Mark Ernst has served as a member of our Board of Directors since April 2022. Mr. Ernst is also a member of our Compensation Committee. Mr. Ernst has served as the Managing Partner of Bellevue Capital LLC, a private investment firm, since May 2018. Prior to joining Bellevue, Mr. Ernst served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Fiserv, Inc., a financial services technology company, from January 2011 to April 2018, where he had oversight responsibility for the major operating businesses and support organizations of the enterprise, with a focus on enterprise-wide quality improvement and product management efforts. Mr. Ernst previously served as Deputy Commissioner at the Internal Revenue Service from January 2009 to November 2010. Mr. Ernst served in various executive roles at H&R Block, Inc., including as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer from 2001 to 2007 and as Chief Operating Officer from 1998 to 2000. Prior to joining H&R Block, Mr. Ernst served in various executive roles at American Express Company. Mr. Ernst currently serves as the Chairman of the board of directors of the Financial Health Network, a consumer-focused financial services advocacy organization and is a director and officer of the Ernst Family Foundation. He serves on the board of Avantax, Inc. (formerly Blucora, Inc.) (NASDAQ: AVTA) and previously served on the boards of Fidelity National Information Services (NYSE: FIS), Great Plains Energy Incorporated (now Evergy Nasdaq: EVRG), Knight-Ridder Inc. (formerly NYSE: KRI) and SAIA, Inc. (Nasdaq: SAIA). Mr. Ernst received Bachelor’s degrees in finance and accounting from Drake University, where he is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and an M.B.A. From the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he has served on its Advisory Board.
Mr. Ernst brings extensive relevant industry and executive experience and knowledge to the Board, having spent 30 years in the financial services industry, including financial product management, operational, capital allocation and strategy development experience. Mr. Ernst also has significant experience leading merger and acquisition processes.