Schlichting is a seasoned executive with significant experience fueling growth and profitability for a range of companies. Most recently, Schlichting served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Poly, formerly Plantronics and Polycom, where he oversaw product and services business units, product and alliance marketing, corporate strategy, and business development.
Steve Williamson serves as the Chief Financial Officer for LegalShield. Prior to joining the company, he was the CFO for Peripheral Enhancements, Inc. from April 1997 to March 2000. Steve served as Director in Charge of Banking Practice for Horne & Company, a public accounting firm, from November 1983 to April 1997. After graduating from East Central University in 1982, he began his career with the international accounting firm KPMG. Steve joined PPLSI as Chief Financial Officer in 2000. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and is a past board member and banking committee chair of the Oklahoma Society of CPAs.
Don Thompson joined LegalShield in 1996 as an Independent Associate. During his career as an associate, Mr. Thompson has earned many top achievements, business builder, and production awards. He has served in many field leadership positions including Regional Vice President of Florida, Business Vice President of Florida, Ohio, and Michigan, and most recently, Sr. Network Vice President of 26 states and 2 provinces of Canada. Mr. Thompson has mentored and trained thousands of associates by teaching the fundamentals of leadership and personal development. Don Thompson was named President of the Network Division in December 2018. He is a graduate of John Carroll University, Boler School of Business, with a degree in Business Administration. Don is married to Angela, and has two boys, Matthew and David.
Kathy Pinson currently serves as LegalShield's Chief Operating Officer, working with and supporting all Vice Presidents of LegalShield, coordinating all administrative functions within the home office and field operations. With the company since 1979, Kathy has served with distinction in various roles, including Controller, Board Member, Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President of Marketing Administration and Executive Vice President of Operations. Ms. Pinson is a Certified Public Accountant, and served more than 20 years managing the regulatory compliance division of the company.
After earning a degree in public relations at Bowie State University, Darnell Self joined LegalShield in 1998. He has shared his vast experience in team building, personal development, and entrepreneurship since day one. These experiences allowed Mr. Self to orchestrate a duplicable system, garnering recognition in numerous business publications and the esteemed title of Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Black Chamber of Commerce. He is also a mentor to thousands of thriving entrepreneurs and has been asked to share his expertise with business students on several university platforms. Coming from humble beginnings, Mr. Self has devoted his time and efforts to give people, no matter the circumstance, an opportunity to actualize their own success. This level of commitment has resulted in dozens of LegalShield Ring Earners and over a dozen Millionaire Club Members. Mr. Self and his colleague Michael Humes also collaborated to create Fertile Ground – an organization designed to allow others to experience the power of giving.
Glenn Petersen is President of LegalShield’s Business Solutions division, responsible for business development, strategy and sales growth for LegalShield’s affinity, broker, voluntary benefits, national accounts and small business divisions. He has 25 years of experience in the benefit space and is an industry expert in the worksite voluntary benefits arena. Glenn previously served as SVP of LegalShield’s Broker and Partnership Sales and was a VP at Metlife for nearly 10 years. He has managed and led many successful voluntary benefit sales organizations making him well-versed in voluntary benefits.
Keri C. Norris
Keri joined LegalShield in 2003 and serves as Chief of Lawyer Services. Prior to joining LegalShield, she was an associate attorney at Crowe & Dunlevy in Oklahoma City and at Hunton & Williams in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she specialized in commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, and creditor’s rights and bankruptcy. Ms. Norris is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel of America, American Bar Association, the Oklahoma and North Carolina Bar Associations and the Pontotoc County Bar Association. She serves on the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Group & Prepaid Legal Services and the Group Legal Services Association. She earned a B.A. (English) and a J.D., both summa cum laude, from Oklahoma City University.
Most recently Arnold was the Chief Product Architect at GoDaddy where he spent seven years helping to redefine the product architecture, integration, and technical strategy of the company.
Prior to joining GoDaddy Arnold was a Partner Architect at Microsoft Corporation. He spent 17 years working on the Windows Phone, Xbox, Windows Live, and MSN in a variety of roles driving product teams and division level product architecture. He also ran several new product incubation teams during this time, including several domains and DNS related services that ultimately became parts of O365 and part of Azure.
Before Microsoft Arnold was the co-founder of eShop, an early pioneer in online commerce and electronic shopping. This company was acquired by Microsoft in 1996 and formed the basis of Microsoft Commerce Server.
Arnold has approximately 40 patents issued and another 40 pending in electronic commerce, digital rights management, photo manipulation, domains and other online services. He holds a B.S. degree in Mathematics (Computer Science) from Carnegie Mellon University.
Arnold has also served as a visiting scholar and has served on the University and Department of Computer Science Alumni Advisory Boards at Carnegie Mellon University.
Fayez S. Muhtadie
Fayez helps to lead Stone Point Capital’s global investments in asset management, broker dealers, insurance run-off and outsourcing & technology. Fayez joined Stone Point in 2003 and has more than 15 years of experience in the private equity and investment banking industries.
Frank Schiff joined MidOcean Partners at its inception and focuses on investments in the Business and Financial Services sectors. Prior to his current position as Managing Director at MidOcean Partners, Mr. Schiff was a Managing Director at DB Capital Partners. Previously, Mr. Schiff was a Partner at White & Case LLP, where he was head of the corporate department. Mr. Schiff received his JD, cum laude, from Cornell Law School and his BS, magna cum laude, from the University of Colorado.
John Addison, along with Co-CEO Rick Williams, led Primerica from 1999 to 2015 and together created one of the most successful IPOs of the decade. During Addison’s 33-year tenure with Primerica, his passion and talent for motivating others allowed him to inspire and empower more than a million people during his career. He currently serves as the non-executive chairman of Primerica Distribution, a role that began April 2015. He has been a director of Primerica, Inc. since October 2009.
Melvin C. Hall
After an eight year public service career with the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office (1980-1983) and as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Human Rights Commission (1983-1987), Melvin joined the Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis law firm on January 1, 1988. He was elected shareholder partner on January 1, 1992. Since joining the firm, Melvin has focused his practice on civil litigation of matters relating to employment law, business and commercial law, and civil rights law. Melvin has tried cases before administrative tribunals, in state district courts and in each of the three U.S. District Courts of Oklahoma. He has also argued several cases before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Colorado.
In addition to his law practice, Melvin is a nationally sought after speaker and lecturer on employment law and civil rights issues. He is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma teaching classes regarding employment law and the civil rights movement. Melvin was a featured speaker at the 2018 Office of Civil Rights Enforcement Employment Law Conference and the Guide to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 Principals and Litigation Conference. Both conferences were held in Oklahoma City. Melvin also presented at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE) conference in New Orleans in 2018. Melvin has served on numerous boards and commissions such as a seven year term as a regent on the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents from 1992 through 1999. Currently, Melvin serves on the Arvest Bank Board of Directors, the Executive Committee of the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies, the Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) Board of Advocates, and the Board of Visitors of the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
Melvin is an AV rated attorney who has received numerous awards, honors and appointments. In 2019 Melvin was presented with the Oklahoma City Association of Black Lawyers, Opio Toure Champion of Justice Award. In 2017, Melvin was presented with the Spirit of the Community Award from the Fairview Missionary Baptist Church, and in 2013 he received the Oklahoma Bar Association Diversity Committee’s Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Diversity Award.
Melvin received his Bachelor of Arts in Education degree from Langston University and his Juris Doctorate from the University Of Oklahoma College Of Law. Both Langston University and the University of Oklahoma annually award scholarships that are named in honor of Melvin C. Hall.
Deborah’s career was spent in financial services and technology. She has a history of creating fast growing, highly scalable and profitable businesses. Equally important, she has been instrumental in designing successful programs to help companies quickly move the needle on gender diversity. She is on several corporate boards and serves as a Trustee of CalTech and the Institute for Defense Analyses
Olivier Sarkozy is the Founder and Managing Partner of Further Global and serves as the Chairman of the Investment Committee. Prior to founding Further Global, from 2008 to June 2016, Olivier was a Managing Director at The Carlyle Group and head of Carlyle Global Financial Services and acted as Fund Head for Carlyle Global Financial Services Funds I and II. Olivier focused on investing in management buyouts, growth capital opportunities and strategic minority investments in financial services.