Board of Directors
David T. Hamamoto
Mr. Hamamoto is the Chairman of NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. (NorthStar Realty Finance), a position he has held since October 2007 (having previously served as a director since October 2003). Mr. Hamamoto previously served as Chief Executive Officer of NorthStar Realty Finance from October 2004 until August 2015 and as President from October 2004 until April 2011. Mr. Hamamoto also serves as Executive Chairman of NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc. since August 2015, a position he maintains as co-employee, having previously served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from January 2014 until August 2015. Mr. Hamamoto has been the Chairman of the board of directors of NorthStar Realty Europe Corp. since October 2015 and has served as one of its directors since June 2015.
Mr. Hamamoto previously served as Chairman of NorthStar Real Estate Income Trust, Inc. 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. from January 2013 until January 2014, and of NorthStar Real Estate Income II, Inc. from December 2012 until August 2015. Mr. Hamamoto also served as Co-Chairman of NorthStar/RXR New York Metro Real Estate, Inc. (NorthStar/RXR) 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. In July 1997, Mr. Hamamoto co-founded NorthStar Capital Investment Corp., the predecessor to NorthStar Realty Finance, 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.
Judith A. Hannaway
Ms. Hannaway has been an independent director of NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. since September 2004. Ms. Hannaway also serves as an independent director of NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc. since June 2014, and NorthStar Realty Europe Corp. since October 2015.
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 an independent director of NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. since September 2004. Mr. Minami also serves as an independent director of NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc. and NorthStar Realty Europe Corp., positions he has held since June 2014 and October 2015, respectively.
Mr. Minami serves as Principal of Billy Casper Golf LLC, a position he has held since March 2012, having previously served as its President from 2003. From 2001 to 2002, he served as President of Charles E. Smith Residential Realty, Inc., a real estate investment trust (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 an independent director of NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. since February 2006. Mr. Paglia also serves as an independent director of NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc., since June 2014. Mr. Paglia also serves as a director of 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.
Gregory Rush has been an independent member of the board of directors of NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. since March 2016. Mr. Rush serves as Managing Member of Rush Capital Partners LLC (“RCP”), an investment firm he founded in September 2015 that is focused on value-add and opportunistic real estate investments in the United States and Europe.
Prior to founding RCP, Mr. Rush was a Partner, Managing Director and Member of the Investment Committee at Dune Real Estate Partners, LP (“Dune”), an investment firm focused on managing a series of real estate private equity funds. Prior to joining Dune in 2005, Mr. Rush was an Executive Director in Morgan Stanley's Real Estate Investment Banking Group, which he joined in 2000. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Mr. Rush spent three years in the Real Estate Investment Banking department of Merrill Lynch. From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Rush was a financial analyst with Vornado Realty Trust, a publicly traded real estate investment trust. Mr. Rush is a Full Member of the Urban Land Institute and serves as a Vice Chair on Urban Development and Mixed Use Council (Green Flight).
Mr. Rush holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration (with Distinction) from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.
Charles W. Schoenherr
Mr. Schoenherr has been an independent director of NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. since June 2014. Mr. Schoenherr also serves as a director of NorthStar Realty Europe Corp., a position he has held since October 2015.
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 January 2011 and is responsible for sourcing acquisition opportunities and raising capital. Mr. Schoenherr also serves as an independent director of NorthStar Real Estate Income II, Inc., a position he has held since December 2012. Mr. Schoenherr served as an independent director of NorthStar Real Estate Income Trust, Inc. from January 2010 to October 2015. 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.