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Officers & Directors

Management

Barry Stuart Sternlicht
CEO & Chairman of the Board of Directors
Chairman & CEO, Starwood Capital Group
Over the past 18 years, Mr. Sternlicht has structured more than 300 investment transactions with an asset value of more than $40 billion. He was the Chairman of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., an NYSE-listed company, from September 1997 to May 2005 and the Chief Executive Officer of this company from January 1999 to October 2004. He was also the Chairman of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the NYSE-listed company, from January 1995 to May 2005 and the Chief Executive Officer of this subsidiary from January 1995 to October 2004. Founded by Mr. Sternlicht in 1995, Starwood Hotels is now one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 800 properties in 80 countries and more than 115,000 employees. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchiser of hotels and resorts with seven internationally renowned brands, including: The St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W Hotels, Sheraton, Westin, Le Meridien and Four Points by Sheraton, as well as Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier developer and operator of vacation ownership resorts. Mr. Sternlicht is Chairman of the Board of Société du Louvre and Baccarat. He also serves on the Board of Directors of National Golf, The Estée Lauder Companies, the National Advisory Board of JP Morgan Chase and the Advisory Board of Eurohypo Bank. Mr. Sternlicht is a Trustee of Brown University. He serves on the boards of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s National Leadership Advocacy Program, Kids in Crisis, The Harvard Club, the Business Committee for the Arts and the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding. He is a member of the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy, the Presidential Tourism & Travel Advisory Board, the Young Presidents Organization, the World Travel & Tourism Council and the Urban Land Institute. Mr. Sternlicht received his B.A., magna cum laude, with honors from Brown University. He later earned an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School.
Jeffrey F. DiModica
President of Starwood Property Trust
Jeffrey DiModica is President of Starwood Property Trust (NYSE: STWD), an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group that is the largest commercial mortgage REIT in the U.S. In this role, Mr. DiModica manages day-to-day operations and explores new business opportunities for the company, and serves on its Investment Committee. He previously served for five years on Starwood Property Trust’s Board of Directors. Prior to joining Starwood Property Trust in 2014, Mr. DiModica served as a Managing Director and Head of MBS/ABS/CMBS Sales and Strategy for the Americas at the Royal Bank of Scotland. In this role, he was responsible for the distribution and analysis of mortgage and asset-backed securities to institutional clients. Mr. DiModica previously headed the Boston sales office for RBS/Greenwich Capital. Before that, he sold derivative and MBS products for Merrill Lynch. He began his career in Chemical Bank’s commercial real estate department’s merchant and investment banking division. Mr. DiModica received a B.S./B.A. degree, with a concentration in finance, from Boston University, and an MBA from Dartmouth College’s Amos Tuck School. He has held the Chartered Financial Analyst designation since 1995.
Rina Paniry
Chief Financial Officer

Rina Paniry is Chief Financial Officer of Starwood Property Trust, an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group that is the largest commercial mortgage REIT in the U.S. In this role, she oversees all financial and accounting functions for the business. Before being promoted to this position in 2014, Ms. Paniry served as Chief Financial Officer of Starwood Property Trust subsidiary LNR Property LLC, with responsibility for all financial aspects of the business—including accounting, financial reporting, tax, treasury and planning. In this role, she led the transition and integration of Starwood Property Trust’s core finance functions to LNR’s Miami headquarters following Starwood Property Trust’s acquisition of the business in 2013. Ms. Paniry joined LNR in 2006 as Chief Accounting Officer.

Prior to joining LNR, Ms. Paniry spent 11 years at Deloitte & Touche, where she began her career. She worked in numerous roles with increasing responsibility, principally in the real estate industry and in the functional areas of audit and mergers & acquisitions.

Ms. Paniry holds a Masters of Accounting from Florida International University and is a Florida CPA.

Andrew J. Sossen
Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel
Andrew J. Sossen is Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Starwood Property Trust, Inc. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Sossen served as the General Counsel of KKR Financial Holdings LLC, a publicly traded specialty finance company, and KKR Asset Management, where he was a member of senior management and was integrally involved in the policy and strategic decision-making, as well as in the day-to-day operations of the business. Mr. Sossen’s legal career began at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP where he was a member of the firm’s corporate department specializing in capital markets and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Sossen received both his Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.

Board of Directors

Richard D. Bronson
Lead Director
Richard D. Bronson has been a director of the Company since its inception in 2009. Since 2000, Mr. Bronson has been the CEO of The Bronson Companies, LLC based in Beverly Hills, California, a real estate development company. Mr. Bronson has been involved in the development of several shopping centers and office buildings throughout the United States. Mr. Bronson serves as the Chairman of U.S. Digital Gaming, an online gaming technology provider based in Beverly Hills, California. Mr. Bronson served as a director of Mirage Resorts and was President of New City Development, an affiliate of Mirage Resorts, where he oversaw many of the company's new business initiatives and activities outside Nevada. Mr. Bronson is on the Board of the Neurosurgery Division at UCLA Medical Center. He is a member of the Western Real Estate Business Editorial Board. Mr. Bronson has also served as Vice President of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), an association representing 50,000 industry professionals in more than 80 countries. Mr. Bronson is the founder and president of Native American Empowerment, LLC, a private company dedicated to monitoring, advocating and pursuing Native American gaming opportunities and tribal economic advancement. Mr. Bronson's experience and knowledge in the real estate industry provides valuable insight into potential investments and the current state of the commercial real estate markets.
Jeffrey G. Dishner
Jeffrey G. Dishner has been a director of the Company since its inception in 2009. He also serves as an Executive Vice President of SPT Management, LLC, our manager and an affiliate of the Company (the "Manager"). He is a Senior Managing Director and the Head of Real Estate Acquisitions of Starwood Capital Group Global, L.P. ("Starwood Capital Group"), a privately-held global investment management firm and an affiliate of the Company. Mr. Dishner is a member of the Executive and Investment Committees of Starwood Capital Group. Prior to joining Starwood Capital Group in 1994, Mr. Dishner was with the Commercial Mortgage Finance Group of J.P. Morgan & Co., where he focused on whole-loan dispositions and securitizations for various thrift institutions from 1993 to 1994. Prior to J.P. Morgan & Co., Mr. Dishner was a member of the Acquisitions Group at JMB Realty Corporation from 1987 to 1991. Mr. Dishner received a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and a M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College. Mr. Dishner's experience in the commercial real estate markets provides important perspectives on the Company's investments.
Camille J. Douglas
Camille J. Douglas has been a director of the Company since 2010. Ms. Douglas is currently a senior advisor for the LeFrak Organization, a position she has held since February 2010. Prior to her current role, since 2002 Ms. Douglas served as the Founder and Principal of Mainstreet Capital Partners, a private firm that focuses on real estate financial advisory services and transactions throughout the world with its primary focus in the U.S., United Kingdom, Brazil and India. Prior to forming Mainstreet Capital Partners, from 1982 to 1994, Ms. Douglas was Senior Vice President, Finance, of Olympia & York, and from 1977 to 1982 she was a Vice President, Real Estate, at Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc. Ms. Douglas is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School and a Lecturer at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Ms. Douglas holds a B.A. from Smith College and a Masters from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Ms. Douglas' experience in the commercial real estate markets provides important perspectives on the Company's investments as well as potential financings for the Company's investments.
Solomon J. Kumin

Sol Kumin is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Folger Hill Asset Management. Prior to launching the firm in 2015, Mr. Kumin spent ten years with SAC Capital Advisors, most recently serving as Chief Operating Officer. Previously, he worked at Sanford Bernstein and at Lazard Asset Management.

Mr. Kumin also serves on the boards of Starwood Property Trust, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, the St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH, the Fessenden School in Newton, MA, the Breeders’ Cup, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, and the US Lacrosse Foundation. He is also a member of the Trust Board at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Mr. Kumin holds a BA in political science from Johns Hopkins University.

Barry Stuart Sternlicht
Chairman
Over the past 18 years, Mr. Sternlicht has structured more than 300 investment transactions with an asset value of more than $40 billion. He was the Chairman of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., an NYSE-listed company, from September 1997 to May 2005 and the Chief Executive Officer of this company from January 1999 to October 2004. He was also the Chairman of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the NYSE-listed company, from January 1995 to May 2005 and the Chief Executive Officer of this subsidiary from January 1995 to October 2004. Founded by Mr. Sternlicht in 1995, Starwood Hotels is now one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 800 properties in 80 countries and more than 115,000 employees. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchiser of hotels and resorts with seven internationally renowned brands, including: The St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W Hotels, Sheraton, Westin, Le Meridien and Four Points by Sheraton, as well as Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier developer and operator of vacation ownership resorts. Mr. Sternlicht is Chairman of the Board of Société du Louvre and Baccarat. He also serves on the Board of Directors of National Golf, The Estée Lauder Companies, the National Advisory Board of JP Morgan Chase and the Advisory Board of Eurohypo Bank. Mr. Sternlicht is a Trustee of Brown University. He serves on the boards of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s National Leadership Advocacy Program, Kids in Crisis, The Harvard Club, the Business Committee for the Arts and the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding. He is a member of the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy, the Presidential Tourism & Travel Advisory Board, the Young Presidents Organization, the World Travel & Tourism Council and the Urban Land Institute. Mr. Sternlicht received his B.A., magna cum laude, with honors from Brown University. He later earned an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School.
Strauss Zelnick
Strauss Zelnick has been a director of the Company since its inception in 2009. Mr. Zelnick is a founding partner of ZelnickMedia, a media enterprise which manages and holds interests in an array of media businesses in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia. Prior to forming ZelnickMedia in 2001, Mr. Zelnick was President and Chief Executive Officer of BMG Entertainment, a music and entertainment company, from 1998 to 2000. Mr. Zelnick served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the company's North American business unit from 1995 to 1998. Before joining BMG Entertainment, Mr. Zelnick was President and Chief Executive Officer of Crystal Dynamics, a leading producer and distributor of interactive entertainment software. Prior to that, he spent four years as President and Chief Operating Officer of 20th Century Fox, where he managed all aspects of Fox Inc.'s worldwide motion picture production and distribution business. Previously, he spent three years at Vestron Inc., two of which as the company's President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Zelnick also served as Vice President, International Television, at Columbia Pictures. Mr. Zelnick currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Take-Two Interactive Software and Chairman of ITN Networks. He serves on the board of Naylor Publications. He holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University, a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Mr. Zelnick's experience as a director and senior executive of publicly traded corporations provides the Company with leadership as well as financial expertise.