Richard A. Kraemer - Mr. Kraemer is Chairman of the Board, has been a member of our Board of Directors since May 2013, and brings with him over 35 years of experience. His knowledge comes from holding several senior executive positions at multiple banks and public companies as well as taking positions on several boards. Mr. Kraemer is a retired investor. Mr. Kraemer served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Saxon Capital Inc., a publiclytraded mortgage real estate investment trust ("REIT"), from 2001 through 2006. Mr. Kraemer is a member of the Board of Directors of FBR Capital Markets and Urban Financial. Mr. Kraemer also served as a trustee and member of the audit committee of American Financial Realty Trust (NYSE: AFR), a publicly-traded REIT, from 2002 to 2008. From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Kraemer was Vice Chairman of Republic New York Corporation, a publicly-traded holding company for Republic National Bank. From 1993 to 1996, Mr. Kraemer was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Brooklyn Bancorp, a publicly-traded holding company for Crossland Federal Savings Bank. Mr. Kraemer earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Real Estate from Pace University, New York. We believe Mr. Kraemer is qualified to serve on our Board of Directors because of his executive expertise with financial institutions and his extensive board service of several publicly-traded companies.
Kevin Bhatt Director
Kevin Bhatt - Mr. Bhatt is a partner of Long Ridge Equity Partners, a private investment firm focused on the financial services industry that is an affiliate of ours. Prior to joining Long Ridge in February 2010, he was a Vice President of AEA Investors, a leading middle market private equity firm, from July 2006 to February 2010. Mr. Bhatt earned his B.A. degree in economics with honors from Princeton University and his Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. We believe Mr. Bhatt is qualified to serve on our Board of Directors because of his numerous years of experience in the financial industry and deep understanding of our business. Mr. Bhatt was designated as a director nominee by Stonegate Investors Holdings pursuant to the Shareholders Agreement and has been a member of our Board of Directors since February 2012.
James G. Brown Director
James Brown - Mr. Brown is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Long Ridge Equity Partners, a private investment firm focused on the financial services industry that is an affiliate of ours, which he founded in July 2007. He is also a Managing Director of TH Lee Putnam Ventures, a technology-focused private equity firm, which he co-founded in August 1999. Mr. Brown has served as a director for Liquidnet’s Board of Directors since March 2000 and as a director for FXCM’s Board of Directors since January 2008. Mr. Brown graduated from New York University with a B.S. and graduated with honors from Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania with a Masters of Business Administration. We believe Mr. Brown is qualified to serve on our Board of Directors because of his extensive experience investing in and serving on the boards of growth companies, and because of his deep understanding of our business. Mr. Brown was designated as a director nominee by Stonegate Investors Holdings pursuant to the Shareholders Agreement and has been a member of our Board of Directors since February 2012.
Sam Levinson Director
Sam Levinson - Mr. Levinson has been a member of our Board of Directors since May 2013. Since 2004 Sam Levinson has been a principal and managing partner at Glick Family Investments, a private family office located in New York, New York where he oversees private equity investments. Mr. Levinson has experience serving as a member on several boards and as a Chairman of the Audit Committee for Canary Wharf Group. Mr. Levinson has served as a director of Canary Wharf Group in London, a U.K. property developer and manager of office and retail space, since 2004; of Songbird Estates, Canary Wharf Group's holding company, since 2004; of Coleman Cable Inc., a manufacturer of wire and cable, since 2005; of American European Group Insurance Company since 2006 and of Dynasty Financial Partners, LLC, which provides investment and technology platforms for independent financial, investment, and wealth management advisors, since 2011. Additionally, Mr. Levinson served as a director of West Coast Bancorp of Portland, Oregon from February 2011 until its sale in April 2013. Mr. Levinson is also the founder, president and controlling shareholder of Trapeze Inc., a real estate investment company, where he has served since 2002. We believe Mr. Levinson is qualified to serve on our Board of Directors because he is an experienced executive and director with numerous years of experience in the financial industry.
Richard A. Mirro - Mr. Mirro brings over 35 years of industry experience to Stonegate's Board of Directors. For six years, he served North American Mortgage Corporation as President and Chief Operating Officer (1996-1999) and then as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (1999-2002). Prior to that, he spent a decade from February 1986 to August 1996, with Chase Manhattan Mortgage where he held a variety of titles, including Chief Operations Officer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Mirro also served as the CEO of Fleet Mortgage from August 1996 to December 1996. Mr. Mirro earned his B.A. in economics from St. Vincent College and a Master of Arts in mathematical economics from Duquesne University. We believe Mr. Mirro is qualified to serve on our Board of Directors because he is an accomplished financial services executive with more than 30 years of experience in the mortgage banking arena. Mr. Mirro was designated as a director nominee by Stonegate Investors Holdings pursuant to the Shareholders Agreement and has been a member of our Board of Directors since February 2012.
Scott Mumphrey - Mr. Mumphrey has been a member of our Board of Directors since February 2010 and brings with him over 35 years of executive management experience. He has extensive expertise in long and short range strategic planning, development, operations and property management. He is currently a principal at Second Curve Investments, LLC, a private equity and advisory services firm he co-founded in 2009 focused on small to moderate sized companies. Additionally, Mr. Mumphrey has served as an organizational consultant to Beijing Hualian Group, a leading Chinese retail enterprise, from October 2012 to the present. Prior to founding Second Curve Investments, LLC, he worked for Simon Property Group, the largest real estate company in the world, as President of Simon Management Group from 2002 to 2009. He was also Executive Vice President of Property Management for Simon Property Group, Inc. from 1992 to 1999. Mr. Mumphrey joined Simon Property Group and Melvin Simon & Associates, Inc. in 1974. Mr. Mumphrey earned his B.S. degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University. We believe Mr. Mumphrey is qualified to serve on our Board of Directors because of his extensive executive management experience, his advisory work with multiple startup companies, and his investment background.