Mint Condition? Veteran CFO Hired at Collectors Universe

Also, one finance chief goes from oats to noodles. Plus, comings and goings in the oil patch. StaffOctober 22, 2001
  • Managers at Collectors Universe Inc. named Michael Lewis CFO. Lewis had been serving as interim finance chief since Gary Patten resigned earlier this month.

    Before joining the Newport Beach, Calif.-based provider of services to the high-end collectibles market, Lewis was CFO of Young Presidents Organization International. Prior to that appointment, he served as CEO of Fitness Awareness and National Case Management/Care Intervention Advocate Systems. He also served as chief financial and administrative officer of Emulex Corp. and was chief financial and administrative officer of storage specialist Western Digital Corp.

    Lewis, who is a C.P.A., began his career with Price Waterhouse & Co (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Southern California.

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    He joins Collectors Universe at a crucial juncture, as the company’s share price has been under $1 since mid-September and is getting dangerously close to a delisting notice from Nasdaq. At the time Lewis was named interim CFO, the company also tabbed Roger Johnson as CEO. Johnson replaced David Hall, who became president and chairman of the executive committee.

  • Former Wild Oats Markets CFO Mary Beth Lewis has moved to Noodles & Co. Starting October 29, Lewis will serve as EVP and chief administration officer at the Boulder, Colo.-based noodle chain.

    Lewis left the whole-foods grocery chain in August, during which time, the company–in the midst of a restructuring–was reporting falling revenues. At Noodles, Lewis will oversee the company’s finance, accounting, information technology, purchasing, and human resources functions.

    Before her stint at Wild Oats, Lewis was an audit manager at Price Waterhouse, where she specialized in audit, tax, and management services for high-growth entrepreneurial companies. Lewis started her career as a restaurant manager with Red Bull Inns of America. That experience helped her get a hands-on feel for restaurant operations. Lewis earned an M.B.A from the University of Pittsburgh in 1986.

  • Officials at Abraxas Petroleum Corp.announced that Jim Wilson, SVP and CFO of Canadian subsidiary Grey Wolf Exploration Inc. resigned to pursue other interests.

    The San Antonio-based company also reported the promotion of Vince Tkachyk to EVP and COO of Grey Wolf. Abraxas, a petroleum exploration company, was acquired Grey Wolf earlier this month.