Board of Directors
Paul Cooper has been Chief Executive Officer of the Company since June, 2012 and Chairman of the Board since January 2014. Mr. Cooper has been a Director of the Company since 2006 and previously served as Executive Vice President of the Company. For more than twelve years, he has been a principal of Lighthouse Real Estate Ventures and its affiliates. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor degree from Fordham Law School.
Louis Sheinker has been President and Chief Operating Officer and a Director of the Company since January, 2013. Mr. Sheinker brings nearly 27 years of real estate experience to the Company. Prior to joining the Company, he was a co-founding partner in Lighthouse Real Estate Ventures. He has participated in the restructuring and repositioning of more than 4 million square feet of office space and industrial properties. Prior to founding Lighthouse, he was the President of Sheinker Wasserstein Realty Services, Inc., which performed management and asset management services on behalf of financial institutions throughout the New York metropolitan area. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Ithaca College, and is currently a licensed Real Estate Broker in New York State.
Douglas Cooper has been a director of the Company since June 2006. Mr. Cooper has been practicing law for over 40 years and is now of counsel to the firm of Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C. Mr. Cooper brings his legal expertise to his long service to the Board. Mr. Cooper graduated from Hamilton College, and received his Juris Doctor degree from Fordham Law School. Mr. Cooper also earned a Master’s degree in Corporate Law from New York University Law School.
Joseph F. Barone has been a Director of the Company since February, 2009. Mr. Barone has been President of Insurance Financial Services, Inc., a provider of a wide variety of insurance-industry services, which include expert testimony and capital raising for initial public offerings, private placements, and mergers and acquisitions. He was formerly a member of the Board of Directors of the predecessor bus companies. In addition, he has served as Senior Vice President of Swiss ReServices Corporation, Managing Director of Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. and Vice President of Salomon Brothers Inc. He graduated from Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics in 1956 and received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from New York University in 1961. He is a financial analyst.
John J. Leahy has been a director of the Company since June, 2006. Mr. Leahy is currently President of JJL Consulting. From 1998 to 2006, he was Managing Director of Citibank Private Bank operations in Long Island. Prior to that, he was a Senior Vice President of Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Long Island University.
Stanley R. Perla, has been a director of the Company since January, 2013. Mr. Perla was a partner with Ernst & Young LLP, a public accounting firm, from September, 1978 to June, 2003, and Managing Partner of Cornerstone Accounting Group LLP, from June, 2008 to May, 2011. He served as Ernst & Young’s National Director of Real Estate Accounting, as well as Ernst & Young’s National Accounting and Auditing Committee. He is an active member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts and the National Association of Real Estate Companies. He has also served as a trustee and chair of the audit committees of American Mortgage Acceptance Company and Lexington Realty Trust, and Vice President/Director of Internal Audit for Vornado Realty Trust (July, 2003 to May, 2008). He is currently chair of the Madison Harbor Balanced Strategies audit committee and also serves on the valuation and nominating and compensation committees. He is chair of the American Realty Capital Daily Net Asset Value Fund audit committee and a member of the board of the American Realty Capital Real Estate Income Fund.
Donald M. Schaeffer has been a director of the Company since June, 2006. Mr. Schaeffer has extensive accounting and legal experience in real estate and tax. In 1982, he joined the accounting firm Kandel Schaeffer, in which he became an officer and owner. Through successor accounting firms, he became co-owner and President of Schaeffer & Sam, P.C. He graduated from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, in 1972, and Columbia University School of Law in 1975. He is a licensed certified public accountant in the State of New York.
Harvey I. Schneider has been a director of the Company since June, 2007. Mr. Schneider is currently a partner at the law firm of Putney, Twombly, Hall & Hirson LLP. He is admitted to practice in New York and Florida. For more than forty-five years, he has practiced in the field of trusts and estates for individuals, and employee benefits and succession planning for business entities. He is a 1955 graduate of Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, and a 1958 graduate of the New York University School of Law.