Wesley R. Edens
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Edens has been Chairman of our Board of Directors since inception. He also served as our Chief Executive Officer from inception until February 2007. Mr. Edens is a principal and a Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fortress Investment Group LLC and member of the Management Committee of Fortress since co-founding Fortress in May 1998. Mr. Edens is responsible for the private equity and publicly traded alternative investment businesses of Fortress Investment Group LLC.
Prior to co-founding Fortress in 1998, Mr. Edens was a partner and managing director of BlackRock Financial Management Inc., where he headed BlackRock Asset Investors, a private equity fund. In addition, Mr. Edens was formerly a partner and managing director of Lehman Brothers.
William J. Clifford
Mr. Clifford has been a member of our Board of Directors and a member of our Audit Committee, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and Compensation Committee since June 2018.
Mr. Clifford served as the senior vice president-finance and treasurer of Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc., a gaming-focused real estate investment trust, from February 2013 through 2018. From 2001 to 2013, Mr. Clifford served as senior vice president-finance and chief financial officer of Penn National Gaming, Inc., an operator of gaming and racing facilities. Prior to his employment with Penn National Gaming, Inc., Mr. Clifford served in various operational finance roles for a variety of casinos in Las Vegas and the Bahamas. In addition, Mr. Clifford served as a member of the board of directors, and chairman of the audit committee, of Intrawest Holdings, Inc. from 2014 - 2017.
Virgis W. Colbert
Mr. Colbert has been a member of our Board of Directors and a member of the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors since April 2019.
Mr. Colbert is a Senior Advisor to MillerCoors LLC and has served in a variety of key leadership positions with Miller Brewing Company since 1979, including Executive Vice President of Worldwide Operations from 1997 to 2005 and Senior Vice President of Operations from 1993 to 1997. Mr. Colbert is a member of the Board of Directors of The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC, NASDAQ PHLX LLC, NASDAQ BX, Inc., International Securities Exchange, LLC, ISE Gemini, LLC and ISE Mercury, LLC. Mr. Colbert also serves on the board of STAG Industrials, Inc. and New Senior Investment Group. Mr. Colbert has previously served on the boards of Lorillard, Inc., where he was Lead Independent Director (from 2008 to 2015), Delphi Corp. (from 1999 to 2006), Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. (from 2006 to 2008), Bank of America Corp. (from 2009 to 2013), Stanley Black & Decker (from 2002 to 2013), the Sara Lee Corporation and its successor The Hillshire Brands Company (from 2006 to 2013) and The Manitowoc Company, Inc. (from 2001 to 2012). He is Chairman Emeritus of the board for the for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and former Chairman of the board of trustees for Fisk University. He is a life member of the National Association for the advancement of Colored People. As a result of these and other professional experiences, Mr. Colbert has particular knowledge of and extensive experience in public company board practices and in the management and oversight of a regulated public company, including operations, supply chain logistics, engineering, information technology and strategic growth.
Benjamin M. Crane
Mr. Crane has been a member of our Board of Directors and a member of the Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors since April 2019.
Mr. Crane is an American professional golfer, who has been a member of the PGA tour since December 2001, when he was awarded his PGA tour card for 2002. Mr. Crane is actively involved in several charities, including the Crane Foundation, which he started with his wife Heather. The purpose of the Crane Foundation is to help others reach new heights and levels of achievement and spirituality in their lives through gifts, grants and additional resources. His charity also supports several other charities including the College Golf Fellowship, Forward Edge International, H.O.P.E Farm Inc., Love146 Inc., the St. Bernard Project and Young Life. Mr. Crane received his B.A. from the University of Oregon.
Stuart A. McFarland
Mr. McFarland has been a member of our Board of Directors since October 2002 and a member of our Audit Committee, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and Compensation Committee since November 2002.
Mr. McFarland was Chairman of Federal City Bancorp, Inc., a Managing Partner of Federal City Capital Advisors, LLC and President and Chief Executive Officer of Pedestal Inc., an internet secondary mortgage market trading exchange. Mr. McFarland was Executive Vice President and General Manager of GE Capital Mortgage Services and President and CEO of GE Capital Asset Management Corporation from 1990 to 1995. Prior to GE Capital, Mr. McFarland was President and CEO of Skyline Financial Services Corp. Before joining Skyline, Mr. McFarland was President and CEO of National Permanent Federal Savings Bank in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, Mr. McFarland was Executive Vice President – Operations and Chief Financial Officer with Fannie Mae (Federal National Mortgage Association). From 1972 to 1981, he was President and Director of Ticor Mortgage Insurance Company in Los Angeles, California. Mr. McFarland presently serves as the Lead Independent Director of the Brandywine Funds and a director of the Brookfield HELIOS Funds. Mr. McFarland also serves as a Director and Member of the Executive Committee of the Center for Housing Policy and is a member of the Trustees Council of the National Building.
Mr. Press has been a member of our Board of Directors and a member of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee since February 2016, a member of our Compensation Committee since January 2018, and a member of our Audit Committee since May 2018.
Mr. Press has been a Managing Member of Oliver Press Partners, LLC, an investment advisory firm, since March 2005. From 1986 to March 2003, Mr. Press served as a General Partner of Hyde Park Holdings, Inc., a private equity investment firm. From March 2008 to November 2009, Mr. Press served as a director and member of the Governance & Nominating Committee of Coherent Inc. (NASDAQ:COHR), a manufacturer of laser based photonic products. From December 2011 to February 2013, Mr. Press served as a director and member of the Compensation Committee of SeaBright Holdings, Inc. (formerly NYSE:SBX), a holding company whose wholly-owned subsidiary, SeaBright Insurance Company, operates as a specialty provider of multi-jurisdictional workers’ compensation insurance. From 2001 to June 2011, Mr. Press served as a director of GM Network Ltd., a private holding company providing Internet-based digital currency services. Mr. Press received his MA degree from Oxford University and an MBA degree from Harvard Business School.