Board of Directors
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board
Michael Mathews has served as Aspen's Chief Executive Officer and a director since May 2011. He served as Chief Executive Officer of interclick, inc. (Nasdaq: ICLK) from August 28, 2007 until January 31, 2011. From June 2007 until it was acquired by Yahoo, Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO) in December 2011, Mr. Mathews also served as a director of interclick. From May 15, 2008 until June 30, 2008, Mr. Mathews served as the interim Chief Financial Officer of interclick. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Mathews served as the senior vice-president of marketing and publisher services for World Avenue U.S.A., LLC, an Internet promotional marketing company. From March 2011 until October 2012, Mr. Mathews served as the Chairman and a consultant (and from December 1, 2011 through March 19, 2012 as Executive Chairman) for Wizard World, Inc. (Other OTC: WIZD). Mr. Mathews was selected to serve as a director due to his track record of success in managing early stage and growing businesses, his extensive knowledge of the Internet marketing industry and his knowledge of running and serving on the boards of public companies.
Michael D'Anton has served as a director of Aspen for approximately six years. Since 1988, Dr. D'Anton has been an ENT physician and surgeon at ENT Allergy Associates. Dr. D'Anton was selected as a director for his experience in growing and running a successful surgery center and his knowledge of Aspen from serving as a director prior to the Reverse Merger.
C. James Jensen
Jim Jensen began his career as a salesman with Encyclopedia Britannica in his senior year of college. Within seven years he had become International Sales Manager in charge of worldwide sales. At the age of 28, he became Senior Vice President and CEO of Great Books of the Western World, a division of Encyclopedia Britannica.
Jim became President and CEO of two additional companies that each became the leading company within their respective industry.
Today, Jim provides executive coaching, consulting, and advisory services to emerging growth and mid-size companies. He is also author of the book, 7 KEYS To Unlock Your Full Potential. (www.unlock7keys.com)
Jim is an active member of the World Presidents' Organization, and serves on the board of directors of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and Aspen University, and is Vice Chairman of American Global Health Group.
Jim and his wife, Jeri, live in Seattle, Washington.
Sanford Rich has served as a director since March 13, 2012. Since November 2012, Mr. Rich has served as the Chief of Negotiations and Restructuring for the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. From October 2011 to September 2012, Mr. Rich served as Chief Executive Officer of In The Car LLC. Mr. Rich served as a director of interclick from August 28, 2007 until June 5, 2009 and on its Audit Committee from August 2007 to June 2009. Since January 2008, Mr. Rich has served as Managing Director of Whitemarsh Capital Advisors, a broker-dealer. From May 2008 to February 2009, Mr. Rich was a Managing Director with Matrix USA LLC, a broker-dealer. Since April 2006, Mr. Rich has served as a director and Audit Committee Chairman for InsPro Technologies (OTC BB: ITCC). Mr. Rich was selected as a director for his 32 years of experience in the financial sector and because he is independent and has experience serving on the audit committees of public companies.
John Scheibelhoffer has served as a director of Aspen for approximately six years. Since 1996, Dr. Scheibelhoffer has been a physician and surgeon employed by ENT Allergy Associates. Dr. Scheibelhoffer was selected to serve as a director for his experience in running a successful surgery center and his knowledge of Aspen from serving as a director member prior to the EGC Merger.
Andrew Kaplan has spent his entire 27-year career in the education industry, half as an operator of education businesses and half as an investor. Most recently, Andy was a partner in Quad Partners, a private equity firm focused exclusively on the education industry. He joined Quad at its founding in 2000 and was a General Partner as well as Managing Director of Quad College Group, the operational team focused on Quad's postsecondary portfolio. Andy sat on the boards of Beckfield College, Blue Cliff College, Dorsey Schools, Swedish Institute, and Trillium College. Prior to Quad, Andy was a senior executive at Kaplan, Inc. and Director of the Educational Technology Group at Scholastic where he led the creation of WiggleWorks, one of the best-selling edtech products of all time. He holds an M.B.A. from NYU's Stern Business School and a B.A. in Computer Science from Brandeis University.
Rick Solomon graduated from Emory University in 1983 with a BBA in Finance from the Goizueta Business School. After graduating, he worked at Wechsler & Company from 1983 to 1998 where he became a partner and managing director. From 1998-2000 and 2007-2008, Mr. Solomon was a portfolio manager at Paloma Partners. In 2000, he was a founding partner and portfolio manager at Amaranth Advisors. Mr. Solomon was a financial advisor at Oppenheimer from 2006 until 2007. Most recently, Mr. Solomon served as a portfolio manager at Verition Fund from 2009 to 2014. Throughout his career, Mr. Solomon has completed numerous capital raises and venture deals.
Malcolm F. MacLean IV
Malcolm F. MacLean IV is the Managing Partner and Director of Tokyo-based Star Asia Group, which Mr. MacLean co-founded in 2006. Mr. MacLean is responsible for the day-to-day investment activities at the firm as co-Chair of the Investment Committee. Mr. MacLean is also the co-Founder of Taurus Capital Partners LLC, based in Los Angeles, which makes opportunistic investments in public and private companies, partnerships and other structured vehicles, and the Founder of Duart Capital Management LLC.
Norman D. Dicks
Norman D. Dicks was a member of the United States House of Representatives for approximately 36 years. He has served as Senior Policy Advisor to law firm Van Ness Feldman LLP since 2013, advising clients on a wide-range of public policy, strategic, and regulatory issues, particularly those in the environmental sector. Prior to joining the firm, Congressman Dicks represented Washington State's 6th Congressional District from 1977-2013, where he received a first-term appointment to the House Appropriations Committee, a committee he served on for his entire tenure in Congress. In addition, Congressman Dicks served on and chaired the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee where he made environmental issues a priority, and worked on issues affecting the National Parks, National Forests, and Native American issues. Congressman Dicks also became the chair of the Defense Appropriations Committee, and concluded his tenure in Congress as top-ranking Democratic Member on the Defense Appropriations Committee, and top-ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee. From 1990 to 1998, Congressman Dicks served on the House Intelligence Committee and was awarded the CIA Directors Medal. Upon his retirement, Congressman Dicks received the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon a civilian, for his work on behalf of military members and their families.