Form DEF 14A CREDITRISKMONITOR COM For: Jul 13

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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

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CREDITRISKMONITOR.COM, INC.
704 Executive Boulevard, Suite A
Valley Cottage, New York 10989

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
TO BE HELD ON JULY 13, 2021

To the Stockholders of CreditRiskMonitor.com, Inc.:
 
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual Meeting of Stockholders of CreditRiskMonitor.com, Inc., a Nevada corporation (the “Company”), will be held on July 13, 2021 at 704 Executive Boulevard, Suite A, Valley Cottage, NY 10989, at 9:30 a.m., for the following purposes:


1.
To elect four directors for the coming year;


2.
To ratify the selection of CohnReznick LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2021;


3.
To transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting.

Only stockholders of record at the close of business on June 11, 2021 are entitled to notice of and to vote at the meeting or at any adjournment thereof.

Important notice regarding the availability of Proxy Materials: The proxy statement and the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 are available electronically at www.proxyvote.com.
 
 
Jerome S. Flum
 
Chief Executive Officer
   
Valley Cottage, New York
 
June 11, 2021
 

 
WHETHER OR NOT YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THE MEETING, PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR PROXY OR VOTING INSTRUCTIONS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  FOR SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO VOTE YOUR SHARES, PLEASE REFER TO THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE ENCLOSED PROXY CARD.  ANY STOCKHOLDER MAY REVOKE A SUBMITTED PROXY AT ANY TIME BEFORE THE MEETING BY WRITTEN NOTICE TO SUCH EFFECT, BY SUBMITTING A SUBSEQUENTLY DATED PROXY OR BY ATTENDING THE MEETING AND VOTING IN PERSON.  THOSE VOTING BY INTERNET OR BY TELEPHONE MAY ALSO REVOKE THEIR PROXY BY VOTING IN PERSON AT THE MEETING OR BY VOTING AND SUBMITTING THEIR PROXY AT A LATER TIME BY INTERNET OR BY TELEPHONE.
 


CREDITRISKMONITOR.COM, INC.
704 Executive Boulevard, Suite A
Valley Cottage, New York 10989



PROXY STATEMENT



SOLICITING, VOTING AND REVOCABILITY OF PROXY
 
This proxy statement is being made available to all stockholders of record at the close of business on June 11, 2021, in connection with the solicitation by the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) of proxies to be voted at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held on July 13, 2021 at 9:30 a.m., local time, or any adjournment thereof, at 704 Executive Boulevard, Suite A, Valley Cottage, New York 10989.  Proxy materials for the Annual Meeting of Stockholders were made available to stockholders on or about June 15, 2021.
 
All shares represented by proxies duly executed and received will be voted on the matters presented at the meeting in accordance with the instructions specified in such proxies.  If you are a beneficial owner of shares held in street name and you do not provide specific voting instructions to the organization that holds your shares, the organization will be prohibited from voting your shares on “non-routine” matters. This is commonly referred to as a “broker non-vote”. The election of directors and the ratification of the Company’s Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation are considered “non-routine” matters and therefore may not be voted on by your bank or broker absent specific instructions from you.  Please instruct your bank or broker so your vote can be counted.

The ratification of the appointment of CohnReznick LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for 2021 (Proposal Number 2) is considered a routine matter under applicable rules. A broker or other nominee may generally vote on routine matters, and therefore no broker non-votes are expected to exist in connection with Proposal Number 2.

The Board does not know of any other matters that may be brought before the meeting nor does it foresee or have reason to believe that the proxy holder will have to vote for substitute or alternate nominees to the Board.  In the event that any other matter should come before the meeting or any nominee is not available for election, the person named in the enclosed proxy will have discretionary authority to vote all proxies not marked to the contrary with respect to such matters in accordance with his best judgment.

The total number of common shares outstanding and entitled to vote as of the close of business on June 11, 2021 was 10,722,401.  The common shares are the only class of securities entitled to vote on matters presented to the stockholders, each share being entitled to one vote.  A majority of the common shares outstanding and entitled to vote as of the close of business on June 11, 2021 or 5,361,201 common shares, must be present at the meeting in person or by proxy in order to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Abstentions and broker non-votes will be included in the calculation of the number of shares considered to be present at the meeting. 
 
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With regard to Proposal Number 1, the election of directors, votes may be cast in favor or withheld.  Each director shall be elected by a plurality of the votes cast in favor.  Accordingly, since there is a nominee for each of the four directorships, each nominee who receives one or more votes will be elected as a director.  Abstentions and broker non-votes will have no effect on the outcome of this Proposal.
 
With regard to Proposal Number 2, the ratification of CohnReznick LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm, votes may be cast in favor, against or you may abstain.  The affirmative vote of a majority of shares present in person or by proxy and entitled to vote is necessary for ratification of the Company’s independent registered public accountants.  Abstentions will not be voted, although they will be counted as present and entitled to vote for purposes of the Proposal.  Accordingly, an abstention will have the effect of a vote against this Proposal.  A broker who does not receive instructions as to how to vote your shares may vote at its discretion in connection with this Proposal.

Any person giving a proxy in the form accompanying this proxy statement has the power to revoke it at any time before its exercise.  The proxy may be revoked by filing with us written notice of revocation or a fully executed proxy bearing a later date.  The proxy may also be revoked by affirmatively electing to vote in person while in attendance at the meeting.  However, a stockholder who attends the meeting need not revoke a proxy given and vote in person unless the stockholder wishes to do so.  Written revocations or amended proxies should be sent to us at 704 Executive Boulevard, Suite A, Valley Cottage, New York 10989, Attention: Corporate Secretary.  Those voting by Internet or by telephone may also revoke their proxy by voting in person at the meeting or by voting and submitting their proxy at a later time by Internet or by telephone.

The proxy is being solicited by the Board.  We will bear the cost of the solicitation of proxies, including the charges and expenses of brokerage firms and other custodians, nominees and fiduciaries for forwarding proxy materials to beneficial owners of the Company’s shares.  Solicitations will be made primarily by mail, but certain of the directors, officers or employees may solicit proxies in person or by telephone, telecopier or email without special compensation.
 
A list of stockholders entitled to vote at the meeting will be available for examination by any stockholder for any purpose germane to the meeting, during ordinary business hours, for ten (10) days prior to the meeting, at the Company’s offices located at 704 Executive Boulevard, Suite A, Valley Cottage, New York 10989, and also during the whole time of the meeting for inspection by any stockholder who is present.  To contact us, stockholders should call Steven Gargano at (845) 230-3087 to set up an appointment for examination.
 
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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE

The following table shows all cash compensation paid or to be paid by the Company during the fiscal years indicated to the chief executive officer and all other executive officers of the Company as of the end of the Company’s last fiscal year.

SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE
 
Name and Principal Position
 
Year
   
Salary
   
Bonus (1)
   
Option Awards (2)
   
All Other
Compensation
   
Total
 
Jerome S. Flum, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
   
2020
2019
   
$
$
157,292
188,640
   
$
$
0
4,400
   
$
$
1,200
51
   
$
$
-0-
 -0-
   
$
$
158,492
193,091
 
Michael I. Flum, President (3)
   
2020
2019
   
$
$
172,765
147,700
   
$
$
7,250
28,880
   
$
$
3,235
799
   
$
$
-0-
-0-
   
$
$
183,250
177,379
 
Lawrence Fensterstock, Senior Vice President (4)
   
2020
2019
   
$
$
141,146
188,640
   
$
$
15,000
$44,080
   
$
$
0
1,461
   
$
$
-0-
-0-
   
$
$
156,146
$234,181
 
Steven Gargano, Senior Vice President (5)
   
2020
   
$
166,385
   
$
37,000
   
$
898
   
$
-0-
   
$
204,283
 
Jonathan L. Levy, Senior Vice President (6)
   
2020
2019
   
$
$
199,152
66,667
   
$
$
0
$11,830
   
$
$
0
$72
   
$
$
-0-
-0-
   
$
$
199,152
$ 78,569
 

 (1) The amounts in this column reflect bonuses awarded for the fiscal year shown but paid in the subsequent fiscal year.

(2) Represents the compensation costs of stock option awards for financial reporting purposes for the year under ASC 718, rather than an amount paid to or realized by the Named Executive Officer. See Note 5 of the Notes to Financial Statements for a discussion of the assumptions used in calculating the aggregate grant date fair value computed in accordance with ASC 718. The ASC 718 value as of the grant date for stock options is spread over the number of months of service required for the grant to become non-forfeitable. There can be no assurance that the ASC 718 amounts will ever be realized.

(3) Mr. Michael Flum was elected Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer on October 24, 2019. He was subsequently elected President on October, 29, 2020.

(4) Mr. Fensterstock resigned as Chief Financial Officer on March 31, 2020, and retired on June 30, 2020.

(5) Mr. Gargano joined the Company as Senior Vice President in January 2020, and was elected Senior Vice President, and Chief Financial Officer on April 1, 2020.

(6) Mr. Levy joined the Company as Senior Vice President and General Counsel in September 2019. The General Counsel position was eliminated on December 28, 2020.

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OUTSTANDING EQUITY AWARDS

The following table sets forth all stock options granted to the Company’s executive officers during the last fiscal year:

GRANTS OF PLAN-BASED AWARDS
 
     
Equity Grants
 
Name
 
Grant Date
   
All Other Stock
Awards:
Number of
Shares of Stock
or Units (#)
   
All Other
Option Awards:
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Options (#)
   
Exercise or Base
Price of Option
Awards ($/Sh)
   
Grant Date Fair
Value of Stock
and Option
Awards
 
Michael I. Flum
   
10-29-20
     
N/A
     
25,000
   
$
2.19
   
$
54,750
 
Steven Gargano
   
7-29-20
     
N/A
     
12,000
   
$
1.80
   
$
21,600
 
Steven Gargano
   
10-29-20
     
N/A
     
3,000
   
$
2.19
   
$
6,570
 

The following table reflects outstanding equity grants to the Company’s executive officers as of December 31, 2020:

OUTSTANDING EQUITY AWARDS AT FISCAL YEAR-END
 
Name
 
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options
(#)
Exercisable
   
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Options
(#)
Un-exercisable
   
Equity Incentive
Plan Awards:
Number of
Securities
Underlying
Unexercised
Unearned
Options
(#)
   
Option Exercise
Price
($)
   
Option
Expiration Date
 
Jerome S. Flum
   
1,000
     
4,000
     
-0-
   
$
3.19
     
01-05-21
 
Michael I. Flum
   
-0-
-0-
     
50,000
25,000
     
-0-
-0-
   
$
$
1.45
2.19
     
10-24-29
10-29-29
 
Steven Gargano
   
-0-
-0-
     
12,000
3,000
     
-0-
-0-
   
$
$
1.80
2.19
     
07-29-29
10-29-29
 

The closing market price of the Company’s common stock on December 31, 2020 was $2.35 per share.

The options under the above grants may be exercised after four years in installments upon the attainment of specified length of service. In the event of a change in control (as defined), the options will vest in full at the time of such change in control.

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DIRECTOR COMPENSATION

Effective January 1, 2016, non-employee directors receive $1,000 per quarter or a total of $4,000 per calendar year.

DIRECTOR COMPENSATION
 
Name
 
Fees Earned or
Paid in Cash
   
Option
Awards(1)
   
Total
 
Andrew J. Melnick
 
$
4,000
   
$
1,852
   
$
5,852
 
Jeffrey S. Geisenheimer(2)
 
$
1,000
   
$
0
   
$
1,000
 
Joshua M. Flum
 
$
4,000
   
$
6,076
   
$
10,076
 
Richard Lippe (3)
 
$
2,000
   
$
326
   
$
2,326
 

(1) Represents the compensations costs for financial reporting purposes for the year under ASC 718. See Note 5 to the Notes to Financial Statements for the assumptions made in determining ASC 718 values.

(2) Resigned for personal reasons on May 5, 2020.

(3) Elected as an independent member to the Board of Directors on May 6, 2020.

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SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS

The following table sets forth as of March 15, 2021 information regarding the beneficial ownership of the Company’s voting securities (i) by each person or group known by the Company to be the owner of record or beneficially of more than five percent of the Company’s voting securities, (ii) by each of the Company’s directors and executive officers, and (iii) by all directors and executive officers of the Company as a group. Except as indicated in the following notes, the owners have sole voting and investment power with respect to the shares. Unless otherwise noted, each owner’s mailing address is c/o CreditRiskMonitor.com, Inc., 704 Executive Boulevard, Valley Cottage, NY 10989.

Name of
Beneficial Owner
Amount and Nature of
Beneficial Ownership
Percent of
Class
5% or Greater Stockholders
   
Santa Monica Partners, L.P.
SMP Asset Management, LLC
Lawrence J. Goldstein(1)
  1865 Palmer Avenue
  Larchmont, NY 10538
693,744
 6.47%
Tabatabai Investment Management LLC
Tabatabai Investment Partners LP
Alex Tabatabai(2)
  540 N Dearborn Street, #101257
  Chicago, IL 60610
727,430
6.72%
Flum Partners (3)
5,641,134
52.08%
Named Executive Officers
   
Jerome S. Flum
6,239,776 (4)(5)
57.61%
Michael I. Flum
   6,500
-----*
Non-Employee Directors
   
Andrew J. Melnick (6)
   63,070
-----*
Richard Lippe
  49,903
-----*
Joshua M. Flum (7)
  13,800
-----*
All directors and executive officers
(as a group (5 persons))
6,373,049 (4)(5)
59.30%

*less than 1%

(1) Based on the information contained in a Schedule 13G/A filed February 1, 2019. The general partner of Santa Monica Partners, L.P. is SMP Asset Management, LLC. Lawrence J. Goldstein is an individual investor, the sole managing member and the sole owner of SMP Asset Management, LLC, and may be deemed to beneficially own these shares.

(2) Based on the information contained in a Schedule 13D filed April 11, 2017. Tabatabai Investment Management LLC is the general partner of Tabatabai Investment Partners LP. The managing member of Tabatabai Investment Management LLC is Alex Tabatabai.

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(3) The sole general partner of Flum Partners is Jerome S. Flum, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Company.

(4) Includes 5,641,134 shares owned by Flum Partners, of which Mr. Flum is the sole general partner, which are also deemed to be beneficially owned by Mr. Flum because of his power, as sole general partner of Flum Partners, to direct the voting of such shares held by the partnership. Mr. Flum disclaims beneficial ownership of the shares owned by Flum Partners. The 6,239,776 shares of Common Stock, or 57.61% of the outstanding shares of Common Stock, may also be deemed to be owned, beneficially and collectively, by Flum Partners and Mr. Flum, as a “group”, within the meaning of Section 13(d)(3) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Act”).

(5) Includes 7,800 shares of Common Stock owned by a grandchild of Mr. Flum, the beneficial ownership of which is disclaimed by Mr. Flum. Also, includes 260,000 shares of Common Stock owned by Family Trusts established by Mr. Flum, the beneficial ownership of which is disclaimed by Mr. Flum.

(6) Includes 55,770 shares of Common Stock and 7,300 shares of Common Stock which may be acquired upon the exercise of stock options which have vested or will vest within 60 days of March 10, 2020.

(7) Includes 6,500 shares of Common Stock and 7,300 shares of Common Stock which may be acquired upon the exercise of stock options which have vested or will vest within 60 days of March 10, 2020.

The Company’s current equity compensation plan approved by stockholders is the 2020 Long-Term Incentive Plan. The 2020 Long-Term Incentive Plan provides for the grant of options and other awards up to an aggregate of 1,000,000 shares of common stock. The Company’s previous equity compensation plan approved by stockholders was the 2009 Long-Term Incentive Plan. The 2009 Long-Term Incentive Plan provided for the grant of options and other awards up to an aggregate of 1,000,000 shares of common stock.  This plan expired at the end of 2019.

The following table summarizes information about the Company’s common stock that may be issued upon the exercise of options, warrants and rights under all equity compensation plans of the Company as of December 31, 2020.

Plan category
 
Number of securities
to be issued upon
exercise of
outstanding options,
warrants and rights
   
Weighted average
exercise price of
outstanding
options, warrants
and rights
   
Number of
securities
remaining available
for
future issuance
under
equity
compensation
plans (excluding
securities reflected
in
first column)
 
Equity compensation plans approved by stockholders
   
575,750
   
$
2.17
     
817,900
 
 Total
   
575,750
   
$
2.17
     
817,900
 

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QUALIFIED SMALL BUSINESS STOCK

It recently came to our attention that the Company‘s common stock may meet the criteria of Internal Revenue Code Sec. 1202 qualified small business (“QSB”) stock. Sec. 1202 was added to the tax code in 1993, and originally provided that the gain from the sale of QSB stock acquired on or after August 10, 1993 was eligible for a 50% exclusion. The 50% exclusion was increased to 75% for stock acquired from February 18, 2009 to September 27, 2010, and then increased to 100% for stock acquired on or after September 28, 2010. QSB stock must be original issue shares not shares acquired in the open market. To repeat, if you acquired your shares in CreditRiskMonitor directly from the Company via either a Private Placement or the exercise of stock options, then predicated upon when the stock was originally acquired, either 50%, 75% or 100% of your gain on the sale of these shares is excluded from income if you held the stock for at least five years prior to sale.

While we believe the above accurately describes the tax code as currently written, the Company does not provide tax, legal or accounting advice. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice. You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction.

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PROPOSAL 1:  ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
 
Four directors are to be elected at the meeting to serve until the next annual meeting of stockholders and until their respective successors shall have been elected and have qualified.  The directors shall be elected by a plurality of the votes cast in favor.  Accordingly, based upon there being four nominees, each person who receives one or more votes will be elected as a director.
 
Nominees for Directors
 
All four of the nominees are currently members of the Board.  The Board recommends a vote FOR all nominees.
 
The following table sets forth certain information regarding those individuals currently serving as the directors, as of May 6, 2020:

Name
Age
Principal Occupation/Position
Held with Company
Officer or
Director
Since
Jerome S. Flum
80
Chairman of the Board/Chief Executive Officer
1983
Andrew J. Melnick
79
Director
2005
Richard Lippe
82
Director
2020
Joshua M. Flum
51
Director
2007

The following pages contain biographical and other information about the nominees.
 
Jerome S. Flum has been a Director since 1983 and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and Chairman of the Board in June 1985. Since 1968 he has been in the investment business as an Institutional Security Analyst, Research and Sales Partner at an investment firm and then as a General Partner of a private investment pool. Before entering the investment business, Mr. Flum practiced law, helped manage a U.S. congressional campaign and served as a Legal and Legislative Aide to a U.S. Congressman. He has been a guest lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Sloan School of Management Lab for Financial Engineering. Mr. Flum received a BS degree in business administration from Babson College and a JD degree from Georgetown University Law School. We believe that Mr. Flum’s extensive experience, including his service as Chairman of the Board since June 1985, give him the qualifications and skills to serve as one of the directors.

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Andrew J. Melnick has been a Director since March 2005. He has been a Managing Partner of SkyView Investment Advisors since 2010. The firm acts as an investment advisor to various independent investment organizations. From 2014 to 2015, Mr. Melnick was the Chief Investment Strategist and a shareholder in the investment advisory firm BPV Capital Management, which provided investment advisory services to institutions and individual clients. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Melnick helped manage two hedge funds. He retired from Goldman, Sachs & Co. at the end of 2004. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2002 as Co-Director of its Global Investment Research Division and a member of its Management Committee. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. Melnick was Senior Vice President and Director of the Global Securities and Economics Research Group of Merrill Lynch. During his 13 years at Merrill Lynch, he expanded the Firm’s Research Group from primarily a domestic effort to one with research offices in 26 countries around the world. During that period Merrill Lynch was ranked as the top research department in nearly all regions of the world including six straight times as the number one equity research department in the United States. Previous employment: President of Woolcott & Co., a boutique research and investment banking firm; Director of Research and a Partner of L.F. Rothschild Unterberg Towbin; and Senior Analyst at Drexel Burnham Lambert. He was a U.S. Army Signal Corps Officer and served in Vietnam. Mr. Melnick is a Commissioner of the Monmouth County Improvement Authority, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Monmouth Medical Center, and serves on the Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee and acts as Chairman of their Investment Committee. Mr. Melnick earned a BA in economics and MBA in finance from Rutgers. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (C.F.A.). We believe that Mr. Melnick’s corporate finance and executive-level experience, as well as his service on the Board since March 2005, give him the qualifications and skills to serve as one of the directors.

Richard Lippe has been a Director since May 2020. Mr. Lippe was one of the founding members and a partner of the law firm Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein and Breistone, LLP (1979-2004). Prior to that, he was a founding member and partner of the law firm Lippe, Ruskin, Schlissel and Moscou, LLP (1966-1978), and was Deputy County Attorney for Nassau County, New York (1964-1966). While actively practicing law, among other things, he chaired the Corporate and Technology Groups at the two firms. He has extensive experience representing mature, middle and early stage private and public companies, and has provided other ongoing business related activities and advice to management and boards of directors and general partners. He has frequently served as general counsel and/or a member of the board and an active business advisor to a number of companies. We believe that Mr. Lippe’s legal experience, as well as his experience in the areas of finance and mergers and acquisitions, and his service on the Board since May 2020, give him the qualifications and skills to serve as one of the directors.

Joshua M. Flum has been a Director since September 2007. He has been an executive with CVS Health Corporation since July 2004 and has held several senior roles. Mr. Flum is currently Executive Vice President, Enterprise Strategy and Digital. In this role, he is responsible for leading the development of CVS Health’s enterprise strategy, ensuring strategic priorities are integrated into business plans across the enterprise and proactively identifying opportunities to accelerate the company’s growth through strategic partnerships, investments and acquisitions. Mr. Flum earned his bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and is a graduate of the Yale Law School. He spent the first years of his professional career clerking for the Honorable Edward R. Becker, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and then at the law firm of Miller, Cassidy, Larroca and Lewin, LLP. He then joined the Boston Consulting Group where his work focused on the consumer and retail practice area. We believe that Mr. Flum’s experience in the areas of business consultation and legal, and his service on the Board since September 2007, give him the qualifications and skills to serve as one of the directors.

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Term of Office

Each director will hold office until the next annual meeting of stockholders and until his successor is elected and qualified or until his earlier resignation or removal.  Each executive officer will hold office until the initial meeting of the Board following the next annual meeting of stockholders and until his successor is elected and qualified or until his earlier resignation or removal.
 
Family Relationships
 
Joshua M. Flum is the son of Jerome S. Flum.
 
Executive Officers
 
Name
Age
Principal Occupation/Position
Held with Company
Officer
Since
Jerome S. Flum
80
Chief Executive Officer
1983
Michael I. Flum
34
President/Chief Operating Officer
2019
Steven Gargano
44
Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer
2020

Michael I. Flum joined the Company in 2018 as Vice President of Operations & Alternative Data. He was elected Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in October 2019 and subsequently President and Chief Operating Officer in October 2020. He is responsible for operational strategy and implementation, leveraging technology to improve the efficiency of human capital and work processes. Prior to joining CreditRiskMonitor, Mr. Flum served as Vice President of Operations at Gullett & Associates, Inc., a Houston-based midstream oil & gas survey and drafting services firm from 2016-2017. Mr. Flum held various engineering and project management roles at Enterprise Products Partners, a Houston-based oil & gas pipeline owner/operator from 2009 to 2016. Over his time in the oil & gas sector, Mr. Flum successfully completed pipeline and plant projects totaling over $1.3 billion dollars. He was also able to install processes which streamline service offerings and unify customer experience across teams. Mr. Flum holds an MBA from Columbia Business School as well as a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a BA in Religious Studies from Rice University. Mr. Flum is the son of Jerome Flum.

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Steven Gargano joined the Company is January 2020 and has more than 20 years of experience in financial services, product development, workflow optimization, operations, customer experience, and financial technology. Prior to joining CreditRiskMonitor, he was the Managing Director and Head of Financial Information & Risk Analysis for over $12B in assets at 1199SEIU Pension and Benefit Funds. Before that, he served as a Senior Managing Director and Head of Product Development and Customer Support for U.S. Bancorp Fund Services’ Alternative Investment Solutions division. Prior to that, he was the Managing Director and Head of the Planning, Strategy, and Implementation Group for the Accounting, Finance, and Back Office groups at Mariner Investment Group. Prior to joining Mariner, he worked at Deloitte & Touche within the firm's Investment Management Business Advisory Services consulting group in New York. Prior to that, he held the Product Controller position at Gabelli Asset Management responsible for managing the middle office and its functions for all alternative products and their respective trading activities. He started his career at Arthur Andersen working as an auditor in the Financial Service Industry Asset Management & Capital Markets Group specializing in brokerage and hedge funds. Recently, he served as Head of Finance & Operations for financial technology platforms specializing in creating technology and service models for private equity, hedge fund, wealth management, and service providers. Mr. Gargano is a graduate of Harvard Business School. In addition, he graduated with honors from Cornell University in Applied Economics, Management, and Accounting. He also serves on the board of Cornell University’s College of Business.

Significant Employees

Peter Roma is the Senior Vice President of Sales and Service. He is responsible for both new sales growth and the servicing of our current subscriber base. He joined the Company in October 2004 as an Account Executive. Mr. Roma has over 35 years of sales experience. He started with Metropolitan Insurance Company but spent most of his career in financial services working for Shearson Lehman Bros., Inc. and then Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith where he was a Vice President-Private Client.

Michael Broos is the Chief Technology Officer and has been with the company since 2001. He has more than 40 years of experience leading technology teams in the development and implementation of software applications for the Internet, Windows, DOS, and mainframes. Before joining the Company, Mr. Broos was Senior Vice President of Technology for About.com; Chief Technology Officer of Fan2Fan.com; Chief Technology Officer of AKA.com; Vice President of Internet Solutions for Inventure.com; and Vice President of Software Development for Dun & Bradstreet for 8 years. Prior to joining Dun & Bradstreet in 1990, Mr. Broos was an independent consultant and entrepreneur for 10 years, during which time he co-founded several software companies, including Infocom (the creators of Zork). Mr. Broos began his career with a ten-year stint on the academic computer research staff of the M.I.T. Laboratory of Computer Science, where he developed interactive, graphical and email-based applications for the ARPANET (the precursor of today’s Internet).

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Michael Clark is the Senior Vice President of Information Technology and is responsible for all aspects of technology. Previously, he had been Vice President of Software Development. Mr. Clark joined the company in 2002.  Mr. Clark brings over 30 years of software design and development experience. Prior to joining the Company, from 1997-2001, Mr. Clark was Director of Software Development for The Technology Group, creating early web-based smart-document and legal expert systems. From 1988 to 1996 he helped develop the award-winning word processing system Nota Bene, enabling multi-lingual document editing in Windows and MS-DOS systems. Mr. Clark has a B.A. in Computational Mathematics from the University of Buffalo.

Kirk Ellis is the Senior Vice President of Quality Assurance and has led the QA department since 2008. Mr. Ellis guides a team of more than 30 data and financial analysts who ensure the data quality and integrity of our information and scores, including benchmarking the ongoing accuracy of our proprietary FRISK® Score. He joined CreditRiskMonitor in 2005 as a research analyst and has held a series of progressively responsible data leadership roles. Mr. Ellis has more than 20 years of experience in information services, focused on financial data collection, quality and research. Before coming to CreditRiskMonitor, he managed data and analytics teams at Citigate Financial Intelligence and at Thomson Financial Research. Mr. Ellis holds a BA in Economics from the State University of New York at Purchase.

Camilo Gomez, Ph.D.  is Senior Vice President of Data Science and returned to CreditRiskMonitor in November 2020, having first joined the Company in October of 2009. During his decade-long tenure, which ended in June of 2019, Dr. Gomez served as Senior Vice President of Quantitative Research. In between stints at CreditRiskMonitor, Dr. Gomez held the role of Chief Analytics Officer for Beyond Finance, Inc. Prior to joining the Company in 2009, Dr. Gomez was a principal at Lone Pine Mesa LLC, where he consulted with companies in the area of specialty finance since 2005. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director at Standard & Poor’s Risk Solutions group since 2001. Before S&P, Dr. Gomez was co-founder and Group Head for Financial Analytics for the Center for Adaptive Systems & Applications. Dr. Gomez earned a B.S. in 1980 and a Ph.D. in 1985 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Committees

The Audit Committee

The Audit Committee assists the Board in fulfilling its responsibility to the shareholders, potential shareholders and investment community relating to corporate accounting, reporting practices of the Company and the quality and integrity of the Company’s financial reporting. To fulfill its purposes, the Committee’s duties include to:


Appoint, evaluate, compensate, oversee the work of, and if appropriate terminate, the independent auditor, who shall report directly to the Committee.


Approve in advance all audit engagement fees and terms of engagement as well as all audit and non-audit services to be provided by the independent auditor.


Engage independent counsel and other advisors, as it deems necessary to carry out its duties.

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In performing these functions, the Audit Committee meets periodically with the independent auditors and management to review their work and confirm that they are properly discharging their respective responsibilities. The Board has adopted a written charter for the Audit Committee, a copy of which was annexed to the Company’s 2013 Proxy Statement and can be found on the Company’s website, http://www.crmz.com, under “Investor Information”.

The Audit Committee currently consists of its outside directors – Andrew Melnick, Richard Lippe, and Joshua Flum.  Both Andrew Melnick and Richard Lippe are independent, and Andrew Melnick is an audit committee financial expert, as such terms are defined by the SEC.

Nominating Committee

Due to the Company’s small size and scope of operations, it does not have a separately designated and standing nomination committee at this time, and therefore the entire Board is responsible for screening and reviewing potential director candidates and nominating and recommending such candidates for election by the stockholders.

Compensation Committee

The Compensation Committee of the Board is responsible for advising the Board with respect to the compensation of the Company’s employees, including the determination of the compensation for the Chief Executive Officer and the other executive officers, the approval of one or more stock option plans and other compensation plans covering the Company’s employees, and the grant of stock options and other awards pursuant to stock option plans and other compensation plans. The members of the Compensation Committee currently are Messrs. Andrew Melnick, Richard Lippe and Joshua Flum. The Compensation Committee does not currently have a charter.
 
The Compensation Committee may form and delegate authority to subcommittees and may delegate authority to one or more designated members of the Compensation Committee. The Chief Executive Officer assists the Compensation Committee from time to time by advising on a variety of compensation matters, such as assisting the Compensation Committee in determining appropriate salaries and bonuses for the executive officers. The Compensation Committee has the authority to consult with management and to engage the services of outside advisors, experts and others to assist it in its efforts.

Board Leadership Structure and Role in Risk Oversight

The Board as a whole is responsible for the Company’s risk oversight. The executive officers address and discuss with the Board the Company’s risks and the manner in which the Company manages or mitigates such risks. While the Board has the ultimate responsibility for the Company’s risk oversight, the Board works in conjunction with its committees on certain aspects of its risk oversight responsibilities. In particular, the Audit Committee focuses on financial reporting risks and related controls and procedures.

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Since 1985, Jerome S. Flum has served as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. We do not currently have a lead independent director. At this time, the Board believes that Mr. Flum’s combined role as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board enables us to benefit from Mr. Flum’s significant institutional and industry knowledge and experience, while at the same time promoting unified leadership and direction for the Board and executive management without duplication of effort and cost. Given the Company’s history, position, Board composition and the relatively small size of the company and management team, at this time the Board believes that we and the shareholders are best served by the current leadership structure.

Report of the Audit Committee

In overseeing the preparation of the financial statements of CreditRiskMonitor.com, Inc. as of December 31, 2020 and for each proceeding year beginning in 2018, the Audit Committee met with management to review and discuss all financial statements prior to their issuance and to discuss significant accounting issues.  Management advised the Committee that all financial statements were prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and the Committee discussed the statements with management.  The Committee also discussed with CohnReznick LLP, the Company’s outside auditors (“CohnReznick”), the matters required to be discussed by Statement on Auditing Standards No. 61, as amended (AICPA, Professional Standards, Vol. 1 AU section 380), as adopted by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in Rule 3200T.
 
The Committee received the written disclosures and the letter from CohnReznick required by applicable requirements of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board regarding CohnReznick’s communications with the Committee concerning independence and the Committee discussed CohnReznick’s independence with CohnReznick.
 
On the basis of these reviews and discussions, the Committee recommended to the Board that the audited financial statements be included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, for filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
Meetings
 
The Board held four (4) meetings during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020.
 
The Audit Committee of the Board held two (2) meeting during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, prior to the filing of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K.
 
During 2020, all of the directors attended at least 75% of the meetings of the Board and of the committees on which they served.

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The Company does not have a formal policy regarding director attendance at the annual meeting of stockholders. However, all directors are encouraged to attend.

Communications with the Board
 
Any security holder who wishes to communicate with the Board or a particular director should send the correspondence to the Board, CreditRiskMonitor.com, Inc., 704 Executive Boulevard, Suite A, Valley Cottage, New York 10989, Attention: Corporate Secretary.  Any such communication so addressed will be forwarded by the Corporate Secretary to the members or a particular member of the Board.
 
Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance
 
Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, requires the Company’s directors and officers, and persons who own more than 10% of a registered class of the Company’s equity securities, to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) initial reports of ownership and reports of changes in ownership of Common Stock and other equity securities of the Company. Such persons are required by SEC regulation to furnish the Company with copies of all Section 16(a) reports they file.

To the Company’s knowledge, based solely on its review of the copies of such reports received by it with respect to fiscal 2019, or written representations from certain reporting persons, the Company believes that all filing requirements applicable to its directors, officers and persons who own more than 10% of a registered class of the Company’s equity securities have been timely complied with.

Director Independence

The Board is currently comprised of Jerome S. Flum, Andrew J. Melnick, Richard Lippe and Joshua M. Flum, all of whom, except Messrs. Jerome S. Flum and Joshua M. Flum, are “independent directors”, as defined by the SEC.

Code of Ethics

The Board has adopted a Code of Ethics for the Company’s Principal Executive Officer and Senior Financial Officers. This Code applies to the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, President and Chief Financial Officer (who also is the Company’s principal accounting officer).

The Board unanimously recommends a vote “FOR” all nominees.

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PROPOSAL 2 — RATIFICATION OF THE APPOINTMENT OF COHNREZNICK LLP AS INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS
(ITEM NO. 2 ON THE PROXY CARD)
 
Upon the recommendation of the Audit Committee, the Board has selected CohnReznick LLP to serve as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for 2021. In taking this action, the Board considered CohnReznick LLP’s independence with respect to the services to be performed and other factors, which the Board believes is advisable and in the best interest of the stockholders.
 
CohnReznick LLP served as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the years ended December 31, 2020, 2019, and 2018, and has no financial interest of any kind in us except the professional relationship between auditor and client.
 
Asael Meir, a partner of CohnReznick LLP, will be in attendance at the meeting.  He will have an opportunity to make a statement if he wishes to do so, and will be available to respond to appropriate questions.  We are asking the stockholders to ratify the selection of CohnReznick LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for 2021. Although ratification is not required by the Company’s Bylaws or otherwise, the Board is submitting the selection of CohnReznick LLP to the stockholders for ratification because we value the stockholders’ views on the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm and as a matter of good corporate practice.
 
In the event that the stockholders fail to ratify the selection, it will be considered a recommendation to the Board to consider the selection of a different firm. Even if the selection is ratified, the Board may in its discretion select a different independent registered public accounting firm at any time during the year if it determines that such a change would be in the best interests of the Company and the stockholders.
 
The aggregate fees incurred by CohnReznick LLP for professional services rendered to the Company for the last two fiscal years are as follows:

   
Fiscal Year Ended
December 31,
 
   
2020
   
2019
 
             
Audit fees (1)
 
$
106,250
   
$
103,250
 
Audit related fees (2)
   
7,500
     
-
 
Tax fees (3)
   
12,800
     
12,600
 
All other fees
   
-
      -  
                 
Total fees
 
$
126,550
   
$
115,850
 

(1)
Consists of fees for services provided in connection with the audit of the Company’s financial statements and review of the Company’s quarterly financial statements.

(2)
Consists of fees for assurance and related services that are reasonably related to the performance of the audit or review of the Company’s financial statements and are not reported under “Audit Fees.”

(3)
Consists of fees for preparation of Federal and state income tax returns.

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The engagement of CohnReznick LLP for the 2020 and 2019 fiscal years and the scope of audit-related services, including the audits and reviews described above, were all pre-approved by the Audit Committee.

The policy of the Audit Committee is to pre-approve the engagement of the Company’s independent auditors and the furnishing of all audit and non-audit services.

The Board unanimously recommends a vote “FOR” ratification of CohnReznick LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for 2021.

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STOCKHOLDER PROPOSALS
 
Stockholder proposals intended to be presented at the next annual meeting of stockholders pursuant to the provisions of Rule 14a-8 of the Securities and Exchange Commission, promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, must be received at the Company’s offices in Valley Cottage, New York by February 12, 2022 for inclusion in the Company’s proxy statement and form of proxy relating to such meeting.
 
To be in proper form, a stockholder’s proposal or nomination must comply with Rule 14a‑8 of the Securities and Exchange Commission.  A stockholder who wishes to submit a proposal or nomination is encouraged to seek independent counsel about compliance with SEC and other requirements.   The Company will not consider any proposal or nomination that does not meet the requirements of Rule 14a-8 of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
OTHER BUSINESS
 
While the accompanying Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders provides for the transaction of such other business as may properly come before the meeting, we have no knowledge of any matters to be presented at the meeting other than those listed as Proposals 1 and 2 in the notice. However, the enclosed proxy gives discretionary authority in the event that any other matters should be presented.
 
FORM 10-K
 
This proxy statement is accompanied by a copy of the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 (excluding exhibits). We may charge a fee equal to the Company’s reasonable expenses in furnishing the exhibits.
 
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VOTE BY INTERNET - www.proxyvote.com
Use the Internet to transmit your voting instructions and for electronic delivery of information up until 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on July 12, 2021.  Have your proxy card in hand when you access the web site and follow the instructions to obtain your records and to create an electronic voting instruction form.

ELECTRONIC DELIVERY OF FUTURE PROXY MATERIALS
If you would like to reduce the costs incurred by our company in mailing proxy materials, you can consent to receiving all future proxy statements, proxy cards and annual reports electronically via e-mail or the Internet. To sign up for electronic delivery, please follow the instructions above to vote using the Internet and, when prompted, indicate that you agree to receive or access proxy materials electronically in future years.

VOTE BY PHONE - 1-800-690-6903
Use any touch-tone telephone to transmit your voting instructions up until 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on July 12, 2021. Have your proxy card in hand when you call and then follow the instructions.

VOTE BY MAIL
Mark, sign and date your proxy card and return it in the postage-paid envelope we have provided or return it to Vote Processing, c/o Broadridge, 51 Mercedes Way, Edgewood, NY 11717.
 
TO VOTE, MARK BLOCKS BELOW IN BLUE OR BLACK INK AS FOLLOWS: 
KEEP THIS PORTION FOR YOUR RECORDS
 
 
 
 
DETACH AND RETURN THIS PORTION ONLY

THIS PROXY CARD IS VALID ONLY WHEN SIGNED AND DATED.

The Board of Directors recommends you vote FOR the following:
For
All
Withhold
All
For All
Except
To withhold authority to vote for any individual nominee(s), mark “For All Except” and write the number(s) of the nominee(s) on the line below.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1.    Election of Directors
 
 
 
 
Nominees
 
 
 
 
01) Jerome S. Flum
02) Andrew J. Melnick
03) Richard Lippe
04) Joshua M. Flum

The Board of Directors recommends you vote FOR the following proposal:
For
Against
Abstain
 
 
 
 
2.    To ratify the selection of CohnReznick LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2021.

NOTE:  Such other business as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment thereof.

 
Yes
No
 
 
 
Please indicate if you plan to attend this meeting

Please sign exactly as your name(s) appear(s) hereon.  When signing as attorney, executor, administrator, or other fiduciary, please give full title as such.  Joint owners should each sign personally.  All holders must sign.  If a corporation or partnership, please sign in full corporate or partnership name, by authorized officer.


Signature [PLEASE SIGN WITHIN BOX]
 
Date
 
Signature (Joint Owners)
 
  Date

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Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Annual Meeting: The Notice & Proxy Statement and Form 10-K are available at www.proxyvote.com.
 

CREDITRISKMONITOR.COM, INC.
Annual Meeting of Stockholders
July 13, 2021
This proxy is solicited by the Board of Directors

The stockholder(s) hereby appoint(s) Steven Gargano, as proxy, with the power to appoint his substitute, and hereby authorize him to represent and to vote, as designated on the reverse side of this ballot, all of the shares of Common Stock of CREDITRISKMONITOR.COM, INC. that the stockholder(s) is/are entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held at 9:30 AM, EST on July 13, 2021 at 704 Executive Boulevard, Suite A, Valley Cottage, New York, and any adjournment or postponement thereof.

This proxy, when properly executed, will be voted in the manner directed herein.  If no such direction is made, this proxy will be voted in accordance with the Board of Directors’ recommendations.

Continued and to be signed on reverse side


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