David T. Hamamoto, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Hamamoto is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer 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 has been our Chief Executive Officer since October 2004 and was our President from October 2004 to April 2011. Mr. Hamamoto also serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc. (NSAM), a position he has held since January 2014. Mr. Hamamoto has also served as Chairman of NorthStar Real Estate Income Trust, Inc. (NorthStar Income), the first public non-traded REIT originally sponsored by us, since February 2009 and served as its Chief Executive Officer from February 2009 until January 2013. Mr. Hamamoto has also served as Chairman of NorthStar Healthcare Income, Inc. (NorthStar Healthcare), the second public non-traded REIT originally sponsored by us, from January 2013 until January 2014. Mr. Hamamoto has further served as Chairman of NorthStar Real Estate Income II, Inc. (NorthStar Income II), the third public non-traded REIT originally sponsored by us, since December 2012. Mr. Hamamoto further serves as Co-Chairman of NorthStar/RXR New York Metro Income, Inc. (NorthStar/RXR), a public non-traded REIT co-sponsored by NSAM, a position he has held since March 2014. Additionally, Mr. Hamamoto has served 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, 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 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 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). 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.
Albert Tylis, President
Mr. Tylis has served as our President since January 2013. Prior to his current position, Mr. Tylis served as 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, an Executive Vice President from April 2006 until April 2011 and our General Counsel from April 2006 to April 2011. Mr. Tylis also serves as President of NSAM, a position he has held since January 2014. 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 the 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.
Daniel R. Gilbert, Chief Investment & Operating Officer
Mr. Gilbert has served as our Chief Investment and Operating Officer since January 2013. Mr. Gilbert served as Co-President of the Company from April 2011 until January 2013 and in various other senior management positions since our initial public offering in October 2004. Mr. Gilbert also serves as Chief Investment and Operating Officer of NorthStar Asset Management Group, Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NSAM, a position he has held since June 2014. Mr. Gilbert also serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President of NorthStar Income and NorthStar Income II, as well as executive chairman of NorthStar Healthcare since January 2014 (having previously served as NorthStar Healthcare’s Chief Executive Officer and President from August 2012 to January 2014). Mr. Gilbert began serving as an executive officer of each of NorthStar Income, NorthStar Healthcare and NorthStar Income II from their inceptions, in January 2009, October 2010 and December 2012, respectively. Mr. Gilbert served as an Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Mezzanine Lending of NorthStar Capital Investment Corp. a predecessor company. Prior to that role, Mr. Gilbert was with Merrill Lynch & Co. in its Global Principal Investments and Commercial Real Estate Department and prior to joining Merrill Lynch, held accounting and legal-related positions at Prudential Securities Incorporated. Mr. Gilbert holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Union College in Schenectady, New York.
Debra A. Hess, Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Hess currently serves as our Chief Financial Officer, a position she has held since July 2011. Ms. Hess has also served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of NorthStar Income since October 2011 and as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of NorthStar Healthcare since March 2012. Ms. Hess also serves as Chief Financial Officer of NSAM, a position she has held since January 2014. Ms. Hess has further served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of NorthStar Income II since December 2012. Ms Hess further serves as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of NorthStar/RXR, a position she has held since March 2014. Ms. Hess has significant financial, accounting and compliance experience at public companies. Ms. Hess most recently served as Chief Financial Officer and Compliance Officer of H/2 Capital Partners, where she was employed from August 2008 to June 2011. From March 2003 to July 2008, Ms. Hess was a managing director at Fortress Investment Group, where she also served as Chief Financial Officer of Newcastle Investment Corp., a Fortress portfolio company and a NYSE-listed alternative investment manager. From 1993 to 2003, Ms. Hess served in various positions at Goldman, Sachs & Co., including as Vice President in Goldman Sachs’s Principal Finance Group and as a Manager of Financial Reporting in Goldman Sachs’ Finance Division. Prior to 1993, Ms. Hess was employed by Chemical Banking Corporation in the corporate credit policy group and by Arthur Andersen & Company as a supervisory senior auditor. Ms. Hess holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from New York University in New York, New York.
Ronald J. Lieberman, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Mr. Lieberman has served as our Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since January 2013. Mr. Lieberman has also served as our General Counsel since April 2011, an Executive Vice President since April 2012 and as Assistant Secretary from April 2011 until January 2013. Mr. Lieberman also serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of NSAM, a position he has held since January 2014. Mr. Lieberman has also served as General Counsel and Secretary of NorthStar Income and NorthStar Healthcare since October 2011 and April 2011, respectively, and as an Executive Vice President of each of those companies since January 2013. Mr. Lieberman has further served as NorthStar Income II’s General Counsel and Secretary since December 2012 and as its Executive Vice President since March 2013. Mr. Lieberman further serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for NorthStar/RXR, positions he has held since March 2014. Mr. Lieberman also currently served on the Executive Committee of American Healthcare Investors, LLC. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Lieberman was a partner in the Real Estate Capital Markets practice at the law firm of Hunton & Williams LLP. Mr. Lieberman practiced at Hunton & Williams from September 2000 until March 2011 where he advised numerous REITs, including mortgage REITs and specialized in capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, securities law compliance, corporate governance and other board advisory matters. Prior to joining Hunton & Williams, Mr. Lieberman was the associate general counsel at Entrade, Inc., during which time Entrade was a public company listed on the NYSE. Mr. Lieberman began his legal career at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP. Mr. Lieberman holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor, each from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Daniel D. Raffe, Executive Vice President
Mr. Raffe has been one of our Executive Vice Presidents since April 2006 and was a managing director from November 2005. Mr. Raffe is responsible for running our Real Estate Net Lease Acquisitions business. Mr. Raffe has 17 years of real estate and legal expertise. Prior to joining NorthStar Realty Finance, Mr. Raffe was with GE Business Property since 2002 as a Vice President responsible for leading real estate net lease acquisitions and structured finance transactions in the Eastern and Midwest United States. Prior to that, from 1997 to June 2000, Mr. Raffe was a Managing Director at Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. where he advised corporate owners of real estate on the best financial strategies for their real estate holdings, and structured and implemented sale leaseback, synthetic lease and other real estate finance transactions. Prior to Cushman & Wakefield, Mr. Raffe worked for both Capital Lease Funding, L.P. and Kidder Peabody where he engaged in a variety of commercial real estate finance transactions including sale leasebacks, net lease acquisitions and financings and other whole loan originations. Mr. Raffe began his career with the law firm of Dewey Ballantine. Mr. Raffe graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Accounting and also received a law degree from Georgetown University.