Fred E. Durham III is a Co-Founder and serves as our Strategic Research Director. From April-December 2011, Mr. Durham was our Chief Product Officer. Mr. Durham has served as a member of our board of directors since August 1999 and from August 1999 to April 2011 he served as our Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Durham received a B.A. in political science from Northwestern University.
Anthony C. Allen Director
Anthony C. Allen has served as the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Sypris Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYPR) since January 2015, where he had previously been Vice President, Treasurer and Assistant Secretary since December 2004, and held various other financial positions at Sypris and its predecessor since 1986. Sypris is a diversified provider of outsourced services and specialty products based in Louisville, Kentucky. Mr. Allen holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Eastern Kentucky University and an M.B.A. from Bellarmine University. He is also a certified public accountant in the state of Kentucky.
Mary Ann Arico, formed an investor relations and strategic positioning consulting firm Arico Advisory, LLC in early 2016. Prior to Arico Advisory, LLC, she served as the chief investor relations officer at HealthSouth from August 2008 until September 2015. Prior to joining HealthSouth, she served as director of investor relations at Mirant Corp. (NYSE: MIR), an Atlanta-based energy company. A graduate of Pepperdine University with a bachelor's degree in business management, Arico previously served as director of investor relations at Duke Energy from 2002 to 2006 and Eastman Chemical Co. from 1998 until 2002. Prior to her investor relations position at Eastman Chemical, she held a variety of operations and staff positions beginning in 1983.
Patrick J. Connolly has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2007. Mr. Connolly has held various positions in direct marketing and e-commerce at Williams-Sonoma, Inc., a specialty retailer of home furnishings and gourmet cookware, since 1979. Mr. Connolly has served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Williams-Sonoma since 2000. Mr. Connolly has served on the board of directors of Williams-Sonoma (NYSE: WSM) since 1983 and has served on the board of directors for the Direct Marketing Association and on the Management Board of the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr. Connolly received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.
Kenneth McBride has served as the Chief Executive Officer and a board member of Stamps.com Inc. since August 2001. Stamps.com is a Nasdaq-traded provider of Internet-based mailing and shipping software for small businesses, eCommerce users, and large enterprises. Beginning in 1999 Mr. McBride has held various positions at Stamps.com, as President from 2001 until January 2012, as Chief Financial Officer from August 2000 to January 2004, and as Senior Director and Vice President of Finance from 1999 to 2000. Mr. McBride has also been Chairman of the board of directors of Stamps.com since January 2012. From August 2012 through January 2014 Mr. McBride served on the board of directors of LegalZoom.com, Inc., the leading provider of Internet-based legal services for small businesses and consumers, where he also served as the chairman of the audit committee, and as a member of the compensation committee. Mr. McBride holds a bachelor’s degree, with honors, and a master’s degree, in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Mr. McBride also holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, and was named the 2014 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Los Angeles.
Nick Swinmurn, 42, founded Zappos.com in 1999, guiding it through growth and building it into a leading destination for online footwear sales. Mr. Swinmurn is an entrepreneur and since his departure from Zappos.com in 2006, has founded a variety of specialty companies including Stagr, an online apparel customization company; Dethrone Royalty, a men's lifestyle clothing brand; Basecamp Fitness, a chain of boutique fitness studios; and most recently he co-founded Unofish.com, a men's sports inspired leather goods and accessories company. Mr. Swinmurn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara.