Scott R. Simplot has served as our director since March 2005. Mr. Simplot has been Chairman of the board of directors and a director of J.R. Simplot Company since May 2001 and August 1970, respectively. Mr. Simplot has served as Manager of JRS Management, LLC, since September 2004, and General Partner to SRS Family Limited Partnership since January 1997. Mr. Simplot also serves as a director to various companies such as Bar-U-, Inc., Block 65 and 66 Master Association, Inc., Cal Ida Chemical Company, Censa of California, Inc., Claremont Realty Co., Glen Dale Farms, Inc., Potato Storage, Inc., Storage Partners I, Ltd., SMP, Inc., Three Creek Ranch Co., Camas, Inc., and Lattice Energy, LLC. Mr. Simplot holds a bachelor of science degree in business from the University of Idaho and a masters in business administration from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Edward Kuan Hsiung Hsieh has served as a director since February 2012. Dr. Hsieh has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of each of VR Networks, Inc., a communications applications service provider company, and Eton Intelligent Technologies, Inc., a retailer of personal and notebook computers, since January 2000 and April 2000, respectively. From February 2007 to February 2010, Dr. Hsieh was Chief Executive Officer of Asia Pacific Telecom, a 3G mobile services operator, and Executive Director of Asia Pacific Online Services, an internet service provider, both based in Taiwan. Between 1996 and 2000, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Securities Ltd. Co., a securities brokerage and investment banking firm, and Chief Investment Executive for Pacific Group, a cable television and broadband operator. Previously, Dr. Hsieh worked in various engineering and research capacities at NASA Jet Propulsion Labs, AT&T Bell Labs, Hughes Research Labs and TRW as well as in finance and investment at Merrill Lynch. Dr. Hsieh holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in electrical engineering from the National Taiwan University and University of California, Santa Barbara, respectively, and a doctor of philosophy degree in electrical engineering and applied physics from Cornell University. Our board has determined that Dr. Hsieh should serve as a director based on his finance and engineering background and his experience serving in senior management and as a director of companies in the finance and technology industries.
Walter Michael Gough has served as a director since April 12, 2016. Since 2005, Mr. Gough has led Gough and Associates, a firm that specializes in financial consulting for domestic and international companies. Mr. Gough is also a tenured faculty member in Accounting and Business at DeAnza College in Cupertino, California where he has taught since 1985. From June 2000 to June 2004, he was Chief Financial Officer and Financial Consultant at NuTool Inc., a semiconductor equipment manufacturer. From 1995 through 1999, he was a founding member and Chief Financial Officer of Invest In Yourself, LLC; an organization that provided consulting for professional sports franchises. Prior to teaching and consulting, Mr. Gough was a financial analyst and contracts manager at Watkins-Johnson Company, a high technology electronics firm. Before Watkins-Johnson, Mr. Gough worked for Kidder Peabody, an investment banking firm. Mr. Gough holds MBA and BA degrees (cum laude) from Santa Clara University, and a Masters in English from Notre Dame de Namur University.