David T. Hamamoto our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since inception, is the Founder of Diamond Head Partners, LLC which he established in 2017. Previously, he served as Executive Vice Chairman of Colony NorthStar (now Colony Capital (NYSE:CLNY)), a real estate and investment management firm, from January 2017 through January 2018. The NorthStar companies, which he founded, were sold to Colony Capital in January 2017. Prior to the sale, Mr. Hamamoto was Executive Chairman of NorthStar Asset Management Group (“NSAM”) since 2015, having previously served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 2014 until 2015. Mr. Hamamoto was the Chairman of the board of directors of NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. (NYSE:NRF)(“NRF)), a real estate investment trust, from 2007 to January 2017 and served as one of its directors from 2003 to January 2017. Mr. Hamamoto previously served as NRF’s Chief Executive Officer from 2004 until 2015 and President from 2004 until 2011. Mr. Hamamoto was Chairman of the board of directors of NorthStar Realty Europe Corp. from 2015 to January 2017. In 1997, Mr. Hamamoto co-founded NorthStar Capital Investment Corp., the predecessor to NorthStar Realty Finance, for which he served as Co-Chief Executive Officer until 2004. Prior to NorthStar, Mr. Hamamoto was a partner and co-head of the Real Estate Principal Investment Area at Goldman, Sachs & Co. During Mr. Hamamoto’s tenure at Goldman, Sachs & Co., he initiated the firm’s effort to build a real estate principal investment business under the auspices of the Whitehall Funds. Between April and July 2018, several class actions (and two derivative lawsuit) were filed in connection with the Colony-NorthStar merger and the merged company’s performance thereafter; three in federal court in California, three in state court in California, and two in state court in Maryland. Mr. Hamamoto is named as an individual defendant in each of these lawsuits. The lawsuits generally share a factual nexus, and allege securities law violations and other claims against all defendants, including Mr. Hamamoto. Presently, only one federal and one (consolidated) state case are pending. Mr. Hamamoto disputes all such allegations and is defending vigorously against the lawsuits. Mr. Hamamoto received a B.S. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He is well qualified to serve as a director due to his extensive real estate, investment and operational experience.
Kyriakos Mihalitsis, our Chief Financial Officer since inception, is a Senior Vice President in the finance group at Silverpeak. Mr. Mihalitsis has been with Silverpeak since its inception in 2010, having previously been employed by its predecessor, Lehman Brothers Real Estate Partners. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers in 2006, Mr. Mihalitsis was a Manager at EisnerAmper LLC, a full service advisory and accounting firm, where he was responsible for performing and overseeing audits and consulting engagements for both public and private companies, including hedge funds and private equity funds. Mr. Mihalitsis received his B.B.A in Accounting from Baruch College. Mr. Mihalitsis is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst.
Mark A. Walsh one of our Directors since inception, is a partner and co-founder of the Silverpeak family of companies, a multi-strategy investment platform with expertise in the real estate, energy and credit sectors. He is responsible for Silverpeak’s strategic initiatives and origination activities, and also serves as Chairman of Silverpeak Argentic, Silverpeak’s commercial real estate lending platform. Before founding Silverpeak in 2010, Mr. Walsh headed Lehman Brothers’ Global Real Estate Group and served as Global Co-Head of Lehman Brothers Real Estate Private Equity. During his 20 years at Lehman Brothers, the firm became a leading debt and equity investment platform both domestically and globally. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Mr. Walsh was a lawyer where he represented financial institutions in all aspects of commercial mortgage loan origination, workouts and secondary market transactions. Mr. Walsh is also a Founding Member of the Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. Mr. Walsh earned his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and a J.D. from Fordham Law School. He is well qualified to serve as a director due to his extensive real estate, investment and operational experience.
Andrew Richardson, one of our Directors , currently serves as President, Land & Development and as Chief Financial Officer of iStar Inc. (NYSE: STAR), a real estate investor and developer, and as Chief Financial Officer of Safety, Income & Growth (NYSE: SAFE), a company focused on ground lease acquisition, management and capitalization. He has held these positions since March 2018 where, in addition to all financial and capital markets activities, he is also responsible for the development and monetization of an approximately $1 billion portfolio of commercial land and master planned residential developments owned by iStar. Prior to joining iStar and Safety, Income & Growth, Mr. Richardson was the Chief Financial Officer of The Howard Hughes Corporation (NYSE: HHC) from 2011 to 2016, one of the premier master planned community and large-scale mixed use commercial developers in the U.S. Prior to HHC, from 2006 to 2011 Mr. Richardson served as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of NorthStar Realty Finance Corp., a publicly traded commercial real estate finance company focused on investment in real estate loans, fixed income securities and net-leased real estate properties. Before joining NorthStar, from 2000 to 2006, Mr. Richardson was an Executive Vice President with iStar Financial Inc. Mr. Richardson also served in various capacities at Salomon Smith Barney, including Vice President in the real estate investment-banking group focused on mergers and acquisitions and raising capital for public and private companies. Early in his career, Mr. Richardson was a Certified Public Accountant with Ernst & Young LLP. He holds a B.B.A. in Business from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is well qualified to serve as a director due to his extensive real estate, investment, financial, public company and operational experience.
Steven R. Hash, one of our Directors, is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Renaissance Macro Research, LLC, an equity research and trading firm focused on macro research in the investment strategy, economics, and Washington policy sectors, which he co-founded in 2012. Between 1993 and 2012, Mr. Hash held various leadership positions with Lehman Brothers (and its successor, Barclays Capital), including Global Head of Real Estate Investment Banking from 2006 to 2012, Chief Operating Officer of Global Investment Banking from 2008 to 2011, Director of Global Equity Research from 2003 to 2006, Director of U.S. Equity Research from 1999 to 2003, and Senior Equity Research Analyst from 1993 to 1999. From 1990 to 1993, Mr. Hash held various positions with Oppenheimer & Company’s Equity Research Department, including senior research analyst. He began his career in 1988 as an auditor for the accounting and consulting firm of Arthur Andersen & Co. He has served as a director of Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. (NYSE: ARE) since 2013 (and is currently lead director), as a director of The Macerich Company (NYSE: MAC) since 2015 (is currently non-executive chairman) and as the lead director of The Nuveen Global Cities REIT, Inc., a non-traded REIT, since 2018. Mr. Hash received a B.A. in Business Administration from Loyola University and a M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University. He is well qualified to serve as a director due to his extensive real estate, investment, public company and financial experience.
Judith A. Hannaway, one of our Directors , currently acts as a consultant to various financial institutions. Prior to this, until 2004, Ms. Hannaway was employed by Scudder Investments, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Deutsche Bank Asset Management, as a Managing Director. Ms. Hannaway joined Scudder Investments in 1994 and was responsible for Special Product Development including closed-end funds, offshore funds and REIT funds. Prior to joining Scudder Investments, Ms. Hannaway was employed by Kidder Peabody as a Senior Vice President in Alternative Investment Product Development. She joined Kidder Peabody in 1980 as a Real-Estate Product Manager. Ms. Hannaway has served as lead independent director of NorthStar Realty Europe Corp. (NYSE: NRE) since 2015 and as an independent director of Fortress Transportation & Infrastructure LLC since 2018, and previously served as an independent director of NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. (NYSE: NRF) from 2004 to 2017 and NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc. (NYSE: NSAM) from 2014 to 2017. Ms. Hannaway holds a Bachelor of Arts from Newton College of the Sacred Heart and a Master of Business Administration from Simmons College Graduate Program in Management. She is well qualified to serve as a director due to her extensive real estate, investment, financial and public company experience.