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denis amato photoDenis J. Amato C.F.A.

Denis, age 75, is a private investor. Mr. Amato retired from Ancora Advisors, where he was Director of Microcap Equities. His investment experience spanned five decades, including serving as Chief Investment Officer for a major Cleveland bank trust department as well as with Ancora Advisors. He has both a BBA in Economics and an MBA in Finance from Case Western Reserve University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.


jennifer kretchmar photoJennifer Kretchmar

Age 47, Jenn currently serves as Chief Digital and Merchandising Officer at Build-A-Bear Workshop, helping transform the iconic Build-A-Bear brand through her innovative leadership. Jenn joined the company in 2014 as Chief Product Officer before taking on her current role of Chief Digital and Merchandising Officer. She leads the development of global merchandise, in addition to the company’s marketing and digital presence to drive sales and guest loyalty. While guiding global business initiatives including retail, ecommerce, licensing, brand and performance marketing, Jenn manages an inspired team and builds leaders. Jenn has helped transform Build-A-Bear Workshop to the multi-channel and multi-platform brand and intellectual property company it is today with over 400 experiential retail locations, ecommerce and licensing.

With her ingenuity in global product and digital strategy and ability to grow and strengthen brands, Jenn has held tenured executive level positions at notable companies. Before joining Build-A-Bear, Jenn was Senior Vice President of Product and Brand Management with the Stride Rite Children’s Group (SRCG) of Wolverine Worldwide, Inc. At SRCG, she was responsible for the global product creation strategy for a diverse portfolio of children’s footwear brands including Sperry Top-Sider®, Saucony®, Keds®, Hush Puppies® and Merrell® to name a few. Before joining Stride Rite, Jenn held positions of increasing responsibility at The Timberland Company, Goldbug and the United States Department of Agricultural Foreign Service.

Jenn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities from San Francisco State University and studied International Business at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.


daniel perella photoDaniel V. Perella

Daniel, age 51, is a Co-Founder, President and Chief Operating Officer of IdeaStream Consumer Products, in Cleveland, Ohio. The Company was founded in 2002 and is focused on designing and developing creative and innovative product solutions that drive incremental sales and profits for its retail customers. Mr. Perella brings nearly 27 years of experience in the retail marketplace to Mace. Prior to the founding of IdeaStream Consumer Products, Mr. Perella worked for 10 years at Manco, Inc (now known as Shurtech). During his time there he had numerous roles, including Vice President of Wal-Mart Sales. Additionally, prior to his entrepreneurial journey, he was Manco’s Executive Vice President of Sales.


hussien shousher photoHussien Shousher

Hussien, age 61, was the recent CEO of GEM Inc. and GEM Energy and was with the Rudolph Libbe Group of companies for 25 years. During Mr. Shousher’s tenure, GEM expanded to multiple locations throughout three states with over 1,000 employees. GEM Inc., headquartered in Walbridge, OH, is a leading single-source specialty contractor with multiple self-performance trades as well as consulting and energy management services. GEM Inc. is annually ranked among the top 100 on the Engineering News-Record top 600 Specialty Contractors. GEM Energy optimizes the efficiency of facilities for reduced operating costs through energy management and procurement, building controls, HVAC and facility management services. Mr. Shousher is currently focused on executive mentoring, coaching, and advising business leaders and established professionals.


sanjay singh photoSanjay Singh

Age 56, Sanjay was appointed Chairman and CEO in February 2022 and serves on the Board of Directors of Mace. He previously served as the Executive Chairman of the Board since April 2020 and was appointed as the Vice-Chairman of the company’s Board in March 2018. Previously, Mr. Singh led and directed strategy at Roll-kraft, a privately-held manufacturing company first as Executive Vice-President and then as President from July 2013 through March 2020. Over the course of his twenty-five year career, Mr. Singh acquired expertise in increasing shareholder value by building better businesses alongside management teams. Mr. Singh was a Board Member and Chief Financial Officer from 2010-2013 at Maclellan Services, Inc. Prior to July 2010, Mr. Singh held Chief Financial Officer and financial leadership roles in private-equity owned portfolio companies and at divisions of Stanley Black and Decker and Newell-Rubbermaid. Mr. Singh currently serves on the Board of Directors of Regional Brands Inc., MAGNET and Entrepreneur’s EDGE.