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Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Rufrano assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of VEREIT on April 1, 2015. Before joining VEREIT, Mr. Rufrano served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of O’Connor Capital Partners, a real estate investment firm specializing in retail and multifamily residential properties. He was among the founders of O’Connor in 1983. Prior to rejoining O’Connor in 2013, Mr. Rufrano served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Cushman & Wakefield Inc., the world’s largest privately held commercial real estate services company. From January 2008 to February 2010, he was Chief Executive Officer of Centro Properties Group, an Australian public LPT, which owned 22 million square feet of retail property in Australia and 100 million square feet in the U.S. From April 2007 through January 2008, Mr. Rufrano served as Chief Executive Officer of Centro Properties Group U.S. Until its acquisition by Centro Properties Group in April 2007, Mr. Rufrano was Chief Executive Officer of New Plan Excel Realty Trust, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange Company, as well as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors. Under his leadership, New Plan was transformed into one of the nation’s largest public real estate companies, focusing on the ownership and management of more than 460 community and neighborhood shopping centers encompassing approximately 68 million square feet of retail space. Mr. Rufrano has served as a public Director of Trizec Properties, Inc., a national office REIT, Criimi Mae Inc., a mortgage REIT, and General Growth Properties, an institutional mall REIT. He currently serves on the advisory boards at New York University’s Real Estate Institute and Baruch College and is a trustee and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, as well as a member of the Pension Real Estate Association. Mr. Rufrano is also on the Board of Directors of Ventas, an S&P 500 company and a leading healthcare real estate investment trust, and on the Board of New Alternatives for Children, a not-for-profit health and social services agency whose exclusive mission is to serve children with medical disabilities and/or chronic illnesses and their families. Mr. Rufrano earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University and Master of Science in Management and Real Estate from Florida International University.
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Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
Ms. Goldberg serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at VEREIT, overseeing the company's legal and regulatory affairs. She most recently served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for global cosmetics company, Revlon. In this role, she was responsible for all aspects of Revlon's legal and regulatory affairs, served on the senior operating committee and oversaw Revlon's corporate governance matters. Additionally, Ms. Goldberg served as Senior Vice President – Law for MacAndrews & Forbes Inc.; Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York; and as an Associate with Stillman & Friedman, P.C. and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. Ms. Goldberg also has prior accounting experience as an associate at Coopers & Lybrand. She received her law degree from the Columbia Law School and her undergraduate degree in accounting from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
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Executive Vice President, Investment Management
Bill Miller serves as Chief Executive Officer and President at Cole Capital. In this role, Mr. Miller provides strategic direction and oversees all aspects of the management of Cole Capital, including external and internal sales, product development and due diligence, broker-dealer relationship management, securities operations and capital markets. He also serves as Executive Vice President, Investment Management for VEREIT. Mr. Miller has been in the financial services business for more than 20 years and has extensive leadership experience in capital markets, real estate and distribution. Prior to joining Cole Capital, he served as Senior Vice President and Director of National Accounts for American Funds, where he was responsible for leading business development, strategy and relationship management efforts for the retail wire/regional broker-dealers, as well as the global banking channel in the United States. In addition to his experience at American Funds, Mr. Miller has held REIT product management positions, as well as sales and wholesale distribution leadership positions, with Realty Capital Securities, AXA Equitable Distributors and Lincoln Financial Distributors. Mr. Miller is a graduate of Hobart College. He holds FINRA Series 7 and 24 licenses.
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Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer
Mike Sodo serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at VEREIT. In this role, he partners with the Chief Executive Officer to handle all capital markets activities as well as communication with rating agencies, lenders and investors. Mr. Sodo also oversees debt covenant compliance and projections. Additionally, Mr. Sodo provides oversight and support to the accounting team as well as various accounting related functions while working closely with the Chief Accounting Officer. Mr. Sodo serves on VEREIT’s Investment Committee, which reviews for approval all potential property acquisitions and dispositions. Prior to joining VEREIT in August of 2014, Mr. Sodo worked at Capital Automotive, a real estate investment trust, where he served in a number of roles since 2003 including most recently as Senior Vice President, Director of Financial Reporting and Treasurer. Prior to joining Capital Automotive, Mr. Sodo worked as an auditor for KPMG LLP. Mr. Sodo is a Certified Public Accountant and has a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the College of William & Mary.
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Thomas W. Roberts
Executive Vice President, Chief Investment Officer
Thomas W. Roberts serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Investment Officer at VEREIT, Inc. (VEREIT). In this role, Mr. Roberts oversees VEREIT’s real estate transaction activities for single-tenant retail, office and industrial, and multi-tenant retail. In addition, Mr. Roberts is responsible for VEREIT’s acquisitions, sale-leaseback transactions, build-to-suits and dispositions, as well as portfolio management. He also serves as chairman of VEREIT’s Investment Committee, which reviews each asset to be acquired or disposed to ensure alignment with the company’s investment objectives. Mr. Roberts is a 30-year veteran of the real estate industry. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Opus West Corporation from 1993-2009. During his career at Opus, he was responsible for the design, construction and development of more than 50 million square feet of commercial real estate valued in excess of $8 billion. Mr. Roberts also worked as Vice President, Real Estate Development for the Koll Company. Mr. Roberts was recognized by NAIOP Arizona as its 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. In Real Estate Forum’s 65th Anniversary Edition, Mr. Roberts was recognized as one of “The Next Generation” of commercial real estate leaders helping to shape the industry. Mr. Roberts earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance with a specialization in real estate from Arizona State University.
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Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Paul McDowell serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer for VEREIT, Inc. (VEREIT). He is responsible for the company’s asset management, property management, construction management, underwriting, credit analysis and leasing. Mr. McDowell serves on VEREIT’s Investment Committee which reviews each asset to be acquired or disposed to ensure alignment with the company’s investment objectives. Prior to joining VEREIT, Mr. McDowell was a founder of CapLease (NYSE: LSE) a net-lease REIT, where he served as CEO from 2001 to 2014 and as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from 1994 until 2001. Mr. McDowell served on the CapLease Board of Directors from 2003 to 2014 and was elected Chairman of the Board in December 2007. He served on the Board of Directors of CapLease’s predecessor from 2001 until 2004. He was a member of CapLease’s investment committee and the investment oversight committee of the Board of Directors. Prior to his roles at CapLease, Mr. McDowell was Corporate Counsel for Sumitomo Corporation of America, the principal U.S. subsidiary of one of the world’s largest integrated trading companies. Mr. McDowell earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University and a Juris Doctor with honors from Boston University School of Law.