Board of Directors

Mike Altschaefl
CEO & Board Chair

Mike Altschaefl was appointed CEO in May 2017 and has served as a Director since October 2009. He has served as Board Chair since August 2016. Prior to his appointment as Orion’s CEO, Mike served as the President of Still Water Partners, Inc., a private investment firm, since August 2013 and as President of E-S Plastic Products LLC, a custom manufacturer of plastic injection parts, since November 2013. In connection with his appointment as CEO, he transitioned to the role of Chairman at both Still Water Partners, Inc. and E-S Plastic Products LLC. Previously, Mike served as the Vice President - Strategy and Business Development of Shiloh Industries, Inc., a public company and leading independent manufacturer of advanced metal product solutions for high volume applications in the North American automotive, heavy truck, trailer and consumer markets from January 2013 until October 2013. He was an owner and Chief Executive Officer of Albany-Chicago Company LLC, a custom die cast and machined components company when Shiloh Industries purchased the company in December 2012. Mike is a certified public accountant. Prior to acquiring Albany-Chicago Company LLC in 2008, he worked for 27 years with two international independent registered public accounting firms, including 16 years as a partner.  

 

    Tony Otten
    Lead Director
    Tony Otten joined the Orion Board of Directors in 2015. He is the CEO of Versar, Inc. (NYSE Market: VSR), a government contractor that provides worldwide project management services to federal, state and local government agencies, as well as commercial businesses. Versar serves a wide range of customers, including the Department of Defense, the EPA and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and its services range from environmental assessment and remediation to construction project management and the disposition of unexploded ordnances and chemical weapons. Tony joined the Versar Board as an outside Director in 2008, becoming CEO in 2010.
     
    Tony was formerly an Operating Partner with New Stream Asset Funding, LLC, focused on value-oriented investments, primarily in traditional industries within the middle market. Prior to New Stream, he was a Partner with Grisanti, Galef & Goldress, a middle market focused turnaround firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. Previously, he held roles at Cabot Corporation including Managing Director of Cabot Safety Corporation based in Manchester, England, and for the Marriott Corporation as Director of Finance for their Roy Rogers Restaurant Group.
     
    Tony received a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a minor in Economics, has done graduate course work at the London School of Economics, and has a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He serves on several Boards including Versar and the Washington Performing Arts.
     
      Mike Potts
      Director
      Mike Potts has served as a Director since 2001. He joined Orion as Vice President of Technical Services, also in 2001. Prior to being appointed President and COO in 2010, he held the position of Vice President of Technical Services and Governmental Affairs, and in 2003 was promoted to Executive Vice President.  His responsibilities included strategic direction on energy issues, technical oversight and compliance, engineering, research and development, and both state and federal legislative and regulatory affairs.   
       
      Prior to joining Orion, Mike was employed by Kohler Co., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of plumbing products. From 1990 through 1999 he held the position of Supervising Engineer - Energy in Kohler’s energy and utilities department. In 2000, Mike became supervisor of the Energy Management Group, presiding over Kohler’s entire corporate energy portfolio, as well as General Manager of its natural gas subsidiary. Mike is a recognized expert in energy issues, and has often testified before state and federal regulatory bodies regarding energy related issues. He is also a licensed professional engineer in the state of Wisconsin.
       
      Mike earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and a BA in Business Administration from Lakeland College. He served on the Board of Lakeland College from 2010 – 2012. 
       
        Ellen Richstone
        Director
        Ellen Richstone joined the Board in 2017. She is a former CEO (private company Entrepreneurial Resources Group), and former CFO of both public and private companies: Rohr Aerospace (Fortune 500), Brooks Automation, Sonus Networks, Augat Inc. and Honeywell Bull. In addition, Ms. Richstone was the Treasurer of Fortune 500 Company Data General.
         
        Ellen is currently a full time director and sits on the Board of three public companies in addition to Orion: Superior Industries (Industrial/Auto Parts); eMagin Inc (Technology); and BioAmber (BioTech/Chemicals). Prior to her current Board service Ellen was on the Board of American Power Conversion until its sale (APC; an S&P 500 Company) as the financial expert. In 2013, Ellen was given the first annual Distinguished Director Award from the American College of Corporate Directors (formerly CDG), an organization of 1,900 public company directors nationwide. Finally, she is on the Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors in New England and chairs the Program Committee.
         
        From an operating perspective, in addition to finance, she has extensive experience in global business, M&A, and investor relations, in both growth and turnaround situations. 
         
        Ellen received her BA from Scripps College in Claremont, California where she was Student Body President. She holds two graduate degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (International Affairs and Masters of Law and Diplomacy) and completed the advanced professional certificate in finance at NYU’s Graduate School of Business Administration and attended the Executive Development program at Cornell University’s Business School. She earned her Professional Director Certification for Public Company Directors in 2010 from the American College of Corporate Directors and most recently attained the Executive Masters level from the same organization.
         
          Mark Williamson
          Director
          Mark Williamson has served as Director since April 2009. A veteran utility executive, Mark has been responsible for successfully permitting and placing in service several billion dollars of extra‐high voltage transmission lines, power plants and natural gas pipelines. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategic Officer for Madison Gas & Electric Company in Madison, Wisconsin, and as Vice President of Major Projects for American Transmission Company (ATC).
           
          Since January 2008, Williamson has served as Chairman of Putnam Roby Williamson Communications, a public relations firm based in Madison, Wisconsin specializing in strategic communications, media relations and government affairs.
           
          Mark has a BS in Mathematics from UW-Madison, and a Juris Doctor with honors from the UW Law School.
           
            Kenny Young
            Director

            Kenny Young has served as Chief Executive Officer of B. Riley Principal Investments since October 2016, where he leads and manages various investments and acquisitions by B. Riley Financial Inc., such as United Online. Kenny served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lightbridge Communications Corporation and LCC International, Inc., the largest independent wireless engineering services and network management company in the world, from June 2008 to September 2016. Prior to his role as President and Chief Executive Officer with LCC, Kenny was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer from 2006 to 2008.


            Kenny has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Globalstar, Inc., a provider of mobile satellite services since September 2015 and as a member of the Board of Directors of Proxim Wireless Corporation, a provider of wireless network technologies, since December 2016. He has also served on the Board of Special Diversified Opportunities Inc. from March 2015 until May 2017, where he served on the compensation committee, and served on the board of B. Riley Financial, Inc. from December 2014 to September 2016, where he was Chair of the audit committee and served on the compensation and governance committees.


            Kenny has over 27 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. His relationships are at the highest level within North American and international cable and wireless companies and he has also led the development of an international consumer wireless application company, developed international consumer and business-to-business brand strategies, created a Fortune 500 enterprise sales operation, as well as leading a unique program designed to create and market consumer and business-to-business products using SBC, BellSouth and Cingular Wireless assets and resources.