Robert Priddy

Mr. Priddy began his career with Southern Airways while pursuing his education at Tulane University. After seeing the opportunities created by the Airline Deregulation Act of 1979, he co-founded Atlantic Southeast Airlines. As CFO he oversaw the company's initial public offering in 1982 which was subsequently purchased by Delta Airlines. Mr. Priddy left ASA in 1987 to oversee the turnaround of the financially troubled Air Midwest. After four years, he successfully sold Air Midwest to Mesa Airlines and went on to found Florida Gulf Airlines as a subsidiary of Mesa. Later, using his start up and turnaround expertise, Mr. Priddy became Chairman, CEO, and co-founder of ValuJet Airlines, a low fare jet airline based in Atlanta, GA. Due to its tremendous success, ValuJet had a successful public offering in May 1994. After negotiating the merger of ValuJet and Airtran Airways, Mr. Priddy retired to focus on private venture capital investments. He participated in the launch of several startups including MGC Communications, BankServ, PurchasePro, Atlas Industries (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) and MicroSulis (Glascow, Scotland). He then co-founded a private equity firm, ComVest Partners, specializing in debt and equity investments in middle market companies. Upon retirement from ComVest, Mr. Priddy led a private placement investment in Alana Healthcare, LLC and is the major shareholder and a board member of the company. Mr. Priddy currently sits on the board of Alana Healthcare, LLC, Wollard International, Live Media Group Holdings, LLC and KPInvesco, LLC.