Board of Directors
Paul M. Galvin
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Paul M. Galvin was appointed as a director and the Company's Chief Executive Officer upon consummation of the reverse merger among CDSI Holdings Inc., CDSI Merger Sub, Inc., SG Blocks, and certain stockholders of SG Blocks on November 4, 2011 (the "Merger"). Mr. Galvin is a founder of SGBlocks, LLC, the predecessor entity of SGB. He has served as the Chief Executive Officer of SGB and its predecessor entity since April 2009 and as a director of such since January 2007. Mr. Galvin has been a managing member of TAG Partners, LLC ("TAG"), an investment partnership formed for the purpose of investing in SGB, since October 2007. Mr. Galvin brings over 20 years of experience developing and managing real estate, including residential condominiums, luxury sales, and market rate and affordable rental projects. Prior to his involvement in real estate, he founded a non-profit organization that focused on public health, housing, and child survival, where he served for over a decade in a leadership position. During that period, Mr. Galvin designed, developed, and managed emergency food and shelter programs through New York City's Human Resources Administration and other federal and state entities. From November 2005 to June 2007, Mr. Galvin was Chief Operating Officer of a subsidiary of Yucaipa Investments, where he worked with religious institutions that needed to monetize underperforming assets. While there, he designed and managed systems that produced highest and best use analyses for hundreds of religious assets and used them to acquire and re-develop properties across the U.S. Mr. Galvin holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from LeMoyne College and a Master's Degree in Social Policy from Fordham University. He was formerly an adjunct professor at Fordham University's Graduate School of Welfare. Mr. Galvin previously served for 10 years on the Sisters of Charity Healthcare System Advisory Board and six years on the board of directors of SentiCare, Inc. In 2011, the Council of Churches of New York recognized Mr. Galvin with an Outstanding Business Leadership Award. Mr. Galvin's pertinent experience, qualifications, attributes, and skills include his managerial experience and the knowledge and experience he has attained in the real estate industry.
Christopher Melton was appointed as a director of the Company upon consummation of the Merger on November 4, 2011. Mr. Melton is Principal and co-founder of Callegro Investments. Callegro Investments is a specialist land investor investing in the southeastern U.S. Mr. Melton has served on the board of directors of World Education and Development Fund, a non-profit organization that focuses on education for underprivileged children in Latin America, since 2008. From 2000 to 2008, Mr. Melton was a Portfolio Manager for Kingdon Capital Management ("Kingdon") in New York City, where he ran an $800 million book in media, telecom, and Japanese investment. Mr. Melton opened Kingdon's office in Japan, where he set up a Japanese research company. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Melton served as a Vice President at JPMorgan Investment Management as an equity research analyst, where he helped manage $500 million in REIT funds under management. Mr. Melton was a Senior Real Estate Equity Analyst at RREEF Funds in Chicago from 1995 to 1997. RREEF Funds is the real estate investment management business of Deutsche Bank's Asset Management division. Mr. Melton earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy of Industrial Societies from the University of California, Berkeley in 1995. Mr. Melton earned Certification from University of California, Los Angeles's Anderson Director Education Program in 2014. Mr. Melton's pertinent experience, qualifications, attributes, and skills include financial literacy and expertise, managerial experience, and the knowledge and experience he has attained through his services as a director of various companies and his personal real estate investment and development activities.
President and Chief Financial Officer
Mahesh Shetty was appointed as a director of the Company on July 1, 2016 by HCI and as Chief Financial Officer on July 29, 2016. From December 2015 to December 2016, Mr. Shetty served as the Chief Restructuring Officer and Chief Financial Officer for PFO Global, Inc., an innovative manufacturer and commercial provider of advanced prescription lenses. From 2008 to 2015, Mr. Shetty served as the Partner, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer at Encore Enterprises, a private equity real estate firm with over $750 million in assets. He had management oversight and responsibility for all of Encore Enterprise's finance, risk management, human resources, and technology. Prior to joining Encore Enterprises, Mr. Shetty was the Chief Financial Officer of North American Technologies Group, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed manufacturing company focused on the transportation industry. Mr. Shetty began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and has served in executive finance and operational leadership roles with Fortune 500 and mid-size private and public companies in the manufacturing, technology, and service industries. He earned a bachelor's degree majoring in banking, economics, and accounting and a French minor from Osmania University, India and received his Master of Business Administration, summa cum laude, from the University of Texas at Dallas. He is a Certified Public Accountant ("CPA"), a Certified Information Technology Professional, a Chartered Global Management Accountant, and a Chartered Accountant. Mr. Shetty serves on the board and is the treasurer of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, serves on the Board of Financial Executives International, Dallas Chapter, the largest chapter in the U.S., and as chairman of the U.S. India Chamber of Commerce DFW. He also serves on the board of ABT Holdings (OTC Pink: ABOT), a U.S.-based holding company headquartered in Pasadena, California, on the board of EZlytix, a private cloud based business intelligence software company, and on the board of BIG Logistics, a private logistics company. Mr. Shetty's pertinent experience, qualifications, attributes, and skills include expertise in finance, strategy, technology, and operations.
Neal Kaufman was appointed as a director of the Company on July 1, 2016 by HCI. Mr. Kaufman is a founding member of HCM since 2010. He has over 15 years of operating experience with large and small publicly traded companies and also has significant experience supporting financing activities. Mr. Kaufman opened the West Coast operations for Ardour Capital Investments, LLC, an investment bank wholly focused on the clean technology sector. Before that, he was the Chief Executive Officer of American TieTek LLC. Mr. Kaufman also held various senior management positions at 3Com Corporation and worked for the internet arm of NBC Television. He began his career at McKinsey & Co., working in the U.S., Europe, and South America. Mr. Kaufman has a Bachelor of Arts in economics, magna cum laude, from Harvard College, a Master's from Stanford University, and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. Mr. Kaufman's pertinent experience, qualifications, attributes, and skills include expertise in finance, strategy, and operations.
Sean McAvoy was appointed as a director of the Company on July 1, 2016 by HCI. Sean is a founding member of Hillair Capital Management, LLC ("HCM") and its affiliated funds since 2010. He has over 20 years of experience in structuring and negotiating transactions, primarily in the public markets. Between 1996 and 2008, Mr. McAvoy was a member of the mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and corporate finance practices at Jones Day, an international law firm, where he served as a founding partner of the firm's Silicon Valley office from 2002 to 2008. At Jones Day, Mr. McAvoy represented public companies and their boards of directors, as well as financial sponsors, in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, auctioned dispositions, unsolicited and negotiated tender offers, leveraged buyouts, including going-private transactions, and leveraged recapitalizations. Mr. McAvoy also counseled boards of directors and senior management regarding corporate governance, fiduciary duty, takeover preparedness, and disclosure obligations. Prior to his corporate legal career, Mr. McAvoy served as a legislative aide to Senator William S. Cohen and as a Professional Staff Member of the U.S. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. Mr. McAvoy also served as a special counsel and senior staff member on Senator John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign. Currently, Mr. McAvoy serves on the board of The Orvis Company, Inc., a specialty retailer and sporting goods company, and on the board of the Pacific Research Institute, a California-based free-market think tank. Mr. McAvoy is an honors graduate of Williams College and earned advanced degrees at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was an Alumni and Friends of the London School of Economics Scholar, and Georgetown University Law School. Mr. McAvoy's pertinent experience, qualifications, attributes, and skills include expertise in finance, strategy, and corporate law.
A. Richard Moore, Jr.
A. Richard Moore, Jr. joined the Board on February 2, 2017. Mr. Moore is an independent management consultant. From February 2013 through September 2016, he was managing director for non-bank activities of Strategic Growth Bank Incorporated ("Strategic Growth") in El Paso, Texas focusing on Strategic Growth's mortgage activities and new business initiatives. From November 2004 through December 2012, prior to joining Strategic Growth, Mr. Moore held various positions with Verde Realty, a Maryland REIT with headquarters in El Paso and Houston, including Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Corporate Secretary. Prior to that, Mr. Moore spent 16 years in the Real Estate Department of the Investment Banking Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he developed and led the firm's sale/leaseback business and later headed the firm's REIT banking activities. Mr. Moore has been a guest lecturer on real estate finance and the REIT structure at Columbia University, New York University, and Southern Methodist University. He currently serves as director and chairman of the Audit Committee of Guardian Mortgage Company, Inc. in Dallas, Texas, and an advisory trustee of Borderplex Realty Trust. He is also a director and chairman of the Investment Committee for the Paso del Norte Health Foundation and a director of the Paso del Norte Charitable Foundation. Mr. Moore holds a B.A. and Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Mr. Moore's pertinent experience, qualifications, attributes, and skills include his extensive background in real estate development.
Balan R. Ayyar
Balan R. Ayyar was appointed as a director of the Company on January 30, 2017. General Ayyar is the founder and CEO of Percipient.ai, a Silicon Valley advanced analytics firm providing artificial intelligence, machine learning, and computer vision for U.S. national security missions since January 2017. In 2016, he was named the President and Chief Executive Officer of Sevatec, Inc., an IT solutions firm specializing in cyber, data science, cloud engineering, and system integration across national security missions, where he had worked as the Chief Operating Officer since 2014. Before joining the private sector, General Ayyar served as the Commanding General of Combined Joined Interagency Task Force 435 in Kabul, Afghanistan, beginning in 2013. Prior to that, General Ayyar led the U.S. Air Force Recruiting Service. He served in four combatant commands, as the military assistant to the Secretary of Defense, and as a White House Fellow. General Ayyar has received a number of awards and decorations for his service, including a Bronze Star, an Air Force Commendation Medal, and a Presidential Service Badge. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the board of directors of Fairfax Futures, an early childhood education non-profit partnership. General Ayyar has a Bachelor of Science in international affairs from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Master's degrees from Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, Auburn University, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University in Washington, D.C. General Ayyar's pertinent experience, qualifications, attributes, and skills include his extensive leadership experience and technology background.
Mr. Blumenfeld brings to SG Blocks more than 20 years of real estate experience, 13 years of which have been with leading Wall Street firms, where he was responsible for structuring, underwriting, pricing, securitizing and syndicating over $16 billion of commercial real estate loans and equity transactions. He is currently the founder and managing member of Glacier Global Partners LLC, an investment firm based in New York, where he is responsible for the company's strategic direction and oversees the company's investments and day-to-day management, including origination, underwriting, closing, investor relations and asset management functions. Prior to founding Glacier Global Partners LLC, Mr. Blumenfeld was a Managing Director at Bear Stearns / JPMorgan Chase, responsible for structuring and closing over $2 billion of real estate debt and equity transactions for institutional clientele. Prior to Bear Stearns, Mr. Blumenfeld served as a Managing Director and Head of the CMBS Capital Markets Group for the U.S. at EuroHypo AG, then the world's largest real estate investment bank. Mr. Blumenfeld received a Bachelor's of Science degree in Real Estate Finance from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.
Mr. Blumenfeld is widely recognized within the real estate industry as a member of the CRE Finance Council, a guest lecturer at Columbia University and recipient of the YJP NYC Real Estate Entrepreneur & Achievement Award in 2013.