Board of Directors
Jeffrey W. Edwards
Mr. Edwards is our President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman and has held these positions since 2011, 2004 and 1999, respectively. Mr. Edwards’ position allows him to advise the Board on management’s perspective over a full range of issues affecting the Company. Prior to joining us, he acted as an officer and strategist for several companies that he and his family started, acquired or invested in over more than 40 years across a variety of industries, including multi-family and student housing development and management, industrial tool distribution, wholesale building supply, homebuilding, land and real estate development and real estate brokerage. Since 1988, Mr. Edwards has been involved in the launch of many business ventures as well as commercial real estate developments in central Ohio and elsewhere. He holds a B.S. in Marketing from Miami University. Mr. Edwards’ leadership, executive, managerial and business experience, along with his more than 25 years of experience in the industry make him a valued member of the Board.
Michael T. Miller
Mr. Miller has served as our most senior financial officer since he joined us in 2000 as our Executive Vice President – Finance. He has been our Chief Financial Officer since July 2013 and has served as a director since March 2004. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Miller held the position of Senior Vice President/Managing Director responsible for Corporate Investment Banking at Huntington Capital Corp., a subsidiary of Huntington Bancshares, Inc., a regional bank holding company. Before joining Huntington in 1991, Mr. Miller held various positions with Deutsche Bank and CIBC in New York. Mr. Miller began his career at First Union National Bank in Charlotte, North Carolina. He holds a B.A. from Wake Forest University. Mr. Miller serves on the board of BMC Stock Holdings, Inc. and is a member of its audit committee. Mr. Miller’s extensive experience with us in the building products industry, background in finance and knowledge of financial reporting make him a valued member of the Board.
Margot L. Carter
Ms. Carter is President of Living Mountain Capital L.L.C., a business advisory consulting firm she founded in 1998. Living Mountain advises clients on corporate governance, business strategy, corporate development (including strategic alliances and acquisitions) and restructurings. From 2010 to 2015, Ms. Carter served as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary for RealPage, Inc., a leading global software solutions and big data company in the commercial, multifamily, single-family and vacation rental industries. Ms. Carter was Executive Vice President and General Counsel at The Princeton Review, Inc. from 2004 to 2007 through the sale to Bain Capital Ventures, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Managing Director at Soundview Technology Group, Inc. from 2003 to 2004 through the sale to The Charles Schwab Corporation and Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of Cantor Fitzgerald and its affiliate eSpeed, Inc. from 2001 to 2003. Ms. Carter serves on the board of directors of several private companies, including Freeman Company, one of the world’s largest brand experience companies, where she is a member of the audit and compensation committees. Ms. Carter received her B.A. in economics and history from Binghamton University and her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. Ms. Carter’s extensive international business strategy, development, acquisitions, finance, real estate, general counsel and corporate governance experience, both as a C-suite executive and board member of global public and private companies, make her a valued member of the Board.
Lawrence A. Hilsheimer
Mr. Hilsheimer has served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Greif, Inc., a global leader in industrial packing products and services, since 2014. Mr. Hilsheimer served from April 2013 to April 2014 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, a manufacturer of branded consumer lawn and garden products, where he had overall responsibility for corporate and operating finance functions. Prior to joining Scotts, from 2007 to 2013, he served in various roles at Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, a provider of property and casualty insurance and financial services, starting as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer through 2009, followed by President and Chief Operating Officer roles for multiple business units, including Nationwide Direct and Customer Solutions and Nationwide Retirement Plans. Prior to joining Nationwide, Mr. Hilsheimer was Vice Chairman and Regional Managing Partner of Deloitte & Touche USA, LLP. He holds a B.A. in business administration from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University and a J.D. from Capital University Law School. Mr. Hilsheimer sits on the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Fisher College of Business and on the audit and compliance committee of The Ohio State University Board of Trustees. Mr. Hilsheimer’s broad business background and corporate finance and public accounting experience, including as a chief financial officer with responsibility and accountability for all corporate and operating finance functions, make him a valued member of the Board.
Janet E. Jackson
Ms. Jackson served as President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Central Ohio, a nonprofit organization and one of the largest United Way affiliates in the country, from 2003 through March 2017. She will continue to serve United Way of Central Ohio in a transitional role with her successor until November 2017. Prior to joining United Way, Ms. Jackson served as Columbus City Attorney in Columbus, Ohio from 1997 to 2003, where she represented all municipal entities and oversaw the criminal prosecution of misdemeanors. Before her appointment as Columbus City Attorney, Ms. Jackson served for nearly ten years as a Franklin County Municipal Court Judge. Ms. Jackson was the first woman and the first African American to hold her position at United Way and to be elected as Columbus City Attorney, and the first African American female judge in Franklin County history. She holds a B.A. in history from Wittenberg University and a J.D. from the National Law Center at The George Washington University. Ms. Jackson’s significant leadership experience, as well as extensive strategy and legal background, make her a valued member of the Board.
J. Michael Nixon
Mr. Nixon is the founder of TCI Contracting, LLC, an installer of building products and one of our subsidiaries, where he has served as the Chief Executive Officer since 2006. Prior to establishing TCI Contracting, LLC, Mr. Nixon founded and led Quality Insulation Inc., a Connecticut-based insulation installer, over a 30-year period. He is the owner of Hawks Ridge Golf Club in Ball Ground, Georgia. In 2010, Mr. Nixon was appointed to the Cherokee County Airport Authority, and in 2011, he was appointed to the Georgia Properties Commission. Mr. Nixon attended Memphis State University. Mr. Nixon’s extensive experience and leadership in the building products installation industry make him a valued member of the Board.
Robert H. Schottenstein
Mr. Schottenstein is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of M/I Homes, Inc., one of the largest publicly traded home builders in the United States. He joined M/I Homes in 1990, was named President in 1996, Chief Executive Officer in 2003, and Chairman in 2004. Prior to joining M/I Homes, from 1977 to 1990, Mr. Schottenstein was engaged in the private practice of law specializing in commercial real estate, corporate and banking transactions. From 1995 to 2006, Mr. Schottenstein served on the Board of Huntington Bancshares, Inc., a regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Schottenstein served as a Trustee of The Ohio State University from 2005 to 2014 and served as Chairman of The Ohio State University Board from February 2012 to April 2014. He currently serves on the boards of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, The Ohio State University Foundation, The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation and Pelotonia, serves on the Executive Committee of The Policy Advisory Board of Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies and is a member of The Columbus Partnership. In 2002, he received the Central Ohio Building Industry Association “Builder of the Year” Award and, in 2008, Mr. Schottenstein was named national “Executive of the Year” for the homebuilding industry by Builder Magazine. Mr. Schottenstein holds a B.A. from Indiana University and a J.D. from Capital University Law School. Mr. Schottenstein’s experience in the homebuilding industry and as an executive and board member of public companies make him a valued member of the Board.
Michael H. Thomas
Mr. Thomas retired in October 2014 from Stonehenge Partners, Inc., a private mezzanine and equity investment firm, where he was a partner. From 1999 to 2014, he was responsible for providing counsel in matters of investment origination, portfolio asset management and disposition of investments. Prior to joining Stonehenge, Mr. Thomas co-founded and served as Executive Vice President and Treasurer of JMAC, Inc., the holding and investment company of the McConnell family of Worthington, Ohio. His activities at JMAC included direct investment in the financial services, publishing, health care, real estate and manufacturing sectors. He was also responsible for the McConnell family’s financial, estate and income tax planning. From 1971 to 1980, Mr. Thomas was employed by Ernst & Young LLP, managing its Columbus, Ohio tax practice. He holds a B.A. in business administration from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Thomas previously served as one of our directors from 2004 to 2011. Mr. Thomas’ significant business and investment experience, knowledge of our business and accounting background make him a valued member of the Board.
Mr. Verma has served as the Chief Executive Officer of our subsidiaries Trilok Industries, Inc., Alpha Insulation & Water Proofing Company and Alpha Insulation & Water Proofing, Inc. (the “Alpha companies”), installers of commercial waterproofing, insulation, fireproofing and fire stopping, since 2012. He is responsible for business and market development, marketing, finance, insurance and bonding needs of the Alpha companies. Mr. Verma founded Alpha Insulation & Water Proofing, Inc. in 1982 and served as its President from 1982 to 2012 and as its Chief Executive Officer from 2012 to the present. Mr. Verma was the President of Alamo Insulation Co., a residential insulation company with offices in San Antonio and Corpus Christi, Texas from 1977 to 1982. Mr. Verma is a member of the boards of directors of the National Association of Minority Contractors and Boys and Girls Club of Atlanta, and has served on advisory boards for Bank of North Georgia, Owens Corning & Johns Manville. He holds a B.A. in Engineering and an Associate’s Degree in International Marketing and Marketing Management from University of Bombay. He also held the position of President for Georgia Walls & Ceilings Association and is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta. Mr. Verma’s 36 years of experience in commercial and specialty construction will allow him to make a significant contribution to the Board.