General Magnus retired in 2008 from the United State Marine Corps after a 39-year career. His position prior to retirement was the 30th Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, where he was the second senior officer for 230,000 Marines and Sailors and 20,000 civilian employees. Earlier, he served from 2001 to 2005 as Deputy Commandant (Programs and Resources), where he directed the Marine Corps' planning and execution of manpower, equipment, infrastructure and readiness requirements. General Magnus serves on the Board of Directors of Agusta Westland NA, Enersys, and Elbit Systems of America, where he serves as Board Chairman. In addition to his military training and education, he has a BA degree from the University of Virginia and a MS degree from Strayer College.
Charles W. Santoro has served as Executive Chairman of the Board of Fairway since September 2012 and as Chairman of the Board from January 2007. Mr. Santoro is co-founder and a managing partner of Sterling Investment Partners, a Westport, Connecticut based private equity firm. Before co-founding Sterling Investment Partners in 1998, Mr. Santoro was Vice Chairman, Investment Banking of Paine Webber Group, Inc. from 1995 to May 2000. Prior to joining Paine Webber in 1995, Mr. Santoro was a Managing Director of Smith Barney, Inc., in charge of that firm's Multi-Industry and New Business Development Groups. Prior to that, Mr. Santoro was responsible for Smith Barney's cross-border and international investment banking activities in New York and London, serving on its International Board of Directors. Mr. Santoro began his career at Morgan Stanley in New York and London, where he served as vice president, and was the operations officer of the European Mergers & Acquisitions Department. Mr. Santoro earned a B.A. degree from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. From April 2000 through May 2012, Mr. Santoro served on the Board of Directors of Interline Brands, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange listed leading national distributor and direct marketer of maintenance, repair and operations products, and its predecessors. Mr. Santoro also serves as chairman of the board or a director of a variety of private companies. Mr. Santoro's qualifications to sit on our board include his substantial experience in the areas of operations, corporate strategy, international and domestic business, logistics and distribution, outsourcing, sales and marketing, and finance, including capital markets and mergers and acquisitions.
Michael A. Barr has served as a director of Fairway since January 2007. Mr. Barr is a principal of Sterling Investment Partners. From 1999 until joining Sterling Investment Partners in 2001, Mr. Barr served as Vice President of Finance of Wellsteads, Inc., an eRestaurant start-up company offering takeout and delivery, where he was responsible for all financial functions. From 1998 to 1999, Mr. Barr was an Associate in the Corporate Finance Department of Lehman Brothers, Inc. and from 1993 to 1996, he was an auditor at Arthur Andersen, L.L.P. Mr. Barr earned a B.A. degree from Claremont McKenna College and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Barr also serves as a director of a variety of private companies. Mr. Barr's qualifications to sit on our board include his substantial experience in the areas of corporate strategy, accounting, operations, logistics and distribution, and finance, including capital markets and mergers and acquisitions.
Howard Glickberg has served as a director since January 2007. He previously served as our Chief Executive Officer from January 2007, when we were acquired by Sterling Investment Partners, to December 2011 and as our President from January 2007 until June 2010. Prior to our acquisition by Sterling Investment Partners, Mr. Glickberg served our company in various capacities since 1974, including Chief Executive Officer, President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Glickberg is the grandson of our founder. Mr. Glickberg's qualifications to sit on our board include his involvement as an owner and operator of our company for almost 40 years and his substantial experience in the areas of retail food sales, merchandising, marketing, store development, strategic planning and leadership of complex organizations and people management.
Stephen L. Key has served as a director of Fairway since August 2012. Since 2003, Mr. Key has been the sole proprietor of Key Consulting, LLC, a financial consulting firm. From 1995 to 2001, Mr. Key served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Textron Inc., a New York Stock Exchange listed major diversified aerospace and defense company. From 1992 to 1995, Mr. Key served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ConAgra, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange listed leading food company in North America. Prior to this, Mr. Key occupied multiple roles at Ernst & Young, including Managing Partner of the New York Office from 1988 to 1992. Mr. Key is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York. Mr. Key earned an A.B. from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Cornell University. Mr. Key has served as a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Greenhill & Co., Inc., an investment bank, since 2004, and 1-800 Contacts, Inc., a contact lens distributor, from 2005 to June 2012. From 2010 through 2012, Mr. Key served on the Board of Directors of Forward Industries, Inc., a manufacturer of carrying cases. From 2006 through 2007, Mr. Key served on the Board of Directors of Sitel, a business-to-business service provider. He previously served as a member of the Senior Executive Advisory Board of Sterling Investment Partners. Mr. Key's qualifications to sit on our board include his substantial experience in the areas of public accounting, his knowledge of the food industry and his service on the board of directors and audit committees of other public companies.
Farid Suleman has served as a director of Fairway since August 2012. Mr. Suleman was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Citadel Broadcasting Corporation and a member of its board of directors from March 2002 to September 2011 and was also the Chairman of the board from March 2002 through June 2010. From February 1994 until February 2007, he was a director of Westwood One, Inc. and was a special limited partner of Forstmann Little & Co., a private equity firm, from March 2002 until June 2007. He previously served as a member of the Senior Executive Advisory Board of Sterling Investment Partners. Mr. Suleman's qualifications to sit on our board include his substantial experience in the areas of corporate strategy, as well as general executive and leadership expertise and his service on the board of directors and audit committees of other public companies.