Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
John Reed co-founded Arhaus in 1986 and has served on the board of directors of Arhaus, LLC since its formation in December 2013, and served as our Chief Executive Officer from January 1997 through December 2015 and February 2017 through present. We believe Mr. Reed is qualified serve on our board of directors because of, among other things, his extensive knowledge and experience with the business and his role as our Founder and Chief Executive Officer.
Director
Albert Adams has served as a member of our board since July 2021, on the board of directors of Arhaus, LLC since 2014, and joined the board of directors of the predecessor of Arhaus, LLC in 2001. Mr. Adams joined Baker & Hostetler LLP in 1977, became a partner in 1984 and served as a member of its governing body between 1993 to 2014. Mr. Adams’ practice is in the business and corporate areas, with special emphasis on the structuring and financial aspects of business transactions. Mr. Adams has served as a director of numerous private businesses and six public companies. He also has been a board member or trustee of a number of community and charitable organizations, including the Cleveland Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Center for Families and Children, the Greater Cleveland Roundtable, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, the Corporate College (a division of Cuyahoga Community College), the Western Reserve Historical Society, Learning Disability Associates and the Karamu Playhouse. We believe Mr. Adams is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his combination of legal and business skills, and his extensive experience in advising public and private companies in various capacities, including with respect to capital markets activity, business combinations and corporate governance.
Director
Bill Beargie has served as a member of our board since November 2021, served as a member of the board of directors of Arhaus, LLC since 2014, and joined the board of directors of the predecessor of Arhaus, LLC in 2001. Mr. Beargie has been a CPA for Card, Palmer, Sibbison & Co since 2015. Mr. Beargie was Chief Financial Officer and Administrative Vice President of Arhaus from 1987 to 1997. We believe Mr. Beargie is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his extensive experience in accounting and finance and his familiarity with the Company as its former Chief Financial Officer.
Director
Brad J. Brutocao has served as a member of our board since July 2021 and on the board of directors of Arhaus, LLC since January 2014. Mr. Brutocao joined Freeman Spogli in 1997 and became a partner in 2008. Prior to joining Freeman Spogli, Mr. Brutocao worked at Morgan Stanley & Co. in the Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Finance departments. In addition, Mr. Brutocao is a member of the board of directors of several private companies and previously served as a director of Floor & Decor Holdings, Inc. from November 2010 to December 2020 and Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. from December 2011 to June 2019. We believe Mr. Brutocao is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his experience managing investments in, and serving on the boards of, companies operating in the retail and consumer industries.
Member of the Real Estate Committee
Director
Rick Doody has served as a member of our board since November 2021 and served as a member of the board of directors of Arhaus, LLC since January 2014. Mr. Doody was the Chairman and Founder of Bravo/Brio Restaurant Group (BBRG) and served as CEO and then its chairman from 1992 until it sold in 2018. Mr. Doody owns six restaurant concepts in the Cleveland area: Cedar Creek Grille, 17 River Grille, Lindey’s Lake House, Jojo's Bar and Bar Italia. Mr. Doody is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), and serves on the boards of University Hospital’s Ahuja Medical Center, Lindey’s, Stella Maris Rehabilitation Center, and the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland. We believe Mr. Doody is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his substantial management, operational and entrepreneurial experience with a number of restaurant concepts.
Director
Andrea Hyde has served as a member of our board since November 2021 and served as a member of the board of directors of Arhaus, LLC since January 2018. Ms. Hyde is the founder and President of Hyde & Chic Inc., a business growth strategy consulting firm. Prior to founding Hyde & Chic Inc. in January 2018, Ms. Hyde was Chief Executive Officer of Draper James from 2014 to 2017. Prior to her role at Draper James, Ms. Hyde was President of Burch Creative Capital, President & Chief Executive Officer of French Connection USA, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Communications at Kenneth Cole Productions, and held various other marketing related roles. We believe Ms. Hyde is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of her extensive experience in managing, marketing and branding lifestyle retail concepts and her knowledge of multi-channel platforms.
Director
John Kyees has served as a member of our board since November 2021 and served as a member of the board of directors of Arhaus, LLC since November 2011. Mr. Kyees has held the Chief Financial Officer role at the following retailers: Urban Outfitters, Inc. from 2003 to 2010, bebe Stores, Inc. from 2002 to 2003, Skinmarket from 2000 to 2002, Ashley Stewart from 1997 to 2002, Express (Division of the Limited) from 1984 to 1997, and Chas. A. Stevens (Division of Hartmarx) from 1982 to 1984. Mr. Kyees previously served as lead independent director and chairman of the audit committee of Vera Bradley and as chairman and a director of Destination XL Group, Inc. We believe Mr. Kyees is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his extensive executive-level retail experience having served as Chief Financial Officer for several prominent retailers.
Financial Expert
Director
Gary Lewis has served as a member of our board since November 2021, served as a member of the board of directors of Arhaus, LLC since January 2014 and joined the board of directors of the predecessor to Arhaus, LLC in September 2013. Mr. Lewis has been a principal at GLA Real Estate since 2013. Prior to his role at GLA Real Estate, Mr. Lewis was Senior Executive Vice President and President of the Mall Leasing Division at Simon Property Group from 1986 to 2013. Mr. Lewis also guest teaches in the Ring Distinguished Speakers series in the Bergstrom Center for Real Estate in the Warrington College of Business Administration at the University of Florida, and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). We believe Mr. Lewis is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his substantial experience in retail real estate, including the representation of landlords and tenants in lease negotiations, and experience leading and overseeing new construction, renovations and expansions of retail and mixed-use projects.
Chair of the Real Estate Committee
Director
John M. Roth has served as a member of our board since November 2021 and served as a member of the board of directors of Arhaus, LLC since January 2014. Mr. Roth joined Freeman Spogli in 1988 and has been a partner since 1993. Mr. Roth currently serves as a member of the board of directors of El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. and previously served as a director of Floor & Decor Holdings, Inc. from November 2010 to December 2020. We believe Mr. Roth is qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his extensive experience as a board member of numerous retail and consumer businesses and his experience and insights into strategic expansion opportunities, capital markets and capitalization strategies.