Derick Cooper worked with QOL Medical as Chairman of the Board from 2003 to 2010, and recently increased his operational responsibilities with QOL Medical as CEO. Prior to 2010, Mr. Cooper managed private equity investments for Cooper Capital, a Southeast-based private equity fund with a focus on $2mm to $10mm investments. Mr. Cooper also served as the Chairman of the Board for Courtesy Outdoor Finance. Prior to Cooper Capital, he spent ten years in investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, corporate finance and operations and management with The Robinson-Humphrey Company in Atlanta, as a portfolio manager with Sirrom Capital, formerly the largest mezzanine lender in the US, and with CooperSmith, formerly the largest independent baked foods company in the US. Mr. Cooper graduated cum laude from Washington and Lee University with a B.S. in Business Administration.
William Bryant, CFO, has broad experience with small business planning, growth and development and in assisting small- to medium-sized businesses in financing that growth. He has practiced as a CPA for fifteen years and as an attorney for over twenty years, specializing in business financing, growth and management, and in mergers and acquisitions transactions. He was a member of the management team of CooperSmith, Inc., formerly one of the largest independent baked foods companies in the US, assisting in its aggressive acquisition program as well as its daily operational needs. Mr. Bryant was formerly an associate working on raising capital and significant M&A transactions with large public companies with Jones Day, one of the largest law firms in the world. Mr. Bryant graduated magna cum laude from the Georgia State University College of Law and earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Valdosta State University.