Andrew R. Heyer
Chairman of the Board
Andrew R. Heyer is the Chairman of our Board of Directors. Mr. Heyer is a finance professional with over 35 years of experience investing the consumer and consumer-related products and services industries. He has deployed in excess of $1 billion of capital over that time frame and has guided several public and private companies as a member of their boards of directors. Mr. Heyer is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Mistral Equity Partners, a private equity fund manager founded in 2007 that invests in the consumer industry. Prior to founding Mistral, Mr. Heyer served as a Founding Managing Partner of Trimaran Capital Partners. Until 1995, Mr. Heyer was a vice chairman of CIBC World Markets Corp. and a co-head of the CIBC Argosy Merchant Banking Funds. Prior to joining CIBC World Markets Corp., Mr. Heyer was a Founder and Managing Director of The Argosy Group L.P. Prior to joining Argosy, Mr. Heyer was a Managing Director at Drexel Burnham Lambert Incorporated and, prior to that, he worked at Shearson/American Express. From 1993 to 2009 and from 2012 to April 2019, he has served on the board of The Hain Celestial Group (Nasdaq: HAIN), a natural and organic food and products company. From December 2016 to March 2020, Mr. Heyer served as a director of XpresSpa Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: XSPA), a diversified holding company. From April 2017 to March 2019, Mr. Heyer served as a director and President of Haymaker Acquisition Corp., which was acquired by OneSpaWorld Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: OSW) on March 19, 2019. Mr. Heyer has served on the board of directors of OneSpaWorld Holdings Limited since March 2019. He has also served on the board of directors of: Arko Corp. (Nasdaq: ARKO), 100% owner of GPM Investments, LLC, a convenience store chain since December 2020; Tastemaker Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: TMKRU), a special 8Table of Contents purpose acquisition company targeting businesses in the restaurant, hospitality or related technology and services sectors, since January 2021; and AF Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: AFAQU), a special purpose acquisition company targeting the better-for-you food and beverage, health and wellness, beauty, personal care and pet industries, since March 2021. Mr. Heyer also serves on the boards of directors of several private companies, including Worldwise, a pet accessories business. Since June 2019, Mr. Heyer has served as a director and President of Haymaker Acquisition Corp. III (Nasdaq: HYAC), a special purposes acquisition company.
Chief Strategy Officer, Director
Jack Krause is the Chief Strategy Officer of The Lovesac Company and a member of the Board of Directors. Previously, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Lovesac from 2015 until November 2021. During those years the Lovesac brand achieved a sales CAGR of +37%, executed an IPO and achieved growing profitability. Prior to Lovesac, Mr. Krause served as President of Vitamin World, a division of NBTY. He also served as Senior Vice-President of Watch Station Global Retail and Skagen from 2011 to 2013. Mr. Krause also held the position of General Manager of Sunglass Hut North America from 2008 to 2010 along with other executive positions at Luxottica. Mr. Krause worked for 11 years at Bath and Body Works in roles of increasing responsibility leading to Senior Vice-President of Brand Development from 2004 to 2006. Prior to that he spent 10 years in brand management at Jergens and Marion Consumer Products. Mr. Krause has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Miami University.
John Grafer is a member of our Board of Directors. Mr. Grafer is a partner at Satori Capital, a multi-strategy alternative investment firm founded on the principles of conscious capitalism. Mr. Grafer is a member of Satori’s investment committee, a board member of Accelerated Learning Solutions, Hobo, SunTree Snack Foods and Zorch International, a board observer for Aspen Heights, and a former board member of California Products Corporation, Longhorn Health Solutions, and FWT. Prior to joining Satori in 2009, Mr. Grafer was Senior Vice President at Giuliani Partners, a principal investment and consulting firm founded by former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani. Prior to joining Giuliani Partners in 2003, Mr. Grafer was a member of the mergers and acquisitions group at Credit Suisse First Boston, a member of the proprietary trading group at J.P. Morgan Chase, and a team member at Ernst & Young, where he earned his C.P.A. Mr. Grafer has also assisted a family office with early-stage investments in sustainably managed companies, including Honest Tea. Mr. Grafer is an elected member of the board of directors and executive committee of Americans For Fair Taxation ® (FairTax ® ) and has been a first-round judge for the McCloskey Business Plan competition at the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Grafer received a B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Walter F. McLallen
Walter F. McLallen is a member of our Board of Directors. Mr. McLallen is a finance professional with over 25 years of leveraged finance, private equity and operations experience. Mr. McLallen has been the Managing Member of Meritage Capital Advisors, an advisory boutique firm focused on debt and private equity transaction origination, structuring and consulting, since 2004. Mr. McLallen has extensive board and organizational experience and has served on numerous corporate and non-profit boards and committees, with a significant historical focus on consumer products-related companies. Mr. McLallen served as a director of publicly traded Centric Brands Inc. (Nasdaq: CTRC), a lifestyle brands collective in the branded and licensed apparel and accessories sectors, from 2016 to 2020, and AerCap Holdings N.V. (NYSE: AER), an aircraft leasing company, from 2015 to 2017. Since 2017, Mr. McLallen has served as a director of OneSpaWorld Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: OSW), a pre-eminent global provider of health and wellness services and products onboard cruise ships and in destination resorts around the world and, since June 2019, he has served as a director of Haymaker Acquisition Corp. II (Nasdaq: HYAC), a special purpose acquisition company. He also served on the boards of several consumer-focused private companies, including Timeless Wine Company, the producer of consumer luxury wine brands Silver Oak, Twomey and OVID; Worldwise, a consumer branded pet products company; adMarketplace, a search engine advertiser; and Classic Brands, an e-commerce marketer of mattresses and related products. Mr. McLallen is also a Founder and Co-Chairman of Tomahawk Strategic Solutions, a law enforcement and corporate training and risk management company. From 2006 to 2015, he was Vice Chairman of Remington Outdoor Company, an outdoor consumer platform he co-founded with a major investment firm. Mr. McLallen was formerly with CIBC World Markets from 1995 to 2004, during which time he was a Managing Director, head of Debt Capital Markets and head of High Yield Distribution. Mr. McLallen started his career in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department of Drexel Burnham Lambert and was a founding member of The Argosy Group L.P. Mr. McLallen received a B.A. with a double major in Economics and Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Chief Executive Officer, Director
Shawn Nelson founded Lovesac in 1998 and is currently serving as Chief Executive Officer of the Company and as a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Nelson is the lead designer of the Company's patented products and leads sourcing, creative, design, public relations, investor relations and culture. In 2005, Mr. Nelson won Richard Branson's "The Rebel Billionaire" on Fox and continues to participate in ongoing TV appearances. Mr. Nelson has a Master's Degree in Strategic Design and Management and is a graduate-level instructor at Parsons, The New School for Design in New York City. Mr. Nelson is also fluent in Mandarin.
Shirley Romig is a member of our Board of Directors. Ms. Romig has two decades of experience in operationalizing growth strategies and leading transformational initiatives in complex consumer-oriented and technology organizations. Currently, Ms. Romig is a Vice President with Lyft, leading Global Operations, East and Canada. From 2017-2019, Ms. Romig was the Group Vice President of Ancillary Operations at Equinox and led six lines of businesses within its fitness clubs. From 2016-2017, Ms. Romig was the Head of Retail Strategy for SapientRazorfish, a global digital agency. From 2013 to 2015, Ms. Romig was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy with HBC responsible for implementation of growth initiatives across Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks OFF 5th, Lord & Taylor and Hudson’s Bay in Canada. Ms. Romig also served as a Vice President for Saks Incorporated where she led the company’s omnichannel transformation work and launched Saksoff5th.com as well as numerous growth initiatives for Saks.com. Earlier in her career, Ms. Romig worked in equity research and digital and strategy consulting. Ms. Romig holds an M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business and a Bachelor of Science from the McIntire School of Commerce, both at the University of Virginia.