Our Board of Directors is a strong and balanced blend of top-level thinkers from diverse industries and backgrounds. Each member brings his or her own unique perspective to the table to help elevate the company vision and mission, create a vital revenue model, address community needs and expand global reach, all on behalf of our shareholders.
J. Stanley Fredrick
J. Stanley Fredrick** is Mannatech’s Chairman of the Board. He has served as a Class II Director on our Board of Directors since September 2001 and as of April 15, 2014, collectively owned 12.4% of our common stock. From November 2003 through January 2009, Mr. Fredrick served as the Lead Director for our Board of Directors and in January 2009 he was elected Chairman of the Board and continues to serve in that capacity. Mr. Fredrick currently is the owner of Fredrick Consulting Services, which provides consulting services to the direct selling industry. In 2003, Mr. Fredrick was a founding board member of Professional Bank in Dallas, Texas, which is a boutique bank that provides certain financial resources to its customers. He co-founded Cameo Couture, Inc., which operated as Colesce Couture, a distributor of intimate apparel, and Colony House, Inc., a private label cookware company, both of which operated through direct selling channels. Mr. Fredrick also co-founded Irving National Bank Shares, a commercial bank holding company and served as a consultant to the bank from 1994 until it was sold in 2000. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Independent Bank of Texas and Wineshop at Home, a party plan company. Mr. Fredrick has been actively involved for over 40 years in the Direct Selling Association, a national trade association of leading firms that manufacture and distribute goods and services directly to consumers. He has served on the Direct Selling Association’s Board and various committees of their Board. From 1987 to 1988, Mr. Fredrick served as Chairman of the Direct Selling Association and from 1988 to 1990; he served as Chairman of the Direct Selling Education Foundation. He currently serves as chairman of their Development Committee. He has been inducted into the Direct Selling Association’s highest honor, the “Hall of Fame,” and inclusion in the Direct Selling Education Foundation “Circle of Honor.” Mr. Fredrick received a B.A. degree in English from Central State University, in Edmond, Oklahoma.
“It is a honor and pleasure to work with such a talented team with diverse backgrounds yet vast experiences with the direct selling industry.”
Gerald E. Gilbert
Gerald E. Gilbert has served as a Class I Director since June 2003. A former Assistant U.S. Attorney, from 1968 until his retirement in January 2009, Mr. Gilbert practiced law with the international law firm of Hogan & Hartson L.L.P., now known as Hogan Lovells. His legal and business expertise includes international trade, national trade associations, and various areas of consumer products. From 1968 to 1999, Mr. Gilbert served as General Counsel to the Direct Selling Association, a national trade association of leading firms that manufacture and distribute goods and services directly to consumers. Mr. Gilbert was the recipient of the “Hall of Fame Award,” which is the Direct Selling Association’s highest honor. He also served as General Counsel to the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations and the Tropical Forest Foundation. Mr. Gilbert served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1956 to 1992 and was promoted to Rear Admiral (Two Stars), the top ranking officer in the Naval Reserve JAG Corps. During his distinguished military service, Mr. Gilbert received numerous awards, including the “Legion of Merit.” He is also a Past National President of the Federal Bar Association. He received a B.A. degree in English from Denison University, in Granville, Ohio and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Mr. Gilbert is a member of the State Bars of Virginia and the District of Columbia and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. (1)(2)(3*)(4)
“After more than 30 years as General Counsel to the Direct Selling Association, it has been a pleasure to serve on the Board of one of its most dynamic members. The commitment of Mannatech to give its sales force significant and meaningful opportunities, and to make available exceptional and unique products to consumers, is a combination that will continue to elevate the Company as one of the leading companies in the industry.”
Larry A. Jobe
Larry A. Jobe has served as a Class I director since January 4, 2006. In February 2007, Mr. Jobe began serving as Chairman of our Audit Committee. Mr. Jobe serves as Chairman of Legal Network, Ltd., a firm he founded in 1993 that provides staffing and litigation support to law firms and corporate legal departments. He also currently serves as President and founder of P 1 Resources, LLC, which has provided engineering and light industrial staffing services to the construction industry since 1994. From 1991 to 1994, Mr. Jobe was Chairman and founder of Mitchell Jobe & Company, a provider of professional staffing services for government and industry. He is also a founder and Board Member of the Lawyer’s Assistant School of Dallas, a for-profit accredited career school, since October, 2005. From 1973 to 1991, he served in various capacities, including as member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee with the accounting firm Grant Thornton LLP. In 1969, he was appointed by President Richard Nixon to serve as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Administration at the United States Commerce Department. Mr. Jobe currently serves as the Chairman of Independent Bank of Texas and Chairman of the Audit Committee for U.S. Home Systems, Inc. In addition, Mr. Jobe served as Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of SWS Group, Inc., a Dallas-based New York Stock Exchange member from July, 2005 through December, 2014. He is a member of the Board of Dallas Theological Seminary and Chairman of the Board of the Dallas Seminary Foundation. He received a B.B.A. degree in Accounting from the University of North Texas, in Denton, Texas. Mr. Jobe maintained an active Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license from 1962 to 2002 and currently maintains his license on an inactive or retired status. Mr. Jobe serves as Chairman of the Dallas Seminary Foundation. (1*)(2)(3)(4)
“Mannatech, its people and products, provide real wellness solutions and economic opportunities to thousands of people around the globe. It is a privilege to be a part of this exceptional endeavor.”
Marlin Ray Robbins
Marlin Ray Robbins co-founded Mannatech and is a high-level independent Associate. As of April 15, 2014, Mr. Robbins owned 2.8% of our common stock. Mr. Robbins has served as a Class I Director on our Board of Directors since June 2001. From 1992 to 1995, Mr. Robbins served on the Board of Republic Bank/NCNB. Mr. Robbins also served as a member of the Grand Prairie Independent School District Board from 1991 to 1994 and served as its President from 1993 to 1994. Mr. Robbins has over 25 years’ experience with various network-marketing and direct selling companies. He holds multiple positions in our global Associates’ incentive network-marketing system and is considered an expert regarding issues and critical needs related to building the success of our independent Associates. Because of Mr. Robbins’ generous attitude, an annual trophy is presented every year called, “The Ray Robbins Giving Spirit Award”. He is also an accomplished speaker who has presented to millions on 5 continents in over 50 countries. Mr. Robbins has published a book related to his experience as an independent Associate titled You Can Too.He is in the process of writing his second book titled, Get a Grip. He also helped to develop our global Associate Career and Compensation Plan. Mr. Robbins received a B.S. degree in Biology and Chemistry from Southwest Texas State University, in San Marcos, Texas. Mr. Robbins served in the active United States Army from 1969 to 1975 and as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War from 1971 to 1972. Mr. Robbins continued serving in the Army National Guard until 1983. During his service he was awarded 13 air medals and the Bronze Star and reached the rank of Major. (4)(5) Robbins is an outspoken advocate of God, family and country. He is most proud of the accomplishments of his wife, Dianna, three children, Kevin, Ryan and Marla with their spouses Dawn, Demra, and Trey and their seven grandchildren, Jordan, Miranda, Ashlyn, Peyton, Caden, Taylor Sue, and Grant. (4)
“Since Mannatech’s inception I have been rewarded daily by witnessing the improved quality of life of many, both in their wellness and in their finances.”
Robert A. Toth has served as a Class III director since March 2008 and he is the Chairman of the Compensation and Stock Option Plan Committee. Mr. Toth is Co-founder and Chairman of Tatra Spring LLC, a supply chain services company based in Poland. He is a director of the Knowtions Company, a performance support systems software firm based in North Bergen, New Jersey. Since 2006, he has worked in venture capital as a private investor focused on new business startups in the technology sector. Mr. Toth has over 27 years of direct selling experience, most recently as President of Avon International from 2004 to 2005. In that capacity, his operations included over 120 countries with annual revenues in excess of $5.5 billion. Mr. Toth began his Avon career in customer service in 1978, then moved to U.S. sales and operations and was promoted to U.S. Director of Sales in 1989. He transitioned to Avon International in 1991 as Director of New Business Development, where he played a lead role in Avon’s market entry plan for Russia. He was based in Warsaw from 1993 to 1997 as Avon’s President of Central and Eastern Europe, where he established and led Avon Poland. From 1997 to 2004, Mr. Toth was based in London where he held a number of senior management positions including Group Vice President, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (1997-1999), Senior Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa (1999-2002) and Executive Vice President for Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa (2002-2003). Mr. Toth graduated from LaSalle University in 1974 with a B.A. in Business Administration and was an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1975 to 1978. (1)(2*)(3)(4)
“Mannatech’s strong global growth potential centers on our products and earning opportunity enriching the lives of people around the world.”
Eric W. Schrier
Eric Schrier has served as a Class II Director since October 2014. Mr. Schrier, age 62, served as President and CEO of The Reader’s Digest Association where he was responsible for $2.4 billion in revenue and 4,500 employees and more than 100 million customers in 70 countries during his tenure from January 2006 to March 2007. Since June 2013, he has served on the Board of Directors as Chairman for Edible Media, a multi-platform media company in the farm-to-table food space. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors for TEN (The Enthusiast Network) (since January 2011), American Chemical Society (since June 2012), Reader’s Digest Association (since April 2014), and MeQuilibrium (since October 2011). He has previously served on the boards of Willow House (from July 2009 to December 2013), Demdex Corp (from July 2009 to January 2011), and Bonnier USA (from September 2007 to July 2009). Since January 2009, he has consulted with large media corporations to help them create and pursue their digital strategies and diversify their revenue streams. Previously, he identified and evaluated selected acquisitions and partnership opportunities in media at Ripplewood Holdings. Prior to this, he served in a variety of positions at The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc. from January 2000 to March 2007. From 1995 to 2000, he served as President and CEO for Time Inc. Health expanding the franchise into other print and digital media and markets including managed care and pharmaceutical companies. From 1990 to 1995 he served as Editor-in-Chief for Time Inc. Ventures where he evaluated new magazine ideas, acquisitions, franchise extensions, and other growth markets. Mr. Schrier earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Biology from Brown University in 1973 and a Masters in Journalism from U.C. Berkeley in 1977.(1)(2)(4)
Dr. Linda K. Ferrell
Linda K. Ferrell, Ph.D. joined Mannatech as a Class III Director in April 2015. She is part of a strong team responsible for helping lead and manage the strategic direction of the company, overseeing Mannatech’s current initiatives and making decisions on the shareholders’ behalf.
Dr. Ferrell is completing nine years at the University of New Mexico as a Professor of Marketing, Creative Enterprise Scholar and co-director of a $2.5 million grant from the Daniels Fund for business ethics education. She will be joining the Jack C. Massey College of Business at Belmont University this fall as a University Distinguished Chair of Business Ethics. Currently she serves as the President of the Academy of Marketing Science; is on the Direct Selling Education Foundation Board and Executive Committee and holds the Doris Christopher endowed board seat. She is also on the Cutco/Vector College Advisory Board. She serves on the Board of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy Center for the Public Trust and has been mutually instrumental in creating ethical leadership certification through the NASBA Center for the Public Trust impacting students across the country.
She has published refereed articles concerning marketing ethics, ethics training methods and effectiveness, strategic philanthropy, corporate social responsibility and sustainability. She is co-author of Introduction to Business, 10th edition, McGraw Hill (2016), Business Ethics: Ethical Decision Making and Cases, 10th edition, Cengage Publishing (2015); Business and Society, 4th edition, Chicago Business Press (2016) and Principles of Management, 3rd edition, Academic Media Solutions (2015).
Dr. Ferrell received her B.S. in Retailing-Fashion Merchandising and her M.B.A. from Illinois State University. She also received her Ph.D. in Business Administration, management concentration, from the University of Memphis. Prior to completing her doctorate, she worked in advertising for McDonald’s advertising agency in Philadelphia and Pizza Hut’s advertising agencies in Indianapolis and Houston.(4)
Board Committees and Charters
(1) Audit Committee
Fifth Amended and Restated Charter of the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of Mannatech, Incorporated
(2) Compensation and Stock Option Plan Committee
Amended and Restated Charter of the Compensation and Stock Option Plan Committee of the Board of Directors of Mannatech, Incorporated
3) Nominating/Governance and Compliance Committee
Amended and Restated Charter of the Nominating and Governance Committee of the Board of Directors of Mannatech, Incorporated
(4) Science Committee
Amended and Restated Charter of the Science Committee of the Board of Directors or Mannatech, Incorporated.
Note: Numbers following board member bios indicate the different committees that make up the board; asterisks indicate that the person is a chairman of that particular committee.