Mr. Watanabe has over 30 years of finance, accounting and operational experience and has served as the Chief Financial Officer for both public and private national retail companies. Prior to his March 2015 appointment as the Company's Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Watanabe recently served as Chief Operating Officer for National Stores, a discount department store chain that operates more than 300 locations. Prior to joining National Stores, from 2006-2014, Mr. Watanabe was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Anna's Linens a national textiles and home goods store that operates more than 300 locations. Mr. Watanabe, a veteran financial executive has also served as the Chief Financial Officer for Shoe Pavilion, Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas, Sears Health and Nutrition, PetSmart, Mac Frugal Bargain Closeout, Kay Bee Toys, and Motherhood Maternity. Mr. Watanabe began his career with Montgomery Ward and Filenes Basement. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts and obtained certification as a Public Accountant in Illinois.
September 2014 through March 2015 Mr. Yoshida served as our Principal Accounting Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Yoshida has served as our Vice President, Controller since 2009. From August 2005 until August 2009, Mr. Yoshida served as the Vice President Finance and Controller for Hot Topic, Inc. and as the Senior Director of Finance and Controller for Bristol Farms from December 1998 until August 2005. Mr. Yoshida served as Chief Financial Officer, Vice President Finance at Farmers Market from May 1995 to December 1998. From 1984 to 1995, Mr. Yoshida held various accounting and finance positions with Ralphs Grocery Company and Irvine Ranch Farmers Market. Mr. Yoshida received his B.S. degree in Accounting from the University of Southern California and an M.B.A. from the California State University, Los Angeles and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Bryan P. Stevenson has been our Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since March 2011. From January 2008 to March 2011, Mr. Stevenson served as Vice President, Associate General Counsel at Blockbuster Inc., which he joined as Senior Corporate Counsel in November 2004. Mr. Stevenson worked as an attorney in private practice from 1999 to 2004. Mr. Stevenson holds a B.A. from Dallas Baptist University and a J.D. from Baylor University.