Mr. Prim has been our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since he founded Primo in 2004 and has served on our Board of Directors since 2004. Prior to founding Primo, Mr. Prim founded Blue Rhino Corporation (a provider of propane cylinder exchange and complementary propane and non-propane products) in March 1994 and served as its Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. He led Blue Rhino’s initial public offering in May 1998 and remained its Chief Executive Officer until April 2004, when Blue Rhino was acquired by Ferrellgas Partners, L.P., at which time he was elected to the Ferrellgas board of directors on which he served until November 2008. Mr. Prim previously served on the board of directors of Towne Park Ltd. and Southern Community Bank and Trust. Mr. Prim also serves on the Wake Forest School of Business Board of Visitors and the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine Advisory Board. Mr. Prim brings extensive business, managerial and leadership experience to our Board of Directors. Mr. Prim’s service as an executive and a director of Primo provides our Board of Directors with a vital understanding and appreciation of our business. In addition, Mr. Prim’s leadership abilities, his experience at Blue Rhino and his extensive knowledge of the bottled water industry position him well for service on our Board of Directors.
Mr. Sheehan’s has served as our President and Chief Operating Officer since June 2013 and previous as Chief Operating Officer from December 2012 until June 2013 and joined our Board of Directors, effective October 31, 2016. Prior to joining our Company he held the following positions in Sales and Business Development at Redbox: Vice President, Strategic Venture Advisor in 2011; Vice President, Sales and Business Development from 2006 to 2011; and Director of Business Development from 2005 to 2006. Prior to Redbox, Mr. Sheehan served as the Sales Director, Transportation Solutions with Manhattan Associates, a provider of supply chain software for retail, distribution, transportation, and manufacturing industries. Mr. Sheehan began his career with Streamline.com, a home grocery delivery business, in Supply Chain and Logistics as well as Business Services. Mr. Sheehan is Chairman-elect of the Alumni Advisory Board of the MBA program at Penn State.
Mr. Brenner has served on our Board of Directors since 2005. He has been the Vice Chairman of Entrematic (formerly Amarr Garage Doors, a manufacturer and distributor of garage doors) since November 2013. Mr. Brenner previously served as its Chief Executive Officer from July 2002 until November 2013 and its President from July 1993 until June 2002. Mr. Brenner serves on several boards of private and nonprofit entities, including ABC of North Carolina, Wake Forest Innovation Quarter and Computer Credit, Inc., and was a member of the board of directors of Blue Rhino Corporation from 1998 to 2004. Mr. Brenner also serves on the Wake Forest University Health Sciences Board. Mr. Brenner’s significant executive and board service experience qualify him for service on our Board of Directors.
Ms. Cates has served on our Board of Directors since 2014. Ms. Cates is the Chief Operating Officer of 2U, Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU), a company that partners with leading colleges and universities to deliver online degree programs, effective March 31, 2016. Prior to joining 2U, Inc., Ms. Cates served as the President of Executive Development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School from 2008 to 2016, and the Executive Director of MBA at UNC from 2010 to 2016. Prior to joining UNC, Ms. Cates was a partner with Best Associates, a Dallas-based private equity firm, where she led the identification, acquisition and oversight of multiple domestic and international companies operating in the education sector. Prior to joining Best Associates, Ms. Cates was part of the founding team of ThinkEquity Partners, a boutique investment bank in New York, which she co-founded with former colleagues from Merrill Lynch & Co. At ThinkEquity, she headed the education investment banking practice with responsibility for business development, client relationships and deal execution. Prior to co-founding ThinkEquity Partners, Ms. Cates worked in investment banking at Merrill Lynch in New York, as well as in corporate lending at Wachovia Bank in Atlanta. Ms. Cates earned her MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received a BA from Duke University in public policy studies. Ms. Cates’ extensive executive and managerial experience position her well to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.
Mr. Kilgore has served on our Board of Directors since 2011. From 2004 to 2014, Mr. Kilgore served as President of the Consumer Products Division of Rich Products Corporation (a leading supplier and solutions provider to the foodservice, in-store bakery, and retail marketplaces) where he oversaw the company’s consumer packaged goods business. Mr. Kilgore joined Rich Products Corporation in 1978 as a sales and marketing administrator and advanced through the company serving in roles as a region manager, division manager, national sales manager and various other sales and market leadership positions before being named President of the Consumer Products Division. Mr. Kilgore retired from Rich Products Corporation on December 31, 2014. Mr. Kilgore serves on the board as Chairman of South Coast Bank & Trust and as a director of the bank holding company, WBT BankShares Inc., is a former chairman of the National Fisheries Institute and is serving and has previously served in various leadership positions for a number of not-for-profit entities. Mr. Kilgore’s extensive knowledge of and experience in the consumer goods industry as well as his extensive executive and managerial experience position him well to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.
Mr. McQuilkin has served on our Board of Directors since 2005. Since 1990, he has served as the President of Blue Rhino Global Sourcing, LLC (an import and design company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ferrellgas Propane Partners) and was the Chief Executive Officer of Uniflame, Inc. from 1990 until it was acquired by Blue Rhino Global Sourcing, LLC in 2000. As the current President of Blue Rhino Global Sourcing, Mr. McQuilkin provides our Board of Directors with significant leadership and executive experience. Mr. McQuilkin’s leadership abilities, his international business expertise (particularly with respect to outsourcing) and his extensive knowledge of complex financial and operational issues facing large companies qualify him to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.
Mr. Norris has served on our Board of Directors since 2016 and previously served as the Chairman of Glacier Water Services Inc. from 2001 to 2016. He is also a member of the board of directors of Advanced Engineering Management, a position he has held since 2004, a member of the board of directors of MP Holdco LLC, a position he has held since 2015, and was Chairman of the Board of Day Runner from September 2001 to November 2003, when it was sold. Mr. Norris is the retired President of McKesson Water Products Company, a bottled water company and division of McKesson Corporation, where he served as President from 1990 until he retired in October 2000. From 1981 through 1989, Mr. Norris served as President of Deer Park Spring Water Company, which was a division of Nestle USA, and then led an investor group that acquired the business in 1985 until it was sold to Clorox in 1987. Mr. Norris remained with Clorox through 1989 following their acquisition of Deer Park. From 1973 to 1985, Mr. Norris served in various operational executive positions with Nestle in both Switzerland and the United States. Mr. Norris provides the Board of Directors with extensive corporate leadership experience as well as a deep understanding of our business.
Mr. Warnock has served on our Board of Directors since 2005. He is a founder and senior partner of Camden Partners Holdings, LLC (a private investment management firm established in 1995 and formerly known as Cahill Warnock & Company, LLC). Mr. Warnock serves as the Chairman of New Horizons Worldwide, Inc. and Calvert Education Services, LLC. and also serves on the board of Questar Assessment, Inc., Ranir LLC, Triumph Higher Education Group, Network for Good and previously served on the board of directors of Blue Rhino Corporation, Nobel Learning Communities, Inc., American Public Education, Inc., and Towne Park, Ltd. Mr. Warnock also serves as a member of the board of directors of several private companies and not-for profit entities. Mr. Warnock brings to our Board of Directors a unique and valuable perspective from his years of experience in private investment management. Mr. Warnock’s business acumen and his financial, managerial, leadership and board service experience qualify him to serve on our Board of Directors.