Gary R. Garrabrant
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Gary R. Garrabrant is our Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Garrabrant is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Jaguar Growth Partners Group, LLC (“Jaguar”), as well as JGP. Mr. Garrabrant has been the Chief Executive Officer of Jaguar, as well as JGP since their formation in 2013. Prior to the creation of Jaguar, Mr. Garrabrant co-founded Equity International in 1999 and was Chief Executive Officer and Director from 1996 to 2012. He was the principal architect of Equity International, providing strategic direction and overseeing all of the company’s activities and investment portfolio. From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Garrabrant was Executive Vice President of Equity Group Investments, responsible for private investments and capital markets, leading the acquisition of California Real Estate Investment Trust and the creation of Capital Trust. Previously Mr. Garrabrant co-founded Genesis Realty Capital Management and held leadership roles in the investment banking divisions of Chemical Bank and Bankers Trust Company. Mr. Garrabrant served as chairperson, vice chairperson and director of a number of companies spanning multiple continents across various sectors, including office, industrial and retail property, logistics, homebuilding, specialty finance, investment management and hospitality. Mr. Garrabrant is a former member of the University of Cambridge Real Estate Finance Advisory Board and the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business Advisory Council, where he conceived and established the Garrabrant International Internship Program. He is a former Advisory Board member of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at Notre Dame. He is a member of the Misericordia Advisory Board and the Endowment Investment Committee, a trustee of the Naples Children & Education Foundation (sponsor of the Naples Winter Wine Festival), a member of the Peconic Land Trust President’s Council and a supporter of the Ovarian Cancer Translational Gene Program at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Mr. Garrabrant graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.B.A. in Finance and completed the Dartmouth Institute at Dartmouth College. Mr. Garrabrant is well qualified to serve as director because he brings decades of leadership and knowledge drawing from his experiences as Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of both Equity International and JGP. He has a strong track record of investing and building companies in diversified sectors including logistics, retail, homebuilding, hospitality, healthcare, specialty finance, real estate and technology.
Thomas J. McDonald
President and Director
Thomas J. McDonald is our President and one of our directors. Mr. McDonald is co-founder of Jaguar and JGP. Mr. McDonald has been Managing Partner of Jaguar as well as Managing Partner and Head of Americas of JGP since their formation in 2013. Mr. McDonald has served as a managing member of Jaguar Growth Asset Management, LLC since 2013. Mr. McDonald serves on the boards of directors for Hoteles City Express (BMV: HCITY), LatAm Logistics Properties, Opea Securitizadora SA, and Bresco, and previously for Vesta (BMV: VESTA), Aliansce Sonae SA (BZ: ALSO3), Gafisa (NYSE: GFA), BR Malls (BZ: BRML3), Tenda (BZ: TNDA3), Parque Arauco (SNSE: PARAUCO), Bracor, AGV Logistics, and Brazilian Finance and Real Estate. Prior to the creation of Jaguar, Mr. McDonald was the Chief Strategic Officer of Equity International. He was primarily responsible for developing its collaborative, partner-oriented investment style through establishing, building and optimizing relationships, as well as coordinating investment and portfolio management activities. From 1997 to 1999, Mr. McDonald was Executive Vice President of Anixter International (NYSE: AXE) responsible for global sales. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. McDonald resided in Argentina and was responsible for establishing operating businesses for Anixter in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela and Colombia. Previously Mr. McDonald resided in Mexico and Puerto Rico, holding operating and business development leadership roles with American Airlines and Quadrum SA de CV. Mr. McDonald is a member of the Emeritus Board of IES Abroad, and former member of the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business Global Advisory Board. Mr. McDonald founded, and is President of the board of Coprodeli USA, a non-profit supporting the integral development of Peru’s impoverished. Mr. McDonald is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and conversant in French. Mr. McDonald graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Mr. McDonald is well qualified to serve as director due to his extensive experience in private equity investing in emerging markets over the past 24 years and his extensive public company, private company and non-for-profit board experience.
Thomas D. Hennessy
Thomas D. Hennessy, one of our directors, currently serves as a Managing Partner of Growth Strategies of Hennessy Capital Group, LLC, an alternative investment firm founded in 2013 that focuses on investing in industrial, infrastructure, climate and real estate technologies. Since December 2020, he has served as a director of 7GC &Co. Holdings Inc. (“VII”) (NASDAQ: VII), a special purpose acquisition company targeting the technology industry. From December 2020 to December 2022, he served as Chairman, Co-Chief Executive Officer and President of PTIC, a special purpose acquisition company which in 2020 closed an initial business combination with Appreciate Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFR). From November 2019 to December 2020, as Chairperson, Co-Chief Executive Officer and President of PTAC, a special purpose acquisition company, which in December 2020 closed an initial business combination Porch.com, Inc. and is now known as Porch Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRCH), or Porch, a leading software and services platform for the home inspection and home service industries, and served as a director from December 2020 to August 2021. From September 2014 to July 2019, Mr. Hennessy served as a Portfolio Manager of ADIA, during which time he created and led ADIA’s PropTech investment mandate. Mr. Hennessy is the son of Daniel J. Hennessy, one of our advisors. Mr. Hennessy holds a B.A. degree from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
M. Joseph Beck
M. Joseph Beck, one of our directors, serves as a director of VII, since December 2020. Mr. Beck has served as a Managing Partner of Growth Strategies of Hennessy Capital Group, LLC since July 2019. From December 2020 to December 2022, he served as the Co-Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and director of PTIC, a special purpose acquisition company which in 2020 closed an initial business combination with Appreciate Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: SFR). From November 2019 to December 2020, he served as Co-Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and director of PTAC, a special purpose acquisition company, which in December 2020 closed an initial business combination with Porch. . From August 2012 to July 2019, Mr. Beck served as a Senior Investment Manager of ADIA. From July 2008 to August 2012, Mr. Beck served in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he focused on mergers and acquisitions for companies in the real estate sector as well as public and private financings of equity, debt and structured products. Mr. Beck holds a B.A. degree from Yale University.
Craig M. Hatkoff, one of our independent directors, has served as Executive Chairperson of LEX Markets, a real estate and alternative asset fintech start-up, since April 2019. Mr. Hatkoff is nominated to become a director for Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation. Mr. Hatkoff has served on the board of directors of SL Green Realty Corp. (NYSE: SLG), a public real estate investment trust and the largest owner of commercial real estate in Manhattan since 2011. He also serves as the Chairperson of Turtle Pond Publications. Previously, Mr. Hatkoff was the Co-Head of the Real Estate Investment Banking Unit of Chemical Bank and served as a director of Subversive Capital Acquisition Corp. (NEOSVX: U), a cannabis focused SPAC which acquired CMG Partners Inc. and Left Coast Ventures, Inc. Mr. Hatkoff served on the Board of Colony Capital, Inc. (NYSE: CLNY), a public real estate investment trust that focuses on global digital infrastructure from 2019 to 2021. He served as a director of Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO), a real estate investment trust engaged in the ownership, management and leasing of retail properties, from 2004 to 2019. Mr. Hatkoff also co-founded the Tribeca Film Festival in 2002. Mr. Hatkoff was a Co-Founder and director of Capital Trust, Inc., a real estate investment management company, from 1997 to 2010.
Christine Zhao, one of our independent directors, has been Chief Financial Officer of AlTi Global Inc.(NASDAQ: ALTI), a global wealth management and alternative asset management company since January 2023, and CFO of its predecessor company Tiedemann Advisors since July 2021. Most recently, from January 2021 to February 2023 Ms. Zhao was a member of the board of directors and Audit Committee Chair of D and Z Media Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: DNZ), a media and edtech-focused special purpose acquisition company, from October 1996 to January 2023, she was a member of the board of directors and Governance and Nomination Committee Chair of bio-pharmaceutical company BeyondSpring Inc. (NASDAQ:BYSI), which develops innovative immune-oncology cancer therapies, and from July 2020 to October 2022 she was a member of the board of directors and Chief Financial Officer for Edoc Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: ADOC), a healthcare focused special purpose acquisition company. Previously, from November 2015 to December 2019, she served as Chief Financial Officer for two large PE-backed growth-stage companies, including Best Inc., a pre-IPO logistics technology company in China, which later priced is initial public offering at a valuation exceeding $3 billion (NYSE: BEST). Prior to this, she served as a Managing Director of Bank of America Merrill Lynch and an Executive Director of JPMorgan, where she held senior positions at headquarters and global corporate and investment banking units across a broad spectrum of functional areas including treasury, liquidity products, capital management, risk management, and as regional Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer in transaction banking and corporate banking units. She also worked at American Express in various capacities including corporate strategic planning and venture investing from March 2003 to March 2008. Early in her career, Ms. Zhao worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and in corporate finance/corporate development at FedEx. Ms. Zhao is a board member of several non-profit organizations, including Volunteers of America—Greater New York, the Chinese Finance Association and Asian Pacific American Advocates Westchester & Hudson Valley Chapter. She is also a founding board member of the American Chinese Unite Care. Ms. Zhao received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, a master’s degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Alabama and a bachelor’s degree in Economics with distinction from Fudan University in China.
Martha Notaras, one of our independent directors, is a General Partner at Brewer Lane Ventures, investing in early stage insurtech and fintech companies. Ms. Notaras serves on the boards of directors of Cowbell Cyber, an artificial intelligence-driven cyber insurance platform, since 2021; Lynk, which uses artificial intelligence to deliver its “knowledge as a service” platform, since 2021; and Cape Analytics, which delivers highly accurate property data derived from imagery via machine learning, since 2016. Since 2020, Ms. Notaras has served on the board of directors of Palomar Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: PLMR), which provides catastrophe insurance for personal and commercial property. Since 2019, Ms Notaras has served on the board of directors of ATTOM Data Solutions, a leading provider of property data to the real estate, financial services and insurance markets.
Prior to joining Brewer Lane, from 2015 to 2019, Ms. Notaras was Partner at XL Innovate, investing in early stage insurtechs, including Lemonade, which went public in 2020. From 2010 to 2015, Ms. Notaras provided outsourced corporate development and strategy consulting to technology and financial services clients. Previously, from 1994 to 2010, Ms. Notaras ran corporate development for the business analytics division of the Daily Mail, where she participated in the acquisitions of 20 companies. The portfolio included insurtech pioneer Risk Management Solutions which Moody’s acquired for $2 billion, and property analytics company Property & Portfolio Research, which CoStar acquired. Ms. Notaras has served as board director for many early and growth stage companies, including those in fintech, insurtech, proptech, edtech and digital media. Ms. Notaras’ prior experience includes investment banking at Merrill Lynch and commercial banking at Credit Suisse. Ms. Notaras earned her A.B. cum laude from Princeton University and her MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar, awarded for graduating in the top five percent of the class.
Michael B. Berman, one of our independent directors, is the Chief Executive Officer of MB Capital Associates, a private company focused on public and private investments and consultancy assignments. From 2011 to 2018, Mr. Berman was the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of GGP, Inc., where he was responsible for capital markets, finance, treasury, accounting, tax, technology, investor relations and corporate communications functions. Mr. Berman served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Equity LifeStyle Properties (NYSE: ELS) from September 2003 until November 2011. He was responsible for ELS’s capital markets, finance, treasury, accounting, tax, technology, and investor relations functions. Mr. Berman is a member of the board of directors and the Audit Committee Chair of Brixmor Property Group Inc. (NYSE: BRX) He is a member of the board of directors, the Audit Committee Chair and a member of the governance and nominating committee of Skyline Champion Corp. (NYSE: SKY), one of the nation’s largest factory-built housing companies. Mr. Berman was also a member of the board of directors and member of the audit and compensation committees of Mack-Cali Realty Corporation (NYSE: CLI), from 2020 to 2021. Mr. Berman was employed in the investment banking department of Merrill Lynch & Co. from 1988 through 2002 and was an associate professor at the New York University Real Estate Institute in 2003. Mr. Berman holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University Graduate School of Business, a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University in New York.
Jason H. Lee
Jason H. Lee, one of our independent directors, is currently Co-Chairperson of Brilliant China. Mr. Lee, along with his partners, acquired Brilliant in 2020. Prior to Brilliant, Mr. Lee was with The Carlyle Group, a global private equity investment firm, for 22 years most recently as Managing Director-Partner and Head of Asia Real Estate based in Hong Kong where he founded Carlyle Asia Real Estate in 2001. During Mr. Lee’s 17 years with Carlyle in Hong Kong, Carlyle invested in over $6 billion of real estate assets throughout Asia, including China, Korea and Japan, and Australia through various real estate funds, partnerships and separate accounts across core plus, value add and opportunistic strategies. Mr. Lee began his career at Carlyle in 1996 becoming a Principal with Carlyle’s U.S. Real Estate group based in Washington, D.C. and making opportunistic real estate investments in the U.S. through two real estate private equity funds, Carlyle Realty Partners I and II. Before joining Carlyle, Mr. Lee worked for The Argo Partnerships in New York, two opportunistic real estate investment funds focused on North America, sponsored by The O’Connor Group and J.P. Morgan. Prior to The Argo Partnerships, Mr. Lee worked for Disney Development Company, the real estate arm of The Walt Disney Company, in California. Mr. Lee received a B.S. in Business Administration from the Hass School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.