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Hugh R. Frater
Mr. Frater serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors as well as serving on the audit committee and nominating and corporate governance committee. He is also Chairman of Berkadia, an industry-leading commercial real estate company that is owned 50% by Berkshire Hathaway and 50% by Leucadia National Corporation, providing comprehensive capital solutions and investment sales advisory and research services for multifamily and commercial properties. Mr. Frater formerly served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Prior to Berkadia, Mr. Frater was Executive Vice President at PNC Financial Services, where he led the real estate division. He was also a Founding Partner and Managing Director of BlackRock, Inc., the largest global investment manager, where he also led the real estate practice. Mr. Frater is active in industry affairs, serving on the Board of Directors of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBa), as Vice Chair of the MBa GSE Multifamily Task Force and Chair of the MBa Affordable Rental Task Force as well as a member of the MBa Audit Committee. He also serves on the Real Estate Advisory Board at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He has an MBA degree from the Columbia Business School and a Bachelor’s Degree from Dartmouth College.
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Mr. Frank was appointed an Independent Director of VEREIT in July 2014 and is Chair of the audit committee. He also serves on both the compensation committee and the nominating and corporate governance committee. He has more than 35 years of experience providing assurance services to prominent public and private owners, investors and developers, both domestically and globally, on a wide range of real estate holding types. Mr. Frank served at Ernst & Young LLP from 1997-2014 and most recently worked as a Senior Partner within the assurance line of Ernst & Young’s real estate practice. Prior to Ernst & Young, Mr. Frank was at KPMG LLP for 17 years. His extensive experience has included working on initial public offerings and assisting acquirers in consummating acquisition transactions. He serves on the Real Estate Advisory Board of the New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate and is an active member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. Mr. Frank received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Bentley College and is a Certified Public Accountant in New York and New Jersey.
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Julie G. Richardson
Ms. Richardson serves as an Independent Director and participates on the compensation committee and on the nominating and corporate governance committee. She was most recently a Senior Advisor to Providence Equity Partners, a global asset management firm with over $40 billion in assets. From 2003 to 2012, she was a Partner and Managing Director at Providence Equity, and oversaw the firm’s New York office. While at Providence Equity, her responsibilities included leading the initiation and execution of deals, and optimizing operating results and strategic positioning of portfolio companies throughout Providence Equity’s ownership period. Prior to Providence Equity, Ms. Richardson served as Global Head of JP Morgan’s Telecom, Media and Technology Group, and was previously a Managing Director in Merrill Lynch’s investment banking group. Ms. Richardson currently serves on the Board of The Hartford Financial Group, and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Thomas A. Andruskevich
Mr. Andruskevich serves as an Independent Director and is Chair of both the compensation committee and the nominating and corporate governance committee. He also serves on the audit committee. Mr. Andruskevich previously served as an Independent Director for Cole Real Estate Investments, Inc. (Cole) from October 2008 until Cole merged with VEREIT in February 2014. He is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TAA Consulting, LLC and an Operating Partner for jewelry and timepieces at Marvin Traub Associates. Until July 2013, Mr. Andruskevich served as Non-Executive Vice-Chairman of Birks & Mayors, Inc., formerly Henry Birks & Sons, and Chairman of Mayors Jewelers, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Birks & Mayors, Inc. Mr. Andruskevich previously served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Birks & Mayors, Inc., where he orchestrated a merger of Mayors Jewelers, Inc. and Henry Birks & Sons in 2002 and a successful IPO of Birks & Mayors, Inc. in 2007. Mr. Andruskevich also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the clothing retailer Mondi of America following a distinguished career at Tiffany & Co., where he served as Executive Vice President of International & Trade and as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Andruskevich serves on the Board of Directors of Robbins Bros. Jewelry Acquisition Holdings, LLC. He has also served on the Boards of Directors of Birks & Mayors, Inc., Mayors Jewelers, Inc. and Jewelers of America. Mr. Andruskevich earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business and economics from Lehigh University and is a former Certified Public Accountant in the state of New York.
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Mr. Ordan serves as an Independent Director. Mr. Ordan is the Executive Chairman of WP Glimcher, the surviving entity following the closing of Washington Prime Group’s acquisition of Glimcher, and will transition to Non-Executive Chairman of the Board effective January 1, 2016. Mr. Ordan had served as Washington Prime’s Chief Executive Officer from May 2014 to January 15, 2015 and also has been one of its directors since May 2014. From January 2013 to November 2013, Mr. Ordan served as a director and as the Chief Executive Officer of Sunrise Senior Living, LLC, the successor to the management business of Sunrise Senior Living, Inc. (“Sunrise”), which had been a publicly traded operator of approximately 300 senior living communities located in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom prior to its sale in January 2013 to Health Care REIT, Inc. Mr. Ordan served as Sunrise’s Chief Executive Officer from November 2008 to January 2013, and as a director from July 2008 to January 2013. While at Sunrise, Mr. Ordan led its restructuring and oversaw its eventual sale. He served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of The Mills Corporation (“Mills”), a publicly traded developer, owner and manager of a diversified portfolio of regional shopping malls and retail entertainment centers, from October 2006 to May 2007, as its Chief Operating Officer from February 2006 to October 2006 and as a director from December 2006 until May 2007. While at Mills, Mr. Ordan oversaw its operations and its eventual sale to Simon and Farallon Capital Management, LLC in May 2007. Prior to that, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Balducci’s LLC, a gourmet food store chain. He also founded and served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fresh Fields Markets, Inc., an organic foods supermarket chain, eventually leading the merger of the company with Whole Foods Markets, Inc. Mr. Ordan also was employed in the equities division of the investment banking firm of Goldman Sachs & Co. Mr. Ordan served as a director of Harris Teeter Supermarkets, Inc., a publicly traded supermarket chain, from February 2013 until January 2014, when it was acquired by The Kroger Co. He was a Trustee of Vassar College for 15 years. He also previously served for 10 years, including five years as Non-Executive Chairman, on the Board of Trustees of Federal Realty Investment Trust. Mr. Ordan currently serves on the boards of the following nonprofit organizations: the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Endowment for Democracy, the Seed School Foundation and the Economic Club of Washington, D.C.
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William G. Stanley
Mr. Stanley serves as an Independent Director and participates on the nominating and corporate governance committee. He is the Founder and President of The Stanley-Laman Group, Ltd., Inc. an investment advisor registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Stanley is also the Founder and Managing Member of Stanley Laman Securities, LLC, a FINRA member broker-dealer; and a managing member of SLG International Opportunities LLC, an investment company that acquires securities on local exchanges in local currencies in developing international markets. He serves as a Trustee of Matrix Biology Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the science and application hyaluronic acid in the treatment of pain. He is also on the Board of Directors of CeeLite Technologies, a privately held company that focuses on specialty lighting technology. Mr. Stanley previously served as an Auditor for General Electric Capital and as a registered representative for Capital Analysts, Inc., a national investment advisory firm that specialized in sophisticated planning for high net worth individuals. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concord University and a Master of Financial Services from The American College. He is a Chartered Life Underwriter and a Chartered Financial Consultant.