Robert W. Humphreys
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Delta Apparel, Inc.
Mr. Humphreys is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Delta Apparel, Inc. He has served as Chairman of our Board since 2009. Mr. Humphreys previously served Delta Apparel, Inc. as President and Chief Executive Officer for more than 10 years. From April 1999 until December 1999, Mr. Humphreys served as President of the Delta Apparel division of Delta Woodside Industries, Inc. In 1998, he was named Vice President of Finance and Assistant Secretary of Delta Woodside Industries, Inc. and served in that capacity until November 1999. From 1987 to May 1998, Mr. Humphreys served as President of Stevcoknit Fabrics Company, the former knit fabrics division of a subsidiary of Delta Woodside Industries, Inc. Mr. Humphreys has over 28 years of experience in the textile and apparel industry, including senior leadership roles in operations and finance. Under his direction the Company has grown from a commodity t-shirt manufacturer to a diverse, branded apparel company. Mr. Humphreys' long history with the Company, combined with his leadership skills and operating experience, makes him particularly well-suited to be our Chairman and serve on our Board.
J. Bradley Campbell
President, J.B. Consulting, Inc.
Mr. Campbell has been a Certified Public Accountant for over 39 years. He served as the Managing Partner of the South Carolina Upstate practice of Cherry Bekaert LLP, CPAs, from 2003 until his retirement in 2013. Mr. Campbell spent the first 28 years of his career with Deloitte LLP, one of the world's largest accounting firms, where he was a partner for over 18 years and served as Managing Partner of its South Carolina practice. Since then, Mr. Campbell has independently engaged in business and financial consulting services. Mr. Campbell currently serves on the Advisory Committee to the Board of Directors of a privately-held multinational company and has served on the boards of numerous non-profit and community organizations. During his career, Mr. Campbell has advised a wide variety of publicly-traded and large privately-held companies, including companies in the apparel, textile and consumer products industries. Mr. Campbell brings to our Board extensive financial, accounting and tax expertise with a focus on our industry, as well as significant business leadership experience.
Mr. Campbell has been a Director at Delta Apparel, Inc. since 2015 and is a member of the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee.
Sam P. Cortez
Principal, KCL Development LLC
Mr. Cortez has been the principal of KCL Development LLC, a provider of corporate finance and advisory services, since 2003. Prior to 2003, he was employed in the investment banking industry, including with Lehman Brothers, Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette, Alex Brown & Sons, and Morgan Stanley International. Mr. Cortez previously served as a director of Hancock Fabrics, Inc., from 2008 to 2017, and served as chairman of its Compensation Committee and as a member of its Audit and Governance Committees. He was also formerly a director of World Waste Technologies, Inc., a development stage technology company, from 2005 to 2009, and served as chairman of its Audit Committee and as a member of its Compensation and Finance Committees. Mr. Cortez's experience includes mergers and acquisitions, strategy development, financing transactions, and spin-offs. In addition to investment banking activities, he has served on boards and committees of private, public and not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Cortez is a Board Leadership Fellow, as designated by the National Association of Corporate Directors. His intimate knowledge of financial markets and strategic transactions brings a depth of knowledge in these areas to our Board.
Mr. Cortez has been a Director at Delta Apparel since 2010 and is Chairman of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.
Dr. Elizabeth J. Gatewood
Research Professor, Wake Forest University
Dr. Gatewood currently serves as a Research Professor at Wake Forest University. From 2010 through July 1, 2015, Dr. Gatewood served as the Associate Director of the Wake Forest University Center for Enterprise Research and Education. From 2008 to 2012, she served as Director of the Wake Forest University NSF Partners for Innovation Program. From 2004 until 2010, she served as Director of the Office of Entrepreneurship & Liberal Arts at Wake Forest University. Previously, she served as the Jack M. Gill Chair of Entrepreneurship and Director of The Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Indiana University from 1998 to 2004. Prior to her appointment at Indiana University, Dr. Gatewood was the Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Small Business Development Center Network at the University of Houston. Dr. Gatewood's academic background includes advanced business degrees in finance and business strategy. Her career has focused on entrepreneurship, growth strategies and small business education and development. She has extensive exposure to business development and models in international developing economies.
Dr. Gatewood has been a Director at Delta Apparel since 2007 and is a member of the Audit Committee and the Corporate Governance Committee.
Dr. G. Jay Gogue
President, Auburn University
Dr. Gogue served as President of Auburn University from 2007 until his retirement in July 2017. He now serves as President Emeritus of Auburn University. Dr. Gogue served as President of the University of Houston and Chancellor of the University of Houston System from 2003 to 2007. Prior to serving at the University of Houston, he was President of New Mexico State University from 2000 to 2003 and Provost of Utah State University from 1995 to 2000. Dr. Gogue began his career in higher education administration in 1986 as Associate Director of the Office of University Research at Clemson University, where he also served as Vice President for research and Vice President and Vice Provost for agriculture and natural resources. Dr. Gogue has served as an accreditation reviewer for the Pacific Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Colleges, and on the boards of several privately-held companies. His leadership of large educational institutions has involved development of strategic plans, operating under difficult budgetary constraints and balancing the needs of diverse stakeholders including students, faculty, alumni and state government. Dr. Gogue's wealth of experience managing large and complex organizations, including the financial functions thereof, provides our Board with valuable input and expertise.
Dr. Gogue has been a Director at Delta Apparel, Inc. since 2010 and is Chairman of the Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee. In addition, Dr. Gogue serves as a lead Independent Director.
Robert E. Staton, Sr.
President, Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina
Mr. Staton has served as President of Presbyterian College since July 2015. Mr. Staton previously served as Chief of Staff for Presbyterian College from 2011 through 2013, and as Executive Vice President of External Relations for Presbyterian College from 2006 until 2011. Mr. Staton has provided business development consulting services to Coleman Lew + Associates, an executive search and leadership development firm, since 2013. In 2002, Mr. Staton was named Chairman of the Board of Carolina National Bank until its acquisition by First National Bank of the South in 2008. From 1986 until 2002, Mr. Staton served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Colonial Life, a publicly traded company primarily in the business of selling and servicing voluntary benefits programs. Mr. Staton served as a director of First National Bankshares and was a director of First National Bank of the South from 2008 until 2010. Mr. Staton holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Mr. Staton has extensive professional experience in legal matters and senior executive positions with financial companies, as well as service as the chairman of a public company. Additionally, he has served on numerous boards and committees of public, private, civic, educational and other organizations. The knowledge and insight gained from this diverse experience contribute greatly to our Board.
Mr. Staton has been a Director at Delta Apparel, Inc. since 2009 and is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Corporate Governance Committee.
A. Alexander Taylor, II
Mr. Taylor served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FGX International, Inc. (NASDAQ: FGXI), a worldwide producer and marketer of eyeglasses and sunglasses, from 2005 to 2013, and as a consultant to FGX from July 2013 until 2014. Mr. Taylor served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Chattem, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTT), a consumer products company, from 1998 to 2005, and was previously an attorney with Miller & Martin PLLC in Chattanooga, Tennessee from 1978 to 1998. Mr. Taylor has served on the Board of Directors of Zoe's Kitchen, Inc. (NYSE: ZOES) since April 2015 and currently serves on its Audit Committee and as Chair of its Compensation Committee. Mr. Taylor also currently serves on the boards of several privately-held companies. Mr. Taylor previously served on the Board of Directors of Physician's Formula Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: FACE) from 2011 to 2012 and on the boards of several other privately-held companies. Since 2014, Mr. Taylor has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Charleston School of Law and also currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Furman University as its Vice Chair and also chairs its Executive Committee. Mr. Taylor brings to our Board extensive consumer brand and retail experience in a variety of industries and functional areas, including operations, finance, legal and public company governance.
Mr. Taylor has been a Director at Delta Apparel, Inc. since 2016 and is a member of the Corporate Governance Committee and the Compensation Committee.
David G. Whalen
Mr. Whalen was President and Chief Executive Officer as well as a director of the A.T. Cross Company (subsequently Costa Inc. (NASDAQ: ATX)) from 1999 to 2014 when the company was sold. A.T. Cross manufactured and marketed writing instruments and personal accessories under the Cross brand name and premium sunglasses under the Costa brand name. From 1991 to 1999 Mr. Whalen held various senior positions with Bausch & Lomb, Inc., including Corporate Vice President, President Europe Middle East and Africa Division and President North America Ray-Ban Division. Earlier in his career, Mr. Whalen was Vice President Business Development with G. Heileman Brewing Company and a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton. Mr. Whalen has served on the Board of Directors of Pool Corporation (NASDAQ: POOL) since November 2015 and is a member of its Audit Committee and Strategic Planning Committee. Mr. Whalen previously served on the Board of Directors of Phoenix Footwear Group, Inc. (OTC: PXFG) from 2015 to 2017. Mr. Whalen brings to our Board extensive marketing, financial, operational and senior leadership experience across multiple companies, industries and geographies as well as consumer brand development expertise. In addition, Mr. Whalen's business acquisition and integration experience provides our Board with valuable strategic depth and insight.
Mr. Whalen has been a Director at Delta Apparel, Inc. since 2017 and is a member of the Audit Committee and the Corporate Governance Committee.