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Robert Tarola

Mr. Tarola is President of Right Advisory LLC – a firm he cofounded in 2008 to offer business betterment services based on his diverse experience. His firm leverages his extensive experience as a public company director, public company CFO and public company auditor. The firm focuses on turnaround or troubled situations often taking fiduciary positions and related risk to effectuate an improvement plan.

Mr. Tarola has been responsible for improvement initiatives across a wide range of financial and operating functions – from financial reporting and management to revenue cycle to supply chain to strategic positioning. His leadership has benefited clients by adding needed discipline to better understand business dynamics and risks. He has implemented and used major technology platforms.

Mr. Tarola serves(ed) as a director of mutual funds sponsored by Franklin Resources, Inc., a director of Vista Outdoor, Inc. (NYSE: VSTO), a director and audit committee chair of TeleTech Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTEC), board chair of XBRL International, Inc. and the American Kidney Fund. He is member of the Board of Visitors for Temple University’s Fox School of Business and is a past member of the Investor Advisory Group and the Standing Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. He is an audit committee financial expert and has earned the NACD Directorship Certified.

He is a former Chief Financial Officer of W. R. Grace & Co. (1999-2008) (NYSE: GRA), MedStar Health, Inc. (1996-1999), The Howard University (2009-2013), and Southcoast Health System (2014-2017) – all large organizations with complex operations. The latter two CFO positions were under contractual agreements to provide financial and operational improvement services and consulting.

Prior to becoming a CFO, Mr. Tarola was a managing 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.

Mr. Tarola is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant, with active licenses in three states and the District of Columbia. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with majors in accounting and marketing, from Temple University where he chaired the Advisory Board for two Presidents of the University. He is a recipient of the Award for Alumni Excellence from Temple’s Fox School of Business, has been named one of its Top 100 Graduates in its first 100 years, and was selected for its 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award in Accountancy..

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