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Board of Directors

D. Van Skilling - Chairman of the Board

D. Van Skilling has served as a director of the Company since November 2004 and Chairman since November 2010. He has been president of Skilling Enterprises since March 1999. He retired in April 1999 as chairman and CEO of Experian Information Systems Inc., positions he held since Experian was formed in 1996. Previously he was employed by TRW, Inc. for twenty-seven years, and was executive vice president from 1989 to 1996. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado College and a master of business administration from Pepperdine University. Mr. Skilling is a director of The American Business Bank and the non-executive Chairman of CoreLogic, Inc.

Jeffrey C. Ballowe

Jeffrey C. Ballowe has served as a director of the Company since December 1999. Before leaving Ziff Davis at the end of 1997, he led the launches of 5 magazines, ZDNet on the Web, ZDTV (now TechTV), and the initial ZD/Softbank investments in Yahoo!, Inc. Mr. Ballowe is the cofounder and past president of the not-for-profit Electronic Literature Organization and a former member of the board of trustees of Lawrence University. He holds a bachelor's degree from Lawrence University, a master's degree in French from the University of Wisconsin, and a master of business administration from the University of Chicago.

James L. Brill

James L. Brill has served as a director of Onvia since March 2004. He is the chief administrative officer of On Assignment, Inc., a staffing agency for science and healthcare professionals, a position he has held since September 2012. He served as senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer of On Assignment from January 2007 to August 2012. Mr. Brill served as vice president of finance and chief financial officer of Diagnostic Products Corporation, a medical diagnostics manufacturer, from July 1999 to December 2006. From August 1998 to June 1999, he served as CFO of Jafra Cosmetics International, a cosmetics manufacturer, and vice president of finance and administration and CFO of Vertel Corporation from 1996 to 1998. Mr. Brill holds a bachelor's degree from the United States Naval Academy and a master of business administration from UCLA.

Robert G. Brown - Lead Director

Robert G. Brown has served as a director of the Company since November 2004 and the lead director since October 2005. Mr. Brown is currently president of Brightwood Advisors, a private company providing business consulting to technology companies and investors. Prior to Brightwood Advisors, he was group president with Harte-Hanks, a provider of direct marketing services, and president and CEO of ZD Market Intelligence, a division of Ziff Davis, Inc. Mr. Brown holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Lehigh University and a master of business administration from the Harvard Business School.

Roger L. Feldman

Roger Feldman has served as a director of the Company since March 2004. He is a principal of West Creek Capital, an investment firm he cofounded in 1992. Prior to forming West Creek Capital, Mr. Feldman was an investment banker and an attorney. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School. Mr. Feldman serves as a member of the Audit committee.

Michael E.S. Frankel

Michael E.S. Frankel has served as a director of the Company since November 2010. He is the chief financial officer of comiXology, Inc., a digital online media company that sells digital comics and graphic novels, a position he has held since February 2013.  He served as a consultant of Hyde Park Capital Advisory, LLC, a firm advising on strategy and M&A matters that he founded in 2011.  He previously served as SVP Business Development and M&A of LexisNexis Group, a leading global provider of content-enabled workflow solutions, from 2008 to 2011; SVP Corporate Development for Information Resources Inc., a provider of enterprise market information solutions and services, from 2005 to 2008; VP Business Development for GE Capital, the financial services unit of General Electric, from 2003 to 2005; and VP Corporate Development for VeriSign, Inc., a leading provider of online security, from 2000 to 2003. Mr. Frankel was also an investment banker with Merrill Lynch and a corporate attorney with Skadden, Arps. Mr. Frankel serves on the advisory board of RedBooks, a digital marketing business, and on the Alumni Board of Governors for the University of Chicago. Mr. Frankel holds a bachelors, masters of business administration and juris doctorate degrees from the University of Chicago.

Henry G. Riner

Henry G. Riner was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Onvia in October 2010. Mr. Riner has over thirty years' experience in building and growing profitable businesses in the information services and software industries. Onvia represents Mr. Riner’s fifth CEO assignment in his career. Previously he was CEO of OSG Billing Services, CoAMS, SourceLink and UMI. In each case Mr. Riner created exceptional shareholder value by aligning strategy, organization, and culture to build high growth businesses with outstanding profit margins. Mr. Riner is a visionary leader who has inspired organizations to excel and exceed their overall mission by relentlessly focusing on the customer and building information services and software solutions that redefine industries. Mr. Riner harnessed the commercial potential of the Internet earlier in his career by developing and introducing ProQuest in 1995, the first information provider to earn revenue from paid content on the Internet. Today ProQuest is used by hundreds of thousands of researchers, educators, students and professionals worldwide. Mr. Riner earned both his BA and MBA from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.