FTAC Parnassus Acquisition Corp.
- Technology, Financial Services, FinTech, Real Estate, Insurance, Ecommerce
Daniel G. Cohen has served as our Chairman of the Board since December 2020. Since October 2020, Mr. Cohen has served as the Chairman of the Board of INSU III, and he has served as the Chairman of the Board of INSU II since January 2019. Previously, he served as the Chairman of the Board of INSU I from December 2018 to October 2020. Since February 2018, Mr. Cohen has served as the Chairman of the board of directors and of the board of managers of Cohen & Company, LLC, and has, since September 2013, served as the President and Chief Executive of the European Business of Cohen & Company Inc. (NYSE American: COHN), a financial services company with approximately $2.65 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2020, and as President, a director and the Chief Investment Officer of Cohen & Company Inc.’s indirect majority owned subsidiary, Cohen & Company Financial Limited (formerly known as EuroDekania Management Limited), a Financial Conduct Authority regulated investment advisor and broker dealer focusing on the European capital markets (“CCFL”). Mr. Cohen served as Vice Chairman of the board of directors and of the board of managers of Cohen & Company, LLC from September 2013 to February 2018. Mr. Cohen served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Cohen & Company Inc. from December 2009 to September 2013 and as the Chairman of the board of directors from October 2006 to September 2013. Mr. Cohen served as the executive Chairman of Cohen & Company Inc. from October 2006 to December 2009. In addition, Mr. Cohen served as the Chairman of the board of managers of Cohen & Company, LLC from 2001 to September 2013, as the Chief Investment Officer of Cohen & Company, LLC from October 2008 to September 2013, and as Chief Executive Officer of Cohen & Company, LLC from December 2009 to September 2013. Mr. Cohen served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of J.V.B. Financial Group, LLC (formerly C&Co/PrinceRidge Partners LLC), Cohen & Company Inc.’s indirect broker dealer subsidiary (“JVB”), from July 2012 to September 2013. He has been the Chairman of The Bancorp Inc. (“Bancorp”) (NASDAQ: TBBK) and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Bancorp’s board of directors since its inception in 1999. Mr. Cohen is Vice-Chairman of Bancorp Bank’s board of directors and Chairman of its Executive Committee. He had previously been Chairman of Bancorp Bank’s board of directors from September 2000 to November 2003 and, from July 2000 to September 2000, had been Bancorp Bank’s Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Cohen has served as the Chief Executive Officer of FinTech IV since May 2019 and FinTech V since October 2020. Mr. Cohen previously served as a director and Chief Executive Officer of FinTech II from May 2015 until July 2018 and as Chief Executive Officer of FinTech III from March 2017 to October 2020. He previously served as a director of FinTech I from November 2013 until July 2016, as FinTech I’s President and Chief Executive Officer from August 2014 until July 2016, and as FinTech I’s Executive Vice President from July 2014 through August 2014. He also previously served as Chief Executive Officer of RAIT Financial Trust (“RAIT”) from December 2006, when it merged with Taberna Realty Finance Trust (“Taberna”), to February 2009, and served as a trustee from the date RAIT acquired Taberna until his resignation from that position in February 2010. Mr. Cohen was Chairman of the board of trustees of Taberna from its inception in March 2005 until its December 2006 acquisition by RAIT, and its Chief Executive Officer from March 2005 to December 2006. Mr. Cohen served as a director of Star Asia, a joint venture investing in Asian commercial real estate, from February 2007 to February 2014 and as a director of Muni Funding Company of America, LLC, a company investing in middle-market non-profit organizations, from April 2007 to June 2011. Mr. Cohen is a member of the Academy of the University of Pennsylvania, a member of the Visiting Committees for the Humanities and a member of the Paris Center of the University of Chicago. Mr. Cohen is also a Trustee of the List College Board of the Jewish Theological Seminary, a member of the board of the Columbia Global Center in Paris, a Trustee of the Paideia Institute and a Trustee of the Arete Foundation. Our board has determined that Mr. Cohen’s extensive experience in the financial services industry generally, as well as extensive experience in operating financial services companies in a public company environment, qualifies him to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Ryan M. Gilbert has been our Chief Executive Officer since December 2020. Since June 2020 he has President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of FTAC Olympus (NASDAQ: FTOC). Mr. Gilbert brings over 20 years of global financial services expertise as an entrepreneur, angel investor, venture investor, and advisor spanning payments, remittances, credit, insurance, and compliance. Since February 2016, Mr. Gilbert has been a General Partner at Propel Venture Partners, a venture capital fund backed by BBVA Group. He currently represents Propel Venture Partners on the boards of directors of Guideline, Inc., Enrollease, Inc., Steady Platform, Inc., Charlie Finance Co. and Grabango Co. Since July 2015, he has served as an independent director of bKash Limited, Bangladesh’s largest provider of mobile financial services. He has also served as a director of River City Bank, a $3.3 billion community bank based in Sacramento, CA, since October 2012, and as a director of The Reserve Trust Company, a non-depository Colorado chartered Trust Company, since May 2020. Before joining Propel Venture Partners, Mr. Gilbert served as Chief Executive Officer of BillFloat, Inc. (dba SmartBiz Loans), a consumer finance service company that he co-founded in September 2009. He continues to serve as SmartBiz Loans’ Executive Chairman. He was previously co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of real estate payments company PropertyBridge (acquired by MoneyGram International in 2007). Mr. Gilbert graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and is member of the State Bar of California.
Joseph W. Pooler, Jr. has served as our Chief Financial Officer since December 2020. Since October 2020, he has served as Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of INSU III, and Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of INSU II since July 2020. Mr Pooler previously served as Chief Accounting Officer and Treasurer of INSU I from March 2018 to October 2020. He has served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Cohen & Company Inc. since December 2009, as Cohen & Company, LLC’s Chief Financial Officer since November 2007 and as Chief Administrative Officer since May 2007. From July 2006 to November 2007, Mr. Pooler also served as Senior Vice President of Finance of Cohen & Company, LLC. From November 2007 to March 2009, Mr. Pooler also served as Chief Financial Officer of Muni Funding Company of America, LLC, a company investing in middle-market non-profit organizations. Prior to joining Cohen & Company, LLC, from 1999 to 2005, Mr. Pooler held key management positions at Pegasus Communications Corporation (now known as The Pegasus Companies, Inc. (OTC: PEGX)), which operated in the direct broadcast satellite television and broadcast television station segments. While at Pegasus, Mr. Pooler held various positions including Chief Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer and Senior Vice President of Finance. From 1993 to 1999, Mr. Pooler held various management positions with MEDIQ, Incorporated, including Corporate Controller, Director of Operations and Director of Sales Support.
Lesley Goldwasser will serve as an independent director immediately upon the effective date of this prospectus. Ms. Goldwasser has been a Managing Partner of GreensLedge Capital Markets LLC (“GreensLedge”) since September 2013. Prior to joining GreensLedge, she was associated with Credit Suisse Group AG (“Credit Suisse”) as a Managing Director from September 2010 to November 2013, where she had global responsibility for the Hedge Fund Strategic Services unit. Before Credit Suisse, Ms. Goldwasser spent 12 years at Bear Stearns where she was co-head of Global Debt and Equity Capital Markets units and had global responsibility for structured products. Prior to her tenure at Bear Stearns, Ms. Goldwasser spent 12 years at Credit Suisse in a variety of management positions, including responsibility for both the Asset Backed and Non-Agency Mortgage Trading Desks. Ms. Goldwasser has been a member of the board of directors of TipTree Inc. (Nasdaq: TIPT), a financial services company, since January 2015, and a director of FinTech V since December 2020. Ms. Goldwasser was selected to serve on our board because her extensive experience in the financial services industry, which we believe makes her a valuable addition to the board of directors.
Jan Hopkins Trachtman will serve as an independent director immediately upon the effective date of this prospectus. Ms. Hopkins Trachtman is President of The Jan Hopkins Group, a communications consulting company, which she founded in 2005. Since 2009, Ms. Hopkins Trachtman has served as an independent director of three Franklin Templeton mutual fund boards of directors, including Mutual Shares and Alternative Investment funds, where she also serves on the Nominating, Governance and Compensation Committees. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Knight Bagehot Fellowship at Columbia University School of Journalism and is a former member of the Advisory Board of Houlihan Lokey, an investment bank. Ms. Hopkins Trachtman has also served as a director of FinTech III since November 2018, and as a director of FTAC Olympus since August 2020. Previously, Ms. Hopkins Trachtman was a Managing Director and Head of Global Client Communications at Citigroup Private Bank and is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning anchor and business correspondent at CNN. She was also President of the Economic Club of New York from 2007 to 2015. Our board believes that Ms. Hopkins Trachtman’s breadth and depth of experience in varied finance, banking and communications roles make her well qualified to serve as a director.
Walter C. Jones will serve as an independent director immediately upon the effective date of this prospectus. Mr. Jones is currently an international consultant based in Washington, DC. and is the Founder and CEO of Daana Technologies, Inc., a fintech firm based in Washington, DC. Mr. Jones has serves as a director of FTAC Olympus since August 2020. He served as a director of the general partner of Atlas Growth Partners, L.P., an oil and gas company, from July 2017 to April 2020. Mr. Jones served as a director of Atlas Energy Group, LLC, from February 2015 until July 2017. Mr. Jones served as a director of the general partner of Atlas Energy, L.P. from October 2013 until February 2015, a director of Atlas Energy Resources, LLC from December 2006 until September 2009, and a director of Atlas Energy, Inc. from September 2009 until March 2010. From November 2013 until mid-2017, Mr. Jones was the managing director of the Jones Pohl Group (JPG), an investment firm based in Dubai, UAE, which invested in clean energy projects, primarily in developing and developed markets around the globe. JPG also was the majority shareholder of a Dubai-based geothermal energy developer, RG Safa Energy. From April 2010 to October 2013, Mr. Jones served as the U.S. Executive Director and Chief-of-Mission to the African Development Bank in Tunis, Tunisia, having been nominated for the position by President Barack Obama in 2009, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2010. In that position, he represented the United States on the African Development Bank’s Board of Directors, and served as chair of the bank’s audit committee and vice-chair of both the ethics and development effectiveness committees. Mr. Jones served as the Head of Private Equity and General Counsel at GRAVITAS Capital Advisors, LLC from June 2005 until May 2007. Mr. Jones served in a number of positions at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation from May 1994 to May 2005, and then again from September 2007 until April 2010, including Manager for Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean and Senior Investment Officer in the Finance Department; and was an International Consultant at the Washington, D.C. firm of Neill & Co. before that. Mr. Jones began his career at the law firm of Sidley & Austin, where he was a transactions attorney specializing in leveraged buyouts. Mr. Jones’ combination of private and public sector experience, as well as his international work, has afforded him a unique combination of management and leadership experience. Our board of directors benefits from his investment and transaction expertise as well as his valuable financial experience.
Ellen F. Warren will serve as an independent director immediately upon the effective date of this prospectus. Ms. Warren is an experienced independent director of public companies, having served as a director of Atlas Energy Group, LLC from February 2015 until May 2020, a director of the general partner of Atlas Energy, L.P. from February 2011 until February 2015, a director of Atlas Energy, Inc. from September 2009 until February 2011, and a director of Atlas Energy Resources, LLC from December 2006 until September 2009. She is founder and President of OutSource Communications, a marketing communications firm that she founded in August 2005 that services corporate and nonprofit clients. Before founding OutSource Communications, she was President of Levy Warren Marketing Media, a public relations and marketing firm she co-founded in March 1998. Before that she was Vice President of Marketing/Communications for Jefferson Bank from September 1992 to February 1998, and President of Diversified Advertising, Inc. from December 1984 to September 1992, where she provided marketing services to various industries. As a prior member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Ms. Warren also offers expertise in corporate governance matters.