Mr. Lechter was born and raised in Colombia. He received a Bachelor in Civil Engineering, Master in Industrial Engineering and a Ph.D. in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He founded and is the President of LEFA International Group, an international sales corporation that designs and manufactures furniture for U.S. furniture companies and the hospitality industry. Prior to founding LEFA, he served as President of Mowlem USA. He is on the board of directors of IMA S.A., the largest furniture company in Colombia; Ritchi S.A., a pantyhose manufacturer and apparel retailer in South America and serves as chairman of the board of directors for The Pan-American Association of Philadelphia, a cultural, social and educational organization designed to increase understanding and cooperation among people in the Americas.