Board of Directors
David T. Hamamoto
Mr. Hamamoto is the Chairman of NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. (NorthStar Realty Finance). Mr. Hamamoto has been our Chairman since October 2007 and has served as one of our directors since October 2003. Mr. Hamamoto previously served as our Chief Executive Officer from October 2004 until August 2015 and as our President from October 2004 until April 2011. Mr. Hamamoto also serves as Executive Chairman of NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc. (NSAM), a position he has held since August 2015, having previously served as NSAM’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from January 2014 until August 2015. Mr. Hamamoto previously served as Chairman of NorthStar Real Estate Income Trust, Inc. (NorthStar Income), the first public non-traded REIT originally sponsored by us, from February 2009 until August 2015 and served as its Chief Executive Officer from February 2009 until January 2013. In addition, Mr. Hamamoto served as Chairman of NorthStar Healthcare Income, Inc. (NorthStar Healthcare), the second public non-traded REIT sponsored by us, from January 2013 until January 2014, and of NorthStar Real Estate Income II, Inc. (NorthStar Income II), the third public non-traded REIT sponsored by us, from December 2012 until August 2015. Mr. Hamamoto also served as Co-Chairman of NorthStar/RXR New York Metro Income, Inc. (NorthStar/RXR), a public non-traded REIT co-sponsored by us, from March 2014 until August 2015. Additionally, Mr. Hamamoto serves as a member of the advisory committee of RXR Realty LLC, a leading real estate operating and investment management company focused on high-quality real estate investments in the New York Tri-State area and a co-sponsor of NorthStar/RXR, a position he has held since December 2013. Mr. Hamamoto also serves as a member of the executive committee of Island Hospitality Management Inc., a position he has held since January 2015. Mr. Hamamoto served as Executive Chairman from March 2011 until November 2012, and as Chairman, from February 2006 until March 2011, of the board of directors of Morgans Hotel Group Co. (NASDAQ: MHGC). In July 1997, Mr. Hamamoto co-founded NorthStar Capital Investment Corp., the predecessor to the Company, for which he served as Co-Chief Executive Officer until October 2004. From 1983 to 1997, Mr. Hamamoto worked for Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he was co-head of the Real Estate Principal Investment Area and general partner of the firm between 1994 and 1997. During Mr. Hamamoto’s tenure at Goldman, Sachs & Co., he initiated the firm’s effort to build a real estate principal investment business under the auspices of the Whitehall Funds. Mr. Hamamoto holds a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Tylis has been one of our directors since August 2015. Prior to his current position, Mr. Tylis served as our President from January 2013 until August 2015, our Co-President from April 2011 until January 2013, our Chief Operating Officer from January 2010 until January 2013, our Secretary from April 2006 until January 2013, and an Executive Vice President and our General Counsel from April 2006 until April 2011. Mr. Tylis also serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of NSAM, positions he has held since August 2015 and January 2014, respectively. Mr. Tylis has also served as a member of NSAM’s board of directors since August 2015. Mr. Tylis also served as Chief Operating Officer of NorthStar Income from October 2010 until January 2013 and as General Counsel and Secretary of NorthStar Income from October 2010 until April 2011. He has further served as Chairman of the board of directors of NorthStar Healthcare from April 2011 until January 2013 and as General Counsel and Secretary of NorthStar Healthcare from October 2010 until April 2011. Prior to joining our Company in August 2005, Mr. Tylis was the Director of Corporate Finance and General Counsel of ASA Institute and from September 1999 through February 2005, Mr. Tylis was a senior attorney at the law firm of Bryan Cave LLP, where he was a member of the Corporate Finance and Securities Group, the Transactions Group, the Banking, Business and Public Finance Group and supported the firm’s Real Estate Group. Additionally, Mr. Tylis has served as a member of the advisory committee of RXR Realty since December 2013. Mr. Tylis holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School.
Judith A. Hannaway
Ms. Hannaway has been one of our directors since September 2004. Ms. Hannaway also serves as a director of NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc., a position she has held since June 2014. Currently, and during the past five years, Ms. Hannaway has acted as a consultant to various financial institutions. Prior to acting as a consultant, Ms. Hannaway was previously employed by Scudder Investments, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Deutsche Bank Asset Management, as a Managing Director. Ms. Hannaway joined Scudder Investments in 1994 and was responsible for Special Product Development including closed-end funds, off shore funds and REIT funds. Prior to joining Scudder Investments, Ms. Hannaway was employed by Kidder Peabody as a Senior Vice President in Alternative Investment Product Development. She joined Kidder Peabody in 1980 as a Real-Estate Product Manager. Ms. Hannaway holds a Bachelor of Arts from Newton College of the Sacred Heart and a Master of Business Administration from Simmons College Graduate Program in Management.
Wesley D. Minami
Mr. Minami has been one of our directors since September 2004. Mr. Minami also serves as a director of NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc., a position he has held since June 2014. Mr. Minami served as President of Billy Casper Golf LLC from 2003 until March 2012, at which time he ceased acting as President and began serving as Principal. From 2001 to 2002, he served as President of Charles E. Smith Residential Realty, Inc., a REIT that was listed on the NYSE. In this capacity, Mr. Minami was responsible for the development, construction, acquisition and property management of over 22,000 high-rise apartments in five major U.S. markets. He resigned from this position after completing the transition and integration of Charles E. Smith Residential Realty, Inc. from an independent public company to a division of Archstone-Smith Trust, an apartment company that was listed on the NYSE. From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Minami worked as Chief Financial Officer and then Chief Operating Officer of Charles E. Smith Residential Realty, Inc. Prior to 1997, Mr. Minami served in various financial service capacities for numerous entities, including Ascent Entertainment Group, Comsat Corporation, Oxford Realty Services Corporation and Satellite Business Systems. Mr. Minami holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, with honors, from Grinnell College and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Chicago.
Louis J. Paglia
Mr. Paglia has been one of our directors since February 2006. Mr. Paglia also serves as a director of NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc., a position he has held since June 2014, and Arch Capital Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: ACGL), a position he has held since July 2014. Mr. Paglia founded Customer Choice LLC in April 2010, a data analytics company serving the electric utility industry. From April 2002 to March 2006, Mr. Paglia was the Executive Vice President of UIL Holdings Corporation, an electric utility, contracting and energy infrastructure company. Mr. Paglia was also President of UIL Holdings’ investment subsidiaries. From July 2002 through April 2005, Mr. Paglia also served as UIL Holdings’ Chief Financial Officer. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Paglia was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of eCredit.com, a credit evaluation software company. Prior to 1999, Mr. Paglia served as the Chief Financial Officer for TIG Holdings Inc. and Emisphere Technologies, Inc. Mr. Paglia received a Bachelor of Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Charles W. Schoenherr
Mr. Schoenherr has been one of our directors since June 2014. Mr. Schoenherr serves as Managing Director of Waypoint Residential, LLC which invests in multifamily properties in the Sunbelt. He has served in this capacity since October 2011 and is responsible for sourcing acquisition opportunities and raising capital. Mr. Schoenherr is also an independent director and a member of the audit committee of each of NorthStar Income and NorthStar Income II, positions he has held since January 2010 and December 2012, respectively. From January 2011 through December 2013, Mr. Schoenherr served as Chief Investment Officer of Broadway Partners Fund Manager, LLC, a private real estate investment and management firm that invests in office buildings across the United States. From June 2009 until January 2011, Mr. Schoenherr served as President of Scout Real Estate Capital, LLC, a full service real estate firm that focuses on acquiring, developing and operating hospitality assets, where he was responsible for managing the company’s properties and originating new acquisition and asset management opportunities. Prior to joining Scout Real Estate Capital, LLC, Mr. Schoenherr was the managing partner of Elevation Capital, LLC, where he advised real estate clients on debt and equity restructuring and performed due diligence and valuation analysis on new acquisitions between November 2008 and June 2009. Between September 1997 and October 2008, Mr. Schoenherr served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Lehman Brothers’ Global Real Estate Group, where he was responsible for originating debt, mezzanine and equity transactions on all major property types throughout the United States. During his career he has also held senior management positions with GE Capital Corporation, GE Investments, Inc. and KPMG LLP, where he also practiced as a certified public accountant. Mr. Schoenherr currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Iona College and is on its Real Estate and Investment Committees. Mr. Schoenherr holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Iona College and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Connecticut.