James J. Cotter, Sr
James J. Cotter, Sr. has been a director of the Company since 1991, the Chairman of our Board since 1992, and our Chief Executive Officer since December 27, 2000. Mr. Cotter, Sr. also served as our Chief Executive Officer from August 1, 1999 to October 16, 2000, and as a director of our Company from 1986 to 1988. Mr. Cotter, Sr. was the largest stockholder of Craig Corporation, our predecessor, until it consolidated with our Company in 2001. Mr. Cotter, Sr. is a 50% owner of Sutton Hill Associates, a general partnership engaged in cinema-related activities, primarily with our Company, and the sole voting member of Cotter Enterprises LLC. Mr. Cotter, Sr. is the father of Ellen Cotter, James J. Cotter, Jr., and Margaret Cotter.
Mr. Cotter, Sr. is highly qualified to serve on our Board because he has decades of experience as an executive in the film exhibition and real estate industries, as well as experience in diverse ventures and investments. Mr. Cotter, Sr. has also served on several boards of public and private companies, primarily engaged in banking and real estate activities. Furthermore, as a large stockholder of the Company, his interests are generally aligned with those of the other stockholders of the Company, which enhances his value as a director. In those situations where there may be a conflict of interest, such matters are referred to our Conflicts Committee comprised entirely of independent directors.
James J. Cotter, Jr
James J. Cotter, Jr. has been a director of the Company since March 21, 2002, and was appointed Vice Chairman of the Board in 2007. He has been Chief Executive Officer of Cecelia Packing Corporation (a Cotter family-owned citrus grower, packer, and marketer) since July 2004. Mr. Cotter, Jr. served as a director to Cecelia Packing Corporation from February 1996 to September 1997 and as a director of Gish Biomedical from September 1999 to March 2002. He was an attorney in the law firm of Winston & Strawn, specializing in corporate law, from September 1997 to May 2004. Mr. Cotter, Jr. is the son of James J. Cotter, Sr. and the brother of Margaret Cotter and Ellen Cotter.
Mr. Cotter, Jr. brings to the Board his experience as a corporate attorney. He also brings more than seven years of experience as a corporate executive since leaving the practice of law. Mr. Cotter, Jr. is qualified to serve on our Board because of his legal background and business management experience.
Elen M. Cotter
Ellen M. Cotter is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Reading’s domestic cinema operations as well as the Chief Executive Officer of Reading’s subsidiary, Consolidated Entertainment, LLC.
Ellen Cotter joined us in March 1998, is a graduate of Smith College and holds a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown Law School. Prior to joining us, Ms. Cotter spent four years in private practice as a corporate attorney with the law firm of White & Case in Manhattan. Ms. Cotter is the daughter of James J. Cotter, Sr. and the sister of James J. Cotter, Jr. and Margaret Cotter, each of whom are directors of Reading.
Margaret Cotter has been a director of the Company since September 27, 2002. Ms. Cotter is the owner and President of OBI, LLC, a company that provides live theater management services to our live theaters. Pursuant to that management arrangement, Ms. Cotter also serves as the President of Liberty Theaters, the subsidiary through which we own our live theaters. Ms. Cotter is also a theatrical producer who has produced shows in Chicago and New York. Ms. Cotter is a board member of the League of Off-Broadway Theaters and Producers and is a member of the New York State Bar. From February 1994 until October 1997, Ms. Cotter was an Assistant District Attorney for King’s County in Brooklyn, New York. Ms. Cotter graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1993. She is the daughter of Mr. James J. Cotter, Sr. and the sister of Mr. James J. Cotter, Jr. and Ms. Ellen Cotter.
Ms. Cotter brings to the Board her experience as a live theater producer and theater operator. She is qualified to serve on our Board because her years of live entertainment experience give her insight into live theater business trends that affect our business in this sector.
William D. Gould has been a director of the Company since October 15, 2004 and has been a member of the law firm of TroyGould PC since 1986. Previously, he was a partner of the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers. We have from time to time retained TroyGould PC for legal advice.
As an author and lecturer on the subjects of corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions, Mr. Gould brings to the Board specialized experience as a corporate attorney. Mr. Gould’s corporate transactional experience and expertise in corporate governance matters ensures that we have a highly qualified advisor on our Board to provide oversight in such matters.
Edward L. Kane has been a director of the Company since October 15, 2004. Mr. Kane was also a director of the Company from 1985 to 1998, and served as President from 1987 to 1988. Since 1996, Mr. Kane’s principal occupation has been healthcare consultant and advisor. In that capacity, he has served as President and sole shareholder of High Avenue Consulting, a healthcare consulting firm, and as the head of its successor proprietorship. At various times during the past three decades, he has been Adjunct Professor of Law at two of San Diego’s Law Schools, most recently in 2008 and 2009 at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and prior thereto at California Western School of Law.
Mr. Kane brings to the Board his many years as a tax attorney and law professor. Mr. Kane’s tax law experience has served the Company in its recent tax litigation and his expertise and guidance in such complex matters continue to be invaluable to the Company. Mr. Kane also brings his experience as a past President of Craig Corporation and of Reading Company, our predecessors, as well as a former member of the boards of directors of several publicly held corporations.
Douglas J. McEachern has served as a Board of Directors member, and an Audit and Compensation Committee member for Willdan Group, a NASDAQ listed engineering company, since 2009. Mr. McEachern is also a member of the Board of Directors of Community Bank in Pasadena, California and a member of its Ethics, Finance, Investment and Audit Committees. He also is a member of the Finance Committee of the Methodist Hospital of Arcadia and Arcadia Public Library Foundation. Since July 2009, Mr. McEachern has also served as an instructor of auditing and accountancy at Claremont McKenna College and of accounting at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona. Prior to being an instructor, Mr. McEachern was an audit partner from July 1985 to May 2009 with the audit firm, Deloitte and Touche, LLP, with client concentrations in financial institutions and real estate. Mr. McEachern was also a Professional Accounting Fellow with the Federal Home Loan Bank Board in Washington DC, from June 1983 to July 1985. From June 1976 to June 1983, Mr. McEachern was a staff member and subsequently a manager with the audit firm, Touche Ross & Co. (predecessor to Deloitte & Touche, LLP). Mr. McEachern received a B.S. in Business Administration in 1974 from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. in 1976 from the University of Southern California.
Mr. McEachern brings to the Board his more than 36 years experience meeting the accounting and auditing needs of financial institutions and real estate clients as a partner at Deloitte & Touche, LLP, of which our Company was one of those clients. Mr. McEachern also brings his experience reporting to the board of directors of his audit clients, and as a board member himself for various companies and organizations since 2009.
Tim Storey has been a director of the Company since December 28, 2011. Mr. Storey has served as a director of the Company’s wholly-owned New Zealand subsidiary since 2006. He has served since April 1, 2009 as a director of DNZ Property Fund Limited, a commercial property investment fund based in New Zealand and listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange, and was appointed Chairman of the Board of that company on July 1, 2009. Mr. Storey is also a director of NZ Farming Systems Uruguay, also a New Zealand listed company, having joined that board in November, 2011. NZ Farming Systems Uruguay owns and operates dairy farms in Uruguay. Prior to being elected Chairman of DNZ Property Fund Limited, Mr. Storey was a partner in Bell Gully (one of the largest law firms in New Zealand). Mr. Storey is also a principal in Prolex Advisory, a private company in the business of providing commercial advisory services to a variety of clients and related entities. Prolex Advisory provides consulting services primarily with respect to fund management and commercial property/project transactions across a range of industries including health care, community housing, student accommodations and agriculture.
Mr. Storey brings to the board many years of experience in New Zealand commercial and real estate matters, and experience as a director of our New Zealand subsidiary.
Villaseñor, Jr. Alfred
Mr. Alfred Villaseñor, Jr. has been a director of the Company since 1987. Mr. Villaseñor is a member of our Compensation and Stock Option Committee. He also served from 1987 to 1994 as a director for Fidelity Federal Bank. Mr. Villaseñor is the President and owner of Unisure Insurance Services, Incorporated, an insurance agency that has specialized in life, business and group health insurance for over 40 years. Mr. Villaseñor was a director of the John Gogian Family Foundation, a charitable foundation devoted to developmentally disabled, abused, or neglected youth, and currently serves as a member of their scholarship committee. Mr. Villaseñor is a past president and is currently a director of Richstone Family Centers, a non-profit organization helping abused children.
Mr. Villaseñor brings to the Board his decades of experience in the insurance industry. Mr. Villaseñor is qualified to serve on our Board because his many years in the insurance field provide a seasoned perspective in matters of risk oversight.