Board of Directors
Kevin A. Richardson, II joined the Company as chairman of the board of directors in August of 2005. Mr. Richardson founded Prides Capital LLC and Prides Capital Partners LLC in January 2004 where he is Managing Director. Prides Capital LLC and Prides Capital Partners LLC specialize in strategic block, active investing in small-cap and micro-cap public and private companies. From April 1999 until the end of 2003, Mr. Richardson was a partner at Blum Capital Partners, a $2.5 billion investment firm. Between May 1999 and September 2003, Mr. Richardson was the lead public partner on 18 investments. Prior to joining Blum Capital, Mr. Richardson was an analyst at Tudor Investment Corporation, an investment management firm. Previously, Mr. Richardson spent four years at Fidelity Management and Research where he was the assistant portfolio manager of the Fidelity Contra Fund, a registered investment company. Mr. Richardson also managed Fidelity Airline Fund, the Fidelity Aerospace and Defense Fund, and performed research and analysis in a variety of industry sectors (computer services, business services, media, financial services, and healthcare information technology). Mr. Richardson is also a member of the board of directors of As Seen On TV, Inc., a publicly traded multichannel distributor of As Seen On TV products and Pegasus Solutions, Inc., a travel technology company and was previously a board member of Healthtronics, Inc. and QC Holdings, Inc. Mr. Richardson received an undergraduate degree from Babson College and an M.B.A. from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina.
John F. Nemelka joined the Company as a member of the board of directors in October of 2009 and joined SANUWAVE, Inc. as a member of the board of directors in August of 2005. Mr. Nemelka brings to our board of directors a diverse background with both financial and operational experience. Since 2001, Mr. Nemelka has served as a managing principal of NightWatch Capital Advisors, LLC, an investment management firm.
Alan L. Rubino joined the Company as a member of the board of directors in September of 2013. Mr. Rubino has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Emisphere Technologies, Inc. since September, 2012. Previously, Mr. Rubino served as the CEO and President of New American Therapeutics, Inc., CEO and President of Akrimax Pharmaceuticals, LLC., and President and COO of Pharmos Corporation. Mr. Rubino has continued to expand upon a highly successful and distinguished career that included Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. where he was a member of the U.S. Executive and Operating Committees and a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) corporate officer. During his Roche tenure, he held key executive positions in marketing, sales, business operations, supply chain and human resource management, and was assigned executive committee roles in marketing, project management, and globalization. Mr. Rubino also held senior executive positions at PDI, Inc. and Cardinal Health. He holds a BA in economics from Rutgers University with a minor in biology/chemistry and completed post-graduate educational programs at the University of Lausanne and Harvard Business School. Mr. Rubino serves on the Boards of Aastrom Biosciences, Inc. and Genisphere, LLC and is also on the Rutgers University Business School Board of Advisors.
Mr. Stolarski founded Premier Shockwave, Inc. in October 2008 and has since served as its President and CEO. Previously, Mr. Stolarski served as the Vice President of Business Development and Acting CFO of SANUWAVE, Inc., President of the Orthopedic Division and Vice President of Finance for HealthTronics Surgical Services, Inc. and CFO and Controller of the Lithotripsy Division of Integrated Health Services, Inc. He holds a MS in Finance from Loyola College, Baltimore and a BS in Accounting and a BS in Finance from the University of Maryland, College Park.