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This excerpt taken from the DWRI DEF 14A filed Jun 26, 2008.

Our Executive Officers

The following table sets forth information as to persons who currently serve as our executive officers.

 

Name

   Age   

Position

Ray Brunner

   60    President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

John Hellmann

   58    Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary

Matthew Wilkerson

   33    Vice President of Sales and Retail Operations

For information on Mr. Brunner see “Proposal 1—Election of Directors.”

John Hellmann.    Mr. Hellmann has served as our Chief Financial Officer since September 2006. Mr. Hellmann previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of Birkenstock Distribution USA, the U.S. distributor of Birkenstock sandals from December 2005 until June 2006. Prior to that, he served as the Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Shoe Pavilion, a discount footwear and accessories retailer from June 2000 until December 2005. From September 1995 until June 2000, Mr. Hellmann served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Lamaur Corporation, a manufacturer and wholesaler of hair care products. Prior to that, he served as the Director of Finance at Liberty Electronics, Inc., a manufacturer of computer terminals. Prior to that, he served in progressive financial management roles at Inmar Corporation, formerly Topps & Trowsers, a national retail apparel chain. Mr. Hellmann holds a B.S. degree in accounting, with a minor in business and finance, from Mount St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Matthew Wilkerson.    Mr. Wilkerson has served as Vice President of Sales and Retail Operations since June 2006. Prior to that, Mr. Wilkerson was Regional Director of Sales for the Central Southeast region from February 2004 to June 2006. Mr. Wilkerson first joined us as a Studio Proprietor in Dallas, Texas, in January 2003. Prior to that, Mr. Wilkerson was a proprietor of Encore Furnishings, a retailer of home furnishings, from 1999 to December 2002. Mr. Wilkerson graduated from Texas Tech University in 1997 with a BA in design and marketing.

This excerpt taken from the DWRI DEF 14A filed Jul 2, 2007.

Our Executive Officers

The following table sets forth information as to persons who currently serve as our executive officers.

 

Name

   Age   

Position

Ray Brunner

   59    President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

John Hellmann

   57    Chief Financial Officer and Secretary

Karen John

   37    Vice President—Design and Merchandising

For information on Mr. Brunner see “Proposal 1—Election of Directors.”

John Hellmann.    Mr. Hellmann has served as our Chief Financial Officer since September 2006. Mr. Hellmann previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of Birkenstock Distribution USA, the U.S. distributor of Birkenstock sandals from December 2005 until June 2006. Prior to that, he served as the Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Shoe Pavilion, a discount footwear and accessories retailer from June 2000 until December 2005. From September 1995 until June 2000, Mr. Hellmann served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Lamaur Corporation, a manufacturer and wholesaler of hair care products. Prior to that, he served as the Director of Finance at Liberty Electronics, Inc., a manufacturer of computer terminals. Prior to that, he served in progressive financial management roles at Inmar Corporation, formerly Topps & Trowsers, a national retail apparel chain. Mr. Hellmann holds a B.S. in accounting, with a minor in business and finance, from Mount St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Karen John.    Ms. John has served as our Vice President of Design and Merchandising since September 2006. Ms. John previously served as our Director of Product Development from June 2005 to August 2006. From August 2003 she served as a Product Development Consultant before becoming Product Development Manager in October 2003. From August 1998 to October 2001, she served in various roles from Sales Operations Manager to Director of Operations at Trilogy Inc., an enterprise software company. From January 1994 to July 1996, she served as Project Manager at Antonio Citterio & Partners, an international design firm in Milan. Ms. John holds masters degrees in industrial design from Domus Academy in Milan, manufacturing engineering from Stanford University, and business administration from Insead in Fontainebleau, France, and a B.A. in art history from UCLA.

This excerpt taken from the DWRI DEF 14A filed May 26, 2006.

Our Executive Officers

 

The following table sets forth information as to persons who currently serve as our executive officers.

 

Name


   Age

  

Position


Ray Brunner

   58    President and Chief Executive Officer

Ken La Honta

   50    Vice President—Chief Financial Officer and Secretary

Michelle Carrara

   39    Vice President—Merchandising

Suzanne Ewing

   53    Vice President—Human Resources

Vivian Macdonald

   39    Vice President—Finance and Company Controller

Robert Forbes, Jr.

   54    Founder and Director

 

For information on Mr. Brunner and Mr. Forbes see “Proposal 1—Election of Directors.”

 

Ken La Honta.    Mr. La Honta has served as our Vice President—Chief Financial Officer and Secretary since October 2005. From May 2005 to September 2005, he served as our Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining us, from April 2004 to May 2005, Mr. La Honta served as Chief Financial Officer of Dockers U.S.; from August 2003 to April 2004, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Levi Strauss North America; and from July 2002 to July 2003, he served as Controller of Levi Strauss North America, a privately held clothing wholesale and retail company. From June 1999 to May 2002, Mr. La Honta served as the Vice President of 800.com, a privately held home entertainment and consumer electronics e-commerce business. Mr. La Honta earned a B.S. in business administration from the University of California, Berkeley and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. Mr. La Honta is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California.

 

Michelle Carrara.    Ms. Carrara has served as our Vice President—Merchandising since January 2006. Before joining us, from December 2002 to January 2006, Ms. Carrara served as Divisional Merchandise Manager of Textiles & Apparel for Pottery Barn Kids. From April 1991 to November 2002, Ms. Carrara served as Divisional Merchandise Manager of certain womens apparel for the Banana Republic segment of the Gap, a publicly traded retail clothing company. Ms. Carrara holds a B.A. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.

 

Suzanne Ewing.    Suzanne Ewing has served as our Vice President—Human Resources since January 2006. Prior to joining us, from February 2005 to November 2005, Ms. Ewing served as Vice President of Human Resources at Shopping.com, a online retailer. From October 1999 to February 2005, she served as Senior Director of Organizational Development and Senior Director of International HR & Global Shared Services at Maxtor & Aspect Communications. Ms. Ewing holds a M.S. degree in counseling and industrial psychology from the University of Northern Colorado-Greeley and a B.S. in business management from Regis University.

 

Vivian Macdonald.    Ms. Macdonald has served as our Vice President—Finance and Corporate Controller since March 2006. Prior to joining us, from April 2004 to March 2006, Ms. Macdonald served as Vice President, Corporate Controller for Thermage, a privately held medical device company. From November 2002 to January 2004, Ms. Macdonald served as Vice President, Corporate Controller for Restoration Hardware, Inc., a retail furniture and home goods company. From May 2000 to November 2002, Ms. Macdonald served as Director of Finance for Fair Isaac Corp., a financial services company. Ms. Macdonald holds a B.S. in accounting from Lehigh University. Ms. Macdonald is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California.

 

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This excerpt taken from the DWRI 10-K filed May 4, 2006.

Executive Officers

Tara Poseley. Ms. Poseley has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since October 2005 and as a director since November 2005. Prior to that, she served as our Vice President of Merchandising from August 2004 to September 2005. From December 1989 to July 2004, Ms. Poseley served in various merchandising, product development, planning, production, distribution and strategy positions for The Gap, Inc. and most recently was Senior Vice President of Merchandising for GapKids and babyGap. Ms. Poseley holds a B.S. in retailing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Ken La Honta. Mr. La Honta has served as our Executive Vice President—Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary since October 2005. From May 2005 to October 2005, he served as our Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining us, from April 2004 to May 2005, Mr. La Honta served as Chief Financial Officer of Dockers U.S.; from August 2003 to April 2004, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Levi Strauss North America; and from July 2002 to July 2003, he served as Controller of Levi Strauss North America, a privately held clothing wholesale and retail company. From June 1999 to May 2002, Mr. La Honta served as the Vice President of 800.com, a privately held home entertainment and consumer electronics e-commerce business. Mr. La Honta earned a B.S. in business administration from the University of California, Berkeley and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. Mr. La Honta is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California.

Wanda Gierhart. Ms. Gierhart has served as our Executive Vice President of Marketing and Merchandising since October 2005. From April 2004 to September 2005, she had served as our Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to

 

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joining us, from January 2003 to March 2004, Ms. Gierhart served as the Executive Vice President Brand and Creative Group at Limited Brands, Inc., a personal care, beauty, lingerie, men’s and women’s apparel retailer. From January 1999 to December 2002, she served as the Vice President Brand and Creative Group at Limited Brands, Inc. From November 1996 to December 1998, she served as the Director of Direct Marketing and then Director of Marketing at Limited Brands, Inc. Ms. Gierhart holds a B.S. in business administration—finance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Michelle Carrara. Ms. Carrara has served as our Vice President of Merchandising since January 2006. Before joining us, from December 2002 to January 2006, Ms. Carrara served as Divisional Merchandise Manager of Textiles & Apparel for Pottery Barn Kids. From April 1991 to November 2002, Ms. Carrara served as Divisional Merchandise Manager of certain womens apparel for the Banana Republic segment of the Gap, a publicly traded retail clothing company. Ms. Carrara holds a B.A. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Suzanne Ewing. Suzanne Ewing has served as our Vice President of Human Resources since January 2006. Prior to joining us, from February 2005 to November 2005, Ms. Ewing served as Vice President of Human Resources at Shopping.com, a online retailer. From October 1999 to February 2005, she served as Senior Director of Organizational Development and Senior Director of International HR & Global Shared Services at Maxtor & Aspect Communications. Ms. Ewing holds a M.S. degree in counseling and industrial psychology from the University of Northern Colorado-Greeley and a B.S. in business management from Regis University.

Vivian Macdonald. Ms. Macdonald has served as our Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller since March 2006. Prior to joining us, from April 2004 to March 2006, Ms. Macdonald served as Vice President, Corporate Controller for Thermage, a privately held medical device company. From November 2002 to January 2004, Ms. Macdonald served as Vice President, Corporate Controller for Restoration Hardware, Inc., a retail furniture and home goods company. From May 2000 to November 2002, Ms. Macdonald served as Director of Finance for Fair Isaac Corp., a financial services company. Ms. Macdonald holds a B.S. in accounting from Lehigh University. Ms. Macdonald is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California.

Robert Forbes, Jr. Mr. Forbes is our founder and has served as a member of our board of directors since November 1998. From July 1999 to May 2000, Mr. Forbes served as our Chief Executive Officer. From November 1995 to January 1998, Mr. Forbes served as Vice President, Business Development of Smith Hawken Ltd., and has also held management positions at the Nature Company, Selfridges of London, and Williams-Sonoma. Mr. Forbes is currently a member of the board of directors of the San Francisco Jazz Festival, a non-profit organization. Mr. Forbes holds a B.A. in aesthetic studies from the University of California Santa Cruz, an M.F.A. in design from the State University of New York and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

This excerpt taken from the DWRI DEF 14A filed Apr 29, 2005.

Our Executive Officers

 

The following table sets forth information as to persons who serve as our executive officers as of April 14, 2005.

 

Name


   Age

  

Position


Wayne Badovinus

   61    President, Chief Executive Officer, acting Chief Financial Officer and Director

Robert Forbes, Jr.

   53    Founder and Director

Vincent Barriero

   56    Chief Information Officer

Ray Brunner

   57    Vice President—Real Estate and Construction

Wanda Gierhart

   40    Chief Marketing Officer

Carmela Krantz

   42    Vice President—Human Resources

Tara Poseley

   39    Vice President—Merchandising

Laura Sites-Reynolds

   44    Vice President—Inventory Management

Elizabeth Rivera

   45    Vice President—Studios

Benjamin Dixon

   26    Controller and Secretary

 

For information on Messrs. Badovinus and Forbes, see “Proposal 1—Election of Directors.”

 

Vincent Barriero.    Mr. Barriero has served as our chief information officer since July 2000. From May 1999 to May 2000, Mr. Barriero served as chief information officer of Tavolo, Inc., an Internet retailer of cooking and gourmet food items. From August 1997 through April 1999, Mr. Barriero served as vice president of information systems of Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates Ltd., a producer of premium wines. Mr. Barriero holds a B.A. from St. Mary’s College and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.

 

Ray Brunner.    Mr. Brunner has served as our vice president of real estate and construction since November 2004 and prior to that served as our vice president of studios since April 2002. From June 1993 to April 2002, Mr. Brunner served as president of RGB & Associates, a strategic consulting company. Mr. Brunner holds a B.A. in business administration from Western Connecticut State University.

 

Wanda Gierhart.    Ms. Gierhart has served as our chief marketing officer since April 2004. Before joining us, from December 1995 to March 2004, Ms. Gierhart served at a number of companies in roles of increasing responsibility from director of direct marketing, director of marketing, vice president of brand and creative group to, most recently, executive vice president of brand and creative group for The Limited, Inc., a specialty retailer of women’s apparel. Ms. Gierhart holds a B.S. in business administration—finance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

 

Carmela Krantz.    Ms. Krantz has served as our vice president of human resources since April 2002. From September 2000 through January 2002, Ms. Krantz served as vice president of human resources/administration for Reactivity, Inc., a software start-up company. From April 2000 through August 2000, Ms. Krantz served as vice president of human resources for Linuxcare, Inc., a company that provides system management products. From April 1998 through April 2000, Ms. Krantz served as vice president of human resources/corporate administration for Sydran Services, a restaurant franchisee. Ms. Krantz holds a B.A. in speech communication and a B.S. in political science from the University of Nevada at Reno.

 

Tara Poseley.    Ms. Poseley has served as our vice president of merchandising since August 2004. From December 1989 to July 2004, Ms. Poseley served in various merchandising, product development, planning,

 

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production, distribution and strategy positions for The Gap, Inc. and most recently was senior vice president of merchandising for GapKids and babyGap. Ms. Poseley holds a B.S. in retailing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

Laura Sites-Reynolds.    Ms. Sites-Reynolds has served as our vice president of inventory management since May 2000. From February 2000 to May 2000, Ms. Sites-Reynolds served as a consultant to, and from September 1998 to February 2000, as vice president of planning of, HomeChef Inc., a cooking school and retailer of kitchen supplies and equipment. Ms. Sites-Reynolds holds a B.S. in marketing from San Jose State University.

 

Elizabeth Rivera.    Ms. Rivera has served as our Vice President of Studios since November 2004. From August 1999 until November 2004, Ms. Rivera served as the Vice President of Stores for Pottery Barn Kids (a division of Williams-Sonoma, Inc.) where she was responsible for opening and operating 83 stores, including staffing, merchandising and financial planning for the stores. Ms. Rivera holds a B.A. from the University of San Francisco.

 

Benjamin Dixon.    Mr. Dixon has served as our controller since April 2000. Mr. Dixon has also served as our principal accounting officer and secretary since March 2005. From January 1998 to March 2000, Mr. Dixon served as senior accountant for Grant Thornton, LLP, an independent registered accounting firm. Mr. Dixon holds a B.S. in Accounting from Golden Gate University and is an M.B.A. candidate at the University of California, Haas School of Business. Mr. Dixon has informed us that he intends to resign from his position with us in May 2005.

 

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