Board of Directors
D. Blair Baker
Mr. Baker is the president of Precept Capital Management (“Precept”), an investment management company based in Dallas, Texas which he founded in 1998. Precept invests across multiple industries and asset types, focusing primarily on publicly-traded securities. His investments in the healthcare sector have included pharmaceutical, medical device, biotech, medical services and medical technology. He has extensive relationships throughout the industry. Mr. Baker previously worked with the advance staff for Vice President George H.W. Bush. Mr. Baker also formed an oil and gas operating company with ongoing operations in the Fort Worth Basin in North Texas. Other relevant prior experience includes Mr. Baker’s position as vice president and securities analyst covering telecommunications equipment companies at Rauscher Pierce Refsnes (later acquired by RBC) and as a member of the research team at Friess Associates that managed $7 billion of client assets.
Mr. Black was appointed CEO in January 2016. Mr. Black was appointed to the Board of Directors in August 2019 and was named Chairman in November 2019. He joined SWK as Managing Director in May 2012 from PBS Capital Management, LLC, an investment management business investing in pharmaceutical royalties and healthcare equities that Mr. Black co-founded in 2009. Prior to PBS Capital, Mr. Black was a Senior Portfolio Analyst at Highland Capital Management, L.P. from September 2007 to March 2009 where he managed a portfolio of approximately $2 billion in healthcare investments. Prior to joining Highland, Mr. Black served as COO/Analyst and Chief Compliance Officer at Mallette Capital Management, Inc., a $200 million biotech focused hedge fund. Prior to Mallette Capital, Mr. Black was Vice President, Corporate Development for ATX Communications, Inc. Mr. Black began his career as an Analyst in the Healthcare and Telecommunications groups at Salomon Smith Barney. Mr. Black received MBAs with distinction from both Columbia Business School and London Business School and received a BA in Economics from Duke University, where he graduated Cum Laude.
Aaron G.L. Fletcher
Dr. Fletcher currently serves as President of Bios Research, a financial services firm that he founded to provide public equity research in the health care industry tailored to institutional firms and large family offices. In addition to his position at Bios Research, Dr. Fletcher is a Managing Partner at Bios Partners, LP, a venture capital firm focused on investment in early-stage and growth-stage biotech and medical device companies. Dr. Fletcher also serves as a director on the Boards of Lung Therapeutics, Actuate Therapeutics, AbiliTech Medical, Cognition Therapeutics, Cue Biopharma, and TFF Pharma, and works as an independent consultant for the biotech/healthcare equity industry. Dr. Fletcher holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Colorado State University and serves as a visiting professor at Dallas Baptist University.
Christopher W. Haga
Mr. Haga is currently a private investor. Mr. Haga was employed at Carlson Capital from 203-2020 in a variety of investment roles, including public and private investing in financial institutions, energy companies and special situations, retiring as Partner/Portfolio Manager and Head of Strategic Investments in 2020. Mr. Haga has 29 years of experience in public and private investing, investment banking and structured finance. Prior to Carlson, Mr. Haga held investment banking and principal investing roles at RBC Capital Markets, Stephens, Inc., Lehman Brothers (London) and Alex. Brown & Sons. Mr. Haga holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia.
Mr. Pennington is a Director at Carlson Capital where has worked on the investment team since 2011. At Carlson, Mr. Pennington manages an equity relative value portfolio and serves as a member of the Firm’s risk committee and valuation committee. Prior to Carlson, Mr. Pennington was the Deputy Chief of Staff in the investment division of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas and worked at the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Economic Policy. Mr. Pennington received a BBA in Finance and Economics from Texas A&M University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Edward B. Stead
Mr. Stead has served as a senior executive for various companies over an extensive business career. Mr. Stead began his career as a lawyer at IBM from 1973 to 1985. He then served at Apple Computer, Inc. from 1987 until 1996, where he held titles up to and including Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. At Apple, Mr. Stead led the significant advance of Apple in filing of patented inventions. He also served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Blockbuster, Inc. from 1997 until 2006. Mr. Stead has served on the Legal Advisory Boards of both the NYSE and the NASD. He is currently a member of the American Law Institute. Mr. Stead’s current primary occupation is a private investor.
Michael D. Weinberg
Mr. Weinberg is currently a private investor and Senior Advisor to Bon Voyage Management, a single-family office. Mr. Weinberg was employed at Carlson Capital from 1999 to 2019 in a variety of investment and operational roles, retiring as Chief Operating Officer and Partner in 2019. From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Weinberg was Director of Investments at Richmont Capital Partners, L.P., the investment affiliate of privately-held Mary Kay Cosmetics. Prior to Mary Kay, Mr. Weinberg also held positions as an analyst for Greenbrier Partners, a value-oriented hedge fund, and as an associate attorney for the law firm of Baker Botts L.L.P. Mr. Weinberg holds a B.A. degree from the Plan II Liberal Arts Honors Program and a J.D. degree, both from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Weinberg is a CFA Charterholder. Mr. Weinberg is also a director of EnPower, Inc.