Mr. Stephen R. Blank is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust. Mr. Blank is a Senior Fellow, Finance at the Urban Land Institute and has served in such position since December 1998. Previously, Mr. Blank was Managing Director — Real Estate Investment Banking of CIBC Oppenheimer Corp. from 1993 to 1998, Managing Director of Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.’s Real Estate Corporate Finance Department from 1989 to 1993, Managing Director — Real Estate Investment Banking of Kidder, Peabody & Co. from 1979 to 1989, and Vice President, Direct Investment Group of Bache & Co., Incorporated from 1973 to 1979. Mr. Blank also serves on the Boards of Directors of MFA Mortgage Investments, Inc., a real estate investment trust, and BNP Residential Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust.
Mr. Gershenson serves as Trustee, President and Chief Executive Officer for Ramco Gershenson Properties Trust. Mr. Gershenson has held the position of President and CEO since May of 1996. Prior to that he served as Vice President - Finance and Treasurer of Ramco-Gershenson, Inc. from 1976 to 1996 where he was responsible for arranging all of the financing of Ramco's developments, expansions and acquisitions. Mr. Gershenson is an undergraduate of Syracuse University and a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Wayne State University Law School. Mr. Gershenson currently serves on the Board of Directors of Hospice of Michigan, the Cranbrook Academy of Arts, the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition and Oakland Family Services. He is also an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT).
Mr. Arthur H. Goldberg is a Managing Director of Corporate Solutions Group, LLC, an investment banking and advisory firm since January 2002. Served as President of Manhattan Associates, LLC, a merchant and investment banking firm, from 1994 to 2002. Mr. Goldberg served as Chairman of Reich & Company, Inc. (formerly Vantage Securities, Inc.), a securities and investment brokerage firm, from 1990 to 1993. Mr. Goldberg also serves on the Board of Directors of Ardent Acquisition Corp.
Vice Chairman, Emeritus, AON Risk Services Companies, Inc.
Mr. Robert A. Meister is Vice Chairman Emeritus of Aon Group, Inc. an insurance brokerage, risk consulting, reinsurance and employee benefits company and a subsidiary of Aon Corporation, and he has served in such position since March 1991.
Mr. David Nettina has been the Managing Director of MRC Capital Group, a middle market private equity investment firm with an investment focus on micro-cap companies and real estate, since 2010. Mr. Nettina has also served as the Managing Principal of Briarwood Capital Group, an affiliate of MRC Capital, since 2001 and as the Co-Chief Executive Officer of Career Management, LLC, since 2009.
Mr. Nettina served as a senior executive with American Financial Realty Trust, a publicly traded real estate investment trust, from March 2005 to April 2008, most recently as its President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Nettina also served as an executive officer of SL Green Realty Corp., a publicly traded real estate investment trust from 1997 to 2001, including as its President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to his service at SL Green Realty Corp., Mr. Nettina held various executive management positions for more than 10 years with The Pyramid Companies, a developer, owner and operator of 20 regional malls in the Northeast, including as the Chief Financial Officer and a development partner. Prior to his service at the Pyramid Companies he was the President of a community bank subsidiary of Citibank and served on active duty as an officer in the Army's101st Airborne Division. From September 2002 to January 2005, he served as an adjunct professor of finance at Siena College. Mr. Nettina earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Canisius College along with a Certificate in Management Accounting. Mr. Nettina serves as the Albany, New York Chair for Vistage International, a CEO organization with over 15,000 members worldwide. In addition, Mr. Nettina is currently a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors
Mr. Ostrower has been a Managing Director and Associate Director of Research at Morgan Stanley since 2010. Mr. Ostrower was a member of Morgan Stanley’s Equity Research department from July 2000 to April 2008, where he served as a Vice President, Executive Director and as a Managing Director responsible for coverage of REITs, publishing research opinions and investment recommendations from 2000 to 2006. Mr. Ostrower assumed leadership of the REIT research group in 2006 and initiated coverage of a wider range of companies. Mr. Ostrower also served as analyst and then portfolio manager of Pioneer Real Estate Shares mutual fund from 1996 to 2000 and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Mr. Joel M. Pashcow is a Managing Member of Nassau Capital LLC, a real estate and securities investment firm, since April 2006. Former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Atlantic Realty Trust, a real estate investment trust, serving in such position from May 1996 to April 2006. Mr. Pashcow served as our Chairman from 1988 to May 1996.
Mr. Mark K. Rosenfeld is a Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wilherst Developers Inc., a real estate development firm, and has served in such position since July 1997. Mr. Rosenfeld served as Chairman of the Board (from 1993 to 1996) and Chief Executive Officer (from 1992 to 1996) of Jacobson Stores Inc., a retail fashion merchandiser, and served as a director and member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Jacobson.
Mr. Michael A. Ward is a Private Investor. Former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Trust from May 1996 to June 2005. Previously, he was Executive Vice President of Ramco-Gershenson, Inc. from 1966 to 1996.