Mr. Bridgeman is the Owner and President of Manna, Inc. and ERJ Inc. which currently oversees the administration and operation of 161 Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburger Restaurants in five states and 118 Chili's Restaurants in four states. The restaurants employ over 11,000 people. His company has received numerous awards from Wendy's International including the Hall of Fame Award for overall achievement, which the company received in 1999.
Currently Mr. Bridgeman serves on the Board of Directors of Fifth Third Bank, the Library, West End School, Jackson Hewitt Board, Governors Rider Cup, Governors Scholar Program, Louisville Community Initiative, National Basketball Retired Players Association, PGA Board of Directors, Crusade for Children Foundation, and Wendy's National Advertising Board. He has served as Capital Campaign Co-Chair for the African American Heritage Foundation. Mr. Bridgeman is a member of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees, having served as its chairman from 2003 to 2005.
Ulysses (Junior) Bridgeman received his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Louisville in 1975. He was a guard for the Cardinal Basketball team and was an All-American in 1974-75. After graduation, Mr. Bridgeman played professional basketball for more than a decade in the NBA. From 1975 to 1983 and from 1986 to 1987 he played with the Milwaukee Bucks. During the interim from 1983 to 1986, he played for the Los Angeles Clippers. During his 11 years with the NBA Players Association, he served as a Player Representative acting as a liaison between players and management, was directly involved in arbitration proceedings and assisted with implementation of special programs, such as Career Alternatives, Fitness and Wellness, and Financial Planning. He served as Treasurer for the NBA Players Association for 3 years and President for 4 years.
Mr. Bridgeman has received many awards including the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame, Volunteers of America's Tribute Award for Outstanding Service to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, John Thompson Foundation's Outstanding Achievement Award, Jim Near Legacy Award, and Coach Wooden Key to Life Award.
Al Verrecchia assumed the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hasbro, Inc. on May 22, 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Verrecchia was Hasbro's President and Chief Executive Officer from May, 2003 to May, 2008 and held several senior executive positions over the years at Hasbro, Inc. including President and Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer; President, Hasbro Manufacturing Services; and Executive Vice President, Global Operations, among other key roles.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Mr. Verrecchia joined Hasbro in 1965 as a junior accountant.
A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Mr. Verrecchia, now a resident of Warwick, Rhode Island, is married to his wife Gerrie, and has four children, Michael, Michele, Melisa and Lisa, as well as three grandchildren.
He received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from URI. Mr. Verrecchia also received an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration from Johnson & Wales University in 1991 and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Rhode Island in 2004.
In addition to serving on Hasbro's Board of Directors, Mr. Verrecchia serves on the board of FM Global, the world's largest commercial and industrial property insurance company focusing on risk management and specializing in engineering-driven property. Mr. Verrecchia also serves on the Board of Iron Mountain. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Iron Mountain is a world leader in information management services, assisting more than 140,000 organizations in 39 countries on five continents with storing, protecting and managing their information.
He is also a member of the Board of Old Stone Corporation and a former CVS Board member and former FGX, International Board member.
Mr. Verrecchia is Chairman of the Board of Lifespan, an integrated health care system that provides a comprehensive array of services to Rhode Island and Southern New England residents.
He has also served as Chair of the Toy Industry Association.
Mr. Verrecchia also served as President of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) from 1994-1999.