Board of Directors

Mike Altschaefl
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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.  


    Alan Howe

    Alan Howe has served as a Director since 2019. Since 2001, Alan has been Managing Partner of Broadband Initiatives, LLC, a small boutique corporate advisory firm. From 2005 to 2008, he also served as Vice President – Strategic and Wireless Business Development for Covad Communications. Prior to 2001, Alan spent six years as CFO and Vice President of Finance and Corporate Development for Teletrac, Inc. Alan has over 30 years of extensive hands-on expertise combined with corporate finance, business development and corporate governance experience. He has a broad business background and has been exposed to a wide variety of complex business situations within large corporations, financial institutions, start-ups, small-caps and turnarounds.

    Alan has served as both a Director and as a Board Chairman in multiple companies in a variety of industries including telecom and wireless equipment, software, IT services, wireless RF services, manufacturing, semi-conductors, and storage. Alan has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois, School of Commerce, and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University, Kelley Graduate School of Business.

      Tony Otten
      Lead Director
      Tony Otten joined the Orion Board of Directors in 2015 and was named Lead Independent Director in June 2017. Tony serves as Managing Member of Stillwater, LLC. Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Versar, Inc. from February 2010 until its sale in November 2017 and also served as a member of the company’s Board of Directors from 2008 until 2017. Tony previously served as Managing Member of Stillwater, LLC from July 2009 to February 2010; Operating Partner of New Stream Asset Funding, LLC from 2007 to June 2009; Managing Member of Stillwater, LLC from 2004 to 2007 and Principal of Grisanti, Galef and Goldress, Inc. from 2001 to 2004. Previously, Tony held senior management positions with Cabot Corporation and Marriott Corporation.
      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 the Washington Performing Arts.
        Ellen Richstone
        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
          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.