|Thomas R. Lawrence|
Mr. Lawrence has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 1999. Since 2003 he has been Chairman of Aetos Technologies Inc., a corporation formed in 2003 by Auburn University to market technological breakthroughs by its faculty. Since 1998, Mr. Lawrence advises business clients on matters of marketing and corporate governance through his firm Capital Consultants. He previously served as Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Delta Capital Partners, or Delta, in Memphis from 1989 to 1998. The partnership made investments in ten early-stage companies which, by 1998, were valued at more than $30 million. Prior to the formation of Delta, Mr. Lawrence founded several companies in the areas of commercial leasing and venture capital financing. He also worked for most of the 1980s as an Institutional Sales Representative and Commercial Leasing Specialist with the Investment Banking Group of Union Planters Bank in Memphis, where he was responsible for the structure and sale of over $1 billion in securities. Mr. Lawrence serves as the Chairman of our Compensation Committee, as a member of our Audit Committee and our Nominating Committee and as a director for CET. He holds a B.A. from Mississippi State University. The Board believes Mr. Lawrence has played a significant role in guiding the Company’s strategy, and that he will continue to offer valuable services in directing Cumberland’s growth. He is currently a majority owner of the publishing company Front Porch Press, LLC.