BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Alan Cohen

Mr. Cohen has been a director of the Company since September 14, 2012. Mr. Cohen was initially elected to the Board of Directors by the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Syms Corp. Mr. Cohen serves as the “Series A Director”, who is elected by the holder of the Series A Preferred Stock pursuant to the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation. He is the Chairman of Abacus Advisors LLC, a business advisory firm. Qualifications and Skills: Mr. Cohen is the Chairman of Abacus Advisors and has more than 30 years’ experience working with distressed businesses in all aspects of their management and operations, serving as a consultant and advisor to numerous Fortune 500 companies and many leading banks and financial institutions. He has been an active participant in seminars on turnaround management and has lectured extensively on restructuring and asset-based lending. Mr. Cohen has served as a trustee, chief restructuring officer, and consultant in various chapter 11 cases, state court proceedings, and out-of-court restructurings for companies including The Towers Financial Corporation, County Seat Stores, 47 th Street Photo, Russ Togs and Aileen, Inc.

Alexander C. Matina

Mr. Matina has served on the Board of Directors since April 11, 2013 and is the Chairman of the Board. He was initially elected by the two directors of the Company then serving as the directors elected by the holders of Common Stock pursuant to the Company’s by-laws, or the “EC Directors”. He is the Vice President of Investments for MFP Investors, LLC, the family office of Michael F. Price, which has a value-investing focus across public and private markets. Qualifications and Skills: Mr. Matina brings a strong finance background to the Company, including experience with bankruptcies and private equity. Mr. Matina serves as an adjunct professor of financial modeling at Fordham University. Prior to joining MFP Investors, LLC in 2007, Mr. Matina served in various roles at Balance Asset Management, a multi-strategy hedge fund, and as a senior associate at Altus Capital Partners, a middle market private equity fund. He was previously a principal at 747 Capital, a private equity fund-of-funds, and a financial analyst at Salomon Smith Barney in the financial sponsors group of the investment banking division.

Joanne M. Minieri

Ms. Minieri has served as a director of the Company since November 8, 2013 and serves as the Chair of the Board’s Audit Committee. She was appointed by Third Avenue, a major investor in the Company. Ms. Minieri serves as the “Special Stock Director”, who is elected by the holder of the Special Stock pursuant to the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation. She is an EVP of RXR Realty and the COO of RXR Dev Svcs and RXR Dev and Construction Co.
Qualifications and Skills: Previously, Ms. Minieri served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Forest City Ratner Companies (“FCRC”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Forest City Enterprises (“FCE”). She originally joined FCRC as its Chief Financial Officer in 1995, and was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 1998 and to President and Chief Operating Officer in 2007. Ms. Minieri served as the Deputy County Executive and Commissioner of Economic Development and Planning for Suffolk County from 4/2012-7/2016. Ms. Minieri is a certified public accountant.

Keith Pattiz

Mr. Pattiz has served on the Board of Directors since November 5, 2013. Mr. Pattiz serves as the “Independent Director”, who is nominated by the EC Directors, with the reasonable consent of the holder of the Series A Preferred Stock, and elected by the holder of the Series A Preferred Stock pursuant to the Company’s Certificate of Incorporation. Mr. Pattiz is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP, where he serves as head of the real estate group. Qualifications and Skills: Mr. Pattiz has extensive experience in a wide range of real estate matters, including commercial leasing, financing, sales and acquisitions, hotel transactions and real estate workout matters.

Matthew Messinger

Mr. Messinger has been the President and CEO of the Company since October 2013 and has served as a director of the Company since March 9, 2016. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Messinger served as the Executive Vice President and Director of Investment Management at Forest City Ratner Companies (“FCRC”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Forest City Enterprises (“FCE”), where he served for more than 18 years. In this role, Mr. Messinger led the New York Investment Committee of FCRC and served on the Investment Committee and Executive Management Committee of FCE. Mr. Messinger brings extensive development, asset management, finance, strategic planning and tax credit structuring experience across a wide range of asset classes including retail, hotel, residential, office, arena and professional sports teams. Mr. Messinger is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He currently serves on the board and real estate committee of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, and he is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Coalition, the New Markets Tax Credit Coalition, and the New York Hospitality Council.