Randy Boyd is the founder and Executive Chairman of Radio Systems Corporation 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 with sales over $350 million.
Mr. Boyd serves on numerous boards. Corporate Boards: Chairman of Radio Systems Corporation, Chairman of Zingy, a shared economy model dog walking service based in Santa Monica; and EDP BioTech, a bio-science company doing cancer and DNA research, , and Boyd Sports LLC, owner of the Tennessee Smokies Baseball team, the AA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.
He is also on the Board of several non-profit organizations. Community non-profit boards: Great Smoky Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts and outgoing President, National Parks Conservation Association, and outgoing Campaign Chair of the United Way of Greater Knoxville. Education related boards: Outgoing Chairman of The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (resigned with current ECD appointment), Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association, 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 Vice-Chairman of Knox County's Great School Partnership, and Chairman of tnAchieves, a mentor-assisted scholarship program that has sent over 10,000 first generation community college students across the state of Tennessee and in 2015 will provide operational support for students participating in the Tennessee Promise in 85 counties across the state.
In addition, Mr. Boyd and Radio Systems have contributed significantly to improving animal welfare. The company has provided the funds to create seven public dog 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 provided funding for 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 2014 University of Tennessee Alumni of the Year, 2014 Tennessee Business Round Table Gordon Fee Achievement Award, 2014 Pinnacle James Haslam Leadership Award, 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 leave of absence from his company to serve Governor Bill Haslam in a volunteer role as his Special Advisor on Higher Education assisting in the development of the Drive to 55 initiatives and the Tennessee Promise. The Tennessee Promise will provide free tuition and fees to community college to approximately 25,000 Tennesseans per year, all matched with a trained, volunteer mentor.
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 has two sons, Harrison and Thomas, two dogs, Spanky and Oscar, two cats Sebastian and Wolfgang, and one wife, Jenny, who he has been married to for 30 years.
Willie became associated with Radio Systems in 1995 as a contract sales agent calling on the pet trade. He joined the company in September, 1999 as Vice President of Sales moving his family from Colorado to Knoxville to assume the role.
Mr. Wallace has held a number of positions in the fifteen years he has worked in the Knoxville office including leading the sales and marketing teams, and new product development. He has help author and implement significant restructuring of the company to build for scalability to allow RSC to reach its aggressive growth targets.
He has been a key leader/coach in guiding Radio Systems to significant growth. His duties have included responsibility for directing new product conceptualization and development teams, marketing and brand, and sales on a global basis. He has also collaborated as a member of the company’s Senior Staff to develop and implement strategic direction for the company including acquisition and integration of over fifteen companies. He has also played in key positions in operations. Under his direction the company has launched hundreds of new products, initiated new profitable brands, significantly increased distribution of product globally.
Prior to joining Radio Systems, Willie cut his teeth in sales and marketing with both large corporate environments including Nabisco and Fort Howard paper as well as young start up companies such as CLA, a Manufacturers’ Representative organization that grew ten-fold during his four year service.
Wallace, a Colorado native, holds degrees from Hastings College (BA) where he was active in Student Government and a member of the football and debate teams and the University of Colorado (MBA). Willie lives in Maryville, Tennessee with his wife of 25 years, Brenda. He has twin eighteen-year-old sons, Teague and Taylor attending college in Washington state and Arizona. He stays active in that community in youth baseball and community service and enjoys fly fishing, running, and training and hunting his Labrador Retrievers, Jagger and Karlie.
Fun Fact: Randy and Willie ran with the Bulls in Pamplona Spain.
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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.
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.
Amy Miles was named as the Chief Executive Officer of Regal Entertainment Group June, 2009. Prior to serving in her new role, Ms. Miles served as the company’s Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since March, 2002. Ms. Miles also served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Regal Cinemas, Inc. from January, 2000 to March, 2002. Prior thereto, Ms. Miles served as Senior Vice President of Finance from April, 1999 to January, 2000. Prior to joining Regal, Ms. Miles was a Senior Manager with Deloitte & Touche from 1998 to 1999 and served in various capacities with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC from 1989 to 1998.
Ms. Miles currently serves as a director and Vice Chair for the National Association of Theatre Owners. She also serves as a director on the boards of Regal Entertainment Group, Open Road Films, National CineMedia, Variety of Eastern Tennessee, the Regal Foundation, Radio Systems, Norfolk Southern and Townsquare Media. Ms. Miles is ranked #44 in the Women in Entertainment Power 100 list.
Todd Brown is the retired Vice Chairman of ShoreBank Corporation with a track record of success in multiple senior management positions, combined with significant corporate and nonprofit board experiences. He championed development and launch of a major new online savings business while at ShoreBank. He led three different business divisions at Kraft Foods including the company’s e-commerce, foodservice and desserts divisions. In addition to serving on the board of Radio Sytems Corporation, Mr. Brown serves on the board of Horizon BCBSNJ, a $10 billion healthcare company where he serves on the compensation and governance committees.
Previously he served on the boards of Diversey Inc. and ADVO Inc. He is currently on the board of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and chairs the governance committee. Mr. Brown is a member of the executive committee of the board of the Metropolitan Planning Council in Chicago and is a trustee emeritus of Colgate University. Brown earned his M.B.A. at Wharton, holds a master’s degree in college administration from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University.
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