Robert A. Spira, Chairman

Robert A. Spira has a career spanning over forty years in the financial community.  Mr. Spira formed Chapman, Spira & Carson, LLC in 1989 to pursue private merchant banking opportunities, to invest in intellectual property and to offer investment banking services to his clients.  He currently is a director of Rhumbline Advisors, an investment fund managing over $8 billion for institutional clients.  He is the former President of Haas Securities, and he is or has been a member of the New York Stock Exchange, a member of the Boston Stock Exchange (where he served on the listing committee), a member of the American Stock Exchange (where he served on the Arbitration Committee), a member of the National Association of Securities Dealers (where he served on the Arbitration Committee and was a director of the District Business Conduct Committee – the ruling and enforcing arm of the securities industry), a member of the New York Futures Exchange (where he served as chairman of the New Business Committee) and the American commodity Exchange and a member of the Midwest, the Pacific Coast and the Philadelphia Stock Exchanges.

Mr. Spira has been an advisor to the House Commerce, Consumer and Monetary Affairs Sub-Committee of the U.S. Congress with regard to the securities markets.  He is a member of the World Trade Association, United States Senatorial Club, International Platform Association, Wall Street Planning Group and the National Options Society and is now or has been a director of American Philatelic Society, Professional Association of Scuba Divers and the Keystone Fund Group; he was the 1988 co-chairman (Fundraising) of the U.S. Olympic Committee and is a member of the prestigious U.S. Congressional Advisory Board.  After receiving a BA degree from Roosevelt University, Mr. Spira served with the Green Berets, U.S. Army during the Korean War.