Board of Directors

 

John H. Myers | Director
John H. Myers | Director

Mr. Myers completed 38 years of service at General Electric, retiring in September 2006 as President and CEO of GE Asset Management (GEAM). At GEAM he was responsible for approximately $200 billion in assets under management for clients including GE’s pension funds, 401(k) plans, mutual funds and insurance companies as well as for more than 200 external institutional clients. More than 80% of GEAM’s assets were internally managed with multi-strategy capabilities and a significant focus on alternatives. Mr. Myers’s GE career spanned 37 years beginning in 1970 at GE’s Financial Management Program, then offshore assignments in Germany and Italy, and returning to the US in GE’s operating businesses. In 1981, he was appointed Deputy Treasurer of the company, named a GE Group Manager of Finance in 1984, and joined GEAM in 1986 as Executive Vice President with responsibility for fixed income, private equity, venture capital and real estate. He was named President and CEO in 1996.After retirement from GE, Mr. Myers continued his interest in the investment business by joining Angelo, Gordon, & Co. as a Senior Advisor and Partner and joining the Aurora Capital Group as a member of its Executive Board. He is on the Board of Directors of The Pebble Beach Company and also serves on the Advisory Board of Academy Securities.

Mr. Myers serves on several not-for profit boards including Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, Wagner College Board of Trustees, BuildOn, Hospital for Special Surgery Spine Care Institute, the Diocese of Bridgeport Cathedral Elementary School Cluster and American Corporate Partners, a veteran mentoring organization.

Mr. Myers was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, and served two tours of duty in Vietnam as a Line Officer.

Mr. Myers graduated from Wagner College with a B.S. in Mathematics.

Sidney Goodfriend | Director
Sidney Goodfriend | Director

Mr. Goodfriend is Founder and Chairman of American Corporate Partners. ACP is a nationwide mentoring program dedicated to helping veterans transition from the armed services to private enterprise through career counseling and networking with professionals from some of America’s finest corporations (www.acp-usa.org).Prior to starting ACP, Mr. Goodfriend spent more than 24 years as an investment banker mostly at Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse. Mr. Goodfriend was promoted to Managing Director in the investment banking division of Merrill Lynch in 1996 and has represented a number of the largest companies in the United States including General Electric, IBM and PepsiCo. He retired from Credit Suisse in 2007.

Mr. Goodfriend was born and raised in New York City. He received a BA in Economics from Johns Hopkins University and a MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. In addition to his role with American Corporate Partners, Mr. Goodfriend serves on the board of directors of Academy Securities, a post 9/11 disabled veteran owned and operated broker dealer and the board of directors of Student Sponsor Partners, an educational organization based in New York City. Mr. Goodfriend also serves on the KKR Veterans Advisory Council and is a member of Business Executives for National Security.

Mr. Goodfriend and his wife, Amy, reside in Connecticut and have three children.

Robert Lyons | Director
Robert Lyons | Director

Mr. Lyons has worked in the financial services industry for over 25 years. After receiving his MBA from University of Chicago in 1987, he went to Merrill Lynch where he worked on the Debt Capital Markets desk. During his 22 year career at Merrill Lynch he held a variety of debt origination positions, including Global Head of Debt Capital Markets from 2001 through 2005. His final position at Merrill was Vice Chairman in Investment Banking. While at Merrill Lynch, Mr. Lyons served on the board of Merrill Lynch Leasing Company and the Cayman Island Branch of Merrill Lynch Bank. From 2010 until 2013, Mr. Lyons worked at Knight Capital Group. Initially Mr. Lyons ran the Debt Origination business, but was soon promoted to Senior Managing Director and Co- Head of the Fixed Income Division. The Knight Fixed Income Division included both a sales and trading operation as well as a mortgage company. At Knight, Mr. Lyons served on the firm’s executive committee. Currently Mr. Lyons has a consulting practice that advises other securities firms on their fixed income operations.Mr. Lyons has a BA in Economics from Hamilton College and a Masters of Science in Accounting from NYU.

Kathy Schlein | Director
Kathy Schlein | Director

Ms. Schlein in an active angel investor and advisor to a number of startup companies across multiple different business sectors. Her focus has been in consumer-driven software and hardware technologies as well as lifestyle consumer products. Her expertise lies in branding and brand management, product development, and product marketing. Ms. Schlein started her career immediately after college working on the original Macintosh team at Apple and remained in Silicon Valley for 24 years working at a number of cutting–edge technology businesses. She was VP of Research & Development for Hasbro Inc., and in management at Apple twice, Momenta Corporation and T-Maker. She consulted for Life Technologies, Sanford Burnham Medical Discovery Institute, and Interval Research (a Paul Allen Think Tank). Ms. Schlein was a Board Member of: Logoworks (sold to HP), Skullcandy (IPO), Dotspotter (sold to CBS). Ms. Schlein sits on the Boards of the Trustee Council for Penn Women (TCPW) and the Track Alumni Board, and Stance’s (a consumer lifestyle business) Innovation Board of Advisors.Ms. Schlein has a BA in American History from The University of Pennsylvania, where she was the Captain of Penn’s Cross Country and Track Team with 8 Varsity letters, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

William F. Wright | Director
William F. Wright | Director

Mr. Wright is the founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of AMCON Corporation (1976-present), a wholesale beer distributor and investment company, and the founder, former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of AMCON Distributing Company (1981-2009). AMCON Distributing Company, with sales of $1 Billion, is a wholesale distributor to convenience stores and operates health and natural food stores in the midwestern and southern regions of the United States. Mr. Wright was also the founder and Senior Partner of Wright, Rembolt, Ludtke, Milligan & Berger for 14 years before leaving the firm in 1984. Mr. Wright’s consulting practice, primarily in the areas of finance, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations and liquidations, and new product development, has been providing services to various individuals and legal entities worldwide since 1978. Additionally, Mr. Wright was a principal in the initial phases of many companies including American Tool Companies, an international hand tool manufacturer of various products including Vise-Grip®, Quik-Grip®, and Irwin® branded tools; Gold Banc Corporation a regional banking corporation headquartered in Leawood, Kansas; and The Cayman Water Company, a privately-held water utility for Seven Mile Beach in the Cayman Islands.Mr. Wright was previously Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Industrial Finance Authority (NIFA), served as personal counsel to the Governor of Nebraska from 1983-1984, and has authored various business and tax articles.Mr. Wright’s professional and civic memberships include the District of Columbia Bar Association, Nebraska State Bar Association, American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, University of Nebraska Alumni Association (Life Member), and Duke University Law School Alumni Association.

Mr. Wright holds a Juris Doctor Degree from Duke University Law School, a Certified Public Accountant Certificate from the State of Nebraska, and a Business Administration degree from the University of Nebraska in accounting. In addition, Mr. Wright did graduate work in corporate finance.

Mr. Wright has one daughter and four sons – Wendy, Matthew, Mark, Carson, and Preston. He resides in Rancho Santa Fe, CA with his two youngest children and his wife Sally.

Chance Mims | Chairman
Chance Mims | Chairman

Mr. Mims founded Academy Securities in 2009 and provides overall leadership, strategy, and direction as Academy’s Chief Executive Officer and majority controlling shareholder. Immediately prior to launching Academy Securities, Mr. Mims founded and led a San Diego, California- based boutique real estate brokerage, mortgage, and property management firm. For a period of five years with that firm, Mr. Mims focused on investing in, advising on, financing, and managing real estate assets throughout the United States. Earlier in his civilian career, Mr. Mims was an executive and project manager at Home Depot. While with Home Depot he led a Six Sigma non-continental store profitability project that resulted in millions of dollars in annualized savings. Also at Home Depot, Mr. Mims was a regional project manager for a $400 million capital investment that resulted in an 80% increase in comparable store sales.

Previously, Mr. Mims served as a naval officer onboard the USS SENTRY MCM-3 and the USS JOHN PAUL JONES DDG-53 guided missile destroyer enforcing UN sanctions against Iraq and taking part in the initial strikes into Afghanistan during OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.

Mr. Mims holds a B.S. in Economics from the U.S. Naval Academy and an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Mr. Mims is a licensed California Real Estate Broker, and holds his FINRA Series 7, 24, and 63 licenses.

Phil McConkey | Director
Phil McConkey | Director

Mr. McConkey is the President and a Partner at Academy, responsible for overall leadership and overseeing daily operations, as well as business development and equities. Following careers in the military and the National Football League, Mr. McConkey embarked on a financial services career that has spanned over two decades. He has experience in the fields of asset management, trading, alternative investment strategies, and investment banking. He has worked for firms such as Wells Fargo Bank, Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas. Mr. McConkey played six years in the NFL following his military service and is best remembered for his touchdown catch in Super Bowl XXI for the New York Giants. He also played for the Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals and San Diego Chargers. In addition, he was a broadcaster for the New York Giants, CBS Sports, and FOX NY, where he won two New York Sports Emmys for his work on “Giants Today.”

Mr. McConkey holds a B.S. in Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy.  He also has FINRA Series 7, 24, 63, 65 and 55 licenses.

Douglas Greenwood | Director
Douglas Greenwood | Director

Mr. Greenwood is Chief Operating Officer and Partner at Academy responsible for our operations and governance. He brings over 30 years of investment banking and compliance expertise to the firm. He is also President and Chief Executive Officer of Pickwick Capital Partners LLC, a FINRA-SIPC registered broker/dealer. Prior to Pickwick, Mr. Greenwood was Managing Director of Investment Banking and subsequently President at Trautman Wasserman & Co., Inc. Earlier in his career, he worked at Alex Brown & Sons Inc. and its successor firm Deutsche Bank Alex Brown. Mr. Greenwood finished his tenure there as Managing Director in the corporate executive services group.

Mr. Greenwood earned a B.A. from Princeton University and holds his Series 4, 7, 24, 52, 63, 79 and 99 licenses.