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Section 1: 8-K (CURRENT REPORT)

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, DC 20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 20, 2017

 

LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS HOLDINGS, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware   001-35898   27-4749725
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
  (Commission
File Number)
  (IRS Employer
Identification No.)

 

96 Morton Street, 9th Floor, New York, New York   10014
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number including area code: (212) 261-9000

 

 

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230 .425)

 

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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

 

Emerging growth company   

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.   

 

 

 

   

 

 

Item 5.02(d) Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

 

On December 20, 2017, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”) appointed Elliott Bisnow as a Class A director of the Company.

 

Mr. Bisnow is the Co-founder of Summit, a growing global collective that hosts eclectic events for young social entrepreneurs and leaders across all disciplines, including Jeff Bezos, Reed Hastings, Richard Branson, Bill Clinton, and Eric Schmidt. Started in 2008, Summit’s ideas conference has been called “The Davos of Generation Y," and now includes satellite events across the world. In 2013 Elliott took the concept behind Summit to a new level by acquiring Powder Mountain Resort, with the vision to create a physical space to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, arts and altruism in the form of the largest ski area in America. Recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of "America's Coolest Young Entrepreneurs," Elliott also oversees the Summit Action Fund, which invests in innovative start-ups whose founders are entrepreneurs with strong morals and values. Prior to founding Summit, Elliott co-founded Bisnow Media Corporation, the largest commercial real estate media and events company in North America. He is also the co-founder of the Get Well Soon Tour; and a founding board member of the United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council.

 

The Board has determined that Mr. Bisnow is independent under the listing standards of The NASDAQ Capital Market applicable to directors. As a non-employee director, Mr. Bisnow will receive the compensation paid to all non-employee directors of the Company. There are no arrangements between Mr. Bisnow and any other person pursuant to which he was elected to serve as a director, nor are there any transactions in which the Company is a participant in which he has a material interest.

 

Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure

 

On December 21, 2017, the Company issued a press release announcing the appointment of Mr. Bisnow to the Board, which is attached as Exhibit 99.1. 

 

This Current Report on Form 8-K and the press release attached hereto are being furnished by the Company. In accordance with General Instruction B.2 of Form 8-K, the information contained in this Item 7.01 to Current Report on Form 8-K, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed “filed” for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liability of that section or Sections 11 and 12(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. In addition, this information shall not be deemed incorporated by reference into any of the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in any such filing.

 

Item 9.01(d). Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

Exhibit 99.1 Press Release of Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc.

  

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

  LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS HOLDINGS, INC.
(registrant)
     
December 22, 2017 By: /s/ Craig I. Felenstein
    Craig I. Felenstein,
Chief Financial Officer

 

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Section 2: EX-99.1 (PRESS RELEASE OF LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS HOLDINGS, INC)

Exhibit 99.1

 

 

  

LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS HOLDINGS, INC. APPOINTS NEW INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

 

New York, NY, December 21, 2017 – Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIND), a global provider of expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences, today announced that it has appointed Elliott Bisnow to serve as an independent director of the Company.

 

“As Lindblad continues to grow so does the breadth and expertise of our board, and we are eager to welcome Elliott’s voice and insight to the organization. Elliott brings proven entrepreneurial success and a spirit to the board that is in keeping with Lindblad’s brand and ethos. His success in producing high quality, experienced-based businesses that draw people from across generations make him a perfect addition to our board,” said Mark Ein, Chairman of the Board of Lindblad Expeditions.

 

Mr. Bisnow is the Co-founder of Summit, a growing global collective that hosts eclectic events for young social entrepreneurs and leaders across all disciplines, including Jeff Bezos, Reed Hastings, Richard Branson, Bill Clinton, and Eric Schmidt. Started in 2008, Summit’s ideas conference has been called “The Davos of Generation Y,” and now includes satellite events across the world. In 2013 Elliott took the concept behind Summit to a new level by acquiring Powder Mountain Resort, with the vision to create a physical space to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, arts and altruism in the form of the largest ski area in America.

 

Recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of “America’s Coolest Young Entrepreneurs,” Elliott also oversees the Summit Action Fund, which invests in innovative start-ups whose founders are entrepreneurs with strong morals and values. Prior to founding Summit, Elliott co-founded Bisnow Media Corporation, the largest commercial real estate media and events company in North America. He is also the co-founder of the Get Well Soon Tour; and a founding board member of the United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council.

 

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“We are thrilled to welcome Elliott to the Lindblad Expeditions board. His ability to cross pollinate between industries for building good business - that’s also a social business - is an extraordinary discipline today. Elliott has managed to do what few others have in successfully creating high-end content experiences that appeal to everyone from Millennials to Boomers, from small events like the Summit Mountain Series catering to 150 people to the flagship Summit LA series with over 3,500 attendees, and we look forward to benefiting from his perspective and expertise as we expand the audiences we cater to and create a more diverse set of experiences” said Sven-Olof Lindblad, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lindblad.

 

“I am incredibly excited to join the Lindblad board. In addition to providing an amazing travel experience, much like Summit, Lindblad is about fostering conversations and understanding of the world around us and I look forward to working with the board, Sven and the management team and providing insight and guidance based on our own experiences,” stated Elliott Bisnow.

 

About Lindblad Expeditions Holdings Inc.

 

Lindblad is an expedition travel company that works in partnership with National Geographic to inspire people to explore and care about the planet. The organizations work in tandem to produce innovative marine expedition programs and to promote conservation and sustainable tourism around the world. The partnership’s educationally oriented voyages allow guests to interact with and learn from leading scientists, naturalists and researchers while discovering stunning natural environments, above and below the sea, through state-of-the-art exploration tools. Lindblad’s common stock and warrants trade on The NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbols LIND and LINDW, respectively.

 

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