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.

Management Operating Committee

Jackson Hsieh
Jackson Hsieh
Jackson Hsieh President, Chief Executive Officer
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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.

Ken Heimlich
Ken Heimlich
Ken Heimlich Executive Vice President, Head of Asset Management
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Mr. Heimlich joined Spirit in March 2017 and serves as executive vice president and head of asset management. In this role, he has oversight responsibility for servicing, dispositions, lease administration, property management and construction. In addition, Mr. Heimlich serves on the company’s Investment Committee and Management Operating Committee that monitors business activities and defines company strategy.  

He has extensive experience in the REIT industry having served as managing principal at Capital Formation, LLC, a net lease real estate advisory firm, as well as in several senior leadership roles at GE Capital, Franchise Finance.  During his tenure at GE Capital, he successfully led the IPS and Surplus platforms for a 2,000+ property portfolio, built and directed a nationwide retail development platform, and managed a 500-property triple net lease portfolio. Mr. Heimlich earned a B.S. in Finance from Eastern Illinois University.

Bill Totherow
Bill Totherow
Bill Totherow Senior Vice President, Head of Credit & Underwriting
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Bill Totherow is senior vice president and head of credit and underwriting at Spirit. In this role, he is responsible for supporting Spirit’s investment policy through in-depth research and risk analysis of Spirit’s investments. In addition, Mr. Totherow serves on the company’s Investment Committee and Management Operating Committee that monitors business activities and defines company strategy. He has served in various leadership roles since joining Spirit in March 2014, including most recently as senior vice president of acquisitions and prior to that as vice president of asset management. 

Mr. Totherow is a highly-experienced executive with over 20 years in the commercial lending industry. Prior to joining Spirit, Mr. Totherow served in various leadership roles, including managing director of acquisitions at STORE Capital, principal at X Factor Consulting, vice president of business development at MainStreet Lender, and vice president at GE Capital. Mr. Totherow earned a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from the University of Arizona.

Prakash Parag
Prakash Parag
Prakash Parag Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer
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Prakash Parag has served as senior vice president and chief accounting officer at the company since May 2016. He has oversight responsibility for the company’s controllership, external and internal reporting, as well as the accounting and reporting functions. In addition, Mr. Parag serves on the company’s Management Operating Committee that monitors business activities and defines company strategy. He is an accomplished financial executive with more than 18 years of experience in accounting, auditing and finance. Prior to joining Spirit, he served in various leadership roles at Ernst & Young during his tenure. Most recently, he served as an executive director and provided assurance and advisory services to a number of public and private entities. Mr. Parag is a graduate of the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and earned a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from Emory University.

Michael Hughes
Michael Hughes
Michael Hughes Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
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Michael C. Hughes serves as executive vice president and chief financial officer at the company.  Prior to joining Spirit in April 2018, Mr. Hughes served as executive vice president and chief financial officer at FelCor Lodging Trust from 2013 through the close of the company’s merger with RLJ Lodging Trust in 2017.  Prior to that, he held various roles in corporate finance at FelCor from 2006 to 2013, and held multiple roles at Wyndham International, Inc. from 2002 to 2006, most recently serving as vice president, corporate finance.  Mr. Hughes was awarded a bachelor’s degree in business from Rhodes College and is a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.

Jay Young
Jay Young
Jay Young Executive Vice President, General Counsel
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Jay Young serves as executive vice president and general counsel at the company. Prior to joining Spirit in April 2016, Mr. Young served as senior vice president and general counsel for Wingstop, Inc., and in-house counsel for CEC Entertainment, Wachovia Corporation and UBS. Jay holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Southern Methodist University, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma Price College of Business.

Daniel Rosenberg
Daniel Rosenberg
Daniel Rosenberg Senior Vice President, Head of Acquisitions
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Daniel Rosenberg joined Spirit in November 2007 and currently serves as senior vice president and head of acquisitions. In this role, he oversees the acquisitions department and is responsible for sourcing, marketing, analyzing and overseeing the acquisition of new investment real estate opportunities. Prior to his role in acquisitions, Mr. Rosenberg was senior vice president of asset management where he was responsible for special servicing and property management for the portfolio, including workouts, property sales, re-leasing and property management for vacant properties, as well as the company’s sale-leaseback function. Mr. Rosenberg also serves on the company’s Investment Committee and Management Operating Committee. 

Prior to joining us, Mr. Rosenberg served as an associate at Greenblatt & Associates, a general law practice in Woodland Hills, CA. Mr. Rosenberg earned a BS from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, a J.D. from Whittier Law School and an MBA from Arizona State University.

Board of Directors

Jackson Hsieh
Jackson Hsieh
Jackson Hsieh President, Chief Executive Officer
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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
Sheli Z. Rosenberg
Sheli Z. Rosenberg Board of Directors
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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
Kevin M. Charlton
Kevin M. Charlton Board of Directors
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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
Nicholas P. Shepherd
Nicholas P. Shepherd Board of Directors
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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
Richard I. Gilchrist
Richard I. Gilchrist Chairman of the Board of Directors
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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
Todd A. Dunn
Todd A. Dunn Board of Directors
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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
Thomas D. Senkbeil
Thomas D. Senkbeil Board of Directors
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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 M. Laing
Diana M. Laing
Diana M. Laing Board of Directors
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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.