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.  

 

    Alan Howe
    Director

    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.
       
        Mike Potts
        Director
        Mike Potts has served as a Director since 2001. He is currently a founding and managing partner in Rugged LLC, an outdoor products company that designs and manufacturers UTV aftermarket components. Mike joined Orion as Vice President of Technical Services 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 a Director since 2017. He currently serves as President of B. Riley Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: RILY) and Chief Executive Officer at Babcock & Wilcox (NYSE: BW). Additionally, he serves as Chief Executive Officer for B. Riley Principal Investments, a wholly-owned subsidiary of B. Riley Financial. Kenny has more than 30 years of operational, executive and director experience primarily within the communications and finance industry. Previously, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Americas at Lightbridge Communications Corporation (“LCC”) before being appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in 2008. Prior to joining LCC, Kenny held various senior executive positions with multiple corporations including Liberty Media, Cingular Wireless, SBC Wireless, Southwestern Bell Telephone and AT&T as part of his 16-year tenure within the now combined AT&T Corporation.


              Kenny is also a member of the Board for bebe stores, inc., Sonim Technologies, and Liberty Tax, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Graceland University and an MBA from the University of Southern Illinois.