"Exceptional performance and safety through technology, design and engineering."


Meet The Team {Board of Directors}

Jeffrey D. Cordes, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Mr. Cordes has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors since February 2014. He brings more than 30 years of extensive executive experience in global textiles and apparel. Mr. Cordes served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Walls Industries, Inc., a leading global company in safety and work apparel, from 2010 through 2013, and as Chief Operating Officer from 2004 to 2010. Prior to Walls, Mr. Cordes served as the Chief Executive officer of Hometown Wholesale Furniture Clubs, Inc. from 2002 to 2004 and as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of e2 Communications Inc. from 2000 to 2001. Prior to e2 Communications, Mr. Cordes served as President and Chief Operating Officer and as a Director of Pillowtex Corporation (NYSE PTX), a marketer, manufacturer and importer of home textiles, from 1997 to 1999. Mr. Cordes served as Chief Financial Officer and Director of Pillowtex from 1993 to 1997. Mr. Cordes held additional Vice President positions with Pillowtex from 1984 to 1993. Mr. Cordes holds an MBA from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Hope College. Mr. Cordes’ extensive executive and industry experience led to the conclusion that he should serve as a director in light of our business and structure.

Michael A. DiGregorio, Director

Mr. DiGregorio was appointed to our board of directors in January 2013 pursuant to the terms of the previously disclosed Settlement Agreement signed in December 2012. He has spent many years in senior financial and operating capacities in domestic and international markets. A CPA by background, he has been CFO of public and private companies, and also president of two large organizations. Thirteen of those years were spent working with private equity groups, in which he helped transform underperforming companies and helped add significant market value to those enterprises. Since early 2012, he has been developing his board and advisory practice. From mid-2009 to February 2012, he was EVP & CFO for Korn Ferry International, Inc. Previously he had been the CFO at St. John Knits and also at Jafra Cosmetics International, Inc. Mr. DiGregorio also serves as a member of the board of directors of Calavo Growers, Inc. (NASDAQ: CVGW), Vicro Manufacturing Corp. (NASDAQ: VIRC) Matilda Jane Clothing Co. and CAbi LLC. Mr. DiGregorio’s experience in senior financial and operating capacities led to the conclusion that Mr. DiGregorio should serve on our board of directors in light of our business and structure.

Charles H. Giffen, Director

Mr. Giffen was appointed to our board of directors in January 2013 pursuant to the terms of the Settlement Agreement disclosed above. He is a veteran management consultant and executive coach, specializing in optimizing all aspects of operational and financial performance for small to mid-size businesses. Mr. Giffen holds over 30 years of broad business experience, both managing and advising a wide variety of companies in different industries and sectors (manufacturing, wholesale, service, professional), and he has worked as a management consultant for the last 15 years. His company, Small Biz Wrangler, maximizes execution, efficiency, communication, leadership and profitability for its client companies. Previously, Mr. Giffen served as President and Chief Operating Officer of GTCO Calcomp, Inc., a leading manufacturer of computer input peripherals and pioneer in electromagnetic digitizing technology. He has also developed entertainment ventures in cable television (New Culture Network, Inc.) and motion simulation (RideTime USA, Inc.), and managed operations for publishing and technical education companies. In addition to his other consulting activities, he is currently serving as President of Contractors State License Schools (Van Nuys, CA), which provides license exam preparation and other services at 23 locations throughout California. Mr. Giffen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Maryland at College Park. Mr. Giffen’s experience in optimizing operational and financial performance led to the conclusion that Mr. Giffen should serve on our board of directors in light of our business and structure.

David Jacobs, Director

Mr. Jacobs has served on our board of directors since May 2012. He is the Founder (in 1978), of Spyder Active Sports, Inc., the largest specialty ski wear brand in the world with sales in 54 countries. It was purchased by Apax Partners, in 2004. Prior to Spyder, Mr. Jacobs introduced the Pearl Izumi brand of bicycling wear to the U.S. through a joint venture with the Japanese owners from 1982 to 1989. In 1972, Mr. Jacobs founded the Hot Gear children’s ski wear brand. From 1966 to 1969, he was a joint venture partner with Bob Lange, the founder of the first plastic ski boot, and then served as Vice President in charge of International operations for Lange USA from 1969 to 1972. Mr. Jacobs is the winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Rocky Mountain Region in 2004, and was inducted into the Boulder Business Hall of Fame in 2004. As an athlete, Mr. Jacobs was the Canadian National Downhill Champion, Head Coach of Canada’s National Ski Team, and has been named to the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame, the Colorado Ski Hall of fame, and the Laurentian Ski Hall of fame. From 2001 to 2002, before the Company went public, Mr. Jacobs served on the board of directors of Ironclad Performance Wear Corporation, a California corporation and our wholly-owned subsidiary. Mr. Jacobs’ extensive experience managing and growing apparel businesses make him a valuable addition to our Board of Directors in light of our business and structure.