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Chief Executive Officer
Craig H. SolomonChief Executive Officer

Craig H. Solomon is the Chief Executive Officer of Square Mile Capital. Mr. Solomon is responsible for managing all aspects of Square Mile’s business and investment activities, and implementing Square Mile’s strategic objectives. Mr. Solomon served as Co-Managing Principal of Square Mile until June 2017. In addition to his role as Chief Executive Officer and Board Member, Mr. Solomon serves on the Investment Committees of all Square Mile funds. Prior to joining Square Mile, and prior to the formation of its first institutional fund, Mr. Solomon was the managing partner of Solomon and Weinberg LLP, a boutique law firm specializing in all areas of commercial real estate and finance which Mr. Solomon cofounded in 1990, and a founding principal of SWH Realty Corp., an active high yield real estate finance firm based in New York, and Platinum Funding Corp., an asset based specialty finance firm also based in New York. He has broad expertise in all facets of the real estate arena with particular expertise in structured finance, distressed transactions, joint ventures and partnerships, capital markets, foreclosures, restructurings and real estate related bankruptcies. Mr. Solomon is a 1979 graduate of Lehigh University and a 1982 graduate of the George Washington University School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review. He began his career at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

Senior Managing Director / Credit Strategies
Jeffrey F. FastovSenior Managing Director / Credit Strategies

Jeff is responsible for establishing, overseeing and implementing Square Mile’s strategic direction with respect to all credit initiatives. Prior to joining Square Mile in 2013, Jeff served as co-head of Credit Suisse’s Real Estate Finance and Securitization group. Prior to Credit Suisse, Jeff founded Oasis Real Estate Partners, a capital markets advisor to foreign and domestic financial institutions, private equity funds and other significant real estate credit market participants. From 1992 to 2009, Jeff was with Goldman Sachs, where he ultimately served as co-head of its commercial real estate lending business. Jeff started his career at Moody’s Investors Service where he established and led the Commercial Real Estate Ratings group from 1983 to 1992. Jeff received his B.A. from the University of Rochester and his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

Senior Managing Director / General Counsel
Joseph D. D’AngeloSenior Managing Director / General Counsel

Joseph is responsible for managing the day-to-day legal affairs of Square Mile, as well as providing legal counsel on the structuring and execution of investments. Prior to joining Square Mile in 2008, Joseph was a shareholder at the law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP, where his broad based practice covered all areas of real estate including structured finance, capital markets, joint ventures, preferred equity investments, senior and mezzanine financings, loan participations, debt restructurings and acquisitions and sales of real property and loan portfolios. Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig LLP, Joseph was a real estate partner at Solomon and Weinberg LLP, where his practice focused primarily on complex structured finance, joint venture and preferred equity transactions. Joseph is a 1986 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School, a 1987 graduate of Columbia University, where he received an M.S. in Real Estate Development, and a 1990 graduate of the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, where he received a J.D.

Managing Director / Investments
Brad CohenManaging Director / Investments

Brad is the Chief Credit Officer for the Credit Strategies at Square Mile. Prior to joining Square Mile in 2013, Brad was a Managing Director in the Global Real Estate Group at UBS Investment Bank. Previously, Brad was a Senior Manager in KPMG’s Real Estate Transaction Group. Brad has over 30 years of experience in real estate and real estate finance. Brad received his B.A. in Economics from Bucknell University.

Managing Director/ Global Investors Group
Gena ChengManaging Director/ Global Investors Group

Gena is responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with institutional investors, their managers, advisors and consultants, both domestically and internationally, with the intent of attracting capital to USAA RealCo and Square Mile’s platforms. Prior to joining USAA RealCo, Gena served as Managing Director of Marketing and Investor Relations for Forum Partners where she served as lead in the company’s capital raising efforts, investor relations, public relations and branding for a $6 billion global real estate investment management platforms with private equity, public equities and debt strategies. Prior to Forum, Gena was Chief Operating Officer of JT Partners, a placement agent, and a portfolio manager at APG Asset Management. Gena began her career as a real estate consultant at Arthur Andersen. Ms. Cheng is a USAA RealCo employee.

Managing Director / Investments
Nolan HechtManaging Director / Investments

Nolan oversees hotel investments and hotel asset management at Square Mile. In this role, Nolan assists in originating, structuring, underwriting and closing investments, assists with all ongoing asset management duties related to hospitality investments, including managing brand and franchise relationships and overseeing capital markets transactions, including refinancings and dispositions and leads hospitality workout and special servicing activities. Nolan is an active member of the ULI Hospitality Development Council and a frequent speaker at major hospitality conferences. Prior to joining Square Mile in 2010, Nolan was a Vice President at AIG Global Real Estate, overseeing worldwide hospitality investments and asset management. Nolan is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, where he concentrated in real estate finance.

Managing Director / Legal and Regulatory Affairs
Daniel M. KasellManaging Director / Legal and Regulatory Affairs

Daniel is responsible for providing legal counsel on the structuring and execution of transactions as well as fund formations, new initiatives and regulatory compliance matters. Daniel also serves as Square Mile’s Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to joining Square Mile in 2010, Daniel was an Associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in the firm’s Commercial Real Estate and Private Equity groups, where his practice focused on real estate acquisitions, dispositions, financings, joint ventures, fund formations and restructurings. Daniel received his B.A. in Near Eastern Studies from Cornell University, a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a certification in Real Estate Finance and Investment from the New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate.

Managing Director / Global Investors Group
Tara McCannManaging Director / Global Investors Group

Tara is primarily focused on opportunistic and credit strategies for Square Mile. Prior to joining USAA RealCo in 2016, Ms. McCann was a Senior Vice President and Partner with H/2 Capital Partners focusing on investor relations, development and reporting. Prior to H/2 Capital Partners, Ms. McCann was a Principal with Ranieri Real Estate Partners focusing on corporate acquisitions and launching a distressed debt fund. Prior experience also includes eight years in the Deutsche Bank Securities Real Estate Investment Banking Group with over $45 billion of closed equity and debt financings and strategic advisory assignments. Ms. McCann received her AB in Urban Studies and Economics from Brown University and MBS from Columbia Business School. Ms. McCann is a USAA RealCo employee.

Managing Director / Asset Management
Charles OchmanManaging Director / Asset Management

Charles serves as Head of Asset Management for Square Mile. Prior to joining Square Mile in 2006, Charles was a Senior Associate at Apollo Real Estate Advisors with primary responsibilities over a series of domestic and international debt and equity real estate funds. Previously, Charles was a member of the real estate consulting practice at Arthur Andersen, underwriting commercial loans for a variety of investment banks and other financial institutions. Charles graduated from Lehigh University with his B.S. in Business and Economics.

Managing Director / Loan Operations
Deborah SchiavoManaging Director / Loan Operations

Deb is responsible for Loan Operations, including managing Square Mile’s loan servicing relationships. Prior to joining Square Mile, Deb was dedicated to Square Mile as Managing Director of Portfolio Management at Cohen Financial. She has more than 20 years of commercial real estate finance experience, including at Morgan Stanley, Bear Stearns (now J.P. Morgan), Smith Barney (now Citibank) and PaineWebber (now UBS) where she had loan closing, asset management, securitization and loan restructuring responsibilities. Deb received her B.A. and M.B.A. from Boston College.

Principal / Investments
Matthew DrummondPrincipal / Investments

Matthew is responsible for sourcing, negotiating and structuring transactions, as well as managing existing investments and relationships. Prior to joining Square Mile in 2010, Matthew was a senior financial analyst at LaSalle Investment Management focusing on asset and portfolio management. Matthew began his career at M&T Bank where he was selected for its relationship management and sales program before accepting a position in the commercial real estate lending group. Matthew received his B.A. in Philosophy from Colgate University.

Principal / Investments
Jesse GoepelPrincipal / Investments

Jesse is responsible for underwriting, negotiating and structuring transactions, as well as managing existing investments and relationships. Prior to joining Square Mile in 2008, Jesse was an Analyst in the Real Estate, Gaming, Lodging & Leisure group at Deutsche Bank Securities. Jesse received his B.A. in Philosophy, with a certificate in Markets and Management Studies, from Duke University.

Principal / Investments
Michael LavipourPrincipal / Investments

Michael is responsible for sourcing, negotiating and structuring transactions, as well as managing Square Mile’s banking and warehouse relationships. Prior to joining Square Mile in 2013, Michael served as Vice President at Redwood Trust where he originated whole loan and mezzanine loans in the northeastern U.S. Prior to joining Redwood Trust, Michael was a Vice President in the Real Estate Finance group at Credit Suisse where he worked in loan origination, asset management and capital markets. Michael received his B.A. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Principal / Transaction Counsel
Beth NewmanPrincipal / Transaction Counsel

Beth is responsible for structuring, negotiating and closing transactions. Prior to joining Square Mile in 2017, Beth was Special Counsel at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP in the firm’s Real Estate group, where her practice focused on debt and equity financing (for securitization in the capital markets, constructions loans, participations, restructuring and workouts), property sales and acquisitions and development projects. Beth received her B.A. in sociology from Boston University and a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law.

Principal / Investments
Michael MestelPrincipal / Investments

Michael is responsible for sourcing, negotiating and structuring transactions, as well as managing existing investments and relationships.  Prior to joining Square Mile in 2016, Michael served as a Director in the Real Estate Finance group at Citigroup where he was responsible for originating, negotiating and structuring new fixed and floating rate loans in the northeast and west coast of the U.S.  Prior to that, Michael was a Vice President at Rialto Capital Management where he was responsible for the acquisitions and asset management of distressed real estate and distressed loans. Earlier in his career, Michael worked as an Acquisitions Associate for The Witkoff Group.  Michael received his B.A. in Government from Cornell University.

Principal / Investments
Elliot RattnerPrincipal / Investments

Elliot is responsible for underwriting, negotiating and structuring transactions, as well as managing existing investments and relationships. Prior to joining Square Mile in 2008, Elliot served as an Investment Analyst for Greenstreet Real Estate Partners. Elliot received his B.S. in Economics with dual concentrations in Finance and Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Principal / Finance and Reporting
Jason J. TighePrincipal / Finance and Reporting

Jason oversees the finance and reporting for the operations of all of the investment vehicles at Square Mile. Prior to joining Square Mile in 2015, Jason was a Principal at Ares Management from 2013-2014 from the acquisition of AREA Property Partners. From 2001-2013, Jason was at AREA Property Partners (Apollo Real Estate Advisors), ultimately serving as the US Finance Director overseeing the finance team and operations for all of the US based investment vehicles. Jason received his B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Law from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Vice President / Financial Administration
Vivian ChangVice President / Financial Administration

Vivian is responsible for the accounting and reporting of Square Mile’s management company as well as overseeing investor reporting for each of Square Mile’s partnerships and investment vehicles. Prior to joining Square Mile in 2015, Vivian served as a Senior Financial Reporting Manager at iStar Financial, Inc., and a Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Vivian received her B.S. in Management / Information Systems from New York University and a Masters of Accounting from the University of Southern California. Vivian is a licensed CPA.

Vice President / Investments
Eric CohenVice President / Investments

Eric is responsible for sourcing, negotiating and structuring transactions focusing on the east coast. Prior to joining Square Mile in 2015, Eric was an Associate in the CMBS group at J.P. Morgan. Eric received his B.S.B.A. in Finance, with a minor in Political Science, from Washington University in St. Louis.

Vice President / Investments
Jeong Gu LeeVice President / Investments

Jeong serves as Head of Analytics for Square Mile. Prior to joining Square Mile in 2013, Jeong was a Vice President at Citigroup in its Fixed Income department. Jeong received his B.S. from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, an M.S. in Math, Statistics & Operations Research from New York University, and an M.A. in Mathematics of Finance from Columbia University.

Vice President / Investments
Angela LinVice President / Investments

Angela is responsible for underwriting, negotiating and structuring transactions, as well as managing existing investments and relationships. Prior to joining Square Mile in 2011, Angela was a Senior Analyst in the Real Estate Special Servicing group at Torchlight Investors (formerly ING Clarion Capital). Angela received her B.A. in Economics from Wellesley College and an M.A. in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University.

Vice President / Investments
Daniel NeumannVice President / Investments

Daniel is responsible for underwriting and conducting diligence for prospective transactions as well as managing existing investments. Prior to joining Square Mile in 2014, Daniel was an Associate in the Capital Markets group at Jones Lang LaSalle. Daniel received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan.

Vice President / Investments
Ian PassmoreVice President / Investments

Ian is responsible for underwriting, negotiating and structuring new transactions, as well as managing existing investments and relationships. Prior to joining Square Mile in 2015, Ian was an Associate in the Real Estate Investments group at CPP Investment Board where he was responsible for executing and overseeing a variety of investments and relationships in both the U.S. and Canada. Ian received his B.A. in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Vice President / Investments
Sean ReimerVice President / Investments

Sean is responsible for sourcing, negotiating and structuring transactions focusing on the northeastern U.S. Prior to joining Square Mile in 2016, Sean served as a Director in the CMBS group at Cantor Commercial Real Estate where he originated senior mortgages on all property types across the U.S. Sean received his B.S. in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Manager / Global Investors Group
Izzy RothsteinManager / Global Investors Group

Izzy is an employee within the Global Investors Group focused on opportunistic and credit strategies for Square Mile. Prior to joining USAA RealCo in 2017, Ms. Rothstein was an Associate on the Investor Relations team at H/2 Capital Partners. Ms. Rothstein’s previous work experience also includes commercial real estate credit roles both at UBS’s SNB Stabfund and Moody’s Investors Service. Ms. Rothstein received a B.A. in Economics from Cornell and her M.B.A. from NYU Stern. Ms. Rothstein is a USAA RealCo employee.

Senior Director, Compliance Counsel
Miriam SussmanSenior Director, Compliance Counsel

Miriam is responsible for the day-to-day administration of Square Mile’s regulatory compliance program. Prior to joining USAA Real Estate Company in 2016 to work with Square Mile’s legal and compliance department, Miriam was a Compliance Officer and Counsel at the private equity firm Patriarch Partners, LLC, a Conflicts Attorney at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, and an Associate at Jones Day in the firm’s Financial Institutions Litigation and Regulation group. Miriam received her B.A. in Economics from Binghamton University and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.

* Ms. Sussman is a USAA RealCo employee dedicated to Square Mile to assist the Chief Compliance Officer in performing Square Mile’s legal and compliance functions.

Senior Associate / Global Investors Group
Larissa BenottiSenior Associate / Global Investors Group

Larissa joined the Global Investors Group in 2015 where she is responsible for investor relations and supporting fundraising efforts. Prior to joining USAA RealCo, Larissa’s experience included investor relations and marketing roles at Cerberus Capital Management L.P., JP Morgan and Zephyr Management, L.P. Larissa received her BS in Marketing from Fordham University.

Associate / Investments
Daniel BerkeAssociate / Investments

Daniel is responsible for underwriting and conducting diligence for prospective investments as well as managing existing investments. Prior to joining Square Mile in 2016, Daniel was an Associate in the Acquisitions group at Westbrook Partners, and an Analyst at Eastdil Secured / Wells Fargo Securities in the Real Estate Investment Banking group. Daniel received his B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Associate / Finance and Reporting
Cindy ChangAssociate / Finance and Reporting

Cindy is responsible for building and maintaining all Square Mile opportunistic fund models and waterfalls used for portfolio management and fund-raising activities. Prior to joining USAA RealCo, Ms. Chang was in the Portfolio Analytics team at BlackRock, overseeing risk and return analytics for multi-asset portfolios for institutional asset managers and pension funds. Ms. Chang received her B.S. in Finance and Accounting from New York University- Leonard. N. Stern School of Business. Ms. Chang is a USAA RealCo employee.

Associate / Finance and Reporting
Max GarelickAssociate / Finance and Reporting

Max handles portfolio analytics for Square Mile’s credit strategies. Prior to joining USAA RealCo in 2017, Max was an Associate in the real estate lending group at Benefit Street Partners where he focused on asset management and capital markets. Max received his B.A. in Political Science from New York University. Mr. Garelick is a USAA RealCo employee.

Associate / Investments
Michael KusyAssociate / Investments

Michael is responsible for underwriting and conducting diligence for prospective transactions as well as managing existing investments. Prior to joining Square Mile in 2015, Michael was an Analyst in the Investment Banking group specializing in restructuring transactions at Miller Buckfire, a division of Stifel. Michael received his B.B.A., in Finance and Real Estate, from Villanova University.

Associate / Asset Management
Jacob MartAssociate / Asset Management

Jacob is responsible for managing existing investments. Prior to joining Square Mile in 2017, Jacob served as an Analyst at Harbor Group International where he was responsible for the Asset Management of a variety of debt and equity investments. Jacob served in the United States Navy and holds a B.S.B.A, with a major in Finance, from the Strome College of Business at Old Dominion University.

Associate / Finance and Reporting
Giuseppe (Joe) RussoAssociate / Finance and Reporting

Joe is responsible for the production of recurring and ad-hoc investor and performance reporting for Square Mile. Prior to joining USAA RealCo in 2016, Mr. Russo was a Real Estate Fund Analyst at BlackRock, performing fund administration and investor reporting on behalf of both debt and equity open-end fund products. Mr. Russo received his BS in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting, from Monmouth University. Mr. Russo is a USAA RealCo employee.

Senior Analyst / Global Investors Group
Gabriella WooSenior Analyst / Global Investors Group

Gaby is a Senior Analyst actively involved in investor relations and fundraising efforts at the USAA RealCo and Square Mile. She previously interned at Square Mile where she was engaged with Korean marketing activities. Ms. Woo holds a MSRED from Columbia University and a B.FA in Architectural Design from Massachusetts College of Art. Ms. Woo is a USAA RealCo employee.

Analyst / Investments
Michelle KimAnalyst / Investments

Michelle is responsible for underwriting and conducting diligence for prospective transactions as well as managing existing investments. Prior to joining Square Mile in 2016, Michelle was an Analyst in the Investments group at General Growth Properties where she was responsible for underwriting urban retail and shopping center acquisition and disposition opportunities. Michelle received her B.A. in Economics from Cornell University.

Analyst / Investments
Zachary LowenwirtAnalyst / Investments

Zachary is responsible for underwriting and conducting diligence for prospective transactions as well as managing existing investments. Prior to joining Square Mile in 2016, Zachary was an Analyst in the Private Equity group at Building and Land Technology where he focused on acquisitions and asset management on behalf of a series of opportunistic funds. Zachary received his B.B.A. in Entrepreneurship from Baruch College.

Analyst / Investments
Corey PachtAnalyst / Investments

Corey is responsible for underwriting and conducting diligence for prospective transactions as well as managing existing investments. Prior to joining Square Mile in 2016, Corey was an Analyst in the Mergers and Acquisitions group at Greenhill & Co. Corey received his B.A. in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Analyst / Investments
Laurent TarneaudAnalyst / Investments

Laurent is responsible for underwriting and conducting diligence for prospective transactions as well as managing existing investments. Prior to joining Square Mile in 2016, Laurent was an Analyst in the Debt Placement, Equity Placement and Investment Sales groups at HFF where he was responsible for executing debt and equity transactions across the mid-atlantic and southeast regions. Laurent received his B.S.B.A, with a major in Finance and a minor in Economics, from Georgetown University.

Board of Directors

Craig H. Solomon

Craig H. Solomon is the Chief Executive Officer of Square Mile Capital. Mr. Solomon is responsible for managing all aspects of Square Mile’s business and investment activities, and implementing Square Mile’s strategic objectives. Mr. Solomon served as Co-Managing Principal of Square Mile until June 2017. In addition to his role as Chief Executive Officer and Board Member, Mr. Solomon serves on the Investment Committees of all Square Mile funds. Prior to joining Square Mile, and prior to the formation of its first institutional fund, Mr. Solomon was the managing partner of Solomon and Weinberg LLP, a boutique law firm specializing in all areas of commercial real estate and finance which Mr. Solomon cofounded in 1990, and a founding principal of SWH Realty Corp., an active high yield real estate finance firm based in New York, and Platinum Funding Corp., an asset based specialty finance firm also based in New York. He has broad expertise in all facets of the real estate arena with particular expertise in structured finance, distressed transactions, joint ventures and partnerships, capital markets, foreclosures, restructurings and real estate related bankruptcies. Mr. Solomon is a 1979 graduate of Lehigh University and a 1982 graduate of the George Washington University School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review. He began his career at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

Leonard J. O’Donnell

Leonard J. O’Donnell is the President and Chief Executive Officer of USAA RealCo and Non-Executive Chairman of the Square Mile Board of Directors. Mr. O’Donnell has served as President of USAA RealCo since 2011, and also became Chief Executive Officer in May 2013. In this capacity, Mr. O’Donnell oversees all operations of USAA RealCo, including Acquisitions, Private Equity, Capital Markets and Portfolio Management. He also oversees the management of all of USAA RealCo’s co-invested funds. Mr. O’Donnell came to USAA RealCo with more than 25 years of experience in real estate. He was previously a Principal and Chief Investment Officer of Crimson Real Estate Fund, a real estate opportunity fund managed by Crimson Real Estate Advisors, which specialized in value-added acquisitions and build-to-suit development. In this capacity, he was responsible for all acquisitions and capital market activities as well as the management of relationships with all co-investors and lenders. Prior to that, Mr. O’Donnell served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Crimson Capital Ltd, a diversified real estate investment company offering investment management services, as well as development, property management and leasing through affiliated companies. Prior experience also included 10 years as an investment broker in Washington, D.C. Mr. O’Donnell received his B.S. degree in Business Administration with dual concentrations in Finance and Marketing from the University of Delaware in 1985.

Jeffrey B. Citrin

Jeffrey B. Citrin is a Senior Advisor and Vice Chairman of the Board of Square Mile Capital. Mr. Citrin served as Co-Managing Principal of Square Mile until June 2017. In addition to his role on the Square Mile Board, Mr. Citrin serves on the Investment Committees of all Square Mile funds. Prior to founding Square Mile in 2006, Mr. Citrin served as President of Blackacre Capital Management which he cofounded in 1994. Blackacre (now Cerberus Institutional Real Estate) is the dedicated real estate arm of global investment firm Cerberus Capital Management LP. Prior to cofounding Blackacre, Mr. Citrin was a Managing Director at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. where he served as head of Oppenheimer’s Commercial Mortgage Investment Unit. From 1991 through 1993, Mr. Citrin served as a Vice President at First Boston (now Credit Suisse) where he was a founding member of the firm’s Distressed Real Estate Principal Group. From 1986 through 1991, Mr. Citrin was a Vice President in the Real Estate Investment Banking Unit of Chemical Bank (now JP Morgan Chase). From 1983 through 1986, Mr. Citrin was associated with the New York law firms of Proskauer Rose LLP and Kelley Drye & Warren LLP as an attorney in each firm’s respective real estate department. Mr. Citrin graduated from Dartmouth College in 1980 and received a J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law in 1983.

Christopher Claus

Christopher Claus, Board Member. Mr. Claus has served as a member of the board of directors of Square Mile since December 2014. Mr. Claus has held a number of senior leadership positions over the course of his 20-year career at USAA. Claus was a member of USAA’s Executive Council from 2001 to 2014. In addition, Mr. Claus held various P&L responsibilities throughout USAA, serving as President of the Investment Management Company, Chief Investment Officer, President of the Financial Advice and Solutions Group and Executive Vice President of the Enterprise Advice Group. Currently, Mr. Claus serves on a variety of Boards to include the USAA Real Estate Company and chairs the compensation committee, he serves on the Board of Directors of TrueCar.com and is a member of the Audit Committee, he is a newly named trustee of the Texas Research and Investment Foundation and serves as a member of the Investment Committee of Texas Lutheran University. Mr. Claus received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from University of Minnesota, Duluth in 1983, and an M.B.A. from University of St. Thomas in 1989.