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GP Investments takes a great deal of pride in the company it keeps. Our investment partners are trusted individuals and organizations that have a track record of success:

Doug R. Wilwerding, Managing Director of The Optimas Group, serves as a board member for AllCom Global Services and holds a minority stake in Allcom. He also serves as Chairman of Transactions Ole, Inc. and his firm is the lead investor in the second round of capital which TOI has raised and in which GP Investments has participated. Doug spent over twenty years in the accounts receivable industry with Omnium Worldwide Inc., developing a thorough market understanding of the financial, telecommunications, and healthcare industries, and serving on various industry boards in both the consumer credit and insurance sectors.  Following his leveraged buyout of Omnium Worldwide in 1998, he served as Chairman and CEO until the company was sold to West Corporation in 2007. In 2008 Doug left West Corporation to found The Optimas Group, LLC.

Al Buckles serves as a board member for AllCom Global Services and is a minority shareholder. Al has significant experience in the defense industry and served as a Vice President at SAIC (Science Application International Corporation).  He spent twenty five years of active duty in the Air Force, where he had operational, command-control and academic responsibilities.  During twenty-three years of civil service experience, Al oversaw communications and computing planning, programming and budgeting.  He has been the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Network Information, co-chair of the Nuclear Command Control Review and Advisory team reporting to Congress, and special advisor to the Commander of United States Strategic Advisory Group for Cyber Operations, Nuclear Enterprise Global Strike and Command Control.

Joyce Hrinya represents GP Investments with the Mid-America Angel's Network and Women's Capital Connection, organizations devoted to putting investors in touch with businesses in need of capital.  Joyce has an extensive background and record of achievement in senior management and leadership roles in luxury retail businesses. Joyce was the Senior Vice President, Marketing and Customer Satisfaction for Helzberg Diamonds. She has served as the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Danskin, Vice President of Business Development for Liz Claiborne, Vice President of Marketing for Aris Isotoner, and Director of Business Development for Coach.  She received her bachelor's degree in finance from Pennsylvania State University and her MBA from Harvard Business School. Joyce serves on the board of directors of GPC, Inc., the holding company for the businesses of Great Plains Communications, GP Investments, and their affiliates.

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