Tom has over 34 years experience in the retail and retail related industry, the past 30 years working in and with troubled companies. Since 1995 Hicks has operated Renaissance Partners, L.L.C. and developed successful turnaround, liquidation, value enhancement and financing strategies for Cato Corporation, Bobby Allison Wireless, Elder Beerman Stores Corp., Mettler’s, Montaldo’s, Toys International, Sundance Catalog, Welcome Home, Inc., The Walking Co., Scotty’s, Retail Concepts, Luxury Ventures, Bedford Downs Management Corp. and others. Previously, Tom helped create market capitalization, profit and cash flow gains for The Higbee Company, Cato Corporation, D.H. Holmes Co., Ltd., Butler Capital Corp. and Best Products Company, Inc. Hicks functioned at the CEO, COO and CFO levels in these assignments and is well versed in restructurings in and out of bankruptcy proceedings. Hicks previously served as CFO and in other senior financial management roles for divisions of Manhattan Industries, Inc., Borden Inc., Federated Department Stores, Inc. and Burroughs Corporation. Tom is a member of the Turnaround Management Association (“TMA”), American Bankruptcy Institute, Association for Corporate Growth, Atlanta Venture Forum, Commercial Finance Association, National Funding Association, National Retail Federation, International Council of Shopping Centers and United States Trotting Association and he serves on the Advisory Board of the “Fashion School” (Rogers & Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising) at Kent State University and as a Director of the TMA – Florida Chapter and ACG-South Florida. Hicks is a regular instructor in the Harvard Business School Management Development Program at Queen’s University (McColl School of Business). Tom earned an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program and the Strategic Planning in Retailing program at The College of William and Mary – Babson College.