Michael A. Smart, has more than 25 years of experience in private equity and investment banking and is a founding member and a Managing Partner of Cordova, Smart & Williams, LLC (ï¿½CSWï¿½). CSW is a private equity firm based in New York that invests in leverage buyouts, recapitalizations and growth capital investments in U.S. based middle market companies in the general industrial and consumer products sectors. Prior to forming CSW Mr. Smart was a Principal at First Atlantic Capital, a middle-market private equity firm. Prior to joining First Atlantic Capital, Mr. Smart was a Managing Director in investment banking at Merrill Lynch & Co. working with private equity firms in the United States and Europe. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Mr. Smart was a founding Partner of the Carpediem Group, a mergers and acquisitions boutique, an Associate in mergers & acquisitions at Dillon Read & Co and a Lending Officer at the Bank of New York. Mr. Smart is on the Board of Directors of the Advent Claymore family of Funds (NYSE: ï¿½AVKï¿½, ï¿½LCMï¿½ and ï¿½ACGï¿½), and Sprint Industrial Holdings. He is Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Blanket Holdings, President and Chairman of Sqwincher Holdings and the former Co-Chairman of H2O Plus Holdings. Mr. Smart is also Vice Chairman of the National Association of Investment Companies ("NAIC"). Mr. Smart is a member of the Zeta Beta Boule' Charitable Foundation Board of Directors and a sponsor of the Grace Baptist Church food pantry. He is a member of Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.