Denis J. Gallagher is a leading industry executive in the school busing industry. The founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of STA, Inc. has over 40 years of experience in the passenger transportation industry. Mr. Gallagher previously held various positions in the transportation industry from 1976 to 1997. Mr. Gallagher founded the company in May 1997 and has led the strategic growth of the company as well as building the senior management team and has developed strong banking relations with its lenders and the capital markets. Mr. Gallagher is a graduate of Monmouth University, with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. He is a past member of the University’s Board of Trustees and was the recipient of the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award. He is an honorary Member in Alpha Beta Gamma Business Honor Society. He is involved in numerous industry and community activities and was awarded Contractor of the Year in August 2014 by the National School Transportation Association. Mr. Gallagher has been recognized as a leader for the use of alternative fuels and innovation in the school bus industry. He served as a member of various private and charitable organizations and was on the board of directors of Canada Cartage Diversified Fund, a dedicated trucking and logistics company listed on the TSX, until that company was acquired in 2007.
The Honourable Irving R. Gerstein has been a director of the Company since 2004. Senator Gerstein is a Member of the Order of Canada, a Member of the Order of Ontario and was appointed to the Senate of Canada in December 2008. He is a retired executive and is currently a director of Medical Facilities Corporation and Atlantic Power Corporation and previously served as a director of other public issuers, including Economic Investment Trust Limited, CTV Inc., Traders Group Limited, Guaranty Trust Company of Canada, Confederation Life Insurance Company and Scott’s Hospitality Inc., and as an officer and director of Peoples Jewellers Limited. Senator Gerstein is an honorary director of Mount Sinai Hospital (Toronto), having previously served as Chairman of the Board, Chairman Emeritus and a director over a period of twenty-five years, and is currently a member of its Research Committee. Senator Gerstein received his BSc. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School of Finance and Commerce).
Victor Wells is a director and chair of the Audit Committee of Contagious Gaming Inc. and Pasinex Resources Limited. He was formerly a director and chair of the audit committee of Unique Broadband Systems Inc. (2012 – 2015), GT Canada Medical Properties Inc. (2010-2012), MagIndustries Inc. (2006 – 2011) and Northstar Healthcare Inc. (2007 – 2010). He was also formerly a director of and member of the Audit Committee of TriNorth Capital Inc., a TSX-V listed company, from 2009 to 2010, and a Trustee of Canada Cartage Diversified Income Fund and chaired its Audit Committee. Mr. Wells was Vice President, Finance and CFO of Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund from its initial public offering in July 2001 until 2006. From 1998 to 2001 Mr. Wells was Vice President, Finance and CFO of Tahera Diamond Corporation, a diamond mining company listed on the TSX. While Mr. Wells was a director, TriNorth Capital Inc. was subject to a management cease trade order as a result of not filing its financial statements and MD&A for the periods ending December 31, 2009 and March 31, 2010 within the required time frames. Such financial statements and MD&A were subsequently filed and the management cease trade order is no longer in effect. Mr. Wells resigned from the Board of TriNorth on June 30, 2010. Mr. Wells is a member of Financial Executives International, a past Chapter President and Director. Mr. Wells is Chairman of the Canadian Financial Executives Research Foundation and was formerly the Chairman of the Committee on Corporate Reporting and was a member of the Accounting Standards Board from 1991 to 1995. Mr. Wells obtained his Chartered Accountant designation with Ernst & Young in Toronto, and was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia in 1990 and a Fellow of the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2006. Mr. Wells obtained his Institute of Corporate Directors designation in 2007 and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Mr. Needler is the former President and Chief Operating Officer of STA Holdings, began his career in the passenger transportation industry in 1972, with a company that was subsequently acquired by Laidlaw, Inc. Mr. Needler was named President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company in July 1999, and served as such until June 30, 2005, after being appointed to the STA Holdings’ Board of Directors in 1998. Between 1972 and 1990, Mr. Needler served in a number of management capacities at Laidlaw, Inc. including Division Manager (from 1974 to 1976), Regional Vice President (from 1976 to 1980) and President of the Canadian school bus operations (from 1980 to 1984). In 1984, Mr. Needler was appointed to the Board of Directors of Laidlaw, Inc. where he served as a Member of the Audit Committee and then as President of the Passenger Services Group. Mr. Needler has served on various bus association boards in both the motorcoach and school bus industries. He has also served as a director on his local hospital board as well as on the board of a Mutual Insurance Company located in Ontario.
Mr. Rossi is a consultant and corporate director. Mr. Rossi serves on the boards of several public and private entities including Zone Finance, a mortgage provider in Quebec and Technosport Inc., a Canadian clothing distributor. He also serves on the investment valuation committee of Investissements Desjardins. As the Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Cinar Corporation from November 2000 to 2002 and as Interim President from 2002 to 2003, Mr. Rossi successfully led the turnaround and financial restructuring of the company. Between 1983 and 2000, Mr. Rossi was Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Radiomutuel Inc., a publicly traded media company. Before 1983 Mr. Rossi was an audit manager with Ernst & Young. A commerce graduate of Concordia University, Mr. Rossi is a chartered accountant.
Mr. Scopelliti is a Senior Vice President of both Alcentra, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation and Alcentra Capital Corporation (NASDAQ: “ABDC”) and was a Principal of GarMark Partners, a private debt and equity firm in Stamford, Connecticut. David is also a Director of Athena Wellness Brands LLC.. Mr. Scopelliti has over 25 years of experience as a principal investor in the private equity and debt markets. Prior to joining GarMark, he was a Managing Director at PCG Asset Management, advising pension fund clients on alternative investments. Prior to that he was Head of Private Equity for the State of Connecticut Pension Plan and Vice Chairman of the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA). Prior to that, he was the Managing Director with CIBC World Markets in New York, focusing on mezzanine and private equity transactions. Previous to that, Mr. Scopelliti was the head of ING’s New York Merchant Banking Group, focusing on mezzanine and private equity capital in support of buyouts and growth financing. Mr. Scopelliti also served Heller Financial as a Portfolio Manager for the Leveraged Finance Group. Mr. Scopelliti holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance from Pace University in New York and has previously held NASD Series 7, 63 & 24 securities licences.
Grace Palombo is a Human Resource, Shared Services and Legal Executive who is currently in the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Great West Lifeco Inc. (“GWL”) based in Toronto. Prior to working at GWL, Grace served as the Executive Vice President Human Resources for TD Bank in the United States and as the Senior Vice President Corporate Human Resources for CanWest Global Communications in Toronto, Ontario reporting to the CEO and was a member of the Executive Management Committee. Grace’s expertise is in general executive management which includes corporate reorganizations, transformations and acquisition integration. Ms. Palombo has held various executive positions in the areas of Human Resources, Legal and Corporate Services with Husky Injection Molding Systems, Canada Life Financial Services, Westcoast Energy/Union Gas and Bombardier Aerospace. Grace has also practiced law in Toronto, in the areas of Employment, Labour Relations and Corporate Law. Ms. Palombo served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Union Gas. Ms. Palombo holds a Law Degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Grace serves as a Director on the Board of Directors of Enercare Inc., a company listed on the TSX. She also served on the Board of Advisors of Catalyst Inc. in New York City, the Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni Association, and the Board of Directors of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine for six years where she was a member of the Audit Committee, the Administrative Affairs Committee and the Board Development Committee. She currently is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Conference Board of Canada, Council of National Human Resource Executives, the Law Society of Upper Canada, The Canadian Bar Association, the Women's Law Association and the Women's Executive Network.
Wendi Sturgis has worked at the intersection of technology, marketing and the digital worlds since the inception of her career. She is currently the Executive Vice President of Enterprise Sales and Services at Yext, a NY-based local technology and marketing platform. She previously ran the North America Account Management team at Yahoo! where she was responsible for an 800 person organization and $1.4B in revenue.
She has a BS from Georgia Institute of Technology and currently serves on the Georgia Tech Presidential Advisory Board. Ms. Sturgis is the Vice Chair of the National Board of Step Up Women’s Network. Ms. Sturgis is actively involved in the start-up community in New York and currently serves on the Dailyworth.com board.
Barbara J. Basney is Vice President of Global Advertising for the Xerox Corporation. She is currently responsible for Xerox brand and product advertising, including traditional television, print, radio and outdoor, as well as digital media. Her responsibilities include the formulation of advertising strategies, campaign development and implementation, media mix optimization and campaign results tracking in more than 35 countries. Prior to joining Xerox, she spent more than 15 years in marketing and advertising for both B-to-B and B-to-C Fortune 100 corporations including Rite-Aid, Tektronix and Convergys. Ms. Basney has managed functions including advertising, public relations, corporate communications, direct marketing, tradeshows, customer communications and marketing strategy.
Ms. Basney is active in the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), a member of the National Advertising Review Board, International Advertising Association (IAA) and serves on the ANA Corporate Communications and Television Advertising committees. She is also a member of Advertising Women of New York and is on the Annual List of 100 Marketing Leaders by The Internationalist. Ms. Basney, a Cherry Hill, NJ native, grew up in Germany. She received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Portland State University in Portland, OR. She currently resides in Stamford, Connecticut.