Jay Sidhu will be the Executive Chairman of our Board of Directors commencing upon the effective date of the prospectus which is part of this registration statement. Mr. Sidhu is one of the managing members of our sponsor. He has been the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Customers Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE:CUBI) since 2010 and Customers Bank since 2009. Mr. Sidhu has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at BankMobile since 2014 and BankMobile Technologies since 2015, each of which is an affiliate of Customers Bancorp. He was the Chief Executive Officer of Sovereign Bancorp Inc. (NYSE: SOV) from 1989 until 2006. He served as the Chairman of Santander Holdings USA, Inc., from 2002 to 2006. Mr. Sidhu also served as a Director of Banco Santander, S.A. in 2006. From 2010, Mr. Sidhu was a director of Atlantic Coast Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: ACFC), the holding company for Atlantic Coast Bank, a federal savings bank, and served as its Non-Executive Chairman of the board of directors from 2011 to 2012. He served as the Vice Chairman of Atlantic Coast Financial Corporation from 2016 until its merger with Ameris Bank in May 2018. He was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sidhu Advisors, LLC, a Florida based private equity and financial services consulting firm, from 2007 to the first quarter of 2009. He served as a Director of Old Guard Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: OGGI), a property and casualty insurance company from 1999 to 2001. Mr. Sidhu has received Financial World’s Chief Executive Officer of the year award, and has also been named Turnaround Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2016, he was named Financial Technology Entrepreneur of the year by Ernst & Young LLP. He holds a BBA from Banaras University (India) and an M.B.A. from Wilkes University. Mr. Sidhu is a Graduate of the Harvard University Business School’s Chief Executive Officer Leadership Course. Mr. Sidhu helped to establish the Jay Sidhu School of Business and Leadership, at his alma mater, Wilkes University. Mr. Sidhu is the father of Mr. Samvir S. Sidhu, our Chief Executive Officer. We believe Mr. Jay Sidhu is well-qualified to serve as a member of the board due to his extensive experience in the financial services industry, financial technology industry, public company experience and business leadership.
Chief Executive Officer
Sam Sidhu has served as a Director and as our Chief Executive Officer since inception. Since 2012, Mr Sidhu has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Customers Bank. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Megalith Capital Management, which he founded in 2010. Prior to founding Megalith Capital, Mr. Sidhu worked in private equity at Providence Equity Partners from 2007 to 2009 and from 2011 to 2012, and worked as an investment banker in the Technology, Media, and Telcom group at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) from 2005 to 2007. Mr. Sidhu received his Bachelors of Science in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Mr. Sidhu is the son of Mr. Jay S. Sidhu, our Executive Chairman nominee. We believe Mr. Sam Sidhu is well-qualified to serve as a member of the board due to his experience in the financial services industry, business leadership, and extensive investing experience.
A.J. Dunklau has served as our President since inception. From 2011 through 2017, Mr. Dunklau was an executive at AGDATA, LP, a provider of payment facilitation, information services, and software, which was sold to Vista Equity Partners in 2014. From 2016 to 2017 Mr. Dunklau served as AGDATA’s Chief Strategy Officer and from 2014 to 2016 he served as its Head of Product Management. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Dunklau served as AGDATA’s Executive Vice President and General Manager of Industry Platforms, and prior to that served as Director of Business Development. From 2005 to 2011, he worked as a management consultant at A.T. Kearney, where he consulted on global projects across a range of industries, including financial services. Mr. Dunklau received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Chief Financial Officer
Philip Watkins has served as our Chief Financial Officer since inception. He has been a Principal of Megalith Capital Management since 2013 and serves as a member of the investment committee. Prior to joining Megalith Capital, from 2011 to 2013 Mr. Watkins worked at Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing where he was responsible for underwriting, structuring, and closing investments across a wide range of asset classes and throughout the capital structure. From 2007 to 2009 he worked at Forman Capital, a structured finance lending firm, and from 2006 to 2007 he worked at Kolter Group, a real estate investment and development firm. Mr. Watkins received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, cum laude, from the University of Florida and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Chad Hurley will be one of our Directors commencing upon the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Mr. Hurley is an entrepreneur and technology executive. He is the co-founder and former Chief Executive Officer of YouTube, one of the world’s largest and most popular video sharing sites. In October 2006, less than two years after the service launched, Mr. Hurley and his partner sold YouTube to Google, Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) for $1.65 billion. After the acquisition, Mr. Hurley stayed with the company and continued to serve as its Chief Executive Officer until 2011. He remains an advisor to the company. Prior to founding YouTube, Mr. Hurley served in a variety of roles with PayPal from 1999 to 2005. Mr. Hurley is an active investor and part–owner of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors and the MLS Los Angeles Football Club. He received his B.A. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. We believe Mr. Hurley is well-qualified to serve as a member of the board due to his extensive experience in the technology and payments industry.
Raj Date will be one of our Directors commencing upon the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Mr. Date has had a long and varied career in and around US financial institutions as a fintech investor, senior policy maker, commercial bank executive and investment banker. Since 2013, he has served as Managing Partner of Fenway Summer LLC, a hybrid advisory and venture investment firm focused on financial services and financial technology. In 2012, Mr. Date became the first-ever Deputy Director of the United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”). As the Bureau’s second-ranking official, he helped steward the CFPB’s strategy, its operations, and its policy agenda. Mr. Date also served on the senior staff committee of the Financial Stability Oversight Council and as a statutory deputy to the FDIC Board. Before being appointed Deputy Director of the CFPB, Mr. Date acted as the interim leader of the new agency, serving as the Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury. He led the CFPB for most of the first six months after its launch in 2011. From 2009 to 2010, he founded and served as the Chairman and Executive Director of the Cambridge Winter Center for Financial Institutions Policy, a private, non-profit research and policy organization that supported reform of the U.S. financial system. Prior to his government service, Mr. Date was a Managing Director in the Financial Institutions Group at Deutsche Bank Securities from 2007 to 2009. Before that, from 2002 to 2007, he was Senior Vice President for Corporate Strategy and Development at Capital One Financial. From 1996 to 2001, he worked in the financial institutions practice of the consulting firm McKinsey & Company. He has also served as an attorney in both private practice and government service. Mr. Date has served on the Board of GreenDot Corporation (NYSE:GDOT), a bank holding and financial technology company since 2016. He also currently serves as a director for a number of private companies including Prosper, a marketplace lender, and Circle, a digital currency firm, both since 2013. Mr. Date received a B.S. from the College of Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley (highest honors) and a J.D. from Harvard Law School (magna cum laude). We believe Mr. Date is well-qualified to serve as a member of the board due to his extensive experience in strategy, finance and regulatory issues.
Eric Frank will be one of our Directors commencing upon the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Mr. Frank has served as a senior executive and advisor to many data and analytics companies in the financial, commercial real estate and agriculture sectors. Mr. Frank has built and sold companies and has served as an operational leader in multi-billion-dollar revenue businesses. In March 2018, Mr. Frank was named Chief Executive Officer of Lightbox, LLC, a holding company funded by Silver Lake and Battery Ventures that acquired EDR, a provider of data and workflow tools to help commercial real estate clients manage that data in all aspects of property due diligence and compliance. From 2014 until 2017, Mr. Frank served as Managing Director of DMGI/DMGT PLC, overseeing their portfolio of US commercial real estate information companies. Since 2012, Mr. Frank has served as the President of Internet Technology Acceleration LLC, a consulting firm, which acts as an executive advisor to private companies and private equity sponsors, specifically in the B2B information space. From 2012 to 2014, he served as a director at AGDATA, LP. a provider of payment facilitation, information services, and software. Mr. Frank was at Thomson Reuters, a news and information company, from 2006 through 2012, most recently as President, managing a $2.3 billion investment advisory division that was a combination of Thomson Financial and Reuters. Mr. Frank began his career at Morgan Guaranty, helping create the award winning ADR.com portal, which he later sold to Thomson Financial. He also currently serves on the board of directors of Issuer Direct (NYSE American: ISDR), a compliance management company since October 2017; WeConvene, a corporate access platform for the investment industry since 2013; Social Market Analytics, a data aggregation company since 2015; and RANE (Risk Assistance Network & Exchange), a risk management company since 2016. Mr. Frank received a Bachelor of General Studies from the University of Michigan. We believe Mr. Frank is well-qualified to serve as a member of the board due to his extensive experience in technology, analytics and finance.
Bhanu Choudhrie will be one of our Directors commencing upon the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part . Mr. Choudhrie is one of the managing members of our sponsor. Mr. Choudhrie is a private equity investor with investments in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe and Asia. He has served as a Director of Customers Bank since July 2009, and was an original member of Customers Bancorp’s Board (NYSE:CUBI). On January 30, 2013, Customers Bancorp’s Board of Directors re-appointed Mr. Choudhrie to a vacant Board seat and he has served as a Director of Customers Bancorp since then. Mr. Choudhrie was a Director of Atlantic Coast Financial Corporation from July 2010 and a Director of Atlantic Coast Bank (a subsidiary of Atlantic Coast Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:ACFC) with main offices in Jacksonville, Florida) from February 2016 until the merger of Atlantic Coast Financial Corporation into Ameris Bank in May 2018. Mr. Choudhrie has also been an Executive Director of C&C Alpha Group Limited since November 2006 through February 2014 and then reappointed in August 2014. C&C Alpha Group Limited is a London based family private equity group, which was founded in 2002 and has established offices in several countries. Mr. Choudhrie serves as a Director or officer of various investment or operating entities formed and/or doing business in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe and Asia. He also currently serves as a Trustee of Path to Success, a United Kingdom registered charity, and as a Director and President of the Choudhrie Family Foundation, a U.S. foundation. Mr. Choudhrie completed the Harvard Business School Owner/President Management Program. We believe Mr. Choudhrie is well-qualified to serve as a member of the board due to his extensive experience in private equity and banking.
Kuldeep Malkani will be one of our Directors commencing upon the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Mr. Malkani was formerly a Portfolio Manager at Seneca Capital, an event-driven hedge fund, from 2001 through 2015. While at Seneca Capital, he managed an equity portfolio which included financial services companies and special purpose acquisition companies. Mr. Malkani was responsible for identifying, analyzing and sizing positions while also managing macro risks in individual countries utilizing derivatives to hedge equity futures and currencies. Since 2016, Mr. Malkani has served as the co-Chairman of the Sohn India Investment Conference, which brings together global hedge fund managers to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Prior to Seneca Capital, Mr. Malkani was an Analyst at JP Morgan in the Technology, Media and Telecom group advising on M&A transactions as well as equity capital placements. Mr. Malkani received his BBA from the Stephen Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in 1997. We believe Mr. Malkani is well-qualified to serve as a member of the board due to his extensive experience in identifying and analyzing investment opportunities in public and private companies, specifically those in the financial services sector.