Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Management Team

Kevin E. Grant, CFA
Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chief Investment Officer
Mr. Grant has served as our Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President since he founded the Company in January 2006. Mr. Grant has also served as our Chief Investment Officer since 2011. Mr. Grant formed Sharpridge Capital Management, L.P. (“Sharpridge”), which was one of the sub-advisors to CYS’ former manager, in January 2005. Mr. Grant served as Chief Executive Officer of Sharpridge from its formation until its dissolution in February 2012. CYS Investments, Inc. Mr. Grant served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company’s former manager from January 2006 until August 2011. Prior to forming Sharpridge, Mr. Grant was Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Fidelity Investments (“Fidelity”). As a Portfolio Manager of Fidelity, Mr. Grant had both direct and indirect responsibility for management of fixed income assets in mutual funds and institutional separate accounts. Over the course of his career at Fidelity, Mr. Grant’s mutual fund responsibilities included the Mortgage Securities Fund, Investment Grade Bond Fund, Total Bond Fund, the fixed income portion of Fidelity Puritan Fund and Strategic Income Fund. In addition, Mr. Grant managed many separate accounts for Fidelity’s institutional clients. Prior to joining Fidelity in 1993, Mr. Grant was head of Mortgage Strategy for Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated. He began his investing career at Aetna Bond Investors in 1985.
Jack DeCicco, CPA
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Mr. DeCicco has served as our Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since June 2016. From May 2013 to February 2016, Mr. DeCicco served as the Chief Financial Officer of Annaly Commercial Real Estate Group, Inc., the commercial real estate business of Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (“Annaly”), which was previously CreXus Investment Corp. (“CreXus”), where Mr. DeCicco was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in April 2013. He was most recently appointed to serve as Chief Accounting Officer of Annaly effective December 2015. In addition, Mr. DeCicco served as the Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Annaly’s wholly-owned captive insurance company since its inception in January 2014. From March 2012 until April 2013, Mr. DeCicco served as the Chief Accounting Officer of CreXus and Chimera Investment Corporation. From September 2002 to March 2012, Mr. DeCicco served in various roles of increasing responsibility within Ernst & Young LLP’s New York office Assurance practice. Most recently at Ernst & Young LLP, Mr. DeCicco was a Senior Manager where he served in a dual capacity role as both a financial statement auditor, serving publicly traded companies (primarily mortgage REITs) and private companies, and as the technical accounting subject matter resident in Ernst & Young LLP’s Global Real Estate Center. Mr. DeCicco is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.S. degree from The Pennsylvania State University.
Richard E. Cleary
Chief Operating Officer and Assistant Secretary
Mr. Cleary has served as our Chief Operating Officer since January 2006 and has served as our Assistant Secretary since June 2007. From January 2006 to August 2011, Mr. Cleary served as Chief Operating Officer of Sharpridge, and from June 2007 to August 2011, he also served as Assistant Secretary of Sharpridge. Prior to joining us and Sharpridge in January 2006, Mr. Cleary was a Partner at Merathon Advisory, a strategic consulting firm focused on private equity and information services from 2004 to 2006. From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Cleary was the Director of Corporate and Business Development of OneSource Information Services (“OneSource”). Prior to OneSource, Mr. Cleary’s work experience included building Thomson Financial’s First Call research and quantitative services businesses in Asia, and serving as a principal with Schooner Capital, a private equity firm. At Schooner Capital, Mr. Cleary led investments in digital assets management and building Iron Mountain’s (NYSE:IRM) digital information services business. Mr. Cleary’s other prior work experience was at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities and Xerox Corporation.
Thomas A. Rosenbloom
Executive Vice President of Business Development, General Counsel, and Secretary
Mr. Rosenbloom has served as our Secretary since June 2007and as our Executive Vice President of Business Development, General Counsel and Secretary since September 2011. He also served as the General Counsel of Sharpridge from May 2007 to August 2011 and the Secretary of our former manager from June 2007 to August 2011. Prior to joining Sharpridge in May 2007, from February 2005 through May 2007 Mr. Rosenbloom was a partner with Foley & Lardner, LLP, and a member of the firm’s Private Equity & Venture Capital and Transactional & Securities Practices. Mr. Rosenbloom was also a member of the firm’s Emerging Technologies, Life Sciences, and Nanotechnology Industry Teams. From 1996 through January 2005, Mr. Rosenbloom was a partner with Epstein, Becker & Green, P.C. During Mr. Rosenbloom’s tenure at Foley & Lardner and Epstein, Becker & Green, both national law firms, he represented middle-market public companies, entrepreneurs, founders, emerging businesses, start-up corporations, and partnerships in diverse industries. Mr. Rosenbloom managed and negotiated mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital financings, and private placements. While in private practice, Mr. Rosenbloom was responsible for developing and managing all aspects of client relationships, including analyzing and evaluating financing, acquisition, and divestiture opportunities, writing and developing business plans, and providing other planning and financial advice, including with respect to intellectual property protection, labor and employment, immigration and real estate matters. Mr. Rosenbloom currently serves as a director of Fremon Scientific, Inc., a privately-held early stage medical device company, and LeaderJam, LLC, a privately-held early stage leadership application company. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors or as an advisor for several of his former clients. Mr. Rosenbloom also serves on the Board of Philanthropic Advisors at Boston’s Children’s Hospital, and is a member of the Economics Advisory Board at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Board of Directors

Kevin E. Grant, CFA
Chairman
Mr. Grant has served as our Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President since he founded the Company in January 2006. Mr. Grant has also served as our Chief Investment Officer since 2011. Mr. Grant formed Sharpridge Capital Management, L.P. (“Sharpridge”), which was one of the sub-advisors to CYS’ former manager, in January 2005. Mr. Grant served as Chief Executive Officer of Sharpridge from its formation until its dissolution in February 2012. CYS Investments, Inc. Mr. Grant served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company’s former manager from January 2006 until August 2011. Prior to forming Sharpridge, Mr. Grant was Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Fidelity Investments (“Fidelity”). As a Portfolio Manager of Fidelity, Mr. Grant had both direct and indirect responsibility for management of fixed income assets in mutual funds and institutional separate accounts. Over the course of his career at Fidelity, Mr. Grant’s mutual fund responsibilities included the Mortgage Securities Fund, Investment Grade Bond Fund, Total Bond Fund, the fixed income portion of Fidelity Puritan Fund and Strategic Income Fund. In addition, Mr. Grant managed many separate accounts for Fidelity’s institutional clients. Prior to joining Fidelity in 1993, Mr. Grant was head of Mortgage Strategy for Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated. He began his investing career at Aetna Bond Investors in 1985.
Tanya S. Beder
Director
Ms. Beder founded SBCC in 1987, an independent advisory firm to corporate management, fintech, institutional investors, and large financial firms. Ms. Beder heads the global strategy, risk, derivatives, and asset management practices of SBCC. Previously, Ms. Beder was CEO of Tribeca Global Management LLC, a $3 billion dollar multi-strategy fund with operations in New York, London and Singapore, and Managing Director of Caxton Associates LLC, a $10 billion asset management firm headquartered in New York. Ms. Beder is a Director of American Century Investments, a registered investment company in Mountain View, California, where she chairs the Risk Committee and serves on the Audit & Compliance Committee, and Portfolio Committee. She also became a member of the board of directors of Nabors Industries, Ltd (NYSE: NBR), a global oil, natural gas and geothermal drilling contractor, in June 2017, where she serves on the Technology & Safety Committee, the Risk Committee, and the Audit Committee. Ms. Beder also founded and served as President of Capital Market Risk Advisors and was a Vice President of The First Boston Corporation (now Credit Suisse) where she focused on mergers and acquisitions in London and New York and then on mortgage-backed securities, derivatives trading and fixed income research. In January 2013, Ms. Beder was appointed to the President’s Circle of the National Academies, after serving six years at the National Academy of Sciences on the Board of Mathematics and their Applications. In academia she holds the appointment Lecturer at Public Policy at Stanford University, is on NYU Courant’s Mathematical Finance Advisory Board and is an appointed Fellow of the International Center for Finance at Yale. Ms. Beder has taught numerous courses on the adjunct faculty of Yale, Columbia and the New York Institute of Finance.
Karen Hammond, CFA
Director
Ms. Hammond served as Managing Director of Devonshire Investors, a private equity group within Fidelity, from 2007 through 2013. From 1993 to 2007, Ms. Hammond held various positions at Fidelity. She was Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer in Equity Research for Fidelity Management & Research Company, Vice President-Associate Group Leader in International Equities for Fidelity Management & Research Company, Chief Operating Officer of Investments in Fidelity Investments Japan, Senior Vice President and Corporate Treasurer at FMR Corp., and Senior Vice President of Investment Services for Fidelity Management & Research Company. Before serving at Fidelity, Ms. Hammond was Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer at the Boston Five Cents Savings Bank. Ms. Hammond serves as a Member of the Rhode Island State Investment Commission, a Trustee of Simmons College, a Trustee of Rhode Island School of Design and as a Board of Governor for the RISD Museum. Ms. Hammond previously served as a board member of Moses Brown School and as Vice Chair of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.
Raymond A. Redlingshafer Jr.
Director
From January 2010 until February 2018, Mr. Redlingshafer provided risk analysis, loss mitigation and operational solutions to the mortgage industry at Clayton Holdings, LLC (“Clayton”), a leading provider of loan due diligence, surveillance, consulting, valuation title and settlement services to the mortgage industry. Prior to joining Clayton, Mr. Redlingshafer was a Managing Director and an independent consultant for the Pentalpha Capital Group (“Pentalpha”), an independent financial services firm that provides advisory and consulting services related to the capital markets and operating issues affecting the global credit markets, from December 2007 to January 2010. Prior to working as an independent consultant for and subsequently joining Pentalpha, Mr. Redlingshafer was a Managing Director of KC Partners, a private equity firm, from October 2006 to October 2007. Mr. Redlingshafer was President and Chief Investment Officer of New York Mortgage Trust, Inc. (“New York Mortgage Trust”) (NASDAQ: NYMT) from March 2003 to July 2005. Mr. Redlingshafer has also served as a director of New York Mortgage Trust. While Mr. Redlingshafer was at New York Mortgage Trust, it was a REIT that focused on owning and managing a leveraged portfolio of residential mortgage-backed securities. Prior to joining New York Mortgage Trust, from January 2000 to April 2001 Mr. Redlingshafer was a Managing Director of Pedestal Capital Markets, Inc., an institutional mortgage-backed security trading platform. As a Vice President of Mortgage Capital Markets at Salomon Brothers from 1998 to 2000, Mr. Redlingshafer had roles in sales, trading and finance, working with origination as well as buy-side accounts. Prior to Salomon Brothers, Mr. Redlingshafer was National Director of Securities Marketing for the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (“Freddie Mac”), where he managed a sales team which marketed Freddie Mac securities to institutional fixed income investors. Prior to becoming the National Director of Securities Marketing for Freddie Mac, Mr. Redlingshafer held a number of positions at the firm, including starting the Adjustable Rate Mortgage trading desk. Mr. Redlingshafer began his career with Goldman Sachs & Co. as a whole loan mortgage trader and was one of the original members of the firm’s mortgage department.
Dale A. Reiss, CPA
Director
Ms. Reiss served as Global and Americas Director of Real Estate at Ernst & Young LLP, until her retirement in 2008, and was a Senior Partner there from 1995 through 2008 in various capacities. Subsequently, she was a senior consultant to the Global Real Estate Center of Ernst & Young LLP from 2008 to 2011. Ms. Reiss currently serves as Senior Managing Director of Brock Capital Group LLC, an investment bank, and Chairman of Brock Real Estate LLC, its equity and mezzanine financing arm, as well as Managing Director of Artemis Advisors, LLC, a real estate, restructuring, and consulting firm. Through these roles, Ms. Reiss has gained extensive knowledge of global strategic, financial management, investment, and governance issues, and has had comprehensive exposure to public and private companies, in many industries. In addition, Ms. Reiss has broad experience serving on public, private and non-profit boards, and currently serves as a board member for iStar Financial Inc. (NYSE: STAR) (“iStar”) and Tutor Perini Corporation (NYSE: TPC) (“Tutor Perini”), both public companies in the financial industry. Currently, Ms. Reiss serves as the chair of the audit committee for iStar and Tutor Perini, and on the nominating and corporate governance committee for iStar. Ms. Reiss has also previously held positions on the boards of Post Properties, Inc. (NYSE: PPS), Care Capital Properties, Inc. (NYSE: CCP) and the Urban Land Institute (where she continues to serve as a governor), among others. Ms. Reiss is a CPA.
James A. Stern
Director
As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cypress, Mr. Stern manages the firm’s investing Experience: activities. Mr. Stern currently serves as director of OHA Investment Corp. He has served on the boards of directors of a number of corporations including Affinia Group Intermediate Holdings, Inc., Infinity Broadcasting, WESCO International, Inc., Lear Corporation, and Cinemark USA, Inc. Prior to founding The Cypress Group in 1994, Mr. Stern had a twenty year career with Lehman Brothers. He joined the firm in 1974 and was named Managing Director in 1982. In 1988, he joined the firm’s management committee and became co-head of investment banking. He was named head of merchant banking in 1989. Mr. Stern was Chairman of The Board of Trustees of Tufts University from 1982-2013 and is a board member of several charitable organizations including WNET, The Jewish Museum and the Cancer Research Foundation.