Daniel R. Thompson
Chairman of the Board
Daniel Thompson was appointed Chairman/CEO in 2010 and served as CEO until appointing Alex Cunningham as CEO in 2015. Formerly a television and entertainment industry professional with a 30-year career that embraces network and cable advertising sales, programming production and product placement. Mr. Thompson was also the founder of Creative Entertainment Services, which he successfully sold in 2001. Included in this sale was Creative Television Marketing, a producer of short-form advertising concepts, Closed-Captioning Sponsorships, 10-Second Promotional Advertising vehicles, and network Game Show Merchandising. Mr. Thompson also founded Cable Rep USA, a media sales firm specializing in local market cable advertising, which he sold to Cox Cable in 1981. Mr. Thompson attended Wayne State University, Bellevue College and College of Continuing Studies at University Nebraska at Omaha.
Alex H. Cunningham
CEO, President, Director
Alex H. Cunningham’s background is “hands on” C level management and business development with a focus on the analysis of companies, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions and franchising. He has led senior management in multiple companies and created and implemented growth and efficiency strategies for client companies. He is the founder of FranCnsult, Inc., a firm that represents Franchisors and Franchisees developing, owning and managing franchises and is the Owner & Managing Partner at the consulting firm AH Cunningham & Associates, LLC. Mr. Cunningham founded Profit Management Consulting, Inc. where he managed projects and a staff of 85 as President & CEO for 10 years, guiding and counseling Owners and other CEOs of over 2,000 private or closely held middle-market client companies throughout 24 states. He served as a partner at the mergers and acquisitions firm London Capital Corporation where he managed all phases of the transaction process including market analysis, financial analysis, capitalization structure, business valuations, due diligence, negotiating, and closing transactions. Mr. Cunningham was President & CFO at Vance Communications, Inc., a national communications company with over 300 employees in 15 states serving such companies as IBM, Seimens, Northern Telcom, AT&T, GTE, United Telephone, Ericsson, the U.S. Military, State Colleges, and Universities. Mr. Cunningham earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the Crummer Graduate School of Business Rollins College and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and Finance at the University of Kentucky. Mr. Cunningham is a Former Vice Chairman of the Lexington Home Ownership Commission, Inc., a Former Commissioner of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Housing Authority, and served on the Board of Directors of The Lexington Forum, Leadership Lexington Alumni, The Lexington Dream Factory, and American Senior Living, Inc.
INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR ELECT
Ms. Pennington has more than 30 years of experience in Human Resources, Sales and Executive Management, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Team Leadership for both national and international based public companies. Since February of 2019, she has been the HR leader at Hyster-Yale Group, which designs, engineers, manufactures, sells, and services a comprehensive line of lift trucks and aftermarket parts marketed globally. From March of 2013 -June 2018 Ms. Pennington served as Senior Director at Galls, LLC the largest public safety uniform and equipment distributor in the United States where she led a national team responsible for development and execution of all human resource, training, and payroll services. She has also served as Vice President of Human Resources for Verst Group Logistics from 2008 -2015 an Inbound Logistics Top 100 Third Party Logistics (3PL) provider of public and dedicated warehousing, transportation, shrink sleeve labeling and order fulfillment services. Ms. Pennington served from 1999 to 2006 as Global Business Manager in Sales Management for Lexmark International a privately held American Company that manufactures and sells laser printers and imaging products. She served from 1990 to 1998 in Human Resource Management for Valvoline Corporate and Valvoline Instant Oil Change for Ashland, Inc. and worked for the Marathon-Ashland joint venture. Ashland Global Specialty Chemicals Inc. is an American chemical company which operates in more than 100 countries. Ms. Pennington received her BA Degree concentration in human Resource Management form the University of Kentucky. We believe Ms. Pennington is well suited to serve as a director because of her global business management experience and extensive experience in Human Resources and Acquisitions.
L. JACK STALEY
INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR ELECT
has more than 35 years of experience in the banking, financial services, and investment banking industries, leveraging extensive global experience with banking regulators in international companies. Since May 2020, he has been the Board Chairman and Capital Acquisition Advisor at AlgiSys, LLC, an ESG company working on the production of fish oil without using fish. He also serves as an independent consultant to the chief executive officers of ClearIt, an early-stage medical device company in Boston, and Tolomeo Bank, a bank located in Puerto Rico focused exclusively on Private Banking for international clients. Since January 2020, Mr. Staley has also consulted with Axial Family Advisors and Maclendon Wealth Management regarding potential acquisitions He serves as a Board Member of Tufts Medical Center, Prescribers Choice, Vice Chairman of The Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center, a Private Equity Board Member of two companies, and other charity Boards. Prior to his current corporate roles, Mr. Staley served as Chairman of SGS AG Wealth Management Company, Zurich a financial planning and wealth management group comprised of professional financial consultants. Mr. Staley has also served as Executive Director of Prudential Financial and Dryden Wealth Management Zurich and London and Asia, GM of Bankers Trust New York Corporation, Zurich, The Boston Company in Boston and London and Chase-Lincoln First Bank. Mr. Staley holds an MBA in Finance from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Economics and Political Science from Gettysburg College. Mr. Staley holds professional including US securities licenses 3, 7, 63, 7,8, (now the 24). We believe Mr. Staley is well suited to serve as a director because of his previous experience as a board member and in the financial services industry.
GILLIARD B. JOHNSON III
INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR ELECT
has more than 47 years of experience in experience in public financings as a Bond Counsel, Underwriter’s Counsel, Issuer’s Counsel, and Trustee’s Counsel, as well as mergers, acquisitions, tax-free reorganizations, commercial/corporate litigation. Since 1978, Mr. Johnson has practiced law as a member of law several firms. Chronologically, McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, Bowling, Johnson & Lycan (where he was Managing Member), Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, McNair Law Firm PA, and currently is the managing member and owner of GBJ & Associates, PLLC, where he provides legal services to Kentucky’s counties, cities, taxing districts, and not-for-profit organizations in public and private financing of public and economic development projects. Mr. Johnson was a law clerk for Chief Judge William Drennon 1972-1973 with U.S. Tax Court and from 1973-1979 Mr. Johnson served as tax attorney with Ashland Oil, Inc. (NYSE: ASH). Mr. Johnson is a licensed member of the Kentucky Bar Association, Supreme Court of United States of America, U.S. Second, Sixth, and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, U.S. Tax Court, and a Member National Association of Bond Lawyers. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Western Kentucky University, where he is a former member of the Board of Regents from 2013-2019, serving as the Board’s Chair, Vice-Chair, and Chair of the University’s Finance and Budget Committee. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of the University of Louisville Brandis School of Law earning a J.D., cum laude degree. We believe Mr. Johnson is well suited to serve as a director because of his extensive experience working with public companies and assisting with their financings.