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This excerpt taken from the GAIA DEF 14A filed Mar 13, 2009.

Nominees for Election as Directors

 

Our board of directors proposes that Jirka Rysavy, Lynn Powers, James Argyropoulos, Barnet M. Feinblum, Barbara Mowry and Paul H. Ray be elected as directors of our company, to hold office until the next annual meeting of shareholders or until their successors are duly elected and qualified. Unless contrary instructions are given, the proxies will be voted for these nominees. Each nominee has agreed to serve if elected, and management has no reason to believe that any of the nominees will be unavailable for service. If for any unforeseen reason any nominee should decline or be unable to serve, the proxies will be voted to fill any vacancy so arising in accordance with the discretionary authority of the persons named in the proxy, unless contrary instructions are given.

 

The names of the nominees, their ages, the years in which they began serving as directors, and their positions are set forth below. Each of the nominees is currently serving as a director of our company.

 

This excerpt taken from the GAIA DEF 14A filed Apr 20, 2007.

Nominees for Election as Directors

          The Board proposes that Jirka Rysavy, Lynn Powers, James Argyropoulos, Barnet M. Feinblum, Barbara Mowry, Ted Nark and Paul H. Ray be elected as directors of Gaiam, to hold office until the next annual meeting of shareholders or until their successors are duly elected and qualified. Unless contrary instructions are given, the proxies will be voted for these nominees. Each nominee has agreed to serve if elected, and management has no reason to believe that any of the nominees will be unavailable for service. If for any unforeseen reason any nominee should decline or be unable to serve, the proxies will be voted to fill any vacancy so arising in accordance with the discretionary authority of the persons named in the proxy, unless contrary instructions are given.

          The names of the nominees, their ages as of December 31, 2006, the years in which they began serving as directors if applicable, and their positions are set forth below. Each of the nominees is currently serving as a director of Gaiam.

          JIRKA RYSAVY—age 52—Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gaiam. He has been Chairman since Gaiam’s inception and became our full-time Chief Executive Officer in December 1998. In 1986, Mr. Rysavy founded Corporate Express, Inc., which, under his leadership, grew to become a Fortune 500 company supplying office and computer products and services. He was its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until September 1998. Mr. Rysavy also founded and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Crystal Market, a health foods market, which was sold in 1987 to become the first Wild Oats Markets store.

          LYNN POWERS—age 57—President, Director and Chief Executive Officer of North American operations of Gaiam. Ms. Powers has been President and a Director since February 1996. From February 1996 until September 2001, she was Chief Operating Officer, when she was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of North American operations. From 1992 to 1996, she was Chief Executive Officer of La Scelta, an importer of natural fiber clothing products. Before that, Ms. Powers was Senior Vice President Marketing/Strategic Development and Vice President Merchandising of Miller’s Outpost, a specialty retailer.

          JAMES ARGYROPOULOS—age 63—Director since May 2002. Mr. Argyropoulos has been primarily engaged as a private investor over the last fifteen years. Mr. Argyropoulos founded The Walking Company, a lifestyle specialty retailer, and served as its Chairman from 1992 until 2004. Previously Mr. Argyropoulos served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Cherokee Group Inc., a shoe manufacturing and apparel business he founded in 1972.

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          BARNET M. FEINBLUM—age 59—Director since October 1999. Mr. Feinblum is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Organic Vintners, a marketer of organic wines. Mr. Feinblum was the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Horizon Organic Dairy from May 1995 to January 2000. From July 1993 through March 1995, Mr. Feinblum was the President of Natural Venture Partners, a private investment company. From August 1976 until August 1993, Mr. Feinblum held various positions at Celestial Seasonings, Inc., including President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board. Mr. Feinblum is also a director of Seventh Generation, Inc.

          BARBARA MOWRY—age 59—Director since October 1999. Since 2003, Ms. Mowry has been Chief Executive Officer of Silver Creek Systems, a provider of enterprise data usability software. From 1997 until February 2001, Ms. Mowry was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Requisite Technology, a business-to-business e-commerce company specializing in the creation and management of electronic content and catalogs. Prior to joining Requisite Technology, Ms. Mowry was an officer of Telecommunications, Inc. (cable television) from 1995 to 1997; and UAL, Inc. (airline) from 1983 to 1990.

          TED NARK—age 48—Director since June 2005. Since July 2006, Mr. Nark has served as a partner at Leonard Green and Partners, a private equity investment firm based in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Nark served as Chief Executive Officer of White Cap Construction Supply, a distributor of specialty hardware, tools and materials to construction contractors, from April 2002 through January 2006. From 1998 until 2002, Mr. Nark was the Chief Executive Officer and Manager Director of Corporate Express Australia, a publicly traded business to business office product distribution company in Australia. From 1992 until 1998, Mr. Nark worked for Corporate Express, Inc., as Northwest Division President from 1992 to 1995, and then as Group President from 1995 to 1998. Mr. Nark also serves on the Board of Directors of FTD Group, Inc. and Leslie’s Poolmart, Inc.

          PAUL H. RAY—age 67—Director since October 1999. Since 2000, Mr. Ray has been the Chief Executive Officer of Integral Partnerships LLC, a consulting firm specializing in Cultural Creative topics. From 1986 until 2000, he was Executive Vice President of American LIVES, Inc., a market research and opinion-polling firm. Prior to joining American LIVES, Mr. Ray was Chief of Policy Research on Energy Conservation at the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources of the Government of Canada from 1981 to 1983. From 1973 to 1981, Mr. Ray was Associate Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. He is the author of “The Integral Culture Survey,” which first identified the Cultural Creatives subculture.

          Each director serves for a one-year term.

          Directors will be elected by a plurality of the votes cast. If no instructions are indicated on a proxy card, the shares will be voted “FOR” the election of these nominees for director. Because director nominees must receive a plurality of the votes cast at the annual meeting, a vote withheld from a particular nominee or from all nominees will not affect the election of that nominee.

This excerpt taken from the GAIA DEF 14A filed May 1, 2006.

Nominees for Election as Directors

 

The Board proposes that Jirka Rysavy, Lynn Powers, James Argyropoulos, Barnet M. Feinblum, David Golden, Barbara Mowry, Ted Nark and Paul H. Ray be elected as directors of Gaiam, to hold office until the next annual meeting of shareholders or until their successors are duly elected and qualified.  Unless contrary instructions are given, the proxies will be voted for these nominees. Each nominee has agreed to serve if elected, and management has no reason to believe that any of the nominees will be unavailable for service. If for any unforeseen reason any nominee should decline or be unable to serve, the proxies will be voted to fill any vacancy so arising in accordance with the discretionary authority of the persons named in the proxy, unless contrary instructions are given.

 

The names of the nominees, their ages as of December 31, 2005, the years in which they began serving as directors if applicable, and their positions are set forth below.   Each of the nominees, except David Golden, is currently serving as a director of Gaiam.

 

JIRKA RYSAVY—age 51—Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gaiam. He has been Chairman since Gaiam’s inception and became our full-time Chief Executive Officer in December 1998. In 1986, Mr. Rysavy founded Corporate Express, Inc., which, under his leadership, grew to become a Fortune 500 company supplying office and computer products and services. He was its

 



 

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until September 1998. Mr. Rysavy also founded and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Crystal Market, a health foods market, which was sold in 1987 to become the first Wild Oats Markets store.       

 

LYNN POWERS—age 56—President, Director and Chief Executive Officer of North American operations of Gaiam. Ms. Powers has been President and a Director since February 1996.  From February 1996 until September 2001, she was Chief Operating Officer, when she was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of North American operations.  From 1992 to 1996, she was Chief Executive Officer of La Scelta, an importer of natural fiber clothing products.  Before that, Ms. Powers was Senior Vice President Marketing/Strategic Development and Vice President Merchandising of Miller’s Outpost, a specialty retailer.

 

JAMES ARGYROPOULOS—age 62—Director since May 2002. Mr. Argyropoulos has been primarily engaged as a private investor over the last fifteen years.  Mr. Argyropoulos founded The Walking Company, a lifestyle specialty retailer, and served as its Chairman from 1992 until 2004. Previously Mr. Argyropoulos served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Cherokee Group Inc., a shoe manufacturing and apparel business he founded in 1972.          

 

BARNET M. FEINBLUM—age 58—Director since October 1999. Mr. Feinblum is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Organic Vintners, a marketer of organic wines. Mr. Feinblum was the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Horizon Organic Dairy from May 1995 to January 2000. From July 1993 through March 1995, Mr. Feinblum was the President of Natural Venture Partners, a private investment company. From August 1976 until August 1993, Mr. Feinblum held various positions at Celestial Seasonings, Inc., including President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board. Mr. Feinblum is also a director of Seventh Generation, Inc.

 

DAVID GOLDEN—age 47 — Mr. Golden is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Revolution.  From February 1988 to March 2006, Mr. Golden was with JP Morgan and a predecessor firm, Hambrecht & Quist, where he was director of mergers and acquisitions and, most recently, director of JP Morgan global investment banking for media, telecommunication and technology as well as a member of the management committee. 

 

BARBARA MOWRY—age 58—Director since October 1999. Since 2003, Ms. Mowry has been Chief Executive Officer of Silver Creek Systems, a provider of enterprise data usability software.  From 1997 until February 2001, Ms. Mowry was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Requisite Technology, a business-to-business e-commerce company specializing in the creation and management of electronic content and catalogs. Prior to joining Requisite Technology, Ms. Mowry was an officer of Telecommunications, Inc. (cable television) from 1995 to 1997; and UAL, Inc. (airline) from 1983 to 1990. In 1990, Ms. Mowry founded, and until 1995 served as Chief Executive Officer of, The Mowry Company, a relationship marketing firm focusing on the development of long-term customer relationships for businesses.

 

TED NARK—age 47—Director since June 2005.  Mr. Nark served as Chief Executive Officer of White Cap Construction Supply, a distributor of specialty hardware, tools and materials to construction contractors, from April 2002 through January 2006.  From 1998 until 2002, Mr. Nark was the Chief Executive Officer and Manager Director of Corporate Express Australia, a publicly traded business to business office product distribution company in Australia.  From 1992 until 1998, Mr. Nark worked for Corporate Express, Inc., as Northwest Division President from 1992 to 1995, and then as Group President from 1995 to 1998.  Mr. Nark also serves on the Board of Directors of FTD Group, Inc. and Leslie’s Poolmart, Inc.

 

PAUL H. RAY—age 66—Director since October 1999.  Since 2000, Mr. Ray has been the Chief Executive Officer of Integral Partnerships LLC, a consulting firm specializing in Cultural Creative topics. From 1986 until 2000, he was Executive Vice President of American LIVES, Inc., a market research and opinion-polling firm. Prior to joining American LIVES, Mr. Ray was Chief of Policy Research on Energy Conservation at the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources of the Government of Canada from 1981

 



 

to 1983. From 1973 to 1981, Mr. Ray was Associate Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. He is the author of “The Integral Culture Survey,” which first identified the Cultural Creatives subculture.

 

Each director serves for a one-year term.

 

Directors will be elected by a plurality of the votes cast. If no instructions are indicated on a proxy card, the shares will be voted “FOR” the election of these nominees for director.  Because director nominees must receive a plurality of the votes cast at the annual meeting, a vote withheld from a particular nominee or from all nominees will not affect the election of that nominee.

 

This excerpt taken from the GAIA DEF 14A filed Apr 22, 2005.

Nominees for Election as Directors

        The Board proposes that Jirka Rysavy, Lynn Powers, James Argyropoulos, Barnet M. Feinblum, Barbara Mowry, Ted C. Nark and Paul H. Ray be elected as directors of Gaiam, to hold office until the next annual meeting of shareholders or until their successors are duly elected and qualified. Unless contrary instructions are given, the proxies will be voted for these nominees. Each nominee has agreed to serve if elected, and management has no reason to believe that any of the nominees will be unavailable for service. If for any unforeseen reason any nominee should decline or be unable to serve, the proxies will be voted to fill any vacancy so arising in accordance with the discretionary authority of the persons named in the proxy, unless contrary instructions are given.

        The names of the nominees, their ages, the years in which they began serving as directors if applicable, and their positions are set forth below. Each of the nominees other than Mr. Nark are currently directors of Gaiam.

        JIRKA RYSAVY—age 50—Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gaiam. He has been Chairman since Gaiam's inception and became our full-time Chief Executive Officer in December 1998. In 1986, Mr. Rysavy founded Corporate Express, Inc., which, under his leadership, grew to become a Fortune 500 company supplying office and computer products and services. He was its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until September 1998. Mr. Rysavy also founded and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Crystal Market, a health foods market, which was sold in 1987 to become the first Wild Oats Markets store.

        LYNN POWERS—age 56—President, Director and Chief Executive Officer of North American operations of Gaiam. Ms. Powers has been President and a Director since February 1996. From February 1996 until September 2001, she was Chief Operating Officer, when she was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of North American operations. From 1992 to 1996, she was Chief Executive Officer of La Scelta, an importer of natural fiber clothing products. Before that, Ms. Powers was Senior Vice President Marketing/Strategic Development and Vice President Merchandising of Miller's Outpost, a specialty retailer.

        JAMES ARGYROPOULOS—age 61—Director since May 2002. Mr. Argyropoulos has been primarily engaged as a private investor over the last fifteen years. Mr. Argyropoulos founded The Walking Company, a lifestyle specialty retailer, and served as its Chairman from 1992 until 2004. Previously Mr. Argyropoulos served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Cherokee Group Inc., a shoe manufacturing and apparel business he founded in 1972.

        BARNET M. FEINBLUM—age 57—Director since October 1999. Mr. Feinblum is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Organic Vintners, a marketer of organic wines. Mr. Feinblum was the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Horizon Organic Dairy from May 1995 to January 2000. From July 1993 through March 1995, Mr. Feinblum was the President of Natural Venture Partners, a private investment company. From August 1976 until August 1993, Mr. Feinblum held various positions at Celestial Seasonings, Inc., including President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board. Mr. Feinblum is also a director of Seventh Generation, Inc.

        BARBARA MOWRY—age 57—Director since October 1999. Since 2003, Ms. Mowry has been Chief Executive Officer of Silver Creek Systems, a provider of enterprise data usability software. From 1997 until February 2001, Ms. Mowry was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Requisite Technology, a business-to-business e-commerce company specializing in the creation and management of electronic content and catalogs. Prior to joining Requisite Technology, Ms. Mowry was an officer of Telecommunications, Inc. (cable television) from 1995 to 1997. In 1990, Ms. Mowry founded, and until 1995 served as Chief Executive Officer of, The Mowry Company, a relationship marketing firm focusing on the development of long-term customer relationships for businesses.

        TED C. NARK—age 47—Mr. Nark has served as Chief Executive Officer of White Cap Construction Supply, a distributor of specialty hardware, tools and materials to construction contractors, since April 2002. From 1998 until 2002, Mr. Nark was the Chief Executive Officer and Manager Director of Corporate Express Australia, a publicly traded business to business office product distribution company in Australia. From 1992 until 1998, Mr. Nark worked for Corporate Express, Inc., as Northwest Division President from 1992 to 1995, and then as Group President from 1995 to 1998.

        PAUL H. RAY—age 65—Director since October 1999. Since 2000, Mr. Ray has been the Chief Executive Officer of Integral Partnerships LLC, a consulting firm specializing in Cultural Creative topics. From 1986 until 2000, he was Executive Vice President of American LIVES, Inc., a market research and opinion-polling firm. Prior to joining American LIVES, Mr. Ray was Chief of Policy Research on Energy Conservation at the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources of the Government of Canada from 1981 to 1983. From 1973 to 1981, Mr. Ray was Associate Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. He is the author of "The Integral Culture Survey," which first identified the Cultural Creatives subculture.

        Each director serves for a one-year term.

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