Robert Blair is a seasoned executive with extensive experience in the automotive aftermarket, electrical, industrial components and other distribution industries. The capstone of his career was serving as Executive VP and President of CARQUEST Corporation (2005–2008), one of the largest distributors of automotive replacement parts in North America. Robert’s aftermarket career began as Vice President, Marketing for CARQUEST Canada in 1995.
Prior to the automotive industry, Robert held Managing Director positions with Walsall Conduits, Pets Choice and E.W. Holdings LTD., all in the United Kingdom.
Robert currently leads a consulting company to advise a select number of automotive aftermarket companies on strategic matters. He is a member of three advisory boards and chairman of two, all in the automotive aftermarket.
Gordon A. Duncan, Advisor
President, SPAR Consulting
Gordon A. Duncan is President of SPAR Consulting Inc., based in Mississauga, Ontario. He was previously President of Kinecor LP, Canada's largest Industrial Components distributor with revenues in excess of $300 million and over 750 employees.
He has many years experience building and managing industrial companies with a focus on supplier-distributor relationships, pricing strategies, management team development, and strategic plan development and execution. During his career, Gord has acquired over 30 companies.
He is a director of several privately held companies and a member of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors
Gary N. Jacobs, Advisor
Chairman, Data Driven Delivery Systems
Gary Jacobs has had an extensive corporate and legal career, focused primarily on corporate strategy, U.S. and international business development, and mergers and acquisitions, with particular experience as a senior executive in the health care and hospitality industries.
Jacobs is Chairman of Data Driven Delivery Systems, LLC, a provider of high quality healthcare information services via an integrated model. He is a principal of Bulldog Partners, a real estate development company based in Beverly Hills, California, and related entities.
From June 2000 until December 2009, Jacobs served in senior executive positions at MGM
Resorts International (President – Corporate Strategy or Executive Vice President; General Counsel; Secretary; Member Board of Directors and Executive Committee). While at MGM, he provided oversight over all legal matters, MGM Hospitality, and all other company joint ventures and strategic partnerships. Jacobs was instrumental to MGM’s activities in China, including MGM Grand Macau and MGM’s joint venture with the Diaoyutui State Guest House, Beijing.
From 1988 to March, 2014, Jacobs was a senior partner of the Los Angeles law firm Glaser Weil Fink Jacobs Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP. From 1971 through 1988, Jacobs was a partner and/or associate of Wyman, Bautzer, Christensen, Kuchel & Silbert.
Jacobs received his LL.B. from Yale Law School in 1969, where he was Order of the Coif. Following law school, he was a Law Clerk for Hon. Wilfred Feinberg of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University-Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa and studied at the London School of Economics.
Jacobs' other current affiliations include: Member, Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee; Chair (2008-14) and Chairman Emeritus of AJC’s Asia Pacific Institute; Member, Board of Overseers, Brandeis University International Business School; Member, Board of Fellows, Brandeis University; Member, Board of Directors, Game Play Network; Member, Board of Advisors of Frankly, Inc. (TLK.V), G Commerce, and M+M Media; Member, Board of Directors, Los Angeles Theatre Works. He is a member of the California bar. He and his wife, Robin, have two children, Melissa and Matthew.
Al Frugaletti, Advisor
Vice President of Business Development for Rochester Electronics
Al previously served as Vice President of Worldwide Distribution for Lattice Semiconductor and Advanced Micro Devices. In 1980, he was one of the founders of CAE Systems, where served as Vice President of sales and marketing. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Electronics Component Industry Association and served as a board member for Silicon Expert Technologies which was recently sold to Arrow Electronics.
Al Graduated from Golden Gate University with and MBA in 1966 after graduating from Saint Mary’s College in 1963 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy.