SETTING A HIGH STANDARD
Our leaders have strong expectations of the team, starting with themselves.
Spirit’s management team demonstrates a deep understanding of investment strategy and portfolio management. Each leader endeavors to create value for the company and our stakeholders, sharing a vision to create thriving partnerships and consistently outperform competitors. Our team members share the vision of high personal and organizational performance, and a commitment to be tenacious, insightful, principled, and open. Integrity guides every decision.
Board of Directors
Jackson Hsieh serves as president and chief executive officer at the company. Prior to joining Spirit in September 2016, Mr. Hsieh served as managing director and a vice chairman of investment banking at Morgan Stanley, vice chairman and sole/co-global head of UBS’s real estate investment banking group, and various other leadership roles which include a prior period at Morgan Stanley and tenures at Bankers Trust Company and Salomon Brothers, Inc. Mr. Hsieh is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, and earned a master’s degree from Harvard University.
Sheli Z. Rosenberg has been a director of the company since 2013. Ms. Rosenberg is currently a consultant to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and affiliates, where she previously served as counsel within the real estate group at the firm’s Chicago office. Previously, Ms. Rosenberg served as the president, chief executive officer and vice chairman of Equity Group Investments, LLC; principal of the law firm of Rosenberg & Liebentritt; director at General Growth Properties, Inc., CVS Caremark Corporation, Capital Trust, Inc., and Avis Budget Group, Inc.; trustee for Equity Residential and Equity Office Properties; and adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management. In addition to her vast real estate law experience, Ms. Rosenberg also has extensive board experience. Currently, Ms. Rosenberg serves as the lead independent director at Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc., member of the board of directors for MATTER Chicago and member of the steering committee for the Center for Executive Women at the Kellogg School. Ms. Rosenberg earned a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and a Juris Doctor degree from the Northwestern University School of Law.
Kevin M. Charlton has served as a director of the company since 2009. Currently, Mr. Charlton is the managing partner of River Hollow Partners; member of the board of directors at the Addison Group; and president, chief operating officer and board member of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corporation. Mr. Charlton graduated from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan and Princeton University.
Nicholas P. Shepherd has been a director of the company since 2012. Mr. Shepherd currently serves as the president, chief executive officer and member of the board at Carlson Restaurants, Inc., and chairman of the board of directors at TGI Friday’s Inc. Previously, Mr. Shepherd served as chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Sagittarius Brands, Inc.; chief operating officer and president of Blockbuster North American; as well as executive vice president, chief marketing and merchandising officer, and divisional officer of Comet Group PLC; senior partner and founder of the Service Practice; numerous leadership roles at Grand Metropolitan, including general manager, head of European operations of Continental Restaurants, and brand development director of the Retail Enterprise Group PLC; operations manager for Allied Lyons PLC; and operations manager and brand development manager for Whitbread PLC. Mr. Shepherd earned a bachelor’s degree from Sheffield Hallamshire University.
Richard I. Gilchrist has served as a director of the company since September 2012. Mr. Gilchrist is currently a senior advisor responsible for acquisitions and investments at the Irvine Company, and member of the board of directors for two publicly traded REITs, Ventas, Inc., and BioMed Realty Trust, as well as the Whittier College board of trustees and advisory board of the University of California – Los Angeles Law School. Previously, Mr. Gilchrist served as president of Investment Properties Group; president, co-chief executive officer and member of the board of directors at Maguire Properties, Inc.; chief executive officer, president and member of the board of directors at Commonwealth Atlantic Properties; co-chairman and managing partner of CommonWealth Partners; senior partner for Maguire Thomas Partners; and attorney at Flint & MacKay. Mr. Gilchrist graduated from Whittier College and earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California – Los Angeles Law School.
Todd A. Dunn has served as a director of the company since September 2012. Mr. Dunn is currently an executive advisor to Aurora Capital Group and director for Ames Taping Tools. Previously, Mr. Dunn served as chief executive officer and member of the board of directors at United Plastics Group, chief executive officer and member of the board of directors for FleetPride, Inc., senior vice president and chief financial officer of Tartan Textiles, Inc., vice president and chief financial officer of Quality Distribution Service Partners, and business manager, vice president and chief financial officer for SLM Power Group, Inc. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Texas at Austin.
Thomas D. Senkbeil has been a director of the company since 2013. Mr. Senkbeil is currently the managing partner of Senkbeil & Associates, a principal of Iron Tree Capital, LLC, and a member of the Urban Land Institute Multifamily Council. Previously, Mr. Senkbeil served as the managing director of Sealy and Co. and SCS Ventures; chief investment officer and executive vice president of Post Properties, Inc.; president and chief operating officer of Carter & Associates; director and chief investment officer at Weeks Corporation; and chairman of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association. Mr. Senkbeil earned a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and a Master of Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina.
Diana Laing joined as a director of the company in August 2018. Ms. Laing was most recently the chief financial officer of American Homes 4 Rent, until her retirement in June 2018. Ms. Laing held this position for four years, with responsibilities including capital markets, investor relations, accounting and financial reporting. Ms. Laing currently serves as an independent director with The Macerich Company. Prior to her position at AMH, Ms. Laing was the chief financial officer and corporate secretary for Thomas Properties Group from 2004 to 2013, and principal and chief financial officer at New Pacific Realty from 2001 to 2003. She also held the role of chief financial officer at Firstsource Corporation from 2000 to 2001, at Arden Realty from 1996 to 2000 and at Southwest Property Trust from 1986 to 1996, having held the role of controller and treasurer prior to that. Ms. Laing started her career as an auditor at Arthur Andersen & Company in Dallas, TX and earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Oklahoma State University.