Franklin E. Crail has been the Chairman of the Board since February 2013 and a director since January 2013. Mr. Crail co-founded the first Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (RMCF) store in May 1981. Since RMCF’s incorporation in November 1982, he has served as its Chief Executive Officer, President and as a director, and, from September 1981 to January 2000, he served as its Treasurer. He was elected Chairman of the RMCF Board in March 1986. Prior to founding RMCF, Mr. Crail was co-founder and President of CNI Data Processing, Inc., a software firm which developed automated billing systems for the cable television industry.
Henry E. Cartwright has been our Chief Marketing Officer since January 2013. He previously served as our Chairman of the Board and President from April 2007 to January 2013, and as our Chief Executive Officer from April 2007 to April 2011. From October 2002 to April 2007, Mr. Cartwright was semi-retired and a private investor in numerous real estate and lending transactions and other ventures. Mr. Cartwright served as Chairman of the board of directors of Major Video Corp. from December 1982 until its merger with Blockbuster Entertainment Corporation in January 1989. During his tenure, Major Video had over 20 multiple unit franchisees in 28 states and Canada. In September 1993, Mr. Cartwright founded Back to the 50’s, Inc., a company that sold 50’s and 60’s memorabilia through a mail order catalog and showroom. Back to the 50’s, Inc., was acquired by Crowne Ventures, Inc. in November 1995. Mr. Cartwright served as a Director of Crowne Ventures, Inc., from 1995 until he resigned in April 1998. He served as Chairman of the board of directors of Americabilia.com, Inc. (now known as Seaena, Inc.), from September 1999 to October 2002. Americabilia was engaged in direct Internet merchandising of American-themed collectibles, gifts and memorabilia. Mr. Cartwright also had similar management responsibilities with franchised concepts such as Taco Boy, a Mexican fast food company; Olde English Fish and Chips; Mom’s Ice Cream; and Pizza Hut
Scott G. Capdevielle has been a director since January 2013. He has served on the RMCF Board of Directors since June 2009. Mr. Capdevielle founded and has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Syndicom, Inc., a software and consulting company, since 2000. Prior to founding Syndicom, Inc., from 1999 to 2000, Mr. Capdevielle was Chief Executive Officer and founder of Untv, Inc., a company pioneering user-generated web video and distribution on the Internet. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Capdevielle founded and held the position of Chief Technical Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Andromedia Corporation, a developer of web analytics software to Fortune 1000 companies prior to its sale to Macromedia, Inc. Mr. Capdevielle has been engaged in the software industry since 1993 and has served on several advisory boards and Board of Directors of technology companies from 1994 to present. He is currently a partner in Incas, LLC, a seed stage investment company focused in the medical device industry.
Clyde W. Engle has been a director since January 2013. He has served on the RMCF Board of Directors since January 2000, and previously from December 1987 to August 1995. Mr. Engle is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lincolnwood Bancorp, Inc. (formerly known as GSC Enterprises, Inc.). Lincolnwood Bancorp, Inc. owned the Bank of Lincolnwood until June 2009 when the Bank of Lincolnwood came under control of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”).
Bryan J. Merryman has been a director since January 2013. He joined RMCF in December 1997 as its Chief Financial Officer and Vice President – Finance. Since April 1999, Mr. Merryman has also served as its Chief Operating Officer and as a director, and since January 2000, as its Treasurer. From January 1997 to December 1997, Mr. Merryman was a principal in Knightsbridge Holdings, Inc. (a leveraged buyout firm). Mr. Merryman also served as Chief Financial Officer of Super Shops, Inc., a retailer and manufacturer of after-market auto parts, from July 1996 to November 1997, and prior to July 1996, was employed for more than eleven years by Deloitte and Touche LLP, most recently as a Senior Manager.
Lee N. Mortenson has been a director since January 2013, and has served on the RMCF Board of Directors since 1987. He has been engaged in consulting and investment activities since July 2000 and was a Managing Director of Kensington Partners, LLC (a private investment firm) from June 2001 to April 2006. Mr. Mortenson has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Newell Resources LLC since 2002 providing management consulting and investment services. Mr. Mortenson served as President, Chief Operating Officer and a director of Telco Capital Corporation, a manufacturing and real estate company, from January 1984 to February 2000. He was President, Chief Operating Officer and a director of Sunstates Corporation, a manufacturing and real estate company, from December 1990 to February 2000. Mr. Mortenson was a director of Alba-Waldensian, Inc., an apparel and medical device manufacturing company, from 1984 to July 1999, and also served as its President and Chief Executive Officer from February 1997 to July 1999.