Our board is due to appoint a new director at the November 15 meeting. Will it be Muro or Stephenson, who garnered far more votes in the June election than any incumbent? Will it be Lingl or Rieger who did not campaign for election and rarely attended board meetings? Will it be the secretive Frank Mezzatesta, who did not put his name on the proxy, has told us nothing about himself, and refuses to give us his contact information or allow his real name to appear in the minutes of board meetings? (He appears in the name of a trust.) Here is how they compare.
|Steven Muro||Dave Steph-enson||Jim Lingl||Ron Rieger||Frank Mezza-testa|
|Votes received for director in 2022 annual meeting||204.71||203.1||32.61||32.13||0|
|Asked to be on proxy for director at the 2022 annual meeting||Y||Y||Y||Y||N|
|Submitted a biography for the 2022 annual meeting vote||Y||Y||Y||Y||N|
|Responded to our questions about his qualifications and intentions||Y||Y||N||Y||N|
|Number of last 12 board meetings attended||9||8||5||1||11|
|Will make his contact info available to shareholders||Y||Y||Y||Y||N|
|Objects to shareholder access to his contact info and having his real name in Crestview board minutes||N||N||N||N||Y|
Before the June 2022 election, we sent the same questions to all five candidates and received responses from Ron Rieger, Steven Muro, and Dave Stephenson. (Click the links to read.) Jim Lingl and Frank Mezzatesta did not respond.
It seems to us that Lingl and Rieger do not really want to do the work required of a Crestview director in our challenging circumstances, and they have very little shareholder support. Mezzatesta seems to want the job only if he can avoid receiving input from shareholders and being accountable to them. (In that respect, he would be like Chooljian, Whitlock, and Off.) Muro and Stephenson have made their contact information available to all shareholders, are energetic and keeping informed on the issues, and are keeping open minds about Well #7 and Well #8 until the studies that have just started have been finished.
As we wrote here, this comes down to a question of whether we get the shareholders’ choice or Chooljian’s choice. Shareholders who wish to express their views to the board on Tuesday, November 15 at 4 pm should call or email the office to get Zoom credentials.
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