John H. Sottile
Chairman of the Board, President & Chief Executive Officer
John H. Sottile joined The Goldfield Corporation in June of 1971. Before being elected to the Board of Directors and named President and Chief Executive Officer in 1983, Mr. Sottile gained extensive operational experience by managing two of the Company’s former subsidiaries, Tropicana Pools, Inc., and Harlan Fuel Company. In May of 1998, Mr. Sottile was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors. He has earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami.
David P. Bicks
David P. Bicks has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2012 and served as Chairman of the Audit Committee from 2012 to December 2017. Mr. Bicks currently serves as a member of the Audit Committee since March 2020. Mr. Bicks, who is currently retired, was an attorney with Duane Morris LLP, from 2012 through 2019 and previously was with Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP. He joined the Dewey predecessor, LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae LLP, in 1966, after having served as a Federal prosecutor in New York (1959-1962) and as Special Counsel to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (1962-1966). His focus was in corporate and securities law matters and has represented many major corporations in U.S. and international transactions. Mr. Bicks earned his Bachelor's Degree from Harvard College and his Law Degree from Yale Law School, where he was an Editor of the Yale Law Journal.
Harvey C. Eads, Jr.
Harvey C. Eads, Jr., has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1999. Mr. Eads has served as Chairman of the Benefits and Compensation Committee since 2005. He has served on the Audit Committee since 2000, and was chairman from May 2000 until May 2005. He has been a member of the Nominating and Benefits and Compensation Committees since 2001. Mr. Eads served as City Manager of Coral Gables, Florida from 1988 to 2001 and during his tenure, municipal bonds of Coral Gables earned AAA Bond Ratings from both Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s. He has been a commercial real estate investor since November of 2001. Mr. Eads is a graduate of and certified by the UCLA Director Education and Certification Program accredited by ISS, a unit of RiskMetrics Group. Mr. Eads is a graduate of the University of Miami and earned a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma.
John P. Fazzini
John P. Fazzini has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1984. Mr. Fazzini has served on the Nominating Committee since 1999, the Benefits and Compensation Committee since 1994 and the Audit Committee from 1985 to 2006 and currently serves as a member of the Audit Committee since May 2013. He is a real estate developer and has been President of Bountiful Lands, Inc., a real estate development corporation, since 1980. Mr. Fazzini has actively operated as a real estate broker for over forty years, and as a mortgage broker and title agent for over thirty years. He currently serves on the United States Department of Agriculture Central Florida Resource Conservation and Development Council, the Polk County Housing Authority for over ten years and has served on the Board of the Anasazi Wilderness Foundation in Mesa, Arizona since 1985. Mr. Fazzini was appointed by Governor Lawton Chiles to serve on the Family and Human Services Board from 1992 to 1996. He was also appointed by Governor Bob Martinez to serve on the Central Florida Regional Planning Council from 1987 to 1991. Mr. Fazzini attended the University of Florida and the University of Miami.
Danforth E. Leitner
Danforth E. Leitner has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1985. Mr. Leitner has served on the Nominating Committee since 1985 and currently serves as Chairman of this Committee. He has been a member of the Audit Committee since 1998 and the Benefits and Compensation Committee since 2001. Mr. Leitner founded The Leitner Company, a real estate sales and appraisal company in North Carolina in 1983 and served as President until his retirement in May of 2002. He served on the Board of Equalization and Review in Henderson County, North Carolina for four years from 1999 to 2002. Prior to his move to North Carolina, Mr. Leitner was a Florida real estate broker and commercial real estate investor from 1973 to 1980 and was a designated member of the Appraisal Institute for 14 years. Mr. Leitner attended the University of Florida.
Stephen L. Appel
Stephen L. Appel has been a member of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee Chair since December 2017. Mr. Appel retired in 2012 as Audit Partner In Charge of KPMG’s 10 office Coastal Business Unit and as the Orlando Office Managing Partner. During Mr. Appel’s 34-year KPMG career, he served clients in a variety of industries including the Company. Mr. Appel also served clients within financial services, technology, consumer products, real estate and restaurants industries. Mr. Appel also has significant international experience. In 1994, shortly after NAFTA was signed, Mr. Appel transferred to the KPMG Mexico City office to serve clients throughout Mexico and the rest of Latin America, returning to the U.S. in 1998. Mr. Appel currently serves as an adjunct professor of accounting at Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Management and a corporate director for Members Trust Corporation, a Tampa based financial services company.