Leadership & Governance
Board of Directors and Executive Officers
Bradford C. Nelson
Mr. Nelson has served as a director since October 2009 and President of Royal Hawaiian Resources, Inc., the managing general partner of Royal Hawaiian Orchards, LP since May 2016. Since 2010, he is also President and owner of West Sedge, Inc., providing finance and management services to businesses and family offices, including companies owned by the Ebrahimi family and Mr. Fred Ebrahimi, the Partnership’s largest unitholder. Mr. Nelson is a CPA and served as an officer of other private and public companies in Colorado from 1994 until 2001, when he joined a company owned by the Ebrahimi family. He received his BSBA in Finance in 1989 and his Masters in Accountancy in 1991 from the University of Denver. Mr. Nelson contributes global financial management experience and expertise and tax and financial experience and understanding of GAAP.
Barry W. Blank
Mr. Blank has served as a director since December 2012. Mr. Blank has over 40 years of experience in the securities industry and brings to the board experience and expertise in public and private markets and in building stakeholder value. He has been a registered securities representative since 1968 and has served as Vice President for Cantone Research since January 1, 2014, and as a stock broker from 2009 to 2010. He was branch manager of the investment firm of Murphy & Durieu from 2010 to 2013 and from 1998 to 2009. Mr. Blank was a member of the American Stock Exchange from 1978 until it was acquired by the New York Stock Exchange in 2008. He was a member of the New York Stock Exchange from 1981 until 2008. He has managed underwritings for over 40 companies, including both private placement and public offerings. He has served as a director of Empire Resources, Inc., and as an advisor to the board of directors of Bently Pharmaceuticals. He served on the Phoenix Police Department as a police officer until he retired with honors. Mr. Blank has a B.S. in Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University, M.S. in Education Administration from Hofstra University, and did post-graduate work at St. John’s University, New York and New York University.
James S. Kendrick
Mr. Kendrick has served as a director since June 2005. Mr. Kendrick has over 37 years of experience in the food processing industry. Prior to his retirement in 2007, Mr. Kendrick provided consulting services to various food companies, including Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company, Shade Foods and Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation. Mr. Kendrick held executive positions at Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation from 1983 to 1998, including Executive Vice President of Operations and President. Between 1978 and 1983, he was the Manager of the Honolulu Dole pineapple cannery. Mr. Kendrick worked for Kraft Foods as an engineering manager. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and Cornell’s Executive Development Program. Mr. Kendrick provides a high degree of general manufacturing acumen and extensive macadamia growing, processing and marketing experience and expertise.
Mark W. Harding
Mr. Harding has served as a director since May 2016. Mr. Harding is the President, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and a director of Pure Cycle Corporation, a publicly traded water and wastewater services provider, where he has served in various capacities for over 26 years. Mr. Harding was responsible for the acquisition and management of Pure Cycle’s agricultural operations, consisting of approximately 16,700 acres of farm land and related water rights, until the sale of Pure Cycle’s farming segment in 2015. Mr. Harding previously worked in investment banking and public finance. Mr. Harding holds a B.S. Degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Business Administration in Finance from the University of Denver.