Thomas J. Shields
Thomas J. Shields, an independent Director of the Company since 1999, is a Managing Director of Shields & Company, Inc., a privately-held investment banking firm that he co-founded in 1991. He served as the presiding director and chairman of the audit committee of B.J.'s Wholesale Club, Inc., a public company, until it was sold in 2011 and he now serves as a director and chairman of the audit committee of Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc., a private company. Mr. Shields is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School. Mr. Shields brings to the Board considerable investment banking skills and experience as a director of private and public companies.