James F. Crowley has served as a director of the Company since May 28, 1998 and is Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Crowley is a private investor and Chairman and Managing Partner of Old Strategic LLC, headquartered in Connecticut. Since October 2008, Mr. Crowley has served as a Director of Green Plains and is Chairman of its audit committee. From 1993 to 2006, Mr. Crowley was a founding partner and Chairman of the Strategic Research Institute LLC. From 1984 to 1992, Mr. Crowley served in various capacities with Prudential Securities, Inc., including President of Global Investment & Merchant Banking. Prior to joining Prudential Securities, Inc., Mr. Crowley was a First Vice President and Partner at Smith Barney, Harris Upham & Co. in its Investment Bank and Capital Markets Division. Mr. Crowley has also served on the board of various private organizations and universities. Mr. Crowley has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Wharton Graduate School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Villanova University. As a result of these and other professional experiences, the Board of Directors has concluded that Mr. Crowley should serve as a director because of his extensive business, investment banking, finance and corporate management experience, as well as his in-depth understanding of the financial markets and insight into the role of serving as Chair of the Company’s Audit Committee.