Barry K. Fingerhut was elected to our Board in March 2012. Mr. Fingerhut has been the Chief Executive Officer and majority equity owner of Certification Partners, LLC, a developer and global distributor of vendor IT content and certifications, since the fall of 2010. Prior to 2010, he focused much of his career investing in small capitalization companies in the for-profit education and training, publishing, media, consumer services, hydrocarbon, investment and financial services industries.
He served as President of GeoCapital, LLC (a registered Investment Advisor) from 1981 to 2004, following two years at First Manhattan Co. and four years as a Limited Partner, then as General Partner of Weiss, Peck & Greer. In 1992, he co-founded Wheatley Partners, a venture capital partnership, specializing in investments in new technologies and services. Currently, he serves on a number of private company and non-profit Boards of Directors.
Mr. Fingerhut also served on our Board for the period from 1995 through 1999. Mr. Fingerhut was selected to serve on our Board due to his past experience with Carriage and his extensive investment knowledge. Our Board believes that this experience and knowledge makes him a highly qualified member of our Board.