Arbitration Resolution Services Appoints New Chairman and COO
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (October 1, 2014) Arbitration Resolution Services, Inc. (ARS), the world’s first cloud-based Complete Online Dispute Resolution (C-ODR™) provider, today announced the appointment of George Friedman as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Randall Wood as Chief Operating Officer.
ARS is a fully-automated legal solution that helps its users operate from their home or office to complete the arbitration and/or mediation process. Unlike the traditional legal methods for resolving claims, the ARS system manages resolving the dispute in an accurate, quick and impartial way with the help of unbiased and knowledgeable professionals.
“It’s an honor to be named as Chairman of the Board,” said George Friedman. “I joined the ARS Board of Directors in early 2013, and I’ve been incredibly impressed with its innovative approach to arbitration and mediation services.”
Mr. Friedman is a nationally-regarded authority in alternative dispute resolution. He is the principal of George H. Friedman Consulting, LLC, which provides expert advice on arbitration and mediation in general and the FINRA dispute resolution forum in particular. He is former Executive Vice President – Dispute Resolution of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), a position he held through January 2013. He held the same title at NASD, which consolidated with NYSE Member Regulation to form FINRA in 2007. Prior to joining FINRA, Mr. Friedman was a senior officer at the American Arbitration Association. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law School, where he has taught a course on alternative dispute resolution since 1996. Mr. Friedman is frequently consulted with regulatory authorities, publication and media sources throughout the county.
As Chairman, Mr. Friedman will oversee the company’s arbitration services and provide strategic guidance on the company’s future initiatives. As the original provider of a cloud-based arbitration system, ARS continues to enhance its services to streamline the arbitration process for its clients.
The company also appointed Randall Wood as its Chief Operating Officer (COO). As COO, Mr. Wood will manage operations and oversee the company’s financial management strategy.
Mr. Wood is the co-founder of Citrix Systems (NASDAQ: CTXS), a global software company that has grown into a multi-billion dollar Fortune 500 publicly traded company. Citrix was originally created with the goal of developing software that enabled smaller computers to run programs previously only available to large mainframe systems. For the past 15 years, Wood has been a full-time investor, involved in the financing and oversight of numerous real estate and technology companies.
About Arbitration Resolution Services
Arbitration Resolution Services was created to revolutionize the way disputes are resolved throughout the country. By integrating state-of-the-art technology with experienced and knowledgeable professionals, ARS has developed the ideal environment to bring alternative dispute resolution, using binding arbitration, to virtually everyone, anywhere in the country. For further information, visit www.arbresolutions.com.