Mr. Hollister was appointed our president and chief executive officer effective October 9, 2013, Mr. Hollister has been with the Company since December 2005 and has served in various senior financial and operations roles. Most recently, he has overseen the Company’s railcar manufacturing group, which includes the Marmaduke and Paragould railcar assembly plants as well as component/sub-assembly plants. Prior to that, Mr. Hollister had various financial and accounting management roles within the Company. Prior to joining ARI, Mr. Hollister spent 16 years in various financial, operations and management roles at Douglas Quikut Divisions, The Scott Fetzer Company, Inc., a company that manufactures a wide variety of retail and industrial products. Mr. Hollister has a B.S. in Accounting and an MBA from Arkansas State University.
Mr. Williams, 37, has previously served the Company as Vice President Finance and Chief Accounting Officer from March 2015 to December 2015; Director of Financial Reporting from June 2008 to March 2015 and Manager of Financial Reporting from June 2006 to June 2008. In these roles, Mr. Williams has overseen or been responsible for various matters including financing/treasury functions, financial planning and analysis, investor relations, SEC reporting and compliance, plant accounting operations and other accounting matters. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Williams was employed by Ernst & Young LLP, an international accounting firm, where he held various audit roles over a period of five years. Mr. Williams holds an M.S. and B.S. in Accounting from the University of Illinois and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Yevgeny Fundler. Mr. Fundler joined ARI as our Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary on March 3, 2014. From March 2014 through March 2016, he also served as General Counsel of ARL. Mr. Fundler continues to provide legal services to ARL pursuant to a consulting services agreement the Company entered into with ARL effective March 1, 2016. Mr. Fundler served as General Counsel of WestPoint Home from November 2009 until February 2014. From March 2010 to February 2014, he also served as a Vice President of WestPoint Home. In addition, since March 2010, he has consulted for Insight Portfolio Group as its general counsel. From September 2006 through February 2010, Mr. Fundler served as Assistant General Counsel of IELP. From March 2000 to September 2006, Mr. Fundler served as Counsel with Icahn Associates and affiliates. With respect to each aforementioned company, Mr. Carl Icahn, directly or indirectly, either (i) controls, or at such time controlled, such company or (ii) has, or at such time had, an interest in such company through the ownership of securities. Prior to Icahn Associates, Mr. Fundler worked for Gordon Altman Weitzen Shalov & Wein, a law firm representing the interests of various corporate and institutional clients in a broad range of corporate, mergers and acquisitions and other transactions, including certain transactions of Mr. Carl Icahn and his affiliates. Prior to joining the corporate group at Gordon Altman Weitzen Shalov & Wein, Mr. Fundler had his own law practice in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, with an emphasis on representing start-up entrepreneurs. Mr. Fundler received a B.A. in International Business in 1993 from San Diego State University and a J.D. in 1996 from the University of California, San Francisco, Hastings College of Law.