Board of Directors
Michael D. Weinberg
Chairman of the Board. Mr. Weinberg joined our Board of Directors in 2009. Mr. Weinberg is a Partner and Senior Advisor at Carlson Capital and has served in a variety of investment and operational roles at Carlson Capital since November 1999. Since April 2007, Mr. Weinberg has served as the managing member of BirdDog Capital, LLC, a holding company involved in retail and restaurant franchises. From January 1996 to November 1999, Mr. Weinberg was Director of Investments at Richmont Capital Partners, L.P., the investment affiliate of privately-held Mary Kay Cosmetics. Prior to Richmont, 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.
Christopher W. Haga
Mr. Haga is Portfolio Manager and Head of Strategic Investments at Carlson Capital. Mr. Haga, who joined Carlson in 2003, has 25 years of experience in public and private investing, investment banking and structured finance. His role at Carlson includes public and private investing in financial institutions, energy companies and special situations. 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. Haga is also Chairman of Barbican Group Holdings Limited, an insurance company operating at Lloyds of London, and is a director of Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co.
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.
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.
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.