Board of Directors
Currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Brinkley has served as either Chairman of the Board of Directors or Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors since 1989.
From 1988 to 2005, Mr. Brinkley served as Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Executive Committee, or Chief Executive Officer of Crescent Jewelers, Inc. From 1990 to 2003, he served as Chairman of the Board or Chairman of the Executive Committee of Friedman's, Inc. Both Crescent Jewelers, Inc. and Friedman's, Inc. were affiliates of MS Pawn Limited Partnership, the owner of all EZCORP’s outstanding Class B Voting Common Stock.
Mr. Beal has served as a director since 2009 and is Chair of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Beal also serves as a director on Cash Converters International Limited.
A professional engineer who earned a BSCE from Texas Tech University and a MBA in finance from The University of Texas, Mr. Beal was the General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) until his retirement in 2008. Prior to joining the LCRA, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Espey Huston and Associates, an international engineering and environmental consulting firm based in Austin, Texas.
Pablo Lagos Espinosa
Mr. Lagos has served as a director since 2010 and serves on the Compensation Committee.
During his 30-year career, he has held various executive management positions concentrating exclusively in Latin America. Most recently Mr. Lagos served as President and Chief Executive Officer and as Chief Operating Officer for Pepsi Bottling Group Mexico. Prior to joining Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc., he held a variety of senior executive positions with PepsiCo Inc., where he ran multi-country and multi-regional operations in Mexico, Central America, and South America.
Since his retirement from in 2008, Mr. Lagos has been engaged as an investor and consultant in various private business ventures. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board and Executive President for the Mexican subsidiary of Areas, and as Chairman of the Board of Residencial Puente de Piedra.
Mr. Farrell was appointed to the EZCORP Board of Directors in 2011 and serves on the Audit Committee.
He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Specialised Agencies and Marketing Services business of Publicis Groupe, one of the world’s top three advertising and communications agency groups. During his business career, Mr. Farrell held various executive management positions with a number of global advertising and communications firms, including Publicis Groupe, D’Arcy, Masius, Benton & Bowles, and IMP International.
Since his departure from Publicis Groupe at the end of 2009, Mr. Farrell has become involved with a diverse group of businesses. He serves as non-executive director of a number of advertising and communications related businesses, including Huntsworth Plc, Albion Digital Advertising Group, DWA, Media Equals, Acceleration and LBI. He also serves as a Senior Consultant advisor to several businesses, including The European Golf Tour and Saatchi & Saatchi.
Mr. Love has served as a director of EZCORP, Inc. since 2008 and was appointed Lead Independent Director in January 2014. He is the Chair of the Audit Committee and also serves as a director of Cash Converters International Limited.
Mr. Love is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Valuation Analyst, and Certified Financial Forensic, practicing in the Austin, Texas based public accounting firm of William C. Love, CPA. Before that, he worked with KPMG Peat Marwick and its predecessors, including appointments as Partner in Charge of Audit, Partner in Charge of Tax, and Managing Partner of its Austin, Texas office.
Mr. Love has significant experience in assisting both U.S. and International companies with initial public offerings (IPO) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and is qualified to practice before the Internal Revenue Service on a multitude of tax matters. He is a contributor to the Texas Family Law Advanced Annual Conference.
Santiago Creel Miranda
Mr. Creel was appointed to the Board of Directors in January 2014.
Mr. Creel is a former Senator of Mexico, having served from 2006 to 2012. During his term, he acted as Speaker of the Senate and Chairman of the Senate's Political Coordination Committee. Prior to being elected to the Senate, Mr. Creel served as Secretary of Governance in President Vicente Fox's administration from 2000 to 2005 and as a Federal Deputy (Congressman) in the 57th Congress, where he was Vice Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies and chaired the Government and Constitutional Issues Committee.
Mr. Creel began his professional career as a lawyer in the firm of Noriega y Escobedo in Mexico City, where he practiced for almost 20 years, becoming the firm's managing partner. He has been a legal consultant to many companies, both domestic and foreign, as well as to international organizations and to the Mexican government. Mr. Creel is now a member of the governing body of Pacto por México, which sponsors an extensive agenda of political, economic and structural changes in Mexico.
Our President and Chief Executive Officer, Paul also serves on the board of directors. After joining EZCORP in September 2009 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, he was promoted to President in February 2010 and became Chief Executive Officer on November 1, 2010.
Prior to joining EZCORP, Paul was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Pamida, an $800 million chain of general merchandise and pharmacy stores. He joined Pamida in 1999 as Senior Vice President, Store Operations, and was promoted to the position of Senior Vice President, Operations in 2005, and served in that capacity until assuming the President and Chief Executive Officer position in November 2007.
From 1997 to 1999, Paul held the positions of Regional Vice President, Store Operations and District Team Leader at ShopKo Stores, Inc. Since 2005, both Pamida and ShopKo have been owned by Sun Capital Partners, a leading private equity firm.
Before joining ShopKo, Paul held various operational positions with Target Stores, Inc. and Venture Stores Inc.