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Board of Directors

  • Jane F. Aggers

    Jane F. Aggers was appointed to our Board effective December 1, 2010 and currently serves as Chairman of our Compensation Committee and as a member of our Audit Committee. She holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University. Ms. Aggers brings over 40 years of experience in the retail industry and served as President and CEO of Hancock Fabrics, Inc., a specialty fabric and home accessory retailer, from 2005 through January 2011. Prior to that time, she served as co-founder of MMI, a marketing and business consulting firm and served 24 years in various merchandising roles at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, with her last position as Executive Vice President and was a buyer with The Higbee Company. Additionally, Ms. Aggers has served on the Board of Directors of Hancock Fabrics and Moto Photo, Inc., where she served on the Audit, Compensation and Special Independent Committees. She has also served on several non-profit and civic boards. Ms. Aggers’ professional background, particularly as CEO of a publicly-traded company, brings specific knowledge and experience of retailing, including public board experience, merchandising, marketing and management. She qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert.”
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  • Anthony F. Crudele

    Anthony F. Crudele was appointed to our Board effective May 24, 2012 and is currently a member of all committees of the Board. He has served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Tractor Supply Company (TSC) since May 2007 and previously served as their Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since joining the company in September 2005. Prior to that time, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Gibson Guitar from 2003 to 2005; as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Xcelerate Corp from 2000 to 2003; and in senior financial roles at The Sports Authority from 1989 to 1999, including Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 1996 to 1999. Mr. Crudele is a certified public accountant and began his career in 1978, spending the majority of his public accounting tenure at the international accounting firm of Price Waterhouse. His active and past positions as CFO of publicly traded retail companies, particularly his present position with a growth company, bring insight of retail operations and strategies. He qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert.”
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  • Karen S. Etzkorn

    Karen S. Etzkorn has been a Director since November 2016 and currently serves as a member of our Audit Committee. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Ohio State University. She has served as Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President at HSNi, an interactive multichannel retailer, since January 2013. Prior to that time, she served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Ascena Retail, Inc. and Tween Brands, Inc. from January 2008 to September 2012. In addition, she has held senior positions at retailers including The Home Depot, Williams-Sonoma, Gap, Inc. and Limited, Inc. Ms. Etzkorn provides a unique knowledge base to our Board by offering strong technology expertise combined with overall retail understanding.
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  • Terrance G. Finley

    Terrance G. Finley has been a Director since March 2008 and is currently a member of our Compensation and our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees. He holds a Bachelors of Administration degree in Political Science and Communications from Auburn University. Mr. Finley is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Books-A-Million, Inc., where he has worked as President and Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President – Chief Merchandising Officer and in various positions within the merchandising group since 1993. His current responsibilities include all the company’s store operations, merchandising, marketing, publishing, import and Internet activities. Mr. Finley is a 36-year veteran of the book industry and has led several of Books-A-Million’s business units, including the launching of its e-commerce effort. His strong experience in retail store operations, merchandising and marketing are complimentary to the operations of our Company, especially considering that many of our markets are the same.
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  • James A. Hilt

    James A. Hilt was appointed as a director in August 2017 and serves on the Company’s Audit Committee.   Mr. Hilt has served as Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer and eCommerce at Express, Inc. since March 2016, having joined Express in February 2014 as Senior Vice President of e Commerce. Prior to joining Express, he was Vice President of eBooks and Managing Director, International at Barnes & Noble, Inc. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hilt held several executive positions at Sears Holdings Corporation, the parent company of Sears Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation. Before Sears, Mr. Hilt was a Director of Global Marketing at SAP and held several senior positions at IBM.  Mr. Hilt’s professional background brings specific knowledge and experience in optimizing e-commerce strategies in a digital retail environment.
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  • Michael J. Newsome

    Michael J. Newsome is a non-independent Director of our Board, and served as our Executive Chairman of the Board from March 2010 to February 2014 at which time he stepped down from executive management and became Chairman of our Board. He has been a member of our Board since October 1996. Mr. Newsome served as our President from 1981 through August 2004 and was named Chief Executive Officer in September 1999 and Chairman of the Board in March 2004. He stepped down as our Chief Executive Officer in March 2010. Since joining us as an outside salesman over 48 years ago, Mr. Newsome has held numerous positions with the Company, including retail clerk, outside salesman to schools, store manager, district manager, regional manager and President. His lifetime of experience in sporting goods retail and specifically with Hibbett is invaluable to us as he has taken us from a small privately-held retailer to the successful public company we are today, operating 927 stores in 31 states at the end of Fiscal 2014. In 2007, Mr. Newsome was inducted into the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame sponsored by the National Sporting Goods Association.
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  • Ralph T. Parks

    Ralph T. Parks has been a Director since June 2002 and currently serves as member of our Audit and Compensation Committees. Mr. Parks has served as President of RTParks, Inc. since 2002. From February 2008 through May 2008, Mr. Parks served as Interim CEO of Heelys, Inc., a global distributor of action youth footwear and vendor of Hibbett. He worked at FOOTACTION USA from 1987 to 1999, when he retired as President and Chief Executive Officer. Additionally, Mr. Parks’ current Board service includes the Board of Directors of Kirkland’s, Inc. where he also serves on the Audit Committee and Governance Committee. He also served on the Board of Directors of Heely’s, Inc. until they were sold in January 2013. Mr. Parks’ professional background brings specific knowledge and experience of the sporting goods industry, including branded consumer products, public board experience and people management.
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  • Jeffry O. Rosenthal

    Jeffry O. Rosenthal was appointed as a non-independent Director of our Board in October 2013. Mr. Rosenthal has been our Chief Executive Officer and President since March 2010. Formerly, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer from February 2009 through March 2010 and as Vice President of Merchandising from August 1998 through February 2009. Prior to joining us, Mr. Rosenthal was Vice President and Divisional Merchandise Manager for Apparel with Champs Sports, a division of Foot Locker, Inc. from 1981 to 1998.
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  • Alton E. Yother

    Alton E. Yother has been a Director since August 2004 and serves as the Chairman of our Audit Committee and as a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Alabama. Mr. Yother worked as Executive Vice President and Controller of Regions Financial Corporation (formerly AmSouth Bancorporation) from November 2004 to April 2007 at which time he became Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Regions Financial Corporation until his retirement in April 2008. Prior to this, he worked for over 24 years for SouthTrust Corporation or SouthTrust Bank. His most recent duties at SouthTrust were as Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Controller of SouthTrust Corporation from 1998 to 2004. Mr. Yother strengthens the Board’s collective knowledge and capabilities, by offering an extensive background in management and experience in financial operations and strategic planning, including risk assessment, and brings to the Board strong financial and accounting experience. He qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert.”
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