Ryan W. Oviatt
Co-Chief Executive Officer, Co-President & Chief Financial Officer
Ryan W. Oviatt. Mr. Oviatt is the Co-Chief Executive Officer, Co-President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer of the Company, with responsibility over all finance, accounting, operations, human resources, information technology, health, safety, and environment, quality control, and compliance functions of the Company. Mr. Oviatt has served as Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-President of the Company since July 2020, as Chief Financial Officer of the Company since September 2015 and has served as a Director since October 2018.
Previously, Mr. Oviatt was a Senior Manager at Rio Tinto, a publicly-traded, international mining and metals company. During his time with Rio Tinto, he held significant responsibility for Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, financial reporting analysis, and other special projects from 2005 through 2015. He also managed value-tracking and reporting within the company, leading to enhanced cash flow and reduced costs. Additionally, Mr. Oviatt served on technical committees relating to international tax, finance, and development of a significant international Rio Tinto mining operation. He also helped mentor and develop personnel and management. Prior to Rio Tinto, Mr. Oviatt was an Audit Manager at Ernst & Young, LLP from 2000 through 2005, where he audited both public and private clients, including oil and gas companies.
Mr. Oviatt received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Westminster College, and master’s degree in accountancy from Brigham Young University. He is a certified public accountant in Utah. We considered Mr. Oviatt’s extensive management experience at Profire as well as his experience and leadership in other senior financial roles at and related to public companies, in determining that he should serve as an officer and director of the Company.
Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-President
Cameron M. Tidball. Mr. Tidball commenced serving as the Company’s Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-President of the Company in July 2020. Mr. Tidball is responsible for the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of the Company’s sales and marketing efforts, service delivery, development of products and technologies, and business development initiatives related to market expansion.
Mr. Tidball previously served as the Company’s Chief Business Development Officer from March 2018 to July 2020 and was responsible for all sales and marketing initiatives, business and product development, and service delivery. Mr. Tidball joined the Company in 2010 as a Regional Sales Manager and in 2012 he became the Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
Prior to joining the Company, Cameron worked for Direct Energy from 2008 through 2010, where he held a Senior Management position managing customer care operations for the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. Before his time at Direct Energy, he was employed from 2003 through 2008 at TELUS, a Canadian telecommunications company, where he managed customer experience strategies and initiatives for a network of global call centers. Mr. Tidball earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing & Management Science from the University of Alberta. He also received a technical diploma in Engineering Design from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.
Brenton W. Hatch
Chairman of the Board
Brenton W. Hatch. On July 2, 2020, Mr. Hatch transitioned from his prior role as Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company to serve as Executive Chairman through June 30, 2021. At such time, Mr. Hatch transitioned to serve as a Special Advisor and Chairman through June 30, 2022. Mr. Hatch has served as Chairman of the Board since November 2008. Mr. Hatch formerly served as Chief Executive Officer of the Company and was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Company from October 2008 to July 2020.Mr. Hatch co-founded the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Profire Combustion, Inc. in 2002.
Prior to founding Profire Combustion, between 2001 and 2002, Mr. Hatch was a Management Consultant and General Manager of Titan Technologies, Inc., an oilfield service and distribution company in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In this position, Mr. Hatch performed an in-depth analysis of the operations and management of all divisions of Titan Technologies. Based on his analysis, Mr. Hatch implemented company-wide operational changes to improve company performance. From 1989 to 2000, Mr. Hatch served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Keaton International, Inc., an educational services company based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Mr. Hatch managed all executive functions of the company and particularly focused on the development and management of the company’s educational services. During his time at Keaton International, Mr. Hatch led corporate networking and marketing campaigns world-wide.
Mr. Hatch earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Alberta in 1974. Mr. Hatch is not currently, nor has he in the past five years been, a nominee or director of any other SEC registrant or registered investment company. We considered Mr. Hatch’s experience as a founder and his 20 years of experience as an executive officer of Profire Energy, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary along with his previous management and operational oversight experience in concluding that he should serve as a director of the Company.