Directors

Directors

Directors

Avi Banyasz
Avi Banyasz
Chairman of the Board
Avi Banyasz

Avi Banyasz has served as chairman of the board since December 2014. Mr. Banyasz is a partner of TPG and co-head of TPG Real Estate. Prior to joining TPG in 2011, Mr. Banyasz served as a managing principal and a member of the investment committee of Westbrook Partners, a real estate private equity firm, where he worked for 13 years. Prior to joining Westbrook Partners, Mr. Banyasz worked at Bear Stearns & Co. Mr. Banyasz received a B.S. in Economics and Finance, with High Distinction, from the University of Toronto. Mr. Banyasz serves on the Boards of Directors of Parkway, Inc. (NYSE: PKY), Enlivant (formerly, Assisted Living Concepts, Inc.), of which he is Chairman, Evergreen Industrial Properties, LLC., and Strategic Office Partners. Mr. Banyasz’s extensive experience in real estate investment allows Mr. Banyasz to provide valuable insight to management and our board of directors, including with respect to our investing activities, which leads to our conclusion that Mr. Banyasz should serve on our board of directors.

Greta Guggenheim
Greta Guggenheim
Director
Greta Guggenheim

Greta Guggenheim has served as a director since February 2016 and as chief executive officer and president since January 2016. Ms. Guggenheim is also a partner of TPG, TPG Real Estate and our Manager, and is chair of our Manager’s investment committee. Ms. Guggenheim is a co-founder of Ladder Capital Corp. (NYSE: LADR) and was president of Ladder from its formation in October 2008 through June 2012, when she was appointed chief investment officer. Prior to co-founding Ladder, Ms. Guggenheim served as a managing director and head of originations at Dillon Read Capital Management (“DRCM”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of UBS AG, as a managing director in originations at UBS, as a managing director at Bear Stearns & Co., and in a range of real estate investment banking and commercial real estate lending roles at Credit Suisse and Credit Suisse First Boston. Ms. Guggenheim earned a BA in Economics and Spanish Literature from Swarthmore College and a MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Kelvin L. Davis
Kelvin L. Davis
Director
Kelvin L. Davis

Kelvin Davis has served as a director since December 2014. Mr. Davis is the founder and co-head of TPG Real Estate. He is a member of TPG’s management committee. From 2000 to 2009, Mr. Davis led TPG’s North American buyout group, encompassing investments in all non-technology industry sectors. Prior to joining TPG in 2000, Mr. Davis was president and chief operating officer of Colony Capital, LLC, a private international real estate investment firm in Los Angeles (“Colony”), which he co-founded in 1991. During his tenure at Colony, it was one of the country’s largest purchasers of non-performing loans and real estate owned properties from the Resolution Trust Corporation and private sector sellers. Colony’s wholly-owned affiliate, Colony Advisors, Inc., acted as asset manager with respect to essentially all of Colony’s loan and property investments. Prior to the formation of Colony, Mr. Davis was a principal of RMB Realty, Inc., the real estate investment vehicle of Robert M. Bass. Prior to his affiliation with RMB Realty, Inc., he worked at Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC in New York and with Trammell Crow Company in Dallas and Los Angeles. Mr. Davis earned a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar, a John L. Loeb Fellow, and a Wolfe Award recipient. Mr. Davis serves on the Boards of Directors of Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ: CZR), Catellus Development Corporation, Taylor Morrison Home Corporation (NYSE: TMHC), and Enlivant (formerly, Assisted Living Concepts, Inc.). He is also a long-time director (and past Chairman) of Los Angeles Team Mentoring, Inc. (a charitable mentoring organization); is a trustee of Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); and is on the Board of Overseers of the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Mr. Davis’s substantial real estate loan and property investment experience, leadership role with TPG Real Estate and deep knowledge and relationships in the real estate sector lead to our conclusion that Mr. Davis should serve on our board of directors.

Michael Gillmore
Michael Gillmore
Director
Michael Gillmore

Michael Gillmore has served as a director since July 2017. Mr. Gillmore was formerly an audit partner at Ernst & Young LLP (“EY”) and retired on June 30, 2017 after 39 years at EY. Mr. Gillmore has served in various leadership positions in EY’s real estate practice during his career, including from 2004 to 2016 as Market Segment Leader for Real Estate, Hospitality & Construction for the Pacific Southwest Region and the West Region. Mr. Gillmore has served as the lead partner for numerous public and private companies operating in multiple subsectors of the real estate industry. In his role, Mr. Gillmore has extensive experience interacting with boards of directors and audit committees. Mr. Gillmore received a B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting from California State University, Fullerton. Mr. Gillmore serves on the Advisory Board of the Lusk Real Estate Center at the University of Southern California and the Board of Directors of the California Hospital Medical Center Foundation. Mr. Gillmore is a full member of the Urban Land Institute and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. Mr. Gillmore’s extensive audit experience and interactions with the boards of directors and audit committees of multiple companies in the real estate industry lead to our conclusion that Mr. Gillmore should serve on our board of directors.

Wendy Silverstein
Wendy Silverstein
Director
Wendy Silverstein

Wendy Silverstein has served as a director since July 2017. Ms. Silverstein is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of New York REIT, Inc. (NYSE: NYRT) (“NYRT”). As Chief Executive Officer of NYRT, Ms. Silverstein is leading the winding up and liquidation of NYRT pursuant to a stockholder approved plan of liquidation. Previously, Ms. Silverstein served as Executive Vice President and Co-Head of Acquisitions and Capital Markets for Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE: VNO) (“Vornado”), an owner of commercial real estate in the United States, from 1998 to 2015. During her tenure at Vornado, Ms. Silverstein oversaw Vornado’s debt and equity financings and was responsible for a variety of real estate as well as corporate acquisitions. Ms. Silverstein was a member of the Investment Committee for Vornado’s private equity fund, Vornado Capital Partners, L.P. On behalf of Vornado, she has served on the Board of Directors of Toys R Us, Inc. since its leveraged buyout in 2005 and previously served on the Board of LNR Property, LLC, a loan special servicer. Prior to joining Vornado in 1998, Ms. Silverstein spent 12 years at Citicorp. From 1990 to 1998, she was with Citicorp Real Estate in the Corporate Debt Restructuring Group, which she headed from 1994 to 1998. During this time, she led the negotiation and restructuring of debt and equity transactions involving companies in the airline, hospitality, retail, office and residential real estate industries. She served on the Board of Directors of Shuttle, Inc. (d/b/a US Air Shuttle) from 1992 to 1997 and Alexander’s, Inc. (NYSE: ALX) from 1992 to 1995. From 1986 to 1990, she was with the Leveraged Capital Group at Citibank, N.A., providing sponsor financing for leveraged buyouts. Ms. Silverstein currently serves on the boards of Toys R Us, Inc., Alexander’s, Inc. and NYRT. Ms. Silverstein has served as an independent advisor to Trinity Church regarding their real estate portfolio and is an active member of the Board of Beit Ruth, an educational and therapeutic village for at risk teenage girls in Israel. Ms. Silverstein earned her B.S. in Economics, magna cum laude, and an M.B.A. with distinction from The Wharton Graduate School of Business Administration. She is also a Certified Public Accountant. Ms. Silverstein’s management experience with multiple REITs, deep knowledge and relationships in the real estate sector and extensive capital markets experience lead to our conclusion that Ms. Silverstein should serve on our board of directors.

Bradley Smith
Bradley Smith
Director
Bradley Smith

Bradley Smith has served as a director since July 2017. Mr. Smith has been a private investor since June 2015. From February 2002 to May 2015, Mr. Smith served as head of Real Estate and Lodging Equity Capital Markets at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated. During his tenure at Merrill Lynch, Mr. Smith was responsible for the structuring, marketing and pricing of initial public offerings and other public equity offerings for companies in the real estate, lodging, gaming and real estate finance industries. While at Merrill Lynch, Mr. Smith was the lead equity advisor on more than three hundred equity offerings, which raised in excess of $100 billion. Mr. Smith began his career at Lehman Brothers in 1989 and worked there prior to joining Bank of America in 2000. Mr. Smith served in a variety of investment banking and equity capital markets positions both in New York and in London while at Lehman Brothers, including acting as the co-head of U.S. Equity syndicate. Mr. Smith graduated magna cum laude from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in finance. Mr. Smith’s deep knowledge and relationships in the real estate sector, including over 15 years of experience working with companies in the real estate finance sector, and extensive capital markets experience lead to our conclusion that Mr. Smith should serve on our board of directors.

Gregory White
Gregory White
Director
Gregory White

Gregory White has served as a director since July 2017. Since January 2003, Mr. White has served as a Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Prima Capital Advisors LLC (“Prima”), an investment advisory firm that specializes in commercial mortgage investments. At Prima, Mr. White’s responsibilities include loan origination, structuring securitizations and the development and maintenance of client relationships. Prima is the successor entity to Conning Asset Management, which purchased Schroder Mortgage Associates, LP (“Schroder”) in 1998. Mr. White founded Schroder in 1992. Prior to forming Schroder, Mr. White was a Managing Director at Salomon Brothers Inc (“Salomon”) and co-head of the firm’s real estate finance, sales and advisory businesses. While at Salomon, Mr. White was responsible for the origination, negotiation and closing of real estate financings, joint ventures and property sales, as well as commercial mortgage securitizations and assisting with the development of the rating process for commercial mortgages. Prior to his work at Salomon, Mr. White was an Assistant Treasurer in the Real Estate Finance Department of the Chase Manhattan Bank. Mr. White holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tufts University and earned an M.B.A. in Finance and Real Estate from The Wharton Graduate School of Business Administration. Mr. White previously was a director of New Plan Excel Realty Trust (NYSE: NXL) and Acadia Realty Trust (NYSE: AKR), two NYSE-listed REITs that specialized in retail real estate. Mr. White is a member of the Pension Real Estate Association and the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council. He serves on the Board of Advisors of Tufts University’s College of Engineering as well as the University’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program. Mr. White is a former Adjunct Professor of Real Estate Finance at New York University. Mr. White’s extensive experience in commercial real estate loan originations and financings allows Mr. White to provide valuable insight to us and our board of directors, including with respect to our investing activities, which leads to our conclusion that Mr. White should serve on our board of directors.