Colonnade Acquisition Corp
- Agriculture, Natural Resources, Energy, Real Estate
Joseph S. Sambuco, has served as our Chairman since our inception. Mr. Sambuco is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Colonnade which he founded along with Prudential Real Estate Investors in 2000. Under his leadership, he successfully built Colonnade into a fully-integrated and diversified real estate investment, finance, operating and asset management company. Mr. Sambuco is also a director and President of St. Giles Hotels, USA, Inc., a hotel investment and operating company. Prior to forming Colonnade, Mr. Sambuco was a Managing Director and the Chief Financial Officer of the Taylor Simpson Group, a real estate investment and asset management firm that acquired LF Property Investment Company, the real estate division of Lazard Frères & Co LLC, where he began his career in 1982. Mr. Sambuco was actively involved Lazard’s financial advisory practice where he was responsible for advising clients about the real estate components for their mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, and financings. Mr. Sambuco holds a B.A. in accounting from Rutgers University, which he graduated from in 1982. Mr. Sambuco serves on the Board of Hazeltree Fund Services and the Palm Beach Civic Association. He is a former Trustee of the Palm Beach Day Academy and recently served on the board of Alico, Inc., an agricultural business. Mr. Sambuco is well qualified to sit on our board due to his comprehensive operational, capital markets and investment management experience in the real estate sector. His widespread network of relationships in the real estate industry will significantly enhance the company’s deal sourcing efforts.
Remy W. Trafelet, has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a director since our inception. Mr. Trafelet is President and Chief Executive Officer of Trafelet & Company, LLC, a private investment firm that invests across a broad range of asset classes and industries, including financial services, energy, technology and agriculture. Mr. Trafelet began his career in 1992 as an analyst at Fidelity Management and Research Company where he became a portfolio manager at age 25. In 2000, Mr. Trafelet formed Trafelet Delta Funds, which managed several long/short equity portfolios. The firm grew to over $5.5 billion in assets under management with offices in New York and London. In 2009, Mr. Trafelet spun off the firm’s London operations to Habrok Capital Management, a global long/short equity hedge fund. Mr. Trafelet is the Founder and Chairman of Hazeltree Fund Services, a FinTech company providing treasury solutions to more than 200 financial institutions with over $2.0 trillion of assets under advisory. From 2016 to 2019, Mr. Trafelet served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Alico Inc. (NASDAQ: ALCO), an agribusiness holding company. During his tenure, he implemented a corporate restructuring and operating efficiency program, which improved the company’s return on capital employed. Mr. Trafelet is a Trustee and Chairman of the Investment Committee for the Boys’ Club of New York and also serves as a member of the board for the Children’s Scholarship Fund. He is a former Trustee and Chairman of the Investment Committee of Phillips Exeter Academy. Mr. Trafelet is also a former Trustee for The Eaglebrook School, and a board member of the Atlantic Salmon Federation. Mr. Trafelet graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy and earned an A.B. from Dartmouth College, where he graduated with honors and was named a Presidential Scholar. Mr. Trafelet is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Mr. Trafelet is well qualified to sit on our board due to his extensive and successful capital markets, investment and valuation experience specifically in the energy sector. His familiarity of running a publicly traded agricultural company and his operational knowledge will provide the company with highly valuable experiences and perspectives as it seeks to identify an attractive business target.
James C. Flores will serve on our board of directors following the completion of this offering. Mr. Flores has served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of Sable Permian Resources since May of 2017. Sable engages in the acquisition, consolidation and optimization of oil and gas upstream opportunities in the Permian Basin in West Texas. Since 1982, Mr. Flores has had an extensive career in the oil and gas industry in the roles of Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of one private and four public oil & gas exploration and production companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Initially, in 1994, he led Flores & Rucks, Inc. (NYSE:FNR) and then Ocean Energy Inc. (NYSE:OEI) in 1997. In 2001, he became the Chairman and CEO of Plains Resources Inc. (NYSE:PLX) where under his leadership the exploration and production assets of PLX were spun off into Plains Exploration & Production Company (NYSE:PXP). Mr. Flores served in the capacity of PXP’s Chairman, CEO, and President where, after 10-plus years of substantial growth, PXP was acquired by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (NYSE:FCX) in May of 2013 where Mr. Flores served as Vice Chairman of FCX until November 2015. Prior to Sable Permian Resources, Mr. Flores served as Chairman and CEO of Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Freeport-McMoRan Inc., the world’s largest publicly traded copper producer. Mr. Flores graduated from Louisiana State University with B.S. degrees in corporate finance and petroleum land management. He is a member of the National Petroleum Council, serves as Trustee for the Baylor College of Medicine and is a Director for the Waterfowl Research Foundation. He was inducted into the All-American Wildcatters in 1999 and is a member of the World Presidents’ Organization. He was recognized as the Executive of the Year in 2004 in Oil and Gas Investor magazine. In addition, Mr. Flores and his wife, Cherie, have endowed the LSU Flores MBA program. The Flores are dedicated supporters to many philanthropic causes and organizations focusing on Medical, Arts, Academic, Service and Conservation efforts ranging locally from the United Way to national support of the Nature Conservancy and Ducks Unlimited. Mr. Flores is well qualified to serve on our board due to his extensive investment, operational, and board experience in the oil and gas industry.
Emil W. Henry, Jr. will serve on our board of directors following the completion of this offering. Emil is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer and a Managing Director at Tiger Infrastructure Partners. Emil previously served as Global Head of Lehman Brothers’ infrastructure private equity business. From 1990 to 2005, he was a Partner and Managing Director with Gleacher Partners, where he served as Chairman of Asset Management and led the firm’s investment activities. In 2005, Emil was appointed by the President and confirmed by the United States Senate, unanimously, as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury. In this role, he served as attaché to the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets, oversaw the Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection, led the Treasury’s efforts to establish emergency response protocols in the event of a financial crisis and was key advisor to two Treasury secretaries. Emil outlined publicly and prior to the financial crisis how a systemic crisis might unfold driven by Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s concentrated holdings of sub-prime mortgages. Emil was awarded the Alexander Hamilton Award, the highest honor the Treasury can bestow upon a public official. Earlier in his career, he was a member of Morgan Stanley’s private equity group. Emil currently serves on the boards of Easterly Government Properties, StoneCastle Financial, and numerous boards of Tiger Infrastructure portfolio companies. Emil has represented the U.S. Treasury on the boards of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC), and the National Gallery of Art and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a frequent public speaker and author on matters of public policy. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Economics, cum laude, from Yale University. Mr. Henry is well qualified to serve on our board due to his extensive capital markets, investment and board experience.
Manny De Zárraga will serve on our board of directors following the completion of this offering. Manny is an executive managing director and member of JLL Capital Markets, Americas’ Executive Committee. He joined JLL as part of the HFF acquisition and serves as co-head of the firm’s National Investment Advisory Group. Manny has more than 28 years of experience in real estate investment banking and specializes in the execution and expansion of the firm’s capital markets platform through the representation of institutional and major global family offices owners of institutional-grade commercial real estate properties. He also oversees the firm’s Special Assets Group and is an active member of the Global Capital Team, with a special focus on the Latin American markets. Prior to joining HFF in 2002, Manny was a principal and managing director at Sonnenblick-Goldman Company for 14 years and served on the firm’s operating committee. During his time there, he was involved in real estate capital transactions made up of all major property types. He also serves since 1994 as the U.S. investment advisor to Grupo Multiplan and previously served as the privatization advisor to the government of Puerto Rico for the sale of government-owned hotels. Prior to Sonnenblick-Goldman, Manny was vice president of the Trade Finance Corporation, where he worked in the development of a mortgage- based securitization program in conjunction with Salomon Brothers. Mr. De Zárraga is well qualified to serve on our board due to his extensive advisory and capital markets experience in the real estate industry.