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Robert M. Tarola, CPA

Robert M. Tarola is President of Right Advisory LLC, a consulting firm which offers a unique perspective to address business and professional challenges of operating executives, governance bodies and finance professionals. Mr. Tarola has extensive experience as a public company director, public company CFO and public company auditor. Mr. Tarola currently serves as a Director of public mutual funds sponsored by Legg Mason, Inc. and a director of The American Kidney Fund; and from 2008-2014 a director of publically traded TeleTech Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: TTEC). He is an audit committee financial expert. He is a former Chief Financial Officer of W. R. Grace & Co. (1999-2008) (NYSE: GRA) and MedStar Health, Inc. (1996-1999), and The Howard University (2009-2013) – all large organizations with complex and multi-national operations. The position with Howard University was under a contractual agreement with Right Advisory to provide financial and operational improvement services and consulting. Prior to serving seventeen years as a CFO, Mr. Tarola was a partner with Price Waterhouse LLP. During his twenty-two year tenure with Price Waterhouse, he served in a variety of capacities, including regional managing partner for a strategic industry segment, a partner in its National SEC Services Group and an engagement partner for major client accounts. He was an at-large member of the governing council of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a past member of its Assurance Services Executive Committee, a past member of the Board of Directors of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, and holds licenses to practice accountancy in three states and the District of Columbia. Mr. Tarola served on the Standing Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and currently serves on its Investors Advisory Group. He is listed in the International Who’s Who of Professionals. Mr. Tarola is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Temple University where he chaired the Advisory Board to the President of the University. In 2005 he received the Musser Award for Excellence in Alumni Leadership from Temple’s Fox School of Business.

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