This excerpt taken from the FUN DEF 14A filed Apr 6, 2007.
The Board of Directors of CFMI is comprised of seven directors. The Directors are divided into three classes: Class I, Class II, and Class III. Class I consists of three Directors, and Classes II and III each consist of two Directors. At this meeting, three Class I Directors are to be elected to serve for three-year terms expiring in 2010 and until their respective successors are duly elected and qualified. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee has recommended, and the Board of Directors has approved, the nomination of these nominees. The Board had anticipated that Mr. Tracy would retire from the Board of Directors upon the expiration of his term at this years annual meeting, in accordance with the retirement policy set forth in our Corporate Governance Guidelines. However, the Board requested that he stand for reelection and remain on the Board to assist the Partnership in the transition and integration of the five amusement parks acquired in connection with its acquisition of Paramount Parks, Inc. on June 30, 2006. Mr. Tracy has agreed to stand for reelection to assist in the transition and integration process. He has indicated that he will resign from the Board once that transition and integration process is substantially complete, which the Partnership anticipates will be prior to the next annual meeting. His continued service is appreciated. If Mr. Tracy retires before the expiration of his term, the Board will either appoint a new director or maintain a vacancy until the next annual meeting.
All of the nominees have agreed to stand for election. While the Partnership has no reason to believe that any of these nominees will be unable or unwilling to serve at the time of the annual meeting, in the unlikely event one of them does not stand for election, the Board will reduce the number of directors standing for election. For election as a director, a nominee must receive the affirmative vote of the holders of a plurality of votes of the units present in person or by proxy at the annual meeting and entitled to vote. The Board of Directors recommends a vote FOR these nominees.
Nominees for election as Class I Directors to serve until 2010:
Richard S. Ferreira, age 66, is a retired executive vice president and chief financial officer of Golf Hosts, Inc. (developer and owner of nationally recognized resorts in Colorado and Florida) and a past member of its Board of Directors. Mr. Ferreira was associated with Golf Hosts, Inc. for more than 26 years. Mr. Ferreira is a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, the Compensation Committee and the Audit Committee of CFMI.
Richard L. Kinzel, age 66, has served as chairman of the Board since 2003 and as president and chief executive officer of the Partnerships general partner since 1986. Mr. Kinzel has been employed by the Partnership or its predecessor since 1972.
Thomas A. Tracy, age 75, is a business consultant and was a partner in the accounting firm of Arthur Andersen LLP from 1966 until his retirement in 1989. Mr. Tracy is a member of the Audit Committee of CFMI.
Class II Directors serving until 2009:
Michael D. Kwiatkowski, age 59, has been a consultant in the food industry since 1996, prior to which he served as Chairman of PCS, which owned and operated a chain of 11 restaurants, from 1986 to 1996. He has more than 30 years of experience in amusement parks and branded restaurant operations. Mr. Kwiatkowski is a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, the Compensation Committee and the Audit Committee of CFMI.
Steven H. Tishman, age 50, has been a managing director at Rothschild, Inc., in New York, New York, since November 2002. He was a managing director of Robertson Stephens from November 1999 to November 2002, prior to which he was a senior managing director of Bear, Stearns & Co., Inc. Mr. Tishman is also a director of Claires Stores, Inc. and Odimo, Inc.
Class III Directors serving until 2008:
Darrel D. Anderson, age 62, is currently involved with the management of private investments. He was a general partner of Knotts Berry Farm, Orange County, Californias oldest theme amusement park, from 1960 to 1998 and served as chairman of the Knott family board. He is currently a director of and also a past chairman of the board of Olive Crest Treatment Centers, the largest provider of residential services for abused children in southern California. He is a member of the Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of CFMI.
David L. Paradeau, age 64, is owner and chief executive officer of Minnesota Zephyr Limited and the Stillwater Grill in Stillwater, Minnesota. He was the founder and creator of that dining and entertainment operation, which was established in 1986. He is also the owner of D.L. Paradeau Marketing, a consulting firm. He has 42 years of experience in marketing and advertising in the brewing industry and in the amusement and entertainment business. Mr. Paradeau is a member of the Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of CFMI.