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Jack Taylor
John (“Jack”) A. Taylor
Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
 
Mr. Taylor is our Chief Executive Officer and President and a member of our Board of Directors. Mr. Taylor has been a director and executive officer since inception. Mr. Taylor has also served as Global Head of Commercial Real Estate and a member of the Investment Committee of Pine River Capital Management’s (PRCM) Commercial Real Estate Group since November 2014. Prior to joining PRCM, Mr. Taylor served as a Managing Director and Head of Global Real Estate Finance for Prudential Real Estate Investors from 2009 to November 2014. Mr. Taylor was also a member of the Global Management Committee and chaired the Global Investment Committee for debt and equity. From 2003 to 2007, Mr. Taylor was a partner at Five Mile Capital Partners LLC. Prior to Five Mile Capital, he was co-head of real estate investment banking for the Americas and Europe at UBS. He previously led the Real Estate Group at Paine Webber and served on the firm’s Operating Committee. Previously, Mr. Taylor was head trader and manager of the CMBS and Principal Commercial Mortgage business for Kidder, Peabody & Co., Inc. Mr. Taylor was a founding governor of the Commercial Mortgage Securities Association (now the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council) and a member of the President’s Council of the Real Estate Roundtable. Mr. Taylor received a J.D. from Yale Law School, a MSc. in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Illinois.
 
Stephen Alpart
Stephen Alpart
Chief Investment Officer
 
Mr. Alpart has served as our Chief Investment Officer since inception. Mr. Alpart has also served as a Managing Director and a member of the Investment Committee of Pine River Capital Management’s (PRCM) Commercial Real Estate Group since November 2014. Prior to joining PRCM, Mr. Alpart served as a Managing Director in Prudential’s Global Real Estate Finance Group, focused on the United States from 2009 to November 2014. Previously, Mr. Alpart was a Managing Director in the Real Estate Groups at PaineWebber and UBS, where he focused on originating, underwriting and closing large structured commercial real estate loans for private equity firms and owner/operators. He has worked in real estate finance and debt investing for over 20 years in a variety of functions including third-party funds management, proprietary on-book lending, transaction advisory business, loan syndications and loan sales, and workouts/restructurings. His areas of responsibility have included origination, underwriting, credit review, structuring, pricing, negotiation, documentation, closing, and investment and portfolio management, workouts and restructurings and sub-performing and non-performing loan sales. Mr. Alpart received a Master’s in Business Administration, Finance and Real Estate from New York University and a B.S. in Business Administration, Accounting and Economics from Washington University.
 
Steven Plust
Steven Plust
Chief Operating Officer
 
Mr. Plust has served as our Chief Operating Officer since inception. Mr. Plust has also served as a Managing Director and a member of the Investment Committee of Pine River Capital Management’s (PRCM) Commercial Real Estate Group since November 2014. Prior to joining PRCM, Mr. Plust served as a Managing Director in Prudential’s Global Real Estate Finance Group from 2009 to November 2014, focused on the United States. He has over 25 years of experience in real estate finance and capital markets. He was an active advisor to the Resolution Trust Corporation in the development and implementation of their securitization programs. Mr. Plust has worked for over 20 years in principal investing platforms on Wall Street and in investment management, where he has been primarily responsible for transaction pricing and structuring, credit risk assessment, and analysis of complex transactions and multi-asset portfolios. Mr. Plust received a Master’s in Business Administration from Columbia University and a B.S. in Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
 
Marcin Urbaszek
Marcin Urbaszek
Chief Financial Officer
 
Mr. Urbaszek has served as our Chief Financial Officer since inception. Mr. Urbaszek joined PRCM in May 2013 and has spent the majority of his time serving as Managing Director of Two Harbors focusing on strategy, corporate development and capital markets activities. Prior to joining PRCM, Mr. Urbaszek worked at Credit Suisse in the Financial Institutions Group, Investment Banking, serving in various capacities from 2006 to April 2013, most recently as a team lead and partner on coverage and strategic transaction execution for residential and commercial mortgage companies, banks and other specialty consumer and commercial lenders. He has over 16 years of experience in various areas of finance including corporate finance, capital markets, and equity research, with the last 12 years dedicated to financial institutions. Over the course of his career, Mr. Urbaszek has been primarily responsible for transaction advisory, structuring, negotiation and execution, as well as financial planning and analysis. Mr. Urbaszek received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance with a Minor focused on Financial Accounting & Economics from Zicklin School of Business, Bernard M. Baruch College, CUNY. Mr. Urbaszek is a CFA Charterholder.
 
Rebecca B. Sandberg
Rebecca B. Sandberg
General Counsel
 
Ms. Sandberg has served as our general counsel since inception. Ms. Sandberg is the General Counsel of Two Harbors Investment Corp. Ms. Sandberg has served as General Counsel and Secretary of Two Harbors since March 2013, after serving as Deputy General Counsel and Secretary of Two Harbors since May 2012. From 2010 to May 2012, Ms. Sandberg served as Senior Counsel to Two Harbors. Prior to joining Two Harbors, Ms. Sandberg was in private practice where she advised clients primarily in the areas of securities laws, mergers and acquisitions, private capital markets transactions, corporate governance and general corporate law. From 2007 to 2010, Ms. Sandberg was a Senior Associate at Stoel Rives LLP and from 2006 to 2007 she was a Senior Associate at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP. Prior to that, Ms. Sandberg was an Associate at Lindquist & Vennum PLLP. She received a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law.