Silverman Acquisition Corp I
- Travel, Food, Beverage, Real Estate, Automotive, Financial Services, Insurance
Henry R. Silverman has been our Chief Executive Officer and director since inception. Since July 2015, Mr. Silverman has been the managing member of 54 Madison Partners LLC and since December 2018 a managing member of Athos Capital Partners, real estate development companies, which have invested in properties in the U.S. and Carribean, where he oversees the respective investment committees and provides strategic direction on portfolio construction and management. Since January 2012, he has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Since December 2015, Mr. Silverman has been an Overseer of the NYU Langone Medical Center. From January 2012 to July 2015, Mr. Silverman was the CEO of the real estate business at Guggenheim Partners, LLC. Prior to this from July 2007 to December 2011, Mr. Silverman was the Chief Operating Officer, a director, and Vice Chairman of the Board and a member of the Executive Committee of Apollo Global Management (NYSE: APO). From June 1990 to September 2006, Mr. Silverman was Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Cendant Corporation. Prior to his time at Cendant Corporation, from August 1989 from June 1991, Mr. Silverman was Chief Investment Officer at Blackstone Capital Partners I. Mr. Silverman holds a B.A. in Art History from Williams College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Silverman is well qualified to serve as a director due to his extensive mergers and acquisition, as well as public company experience.
Thomas Christopoul has been our President and Chief Operating Offer since inception. Since July 2015, Mr. Christopoul has been the Managing Partner and was the founder of 54 Madison Partners, LLC, a private real estate investment fund headquartered in New York City, where he has led the origination, diligence, structuring, development and operation of the firm’s activities. Since January 2019, Mr. Christopoul has been a Partner and was Co-Founder of Athos Capital Partners LLC, a private real estate investment partnership with offices in New York City and Coral Gables, Florida focused on investing capital with institutional partners in core urban and resort real estate markets, where he serves on the investment committee. Additionally, he is currently Chairman of the Compensation Committee of the board of directors of Rexnord Coporation (NYSE: RXN) on whose board he has served since April 2013. From April 2014 until July 2015, Mr. Christopoul was Senior Partner and Head of Real Estate Investment for Cain Hoy Enterprises, a private investment affiliate of Guggenheim Partners, LC. From April 2013 to April 2014, he also served as Senior Managing Director of Global Real Estate and Infrastructure at Guggenheim Partners, LC. From July 2011 to August 2016, he was a member of the Audit Committee and Chairman of the Compensation Committee of the board of directors of Apollo Residential Mortgage, Inc. (NYSE: AMTG) and chaired the Special Committee of that company in connection with its strategic sale completed in 2016. Mr. Christopoul holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Rutgers University and a M.S. in Organizational Theory from Purdue University.
Eric Murzyn has been our Executive Vice President of Acquisitions and Development since inception. Since July 2015, Mr. Murzyn has served as a Partner of Silverman Capital and its associated real estate private debt and equity investment entities, Athos Capital Partners and 54 Madison Capital, where he is responsible for the origination, analysis, execution and monitoring of principal debt and equity investments in real estate, late and early-stage venture capital endeavors and various limited partner interests in liquid and illiquid alternative asset management strategies. Additionally, Mr. Murzyn is a member of the Kelley School of Business’ Investment Banking Network Advisory Council. From February 2013 to July 2015, he worked at SBEEG Holdings LLC, a single-family office and its associated real estate investment and operating businesses as the Director of Capital Markets. Prior to his employment at SBEEG Holdings LLC, from January 2011 to February 2013, Mr. Murzyn worked at J.P. Morgan in the Real Estate and Lodging Investment Banking group. Mr. Murzyn holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Indiana University.
Gail Mandel has been our Chief Financial Officer and Director since inception. Since April 2020, Ms. Mandel has been a board member of Sabre Corporation, a leading software and technology company that works with the global travel industry. She is also a member of the Audit Committee and Technology Committee at Sabre Corporation. Since August 2019, Ms. Mandel has served as the executive chair and a board member of PureStar (a Cornell Capital investment), a commercial linen management services provider to the hospitality industry. Additionally, since March 2019, she has served as a member of the Community Foundation of New Jersey, a non-profit. From November 2014 to June 2018, Ms. Mandel was the President and Chief Executive Officer at Wyndham Destination Network, a provider of travel services worldwide. Ms. Mandel holds a Bachelor’s degree from Pace University. Ms. Mandel is well qualified to serve as a board member of our Board of Directors due to her extensive financial and management experience.
Stephen P. Holmes will serve as one of our directors as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Since June 2018, Mr. Holmes has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Travel + Leisure Co., after the spin-off of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts from Wyndham Worldwide. From July 2006 to June 2018, Mr. Holmes served as Chairman, CEO and President at Wyndham Worldwide, a worldwide provider of travel services, where he lead the strategic vision for and oversaw the entirety of the company’s operations. Prior to his employment at Wyndham Worldwide, from September 1990 to July 1996, Mr. Holmes served as the CFO of HFS, a hotel franchise business which became a major acquisition vehicle for a broad range of businesses including hotel, rental car, timeshare, care leasing, and real estate brokerage. Mr. Holmes holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting from Bucknell University. Mr. Holmes is well qualified to serve as a board member of our Board of Directors due to his extensive financial and investment experience.
Anita Allen will serve as one of our directors as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Since July 1998, Ms. Allen has been employed by the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently a Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at the University. From July 2013, to June 2020, she was Vice Provost for Faculty. Additionally, she is currently on the Board of the National Constitution Center and is the Chair of the Board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, D.C. Ms. Allen holds a B.A. in Philosophy from New College, Florida, a Ph.D. and M.A. in Philosophy from University of Michigan, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Ms. Allen is well qualified to serve as a board member of our Board of Directors due to her extensive legal and leadership experience.
Mo El Husseiny will serve as one of our directors as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Mr. El Husseiny is the founder of Ventura Capital, an investment firm focused on private consumer, fin-tech and cybersecurity technology companies, where he acts as Chief Investment Officer. Additionally, Mr. El Husseiny acts as a board/advisory board member of several of Ventura Capital’s portfolio companies, where he supports the portfolio with strategic and operational advice. Since June 2018, Mr. El Husseiny has been the chairman Newstead Capital LLP, a London based alternative credit investment fund, where he supports fundraising activities. Since September 2016, Mr. El Husseiny has been the chairman of C8 Technologies, a global institutional trading fin-tech company. Additionally, since January 2014, Mr. Husseiny has been an appointed committee member of the Finance Council in Brussels. This committee is aimed at progressing and integrating European Banking and Finance Policy comprised of EU parliamentarians and private participants subordinated to the European Parliamentary Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. Since October 2018, Mr. Husseiny has been a steering committee member of the European Security Architecture think tank. Mr. Husseiny has been a trustee of Royal Albert Hall Trust and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Albert Hall since June 2018. Additionally, Mr. Husseiny is a Socio de Honor of the Royal Sailing Club of Spain since January 2019. Mr. Husseiny holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Wiesbaden and his B.A. in Economics/German from University of Westminster. Mr. Husseiny is well qualified to serve as a board member of our Board of Directors due to his extensive investment experience.