"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.

R. D. Pete Bloomer, Director

Mr. Bloomer served as Chairman of our board of directors from April 2003 through September 2008. He is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CVM Management, Inc. and Managing Partner of CVM Equity Fund V, Ltd., LLP, or CVM. He is also the Managing Partner of the Northern Rockies Venture Fund which is one of the original investors of Ironclad. The specific experience, qualifications, attributes and skills that led to the conclusion that Mr. Bloomer should serve on our board of directors, in light of our business and structure, include his service as the managing partner of 7 venture funds dating back to 1983. Those funds have invested in over 90 early stage venture investments. Mr. Bloomer has served as a member of the board of directors of many of the entities in which he has invested. Mr. Bloomer has significant experience in marketing and sales having been Vice President of Sales/Marketing for Head Ski & Tennis, and having spent 11 years with IBM in sales and marketing. Mr. Bloomer is also an experienced operations executive having served as Vice President of Operations for Hanson Industries. Mr. Bloomer has served on the board of directors of several private companies not associated with his venture capital activity.

Vane P. Clayton, Director

Mr. Clayton has served on our board of directors since March 2004, and has served as our Chairman of the Board since May 2014. He currently serves as the CEO and board member of KPA, LLC, a software and services company providing environment and safety, human resource management and finance & insurance compliance solutions to 5,100 auto, truck and equipment dealers in the U.S. and Canada. Mr. Clayton created liquidity for KPA investors in 2014 with the sale of KPA to CIVC Partners, a Chicago-based Private Equity firm. Prior to KPA, Mr. Clayton was President of ZOLL Data Systems, an Enterprise Software subsidiary of ZOLL Medical Corporation (purchased by Asahi Kasei for $2.2B in 2012). Earlier in his career, Mr. Clayton managed a sales team for Raychem ($1.7B in Sales), a division of Tyco Electronics. Mr. Clayton has experience in directing public and private companies in high growth sales and marketing strategies; new product and channel development; fund raising; Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 compliance; strategic positioning; and building successful teams. Mr. Clayton holds a B.S. in Agricultural/Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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.

Patrick O’Brien, Director

Mr. O’Brien was appointed to our board of directors in March 2014. He brings to our board of directors his seasoned executive and business expertise with diverse international experience in private and public companies with an emphasis on financial analysis and business development. He currently serves as the Managing Director & Principal of Granville Wolcott Advisors, a company he formed in 2009 which provides business consulting, due diligence and asset management services for public and private clients. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. O’Brien was a Vice President – Asset Management for Bental-Kennedy Associates Real Estate Counsel where he represented pension fund ownership interests in hotel real estate investments nationwide. Mr. O’Brien also serves on the board of directors of Livevol, Inc., a private company that is a leader in equity and index options technology, and Merriman Holdings, Inc. (OTCQX: MERR), an institutional broker-dealer with an investment banking, corporate servicing practice and a Digital Capital Platform. Mr. O’Brien previously served as a member of the board of directors of Factory Card & Party Outlet (FCPO, NASDAQ) until its sale to AAH Holdings. Mr. O’Brien is a graduate of the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University with a BA in Hotel Management.