Chief Executive Officer
Richard Hermanns, age 55, was elected as a director in July of 2019 and currently serves as president and chief executive officer of HireQuest, Inc. Mr. Hermanns has nearly thirty years of experience in the temporary staffing industry. He previously served as chief executive officer and secretary of Hire Quest, LLC since the Company’s founding in 2002. He also previously served in the same capacities for predecessor entities since July 1991. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors and President of Hirequest Insurance Company and has been since its founding in 2010. He has been Chief Executive Officer of Hire Quest Financial, LLC since its founding in 2006. Together with Edward Jackson, Mr. Hermanns owns a majority stake in Bass Underwriters, Inc., a large managing general insurance agent. Prior to founding Hire Quest and its related entities, Mr. Hermanns previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Outsource International, and as an Assistant Vice President for NCNB National Bank (now Bank of America). Mr. Hermanns obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Finance from Barry University, and his Masters of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Southern California. Mr. Hermanns is also active in the charitable realm. Among his charitable pursuits, he founded the Higher Quest Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting global hunger in a more sustainable way.
Edward Jackson, age 54, was elected to the board of directors in July of 2019. Mr. Jackson has more than 35 years of experience in the insurance industry. He is currently the president of Bass Underwriters, Inc., a large managing general insurance agent (“Bass”), in which he and Mr. Hermanns own a majority stake. In his capacity as president of Bass he oversees all management operations, marketing strategies, underwriting reviews, and claims procedures. He also has diverse business holdings in industries other than insurance. He was previously a member of and consultant to Hire Quest Holdings, LLC and its related family of companies. He owns and is president of one of the largest Haagen Dazs franchise stores in North America, and he founded a company that provides inspection services for insurance carriers nationwide. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Risk Management and Insurance from Florida State University. He holds insurance licenses in General Lines (Property & Casualty), and Surplus Lines, Health, and Life.
Payne Brown, age 56, was elected as a director in July of 2019. Mr. Brown currently serves as the President of THINK450, a for-profit innovation engine of the National Basketball Players Association. In this role, he is charged with creating disruptive and substantive business relationships for the most marketable athletes on the planet. THINK450 represents every current NBA player and works with leading companies and brands across all industries to help its members capitalize on growth opportunities in the areas of content, marketing, technology, and licensing. Prior to becoming President of THINK450, Mr. Brown was the Managing Partner of Econet Media Partners, a licensor of sports content and production investor in video content in Sub-Saharan Africa. He has also served as Managing Director of Highbridge Principal Strategies, an alternative investment management organization founded in 1992, with a diversified investment platform including hedge funds, traditional investment management products, and credit and equity investments with longer-term holding periods. Mr. Brown serves on the Board of Directors of REVOLT TV, a multimedia platform founded by Sean “Diddy” Combs. He has been the Chief of Staff to Dick Parsons during his time as interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers. Mr. Brown has also been a Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and a corporate officer at Comcast Corporation. He has served on numerous boards including the Philadelphia Urban League, Project Home, and the Board of Advisors for the Philadelphia chapter of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications. He has been named among CAbleFax Magazine’s “Most Influential Minorities in Cable,” Ebony Magazine’s “Power 100,” and Uptown Professional Magazine’s “100 Top Executives in America.” Mr. Brown received a Juris Doctor degree from George Washington University and his Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Purdue University.
Kathleen Shanahan, age 60, was elected to the board of directors in July of 2019. Ms. Shanahan presently is Co-Chief Executive Officer of Turtle & Hughes, Inc. Established in 1923, Turtle & Hughes ranks among the nation’s top twenty electrical distribution companies serving the industrial, construction, commercial, electrical contracting, export, and utility industries. Turtle & Hughes operates in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico and is a certified women-owned business. Ms. Shanahan is currently Chair, and was previously Chair and Chief Executive Officer, of Ground Works Solutions, formerly URETEK Holdings, Inc., a corporation focused on soil stabilization and densification through a patented polymer-based application process. She has also been the CEO and Chairman of WRSCompass, an environmental engineering and contracting company with a national footprint. She served as Chief of Staff for Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Chief of Staff for Vice President-elect Dick Cheney, Deputy Secretary of the California Trade and Commerce Agency for Governor Wilson, Special Assistant to then Vice President George H. W. Bush, and Staff Assistant to President Ronald Reagan’s National Security Council. Ms. Shanahan currently serves and has served in the past on several other boards of public and private corporations as well as government and civic organizations. She currently serves on the board of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation. She received her undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego, Revelle College, and her Masters in Business Administration from New York University.
R. Rimmy Malhotra
R. Rimmy Malhotra, age 41, was appointed to our Board of Directors on April 6, 2016. From 2013 to the present, Mr. Malhotra has served as the Managing Member and Portfolio Manager for the Nicoya Fund LP, a private investment partnership. Previously, from 2008 to 2013 he served as portfolio manager of the Gratio Values Fund, a mutual fund registered under the Investment Act of 1940. Prior to this, he was an Investment Analyst at a New York based hedge fund. He earned an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania where he was a Lauder Fellow. Mr. Malhotra holds undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Economics from Johns Hopkins University. The particular experience, qualifications, attributes or skills that led our Board to conclude that Mr. Malhotra should continue to serve as a director of our Company include his experience with public equities and his qualifications as a financial matters expert.
Lawrence F. Hagenbuch
Lawrence F. Hagenbuch, age 51, was appointed to our Board of Directors in April 2018. He brings extensive operations and board experience to Command Center, along with expertise in the creation of innovative marketing and planning strategies. Mr. Hagenbuch is currently a Managing Director with Huron Consulting. Mr. Hagenbuch served on the board of directors and the audit and compensation committees of the publicly traded firm Remy International from 2008 until the sale of the company in 2015. He currently serves on the board of directors of the publicly traded company Arotech. Mr. Hagenbuch has served in senior management positions at J. Hilburn, Alix Partners, GE / GE capital, and American National Can. Mr. Hagenbuch began his professional career in the United States Navy. Mr. Hagenbuch earned an undergraduate degree in engineering from Vanderbilt University on a full Navy ROTC scholarship. He later earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Hagenbuch currently serves as a founding board member of the veteran’s service charity, Soldiers Who Salsa. The particular experience, qualifications, attributes or skills that led our Board to conclude that Mr. Hagenbuch should continue to serve as a director of our Company include his years of operating experience at both large and growth-oriented companies, in addition to his experience as a director of other public companies.
Jack A. Olmstead
Jack A. Olmstead, age 66, was appointed as President of Tri-City Electrical Contractors, Inc., one of Florida’s leading electrical contractors, in 2001.He has over 37 years of operations management experience in the electrical construction industry. Mr. Olmstead also actively participates in trade associations and continuing education. A past president of The Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (“ABC”) -- Gulf Coast Chapter, Jack is currently a member of the National Committee for ABC. He serves on the boards for the CEO Council of Tampa and Build Tampa Bay. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Central Florida Chapter of the Children’s Home Society of Florida and is a dedicated supporter for Lifepath Hospice and PACE Center for Girls in Hillsborough County.