Mr. Bennett was one of our founders in May 2011 and has served as our Executive Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary since our organization and, recently, was named General Counsel. Mr. Bennett has over 30 years of legal, transactional and operational experience in the real estate and finance industries. Prior to co-founding us, Mr. Bennett was Senior Vice President—Operations, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary at Spirit from early 2005 to February 2010 where he was involved in structuring, negotiating and closing all of its real estate and debt-related transactions, including the largest retail sale-leaseback transaction in the United States in 2006. From 1991 to 2000, Mr. Bennett served as Vice President and General Counsel of Farmer Mac (NYSE:AGM), a government-sponsored enterprise providing financing to America's agricultural industry. Mr. Bennett's legal career included several years in private law practice with Brown & Wood, a New York based law firm which subsequently merged with the law firm of Sidley Austin, concentrating on complex mortgage and other asset-based structured finance transactions. He received a B.A. degree (summa cum laude) in Government and Foreign Affairs from Hampden-Sydney College and a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia Law School. He is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia, the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2017, Michael was named winner of the Arizona Corporate Counsel of the Year Award in the Public Company (medium) category. The award is sponsored by Az Business Magazine in partnership with the Arizona Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel and the State Bar of Arizona.