Board of Directors

Michael Franks

Michael FranksDirector

Michael Franks has been an operator for 25 years in various businesses such as: logistics, food distribution, high tech enterprises in silicon valley, ambulance transport and many more. He has completed many business restructurings. He has been involved with taking companies public as well as buying, restructuring, and selling companies.

In his spare time Michael has been an adventure racer competing in multiple eco-challenge adventure races, ironman triathlons, marathons and is an avid alpine skier.

Michael has an undergraduate degree in Economics from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario and an MBA from Trinity CollegeDublin, Ireland and has completed the Corporate Restructuring M&A course at Harvard Business School (Executive Education).

Michael DiMino

Michael DiMinoDirector

Michael DiMino began his career in the healthcare industry selling medical devices for American Hospital Supply Company. From there, he moved to United Health Care Company, where he was on the forefront of developing HMOs and led operations for the Eastern United States. His track record of value creation continued at Uniforms to You, a private, family-owned company where he grew revenue from $20 million to $200 million. The family, never expecting the company to grow so large, asked Michael to coordinate a sale process, resulting in the business being acquired by Cintas Corporation in its largest acquisition to date. Cintas then asked Michael to serve as chief operating officer, which he did for the next four years.

Michael was then recruited to serve as president and CEO at LESCO (NASDQ), the nation’s largest public lawn and landscape supply company. In less than three years, DiMino nearly tripled the stock price, rationalizing manufacturing facilities, and increasing retail outlets generating growth revenue of more than $80 million, and cost saving of more than $1 million annually. These results ultimately led to the sale of the company to John Deere, creating yet another successful exit for shareholders.

After working with private equity firms including Morgenthaler, Michael moved to Arizona in 2010 to join Rural/Metro Corporation (RURL) as CEO and president, where he sold the company to a private equity firm, raising share price from $6.66 to $17.25. Asked to stay at the helm of the now private company, Michael’s leadership and teambuilding helped boost annual revenue from $535 to $750 per year and EBITDA from $69 million to $90 million driven by success in three major acquisitions and organic growth.

Michael DiMino currently serves on three private equity-backed corporate boards and has volunteered on several charity boards and organizations including Banner Health Foundation, Cleveland Sports Commission, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, parish council and several Catholic charities such as outreach programs for the homeless and unmarried mothers. He is a member of Young Presidents Origination. (YPO)

Michael grew up in Boston and completed his B.A. at Marquette University.

Shaun Francis

Shaun FrancisDirector

Shaun is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Medcan Health Management, Inc., Canada’s largest private clinic provider. Established over 25 years ago, Medcan’s primary purpose is “keeping busy people healthy” by providing outpatient based preventive, diagnostic, and primary healthcare services to corporate executives, individuals and families. In 2012 Medcan was featured in the National Post as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies. Prior to rejoining Medcan, Shaun was one of the founding employees and Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Dallas based Broadlane, Inc., a leading business process outsourcer for over 900 US hospitals. In 2010, Broadlane was sold to MedAssets for US$850MM. Prior to joining Broadlane, Shaun served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Medcan. Shaun also worked for Morgan Stanley’s New York and Toronto investment banking division where he managed equity, debt and mergers and acquisitions transactions. Shaun received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and he received a nomination from President Reagan to attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland as a Canadian. While there he earned his Bachelor of Science with Honors and Merit and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Canadian Army. Shaun serves on the Board of Toronto Pearson Airport, the Fraser Institute, and the Advisory Board of the Canadian Foundation for Aids Research (CANFAR). He also serves as the Chair of the True Patriot Love Foundation which he founded to benefit Canada’s military families. In 2013, he was asked by Canada’s Minister of Veterans Affairs to Chair the Veteran Transition Advisory Council (VTAC). The Council is comprised of Canadian business leaders and will assist the Minister in drafting strategic recommendations for the transition of service personnel to the private sector. He previously served on the Board of Governors of Upper Canada College and was the Chair of the Ontario Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and the PC Ontario Fund.  In 2009 Shaun was selected by a national panel and featured in the Globe and Mail as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, an award which recognizes a new generation of top achievers in business, the professions, academia and public service. In 2010, Canada’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Walter Natynczyk, awarded Shaun the military’s highest recognition for a civilian, the Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service. In 2011, Shaun was the Convocation speaker at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario and received his Honorary Doctor of Laws from Canada’s Minister of National Defence, Peter MacKay.  In 2012 he was selected by Toronto Life magazine as one of Toronto’s top 50 most influential people. In 2013 he was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by Senator Linda Frum and Minister of Veterans Affairs, Steven Blaney for his community service. Shaun is a frequent university lecturer on healthcare policy and entrepreneurship and is a regular op-ed contributor to the National Post. He is married to his wife Stacy and has 3 boys, Robert (RJ) (14), William (12), and Christopher (8). Born and raised in Canada, he has lived with his family in both the United States and France and has traveled extensively throughout the world. Shaun enjoys endurance sports and in 2012 co-led an expedition to Everest Base Camp and the summit of Island Peak, a 6189 metre Himalayan Peak adjacent to Mount Everest. The expedition featured 12 injured Canadian soldiers raising funds and awareness for the True Patriot Love Foundation and injured veterans. It was the subject of a national prime time documentary named “March to the Top” airing on the CBC in February 2013. In the spring of 2014 Shaun will co-lead another True Patriot Love Expedition to the Magnetic North Pole.
James Eaton

James EatonChairman and Director

James Eaton is the President of Weatons Holdings, a Canadian private holding company. James has been active in the founding, growth and divestiture stages of Weatons portfolio companies across a wide variety of industries. His responsibilities at Weatons include overseeing numerous private investments and a portfolio of listed securities. James serves on the boards of JC Clark, Defyrus, Dream Hard Asset Alternatives Trust, Syncordia Technologies and Healthcare Solutions and Ceviche.

James also serves on the boards of the Canadian Art Foundation, the True Patriot Love Foundation, and is a trustee of the John David and Signy Eaton Foundation.

James holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

In 2012 James was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal honouring significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. He resides in Toronto with his wife Cecily and their two children, Olivia and Charles.

Chris Martin

Chris MartinDirector

Chris Martin has 17 years of experience in business management. He has extensive knowledge in operations management, creating strategic plans, financial modeling, maximizing throughput, business development, M&A, software development, information technology, and creating a results driven culture. He has designed and developed proprietary software specifically for the ambulance industry. He has been involved with buying, restructuring and selling ambulance companies, as well as being successful in negotiating favorable Medicare carrier policy changes. Chris has a business degree and is currently pursuing his MBA. He is certified in Lean Six Sigma from Villanova University as well as trained as a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA). He has received industry training such as EMT, fire fighter, and Hazmat.