Mark Kramer

Mark has a career spanning over 35 years in the plastics and chemical distribution industry. As President Emeritus, Mark is the retired President and CEO of North American Plastics, a privately-owned group of companies that collectively is the largest independent distributor of semi-finished plastic sheet, rod and tube shapes in North America.

Mark joined Laird Plastics, the largest member of the current North American Plastics Group, as its President in September 2002, and over a 15-year tenure oversaw the doubling of the company and achieved eight-fold growth in operating income. Laird Plastics followed a 20-year career in chemical distribution that spanned senior executive positions with his family’s business, Kramer Chemicals, its acquirer, Ellis & Everard (“E&E”), and E&E acquirer, Vopak.

During his tenure in both plastics and chemical distribution, Mark was active in the National Association of Wholesale Distributors and the National Association of Chemical Distributors, at both of which he did tours as Chairman.

Prior to entering chemical distribution, Mark spent seven years serving on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps. During that time, he transitioned from infantry to attend law school and became a Judge Advocate and prosecuted or defended more than 150 criminal trials. Mark served 30 years in the Marine Reserves, ultimately retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel on March 1, 2005. Mark graduated with a B.A. from Bucknell University and received his J.D. from Washington University, St. Louis, Law School.

A. Jayson (Jay) Adair

Jay Adair presently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Copart, Inc., a company headquartered in Dallas that specializes in the online remarketing of vehicles to Members around the world. Copart sells more than 2 million vehicles globally per year online for the insurance industry, banks, finance companies, fleets, rental car companies, dealerships, and the public.

Jay began his successful career at Copart in 1989 at the age of 19, teaming up with company founder and Chairman of the Board Willis Johnson.

During his earliest time at Copart, Jay held the positions of Manager of Operations, Vice President of Sales and Operations, and Executive Vice President. He was appointed to Copart’s Board of Directors in 1992 and became President in 1996. In February 2010, Jay was appointed as Copart’s Chief Executive Officer. He has also served on the board of Keystone Automotive.

During Jay’s tenure, Copart has grown from a small, successful California-based company to a large publicly held, multinational corporation with more than 200 facilities located in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and the Sultanate of Oman, Germany, Spain, Finland and the Republic of Ireland. Copart has earned numerous business accolades and in 2015, was named the Top Performer on Deloitte’s “The Exceptional 100” List.

Over the years, Jay has also developed a passion for technology. He was instrumental in designing and implementing Copart’s patented online auction technology, VB2 (Virtual Bidding Second Generation). Launched in 2003, VB2 transformed the industry from the traditional brick and mortar auctions to online virtual auctions, opening the market to buyers across the globe who no longer have to attend a physical sale to purchase a vehicle. Today, more than 800,000 Members in more than 170 countries purchase vehicles using Copart’s third-generation VB3 auction platform.

Apart from his leadership role at Copart, Jay enjoys spending time in California at his Suisun Valley vineyard with his wife, Tammi, and their children. Since 2004, Jay and Tammi have been producing a private estate Cabernet Sauvignon, which they take pleasure in sharing with friends and business associates. They are also extremely active in Dallas church, community, and charitable causes.

Daniel Englander

Dan Englander is founder and managing partner of Ursula Capital Partners, an investment management firm founded in 2004. Mr. Englander is director, America’s Car-Mart, Inc. (NASDAQ), an automotive retailer, since 2007; Copart, Inc. (NASDAQ), a provider of online auctions and vehicle remarketing services, since 2006; and CKX Lands, Inc. (NYSE, a land management company.

In addition to these responsibilities, Mr. Englander is director of Crème de la Crème, a private childcare company. Prior to founding Ursula Capital Partners, Mr. Englander was investment banker and managing partner with Allen & Company.

Mr. Englander earned his Bachelor of Arts from Yale University.

Jason Jacobus

Jason Jacobus has spent the last 12 years in chemical distribution where he served as Executive Vice President for Buckley Oil Company, a family-owned solvent and lubricant distributor based in Texas. In addition to leading Buckley’s sales and operations teams, Jason was appointed to the organization’s Executive Committee and was charged to lead initiatives involving expansion, legal, personnel, and community involvement. Throughout Jason’s career at Buckley, he has successfully navigated the competitive demands for growth and innovation while protecting Buckley’s invaluable century-old legacy.

Prior to joining Buckley, Jason worked in consulting where he helped develop and deliver global training initiatives focused on sales, sales management, and selection-development-retention. Jason is an active member of the National Association of Chemical Distributors where he served as President of NACD’s Southern Region and is currently serving as a Director at Large on the association’s national board. In addition to his passion for business, Jason has displayed a life-long commitment to community service. Jason sits on several non-profit and municipal boards, including the Methodist Midlothian Hospital Advisory Board and as the Co-Chair for The MILE, a local high school campus dedicated to providing students with non-traditional educational pathways such as entrepreneurship, engineering, and cyber security. Jason received his B.S. in Psychology from Texas Christian University and his M.B.A from Southern Methodist University.

Daniel Beltzman

Daniel is the Co-Founder and General Partner of Birch Run Capital Advisors, LP, an investment adviser. Since 2006, Birch Run Capital has advised a number of private investment partnerships and managed accounts. The firm looks for value-based opportunities in public or private equity or debt securities and further looks to partner with management teams and boards to drive long-term shareholder wealth creation. The firm prides itself on its disciplined investment process, extremely thorough research and its long term mentality. Daniel has devoted the vast majority of his career to developing expertise in capital allocation and the assessment of corporate management, boards and models. Today, under Daniel’s direction, Birch Run manages assets for high net worth families. He oversees the investment portfolio, including formulating investment strategy and generating new investment ideas. Daniel previously served on the boards of Regis Corporation (NYSE:RGS) and Ditech Holding Corporation.

Mr. Beltzman’s past roles include positions in Mergers and Acquisitions and Equity Research departments of Deutsche Bank Securities and Bank of America Securities. Mr. Beltzman holds a B.B.A. and M.Acc. from the University of Michigan.

James (Jim) Grosfeld

Jim was born and raised in Woodmere, Long Island and later moved to New York City. He attended Amherst College and Columbia Law School. He joined the Wall Street law firm of Kelly, Drye, Newhall in New York City and later became House Counsel to Goodbody & Company. He was also a founding partner of two hedge funds. In 1974, Jim joined the Pulte Group as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, where he remained until his retirement. Since he has been a private investor.

Jim has served on the Advisory Board of Fannie Mae, and as a Director of Interstate Bakeries Corporation, Addington Resources, Ramco-Gershenson, Copart, Inc. and Lexington Realty Trust. He was also a director of BlackRock, where he served for over 20 years.

Nathaniel Klein

Nathaniel is the Chief Operating Officer of Sun Logistics, a provider of last and first mile LTL logistics in the New York City and South Florida regions. He has spent his career in private equity as an investor and operator focusing on companies going through transitions. Nathaniel started his career as an associate at Highbridge Capital Management, one of the largest multi-strategy funds. Following his eight-year tenure as a Vice President at Hale Capital Partners, a mid-market special situation fund, Nathaniel founded North American Lithium, a lithium chemical company based in Quebec, Canada. He also served as Chief Operating Officer at Fred’s, one the largest dollar stores in the United States. Nathaniel is the founder and CEO of Pure Spaces, an all-natural disinfecting service with operations throughout the United States. Nathaniel’s experiences as both an investor and operator have allowed him to solve challenges quickly, objectively, systematically and permanently through data, strong teams and best practices. Nathaniel received his B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College.


Ann Rhoades

Ann is the current President of People Ink, a human resource consulting firm she founded that provides strategic direction for creating values-centric cultures for her clients. Ann brings over 25 years of experience creating corporate cultures based on values, customer service excellence and employee engagement at some of the best known brands in the world. She previously served as Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of People for JetBlue Airways, and Chief People Officer of Southwest Airlines and Promus Hotel Company (Doubletree Hotel, Homewood Suites, Embassy Suites, and Hampton Inn brands).

Rhoades is a popular speaker on the subject of customer service and how to build a strong service culture. She has great passion for certain industries such as healthcare, where she is making a great contribution to revitalizing the workforce and culture of our nation’s hospitals.

Ann currently serves on the boards of Regis Corporation (NYSE:RGS), NexPhase Capital and Safer New Mexico, where she serves as Chairman. Her prior board service includes serving as director on the boards of JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ:JBLU), Restoration Hardware (NYSE:RH), and P.F. Chang’s China Bistro (NASDAQ: PFCB). Ann graduated with a M.B.A in Management from the University of New Mexico.

Pedro Fonseca

Pedro Henrique Fonseca is the Chief Operating Officer for Rempac, a 60-year-old foam products manufacturer. This family-owned business is the world largest producer of sanding sponges for Fortune 500 companies. Over there he is applying a values-driven management methodology. Pedro started his career working 5 years on HSBC Brazil, where he joined their Executive Leadership Program for the Corporate Banking group. He had worked as a Product Manager for Latin America’s biggest Investment Bank, ItauBBA and served for 3 years as the Finance Program Manager of the Rio2016 Olympic Games Organizing Committee, where he created a framework for the International Olympic Committee to use for tax purposes in future games. He also served on Fred’s (NYSE:FREDQ) Corporate Development’s team.

Pedro brings over 15 years of international work experience implementing data-driven operational programs.

Pedro graduated with a M.B.A. in Management from Emory University and holds a Law degree from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, plus a B.A. in International Relations from Estacio University.