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Board of Directors
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Mr. Monk has over 20 years of experience in finance, having spent time in the Investment Management Division at Credit Suisse for 5 years and then Goldman Sachs for 12 years. His focus was managing alternative portfolio investments and restricted stock for large global family offices. Mr. Monk spent the 2 years prior to joining AFC as interim CEO in an operational role, building out an integrated cannabis supply chain company, with sales in the US, EU and Africa. Prior to finance, David practiced International Tax Law at Ernst & Young where he focused on multi-national cross-border consulting to leverage down global corporate tax rates.
Mr. Monk graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (B.A.) and Pepperdine University School of Law (J.D.). In addition, he spent one year becoming certified in Alternative Dispute Resolution at the Straus Institute at Pepperdine University and one year studying International Law at the University of Bologna.
Ellyse has 15 years experience in the accounting field with a focus on payable and receivables. She started her education in healthcare and ultimately received an AAS in Accounting.
Mr. Boccuzzi has over 5 years of experience investing in leveraged loans across multiple industries. He additionally has 9 years of experience managing middle office and operations teams. Mr. Boccuzzi previously served as a Senior Associate at Oxford Square Capital Corp. and as a Manager in Fixed Income Middle Office at AIG Investments. He graduated with a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Connecticut and is a Level III CFA Candidate.
Mr. Wilson is an analyst at AFC Gamma. Mr. Wilson has over 2 years’ experience focusing on Corporate Credit and Capital Markets. Mr. Wilson began his career at Morgan Stanley, where he was a Trader in Investment Grade and Crossover corporate bonds, focusing mainly on Tech, Consumer/Retail, and Food/Beverage sectors. Prior to Trading, Mr. Wilson was a Credit Analyst, covering the Consumer, Food, and Beverage sectors. He graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in Economics. At Williams, Mr. Wilson was a member of the Varsity Football Team.
Controller of AFC
Mr. Hetzel has 11 years of accounting and finance experience. He previously served as VP of Finance for a real estate development company. Mr. Hetzel spent 7 years with PwC where he was a manager in the REIT audit practice. He received an MBA from the University of Central Florida and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant..
Independent Director of Equity Holdco.
Ms. Schwartzwald has over 15 years’ experience in merchandising, manufacturing/production, creative direction and design. With a background in retail and wholesale consumer products sales, Ms. Schwartzwald brings her extensive experience in business development in the fields of jewelry and accessory companies, most notably in the licensing space working with well-known IP’s in the licensing sector including Disney, Star Wars and Universal Music Group. Ms. Schwartzwald was the founder and chief strategist of Carly Erin Consulting, specializing in creative services ranging from licensing, design strategy and branding for startups and expanding businesses. Currently the Director of Operations for Mothership Transport Corp., Ms. Schwartzwald is the operational head of an on-line interactive platform designed for entrepreneurs and business seeking periodic services and solutions in the areas of marketing, advertising, branding, web development and professional services.
Jeffrey R. Kay
Independent Director of Equity Holdco.
Mr. Kay brings over 30 years of business, entrepreneurial and marketing expertise to his board service with the Equity Holdco. Mr. Kay has founded and operated two different successful businesses providing marketing services and consulting to Fortune 500 companies. He is the founder and managing director of Brandfan, Inc., a marketing services firm that specializes in strategic planning and the development of revenue-generating marketing partnerships for consumer-oriented companies. Mr. Kay was the vice president of business development for Fanscape, Inc., a division of Omnicom Group specializing in social media marketing, where he established and managed the company’s New York office. Mr. Kay’s previous experience also includes founding and operating Performance Marketing Communications, an independent consumer-oriented marketing services agency, and holding management positions at various marketing agencies. Mr. Kay graduated from the University of Maryland College of Business and Management with a B.S. in Marketing and Business Administration.
Independent Director of AFC (Class II).
Mr. Velgot has over 30 years’ experience with strategic brand development, content marketing and creative services. In 2018, Mr. Velgot created the VELGOT group specializing in helping companies develop and grow both their brand and their assets. Mr. Velgot formerly worked as the Chief Marketing Officer for Fifth Street Asset Management, rebranding the firm in the private equity space, while also creating a content marketing and creative services platform. Prior to joining Fifth Street, Mr. Velgot spent over 20 years at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. and Alliance Bernstein, where he rebranded the company in 26 countries around the world and created one of the most respected internal communication agencies on Wall Street, ranging the full spectrum from strategy and concept to delivery of print, presentations, digital assets both internal and external websites and social media, event branding, interactive video and full motion graphics. Before joining Sanford Bernstein, Mr. Velgot worked with Kidder Peabody and Coopers & Lybrand. He is a graduate of Pratt Institute with a BFA in Communications Design.
Independent Director of AFC (Class III).
Mr. Tzur is an independent director of AFC. Mr. Tzur has had over 15 years’ experience as a consultant in consumer, sales and pricing, operating and strategy practices. Currently, Mr. Tzur works as a Senior Partner and Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group, where he was driven global growth strategy and mergers and acquisitions work across various consumer categories, including supporting a major food and beverage player’s entrance into the cannabis space. He joined BCG in September 2001 in New York, and spent 2003-04 in BCG’s Mumbai office, before returning to New York. He relocated to Israel to start and lead BCG’s Tel Aviv office in 2011 and now leads BCG’s Miami office. Prior to BCG, Mr. Tzur built a business in the restaurant industry and served for three years in the Israel Defense Forces 8200 Intelligence Unit. Mr. Tzur received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his Bachelors in International Relations from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
Independent Director of AFC (Class III).
Mr. Frank has more than 30 years’ experience in financial and operational infrastructure. He was previously at Fifth Street Asset Management, where he joined in 2011 and during his tenure through 2017, he held various positions and was responsible for the operations of the Company during his tenure from 2011 to 2017. He was the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Fifth Street Asset Management from the time of its IPO in 2014 to its sale to Oaktree in 2017. served formerly as CFO of Fifth Street Asset Management, Managing Director and CFO at Chilton Investment Company and Global Head of Institutional Operations and in other capacities for 22 years at Morgan Stanley. From September 2008 to March 2011, he served as a managing director and Chief Financial officer of Chilton Investment Company LLC, a global investment management firm. Prior to that, Mr. Frank spent over 22 years at Morgan Stanley, having served as global head of institutional operations, global corporate controller and chief financial officer of U.S. broker/dealer operations and global treasurer. In his roles, he oversaw various securities infrastructure services, creating efficiencies throughout the organization, and managed all aspects of the internal and external financial control and reporting functions. Mr. Frank began his career in audit and tax accounting at Arthur Andersen LLP before joining Morgan Stanley in 1985. He received an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan and a B.A. from Dartmouth College.
Independent Director, Lead Director (Class I) of AFC.
Harrison is an independent director of AFC, and the lead director. Mr. Harrison is currently a Senior Operating Partner at Merida Capital Partners, a private equity firm investing across the cannabis ecosystem. In addition, Mr. Harrison brings 30 years of experience in marketing, communications and brand positioning. He formerly founded Harrison & Star, a healthcare marketing agency that was sold to Omnicom. He is Chairman Emeritus of Diversified Agency Services (DAS), a division of Omnicom and the world’s largest group of marketing services companies. He is currently a board member for MainStem, the leading purchasing platform in the state-regulated cannabis industry. Mr. Harrison is on the Board and acts as lead director for Fifth Street Street Asset Management. In addition, he was previously the Chairman of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee for Zynerba Pharma, a leader in pharmaceutically-produced cannabinoid therapies.
Director of Portfolio Management
Mr. Gomez has five years of experience focused on managing real estate properties, both commercial and residential. He is involved in the inspection, maintenance, leasing and tenant relations for both commercial and residential properties. Mr. Gomez also coordinates the sale and purchase of commercial properties.
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of AFC and Equity Holdco. Mr. Geoffroy is AFC’s and Equity Holdco’s Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”).
Mr. Geoffroy has over 20 years’ experience in financial reporting, accounting, and internal controls with extensive investment fund experience. Mr. Geoffroy is a licensed CPA with 9 years of public accounting experience at Ernst & Young where he was a Senior Manager in the Financial Services Office (FSO) assurance practice, leading financial statement and internal control audits of investment funds and fund administrators. He formerly served as the Vice President, Controller at Ares Management responsible for 20 U.S. and European private debt origination funds, with AUM $6 Bn and he formerly served as Vice President of Fund Administration and Financial Reporting at S.A.C. Capital Advisors. Mr. Geoffroy is a previously registered securities principal for a firm specializing in institutional trading of mortgage backed securities, public mortgage servicers, and public REITs: Series 7, Series 24, and Series 27 licenses.
Partner, Head of Origination and Investor Relations.
Mrs. Tannenbaum has over 7 years’ experience focusing on mergers and acquisitions and leveraged loans to healthcare companies. Additionally, she has 5 years of experience as an investor relations professional within the finance industry. Mrs. Tannenbaum formerly served as Head of Investor Relations at Fifth Street Asset Management and as a Vice President in Healthcare mergers and acquisitions at CIT Group Inc. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Finance, with a concentration in Marketing and a Public Relations minor from Lehigh University.
Director of Real Estate Underwriting of AFC.
Mr. Levin is AFC’s Director of Real Estate Underwriting. Mr. Levin has 20 years’ experience focusing on real estate and leverage finance transactions, including performing sourcing, underwriting, performing due diligence, strategic advisory and arranging financing. Mr. Levin has closed over $2 billion of real estate loans in his career, in addition to his principal and cash flow underwriting experience. He was most recently the Chief Investment Officer for Stackhouse Capital, a family office-backed boutique real estate investment and advisory firm focused primarily on multifamily and self-storage value-add or ground up opportunities. He also previously served as a Principal and a CFO for the real estate division of a $1 billion family office. Mr. Levin graduated with a B.A. in History from Princeton University before working in Deutsche Bank’s Leverage Finance Group. Mr. Levin also graduated with an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was on the Dean’s List.
General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, Secretary of AFC and Equity Holdco and Class II Director of AFC. Mr. Castro-Blanco is AFC’s and Equity Holdco’s General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer as well as a member of the AFC Board.
He has more than 28 years’ experience as an attorney, litigator, mediator and advisor to publicly traded and private clients. He previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney and narcotics prosecutor, and as a Chief Deputy County Attorney for Westchester County where he was responsible for all litigation, appeals, negotiations, compliance matters and the management of outside counsel.
Principal of Manager, Head of Real Estate and Class II Director of AFC. Mr. Kalikow is AFC’s Head of Real Estate as well as a member of the AFC Board.
He is president and founder of Gamma Real Estate, a boutique commercial real estate firm based in New York City. The firm lends on real estate nationwide, owns a portfolio of approximately 5,000 apartments and several office properties in the Southeastern US, and developments real estate, including an 850 unit residential building on Sutton Place in Manhattan. Prior to co-founding Gamma Real Estate, Jonathan Kalikow spent 18 years on Wall Street investing across industries and asset classes as a proprietary trader at Morgan Stanley and then as a hedge fund trader and portfolio manager. Mr. Kalikow is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business with degrees in Real Estate and Finance. He also holds a JD from Fordham University School of Law and is a member of the New York State Bar Association.
Leonard M. Tannenbaum, CFA
Chief Executive Officer of the Manager, Chief Executive Officer of AFC and Class I Director of AFC.
He is responsible for the overall management of AFC and leads the firm’s Investment Committee, which is responsible for overseeing investment processes including origination, credit underwriting, risk analysis and investment approvals. Mr. Tannenbaum and his management team members have been involved in approximately $10 billion of successful loan transactions. Mr. Tannenbaum has extensive leadership experience. He was formerly the founder and CEO of Fifth Street Asset Management (Fifth Street), a credit asset manager with a nationwide platform, which was sold to Oaktree Capital Management in 2017. Prior to its sale to Oaktree, Fifth Street had a core focus on disciplined credit investing across multiple economic cycles, and issued billions of dollars in public equity, private capital and public debt securities. Fifth Street made flexible investments across capital structures to growing middle market companies, primarily in conjunction with private equity sponsors. It managed $5 billion of assets across multiple private investment vehicles and two publicly-traded business development companies. Subsequent to the sale to Oaktree in 2017, Mr. Tannenbaum founded LMT Investments, a singly family office that is focused on allocating capital across various strategies including credit via Tannenbaum Strategic Credit Fund, a $100MM+ fund, equities and real estate. Mr. Tannenbaum graduated from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a B.S. in economics. Subsequent to his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, he received an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School as part of the submatriculation program. He is also a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of The Wharton Graduate Executive Board.