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Board of Directors

Patrick Gross is Chairman of The Lovell Group, a business and technology advisory and investment firm. Through The Lovell Group, he is advising half a dozen private technology and internet commerce firms. Previously, he spent three decades with American Management Systems, Inc. He founded AMS in 1970 with four colleagues from the Office of the Secretary of Defense and built it to a $ 1 billion company with 7,000 professionals throughout North America and Europe. He is currently a director of four public companies: Capital One Financial Corporation, Career Education Corporation, Liquidity Services, Inc., and Mobius Management Systems, Inc. He is also a director of several private companies including Sarnoff Corporation and Development Alternatives, Inc. His other leadership positions include Trustee and Chairman of the Research and Policy Committee of the Committee for Economic Development, Vice Chairman of the Council for Excellence in Government, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Technology Leadership Consortium, and cofounder and past chairman of the World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C. He is and has been a director/trustee/board officer of several educational institutions, hospitals/health care organizations, and economics and public policy organizations. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the Economic Club of Washington.

Patricia "Trish" Oelrich formerly chaired the Audit Committee of Pepco Holdings, Inc., and is a member of the Audit Committee and Risk Committee of FHLB- Office of Finance. Most recently, as Vice President of Global IT Risk Management at GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals and member of the CIO management team, Trish was influential in guiding the organization's technology strategy. Previously, at SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, Trish had worldwide responsibility as the Vice President of Internal Audit. She transformed a traditional audit function to a risk‐based and value‐added audit and consulting function. Trish built a high performance team that was recognized as advisors throughout the company on strategic business issues. Trish, a CPA, holds a BBA in Accounting and Information Systems, an MA in Human and Organizational Systems, and is pursuing a PhD focused on moral and ethical behavior in the use of social technologies.. She is a faculty member for Drexel University Director's Academy. Trish also has been active on various industry and not‐for‐profit boards as Treasurer and committee chair.

Howard Carver was elected to Assurant’s board of directors in March 2002. Mr. Carver retired as an office managing partner of Ernst & Young in June 2002. Mr. Carver’s career at Ernst & Young spanned five decades, beginning as an auditor and a financial consultant. He currently is a director and serves as a member of the Audit Committee of StoneMor Partners L.P. In 2013, Mr. Carver was appointed to the board of directors of Pinnacol Assurance, the workers compensation facility for the state of Colorado, and is a member of the company’s Audit Committee. Mr. Carver is a certified public accountant and is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Connecticut Society of CPAs. He also sits on the boards and committees of several organizations including the University of Wisconsin and Wadsworth Atheneum.

Prior to joining Bryn Mawr Bank Corporation, Frederick “Ted” C. Peters II founded and served as the CEO of two community banks. National Bank of the Main Line was opened in March 1985 and was twice named the most profitable de novo bank in the Eastern United States. It was sold to Keystone Financial (now M&T) in 1992 for approximately 6X the price of an original investment. In 1995 Mr. Peters founded the highly successful First Main Line Bank which in 2001 was folded into National Penn Bank. During his banking career, Mr. Peters originated and closed nine acquisitions in the banking and wealth spaces. Mr. Peters served on the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia from 2009 through 2014. He chaired the Audit Committee of that Bank for two years and concurrently served on the Committee of Federal Reserve Audit Chairs in Washington, D.C. In addition, he has served on numerous non-profit, educational, and trade association boards over his career. Mr. Peters is a cum laude graduate of The Haverford School and has a B.A. in Political Science from Amherst College.

Allen R. Freedman served as Chair of the Governance Committee of Eaton Vance Mutual Funds until his retirement from the Board in July 2014. Mr. Freedman continues to serve as a Director of StoneMor Partners L.P. where he also serves as the Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Trust and Compliance Committee. Mr. Freedman was formerly the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fortis, Inc. (predecessor to Assurant, Inc.), a specialty insurance company he founded in 1978 and from which he retired in 2000. Mr. Freedman is a founding director of the Association of Audit Committee Members, Inc. He served on the Board of numerous not-for-profits including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Hartwick College and OPERA America. served as Chair of the Governance Committee of Eaton Vance Mutual Funds until his retirement from the Board in July 2014. Mr. Freedman continues to serve as a Director of StoneMor Partners L.P. where he also serves as the Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Trust and Compliance Committee. Mr. Freedman was formerly the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fortis, Inc. (predecessor to Assurant, Inc.), a specialty insurance company he founded in 1978 and from which he retired in 2000. Mr. Freedman is a founding director of the Association of Audit Committee Members, Inc. He served on the Board of numerous not-for-profits including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Hartwick College and OPERA America.

Frederick Lipman

Frederick D. Lipman, is the President of the Association of Audit Committee Members, Inc., an international not-for-profit organization devoted to developing best practices for audit committees. He is also a partner at Blank Rome LLP, an international law firm. Mr. Lipman is the author of Corporate Governance Best Practices (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2006), Executive Compensation Best Practices (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2008) and Whistleblowers: Incentives, Disincentives and Protective Strategies (John Wiley & sons, Inc. 2012). He is also the lead author of Audit Committees, published by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., Washington, D.C., which is the most comprehensive treatment of this subject currently published and is used by attorneys nationally who advise public company audit committees. Mr. Lipman has taught corporate finance, accounting and securities law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School for 10 years and has taught for five years in the MBA program at the Wharton School of Business. Mr. Lipman has appeared on CNBC, CNN, the Bloomberg network and Chinese television as a commentator on business topics and has lectured in China, India and Thailand. He is the author of twelve books, including those mentioned above. Mr. Lipman graduated from Harvard Law School. (Bio)

 
 
 

Board of Advisors

Thomas I. Selling, PhD, CPA is a Professor Emeritus of Accounting at Thunderbird School of International Management in Phoenix, AZ.  He is also co-founder and President of Grove Technologies LLC, a provider of hosted collaboration and database tools. Dr. Selling has served as an Academic Fellow, Office of the Chief Accountant, of the SEC. During 25 years as a business school professor he served on the faculties of MBA programs at Dartmouth, MIT, Wake Forest and Thunderbird School of International Management. He is frequently invited to speak about current accounting and financial reporting issues at conferences, has produced and led over 150 seminars for business professionals in 15 countries, and has been quoted in leading business publications such as the Wall Street Journal and Compliance Week. He authored numerous academic and practice publications. Dr. Selling has a Bachelor's degree and M.B.A. from Cornell, and a Ph.D. from Ohio State. Dr. Selling is a business strategist, technologist, educator, author and Certified Public Accountant.

Patricia A. Woodbury, CPA, CFE has more than 25 years of experience gained at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), corporate financial management and public accounting. She spent nine years at the SEC in the Division of Corporation Finance, the last six of which she spent as an Assistant Chief Accountant. Ms. Woodbury is currently a managing director in the FTI Consulting Forensic and Litigation Consulting practice. Prior to rejoining FTI Consulting in 2006, she was an Associate Director in the Division of Enforcement and Investigations at the PCAOB.

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For additional information about AACMI, contact:

Frederick D. Lipman, Esq.
Phone: 215.569.5518
Fax: 215.832.5518
E-Mail: Lipman@AACMI.org

 
 
 

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Frederick D. Lipman
Allen R. Freedman
 Thomas I. Selling
Patricia A. Woodbury
 
 
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