Randy Boyd is the founder, Chairman and CEO of Radio Systems, a company, which he started in 1991. Radio Systems is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee and has over 630 associates worldwide with offices in seven countries. The company produces over 4,600 pet products under brand names such as Invisible Fence, PetSafe, and SportDOG. It is a privately held company with sales over $350 million.
Mr. Boyd serves on numerous boards. Corporate Boards: Clayton Bank Corp., a Knoxville based community bank; EDP BioTech, a bio-science company doing cancer and DNA research, and Radio Systems Corp. He is also on the Board of several non-profit organizations. Community non-profit boards: Innovation Valley, The East Tennessee Historical Society, Knoxville Zoo, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, and National Parks Conservation Association. Education related boards: The Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association, Webb School of Knoxville, Boys and Girls Clubs of East Tennessee Board of Trustees, Pond Gap University Assisted Community Schools, University of Tennessee College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council, and Knox County's Great School Partnership. He is also serving as President of the Boy Scout’s Great Smoky Mountain Council, as the United Way 2014 Campaign Chair for Knox County, and as Chairman of tnAchieves, a mentor-assisted scholarship program that covers the tuition for over 5,000 first generation community college students across the state of Tennessee.
In addition, Mr. Boyd and Radio Systems have contributed significantly to improving animal welfare. The company has provided the funds to create seven public dogs parks in the Knoxville area and has spear headed a collaborative effort to make Knoxville the most pet friendly community in America. As a part of this effort, Mr. Boyd has supported the development of a new Animal Adoption Center in Knoxville that will more than double the number of spay and neuter procedures that can be performed annually in Knoxville. In early 2010, the company donated $250,000 to the Blount County Animal Center as well as funded the PetSafe Chair of companion animal behavior within the Small Animal Clinical Sciences department of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee. Invisible Fence Brand has donated over 10,000 dog oxygen masks to Fire Departments around the United States as part of its “Project Breathe”.
Mr. Boyd has received several awards including Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the year for the Southeast in 2008, Tennessee Business Magazine’s CEO of the Year in 2009, UT’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009, and was inducted into Junior Achievement’s East Tennessee Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2013, he took a year off from his company to serve Governor Bill Haslam in a volunteer role as his Special Advisor on Higher Education.
He received a degree from The University of Tennessee in Industrial Management in 1979 and a Masters in Liberal Studies from Oklahoma University in 1988. He is married to his wife Jenny, has two sons, a dog (Spanky) two cats (Sebastian and Wolfgang), and a parrot (Max).
Todd G. Birdwell has served as a director of the Company since January 1994. He has served on the Audit and Finance Committee of the Board of Directors since July 1994. Mr. Birdwell currently is a Senior Vice President and Partner of Investment and Retirement Services Group. From June 1998 to December 2003 he served as Vice President and Financial Consultant with Hilliard Lyons. From July 1992 to June 1998 he was an investment broker with Morgan Keegan. Prior to this, Mr. Birdwell served as Vice President of Corporate Banking with First Tennessee Bank.
Richard B. Ray has been a Director of the Company since December 1994. He has served on the Audit and Finance Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors since July 1995. Since October 1995, Mr. Ray has been the Co-Chairman of the Board and Chief Financial Officer for 21st Mortgage Corporation, a company he co-founded. From 1982 through 1994, he was a director, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Clayton Homes, Inc., the nation’s largest vertically integrated manufactured home company. From 1992 to 2001, Mr. Ray was a director of BankFirst, a community bank headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, which was acquired by Branch Banking and Trust Company in 2001.
From September 1994 through September 1995, he was a director of Palm Harbor Homes, Inc., a manufactured homes manufacturer and, from 1991 to 1999, he was a director and member of the Executive Committee for the Knox Housing Partnership, a not-for profit developer of low income housing in Knox County, Tennessee. From September 1997 to June 2003, Mr. Ray was a trustee for the ‘N Tandem Real Estate Investment Trust, a publicly traded real estate investment trust which owned 36 manufactured home communities across the United States until it was acquired.
Michael Mars is the founding principal of mTerra Ventures, LLC , an early stage venture capital practice focused on catalyzing the development of a sustainable economy. He serves on the board of Radio Systems Corporation, Rexorce Thermionics, and Hawaiian Oceanic Technologies, and advises other companies in the portfolio. He is involved in a variety of philanthropic interests primarily in the area of conservation of nature, education, and healthcare. He serves on the board of two non-profit organizations, the Bhutan Foundation and The School for Field Studies. Prior to founding mTerra Ventures in 2007, Michael managed various business units for Mars Incorporated in Asia and North America. He is a graduate of Duke University. Michael has two children, and a dog and a cat, each adopted from animal shelters.
M. Hadley (“Hadley”) Mullin is a Managing Director and Partner at TSG Consumer Partners (“TSG”). TSG is a leading middle-market private equity firm focused exclusively on the branded consumer sector. Hadley’s responsibilities at TSG include originating new investment opportunities, structuring transactions, diligencing prospective investments and working with portfolio companies to accelerate growth. Prior to joining TSG, Hadley was with Bain & Company where she worked in a variety of practice areas, including consumer products, retail, and healthcare. Her Bain experience includes business unit strategy, sales and marketing optimization, and new product development. Hadley also worked in Bain’s private equity practice, where she conducted strategic and operational due diligence for private equity clients. Hadley received a BA, with top honors, in Government from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where she was an Arjay Miller Scholar. Hadley lives in Marin County, California with her husband, two children and Maine Coon cat, Bill.
Glenn Novotny is a Venture Partner at Telegraph Hill Partners, a San Francisco-based private equity firm investing in life science, medical device, and healthcare companies. Prior to joining Telegraph Hill, Glenn worked at Central Garden & Pet (NASDAQ – CENT) for 17 years, as President and COO from 1990 to 2003 and CEO from 2003 through 2007. Glenn was instrumental in taking Central public in 1993 and growing it from sales of $200 million to $1.7 billion through organic growth and over 40 acquisitions to create the largest pet supply and second largest garden supply company in the U.S. He also worked at Weyerhaeuser Corporation from 1970 to 1990 in a variety of operating, strategic planning, sales, and executive management roles. He served as CEO of Weyerhaeuser Garden Supply from 1988 to 1990.
Glenn has served on both public and private boards of directors and has significant entrepreneurial experience. Currently, Glenn is a director of Ditan Corp., Freedom Innovations, Nexus Biosystems, Pet Food Express, Reeb Millwork, and VeriTainer Corp., and an advisor to Trupanion Pet Health Insurance, Inc. Additionally, Glenn is the founder and CEO of Glennhawk Vineyards, Inc. Glenn received a BA from Chadron State College in Nebraska and graduated from the Harvard Business School Program for Executive Management Development. He is a member of the Chadron State College Board of Trustees and National Leadership Council. Glenn resides in Danville, California.