Board Of Directors
Board bios are available below.
President, Chief Operating Officer and Principal Executive Officer
Served as President of Libsyn Since September 2015
About The Board
Bradley Tirpak has served as Chairman of the Board since August 2020 and as a director of the Company since October 2019. Mr. Tirpak is a professional investor with more than 25 years of investing experience. Since September 2016, he has served as a portfolio manager and Managing Director at Palm Active Partners, LLC, a private investment company. From October 2008 to August 2016, Mr. Tirpak served as Managing Member of Locke Partners, LLC, a private investment company. He also previously served as a portfolio manager at Credit Suisse First Boston, Caxton Associates, Sigma Capital Management and Chilton Investment Company. Mr. Tirpak served as a director at Applied Minerals, Inc., a publicly traded specialty materials company, from April 2015 to March 2017, as a director at Flowgroup plc, an energy supply and services business in the United Kingdom, from June 2017 to October 2018 and as a director at Birner Dental Management Services, Inc., a dental service organization, from December 2017 to January 2019. Since December of 2014, Mr. Tirpak has served as a director of Full House Resorts, Inc., a publicly traded gaming company, and since October of 2019 as a director of TSR, Inc., a publicly traded provider of information technology consulting and recruiting services, and since April of 2020 as a director of Barnwell Industries Inc., a publicly traded company engaged in real estate development and oil and gas exploration. Mr. Tirpak also currently serves as trustee of The HALO Trust, the world’s largest humanitarian mine clearance organization focused on clearing the debris of war in over 25 countries. Mr. Tirpak earned a B.S.M.E. from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from Georgetown University.
The Company believes that Mr. Tirpak is a valuable member of the Board due to his knowledge and experience in investing, capital allocation and corporate governance, as well as his experience serving on the boards of other publicly traded companies.
Brian Kibby has served as a director of the Company since November 2019. Mr. Kibby has served as CEO of Omni Update + Destiny Solutions in the student information and content management SasS environment since September 2020. Previously, Mr. Kibby served as CEO of N2Ventures, a provider of value-added advisory services that help private equity and venture capital portfolio companies accelerate and operationalize success at scale, from September 2019 to September 2020. He previously served as CEO of Knewton, a global EdTech leader, from 2017 to 2019, and MV Transportation, the largest privately held transportation and logistics company in the United States, from 2015 to 2017. Mr. Kibby has more than 20 years of experience in Edtech, including as President of McGraw-Hill Higher Education and Senior Vice President of Pearson Education. Mr. Kibby holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Western Illinois University and is a U.S. Army veteran.
Douglas Polinsky has served as a director of the Company since its inception in September 2015. Mr. Polinsky has served as President and CEO of Mill City Ventures III, Ltd., a publicly traded non-bank lender and specialty finance company, since 2013. Mr. Polinsky has served as a director of FAB Universal Corp. since October 2007. Mr. Polinsky serves as the President of Great North Capital Corp., a Minnesota-based financial services company he founded in 1995. Great North Capital Corp. advises corporate clients on capital formation and other transaction-related financial matters. Mr. Polinsky earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.
The Company believes that Mr. Polinsky is a valuable member of the Board based on his extensive business background, and his experience serving in leadership roles and on the boards of other public and private companies.
Eric Shahinian has served as a director of the Company since October 2019. Mr. Shahinian is the managing member of Camac Partners LLC, a private investment firm that he founded in 2011. Prior to founding Camac, he was an analyst at Kingstown Capital Management L.P., an investment firm, from 2009 to 2011. Mr. Shahinian was a director of Khan Resources, Inc. from 2015 to 2017, during which time the company reached a settlement with the government of Mongolia regarding an arbitration award entered in the company’s favor and paid out a large return of capital. Mr. Shahinian has a B.S. from Babson College.
The Company believes that Mr. Shahinian is a valuable member of the Board based on his knowledge and experience in investing, capital allocation, corporate governance and his general business experience.
Denis Yevstifeyev has served as a director of the Company since its inception in September 2015. Mr. Yevstifeyev also has served as a director of Fab Universal Corp. since 2007. Mr Yevstifeyev has been serving as Chief Financial Officer for The Art Institutes, a system of private, non-profit schools throughout the United States, since January 2019. From December 2017 to December 2018, Mr. Yevstifeyev served as Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis and Procurement for Dream Center Education Holdings. From 2009 to 2012, and from 2015 to 2017, Mr. Yevstifeyev served in various roles, including as the Director of Financial Planning & Analysis, for Education Management Corporation, an operator of post-secondary educational institutions. From 2012 to 2015, Mr. Yevstifeyev owned and operated his commercial printing company. Mr. Yevstifeyev graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Washington and Jefferson College. He also graduated with honors from the Moscow Bank College of the Central Bank of Russia in Moscow with a degree in Finance in 2000.
The Company believes that Mr. Yevstifeyev is a valuable member of the Board based on his strong accounting and finance background, and his experience serving as a CFO of a private company.
In addition to the extensive experience in the media field, for the past nine years, Mr. Woodrum has lead ChinaCast Education Corporation as its Chief Financial Officer and Secretary in an effort to recover funds for its creditors and stockholders.
Doug’s experience with financial oversight and audits will be a tremendous asset as we grow the Company.