RUDY R. MILLER
Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Miller is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Miller Capital Corporation, an affiliated company of The Miller Group ("MILLER"), which was established in 1972. Expanding on the broad field of services provided by the affiliated companies, Mr. Miller was Founder and Chairman of the Board of Miller Capital Markets, a FINRA member investment banking firm, from 2006 through 2012. He has 35+ years of executive-level experience owning, operating and advising corporations, from large NYSE listed public companies to emerging-growth private companies. Mr. Miller's extensive operating and advisory experience provides clients with a comprehensive understanding into the challenges of successfully navigating a business through varying economic climates.
Mr. Miller's expertise includes securing clients over $4.6 billion in public and private capital, and debt financing; structuring, negotiating and closing numerous mergers and acquisitions; and providing other related strategic/financial value-added services. He has an accomplished track record of assisting management teams and ownership groups in increasing the value of their organization and the realization of their efforts through significant liquidity events. In addition, his firm, MILLER, was Title Sponsor and Mr. Miller served as a member of the selection committee for Invest Southwest Venture Capital Conference from 2006 through 2011, a premier capital conference.
An entrepreneur, Mr. Miller founded Miller Technology & Communications Corporation (MTCC), which he successfully grew into a leading regional provider of technology training services. The company was selected by INC. Magazine as one of the fastest 100 growing small public companies in America. As CEO, Mr. Miller led MTCC through a series of private and public financings and exited the business through the sale of its assets to a NYSE listed national company.
Mr. Miller was instrumental in assisting America West Airlines development from a business plan to an operating airline, participating as an early stage investor/advisor regarding the company's initial public offering and serving as a Board Member from 1982 through 1986. In 1986, Mr. Miller departed to found StatesWest Airlines, where he served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. During his tenure, Mr. Miller successfully secured over $135 million in public and private capital for StatesWest Airlines that operated as a USAir Express regional airline and exited the business in 1993, thereafter focusing all of his time on MILLER entities.
Mr. Miller has served as a board member for a dozen public and private companies including Jacor Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ), Comprehensive Care Corporation (NYSE), America West Airlines, Inc. (NYSE), and Global Entertainment Corporation (AMEX). He also served as Vice Chairman-Finance of The Ritz-Carlton Magazine® published by SCG, Inc. His familiarity with the dynamics of negotiating with, presenting to and governance issues affecting the Board of Directors and key shareholder groups provides clients with valuable insight and experience.
Serving his home state of Arizona, Mr. Miller was appointed by state government officials, including the Governor and the Attorney General of Arizona, serving as Chairman of the Arizona State Board of Private Post-Secondary Education and as a board member for the peace officers memorial. He has been a featured speaker on numerous occasions at various colleges and universities. Serving as Chairman or President for community service organizations, Mr. Miller's philanthropic endeavors include support for the non-profit arts community, athletic foundations and veterans' projects. Mr. Miller is currently serving as Chairman of the Advisory Board and Chairman of the Scholarship Committee for Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial, Inc.
In 2008, Mr. Miller instituted the annual Rudy R. Miller Business - Finance Scholarship in support of Arizona State University, in particular the W. P. Carey School of Business, and to encourage and recognize academic excellence in outstanding students. His active involvement at the University also included having served as a member of ASU's Dean's Council of 100, a national group of prominent business executives invited by the Dean to play a leadership role in shaping the future of the W.P. Carey School of Business. He previously served over 20 years as a certified arbitrator for the NASD (now known as FINRA), having been appointed to the program by the Board of Governors. He was selected by President Ronald R. Reagan to serve as a member of a Presidential Task Force. He is a former member of the Institute of Management Consultants, Inc. Mr. Miller received an honorable discharge from the United States Army as a Noncommissioned Officer. Mr. Miller earned his Bachelors and Masters of Business Administration degrees from Pacific Western University.
JERRY L. SCHWALLIER
Vice Chairman and Managing Director
Jerry L. Schwallier has over 40 years of experience in the financial services industry having served in numerous executive leadership roles throughout his career. He has focused on advising privately owned middle-market and emerging growth companies in the areas of financial analysis, debt restructuring, strategic planning, and management succession challenges.
Mr. Schwallier most recently held the positions of Chairman of the Board of Directors and the Advisory Board of Arizona Bank & Trust ("ABT") and is currently a Board Member. From 2010 to December 2018, Jerry served as President & CEO of the bank. ABT is comprised of seven branches in the state of Arizona and holds total assets in excess of $650 million. ABT is an affiliate of Heartland Financial USA, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTLF).
Jerry began his banking career with American National Holding Company in Kalamazoo, MI. He later held executive positions as President & CEO of several Bank One (JP Morgan/Chase) affiliates. Mr. Schwallier was also President & CEO of the Private Financial Services Group of Marquette Financial Companies, Minneapolis, MN; President of Meridian Capital Bank, Milwaukee, WI; CEO of Southport Bank, Kenosha, WI; and President & COO of Stearns Bank of Arizona.
He has been active in many professional and community organizations including the Rotary Club of Scottsdale. He recently served on the Board of Directors for the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce and was Chairman of SCOTT (Scottsdale Coalition for Today and Tomorrow). Jerry is a member of the Arizona Association of Mergers & Acquisitions, the Exit Planning Institute and has previously served as a member for the Association for Corporate Growth.
Mr. Schwallier served in the United States Army and is a Vietnam War Veteran. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and a Master of Business Administration in Finance at Western Michigan University, and graduated Stonier Graduate School of Banking, Rutgers University.
RONALD E. WARNICKE, Esq.
Vice Chairman General Counsel and Director of Special Projects
Ronald E. Warnicke, Esq. serves as Vice Chairman General Counsel and Director of Special Projects for Miller Capital Corporation and is Managing Partner for Ronald Warnicke PLC. Mr. Warnicke is also an investor in various development stage companies.
Mr. Warnicke's law practice has spanned over thirty years and involved transactional and business litigation cases for a wide variety of businesses including banks, savings and loan associations, mortgage companies, a regional airline, regional hospitals, a title insurance company and several automobile importing companies.
Mr. Warnicke served as legal counsel and business advisor to Malcolm Bricklin when Mr. Bricklin founded the automobile import company, Yugo America and when Mr. Bricklin imported Pininfarina and Bertone automobiles. As part of his legal responsibilities, Mr. Warnicke drafted the importation, distributorship and dealership agreements required for the sale of these automobiles in the United States. In addition, Mr. Warnicke has travelled extensively throughout Europe and Asia on behalf of numerous international ventures.
In recent years, Mr. Warnicke was the principal attorney and lead negotiator for Visionary Vehicles, Inc. and later Visionary Vehicles LLC, in connection with the negotiations for the manufacture and importation of vehicles that were intended to lead to a joint venture agreement with Chery Automobile Company of Wuhu, China.
He has served on various governmental and political bodies that have included the Governor's Council on Health, the Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on State Lands, and the Phoenix Freeway Committee. He was called upon by the Arizona Governor, Bruce Babbitt (former United States Secretary of the Interior), to lead Governor Babbitt's staff through an ultimately successful re-election campaign.
Mr. Warnicke's varied experience with public companies includes having served as general counsel and a director. His considerable experience in the legal field includes his having served as attorney for debtors, official creditors committees and major creditors in a variety of successful public company reorganizations, including Texscan, Century Pacific and Circle K.
He has also served as an arbitrator in NASD (now known as FINRA) proceedings involving alleged state and federal securities law violations. Mr. Warnicke served as an SIPC receiver in the liquidation of a securities dealer having been appointed at the recommendation of the SEC. He also served as attorney for the Arizona Director of Insurance in a major insurance company liquidation.
Judge Bilby, of the United States Federal Court, appointed Mr. Warnicke as Examiner in the American Continental bankruptcy proceedings which attracted national attention in the U.S. Mr. Warnicke became the first quasi-judicial official to return a finding of fraud involving Charles Keating.
Mr. Warnicke, an active bar association community leader, served as President of the Young Lawyers Section of the Arizona State Bar Association, as one of the four Directors of the American Bar Association's largest Section and as an officer of various Arizona bar sections. He was President of the Arizona World Trade Association, the Encanto Citizens Association, the Arizona Young Democrats and Match Point Tennis Club and has served on the boards of community civic associations. He received an award from the United States Chess Federation for outstanding contributions to scholastic chess.
Mr. Warnicke remains an active member of the Arizona State Bar, admitted to practice in the federal courts. He was first listed in the 1986 edition of Best Lawyers in America and has long held Martindale Hubbell's highest attorney rating. Graduating from Wabash College he received the Alumni Award as Scholar Athlete of the Year. Mr. Warnicke received his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.
Vice President of Admin and Corporate Controller
Kristina A. Caylor serves as Vice President of Admin and Corporate Controller for The Miller Group of entities, which includes Miller Capital Corporation, Miller Investments, Inc., and Miller Management Corporation. She manages the firm's IT resources and supervises all administrative functions. Mrs. Caylor assists with coordinating due diligence reports, shareholder correspondence, press releases, and daily stock reporting. Mrs. Caylor is also responsible for human resource functions as well as financial management including reporting, associated tax items, financial statements, and coordinating with outside auditors/accountants.
Prior to joining The Miller Group, Mrs. Caylor spent 10 years as Comptroller for Site Consultants, Inc., a civil engineering firm based in Tempe, Arizona. She was responsible for accounts payable and receivable, client/job setup and maintenance, payroll, all tax reporting, 401k and profit sharing pension plans, and financial reporting.
Preceding her employment at Site Consultants, Inc., Mrs. Caylor was employed for more than 25 years by Administrative Assistance, an accounting/bookkeeping and administrative service company based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mrs. Caylor's duties included providing full-charge bookkeeping and administrative services to a wide variety of clientele.
Mrs. Caylor has completed numerous college level accounting and general business courses throughout her extensive accounting career.