BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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 on the Board of Directors since November 8, 2013. She was appointed by Third Avenue Real Estate Value Fund, 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. Ms. Minieri serves as the Chair of the Board’s Audit Committee.
She is the Deputy County Executive of Suffolk County, New York and Commissioner for Suffolk County Economic Development and Planning. 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 is the Chairman of the Suffolk County IDA and the Suffolk County Economic Development Corp. She also serves on the Board of the Suffolk County Land Bank as Vice Chairman, formed in 2014. Ms. Minieri is a certified public accountant.
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.
Ms. Shevyrtalova has been a director of the Company since September 14, 2012. Ms. Shevyrtalova was initially elected to the Company’s Board of Directors by the parties that backstopped the rights offering conducted by Syms Corp. in connection with its emergence from bankruptcy. She is currently the Portfolio Manager and a member of the Investment Committee at DS Advisors, LLC. Qualifications and Skills: Prior to joining DS Advisors, Ms. Shevyrtalova was part of the investment team at Barington Capital Group, an investment firm experienced in taking active roles in assisting companies in creating and improving stockholder value. From 2003 to 2007, Ms. Shevyrtalova was a Vice President at Lehman Brothers in its Equity Capital Management Group, where she focused on investing in undervalued equities, special situations and turnarounds. Ms. Shevyrtalova is a graduate of the Harvard Business School.