Mr. Bard has been involved in the acquisition and operation of a diverse group of private and publicly traded businesses over the last 30 years. He has typically taken an active role in operating the companies he invests in, often serving as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for a period of time. Mr. Bard has been involved in numerous community service and philanthropic activities. This included having served as the Chairman of Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He created the Bard Center for Entrepreneurship at the Business School of the University of Colorado at Denver. Mr. Bard received a B.S. in Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, earned an M.B.A. from Baruch College of CUNY, and he was bestowed Doctor of Humane Letters by the University of Colorado.