BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • T.J. Durkin

    Mr. Durkin joined Angelo, Gordon & Co., L.P. ("Angelo Gordon") in 2008 and is a Managing Director, a member of the firm’s Advisory Board, Executive Committee and Co-Head of the firm’s Structured Credit Platform.  Mr. Durkin serves as our President and served as our Chief Investment Officer from October 31, 2017 through April 12, 2021.  Mr. Durkin also serves as co-Portfolio Manager of Angelo Gordon’s residential mortgage and consumer debt securities portfolios and as a board member of Arc Home, Angelo Gordon’s affiliated mortgage originator and GSE licensed servicer.  Prior to joining Angelo Gordon, Mr. Durkin began his career at Bear, Stearns & Co. where he was a Managing Director on the Non-Agency Trading Desk focused on the structuring and trading of multiple asset classes, including subprime, Alt-A, second lien and small balance commercial. Mr. Durkin earned his Bachelor’s degree in finance from Fordham University and currently serves as a member of the school’s President's Council. He is also a board member of VE International, a not-for-profit organization focused on preparing high school students for college and careers through skills learned in an entrepreneurship based curriculum. Mr. Durkin has served as an executive officer of the Company since 2017 and as a director since 2018.
    • Debra Hess

      Ms. Hess served as Chief Financial Officer of NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc. (NYSE: NSAM) from July 2014 until January 2017, when NorthStar merged with Colony Capital.  Ms. Hess had also served as Chief Financial Officer of NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. (NYSE: NRF) from July 2011 to January 2017, when NRF merged with Colony Capital.  During her tenure at NorthStar until August 2015, Ms. Hess served as Chief Financial Officer of NorthStar’s non-traded companies.  Ms. Hess also served as Interim Chief Financial Officer of NorthStar Realty Europe Corp. (NYSE: NRE) from June 2015 to November 2015.  Prior to joining NorthStar, Ms. Hess served as Chief Financial 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’ Principal Finance Group and as a Manager of Financial Reporting in Goldman Sachs’ Finance Division.  Prior to 1993, Ms. Hess was employed by the Chemical Banking Corporation in the corporate credit policy group and by Arthur Andersen & Company as a supervisory senior auditor.  Ms. Hess currently serves on the board of directors of Radian Group Inc. (NYSE: RDN), on the board of directors of CenterPoint Properties Trust where she is the chair of the audit committee and on the board of directors of Zell Holdings Inc.  Ms. Hess holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from New York University.  Ms. Hess has served as a director of the Company since February 2018.
      Financial Expert
    • Dianne Hurley

      Ms. Hurley is currently the Chief Financial and Operations Officer of Moravian Academy.  Previously, she was the Chief Administrative Officer of A&E Real Estate, one of the largest owner/operators of multi-family real estate in New York City. Since 2015, Ms. Hurley has also worked as an operational consultant to various startup asset management firms, including BayPine Capital, Stonecourt Capital and Imperial Companies. From September 2009 to November 2011, Ms. Hurley served as the first Chief Operating Officer of Global Distribution in the Asset Management Division of Credit Suisse. From 2004 to September 2009, Ms. Hurley served as the founding Chief Administrative Officer of TPG-Axon, a large investment management firm affiliated with TPG Capital. Ms. Hurley began her career in the real estate department of Goldman, Sachs & Co. Ms. Hurley currently serves as the lead independent director and Chair of the Audit Committee for Griffin-American Healthcare REIT IV. She has also previously served as an independent director of an additional three public companies within the real estate industry. Ms. Hurley holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University and a Master of Business Administration from Yale School of Management.  Ms. Hurley has served as a director of the Company since December 2020.
    • Joseph LaManna

      Mr. LaManna worked at William Blair & Company, LLC from 1987 until his retirement in 2005. During his tenure at William Blair, Mr. LaManna served in several different roles, including senior specialty finance analyst, head of the business services group, and director of research.  In addition, he was a member of the firm’s executive committee, equity capital markets committee and audit committee for four years.  Mr. LaManna has served on the boards of directors of several privately-held companies in the financial services industry.  He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, and he holds a B.A. degree in economics and business administration from Knox College and an M.B.A. degree in finance from the University of Chicago. Mr. LaManna has served as a director of the Company since 2011.
      Lead Director
    • Peter Linneman

      Dr. Linneman is currently the Emeritus Albert Sussman Professor of Real Estate, Finance, and Public Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business where he has been on the faculty since 1979.  At Wharton, he was the Director of the Samuel Zell and Robert Lurie Real Estate Center from 1986-1998 and the Chairperson of the Wharton Real Estate Department from 1994-1997.  Dr. Linneman is also the founding principal of Linneman Associates, a real estate advisory firm, and the CEO of American Land Funds and KL Realty Fund, both private real estate acquisition firms. He currently serves on the board of directors of Regency Centers Corporation (NYSE: REG), Paramount Group, Inc. (NYSE: PGRE) and Equity Commonwealth (NYSE: EQC), each of which is a public real estate investment trust.  Dr. Linneman has served on over 20 public and private company boards, including as director of eleven New York Stock Exchange listed companies.  Dr. Linneman holds both a masters and a doctorate degree in economics from the University of Chicago.  Dr. Linneman has served as a director of the Company since 2011.
    • David Roberts

      Mr. Roberts joined Angelo, Gordon in 1993 and is Head of Strategy. He is a Managing Director and a member of the firm’s Advisory Board and Executive Committee.  At Angelo Gordon, Mr. Roberts has been responsible for helping start and grow a number of the firm’s businesses, including opportunistic real estate, private equity, net lease real estate, residential mortgage-backed securities and energy lending.  Within private equity, Mr. Roberts focused in particular on investments in the specialty finance area, including helping create and serving for over 15 years as Lead Director of publicly traded PRA Group, Inc. (formerly Portfolio Recovery Associates, Inc.), a former Angelo Gordon portfolio company whose primary business is the purchase, collection, and management of portfolios of nonperforming loans.  Prior to Angelo Gordon, from 1989 to 1993, Mr. Roberts was a Principal at Gordon Investment Corporation, a Canadian merchant bank, where he participated in a wide variety of principal transactions.  He also worked in the Corporate Finance Department at L.F. Rothschild where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions.  Mr. Roberts has a B.S. degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  Mr. Roberts serves as our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and has served as a director of the Company since 2011.  Prior to April 2021, Mr. Roberts also served as our President, a position he had held since 2011.