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Lawrence J. Waldman was appointed a member of the Board of Directors on October 5, 2016 and currently serves as Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Audit Committee as well as the Lead Independent Director. Mr. Waldman has over forty years of experience in public accounting. He joined First Long Island Investors LLC, an investment and wealth management firm, as a Senior Advisor in May 2016. Prior to that Mr. Waldman served as an advisor to the accounting firm of EisnerAmper LLP, where he was previously the Partner-in-Charge of Commercial Audit Practice Development for Long Island since September 2011. Prior to joining EisnerAmper LLP, Mr. Waldman was the Partner-in-Charge of Commercial Audit Practice Development for Holtz Rubenstein Reminick, LLP from July 2006 to August 2011. Mr. Waldman was the Managing Partner of the Long Island office of KPMG LLP from 1994 through 2006, the accounting firm where he began his career in 1972. Mr. Waldman serves as a director of Apyx Medical Corporation, formerly Bovie Medical Corporation, since 2011 and he is currently the Chair of the Audit Committee and Lead Independent Director of the Board. Mr. Waldman has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Northstar/RXR Metro Income Fund, a non-traded Real Estate Investment Trust, and has served as a member of its audit committee from 2014 until October of 2018. Mr. Waldman was elected to the Board of Directors of Comtech Telecommunications Corp. in August of 2015, since December 2015, serves as Chair of its Audit Committee and since December 28, 2021 serves as Lead Independent Director. Mr. Waldman is also the Chair of the Supervisory Committee of Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Mr. Waldman previously served as a member of the State University of New York's Board of Trustees and as chair of its audit committee. He also previously served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Power Authority and as Chair and a member of the finance and audit committee of its Board of Trustees. Mr. Waldman is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Waldman qualifies to serve as a director, Audit Committee Chairman and Lead Independent Director because of his more than 40 years’ experience in public accounting and his service on various boards.
Emmanuel Lakios was appointed to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company on January 22, 2021, and on July 15, 2021 was elected by the shareholders as a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Lakios joined the Company as Vice President Sales and Marketing in February 2017. Mr. Lakios has over thirty (30) years of experience serving the aerospace, semiconductor, data storage and optical device industries and is the holder of several patents in the field of process equipment and device structure. From January 2015 through February 2017, Mr. Lakios was the President and Chief Executive Officer at Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc., overseeing that company’s transition from R&D to a leading global commercial UV LED supplier. From 2003 to 2011 he was the Executive Vice President of Field Operations and President and Chief Operating Officer at Imago Scientific, bringing it from pre-revenue to a commercial leadership position in the 3D atomic scale tomography field. Mr. Lakios was previously employed at Veeco Instruments Inc. from 1984 until 2003, where he held several positions, including President of the Process Equipment Group and Executive Vice President of Field Operations. He has been involved in several acquisitions and numerous product line launches. He received his BE in Mechanical Engineering with focus in Material Science from SUNY Stony Brook in 1984.
Raymond Nielsen was appointed a member of the Board of Directors on October 5, 2016. Mr. Nielsen was the Director of Finance for The Beechwood Organization until January 2019 and has been responsible for Project and Corporate Finance including Strategic Planning Initiatives since 2014. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Dime Community Bank since its merger on February 1, 2021 with Bridge Bancorp Inc. In addition, he is Chairman of the Credit Risk Committee and a member of the Audit and Compliance Committees. Prior to the merger, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Bridgehampton National Bank and Bridge Bancorp Inc., its Parent holding company since 2013, and served on the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee, as well as on the ALCO and Loan Committees and the Compliance BSA & CRA Committee. Mr. Nielsen also served as a Director of North Fork Bancorporation and its subsidiary North Fork Bank from 2000 to 2006 where he chaired both the Compensation Committee and Audit Committee as well as having served as Lead Independent Director. Mr. Nielsen is the former CEO of Reliance Federal Savings Bank and Herald National Bank, and a 45-year veteran of the banking industry. Mr. Nielsen’s extensive public company, banking and real estate development experience will provide a valuable resource to the Board of Directors and Executive Management.
Conrad J. Gunther has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2000. Mr. Gunther has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and in raising capital through both public and private means. He has been an executive officer and director of several banks, both public and private, and has served on the boards of two other public companies. Since December 2016, Mr. Gunther has served as an Executive Officer and Chief Lending Officer for Dime Community Bank, a Long Island, New York based commercial bank, where he is responsible for all lending. From July 2015 to December 2016, Mr. Gunther served as an Executive Vice President and Senior Loan Officer for First Federal Savings Bank, a Long Island, New York based Thrift. Mr. Gunther qualifies to serve on our board of directors as a result of his experience and expertise in the financial community.
Dr. Brill was appointed a Director of the Company on March 5, 2021. Dr. Brill was co-founder and managing partner of Newlight Management from 1997-2019, which managed venture capital funds that focused on early stage technology companies. Prior to co-founding Newlight, Dr. Brill was a general partner of Poly Ventures, a Long Island based venture capital fund. Dr. Brill is a member of the Board of Directors of the L.I. Angel Network, the L.I. High Tech Incubator and several private companies. Dr. Brill has also previously served on the Board of Directors of multiple public and private companies. Dr. Brill served as General Manager of Harris Corporation’s CMOS Semiconductor Division. He also held various technical and management positions at IBM’s semiconductor operation. Dr. Brill holds a Ph.D. in nuclear physics from Brown University and a B.A. and a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Lehigh University. Dr. Brill had previously served on the Company’s Board from April 2018 until October 2019.