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Board of Directors

Alfonso J. Cervantes, Jr.

Executive Chairman of the Board

Mr. Cervantes is the founder of our company and has served as our Executive Chairman since our inception. Mr. Cervantes is also Executive Chairman of Trilogy Capital Group, LLC, or Trilogy, a private equity firm and a principal stockholder, and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of its predecessor, Trilogy Capital Partners, Inc. since 2002. Through more than 35 years as an executive in diversified businesses, Mr. Cervantes has accumulated extensive experience in the public markets with experience in corporate finance and emerging growth companies. His significant corporate finance experience includes mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, private placements as well as the reorganization of middle-market companies. Mr. Cervantes is a graduate of Webster University with a degree in Communications. We believe Mr. Cervantes is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his extensive corporate finance experience and knowledge of our company.

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Darren C. Minton

Director & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Minton became Smart for Life’s Chief Executive Officer in May of 2022; most recently he served as our President since September 2017. He has been a member of our board of directors since November 2018. Mr. Minton also serves as President of BSNM, managing day-to-day manufacturing operations. Mr. Minton has more than 15 years of capital markets experience in both small and large organizations. Over the years, his capacities have ranged from various executive positions, as well as president and chief executive officer positions with entrepreneurial ventures to established roles reporting to public company boards, with significant leadership and team building skills. Prior to joining us, Mr. Minton served as President of Trilogy Capital Partners, Inc. and as an Analyst at Mesa West Capital, a privately held portfolio lender with a multi-billion dollar offering capability headquartered in Los Angeles, as well as First Republic Bank in Palo Alto. Mr. Minton is a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in Economics. We believe Mr. Minton is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his extensive management and capital markets experience.

Ronald S. Altbach

Director

Mr. Altbach has been a member of our board of directors since October 2020. Mr. Altbach is a financial services executive with over 40 years of capital markets experience with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and the development of strategic relationships. He has served in senior leadership positions in a variety of industries, including investment banking, marketing, consumer and luxury products, and media finance. Mr. Altbach is currently a principal in and Chief Commercial Officer and a director of MPS Infrastructure, Inc., which is engaged in the ownership, development, building and operation of large-scale infrastructure projects with an emphasis on sustainable water and power initiatives across Africa, where he has served since 2017. Mr. Altbach previously was President of Altbachco, LLC, a New York-based investment company which is a principal shareholder in Regeneration Capital Group, a New York-based merchant bank he co-formed with Mr. Cervantes in 2008 and where he served as President from 2009 to 2016. He serves as lead independent director on the board of Catch Media, a cloud-based technology provider with millions of active users across the globe. He previously held the position of Vice Chairman of Rosecliff, Inc., a New York-based merchant bank principally engaged in leveraged buyouts, and Chairman of Paul Sebastian, Inc., a Rosecliff portfolio company that marketed its own fragrance brands, as well as licensed brands, to U.S. and international department stores. Mr. Altbach is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Music.

Richard M. Cohen

Director

Mr. Cohen has been a member of our board of directors since February 2022. Mr. Cohen is an experienced CEO/CFO at public and private companies. His professional experience includes biotech, financial services and diversified media and he maintains excellent contacts with capital financing sources on and off Wall Street. From 1996 to present, Mr. Cohen has been President of Richard M. Cohen Consultants. He was the CEO, CFO, and Board Member of CorMedix Inc., Bridgewater, NJ, a publicly traded (NYSE) medical device/biotechnology company with an intrapericardial therapy product targeted to markets in the U.S. and Europe, from 2010 to 2013. He has served on the board of directors and as Audit Committee Chair of 20/20 GeneSystems, Inc. (2016 to present), Helix BioMedix, Inc. (2006 to Present), Ondas Holdings (2018 to present), Direct Digital Holdings (2021 to present), Great Elm Capital Corporation (2022 to present), CorMedix Inc. (2010 to 2013), and Rodman & Renshaw (2008 to 2012). Mr. Cohen’s academic credentials include an MBA from Stanford University and B.S. with honors from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Robert S. Rein, Esq. 

Director

Mr. Rein has been a member of our board of directors since February 2022. Mr. Rein is an attorney and has been practicing law in California since 1971. Since 2008, Mr. Rein has been a Partner in Rein & Associates, a law firm representing businesses and individuals with respect to all aspects of business transactions and matters. His practice primarily consists of handling business, corporate and real estate matters; tax issues; and business and estate planning. Mr. Rein’s experience includes business acquisitions and sales, reorganizations, financings, business and tax planning, and business counselling. His firm has represented both public and private entities. Prior to the formation of Rein & Associates, Mr. Rein was a partner in predecessors to Rein & Associates since 1975. Mr. Rein obtained his B.A. in Economics from Brandeis University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. Upon graduating law school, Mr. Rein clerked for Judge Milton Conford, the then senior judge of the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division. Mr. Rein is currently the CEO and a member of the board of directors of R Solutions, Inc., a corporation involved in the furniture and other corporate fulfilment business, and Racada Corp., a real estate investment company.

Roger Conley Wood

Director

Mr. Wood has been a member of our board of directors since February 2022. Mr. Wood is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of experience serving in C-level positions with various technology and consumer product businesses. He is currently Chairman of Conley Holdings, a private family company with interests in Homebuilding, Fashion, Training & Education, Pet Care, Media & Entertainment and Personal Care sectors. He served as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Blue Bear Brands, a marketing consultancy specializing in predicative analytics and machine learning, from 2014 to 2020. He previously held senior management positions with Hearst Corporation, Orca Payments, Amobee Media, Willis Group, Reebok International, Omnipoint Voicestream and Motorola. He has served on the board of directors of numerous private companies and the board of trustees for the Wardlaw-Hartridge School, Global Alumni Board of Harvard Business School, Junior Achievement and the British American Business Council. Mr. Wood obtained his B.A. in Marketing and Statistics from Morehouse College and his Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard University. We believe Mr. Wood is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his extensive management and prior board experience.

Arthur S. Reynolds 

Director

Arthur S. Reynolds is an accomplished international financier bringing more than 35 years of capital markets and financial experience providing cross-border financial consulting services in Europe for clients principally located in the United States. He is the founder of Rexon Limited of London and New York where he has served as managing director. Mr. Reynolds was founder and managing partner of London-based Value Management & Research (UK) Limited. Mr. Reynolds was the founder and served as managing director of Ferghana Financial Services Limited. Prior thereto, Mr. Reynolds held executive positions at Merrill Lynch International Bank Limited, Banque de la Société Financière Européene, J.P. Morgan & Company and Mobil Corporation. Mr. Reynolds previously served on the Board of Directors of ThermoEnergy Corporation, first as Chairman of the Audit Committee, subsequently as Chief Financial Officer, and finally as Chairman. Mr. Reynolds is a member of the Board of the International Festival Society and serves as Chairman of the Elgar Society’s North America Branch. Mr. Reynolds holds an B.A. from Columbia University, a M.A. from Cambridge University, and an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University.