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Pierce Dunn

Mr. Dunn chairs the Board of Directors of the J.J. Haines & Company, Inc., the largest independent wholesale distributor of floor coverings in the U.S.

Mr. Dunn also serves as a venture partner of Savano Capital Partners, a direct secondary fund that invests in late-stage, fast growth venture backed companies by providing partial liquidity for founders, angels and executives. Mr. Dunn’s focus is on education companies.

Mr. Dunn is Vice Chair of the YPO board and chairs the Strategy Committee. YPO is a global organization that connects over 24,000 current and former CEOs in more than 130 countries. The revenues of the companies run by YPO members exceed $6 trillion (USD) or approximately 10% of global GDP.

Mr. Dunn was a Partner and Senior Advisor of Brown Advisory, a global investment firm. He continues to serve as a director of Brown Advisory Funds, plc, an open-ended investment company chartered under the laws of Ireland. The umbrella fund has seven sub-funds for which Brown Advisory is investment manager.

Mr. Dunn started his professional career in 1977 as a corporate attorney with the law firm of Venable, Baetjer & Howard. He left Venable in 1981 to join the management team of the Kirk Stieff Company, a manufacturer of prestige precious metal gifts and tableware products. As President, Mr. Dunn led a turn-around followed by a period of sustained growth culminating in the firm’s successful sale in 1991 to the Lenox Division of Brown Forman. Mr. Dunn left corporate opportunities at Lenox to co-found MIRCON, Inc., which provides consulting, testing, data management and training services to multi-family property owners, managers, lenders and insurance companies. Mr. Dunn remains chairman of the firm.

In 1995, Mr. Dunn took a leave of absence from MIRCON to take TESSCO’s Total Source business model to Europe.TESSCO Technologies is a distributor of a wide range of equipment and products for the wireless communications industry

Mr. Dunn holds a B.A degree from Princeton University, a J.D. from Georgetown University and an XMBA from Loyola University.

Mr. Dunn is married to Lee Hoyt. They have two children, Miranda (29) and Connor (25).