Board of Directors
Since August 2010, Mr. Fertitta has been the sole shareholder, chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fertitta Entertainment, Inc., which owns the NBA’s Houston Rockets, the restaurant conglomerate Landry’s and the Golden Nugget Casinos and is recognized today as a global leader in the dining, hospitality, entertainment and gaming industries. Mr. Fertitta was the sole shareholder at the time he took Landry’s public in 1993, and after 17 years as a public company, he was the sole shareholder in taking Landry’s private in 2010. Mr. Fertitta currently serves as Chairman of the Houston Children’s Charity, the Houston Police Foundation, and is currently the Chairman of the Board of Regents for the University of Houston. He also is on the Executive Committee of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, one of the Nation’s largest charitable organizations. He also serves on the boards of the Texas Heart Institute and the Greater Houston Partnership.
Jonathan Green, is a Partner at Luxor Capital Group, LP, and a principal at its affiliate, Lugard Road Capital GP, LLC. Luxor Capital Group, LP, is a New York-based hedge fund. He has served as a board member for a number of public and private Internet technology companies, including Delivery Hero. Prior to joining Luxor in 2004, Mr. Green worked at Wasserstein Perella and the spinoff of its financial restructuring group, Miller Buckfire & Co., where he represented clients in complex reorganizations. Mr. Green received B.A. degrees in Psychology and Economics from Brown University. The Company believes Mr. Green is qualified to serve on our Board based on his leadership and industry experience.
Chief Executive Officer
Carl Grimstad has been Chief Executive Officer since January 2020. Mr. Grimstad is currently the chief manager of C. Grimstad Associates, LLC, a family private investment entity formed in 2006, and the managing partner of GS Capital, LLC, a family private investment company formed in 1995. In 1999, he co-founded iPayment Inc. (“iPayment”), a provider of credit and debit card payment processing services to small and medium-sized merchants across the United States and Canada. He acted as the president of iPayment until 2011, when he became the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the company until 2016. Under his leadership, iPayment closed an initial public offering in 2003 and then went private in 2006. Mr. Grimstad serves on the board of directors of Beauty Tap Inc. and Kard Financial Inc. He graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Boston University in 1989.
Chairman of the Board
Christopher Meaux is the founder and Chairman of the Board. Previously, he was also Chief Executive Officer, President, Secretary and a director since 2013. Prior to founding Waitr, Mr. Meaux was an entrepreneur in multiple ventures in the technology and restaurant industries including full-service and fast casual restaurants. Prior to entrepreneurship, Mr. Meaux had a 23-year career in technology serving in various management positions with McAfee Software, Optical Coating Labs, Inc. (“OCLI”), and Hyundai Electronics.
Pouyan Salehi co-founded PersistIQ Inc. (“PersistIQ”) and has served as its Chief Executive Officer since March 2014. Mr. Salehi has also served as a member of the board of directors of PersistIQ since March 2014. Prior to founding PersistIQ, Mr. Salehi founded Lera Labs in June 2012 and co-founded StackMob and served as its Chief Operations Officer from August 2010 to November 2011. He also served in different roles at Apple from September 2007 through August 2010. Mr. Salehi holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Scheinthal has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Landry’s, Inc. since its IPO in 1993 and as its Executive Vice President or Vice President of Administration, General Counsel and Secretary since September 1992. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Fertitta Entertainment, Inc. which is the holding company for Landry’s, Inc., the Golden Nugget Hotels and Casinos and other assets owned and controlled by Tilman J. Fertitta. Prior to joining Landry’s, he was a partner in the law firm of Stumpf & Falgout in Houston, Texas. Mr. Scheinthal represented Landry’s, Inc. for approximately five years before becoming part of the organization. He has been licensed to practice law in the state of Texas since 1984.
Mr. Stream has served on the Waitr Board since 2014. Mr. Stream and entities affiliated with his family have been investors in Waitr since it was founded. Since December 2003, Mr. Stream has served as President of Matilda Stream Management, Inc., which manages the business and investing activities of the Stream family, and also as Manager of various related entities. He has also served as Vice President of M-Heart Corporation since December 2006, as President of Graystoke, Inc. since June 2005 and as President of Placid Indemnity Company, Inc. since December 2016. Mr. Stream formerly served as a director of publicly traded CKX Lands, Inc. from January 2007 to October 2017, including serving as Audit Committee Chairman from May 2011 to October 2017. In addition to his professional roles, Mr. Stream has served and led numerous charitable and civic causes. In 2010 he received the Southwest Louisiana Civic Service Award from the Chamber of Commerce. He has served on the Louisiana Innovation Council; the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration, and Conservation; and the board of directors for the SWLA Economic Development Alliance. A passionate advocate for education and entrepreneurship, Stream currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Louisiana Committee of 100 for Economic Development as incoming Chairman. He formerly served on the Louisiana Board of Regents as Regent for the 3rd Congressional District, and also as Chairman of the National Hurricane Museum and Science Center. In 2018 Gray began serving as a director for the National World War II Museum. Prior to joining the Stream Companies, Mr. Stream worked for the 7th Congressional District of Louisiana in Washington, D.C. Mr. Stream is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and he received an MBA in Management and Finance from Rice University. The Company believes that Mr. Stream is qualified to serve on our Board based on his historic knowledge of Waitr and his financial and managerial experience.