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Leadership
Management Team

Chairman

Mr. Hunt has served as our Chairman since joining our Board in January 2018. He currently serves as the CEO and president of Hunt Companies, Inc., and has been a member of its Board since 2001.

Mr. Hunt has served as our Chairman since joining our Board in January 2018. He currently serves as the CEO and president of Hunt Companies, Inc., and has been a member of its Board since 2001. He is also on the Board and serves as CEO of various subsidiaries of the Hunt Companies, Inc., as well as overseeing Hunt’s private market real estate development and acquisition activities. Mr. Hunt began his career at Hunt in 1993 as a project developer for Hunt’s construction division, was later appointed Vice President, Executive Vice President and subsequently President. Mr. Hunt received a B.A. in economics and an MBA from the University of Texas, Austin.

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Flynn has served as our Chief Executive Officer since January 2018. He currently serves as President and Chief Investment Officer of Hunt Real Estate Capital, a division of Hunt Companies, Inc. and affiliate of the Manager.

Mr. Flynn has served as our Chief Executive Officer since January 2018. He currently serves as President and Chief Investment Officer of Hunt Real Estate Capital, a division of Hunt Companies, Inc. and affiliate of the Manager. Mr. Flynn joined Hunt Real Estate Capital (formerly Centerline Capital Group) in 2007 and is a member of its executive management team and the investment and credit committees. Prior to joining Hunt Real Estate Capital, Mr. Flynn practiced law at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP in its real estate practice group and prior to that Mr. Flynn was an investment banker at Lehman Brothers. Mr. Flynn received a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, magna cum laude and a JD from Columbia University Law School, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Mr. Flynn is a member of the California State Bar, ULI, CREFC, MBA, and NAREIM.

President

Mr. Larsen has served as our President since January 2018. He currently serves as Senior Managing Director, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Hunt Real Estate Capital, a division of Hunt Companies, Inc. and affiliate of the Manager.

Mr. Larsen joined Hunt Real Estate Capital (formerly Centerline Capital Group) in 2002 and is a member of its executive management team and investment committee. Prior to joining Hunt Real Estate Capital, Mr. Larsen worked in the real estate consulting and structured finance practices at Arthur Andersen. Mr. Larsen received a B.A. from The University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Columbia University. Mr. Larsen has been a participant in the Real Estate Roundtable’s TPAC and RECPAC committees and is a member of the MBA.

Interim Chief Financial Officer

James Briggs brings more than 30 years of accounting and finance experience in the financial services and real estate industries. He currently also serves as the Chief Accounting Officer for Hunt Real Estate Capital, LLC and several other Hunt affiliates.

Prior to his role at Hunt, Mr. Briggs was the Chief Accounting Officer for Centerline Capital Group, a publicly traded specialty finance and investment management business and predecessor company to Hunt Real Estate Capital. Prior to that, Mr. Briggs was the Director of Finance at MRU Holdings. Mr. Briggs has 15 years of experience from JP Morgan Chase & Co. and its predecessor companies in a variety of accounting and finance roles, including as Head of Valuation Control and CFO for Emerging Markets. Mr. Briggs, a Certified Public Accountant, began his career at Ernst & Young, LLP and earned his B.B.A in Accounting from Iona College.

Senior Managing Director

Head of Proprietary Lending Group

Precilla Torres is Senior Managing Director and Head of the Proprietary Lending Group for Hunt Real Estate Capital. She joined Hunt from Ares Management LLC, where she was most recently the Co-Portfolio Manager and Co-Head of their CMBS platform.

During her time as Co-Head of the CMBS Group, she developed the business plan for their CMBS platform and was responsible for the origination efforts of the team. Previously she was involved in the management of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corp, a public mortgage REIT managed by ARES. She also developed new strategies and products for capital raising, credit facilities, syndications, securitizations, and other strategic initiatives. Ms. Torres joined Ares in 2012. Earlier in her career, she held various senior leadership positions covering loan and structured product platforms at Citigroup, Lehman Brothers, Credit Suisse, Hudson Realty and NewOak Capital. During these years she engaged in both buy-side and sell-side markets, with functions spanning capital markets, originations, commercial real estate credit, capital raising, and distribution, primarily in the U.S. and Asia. Ms. Torres holds a MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and a BS in Management Engineering from Ateneo University.

Board of Directors

Chairman

Mr. Hunt has served as our Chairman since joining our Board in January 2018. He currently serves as the CEO and president of Hunt Companies, Inc., and has been a member of its Board since 2001.

Mr. Hunt has served as our Chairman since joining our Board in January 2018. He currently serves as the CEO and president of Hunt Companies, Inc., and has been a member of its Board since 2001. He is also on the Board and serves as CEO of various subsidiaries of the Hunt Companies, Inc., as well as overseeing Hunt’s private market real estate development and acquisition activities. Mr. Hunt began his career at Hunt in 1993 as a project developer for Hunt’s construction division, was later appointed Vice President, Executive Vice President and subsequently President. Mr. Hunt received a B.A. in economics and an MBA from the University of Texas, Austin.


Executive Vice President and Secretary

David Oston had been our Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, Secretary and a director since our formation in March 2012, stepping down from the roles of Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer in September 2018.

Prior to joining us, Mr. Oston was a Managing Director of Ivy Square Ltd., a fixed income investment firm, from 2008 to 2012. From 2002 to 2008, Mr. Oston was a portfolio manager at Ceres Capital, a specialized investment management firm with expertise in a range of fixed income assets including RMBS. Prior to Ceres, Mr. Oston spent 13 years with Natexis Banques Populaires in a variety of roles, including CFO of the New York branch. Mr. Oston began his career at ANZ/Grindlays, where he spent nine years in a variety of credit-related roles, before spending another two years at Banque Bruxelles Lambert. Mr. Oston holds an M.A and a B.A. in Economic Geography from the University of Cambridge, in England.

Independent Director

Neil A. Cummins has been an independent director of our board of directors since the closing of our initial public offering, or IPO, in March 2013. Mr. Cummins has been active in international financial markets for over 30 years.

Mr. Cummins is currently Chairman of Oak Ridge Investments LLC, a privately-owned investment manager. From 1997 to 2012, Mr. Cummins held a variety of global roles with Barclays Capital, including founding Management Committee member, Global Head of Distribution and Research, Global Head of Strategic Relationship Management and voting member of the Barclays Bank Group Credit Committee. He also served on the Board of Directors of iBoxx Limited and the International Index Company from 2003 to 2005. From 1985 to 1997, Mr. Cummins was a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley, and served on the Board of Directors of Morgan Stanley Bank Luxembourg SA and the Supervisory Board of Morgan Stanley Bank AG, Frankfurt. Prior to 1985, Mr. Cummins worked in the international financial markets, principally with Mellon Bank N.A. Mr. Cummins graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Indiana University. As a consequence of over 30 years’ experience in international financial markets, Mr. Cummins is well qualified to provide valuable advice to our board of directors in many important areas.

Independent Director

William A. Houlihan has been an independent director of our board of directors since the listing of our common stock on the NYSE in March 2013. Mr. Houlihan has more than 30 years of diversified financial sector and business experience.

William A. Houlihan has been an independent director of our board of directors since the listing of our common stock on the NYSE in March 2013. Mr. Houlihan has more than 30 years of diversified financial sector and business experience. He has served since November 2012 as a director and audit committee chairman for Max Exchange, LLC, a privately-owned residential mortgage loan trading business. He has served since 2009 as a director and financial expert on the audit committee of First Physicians Capital Group, a privately-owned healthcare investment company, which was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, prior to completion of a going-private transaction in January 2015, from April 2013 to September 2014 as Non-Executive Chairman of its board of directors and since May 2013 as the chairman of its audit committee. He served from July 2013 to July 2015 as lead independent director and chairman of the audit committee of Tiptree Financial Partners, LP, or Tiptree, a publicly traded financial services holding company; and from August 2010 to July 2013 as lead independent director and chairman of the audit committee for Care Investment Trust, a publicly traded healthcare REIT which merged with Tiptree in July 2013. From 2003 to 2010, he was a director of SNL Financial, a privately owned financial information company, and in addition, from 1998 to 2012 he was a director and shareholder of a family-owned commercial real estate investment partnership. He served from March 2013 to February 2014 as the chief financial officer for Amalgamated Bank, a privately owned company. From 2001 through 2008, Mr. Houlihan was a private investor while he served as transitional Chief Financial Officer for several distressed financial services companies: Sixth Gear, Inc. from October 2007 to November 2008, Sedgwick Claims Management Services from August 2006 until January 2007, Metris Companies from August 2004 to January 2006, and Hudson United Bancorp from January 2001 to November 2003. From 1981 until 2000, and for short-term periods in 2004 and 2007, Mr. Houlihan worked for a number of investment banking companies, including UBS, J.P. Morgan, Keefe Bruyette & Woods, Bear Stearns and Goldman Sachs. He also held several auditing and accounting positions from June 1977 through June 1981. Mr. Houlihan graduated with an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University Graduate School of Business, and a B.S. in Accounting from Manhattan College. In addition he was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant, but his license is currently inactive. Since January 2017, he has served as an adjunct professor at the Feliciano School of Business at Monclair State University. On March 13, 2015, Mr. Houlihan settled an administrative proceeding brought by the SEC regarding his alleged failure to file on a timely basis required Schedule 13D amendments and Section 16(a) reports relating to his beneficial ownership of securities of First Physicians Capital Group, Inc., or FPCG. Mr. Houlihan is a member of the board of directors of FPCG and a greater than 10% beneficial owner of FPCG securities. In the settlement, Mr. Houlihan did not admit or deny the SEC’s allegations, consented to the entry of a cease and desist order requiring him not to cause any violation of Sections 13(d)(2) and 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or the Exchange Act, and agreed to pay a civil penalty of $15,000 to the SEC. As a consequence of Mr. Houlihan’s over 30 years of pertinent experience, qualifications and skills including significant financial expertise and literacy, he is well qualified to provide significant and relevant expertise and advice to our board of directors in relation to many areas, including accounting and financial matters.

Independent Director

Walter C. Keenan has been an independent director of our board of directors since April 2015. Mr. Keenan has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry as an advisor, investor and executive manager.

Since July 2013, he has served as Chief Executive Officer of Advantage Insurance Inc., or Advantage Insurance, a specialty insurance group serving the insurance needs of high net worth individuals and business owners worldwide. Mr. Keenan was a consultant to Advantage Insurance from July 2012 through July 2013. From August 2014 through the completion of its sale to AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. in April 2016, Mr. Keenan served as an independent director and audit committee chair of Republic Companies, Inc., a regional property and casualty insurance company. Prior to joining Advantage Insurance, from March 2011 to October 2011, Mr. Keenan served as Executive Chairman of Medicus Insurance Holdings, Inc., a provider of professional liability insurance to physicians, and was Chairman from July 2006 to March 2011. Before becoming an insurance industry executive, Mr. Keenan worked in private equity as President of JMP Capital, the principal investments group of JMP Group LLC (NYSE: JMP) from 2007 to 2011 and as a Principal of The Cypress Group from 2005 to 2007. Mr. Keenan’s work for JMP and Cypress included strategic investments in two mortgage REIT companies. Mr. Keenan began his career at Morgan Stanley, where he worked in investment banking from 1989 to 2003. Mr. Keenan received a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors from Southern Methodist University.