Steven F. Santo
CEO and Chairman of the Board
Santo has served as Chief Executive Officer, President and a Director
of Avantair since its inception in June 2003 and Skyline Aviation
Services, Inc. since June 2002. Mr. Santo is a licensed,
commercially-rated pilot who has been flying for approximately 21 years.
From 1995 through 2001, Mr. Santo practiced law as an attorney in
private practice, concluding his law practice in 2001 as a name partner
at the firm of Fields, Silver & Santo. From 1992 to 1995, Mr. Santo
served as an Assistant District Attorney in New York working in the
officeís major crimes unit. Mr. Santo received a J.D. from St. Johnsí
University School of Law and a bachelorís degree from Villanova
University and has earned a Professional Director Certification issued
by the Corporate Directors Group, an accredited educational organization
of RiskMetric ISS Governance Services.
Robert J. Lepofsky
Mr. Lepofsky has served as a member of Avantairís Board of Directors since 2007 and was appointed Chairman of the Board effective November 1, 2010. Mr. Lepofsky, an Avantair fractional share owner, has been Chairman of Westcliff Capital Group, a private holding and investment management company since November 2006. He was formerly a director of Brooks Automation, Inc. a producer of semiconductor capital equipment from 2005 to until his retirement in September, 2010 and served as its Chief Executive Officer from October 2007 through September 2010. In addition to serving as a director of Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc., a broadly diversified, privately-held corporation from April, 1995 until November, 2006, Mr. Lepofsky was Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Ensign-Bickford from January 2005 until November, 2006. From January 1989 to December 2004, he was President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of Helix Technology Corporation, a publicly-held producer of innovative vacuum systems for the semiconductor industry. From January 2005 Mr. Lepofsky was non-executive Chairman of the Board of Helix, a position he held until October 2005 when Helix merged with Brooks Automation, Inc. He was also a director of Moldflow Corporation, a developer of software solutions for the plastics industry from December 2003 until its sale to Autodesk Corp. in May, 2008. In the not-for-profit sector, Mr. Lepofsky is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a Life Trustee at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center - a major Harvard teaching hospital and a member of the Visiting Committee on Basic Science at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Mr. Lepofsky received his B.S. degree from Drexel Institute of Technology and holds a Professional Director Certification from the American College of Corporate Directors, a director education and credentialing organization.
Arthur H. Goldberg
Mr. Goldberg has been a member of Avantairís (formerly known as Ardent Acquisition Corporation) Board of Directors since inception. Mr. Goldberg has served as a member of Corporate Solutions Group since January 2000. From February 1994 to December 1999, Mr. Goldberg served president of Manhattan Associates, an investment and merchant banking firm. Mr. Goldberg has been a trustee of Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust (formerly named RPS Realty Trust), a New York Stock Exchange listed real estate investment trust, since 1998. Mr. Goldberg has been a director of North Shore Acquisition Corp., a blank check company formed in June 2007 for the purpose of effecting a business combination with an operating business, since its inception in June 2007. Mr. Goldberg received a B.S. (cum laude) from New York University Stern School and a J.D. from the New York University School of Law.
Stephanie A. Cuskley
Ms. Cuskley has served as a member of Avantairís Board of Directors since 2007. In addition, Ms. Cuskley has been on the Board of Directors of Insituform Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:INSU) since 2005 and is chair of its audit committee. On January 19, 2009, she was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer of NPower, a nonprofit information technology services network. She also serves as the Executive Director of NPower NY, an affiliated organization of NPower. From 2003 thru 2005, Ms. Cuskley was a Managing Director with JPMorgan Chase where she headed the Investment Banking Coverage for the firmís mid-cap clients located in the eastern US. Ms. Cuskley joined JPMorgan Chase in 1994 and spent 7 years in high yield origination. From 2001 to 2003, she led a global culture and leadership development initiative sponsored by the firmís CEO and Executive Committee. Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Ms. Cuskley was an Executive VP with Integrated Resources, a large NY-based financial services company, and advised on their financial restructuring. She started her investment banking career in 1985 at Drexel Burnham Lambert as a corporate finance generalist. She is also a commissioner and co-head of the Economic Development committee of the NYC Mayorís Commission on Womenís Issues and a member of the Resources Development Committee for United Way of New York City. Ms. Cuskley received her MBA from Cornell and her BA from the University of Toronto.
A. Clinton Allen
Mr. Allen has served as a member of Avantairís Board of Directors since 2007. Mr. Allen is the CEO of A. C. Allen & Company, a private investment banking consulting firm. He is the Lead Director of Steinway Musical Instruments, one of the worldís largest manufacturers of musical instruments. He is also a member of the board of directors of Brooks Automation, Inc., which provides integrated tool and factory automation solutions for the global semiconductor and related industries, the board of directors and Executive Committee of LKQ Corporation, the largest nationwide provider of recycled OEM automotive parts and Chairman of the Board of Collectors Universe, a high end provider of collectible grading. He served on the board of directors of Blockbuster Entertainment Corporation from 1986 until its acquisition by Viacom/Paramount in September 1994. Mr. Allen graduated from Harvard University and serves on the Executive Committee of the Friends of Harvard Football, as well as the Harvard Visiting Committee on University Resources and the Harvard Major Gifts Committee. He is a member of the Board of Directors and the Presidentís Council of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Mr. Allen has earned an Advanced Professional Director Certification issued by the Corporate Directors Group, an accredited educational organization of RiskMetric ISS Governance Services
Barry J. Gordon
Mr. Gordon has been Avantairís (formerly known as Ardent Acquisition Corporation) Chairman of the Board since its inception. Mr. Gordon has nearly 40 years of experience in evaluating aviation industry securities, including membership for 25 years in the Society of Airline Analysts (with 5 years as its president), and over 30 years' experience in the senior management of a mutual fund specializing in the airline, aerospace and technology industries. Mr. Gordon served as executive vice president of American Fund Advisors, Inc. from September 1978 until December 1980, as its president from December 1980 until May 1987 and has been its chairman of the board since May 1987. American Fund Advisors is a private money management firm that manages money for high net worth individuals, pension and profit sharing plans. Mr. Gordon has been a director of American Fund Advisors since December 1980. From December 1991 to March 2005, he was president, and from December 1991 to December 1993, he was director, of the John Hancock Technology Series, Inc., an investment company. Since September 1999, Mr. Gordon has been President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of BlueStone AFA Management, LLC, the general partner of the AFA Private Equity Fund 1 (formerly BlueStone AFA Fund), a venture capital fund providing equity capital for public and private companies primarily in the technology sector, and since January 2000, he has been a director of the AFA Private Equity Fund. Mr. Gordon had been Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of North Shore Acquisition Corp., a blank check company formed in June 2007 for the purpose of effecting a business combination with an operating business, since its inception in June 2007 until August 2009. Mr. Gordon has also been chairman of the board and Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey Cardinals, a Class A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, from February 1990 until April 2006 and the Norwich Navigators, a Class AA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, from March 1991 until April 2005. He also served as a director of Winfield Capital Corp., an Over The Counter Bulletin Board listed small business investment company, from October 1995 to October 2005. In 1992, Mr. Gordon was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year for Long Island in financial services. Mr. Gordon received a B.B.A. from the University of Miami and an M.B.A. from Hofstra University.
Richard B. DeWolfe
Mr. DeWolfe was appointed to the Board effective January 29, 2009. Mr. DeWolfe is Managing Partner of DeWolfe & Company, LLC, a real estate management and investment consulting firm. He serves as a Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Manulife Financial Corporation which is the parent company of John Hancock Financial Services, Inc. He is also a director of The Boston Foundation; Trustee of Boston University; Trustee of the Marine Biological Laboratory; and an honorary director of The Boston Center for Community and Justice. He was formerly Chairman and CEO of The DeWolfe Companies, Inc., the largest homeownership organization in New England, which was previously listed on the American Stock Exchange and acquired by Cendant Corporation in 2002. Mr. DeWolfe was formerly Chairman and Founder of Reliance Relocations Services, Inc. and was formerly Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Boston University. Mr. DeWolfe holds a BAS, Marketing and Finance from Boston University and has earned a Professional Director Certification issued by the Corporate Directors Group, an accredited educational organization of RiskMetric ISS Governance Services.
Since 1991, Mr. Weil has been serving as Chairman of the Board of Scientific Games Corp. (Nasdaq: SGMS), a leading supplier of technology-based products and services to the worldwide gaming industry. Mr. Weil served as Chief Executive Officer of Scientific Games from April 1992 through December 2008 and President from August 1997 to June 2005. He is also a director of Sportech plc (LSE: SPO.l), a UK-based provider of sportsbetting technology, products and services. He is a member of the Board of Overseers of Columbia Business School, where he is also the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Entrepreneurship Center. Mr. Weil was also the founder and president of Lorne Weil, Inc., a strategic planning and corporate development advisory firm servicing high-tech industries. Mr. Weil earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, an MS from the London School of Economics, and an MBA from Columbia University.