Alan B. Levan
Chairman of the Board
Alan B. Levan has served as Chairman of our board of directors since May 2017 and from May 2002 to December 2015. In addition, from May 2015 until February 2017, he served us in a non-executive capacity. Mr. Alan Levan formed the I.R.E. Group (predecessor to BBX Capital) in 1972. He served as its Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of BBX Capital from 1978 until December 2015 and as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since February 2017. He has also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BBX Capital Corporation (formerly BankAtlantic Bancorp, Inc.) ("BCC") from 1994 until December 2015 and again since February 2017. From December 2015 until February 2017, Mr. Alan Levan served as Founder and strategic advisor to the board of directors of BBX Capital and BCC. In addition, Mr. Alan Levan served as Chairman of BankAtlantic, BCC's former federal savings bank subsidiary, from 1987 until July 2012 when BCC sold BankAtlantic to BB&T Corporation ("BB&T"). Mr. Alan Levan also served as a director of Benihana Inc. ("Benihana") until August 2012. He is the Chairman of the BBX Capital Foundation, a Trustee of Nova Southeastern University, Chairman of Nova Southeastern University's Finance Committee, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of the Nova Southeastern University Susie and Alan B. Levan Ambassadors Board and a director of the Broward Workshop. Our board of directors believes that Mr. Alan Levan's proven leadership skills enhance the board and our Company and that his long history of service with us and our affiliates provides the board with critical insight regarding the business and prospects of our Company. Mr. Alan Levan is the father of Jarett S. Levan, a member of our board of directors.
John E. Abdo
John E. Abdo has served as a member of our board of directors and as Vice Chairman of our board of directors since 2002. From December 2015 to May 2017, Mr. Abdo served as Acting Chairman of our board of directors. Mr. Abdo has also served as Vice Chairman of BBX Capital since 1993 and Vice Chairman of BCC since 1994. In addition, he served as Vice Chairman of BankAtlantic from 1987 until the completion of the sale of BankAtlantic to BB&T during July 2012. Mr. Abdo is President of Abdo Companies, Inc. and a member of the board of directors and certain committees, including the finance committee, of the Performing Arts Center Authority. Additionally, Mr. Abdo is the former 20-year President, and current member of the investment committee of the Broward Performing Arts Foundation. He also served as the Vice Chairman of the board of directors of Benihana until August 2012. Our board of directors believes that it benefits from the contributions that Mr. Abdo makes, and the perspective that he adds, to the board, many of which are the result of his knowledge of our business and affairs based on his service as Vice Chairman for the past fifteen years, and his experience and knowledge regarding the real estate sector generally.
Shawn B. Pearson
President and Chief Executive Officer
Shawn B. Pearson was appointed our Chief Executive Officer and President in February 2017 and as a member of our board of directors in August 2017.
Since 2015, Mr. Pearson has also served as Chairman of Renin, and he served as Renin's Chief Executive Officer from 2015 until August 2017. Renin, indirectly through its subsidiaries, manufactures interior closet doors, wall décor, hardware and fabricated glass products for the home improvement industry. Renin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of our ultimate parent company, BBX Capital.
From 2002 to 2015, Mr. Pearson held various leadership roles in sales, marketing and global supply chain with Danby, a privately-owned group of small appliance companies servicing the hospitality, retail, government and other distribution channels, most recently serving as President of Danby Products Ltd. and Chairman of Danby Asia. Prior to entering the corporate world, Mr. Pearson played professional baseball within the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Mr. Pearson holds an M.B.A.
James R. Allmand, III
James R. Allmand, III has served as a member of our board of directors since 2011. Mr. Allmand has over thirty years of resort real estate and hospitality operations management experience in luxury resort hotels, marinas and master planned residential real estate, including over twenty-five years of regional multi-property responsibilities in Florida. Since 2008, he has served as Senior Vice President - Resort Operations and Real Estate of Global Resort Development, Inc., an international resort development consulting company. Prior to that time, he served as General Manager of, and provided consulting services to, Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa from 2007 to 2008, Director of Advisory Services of IAG Florida Inc., a commercial, residential and hospitality development oriented company, from 2004 to 2007, and General Manager and Vice President of Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from 1993 to 2004. Our board of directors believes that Mr. Allmand provides valuable insight and contributions to the board as a result of his extensive experience in the real estate and hospitality industries.
Norman H. Becker
Norman H. Becker has served as a member of our board of directors since 2003. Mr. Becker is, and has been for more than ten years, self-employed as a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Becker was also the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Proguard Acquisition Corp., as well as a member of its board of directors, until 2012. Mr. Becker has served as a director of BBX Capital since 2013. He was previously a partner with Touche Ross & Co., the predecessor of Deloitte & Touche LLP, for more than ten years and he served as a director of Benihana until August 2012. Our board of directors believes that Mr. Becker provides valuable insight to the board based on his business, financial and accounting expertise, and that his accounting and financial knowledge make him a valuable member of our audit committee.
Lawrence A. Cirillo
Lawrence A. Cirillo has served as a member of our board of directors since 2003. Mr. Cirillo was Principal Partner and President of Atlantic Chartering, an oil tanker brokerage company, from 1979 until Atlantic Chartering merged with Seabrokers, Inc., a subsidiary of Clarkson, Ltd. Mr. Cirillo served as a Vice President of Seabrokers, Inc. until 2000. Since 2000, Mr. Cirillo has served as an oil tanker broker with Southport Maritime, Inc. Our board of directors believes that it benefits from Mr. Cirillo's business experience generally and within the sales industry in particular.
Jarett S. Levan
Jarett S. Levan was appointed to our board of directors during August 2017. Mr. Jarett Levan has served as the President of BBX Capital since December 2015 and as a member of its board of directors since September 2009. He served as Acting Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BBX Capital from December 2015 to February 2017 and as Executive Vice President of BBX Capital from April 2011 until December 2015. He is also the President of BCC, and served as its Acting Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from December 2015 to December 2016 and as a member of its board of directors from 1999 until December 2016. Mr. Jarett Levan was the Chief Executive Officer and President of BankAtlantic from January 2007 until the completion of the sale of BankAtlantic to BB&T during July 2012. Our board of directors believes that Mr. Jarett Levan's operating and management experience, including his positions with our affiliates, allow him to provide insight to the board with respect to our business and affairs. Mr. Jarett Levan is the son of Alan B. Levan, Chairman of our board of directors.
Mark A. Nerenhausen
Mark A. Nerenhausen has served as a member of our board of directors since 2003. Since 2017 Mr. Nerenhausen has served as the Pres/CEO of the Hennepin Threatre Trust in Minneapolis, MN. Prior to this, Mr. Nerenhausen served as a professor and a director of the Syracuse University Janklow Arts Leadership Program. In addition, since August 2010, Mr. Nerenhausen has been a Principal of ZSP Consulting. Mr. Nerenhausen also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of other major performing arts complexes including the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, TX and the Performing Arts Center Authority in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Our board of directors believes that it benefits from Mr. Nerenhausen's leadership skills and business and management experience gained from his service in Principal, President and Chief Executive Officer positions, including the sales aspects of his positions.
Arnold Sevell has served as a member of our board of directors since 2002. For more than twenty-eight years, Mr. Sevell has been the President of Sevell Realty Partners, Inc., a full-service commercial real estate firm, and its affiliated entities, Sevell Realty Holdings, LLC, Sevell Family Holdings, LLC and Sevell Residential Realty LLC. Mr. Sevell also serves as Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Board of Boca Raton, Florida. Our board of directors believes that Mr. Sevell provides expertise and insight to the board as a result of his knowledge of, and experience within, the real estate industry and his insight into real estate markets generally.
Orlando Sharpe has served as a member of our board of directors since 2011. Mr. Sharpe founded Sharpe Project Developments, Inc., a real estate development company, in 1990 and has served as its President since that time. From 1986 to 1990, he was employed with Arvida/JMP Partners, L.P., a residential real estate development company, where he managed the design, construction, development and property management for several office buildings, retail centers, hotels, restaurants, warehouses and mixed use commercial parks. Prior to that time, he was employed by the Weitz Co. General Contractors as a project manager on various commercial projects. His background also includes professional experience with a number of architectural and engineering firms. Our board of directors believes that it benefits from Mr. Sharpe's knowledge of the real estate industry generally and particularly with respect to real estate development and current trends in the industry.
Seth M. Wise
Executive Vice President, BBX Capital and President, BBX Capital Real Estate
Seth M. Wise is Executive Vice President of BBX Capital Corporation (NYSE: BBX, OTCQX: BBXTB) and serves on its Board of Directors. He is also President of BBX Capital Real Estate, President of Woodbridge Holdings, LLC, and sits on the board of Bluegreen Vacations Corporation (NYSE: BXG). Mr. Wise has more than 25 years of experience in real estate finance, management, investment, restructuring and development.
Throughout his career, Mr. Wise has been responsible for managing approximately $3 billion of real estate assets in various classes including industrial, retail, and a particular focus on housing that includes single family, master-planned communities and multifamily. He currently manages an acquired portfolio of nearly $600 million of performing and non-performing loans and real estate. Mr. Wise's real estate development experience includes in excess of 1.5 million-square-feet of industrial space, as well as the development, ownership and asset management of nearly 2,000 rental apartment units and single-family homes. He's a leader in equity investment, lending, and debt restructuring, including the management of a commercial real estate workout portfolio of over $1 billion.
Mr. Wise is an active member of organizations in his field and community. He is a member of the Ambassadors Board of Nova Southeastern University, the Real Estate Advisory Board of the Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Florida, and the Southeast Florida/Caribbean Council of Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is a member of the prestigious Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors for Jewish Family Services of Broward County, a non-profit human services organization and Board Member of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Miami / Broward chapter. Mr. Wise earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Florida.