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Brian Birk has served as a member of our board of directors since June 2008. In 2006, Mr. Birk co-founded Sun Mountain Capital, a boutique private equity firm focused on the Southwest and Rocky Mountain regions which currently manages direct investment funds and funds of funds vehicles. Prior to forming Sun Mountain Capital, Mr. Birk was a Vice President and Director of Private Equity at Fort Washington Capital Partners, a professional investment management services company. Mr. Birk was also a senior executive at MetaWeb Technologies, Inc., a technology and web development company acquired by Google Inc. in 2010, the vice president of technology commercialization at Applied Minds, LLC, a technology consulting company, and the president of a division at BiosGroup Inc., a company which commercialized complex science software. In addition, Mr. Birk held a senior manager position at the Boston Consulting Group, Inc., a global management consulting firm, and finance manager positions at General Electric Company and GE Capital Corporation. Mr. Birk is a currently a member of the board of directors of several private companies, including Aspen Avionics, Inc., an aircraft avionics manufacturer, and American Clay Enterprises, LLC, a plaster manufacturing and sales company. Mr. Birk received a B.S. in Economics from Carleton College and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.