Chairman, Director since 2016
Mr. Patrick Beirne is a home building industry executive with nearly three decades of experience and a track record of operational excellence and sound strategic planning for businesses that require infrastructure and business development. Mr. Beirne is currently president of Nelson Pipeline Constructors, a leading utility contractor specializing in the construction of underground sewer, water and storm sewer pipelines. Prior to working at Nelson Pipeline Constructors Mr. Beirne worked at Pulte Group, Inc. for 29 years at various roles, including Central Area President. As Central Area President at Pulte Group, Inc. and member of the executive team, he helped create the strategy for the firm’s long term vision, oversaw operations in 10 states, and consistently grew the operation faster than other Pulte operations. Mr. Beirne earned a B.S. degree from Michigan State University, is a Licensed General Contractor (Florida), and is active in many community and charity organizations.
Arthur "Bart" Epker III
Chair Compensation Committee, Director since 2007
Mr. Arthur Epker is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Epker was appointed to the board in August 2007. Since 1992, Mr. Epker has been a Vice President of PAR Capital Management, Inc., the investment advisor to PAR Investment Partners, L.P. In that capacity, Mr. Epker manages a portion of the assets of PAR Investment Partners, L.P., a private investment fund and shareholder of the Company. Mr. Epker received his undergraduate degree in computer science and economics with highest distinction from the University of Michigan and received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Chair, Audit Committee Director since 2005
Mr. Peter Howell is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Howell was appointed to fill a vacancy on the board in February 2005. From 1997 to present, Mr. Howell has served as an officer, director or advisor to various business enterprises in the area of acquisitions, marketing and financial reporting. From August 1994 to August 1997, Mr. Howell served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Signature Brands USA, Inc. (formerly known as Health-O-Meter), and from 1989 to 1994 Mr. Howell served as Chief Executive Officer and a director of Mr. Coffee, Inc. Mr. Howell is a member of the board of directors of Great Lakes Cheese, Inc., a privately held company. Mr. Howell also spent 10 years as an auditor for Arthur Young & Co. (now Ernst & Young). Mr. Howell received a Master of Arts degree in Economics from Cambridge University.
Director since January 2020
Mr. Jeff Sheets has been a real estate development executive for over 35 years specializing in commercial real estate. He has extensive knowledge in office, retail, industrial flex development, land development, master planning and entitlements, for both residential and commercial projects, land acquisitions and property assessment. For the past 29 years, Jeff has been a Vice President at Koelbel & Company, a private Colorado commercial and residential development company, and has been involved in projects throughout the front range of Colorado. Jeff earned an undergraduate degree from Westmont College in Santa Barbara and a master’s degree from the University of Denver.
Fredrick A. Fendel III
Director since 2021
Mr. Fredrick (“Rick”) Fendel brings over 40 years of water rights legal experience to the Board, representing the Company in its water rights matters for the past 18 years. Mr. Fendel retired from his law practice in 2020 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2021. Mr. Fendel received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
Daniel R. Kozlowski
Director since 2021
Mr. Kozlowski is the founder and managing member of Plaisance Capital LLC, which owns approximately 15% of the Company common shares. Mr. Kozlowski brings more than 20 years of institutional investing experience to the Board having worked at Janus Capital Corporation as a portfolio manager of approximately $4 billion of capital in the Janus Contrarian Fund. Mr. Kozlowski earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Miami and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.