supply, INC. (NASDAQ: BECN).
Meg G. Crofton, age 67, first became one of our directors in July 2017. Ms. Crofton retired from The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) (“Disney”) in 2015, after a 35-year career with that company. From 2006 until 2013, she was President of Walt Disney World, the largest site in Disney’s Parks and Resorts division, and from 2011 until her retirement in 2015, she served as President of Disney’s Parks and Resorts Operations, U.S. and France. Since 2016, Ms. Crofton has served on the Board of Directors of Tupperware Brands Corporation (NYSE: TUP) (“Tupperware”) and currently serves as the chair of Tupperware’s nominating and corporate governance committee and on its compensation committee. Since March 2019, Ms. Crofton has served as a director of HCA Healthcare, Inc. (“HCA”) where she serves on HCA’s compensation committee as well as HCA’s patient safety and quality of care committee.
Gilbert Dávila, age 58, first became one of our directors in July 2020. Mr. Dávila is the founder and CEO of DMI Consulting - a leading multicultural marketing, diversity & inclusion and strategy firm in the United States, assisting mostly Fortune 200 companies to develop strategic growth platforms focused on America’s fastest growing populations/segments. Prior to founding DMI, Mr. Dávila spent seven years (2003-2010) as the Vice President, Global Diversity and Multicultural Market Development at The Walt Disney Company. In addition to his work at Disney, Mr. Dávila was the Vice President, Multicultural Management for Sears & Roebuck Company, a former Marketing Director Northeast Region for Coca-Cola USA and held sales and marketing roles at Procter & Gamble. Mr. Dávila is also a member of the Association of National Advertisers (“ANA”), where he co-founded ANA’s Alliance for Inclusive and Multicultural Marketing (“AIMM”) and currently serves as a director.
William W. McCarten, age 72, first became one of our directors in August 2011. Since 2004, Mr. McCarten has served as Chairman of the board of directors of DiamondRock Hospitality Company (NYSE: DRH) (“DiamondRock”), a lodging-focused Real Estate Investment Trust he founded in 2004 and that went public in 2005. DiamondRock owns several high-quality hotels throughout the United States and has assets of approximately $3 billion. Mr. McCarten served as Chief Executive Officer of DiamondRock from its inception until September 2008. Mr. McCarten serves as a member of the board of directors of Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: VAC), a leader in the timeshare industry with a global portfolio of resorts in popular destinations. From 2001 through 2003, Mr. McCarten was President of the Marriott Services Group of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR). Prior to that position, Mr. McCarten served as President and Chief Executive Officer of HMSHost Corporation. Mr. McCarten served in a number of senior financial positions at Marriott International, Inc. from 1979 through 1992 and was an accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co. from 1970 to 1979.
Coleman H. Peterson, age 73, first became one of our directors in June 2011. Mr. Peterson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hollis Enterprises, LLC, the human resources consulting firm he founded in 2004 following his retirement from WalMart Inc. (NYSE: WMT), where he served as Chief People Officer from 1994 to 2004. Mr. Peterson served on the board of directors of J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: JBHT) until April 2020. Mr. Peterson also served as a director of Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) until 2018.
Gisel Ruiz, age 51, first became one of our directors in September 2020. Ms. Ruiz held a number of senior positions within the Walmart organization during a career that spanned over 26 years. Most recently, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Sam’s Club. Prior to that role, she had served as Executive Vice President of International People for Walmart International, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Walmart US, and Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer of Walmart US. Ms. Ruiz previously served on the Board of Directors of Walmart de Mexico S.A. de C.V. and Yihaodian, China’s fourth largest business to consumer eCommerce website. She currently serves as a director of Vital Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ: VITL), a Certified B Corporation that offers a range of ethically produced pasture-raised foods nationwide.
Darryl “Chip” Wade, age 58, became one of our directors in April 2021. Mr. Wade is the President of Union Square Hospitality Group, LLC, the parent company of numerous award-winning and acclaimed restaurants such as Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, and The Modern, as well as a multifaceted catering and events and restaurant consulting business. Mr. Wade joined USHG in 2019 after having served as the EVP of Operations for Red Lobster Seafood Company, a position he held for several years, both while it was owned by Darden Restaurants, Inc. and after its divestiture to Golden Gate Capital. Mr. Wade also served as the Chief Operations Officer for Legal Sea Foods Restaurant Group and held several senior executive positions at Darden, including Senior Vice President of Smokey Bones BBQ and the Director of Revitalization for Olive Garden Restaurants. Mr. Wade began his career in 1985, as a general manager for TGI Friday’s in Boston, and spent his first 14 years with TGIF and its parent, Carlson Restaurants Worldwide, including as Executive Director of Human Resources and Executive Director of Non-Traditional Development and Domestic Franchise Sales.
Andrea M. Weiss, age 66, first became one of our directors in 2003. Ms. Weiss has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Retail Consulting, Inc., a retail consulting firm, since October 2002. Prior to that, Ms. Weiss served as President of dELiA*s Corp., a former multichannel retailer to teenage girls and young women, from May 2001 to October 2002. From May 1998 until February 2001, Ms. Weiss served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Store Officer of The Limited, Inc. and Intimate Brands, Inc., units of L Brands, Inc. (formerly Limited Brands, Inc.) (NYSE: LB), a women’s retailer. Ms. Weiss’ prior retail experience also includes positions at The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), ANN INC., formerly AnnTaylor Stores Corporation (NYSE: ANN), and Guess?, Inc. (NYSE: GES). In January 2014, Ms. Weiss co-founded The O Alliance, LLC, a digital and retail consulting network. Ms. Weiss advises a number of digital, technology and startup fashion technology firms as part of The O Alliance, LLC. Ms. Weiss serves on the boards of directors of O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. (Nasdaq: ORLY) and Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBY) and as a trustee of RPT Realty (NYSE: RPT), a real estate investment trust since 2019. She also serves on the boards of several private ventures and charitable, educational or public service organizations. She previously served on a number of public company boards in the retail space, including Chicos FAS (NYSE: CHS); Nutrisystem, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTRI); The Pep Boys — Manny, Moe & Jack (formerly NYSE: PBY), Brookstone, Inc. (formerly Nasdaq: BKST), GSI Commerce Inc. (formerly Nasdaq: GSIC), Ediets.com, Inc. (formerly Nasdaq: DIET), as well as the boards of various private companies and organizations.