David J. Gladstone
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Gladstone is the founder of The Gladstone Companies and has been our Chief Executive Officer since inception. From August 1997 to August 2001, Mr. Gladstone served as Chairman or Vice Chairman of American Capital Strategies, a publicly-traded leveraged buyout fund and mezzanine debt finance company. From 1974 to February 1997, Mr. Gladstone held various positions, including Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, with Allied Capital Corporation, Allied Capital Corporation II, Allied Capital Lending Corporation, Allied Capital Commercial Corporation and Allied Capital Advisors Inc. The Allied companies were the largest group of publicly-traded mezzanine debt funds and were managers of two private venture capital limited partnerships. From 1992 to 1997, Mr. Gladstone served as a Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Business Mortgage Investors, a private mortgage REIT managed by Allied Capital. Mr. Gladstone served as a Director of The Riggs National Corporation (the parent of Riggs Bank) from 1993 to May 1997 and of Riggs Bank from 1991 to 1993. He has served as a Trustee of The George Washington University and currently is a Trustee Emeritus. He is a past member of the Listings and Hearings Committee of the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. He is a past member of the Advisory Committee to the Women's Growth Capital Fund, a venture capital firm that finances women-owned small businesses. Mr. Gladstone was the managing member of The Capital Investors, a group of angel investors, and is currently a member Emeritus. He is also the chairman and President of Gladstone Land Corporation, a publicly held company that has substantial farmland holdings in agriculture real estate in the U.S. Mr. Gladstone is also a past Director of Capital Automotive REIT, a real estate investment trust. Mr. Gladstone holds a MBA degree from the Harvard Business School, a MA from American University and a BA from the University of Virginia. Mr. Gladstone has co-authored two books on financing for small and medium sized businesses, Venture Capital Handbook and Venture Capital Investing published by Prentice Hall.
Paul W. Adelgren
Mr. Adelgren has been a Director since December 2002. Retired. From 1997 to January 2018, Mr. Adelgren served as the Pastor of Missionary Alliance Church. From 1991 to 1997 he was Pastor of New Life Alliance Church. From 1988 to 1991, Mr. Adelgren was a Vice President of Finance for Williams & Watts, Inc. in Fairfield NJ, a logistics management and procurement business. From 1965 to 1988, Mr. Adelgren served in the United States Navy. During his career in the Navy, he served in eight different commands and ships. His last three were as the Director of the Strategic Submarine Support Department, Executive Officer at the Naval Supply Center and as the Director of the Joint Uniform Military Pay System at the Navy Finance Center. Paul Adelgren received numerous awards and medals during his distinguished career in the Navy and he retired as a Captain in the USN to pursue his business career. In 1965, Mr. Adelgren received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kansas. He attended the Navy Supply Corps School in Athens, GA. In 1972, at Harvard Business School, he received a Masters in Business Administration (with honors) in Data Processing Management and Operations Research.
Michela A. English
Ms. English has served as one of our Directors since 2005. Michela English is currently a private investor and serves as a strategic advisor to companies and nonprofit organizations. Ms. English has served as a director of Fight for Children, a non-profit charitable organization focused on providing high quality education and health care services to underserved youth in Washington, D.C., since January 2017, and Ms. English served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Fight for Children from June 2006 to December 2016. From March 1996 to March 2004, Ms. English held several positions with Discovery Communications, Inc., including president of Discovery Consumer Products, president of Discovery Enterprises Worldwide and president of Discovery.com. From 1991 to 1996, Ms. English served as senior vice president of the National Geographic Society and was a member of the National Geographic Society’s Board of Trustees and Education Foundation Board. Prior to 1991, Ms. English served as vice president, corporate planning and business development for Marriott Corporation and as a senior engagement manager for McKinsey & Company. Ms. English currently serves as a director of the Hershey Trust Company and the Milton Hershey School, as a director of the Educational Testing Service (ETS), as a director of D.C. Preparatory Academy and a director of the District of Columbia Public Education Fund. Ms. English is an emeritus member of the board of Sweet Briar College. Ms. English holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from Sweet Briar College and a Master of Public and Private Management degree from the Yale University School of Management.
Ms. Novara, age 53, has been Head of Resource Management of the Company since its founding. Ms. Novara is also Head of Human Resources, Facilities & Office Management and IT at Gladstone. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Novara served as Assistant Vice President of Human Resources with the WMF Group and as a Consultant to Prudential Financial. From 1996 to 1997, Ms. Novara worked for TREEV, a publicly held imaging software vendor. From 1992 to 1996, Ms. Novara worked for Environmental Products Corporation in their corporate Human Resources department. Ms. Novara is certified through the Society for Human Resource Management as a Professional in Human Resources, holds an MA from Marymount University in Human Resources Management and a BA in Spanish and French from St. Mary's College of Notre Dame. Ms. Novara is also fluent in Italian, Spanish and French. The Company believes Ms. Novara's experience, including her in-depth knowledge of the Company, will increase the diversity of views to the benefit of the Board.
John H. Outland
Mr. Outland has been one of our Directors since 2005. Mr. Outland has been a private investor since June 2006. From March 2004 to June 2006, he served as vice president of Genworth Financial, Inc. From 2002 to March 2004, Mr. Outland served as a managing director for 1789 Capital Advisors, where he provided market and transaction structure analysis and advice on a consulting basis for multifamily commercial mortgage purchase programs. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Outland served as vice president of mortgage-backed securities at Financial Guaranty Insurance Company where he was team leader for bond insurance transactions, responsible for sourcing business, coordinating credit, loan files, due diligence and legal review processes, and negotiating structure and business issues. From 1993 to 1999, Mr. Outland was senior vice president for Citicorp Mortgage Securities, Inc., where he securitized non-conforming mortgage products. From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Outland was vice president of real estate and mortgage finance for Nomura Securities International, Inc., where he performed due diligence on and negotiated the financing of commercial mortgage packages in preparation for securitization. Mr. Outland holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Anthony W. Parker
Mr. Parker has served as one of our Directors since 2005. Mr. Parker has also been a Director of Gladstone Capital since August 2001, a Director of Gladstone Commercial since August 2003 and a Director of Gladstone Land since January 2013. Mr. Parker founded Parker Tide Corp. in 1997 and has since served as Chairman of the Board. Parker Tide is a government contracting company providing mission critical solutions to the Federal Government. From 1992 to 1996, Mr. Parker was chairman of Capitol Resource Funding, Inc., a commercial finance company. Mr. Parker practiced corporate and tax law for over 15 years – from 1980 to 1983 at Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard & McPherson, and in private practice from 1983 to 1992. From 1973 to 1977, Mr. Parker served as executive assistant to the administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Mr. Parker is also a director of Naval Academy Sailing Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation located in Annapolis, Maryland, a director of the Bishop Walker School, a part of the Episcopal diocese of Washington, D.C. and a member of the Board of Visitors, U.S. Naval Academy. Mr. Parker received his J.D. and Masters in Tax Law from Georgetown Law Center and his undergraduate degree from Harvard College.
Walter H. Wilkinson Jr.
Mr. Wilkinson has served as our Director and on the boards of directors of Gladstone Commercial, Gladstone Capital and Gladstone Land since October 2014. Mr. Wilkinson is the founder and was a general partner of Kitty Hawk Capital, a venture capital firm established in 1980 and based in Charlotte, North Carolina, from its founding through 2016. He has served on the board of the N.C. State University Foundation and has previously served as Chairman of its Graduate School Advisory Board where he endowed the Wilkinson Research Ethics Fellowship. For many years he served on the board and as chairman of the finance committee of the Ben Craig Center, a business incubator affiliated with the University of N.C. at Charlotte. He is a past member and director of the National Venture Capital Association and is a past member and Chairman of the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies. Mr. Wilkinson was founding Chairman of the Carolinas Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), and served on its board of directors from 2013 through December 2015, and is a NACD Leadership Fellow, having completed the NACD’s program for corporate directors and its continuing educational requirements to maintain this level of recognition. Mr. Wilkinson served as a director of R.F. Micro Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq: RFMD) from 1992, serving as its Chairman of its board of directors from July 2008, until its $11 billion merger with Triquint Semiconductor, Inc. (Nasdaq: TQNT) in January 2015 to form QORVO (Nasdaq: QRVO). He served as Lead Independent Director for QORVO from January 2015 until August 2018. Mr. Wilkinson also serves or has served as a director of numerous venture-backed companies, both public and private. Mr. Wilkinson is a graduate of N.C. State University (BS) and the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration (MBA).