John Hewitt has served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Liberty Tax Service® since October 1996. Mr. Hewitt also served as the Chairman of Liberty-Canada since September 1997 and as its President from September 1997 until April 1998 and from April 2003 until the present. From August 1982 until June 1996, Mr. Hewitt was the Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Jackson Hewitt Inc., in Virginia Beach, Virginia. From December 1969 until June 1981, Mr. Hewitt held the varying positions of Tax Preparer, Assistant District Manager, District Manager, and Regional Director with H&R Block in Buffalo and Elmira, New York and Moorestown, New Jersey.
Mr. Baumgartner has served as our Chief Financial Officer since February 2004. From August 2003 until February 2004, Mr. Baumgartner served as an independent consultant to the Company. From May 1999 until August 2003, Mr. Baumgartner served as Chief Financial Officer for InfiNet Company in Norfolk, Virginia. From August 1991 until May 1999, Mr. Baumgartner served as Senior Vice President of Operations for First Coastal Bank in Virginia Beach, Virginia. From June 1986 until August 1991, Mr. Baumgartner worked for Price Waterhouse in Norfolk, Virginia under the varying capacities of Audit Staff, Audit Senior and Audit Manager.
Mr. Wheaton has served as our General Counsel since February 2011. From May 2001 until February 2011, Mr. Wheaton was a partner in Troutman Sanders LLP, where he chaired the Securities and Capital Markets Practice Group from 2006-2007, and the Mergers, Acquisitions and Business Ventures Practice Group from 2007-2011. Prior to joining Troutman Sanders, Mr. Wheaton was a shareholder of Willcox & Savage, PC, which he joined in 1986 following a judicial clerkship.
Mr. Vanderpool has serviced as our Chief Operating Officer since May 2010. He was our Vice President of Operations since June 2006. From June 2004 to June 2006, Mr. Vanderpool served as our Vice President of Software Development. From April 1998 until May 2004, Mr. Vanderpool served as COO of Orrtax Software, Inc. in Bellevue, Washington. From June 1996 until April 1998, Mr. Vanderpool served as President and CEO of Abacus Software in Edmonton, Canada. From June 1988 until June 1996, Mr. Vanderpool served as COO of Microrim, Inc., in Bellevue, Washington.
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Minnesota state franchise registration number F-4418 and F-3918.