Patrick J. Bartels, Jr.
Patrick J. Bartels, Jr. is a senior investment professional with 20 years of experience and currently serves as the Managing Member of Redan Advisors LLC. His professional experience includes investing in complex financial restructurings and process intensive situations in North America, Asia and Europe in a broad universe of industries. Mr. Bartels has led creditors' committees and served as a director on numerous public and private boards of directors with an extensive track-record of driving value added returns for all stakeholders through governance, incentive alignment, capital markets transactions and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Bartels currently serves on the board of directors of B. Riley Principal Merger Corp., Parker Drilling Company, Vanguard Natural Resources, Inc., and Arch Coal, Inc. Mr. Bartels also served on the board of directors of WCI Communities, Inc. Mr. Bartels was previously a Managing Principal of Monarch Alternative Capital LP in New York, a private investment firm that focuses primarily on distressed companies. Prior to joining Monarch Alternative Capital LP, Mr. Bartels was a high-yield investments analyst at Invesco Ltd. He began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he was a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Bartels received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a concentration in Finance from Bucknell University. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Stephen Escudier is a Partner with the Credit Platform at EQT Partners based in New York. Mr. Escudier joined EQT Partners in 2010 in London and in 2017 moved to New York to establish the Credit business in North America focusing on the Special Situations Strategy. Prior to joining EQT Partners, Mr. Escudier worked for Apollo Management, a private equity investment firm focusing on leveraged buyouts and the purchase of distressed securities, from 2006 to 2009. Before this, he was involved in structuring and negotiating financing for leveraged buyouts and corporate acquisitions in the Morgan Stanley Leveraged and Acquisition Finance team in London from 2004 to 2006. Mr. Escudier graduated from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in 2004 with a first class honours Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Jeff Gardner joined Brinks Home Security™ in September 2015 with more than 25 years of expertise in operations management, strategic development, finance, accounting, and financial reporting. His management philosophy combines meticulous analysis, strong operational metrics, consistent communications, collaborative governance, and a passionate team approach.
Jeff was President and CEO for nine years at Windstream, a Fortune 500 communications and services provider. He transformed Windstream from a legacy wireline company to a next-generation communications leader as the company acquired nine entities with a combined value of more than $5 billion.
Before that, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Alltel Corp., and served in various executive positions at 360 Communications. Jeff is a current National Association of Corporate Directors Board Leadership Fellow. He is a CPA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance & Accounting from Purdue University, as well as an MBA from The College of William & Mary.
Mitchell Grossinger Etess
Mitchell Grossinger Etess served as Chief Executive Officer of Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment from May 2006 to September 2015. He also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mohegan Sun, a gaming and entertainment complex owned by Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, from August 2004 to December 2010. Mr. Etess previously served as Executive Vice President of Marketing from October 1999 to August 2004 and Senior Vice President of Marketing from November 1995 to October 1999. Prior to his employment with Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment and Mohegan Sun, Mr. Etess served as Vice President of Marketing at Players Island and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Hotel Operations at Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino. He also held various management positions in the hospitality and advertising industries.
Michael Kneeland has more than 35 years of management experience in the equipment rental industry, including key positions in sales and operations with private, public and investor-owned companies, including United Rentals, Inc., Free State Industries, Inc. and Equipment Supply Company. Mr. Kneeland has been non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of United Rentals since May 2019, following his retirement as chief executive officer, a position he had held since 2008. He has also served as a member of the board since 2008 and, from 2008 until March 2018, he served as president of United Rentals. Previously, he served as interim chief executive officer of United Rentals from 2007 to 2008. Mr. Kneeland joined United Rentals in 1998 as district manager upon its acquisition of Equipment Supply Company and held a variety of management roles from 1998 to 2007, including being named as executive vice president-operations in 2003. Mr. Kneeland also serves on the board of directors of Anticimex Group, a private pest-control company with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. From 2011 until June 2019, he also served on the board of directors of YRC Worldwide, Inc., a leading provider of transportation and global logistics services, and he served as the Chairman of the Compensation Committee from July 2011 until May 2017. In 2015, Mr. Kneeland was designated Co-Chair, Transportation Stakeholder Alliance (The Business Council of Fairfield County) and was also appointed to the National Advisory Board for the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.
Michael Meyers currently serves as an adjunct professor at Texas Christian University, where he teaches an MBA case study course at the Neeley School of Business that focuses on how capital structure enhances shareholder value. Mr. Meyers has held this position since January 2018. He also currently serves as the Manager of Mike R. Meyers LLC, a consulting and advisory services firm. Mr. Meyers previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ascent Capital Group, Inc., from 2011 until October 2017. Mr. Meyers also served as the Chief Financial Officer of Monitronics International, Inc., from July 1996 to October 2017. Prior to joining Monitronics, Mr. Meyers had over 15 years of accounting, finance, and operations experience, including working in public accounting firms as a certified public accountant. He has worked with a variety of businesses, including Fortune 500, medium, and small companies.
Dick Seger founded the residential home security company Securitas Direct Verisure in Sweden in 1988 as a division of Securitas AB, a global guarding and security services company. He was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Securitas Direct Verisure in 2006 after it was spun-off from Securitas AB and listed at the Nasdaq OMX Stockholm Exchange. He served in this role until 2016.
Mr. Seger has served as a board member of Anticimex AB, a global pest control company, since 2018, and as a board member of Securitas AB since 2017. Mr. Seger also works as an industrial adviser to EQT Partners, a private equity firm, as well as to small technology start-ups. Mr. Seger holds a Master of Science from the Linköping University in Sweden.