Gary D. Smith

Gary D. Smith, age 74, was elected as a Director on June 6, 2005. Since January 2001, Mr. Smith has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Encore Associates, Inc. and since 2005 has been a managing director of Encore Consumer Capital.  From April 1995 to December 2004, Mr. Smith served as Senior Vice President - Marketing of Safeway, Inc. In addition, Mr. Smith held various management positions at Safeway, Inc. from 1961 to 1995. In addition to our Board, Mr. Smith serves on the Board of Directors of The Winery Exchange, Supply Chain Systems Ltd., Altierre Corporation and Philly’s Famous Water Ice, Inc.  Mr. Smith is a member of the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of our Board of Directors.