G. Mark Mickelson
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mr. Mickelson has 29 years of experience in business, finance and commercial real estate. Mr. Mickelson founded Mickelson & Company in 2005 to present (providing financial intermediary and consulting services to a national client base in the transportation industry) and is an owner or partner in a number of other regional businesses centered in or around Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Mr. Mickelson served six years as a member of the South Dakota House of Representatives (part-time citizen legislature) from 2013 through 2018, including serving as House Speaker the last two years. Mr. Mickelson currently serves on the board and as a member of the audit committee of ISG Services, a multi-disciplinary professional design services firm with offices through-out a four-state region. Mr. Mickelson has served on numerous other boards of directors, including a ten-year period of service on the board of publicly traded regional financial institution (now Meta Payment Systems) earlier in his career. Mr. Mickelson is a C.P.A. (inactive), a licensed attorney, a 1988 graduate from the University of South Dakota (B.S. Business - Accounting) and a 1993 graduate of Harvard Law School.
Bristow President and Chief Executive Officer
Christopher “Chris” Bradshaw has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Bristow Group Inc. since June 2020. He previously served as the President and CEO of Era Group Inc. since November 2014 and Chief Financial Officer from October 2012 to September 2015. Chris was appointed a director of Era in February 2015. He served as Era’s Acting Chief Executive Officer from August 2014 to November 2014. From 2009 until 2012, Chris served as Managing Partner and Chief Financial Officer of U.S. Capital Advisors LLC, an independent financial advisory firm that he co-founded. Prior to co-founding U.S. Capital Advisors LLC, Chris was an energy investment banker at UBS Securities LLC, Morgan Stanley & Co., and PaineWebber Incorporated. He received a degree in Economics and Government from Dartmouth College.
Lorin L. Brass
Mr. Brass spent 30 years with Shell Oil Company progressing through a variety of technical and business assignments primarily in Shell Oil’s Exploration and Production divisions in Texas, California, and Louisiana. In 1997 he relocated to The Hague, The Netherlands, where he became Chief Executive Officer of Shell Services International, a global information technology and services company. Most recently, he served as Senior Advisor of Business Development for all Shell related activities, with particular emphasis on corporate acquisitions and divestments globally. Before that, he served as Director of Global Business Development for Shell International Exploration & Production, where he was responsible for oil and gas property acquisitions and divestments around the world. He also previously held positions in Corporate Planning, and was Vice President, Operations for Shell Services Company. Mr. Brass served on the board of the South Dakota Investment Council and is currently on the board of the South Dakota Mines Foundation. He is a graduate of the South Dakota Mines and received his MS from UC Berkeley (engineering).
Wesley E. Kern
Mr. Kern has more than 25 years of broad-based experience in corporate, operational, and financial management. Mr. Kern is the founder of NextRise Financial Strategies, LLC, providing advisory, interim management and board services in distressed situations. He currently serves as a Director with Improve One, LLC and previously served on the boards of All In Behavioral Health and Meridian Solar, Inc. From 2014 to 2018, Mr. Kern was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Lobo Leasing Limited, a Dublin Ireland-based aircraft lessor serving international operators in need of helicopters. Before Lobo Leasing, he was Senior Vice President, Finance for US Power Generating Company from 2006-2013, where he also served as Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions. Prior to his work at US Power Generating, Mr. Kern served as Chief Financial Officer for Pacific Natural Energy, LLC, was an investment banker with Simmons & Company Intl. and was a management consultant with Ernst & Young.
Robert J. Manzo
Mr. Manzo has over 40 years of experience in business and finance. He was a co-founder of Policano & Manzo, LLC, a financial consulting firm that was sold to FTI Consulting, Inc. in 2000. From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Manzo was a senior managing director of FTI Consulting, Inc., a global business advisory firm. He is the Founder and Managing Member of RJM I, LLC, a provider of consulting services to troubled companies, a position he has held since 2005. He also serves on the board of directors of several public companies, ADVANZ PHARMA Corp. and Visteon Corporation, as well as on a number of private boards. Mr. Manzo has extensive experience advising companies and management in the automotive and other industries. A non-practicing CPA, Mr. Manzo brings extensive financial and accounting expertise to the board. Mr. Manzo graduated from Rider University in 1979 with a B.S. in accounting.
General Miller is a retired four-star U.S. Air Force General with over 39 years of military service. In her career, she has led two Major Commands and is the only Reserve Officer in the history of the United States to achieve the rank of General to-date. General Miller has extensive experience in rapid, global mobility and sustainment as the Commander of Air Mobility Command and the Commander of the Air Force Reserve. As the Air Component for U.S. Transportation Command, General Miller was responsible for directing global air mobility operations in support of national security objectives. Her commands played a pivotal role in providing global airlift, air refueling, aeromedical evacuation, humanitarian relief and Presidential airlift support as directed. General Miller has been awarded three Distinguished Service Medals and the Defense Superior Service Medal, among other awards and honors. She is a graduate of Ohio State University and has an M.B.A. from Trident University. She is a command pilot with more than 4,800 flying hours in numerous aircraft.
Christopher Pucillo founded Solus Alternative Asset Management in July of 2007 and currently serves as its Managing Partner & CEO/CIO. Solus emerged out of Stanfield Capital Partners when Mr. Pucillo spun out the hedge fund business, which he had been managing since January 2002. Mr. Pucillo first joined Stanfield in 2000 as the Head of Trading. Prior to joining Stanfield, Mr. Pucillo was the Head of High Yield Loan Trading at Morgan Stanley from 1996 until 2000 and was instrumental in launching their leveraged loan effort. Mr. Pucillo’s credit trading experience began during his seven-year tenure at Bankers Trust. From 1989 to 1992, Mr. Pucillo worked on various phases of underwriting leveraged loans, including structuring and negotiating leveraged buyouts. In 1992, in an overall effort to create additional liquidity in the leveraged loan market, he moved to the loan trading desk, where he ran Leveraged Loan Trading, and was one of the four founding members of the Loan Syndications and Trading Association (LSTA), which was created to expand the liquidity of the leveraged loan market. Mr. Pucillo received a BA in Economics from Lafayette College in 1989, and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1997.
Brian D. Truelove
Mr. Truelove has over 39 years of experience in the global upstream oil and gas industry. Since 2018 he has served on the board of the Expro Group. From 2011 to 2018, he worked for the Hess Corporation, most recently as Senior Vice President, Global Services, which included serving as the Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO), and leading the Supply Chain/Logistics organization. Prior to assuming this role, he served as Senior Vice President for Hess’ global offshore businesses and prior to that he was Senior Vice President for Global Drilling and Completions. From 1980 through 2010 Mr. Truelove worked for Royal Dutch Shell where he most recently served as Senior Vice President for the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company/NDC on secondment from Shell. Prior to that he led Shell’s global deepwater drilling and completions business. During his time with Hess and Shell he held leadership positions around the world in drilling and production operations and engineering, asset management, project management, R&D, Health/Safety/Environment, and corporate strategy, amongst others.