Thomas E. Capasse
Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer
Thomas E. Capasse serves as Chairman of our board of directors and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Capasse is also a Principal and co-founder of Sutherland’s external manager, Waterfall Asset Management, LLC. Prior to founding our Manager, Mr. Capasse managed the principal finance groups at Greenwich Capital from 1995 until 1997, Nomura Securities from 1997 until 2001, and Macquarie Securities from 2001 until 2004. Mr. Capasse has significant and long standing experience in the securitization market as a founding member of Merrill Lynch's ABS Group (1983—1994) with a focus on MBS transactions (including the initial Subprime Mortgage and Manufactured Housing ABS) and experience in many other ABS sectors. Mr. Capasse began his career as a fixed income analyst at Dean Witter and Bank of Boston. Mr. Capasse received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Bowdoin College in 1979..
Jack J. Ross
President and Director
Jack J. Ross serves as our President and as a Director of our company. Mr. Ross is also a Principal and co-founder of Sutherland’s external manager, Waterfall Asset Management, LLC. Prior to founding our Manager in January 2005, Mr. Ross was the founder of Licent Capital, a specialty broker/dealer for intellectual property securitization. From 1987 until 1999, Mr. Ross was employed by Merrill Lynch where he managed the real estate finance and ABS groups. Mr. Ross began his career at Drexel Burnham Lambert where he worked on several of the early ABS transactions and at Laventhol & Horwath where he served as a senior auditor. Mr. Ross received a Masters of Business Administration degree in Finance with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business in 1984 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1978.
Frederick C. Herbst, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Frederick C. Herbst serves as our Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Herbst is also a Managing Director of Sutherland’s external manager, Waterfall Asset Management, LLC. Prior to 2009, Mr. Herbst was Chief Financial Officer of Clayton Holdings, Inc., a publicly-traded provider of analytics and due diligence services to participants in the mortgage industry. Prior to Clayton Holdings, he was Chief Financial Officer of Arbor Realty Trust, Inc., a publicly-traded real estate investment trust, from 2003 until 2005, and of Arbor Commercial Mortgage, LLC from 1999 until 2005. Prior to joining Arbor, Mr. Herbst was Chief Financial Officer of The Hurst Companies, Inc., Controller with The Long Island Savings Bank, FSB, Vice President-Finance with Eastern States Bankcard Association and a Senior Manager with Ernst & Young. Mr. Herbst received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Wittenberg University in 1979.
Chief Investment Officer
Thomas Buttacavoli serves our Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Buttacavoli is also a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager of Sutherland’s external manager, Waterfall Asset Management, LLC. He is also the Portfolio Manager of our SBC loan portfolio and was the first employee of our Manager. Prior to joining our Manager in 2005, Mr. Buttacavoli was a Structured Finance Analyst specializing in intellectual property securitization at Licent Capital. Prior to joining Licent Capital, he was a Strategic Planning Analyst at BNY Capital Markets. Mr. Buttacavoli started his career as a Financial Analyst within Merrill Lynch's Partnership Finance Group. Mr. Buttacavoli received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance and Accounting from New York University's Stern School of Business in 1999.
Frank P. Filipps
Frank P. Filipps has served since 1995 as a director and chairman of the audit committee of Impac Mortgage Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: IMH) and has served since February 2013 as a director of Orchid Island Capital Corp (NYSE: ORC). From March 2002 to December 2014, Mr. Filipps was a director of Primus Guaranty Limited (NYSE: PRS) and from 2010 to December 2014 he was a director, member of the audit committee and chairman of the compensation committee of Fortegra Financial (NYSE: FRF). From April 2005 to July 2008, Mr. Filipps was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Clayton Holdings, Inc. From 1995 to 2005, Mr. Filipps was Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Radian Group Inc. Mr. Filipps began his career at Radian in 1992 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In 1994, he was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and in 1995 he was named President, Chief Executive Officer and Director. From 1975 to 1992, Mr. Filipps was at American International Group where he served in a number of executive, financial and investment management positions. Mr. Filipps holds a Master of Business Administration degree in corporate finance and international business from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Rutgers University in 1969. Mr. Filipps is currently a director of Sutherland.
J. Mitchell Reese
J. Mitchell Reese has been the Managing Member of Cintra Capital LLC since June 2001. Prior to founding Cintra, he was a managing director of The Carlyle Group, a private equity firm that manages over $176 billion, where he headed the firm’s U.S. venture capital fund. Previously, Mr. Reese was a managing director of Morgan Keegan & Company, where he served on the board of directors and was head of the mergers and Acquisitions Group, co-head of Investment Banking, and president of the firm’s Merchant Banking subsidiary. He served as a Director of Oxford Finance Corporation, a specialty finance company, from 2002 to 2004. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College in 1982 and received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1986. Mr. Reese is currently a director of Sutherland.
Todd M. Sinai
Todd M. Sinai is a Professor of Real Estate and Business Economics and Public Policy at The University of Pennsylvania — The Wharton School, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1997. Dr. Sinai has particular expertise in commercial real estate and real estate investment trusts, real estate and public economics, risk and pricing in real estate markets, taxation of real estate and capital gains. Dr. Sinai received a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1997 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Mathematics from Yale University in 1992. Mr. Sinai is currently a director of Sutherland.
David Holman was formerly a 27-year partner with the public accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP, in a career spanning over 40 years with the firm. His most recent position with Ernst & Young was in the National Office in New York City where he served for eight years as the Americas Director of Accounting Standards. Previously, he served as the firm’s Director of Accounting & Auditing for the Insurance and Financial Services Industries from 1995 through 2001. During his tenure with Ernst & Young, he also served on the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (or AICPA) Financial Services Expert Panel, the AICPA Insurance Companies Committee, and several special task forces of these committees. Mr. Holman holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois University.