Mr. Schweitzer is a Florida Supreme Court certified circuit civil and appellate mediator. In addition, he serves as a certified insurance mediator for the Florida Office of Financial Regulation, is a certified arbitrator for FINRA, and is on the roster of the American Arbitration Association. As a result of his extensive executive business background and experiences, he is asked to mediate many complex business, real estate and banking disputes.
Mr. Schweitzer has over 35 years of experience in the financial services. Mr. Schweitzer currently serves as Chairman of the Board of 1-800-PetMeds (NASDAQ:PETS), Lead Independent Director of OmniComm Systems Inc. (OTCQX:OMCM), and Lead Independent Director of Blink Charging (NASDAQ:BLNK), and serves on the Board of Envision Solar (OTCQB:EVSI). His previous public board positions include Chairman of the Board of Directors of RiceBran Technologies (NASDAQ:RIBT), and Lead Independent Director of Altisource Asset Management (NYSE:AAMC). In addition, he has served on private boards including Shay Investment Services, Equinox Bank, and Chairman of Anthem Bank and Trust.
In his financial services career, in addition to managing major line organizations and serving in CEO positions, Mr. Schweitzer successfully managed several acquisition and turnaround situations. His career includes serving from 2007 to 2012 as President and Chief Operating Officer of Shay Investment Services, Inc., a registered broker-dealer and investment management company. Prior to joining Shay, from 2004 to 2006, Mr. Schweitzer served as the Florida Regional President of Northwest Savings Bank following its acquisition of Equinox Bank, where he was President and Chief Executive Officer. From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Schweitzer served as Regional President of Union Planters Bank for the Broward and Palm Beach counties Florida markets, and from 1993 to 1999 he served as Executive Vice President and Head of Commercial Banking for Barnett Bank/NationsBank/Bank of America in Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. Schweitzer also held the positions of Director and Head of Real Estate Consulting for Coopers & Lybrand in Washington, D.C., from 1991 to 1993, Senior Vice President/Manager of Central North America Commercial Real Estate as well as Manager of Domestic Credit Review for the First National Bank of Chicago from 1985 to 1991, and Senior Vice President/Manager of Central North America Banking for Wachovia Bank from 1975 to 1985.
Mr. Schweitzer holds a Florida real estate sales license and a North Carolina real estate brokers license. He is also a designated Board Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Mr. Schweitzer served in the United States Navy in the Submarine Force and Navy Reserve for 30 years and retired with a rank of Captain. Mr. Schweitzer holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland and a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.