Craig Brod, Ph.D
CEO and Director
Dr. Brod has more than 25 years of experience in retail development, strategic planning and innovation for businesses in the United States and Asia. He is the founder of Imaginarium Toy Centers Inc., a national chain of educational toy stores with peak sales of $650 million that was later purchased by Toys ”R” Us Inc. Dr. Brod was executive vice president for WPI-Koll real estate, where he was responsible for store mix, merchandising concepts and brand development. He has conducted consumer initiatives for companies as diverse as Sesame Street and Reebok. Dr. Brod is a founder of Just Cause Investors, Inc., a firm that specializes in strategic planning and raising money for social impact businesses, and holds a Ph.D. in clinical and organizational psychology.
Mr. Nowodworski is a Certified Public Accountant [CPA] with 30 years’ experience in financial services and retail. Of particular value to RYU is Mr. Nowodworski’s experience as Chief Financial Officer of Lucy Activewear, Inc. (“Lucy”), a company that was acquired by VF Corporation, which is a $7 billion public company. Lucy designs, sources, and retails women’s active wear through approximately 65 retail locations with annual sales exceeding $75 million. Mr. Nowodworski supported Lucy’s growth from 28 locations to 75 locations with over 700 employees in approximately 20 states. In addition to his experience at Lucy, Mr. Nowodworski has completed over 85 operating leases for a diverse group of retailers and has significant experience in developing banking relationships, and placements of term loans. Mr. Nowodworski also has extensive experience in point of sale and retail information systems.
Mr. Marcus is Senior Managing Director at Hedgeharber and President of Evolution Trading Partners, LLC, Bill joins the board with 28 years of experience in building and managing institutional trading firms in financial derivative markets. He shares his expertise in managing complex institutional relationships; client development; trading, sales and capital introductions; building teams, product lines and new businesses; and risk management.
Mr. Wallster is a businessman, geologist and a prospector with more than 30 years of experience. He was president and founder of Roughrider Uranium Corp., a company acquired by Hathor Exploration Limited in 2006. Mr. Wallster and his team are widely credited in the mineral exploration sector for the discovery of the Hathor’s Roughrider deposit. In January of 2012, Hathor became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto plc as part of a CAD$650 million acquisition. He is now a director of Kivalliq Energy Corporation, a uranium company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. Mr. Wallster is a member of Kivalliq’s audit committee and chair of its compensation committee.