Warren B. Phelps III
Chairman of the Board
Warren B. Phelps III has been a director since September 2007 and Chairman of the Board since August. 2017. Since January 2013 he has served as Executive Chairman of Empower RF Systems, a developer and manufacturer of high power RF amplifiers for the defense and commercial markets. Mr. Phelps joined the Board of Empower in February 2007, and served as its Chairman and CEO from October 2009 to January 2013. Since May of 2017, Mr. Phelps has also served on the Board of Luna Innovations, a developer and manufacturer of high speed optical test products for the commercial and defense markets. From 2000 until his retirement in September 2006, Mr. Phelps served in several executive positions for Spirent Communications plc, a leading communications technology company, most recently as President of the Performance Analysis Broadband division. From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Phelps was at Netcom Systems, a provider of network test and measurement equipment, most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that, Mr. Phelps held executive positions, including Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, at MICOM Communications and in various financial management roles at Burroughs/Unisys Corporation. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of St. Lawrence University. Mr. Phelps holds a B.S. degree in mathematics from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York and an M.B.A. from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. We believe that Mr. Phelps is qualified to serve as both a Board member and as the financial expert of our Audit Committee due to his extensive experience as a President or a Chief Executive Officer of a variety of companies in the technology industry, as well as his experience in financial management roles, including the creation and oversight of internal controls, preparation of the financial statements and coordination of the audit for public companies.
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Lev Peker has been our Chief Executive Officer and a director since January 2019. He previously served as the Chief Marketing Officer of Adorama Camera Inc., a leading online destination for photography, imaging and consumer electronics, from August 2015 to December 2018. Prior to that time, Lev served as the Senior Director and General Manager of eCommerce Strategy and Operations of Sears Holding Corporation, a leading integrated retailer providing merchandise and related services, from August 2014 until July 2015. From April 2008 until July 2014, Lev served in various roles at U.S. Auto Parts including as Vice President and General Manager of Online Marketplaces from June 2013 to July 2014, as Director and General Manager of Online Marketplaces from March 2009 until June 2013, and as Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis from April 2008 until March 2009. Lev’s prior experience also includes serving as a Senior Financial Analyst at Smart & Final, Inc., as a Senior Analyst at KPMG, and as a Senior Associate at Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP.
Lev holds a B.A. degree in Accounting from the University of Southern California and an M.B.A. degree in Marketing and Strategy from University of California, Los Angeles and a Certified Public Accountant for the State of California. We believe Lev’s valuable business and leadership experience, particularly in the e-commerce industry, combined with his intimate knowledge of our financial and operational status gained through his various roles at the Company, qualifies Lev to serve as a director. Lev is married to Inna Trosman and they have three wonderful children. Lev met Inna when they were in high school and been together since then.
Joshua L. Berman
Joshua L. Berman has been a director since October 2007. Mr. Berman co-founded and serves as President of BeachMint, a next generation eCommerce company focused on building brands and delivering a personalized user experience, since April 2010. Mr. Berman served as President of Slingshot Labs, an incubator dedicated to building and developing new web ventures for News Corporation, from February 2008 through April 2010. Mr. Berman was a co-founder of MySpace.com, a leading online lifestyle portal, and served as its Chief Operating Officer from January 2003 until April 2010. Prior to 2003, Mr. Berman co-founded and managed two Internet companies: Response Base Marketing, where he held positions as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer from 2001 through 2003, and Xdrive Technologies from 1999 through November 2001, where he served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Corporate Development. Mr. Berman also worked from 1997 through 1999 as a management consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers and as an international marketing manager and a senior financial analyst at Twentieth Century Fox. Mr. Berman was actively licensed as a certified public accountant from 1991 through 2002, and holds a B.A. degree in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California. We believe that Mr. Berman is qualified to serve as a director due to his industry knowledge and operational experience with, and service as COO or President of internet companies, including internet marketing and social networking, combined with his strong accounting and financial background and management experience.
Jay K. Greyson
Jay K. Greyson was appointed Director on June 17, 2014. Mr. Greyson currently serves as Co-Founder, Partner, Managing Director, and Principal of Supply Chain Equity Partners, a committed capital private equity fund dedicated exclusively to the distribution and supply chain industry. Mr. Greyson also currently serves as Managing Director and Principal for Vetus Partners, an investment bank, and as Chief Compliance Officer of Vetus Securities, a registered broker dealer. Before co-founding Supply Chain Equity Partners, Mr. Greyson established and led practice groups at Brown Gibbons Lang & Company, a regional investment banking firm. Over his career, Mr. Greyson has held various operating company roles including General Manager, National Sales Manager, Product Manager and Marketing Manager, as well as having served on a number of boards. Mr. Greyson holds a B.S. degree from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Mr. Kanen has served as the Managing Member of Kanen Wealth Management, LLC, a registered investment advisor, since 2016 and as President and Portfolio Manager of Philotimo Fund, LP, a hedge fund focused on small-cap value and activism, since December 2016. From 2012 to 2016, Mr. Kanen was an independent advisor at Aegis Capital, Inc. Prior to that he worked as a retail and institutional financial advisor for various investment firms, including A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. from 1992 to 2004. Mr. Kanen holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Jacksonville University. Mr. Kanen also serves on the Board of Directors of Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. (NASDAQ:DAVE), which develops, owns, operates and franchises barbeque restaurants.
Sol Khazani is a co-founder of U.S. Auto Parts and has been a director since January 2001. Mr. Khazani also served as our the Company's Chairman of the Board from January 2001 to March 2007, as our Chief Financial Officer from January 2001 to April 2005 and as a Vice President from October 1995 to January 2001. From 1995 through December 2008, Mr. Khazani served as the Vice President of American Condenser, Inc., a company that he co-founded which manufactures air-conditioning condensers for automotive and industrial applications. Mr. Khazani also serves as financial director of the non-profit organization Women for World Health. Mr. Khazani holds a B.S. degree in accounting and an M.B.A. from National University in San Diego. We believe Mr. Khazani's extensive background in the auto parts and industrial manufacturing and distribution industries provides a valuable juxtaposition with the e-commerce experience of many our other directors. We also believe that his historical insight into the Company's operations and strategic relationships, combined with his foresight and creativity in driving the growth of U.S. Auto Parts from a small, local operation delivering parts to an international internet organization qualifies him to serve as a director.
Mr. Nia is one of our co-founders and previously served as our Chief Executive Officer and President and a director from 1995 until 2007 where he helped lead the growth and transformation of our company from a regional wholesaler of collision auto parts into an e-commerce retailer by the year 2000 and a wholesaler with a diversified base of auto products. Mr. Nia holds a B.A. degree in biology from San Diego State University. Mr. Nia also serves on the Board of Directors of Mylife.com, an e-commerce company with the mission of helping people find and connect with others and manage the information they choose to share with the world.