John H Marmaduke, Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mr. Marmaduke has served as Hastings' President and Chief Executive Officer since July 1976 and as Chairman of the Board since October 1993. He is a member of our Executive Committee. Mr. Marmaduke also serves on the Board of Directors of Entertainment Merchants Association. Mr. Marmaduke received the 1998 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Southwest Retail/Consumer Products Industry. Mr. Marmaduke has been active in the entertainment retailing industry with us and our predecessor company for over 40 years.
Jeffrey G. Shrader, Director
Mr. Shrader has served as a director of Hastings since October 1992 and is a member of our Compensation Committee and Executive Committee. Mr. Shrader has been a shareholder in the law firm of Sprouse Shrader Smith, P.C. in Amarillo, Texas since January 1993. Mr. Shrader served as a director of Parallel Petroleum Corporation from 2001 until 2009 and Chairman of its Board of Directors from August 2007 to December 2009, when Parallel Petroleum Corporation was acquired by a private company.
Ann S. Lieff, Director
Ms. Lieff has served as a director of Hastings since December 2001 and is a member of our Audit Committee, our Compensation Committee, and our Director Nominating Committee. Ms. Lieff is the founder of The Lieff Company, a business consulting firm, and has been its President since 1998. Ms. Lieff currently serves as a board member of Herzfeld Caribbean Basin Fund, Inc. and as a board member and audit committee member of Furniture Brands International, Inc., a designer, manufacturer and retailer of home furnishings. Ms. Lieff also served as a board member of Birks & Mayors Inc., a leading North American luxury jewelry brand which designs, develops, manufactures and retails fine jewelry, time pieces, sterling silver and gifts, from 2002 through 2011 and as a board member of Claires Stores, Inc., a costume jewelry and accessory retailer, from 2003 through 2007.
Frank O. Marrs, Director
Mr. Marrs has served as a director of Hastings since April 2003 and is the Chairman of our Audit Committee and a member of our Director Nominating Committee and Executive Committee. Mr. Marrs has served as Chief Executive Officer of Gupton Marrs International, a risk-management advisory firm, since 2001. Prior to that, Mr. Marrs was employed by KPMG LLP, an accounting and advisory firm, serving in several leadership positions, including National Managing Partner of Audit.
Danny W. Gurr, Director
Mr. Gurr has served as a director of Hastings since September 2005 and is the Chairman of our Compensation Committee and a member of our Audit Committee and our Director Nominating Committee. Mr. Gurr is a management consultant and has served as a director of Cost Plus, Inc., a leading specialty retailer of casual home living and entertaining products, since 1995. He also served as interim President of Cost Plus, Inc. during 2005. Since September 2004, Mr. Gurr has served as Director and President of Make Believe Ideas, Inc., a publisher of children's books. Mr. Gurr also serves as Director of Millennium House, an Australian publishing company. From January 2002 until July 2003, Mr. Gurr served as the President of Quarto Holdings, Inc., a leading international co-edition publisher.