Mr. Cohen has served as a director of the Company since September 14, 2012. Mr. Cohen was initially elected to the Board of Directors by the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Syms Corp. Mr. Cohen is the Chairman of Abacus Advisors LLC, a business advisory firm. Qualifications and Skills: Mr. Cohen has more than 30 years’ experience working with distressed businesses in all aspects of their management and operations, serving as a consultant and advisor to numerous Fortune 500 companies and many leading banks and financial institutions. Mr. Cohen is an expert in retail investments and intellectual property and has many years of experience in restructuring businesses. He has been an active participant in seminars on turnaround management and has lectured extensively on restructuring and asset-based lending. Mr. Cohen has served as a trustee, chief restructuring officer, and consultant in various Chapter 11 cases, state court proceedings, and out-of-court restructurings for companies including The Towers Financial Corporation, County Seat Stores, 47th Street Photo, Russ Togs and Aileen, Inc.
Alexander C. Matina
Mr. Matina has served as a director of the Company since April 11, 2013 and is the Chairman of the Board. He was initially elected by the two directors of the Company then serving as the directors elected by the holders of Common Stock pursuant to the Company’s by-laws. He is the Vice President of Investments for MFP Investors, LLC, the family office of Michael F. Price, which has a value-investing focus across public and private markets. Mr. Matina also serves as a director of S&W Seed Company, a publicly traded agricultural company, and TGI Fridays, a casual dining company. In addition, he also serves on the board of XRO Energy LLC, a private energy company with assets in Wyoming. Qualifications and Skills: Mr. Matina brings a strong finance background to the Company, including experience with bankruptcies and private equity. Mr. Matina serves as an adjunct professor of finance at Fordham University. Prior to joining MFP Investors, LLC in 2007, Mr. Matina served in various roles at Balance Asset Management, a multi-strategy hedge fund, and as a senior associate at Altus Capital Partners, a middle market private equity fund. He was previously a principal at 747 Capital, a private equity fund-of-funds, and a financial analyst at Salomon Smith Barney in the financial sponsors group of the investment banking division.
Joanne M. Minieri
Ms. Minieri has served as a director of the Company since November 8, 2013 and serves as the Chair of the Board’s Audit Committee. She was appointed by Third Avenue, a major investor in the Company. Ms. Minieri serves as the “Special Stock Director”, who is elected by the holder of the Special Stock pursuant to our Certificate of Incorporation. She is an Executive Vice President of RXR Realty and the Chief Operating Officer of RXR Development Services and RXR Construction and Development. Qualifications and Skills: Ms. Minieri has extensive experience in real estate development, as well as a deep knowledge of accounting, particularly in the field of real estate. Prior to her position with RXR, Ms. Minieri served as the Deputy County Executive and Commissioner of Economic Development and Planning for Suffolk County from April 2012 until July 2016. Previously, Ms. Minieri served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Forest City Enterprises. She originally joined FCRC as its Chief Financial Officer in 1995, and was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 1998 and to President and Chief Operating Officer in 2007. Ms. Minieri is a certified public accountant.
Mr. Pattiz has served as a director of the Company since November 5, 2013. Mr. Pattiz is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP, where he serves as head of the real estate group. Mr. Pattiz has been recognized in the Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and Chambers USA. Qualifications and Skills: Mr. Pattiz has extensive experience in a wide range of real estate matters, including commercial leasing, financing, sales and acquisitions, hotel transactions and real estate workout matters. He has now provided legal representation to a variety of clients, including major residential, office, hotel and shopping center developers, hotel operators, lending institutions and U.S. and foreign investors.
Mr. Messinger has been our President and CEO since October 2013 and has served as a director of the Company since March 9, 2016. Qualifications and Skills: Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Messinger served as the Executive Vice President and Director of Investment Management at Forest City Ratner Companies (“FCRC”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Forest City Enterprises (“FCE”), where he served for more than 18 years. In this role, Mr. Messinger led the New York Investment Committee of FCRC and served on the Investment Committee and Executive Management Committee of FCE. Mr. Messinger brings extensive development, asset management, finance, strategic planning and tax credit structuring experience across a wide range of asset classes including retail, hotel, residential, office, arena and professional sports teams. Mr. Messinger is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He currently serves on the board and real estate committee of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, and he is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Coalition, the New Markets Tax Credit Coalition, and the New York Hospitality Council.
Jeffrey B. Citrin
Mr. Citrin currently serves as Vice Chairman/Senior Advisor of Square Mile Capital Management LLC. Square Mile, which Mr. Citrin founded in 2006, is a private institutionally backed New York-based investment firm which focuses on real estate and real estate related opportunities. Mr. Citrin served as Square Mile’s Co-Managing Principal until July 2017. In addition to his ongoing role on Square Mile’s Board of Directors, Mr. Citrin serves on the Investment Committees for all of Square Mile’s funds and investment vehicles. Prior to founding Square Mile, Mr. Citrin served as President of Blackacre Capital Management LLC which he cofounded in 1994. Blackacre (now Cerberus Institutional Real Estate) is the dedicated real estate arm of global investment firm Cerberus Capital Management LP. Prior to cofounding Blackacre, Mr. Citrin was a Managing Director at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. where he served as head of the firm’s Commercial Mortgage Investment Unit through which Oppenheimer conducted its commercial mortgage and real estate principal activities. From 1991 through 1993, Mr. Citrin served as a Vice President at First Boston (now Credit Suisse) where he was a founding member of the firm’s Real Estate Principal Group, and from 1986 through 1991 Mr. Citrin was a Vice President in the Real Estate Investment Banking Unit of Chemical Bank (now JP Morgan Chase). From 1983 through 1986, Mr. Citrin worked at the New York law firms of Proskauer Rose LLP and Kelley Drye & Warren LLP as an attorney in each firm’s respective real estate department. Mr. Citrin graduated from Dartmouth College in 1980 and received a JD from the Columbia University School of Law in 1983. He currently serves as a Co-Chairman of the Board of Overseers of the Hood Museum of Art, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. (NYSE: SKT), the Real Estate Roundtable, the Urban Land Institute and the Board of Advisors of the Hospital for Special Surgery. Qualifications and Skills: Mr. Citrin has extensive experience in real estate investment and finance, with particular expertise in investment sourcing, structuring, asset management, workouts and capital formation.