Board of Directors

Board of Directors

David C. Brown
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman
David C. Brown has served as our Chief Executive Officer since our acquisition from KeyCorp in August 2013 and Chairman of our board of directors since April 2014. He joined our board of directors upon its formation. Mr. Brown serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of VCM, responsible for the development, execution and oversight of firm strategy. He is also Chairman of the VCM investment committee and a trustee for the Victory Funds.

Mr. Brown joined the firm in 2004 and has held multiple senior level positions including Chief Operating Officer prior to his current role. Before joining Victory, Mr. Brown spent five years at Gartmore Global Investments, Inc. in a number of senior management positions including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Gartmore Emerging Managers, LLC. Prior to joining Gartmore, he worked for Ernst & Young LLP as a manager in the Assurance & Advisory Business Services unit focusing on investment management businesses. Mr. Brown also currently serves as a director of Cerebellum Capital. He previously was a member of the Bluecoats, Inc. of Cuyahoga County, OH, and previously served on the Summa Health Systems of Ohio Investment Committee and on the board of directors for JumpStart of Ohio. Mr. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with an emphasis on accounting from Ursinus College and a Master of Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Mr. Brown’s extensive business, finance and leadership skills gained and developed through years of experience in the financial services industry, including tenure overseeing our strategic direction as Chief Executive Officer, brings valuable industry-specific knowledge and insights to our board of directors. Mr. Brown has also overseen several transactions in the asset management sector during his tenure with us. He has significant expertise in identifying, structuring and executing strategic acquisitions, as well as in managing boutique firms post-acquisition. These skills, combined with Mr. Brown’s extensive knowledge of our business and our industry, enable him to provide valuable insights to our board of directors on our strategic direction.
Milton R. Berlinski
Director
Milton R. Berlinski joined our board of directors at the time of our acquisition from KeyCorp in August 2013. Mr. Berlinski co-founded Reverence Capital in June 2013 after concluding a 26-year career at Goldman, Sachs & Co., or Goldman Sachs, as a Partner and Managing Director. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1986 as Vice President of the investment banking division and as one of the founders of Goldman Sachs’ Financial Institutions business. He became a Partner and Managing Director in 1996, responsible for Advisory, Principal Investing and Merchant Banking for financial institutions. In 1999, he was named head of the firm’s Strategy and Corporate Development Group, and in 2001 he assumed additional responsibility as head of Firm Wide Strategy. Mr. Berlinski also served as a member of the Operating Committee and Compensation Committee. Mr. Berlinski also served as Global Head of the Financial Sponsors Group from 2005 until 2012 and was a founding member of the Financial Institutions Group. Mr. Berlinski is a founding partner of the Aruba Growth Fund, a private equity fund funded by and invested in local companies and institutions in Aruba.

Mr. Berlinski received a Master of Business Administration in finance from The Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in engineering from California State University. Mr. Berlinski’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his extensive background in the investment management industry, business development, corporate strategy and international finance, as well as his substantial board experience (both public and private). In addition, he brings experience relating to operations and compensation matters having served as a member of Goldman Sachs Operating and Compensation Committees for several years.
Alex Binderow
Director
Alex Binderow joined our board of directors at the time of our acquisition from KeyCorp in August 2013. Mr. Binderow joined Crestview in 2005. At Crestview, Mr. Binderow is a partner and a leader on the financial services team, specializing in asset and wealth management investments. Prior to joining Crestview, he worked at Bear, Stearns & Co. in the company’s acquisition finance group on a range of assignments, which included leveraged buyouts, strategic refinancings and M&A financings across various industries. Mr. Binderow is currently a director of certain Crestview portfolio companies and previously served on the board of directors of Munder, a registered investment company, until the Munder Acquisition.

Mr. Binderow received his Bachelor of Business Administration, with high distinction, from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School with majors in finance and organization & management. Mr. Binderow’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his in-depth knowledge and experience in mergers and acquisitions, investing, leveraged finance, capital markets and asset management.
Lawrence Davanzo
Director
Lawrence Davanzo joined our board of directors in October 2014. Mr. Davanzo most recently served as President of Wilshire Associates Incorporated, overseeing the asset management areas of the firm, and as Vice Chairman of the board of directors of Wilshire and on its executive committee until his retirement in 2012. He first joined Wilshire in 1978 and rejoined in October 2004. During his tenure at Wilshire, he founded Wilshire’s Pension Consulting business and built the firm’s Funds Management Group. With over $70 billion in AUM for financial intermediaries, Funds Management became the firm’s primary source of revenue growth. He also served as President of the firm’s mutual fund complexes. During Mr. Davanzo’s career, he also founded Asset Strategy Consulting and served as its managing director from February 1991 to February 2000.

Mr. Davanzo earned both his Master of Finance and Bachelor of Arts degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mr. Davanzo’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include the knowledge and experience gained in the combination of more than 40 years of asset management experience through his extensive career at Wilshire Associates and also managing and running his own investment consulting firm. This allows him to bring to the board of directors a deep understanding of issues associated with operating a business and the importance of client service and customer satisfaction unique to the asset management business.
Richard M. DeMartini
Director
Richard M. DeMartini joined our board of directors at the time of our acquisition from KeyCorp in August 2013. Mr. DeMartini joined Crestview as a partner in 2005. He leads Crestview’s financial services strategy. Prior to Crestview, Mr. DeMartini served as President of the Bank of America Asset Management Group from March 2001 until December 2004. At Bank of America, Mr. DeMartini was responsible for all wealth and asset management activities and oversaw approximately $400 billion in AUM. He was also a member of Bank of America’s operating committee. Prior to working at Bank of America, Mr. DeMartini served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the international private client group at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. His 26-year career at Morgan Stanley included roles as President of individual asset management, Co-President of Dean Witter & Company, Inc. and Chairman of Discover Card. He was also a member of the Morgan Stanley management committee. He also currently serves as a director of Partners Capital and as a trustee and President of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Mr. DeMartini has served as Chairman of the board of directors of the NASDAQ Stock Market, Vice Chairman of the board of directors of the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. and a director of Capital Bank Financial Corp.

Mr. DeMartini received a Bachelor of Arts from San Diego State University. Mr. DeMartini’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his in-depth knowledge and operating experience in financial services, particularly in the asset and wealth management sectors, having held senior executive positions at major institutions. In addition, Mr. DeMartini has significant experience as a director on the boards of public and private companies. He provides the board of directors with a valuable perspective on global investment management and capital markets and has extensive experience in assessing value, strategy and risks related to potential acquisitions.
James B. Hawkes
Director
James B. Hawkes joined our board of directors at the time of our acquisition from KeyCorp in August 2013. Mr. Hawkes also serves as Chairman Emeritus of Eaton Vance. In his 37-year career at Eaton Vance, Mr. Hawkes served in numerous senior executive roles, including Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer and Director of Investment Research. Mr. Hawkes also serves on the board of managers of Central Park Group, an alternative investment advisory firm, and on other private company boards. He is a trustee of the Peabody Essex Museum and Winterthur Museum.

Mr. Hawkes earned a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from the University of Oklahoma. He also earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Mr. Hawkes’ qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his extensive business, finance, investment and leadership skills gained and developed through years of experience in the numerous senior executive roles held during his 37-year career at Eaton Vance. In particular, as former Chief Executive Officer of Eaton Vance, Mr. Hawkes has substantial experience managing and leading a firm in the financial services industry. These skills, combined with Mr. Hawkes’ extensive knowledge of our business and our industry, enable him to provide valuable insights to our board of directors on our strategic direction.
Karin Hirtler-Garvey
Director
Karin Hirtler-Garvey joined our board of directors in October 2014. Ms. Hirtler-Garvey has over nine years of experience as a board director in diversified industries and over 25 years of leadership experience in the financial services industry, preceded by eight years in public accounting as a CPA licensed in New Jersey. She commenced her board services in 2005 as a director at ARO Liquidation, Inc. (formerly Aeropostale, Inc.), where she currently serves as Chairman of the board of directors (previously the Lead Independent Director and Audit Committee Chair). Ms. Hirtler-Garvey is also a director at Medley Capital Corporation, where she serves as the Compensation Committee Chair and a member of the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee, USAA Federal Savings Bank, where she serves as the Risk Committee Chair and a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees, Validus Holdings, Ltd., where she serves as a member of the Audit and Risk Committee, and Western World Insurance Company, where she serves as the Audit Committee Chair. Ms. Hirtler-Garvey also serves on other private company boards, including the audit and risk committees of such boards. Previously, Ms. Hirtler-Garvey served as a director and Audit Committee Chair at Residential Capital LLC. Ms. Hirtler-Garvey was previously Chief Risk Officer at Ally Financial (formerly GMAC) and held a broad range of leadership positions at Bank of America and its predecessor NationsBank and a broad range of mid-level assignments at J.P. Morgan in both the finance and risk groups. Prior to this, she worked for eight years at Ernst & Young LLP with a focus on banking, insurance, garment industry and technology clients.

Ms. Hirtler-Garvey earned a Bachelor of Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Ms. Hirtler-Garvey brings executive experience from large national and international, diversified financial services companies providing traditional banking, real estate, insurance and asset management services and through her service on other public company boards. Ms. Hirtler-Garvey provides our board of directors with unique insight and perspective to its oversight of our global operations, corporate governance and risk management. She qualifies as an audit committee financial expert under the rules and regulations of the SEC.
Robert J. Hurst
Director
Robert J. Hurst joined our board of directors in October 2016. Mr. Hurst joined Crestview in 2005 and is Vice Chairman of Crestview and a member of its investment committee. He retired as Vice Chairman of Goldman Sachs in June 2004. At Goldman Sachs, Mr. Hurst spent 30 years in a variety of leadership positions, including head of the investment banking division from 1990 to 1999. Following Goldman Sachs’ initial public offering, Mr. Hurst became Vice Chairman and a member of the board of directors and focused on firm-wide matters in addition to having client responsibilities. He is currently a director of VF Corporation and has served on the board of directors of six other public companies. He has been active in the nonprofit sector and currently serves as Chairman of the board of directors of the Aspen Music Festival and School, Chairman of the National Cybersecurity Center, former Chairman of the board of directors and currently Chairman of the executive committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art, a trustee and member of the executive committee of The Aspen Institute, Chairman emeritus of the Jewish Museum and a former member of the board of overseers of The Wharton School. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Hurst was also founding Chief Executive Officer of the 9/11 United Services Group, the coordinating arm for 13 social service agencies involved in relief activities, including the Red Cross.

Mr. Hurst received a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts from Clark University. He also did additional graduate work as a Public Finance Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Hurst’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include his 30 years of operating and leadership experience at Goldman Sachs and as a partner in a private equity firm. Through his involvement with Crestview, he has provided leadership to both public and private companies. Mr. Hurst brings to our board of directors extensive experience in the financial services industry, finance and business development.
Alan H. Rappaport
Director
Alan H. Rappaport joined our board of directors at the time of our acquisition from KeyCorp in August 2013. Mr. Rappaport was formerly the Chairman and President of Bank of America’s Private Bank as well as managing director of Chase Investment Advisors and a member of the management committee of Chase Global Private Bank. Prior to Bank of America, Mr. Rappaport served as a Managing Director of the Chase Global Private Bank and a Partner of the Beacon Group. Mr. Rappaport also spent 17 years with CIBC Oppenheimer, where he was the senior executive responsible for the Asset Management Division. Mr. Rappaport serves as an adjunct professor of finance at New York University’s Stern School of Business and a lecturer at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Previously, Mr. Rappaport had served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of GuideStar, trustee of NYU Langone Medical Center, trustee of the American Museum of Natural History and national co-chair of the Duke University Parents Committee. He is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an advisory director of Roundtable Investment Partners, and serves on the boards of directors of PIMCO multifund complex and Allianz multifund complex.

Mr. Rappaport earned a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University. Mr. Rappaport’s qualifications to serve on our board of directors include the knowledge, leadership and experience gained in over 40 years of working in the investment management business of a large global, complex asset management organization, including serving as Chairman and President of Bank of America’s Private Bank. Mr. Rappaport’s leadership and experience in academia provide our board of directors with a unique perspective and in-depth understanding of issues concerning international finance, economics and public policy.

 

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VCHBoard@vcm.com

 
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