SETTING A HIGH STANDARD
Our leaders have strong expectations of the team, starting with themselves.
Spirit’s management team demonstrates a deep understanding of investment strategy and portfolio management. Each leader endeavors to create value for the company and our stakeholders, sharing a vision to create thriving partnerships and consistently outperform competitors. Our team members share the vision of high personal and organizational performance, and a commitment to be tenacious, insightful, principled, and open. Integrity guides every decision.
Board of Trustees
Jackson Hsieh serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Spirit MTA REIT ("SMTA"). In addition, Mr. Hsieh serves as President and Chief Executive Officer at SMTA's external manager, Spirit Realty Capital ("Spirit"). Prior to joining Spirit in September 2016, Mr. Hsieh served as Managing Director and a Vice Chairman of Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley, Vice Chairman and Sole/Co-Global Head of UBS’s Real Estate Investment Banking Group, and various other leadership roles which include a prior period at Morgan Stanley and tenures at Bankers Trust Company and Salomon Brothers, Inc. Mr. Hsieh is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and earned a master’s degree from Harvard University.
Steven G. Panagos serves as a member of our board of trustees. Most recently, Mr. Panagos served as Managing Director and Vice Chairman of the Recapitalization & Restructuring Group at Moelis & Company from April 2009 to June 2019. Mr. Panagos has a long and distinguished career of leading complex bankruptcies and reorganizations for both companies and their creditors across a broad spectrum of industries. To date, Mr. Panagos has restructured more than $100 billion worth of debt across more than 80 situations and has provided expert testimony regarding valuation and restructuring matters. Prior to joining Moelis & Company, Mr. Panagos was the National Practice Leader of Kroll Zolfo Cooper’s Corporate Advisory & Restructuring Practice where, among other roles, served as interim chief executive officer and chief restructuring officer of Penn Traffic Supermarkets (2003-2004); president and chief operating officer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (2005-2006) and chief restructuring officer and member of the special committee of the board of directors of Metromedia Fiber Network (2002-2003). Mr. Panagos received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Michigan. He was formerly a certified public accountant. Mr. Panagos was selected to serve as a trustee based on his extensive experience with restructurings and his other qualifications and skills.
Steven H. Shepsman serves as a member of our board of trustees. Mr. Shepsman has been an executive managing director of New World Realty Advisors, a real estate investment and advisory firm specializing in real estate restructurings, development and finance, since its inception in 2009. Amongst his other assignments, Mr. Shepsman served as chair of the Official Committee of Equity Holders in the Chapter 11 proceedings of General Growth Properties, Inc. Previously, as a principal at the manager of a real estate fund, Mr. Shepsman had oversight responsibility for the fund’s due diligence and acquisition of investment platforms and subsequent asset acquisitions, financings and dispositions. Mr. Shepsman currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the Howard Hughes Corporation and as chairperson of the audit committee and as a member of the nominating and corporate governance committee and risk committee. Mr. Shepsman also served as a director of Rouse Properties, Inc. from January 2012 to May 2013. Earlier in his career, Mr. Shepsman, a certified public accountant, was a managing partner of Kenneth Leventhal and Company and of Ernst & Young's Real Estate Practice. Mr. Shepsman is a trustee of The University of Buffalo Foundation and a member of the Dean's Advisory Council for its School of Management. Mr. Shepsman received a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the University of Buffalo. Mr. Shepsman was selected to serve as a trustee based on his extensive professional accounting and financial expertise, including in the real estate industry, which enable him to provide key contributions to the board of trustees on financial, accounting, corporate governance and strategic matters.
Richard J. Stockton serves as a member of our board of trustees and as lead independent trustee. Mr. Stockton has served as Chief Executive Officer of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (formally Ashford Hospitality Prime) since November 2016 and as President since April 2017. Mr. Stockton spent over 15 years at Morgan Stanley in real estate investment banking where he rose from associate to managing director and regional group head. At Morgan Stanley, he was head of EMEA Real Estate Banking in London, executing business across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He was also appointed co-head of the Asia Pacific Real Estate Banking Group, where he was responsible for a team across Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney and Mumbai. He left Morgan Stanley in 2013 to become president and CEO-Americas for OUE Limited, a publicly listed Singaporean property company with over $5 billion in assets. Most recently, Mr. Stockton served as global chief operating officer for Real Estate at Carval Investors, a subsidiary of Cargill with approximately $1 billion in real estate investments in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and France. Mr. Stockton received an MBA in Finance and Real Estate from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration. Mr. Stockton was selected to serve as a trustee based on his extensive experience in the real estate industry and his other qualifications and skills.
Thomas J. Sullivan serves as a member of our board of trustees. Mr. Sullivan has served as a partner with Standard General L.P., a New York-based investment firm that manages event-driven opportunity funds, since June 2016 where he is responsible for portfolio management of Standard General’s SG Special Situations Fund L.P. Prior to joining Standard General L.P., Mr. Sullivan was the managing partner of Smallwood Partners, LLC, a financial advisory services firm (2009-2015) and a managing director of Investcorp International, Inc., a global middle market private equity firm (1996-2008). He has served on numerous boards and committees over the prior twenty years. Most recently, Mr. Sullivan served as a member of the board of directors, including as a member of the audit committee, finance committee and budget advisory committee, of Media General Inc. from November 2013 to February 2017. Additionally, Mr. Sullivan served as a member of the board of directors, lead director of the suitability committee and chairperson of the nominating and governance committee of American Apparel Inc. from August 2014 to March 2016. Mr. Sullivan received a Bachelor of Business Studies from Villanova University. Mr. Sullivan was selected to serve as a trustee based on his extensive operating and financial management experience, including in the financial services industry.