Mr. Barber is one of our independent directors, a position he has held since February 2015. He has also served as a director of Steamroller Restaurants since 1999. From 1991 to 2004, Mr. Barber served as chairman of Transeuropean Properties 1 and 2, comprised of European real estate funds managed by the U.S. based Prudential Insurance Group. In 1974 Mr. Barber founded and assumed responsibility as CEO of Capital & Regional PLC, a British-based real estate investment fund which when he retired had approximately $5 billion in assets under management in Great Britain. It was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1986. It was unusual because approximately 60% of its assets were in the U.S. In 1996, the U.S. assets were separated from Capital & Regional, re-named CenterPoint Properties Trust and listed on the New York Stock Exchange. CenterPoint was the first industrial REIT in the U.S. and Mr. Barber served as its chairman and lead independent trustee until its $3.4 billion sale in April, 2006. He retired from Capital & Regional in 2006. Mr. Barber also currently serves as an independent director for Applied Residential, a provider of creative lease-purchase financing structures for the residential housing industry. Mr. Barber was selected as a director because of his extensive experience with real estate ownership and management and his experience with public REITs.
Philip S. Cottone
Mr. Cottone has been one of our independent directors since the completion of our initial listed public offering. He previously served as one of our independent directors and chairman of the compensation committee from November 2011 until September 2016. He is an attorney by background and has been an arbitrator since 1977 as well as a mediator since 1995 for FINRA, the American Arbitration Association, and the Counselors of Real Estate, primarily concentrating in securities, real estate and general commercial matters. He has been certified by the International Mediation Institute at The Hague, and is a member of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators. For six years, through 2015, he was an officer of the governing Council of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section, a member of the Faculty of the Annual Arbitration and Mediation Institutes, and Co-Chair of the Arbitration Institute in 2016 and 2017. From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Cottone was a member of the Board of Government Properties Trust (NYSE â€“ GPT) and Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee, and from 2004 to 2009 he was Lead Director of Boston Capital REIT, a public, non-traded REIT. In 1981, Mr. Cottone co-founded Ascott Investment Corporation, a real estate investment, development and syndication company, and as Chairman and CEO, and founder and President of its NASD broker-dealer, he headed a staff of 65 people in the acquisition, management, capital raising and sale of more than thirty real estate programs in fourteen states. From 1972 to 1981, Mr. Cottone was Senior Real Estate officer and Group Executive of IU International (NYSE â€“ IU), a $2 billion Fortune 100 company, and previously, from 1966 to 1972, he was Manager of Real Estate at the Port of NY Authority, where, among other things, he was responsible for the acquisition of the World Trade Center property in Manhattan. From 1977 through 1983, and again from 1998 through 2002, he was General Counsel and member of the Executive Committee of the International Right of Way Association, and from 1988 to 1997 he was Trustee and Treasurer of the IRWA Foundation. In 1988 he was national President of RESSI, the Real Estate Securities and Syndication Institute, and in 2004 he was national Chair of The Counselors of Real Estate, both affiliates of the National Association of Realtors. From 1989 to 1991 he was Governor of the NASD (National Association of Securities Dealers) Board, the predecessor to FINRA, and was Vice Chairman in 1991. He was a member of the National Business Conduct Committee of the Board in 1989, and Chair in 1990. For ten years, from 1995 to 2005, he was an adjunct on the faculty of the Real Estate Institute at New York University, teaching a course he wrote in real estate securities. Mr. Cottone has an A.B. from Columbia College where he was awarded the Burdette Kinne Prize for Humanities, and an L.L.B. from New York University where he received the Administrative Law Prize. Mr. Cottone was selected as a director because of his extensive investment and finance experience, board service and corporate governance experience.
Richard J. DeAgazio
Richard J. DeAgazio has been one of our independent directors since the completion of our initial listed public offering. He had previously served as one of our independent directors and chairman of our corporate governance committee from November 2011 until September 2016. Mr. DeAgazio has been the principal of Ironsides Assoc. LLC., a consulting company in marketing and sales in the financial services industry, since he founded the company in June 2007. He is also currently, and has been since 2009, Chairman of the Soom, Inc., a supply chain software company and a member of the Board of Directors of Commodore Builders, a construction management firm, also from 2009 to the present. Mr. DeAgazio is, and has been since 2016, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Billaway.com, a cloud-based technology platform in the mobile data industry. In 1981, he joined Boston Capital Corp., a diversified real estate and investment banking firm, which, through its various investment funds, owns over $12 billion in real estate assets, as Executive Vice President and Principal. He founded and served as the President of Boston Capital Securities, Inc., a FINRA-registered broker dealer, which is an affiliate of Boston Capital Corp., from 1981 through December 2007. Mr. DeAgazio formerly served on the National Board of Governors of FINRA and served as a member of the National Adjudicatory Council of FINRA. He was the Vice Chairman of FINRA's District 11, and served as Chairman of the FINRA's Statutory Disqualification Subcommittee of the National Business Conduct Committee. He also served on the FINRA State Liaison Committee, the Direct Participation Program Committee and as Chairman of the Nominating Committee. He is a founder and past President of the National Real Estate Investment Association. He is past President of the National Real Estate Securities and Syndication Institute and past President of the Real Estate Securities and Syndication Institute (MA Chapter). Prior to joining Boston Capital in 1981, Mr. DeAgazio was the Senior Vice President and Director of the Brokerage Division of Dresdner Securities (USA), Inc., an international investment-banking firm owned by four major European banks, and was a Vice President of Burgess & Leith/Advest. He was member of the Boston Stock Exchange for 42 years. He was on the Board of Directors of Cognistar Corporation and FurnitureFind.com and recently retired from serving as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Bunker Hill Community College, the Board of Trustees of Junior Achievement of Massachusetts and the Board of Advisors for the Ron Burton Kid's Training Village. He is on the Board of Corporators of Northeastern University and also is active on the Boards of numerous not-for-profit organizations. He graduated from Northeastern University. Mr. DeAgazio was selected as a director because of his extensive senior executive officer and board service experience and experience with real estate operations.
David G. Gaw
David G. Gaw has been one of our independent directors since the completion of our initial listed public offering. He previously served as one of our independent directors and chairman of our audit committee from November 2011 until September 2016. Mr. Gaw is currently a real estate project consultant. From November 2009 through January 2011, Mr. Gaw served as Chief Financial Officer of Pyramid Hotels and Resorts, a REIT that focused on hospitality properties. From September 2008 through November 2009, Mr. Gaw was engaged in managing his personal investments. From June 2007 to September 2008, he was Chief Financial Officer of Berkshire Development, a private real estate developer that focused on retail development. From April 2001 until June 2007, he served as the Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Heritage Property Investment Trust, Inc., a then-publicly traded REIT listed on the NYSE (NYSE:HTG). Mr. Gaw was serving in those capacities when Heritage Property engaged in its initial public offering. Mr. Gaw served as Senior Vice President of Boston Properties, Inc., a publicly traded REIT listed on the NYSE (NYSE: BXP, from 1982 - 2000, and also served as its Chief Financial Officer beginning at the time of its initial public offering in 1997. Mr. Gaw received a bachelor of science degree and an MBA from Suffolk University. Mr. Gaw was selected as a director because of his extensive experience with financial reporting, accounting and controls and REIT management.
John W. Guinee has been one of our independent directors since January 2021. Mr. Guinee is currently acting as a capital markets consultant and private real estate investor. From March 2005 until July 2020, he was a Managing Director of Stifel, where he covered over 40 REITs in the office, industrial, multifamily, and diversified public sectors. During his 15-year career as a REIT research analyst, Mr. Guinee led the creation of new valuation methods for REITs, including estimating premiums and discounts over replacement costs and estimating the value creation of REITs over time. From March 2003 to March 2005, he was the Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer for Duke Realty (NYSE: DRE), where he participated in the company’s transition from an office/industrial REIT to an industrial only REIT. Prior to that, Mr. Guinee was the Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer for Charles E. Smith Residential Realty, where he led the growth of the company’s portfolio from 17,000 to 30,000 multifamily units, while transitioning the company from a single market REIT to a multi-market urban oriented REIT. Beginning in 1985, he served 11 years as Managing Director of LaSalle Investment Management and LaSalle Partners. From 1982 until 1985, Mr. Guinee worked as a property manager at Hines in San Francisco. He currently serves on the Artemis Real Estate Partners Advisory Board and the board of the Irvine Nature Center. Mr. Guinee received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Mr. Guinee was selected as a director because of his extensive experience in real estate investments and capital markets transactions.
Ms. Murphy is one of our independent directors, a position she has held since April 2021. Ms. Murphy founded Global Gateway Logistics, a global freight forwarding and trade consulting firm, in September 2017 and has been the Chief Executive Officer since that time. Prior to founding Global Gateway Logistics, she was Director of Business Development for Axis Worldwide Supply Chain & Logistics from September 2015 until April 2017. Prior to that, Ms. Murphy was an International General Commodities Specialist for UniGroup Worldwide Logistics, and she began her career with IM Force in Beijing, China as an Associate in business development and marketing. During her 11-year career in domestic and global logistics, Ms. Murphy managed an extensive portfolio of large scale domestic and global hospitality logistics and warehousing projects.
Ms. Murphy received a BSBA in International Business from the University of Missouri and attended Peking University. She is on the board of Camp Circle Star, a Missouri based nonprofit organization that provides camp opportunities for children with disabilities throughout the region. Ms. Murphy was selected as a director because of her extensive experience in the logistics industry and firsthand knowledge of industrial markets throughout the Midwest, including the fundamentals driving demand for industrial space.
Pendleton P. White Jr.
President & Chief Investment Officer
Pendleton P. White, Jr. is our President and Chief Investment Officer and one of our directors. He has served in these positions since the formation of the company. Along with Mr. Witherell, Mr. White actively participates in the management of our company and is primarily responsible for its overall investment strategy and acquisition activities. Mr. White has over 25 years of experience in commercial real estate, serving in numerous capacities including investment banking, property acquisitions and leasing. From November 2008 through March 2011, Mr. White was engaged in the formation of Plymouth Group Real Estate. Prior to that, Mr. White was Executive Vice President and Managing Director at Scanlan Kemper Bard (SKB) from September 2006 through November 2008, where he ran SKB's East Coast office and managed the funding of SKB Real Estate Investors Fund I. From March 2002 through September 2006, Mr. White was employed as an investment executive with Franklin Street Properties Corp., a publicly traded REIT, and its subsidiary, FSP Investments LLC. During that time, Mr. White was involved in the acquisition and syndication of numerous structured REITs throughout the United States. From 1997 to 2001, Mr. White was Principal and Director of North Shore Holdings, a family-owned real estate investment firm. From 1993-1997, Mr. White was Co-Director of Investment Sales at Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate Services (now CBRE) and was responsible for overseeing the acquisition and disposition of commercial properties throughout New England. Mr. White also was Vice President at Spaulding & Slye (now Jones Lang LaSalle) from 1991-1993 and Senior Sales Consultant at the Charles E. Smith Companies (now Vornado), in Washington, DC, from 1987-1992 and was responsible for property leasing and investment sale transactions. Mr. White began his career at Coldwell Banker in 1982. Since then he has been involved in over $1 billion of real estate transactions either serving as a broker, investor, consultant or investment banker. Mr. White received a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University and is a member of several real estate organizations. Mr. White was selected as a director because of his extensive knowledge and insight regarding industrial properties and detailed knowledge of our acquisition and operational opportunities and challenges.
Jeffrey E. Witherell
Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board
Jeffrey E. Witherell is our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board and has held these positions since the formation of the company. Mr. Witherell oversees all aspects of our business activities, including the acquisition, management and disposition of assets. Mr. Witherell has been involved in real estate investment, development and banking activities for over 25 years. He, along with Mr. White, formed Plymouth Industrial REIT in 2011. From April 2008 through 2011, Mr. Witherell was engaged in the formation and operation of Plymouth Group Real Estate and Plymouth Real Estate Capital LLC, a FINRA registered broker/dealer. From April 2000 to March 2008, Mr. Witherell was employed as an investment executive with Franklin Street Properties Corp., a publicly traded REIT, and its subsidiary, FSP Investments LLC. During that time, Mr. Witherell was involved in the acquisition and syndication of 34 separate property investments, structured as single asset REITs, in 12 states, which raised in the aggregate approximately $1.2 billion. From 1999 to 2000, he was affiliated with IndyMac Bank where he was responsible for closed-loan acquisitions. From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Witherell was COO for GAP LP, a real estate investment firm where he was responsible for the acquisition and subsequent development of several real estate investments in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Wyoming and Nova Scotia, Canada. From 1994 to 1996, he founded and served as president of Devonshire Development, Inc., a Massachusetts based real estate development firm, where he was responsible for the acquisition and subsequent development of several real estate ventures. From 1990 to 1994, he was vice president of property management at New Boston Management, Inc., a Boston based real estate management firm. His responsibilities included property management and property disposition services. From 1987 to 1990, he was vice president of development for Kirkwood Development, an Oklahoma City based real estate development firm. His responsibilities included the development and construction of twelve development projects throughout New England. From 1982 to 1987, Mr. Witherell was employed at Dewsnap Engineering, a Boston based civil engineering and land surveying firm, where he was responsible for performing land surveying, permitting, design, and construction management services. Mr. Witherell graduated from Emmanuel College in Boston with a Bachelor of Science degree in business, earned his MBA from Endicott College and is a member of several real estate organizations. He is a board member of AdventCare Inc., a Massachusetts based nonprofit organization that owns and operates skilled nursing facilities. In addition, he is a member of the Advisory Board at the Ohio State University Center for Real Estate. Mr. Witherell was selected as a director because of his ability to lead our company and his detailed knowledge of our strategic opportunities, challenges, competition, financial position and business.