Warren B. Phelps III
Chairman of the Board
Warren B. Phelps III has been a director since September 2007 and Chairman of the Board since August. 2017. Since January 2013 he has served as Executive Chairman of Empower RF Systems, a developer and manufacturer of high power RF amplifiers for the defense and commercial markets. Mr. Phelps joined the Board of Empower in February 2007, and served as its Chairman and CEO from October 2009 to January 2013. Since May of 2017, Mr. Phelps has also served on the Board of Luna Innovations, a developer and manufacturer of high speed optical test products for the commercial and defense markets. From 2000 until his retirement in September 2006, Mr. Phelps served in several executive positions for Spirent Communications plc, a leading communications technology company, most recently as President of the Performance Analysis Broadband division. From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Phelps was at Netcom Systems, a provider of network test and measurement equipment, most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that, Mr. Phelps held executive positions, including Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, at MICOM Communications and in various financial management roles at Burroughs/Unisys Corporation. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of St. Lawrence University. Mr. Phelps holds a B.S. degree in mathematics from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York and an M.B.A. from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. We believe that Mr. Phelps is qualified to serve as both a Board member and as the financial expert of our Audit Committee due to his extensive experience as a President or a Chief Executive Officer of a variety of companies in the technology industry, as well as his experience in financial management roles, including the creation and oversight of internal controls, preparation of the financial statements and coordination of the audit for public companies.
Aaron E. Coleman
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Aaron E. Coleman has been our Chief Executive Officer and a director since March 2017 and our President since October 2016. Aaron has over 20 years of leadership experience across the retail, travel and software industries. He previously served as our Chief Operating Officer from September 2010 to March 2017 where he was responsible for executing the company's core aftermarket retail auto parts business. Prior to that time, Aaron served as our Executive Vice President of Operations and Chief Information Officer from April 2008 until September 2010.
From July 2007 to April 2008, Aaron served as Senior Vice President of Blockbuster Online focused on the digital and by mail subscription business. Prior to that time, Aaron served as Vice President of Blockbuster Online from March 2005 until September 2007, where he was responsible for the technology, distribution and contact center organizations. From April 2003 to March 2005, Aaron was the Chief Technology Officer of Travelweb LLC, which is was founded by the large hotel brands and was acquired by Priceline.com Incorporated. Aaron's prior experience also comprises managing the customer facing infrastructure for American Airlines which includes AA.com, kiosks and their CRM as well as various product management, technology and marketing roles at Chipshot.com and Baan.
Aaron is married to Jenny Coleman and they have two wonderful daughters, Ashley and Kennedy. Aaron holds a B.A. Degree in Business Administration from Gonzaga University.
Joshua L. Berman
Joshua L. Berman has been a director since October 2007. Mr. Berman co-founded and serves as President of BeachMint, a next generation eCommerce company focused on building brands and delivering a personalized user experience, since April 2010. Mr. Berman served as President of Slingshot Labs, an incubator dedicated to building and developing new web ventures for News Corporation, from February 2008 through April 2010. Mr. Berman was a co-founder of MySpace.com, a leading online lifestyle portal, and served as its Chief Operating Officer from January 2003 until April 2010. Prior to 2003, Mr. Berman co-founded and managed two Internet companies: Response Base Marketing, where he held positions as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer from 2001 through 2003, and Xdrive Technologies from 1999 through November 2001, where he served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Corporate Development. Mr. Berman also worked from 1997 through 1999 as a management consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers and as an international marketing manager and a senior financial analyst at Twentieth Century Fox. Mr. Berman was actively licensed as a certified public accountant from 1991 through 2002, and holds a B.A. degree in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California. We believe that Mr. Berman is qualified to serve as a director due to his industry knowledge and operational experience with, and service as COO or President of internet companies, including internet marketing and social networking, combined with his strong accounting and financial background and management experience.
Jay K. Greyson
Jay K. Greyson was appointed Director on June 17, 2014. Mr. Greyson currently serves as Co-Founder, Partner, Managing Director, and Principal of Supply Chain Equity Partners, a committed capital private equity fund dedicated exclusively to the distribution and supply chain industry. Mr. Greyson also currently serves as Managing Director and Principal for Vetus Partners, an investment bank, and as Chief Compliance Officer of Vetus Securities, a registered broker dealer. Before co-founding Supply Chain Equity Partners, Mr. Greyson established and led practice groups at Brown Gibbons Lang & Company, a regional investment banking firm. Over his career, Mr. Greyson has held various operating company roles including General Manager, National Sales Manager, Product Manager and Marketing Manager, as well as having served on a number of boards. Mr. Greyson holds a B.S. degree from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Sol Khazani is a co-founder of U.S. Auto Parts and has been a director since January 2001. Mr. Khazani also served as our the Company's Chairman of the Board from January 2001 to March 2007, as our Chief Financial Officer from January 2001 to April 2005 and as a Vice President from October 1995 to January 2001. From 1995 through December 2008, Mr. Khazani served as the Vice President of American Condenser, Inc., a company that he co-founded which manufactures air-conditioning condensers for automotive and industrial applications. Mr. Khazani also serves as financial director of the non-profit organization Women for World Health. Mr. Khazani holds a B.S. degree in accounting and an M.B.A. from National University in San Diego. We believe Mr. Khazani's extensive background in the auto parts and industrial manufacturing and distribution industries provides a valuable juxtaposition with the e-commerce experience of many our other directors. We also believe that his historical insight into the Company's operations and strategic relationships, combined with his foresight and creativity in driving the growth of U.S. Auto Parts from a small, local operation delivering parts to an international internet organization qualifies him to serve as a director.
Mr. Nia is one of our co-founders and previously served as our Chief Executive Officer and President and a director from 1995 until 2007 where he helped lead the growth and transformation of our company from a regional wholesaler of collision auto parts into an e-commerce retailer by the year 2000 and a wholesaler with a diversified base of auto products. Mr. Nia holds a B.A. degree in biology from San Diego State University. Mr. Nia also serves on the Board of Directors of Mylife.com, an e-commerce company with the mission of helping people find and connect with others and manage the information they choose to share with the world.
Barbara Palmer has been a director since November 2013 and since February 2016 has served as a marketing and executive leadership consultant. Prior to that time, Ms. Palmer served as Chief Revenue Officer of CallFire, Inc., a communications software technology company in Santa Monica, California from January 2014 to February 2016. From April 2008 to January 2014, Ms. Palmer held the role of President of The Search Agency, Inc., the largest independent search marketing agency in the country. Before joining The Search Agency, Ms. Palmer served as a partner in 2 Degrees Ventures, a branded entertainment agency and as the Senior Vice President Marketing Operations for Ameriquest Mortgage Company. She has also served as Senior Vice President Marketing Operations at United Online, Inc., parent company to internet brands NetZero and Juno, as well as various other roles in entertainment marketing. Ms. Palmer was honored with the Los Angeles Women of Influence Award from the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2016 and holds a B.S. degree from Ithaca College. We believe that Ms. Palmer is qualified to serve as a director due to her operational experience and service as Chief Revenue Officer and President of companies within various industries, combined with her financial background and management experience.
Bradley E. Wilson
Bradley E. Wilson has been a director since November 2013. Mr. Wilson has served as the Chief Marketing Officer of LendingTree since July 2017 where he has been responsible for overseeing LendingTree’s brand strategy, marketing operations and consumer engagement. From January 2015 through July 2016, Mr. Wilson served as the General Manger for Travelocity’s business unit within Expedia, Inc., where he had full responsibility for retail operations and profitability of the business. Prior to this role, he served as the Chief Marketing Officer for Travelocity from 2011 to January 2015, where he was responsible for brand strategy, marketing efficiency, and customer lifecycle management and was instrumental in the company's performance turnaround, revitalizing the Travelocity brand in North America prior to the company’s sale to Expedia, Inc. Before joining Travelocity, Mr. Wilson served as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Brand Management for Nutrisystem where he was accountable for revenue generation, marketing efficiency and brand stewardship across Nutrisystem’s portfolio of brands from 2007 to 2011. Mr. Wilson also previously served in marketing and customer acquisition for both Match.com and Blockbuster Online. Mr. Wilson holds a B.S. degree from the University of Texas and an M.B.A. from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. We believe that Mr. Wilson is qualified to serve as a director due to his combined online marketing expertise and operational management experience from serving as an executive for leading consumer brands on the internet.