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William H. Berkman
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Finance Committee
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William H. Berkman, a director since October 2013, is currently the Managing Partner of Associated Partners, L.P. and Liberty Associated Partners, L.P., both of which are private investment funds with controlling interests in wireless communications infrastructure companies, AP Wireless Infrastructure Services, LLC, PEG Bandwidth, LLC and AP Tower Holdings, LLC, and has served in these capacities since 2007 and 2001, respectively. Mr. Berkman also serves on the board of directors of Associated Partners GP Limited, the general partner of Associated Partners, L.P., and the board of directors of The Partnership for New York City (and the Partnership’s Investment Fund), which works with government, labor and the nonprofit sector to promote economic growth and maintain the City’s prominence as a global center of commerce and innovation while contributing directly to projects that create jobs, improve economically distressed communities and stimulate new business creation. He served as the Chairman of the board of directors of CURRENT Group, LLC, a commercial fully-integrated broadband over power line (BPL) communications solutions provider, until 2011. Mr. Berkman held various executive positions at Associated Group, Inc., a public company that owned and operated various communications businesses, from 1994 to 2000, until it was sold to AT&T/LibertyMedia in 2000. He was the co-founder of Teligent, Inc., a wireless broadband company, of which he was a director until 2000. Mr. Berkman also co-founded Mobilcom, S.A. de C.V., a Mexican wireless operator subsequently sold to Nextel. Mr. Berkman has served on a variety of public company boards, including the board of directors of Liberty Satellite and Technology, Inc. and the board of directors of IAC/InterActive Corp. (NASDAQ: IACI), an internet company, for which he served as a director from 2006 until 2008. Mr. Berkman holds patents for a variety of communications systems and components. Mr. Berkman received a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College. Mr. Berkman was selected to serve as a member of our Board of Directors because of his experience as an investor and as a director of publicly traded companies.

Leslie D. Biddle
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Audit Committee
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Leslie D. Biddle is a Partner and President at Serengeti Asset Management. Prior to joining Serengeti in 2013, Ms. Biddle spent nearly 10 years at Goldman Sachs, where she was most recently Global Head of Commodity Sales and the CFO of the firm’s investments in the metals and mining sector. She held positions as head of Power, Metals/Industrial, Latin American and Environmental Commodities. Ms. Biddle was responsible for many of the structured transactions in the private equity and power spaces including the monetization of the Allegheny DWR Contract, the structuring of Calpine Construction Finance Company hedge, the Texas Genco acquisition, the Northern Tier Energy financing and the TXU leveraged buyout. Ms. Biddle was also a member of the firm’s Finance Committee, Business Practices Committee, Firmwide New Activity Committee, Structured Investment Products Committee, and European Audit and Compliance Committee. She was named Managing Director in 2004 and Partner in 2006. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Ms. Biddle was a Vice President at the AES Corporation focusing on project finance and power plant development. She also served as a Vice President at the Overseas Investment Corporation, providing political risk insurance and financing to US companies expanding overseas. Ms. Biddle is a member of the Board of Directors of GoldMoney, Inc. (TSX). She holds an A.B. from Colby College, where she is a member of the Board of Trustees. Ms. Biddle was selected to serve as a member of ESRT’s Board of Directors based on her extensive experience in global investment and finance.

Thomas J. DeRosa
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Audit Committee
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Thomas J. DeRosa, a director since October 2013, is currently Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Welltower, Inc. (formerly, Health Care REIT, Inc.) (NYSE: HCN), a real estate investment trust that invests in senior living and health care real estate. Previously, he served as the Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of the Rouse Company, a leading owner, operator and developer of commercial real estate and master planned residential communities, from September 2002 until November 2004 when it was merged with General Growth Properties, Inc. (NYSE: GGP). Prior to joining the Rouse Company, Mr. DeRosa spent over 20 years in investment banking. From 1992 to September 2002, Mr. DeRosa held various positions at Deutsche Bank AG (NYSE: DB), including Global Co-Head of the Health Care Investment Banking Group, and at Alex Brown & Sons, including Managing Director of the Real Estate Investment Banking Group. Mr. DeRosa also served as a member of the board of directors of Dover Corporation (NYSE: DOV), a manufacturer and service provider for a broad range of specialized products and components, from 2007 to 2010, and as a member of the board of directors of CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (NYSE: CBL), a real estate investment trust that invests in mall properties, from 2010 to 2015. Mr. DeRosa is also a member of the board of directors of Value Retail PLC, a U.K.-based owner, operator and developer of luxury outlet shopping villages in Europe. Mr. DeRosa served on the board of directors of Georgetown University from 2007 to 2013. Mr. DeRosa received a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. Mr. DeRosa was selected to serve as a member of our Board of Directors because of his extensive experience as a senior executive and director of public NYSE listed companies, including real estate investment trusts.

Steven J. Gilbert
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Compensation Committee
Finance Committee
Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
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Steven J. Gilbert, a director since October 2013, has over 45 years of experience in private equity investing, investment banking and law, and he has invested in and managed numerous companies during his career. Mr. Gilbert has served as Chairman of the board of directors of Gilbert Global Equity Partners, L.P., a private equity fund since 1998, as Vice Chairman of the Executive Board of MidOcean Capital Partners, L.P., a private equity firm since 2005, as Co-Chairman of Birch Grove Capital, a credit hedge fund since 2013, and as a Director of Waterpik, Inc., a manufacturer of personal and oral healthcare products since 2013. Mr. Gilbert also serves as a director of MBIA, Inc. (NYSE: MBI), a provider of financial guarantee insurance, fixed-income asset management and other specialized financial services since 2011 and as the Lead Independent Director of TRI Pointe Homes, Inc. (NYSE: TPH), a single family home builder since 2013, a director of Oaktree Capital Group LLC (NYSE: OAK), a global alternative investment manager, and a director of The Fairholme Funds (NASDAQ: FAIRX). He was previously Vice Chairman of Stone Tower Capital, a leading independent investment manager, from 2010 to 2012, and Chairman and Senior Managing Director of SUN Group (USA), an investment firm, from 2007 to 2009. Within the past five years, Mr. Gilbert has served as Chairman of the board of directors of DURA Automotive Systems, Inc., an independent designer and manufacturer of driver control systems, CPM Holdings, Inc. (HKG: 0906), a manufacturer of process equipment used for oilseed and animal feed production, Co-Chairman ofTrue Temper Sports, Inc., a manufacturer of golf shafts and precision sports equipment, and director of Olympus Re, a reinsurance company, as well as director of several privately held companies. Mr. Gilbert is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America (East) and the Council on Foreign Relations and a director of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. He was previously a Trustee of the New York University Langone Medical Center. Mr. Gilbert received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a law degree from the Harvard Law School, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Mr. Gilbert was selected to serve as a member of our Board of Directors based on his extensive experience leading companies in the financial services industry and serving as a director of public NYSE listed companies.

S. Michael Giliberto
Committee Name
Audit Committee
Finance Committee
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S. Michael Giliberto, a director since October 2013, currently consults with investment management firms and has produced the Giliberto-Levy Commercial Mortgage Performance Index, an index that measures the investment performance of institutional-grade commercial mortgage whole loans, since 1993. He has consulted for several major real estate investment management firms and services on the Advisory Committee on Real Estate at the University of Washington and on the Real Estate Advisory Committee for New York State Common Retirement Fund. He previously served as Director of Portfolio Strategy and Senior Portfolio Manager at J.P. Morgan Asset Management from 2002 to 2010, and before that, he served as the head of Real Estate Research at J.P. Morgan Investment Management from 1996 to 2002. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Mr. Giliberto worked at Lehman Brothers, Inc. in the Fixed-Income Research department from 1993 to 1996 and at Salomon Brothers Inc. in the Real Estate Research department from 1989 to 1992. Before his career in the financial services industry, Mr. Giliberto was a professor in the Real Estate and Urban Land Economics Department at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Giliberto has authored multiple publications about real estate investment, performance, asset allocation and capital markets, and he has been an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business since 2007. In the past, he has served on the Real Estate Information Standards Board, and he was a director of the Pension Real Estate Association, where he served as Treasurer and Chairman and was awarded the 1996 Graaskamp Award for research excellence. Mr. Giliberto received a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, a master’s degree in business economics from the University of Hartford, a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Washington, and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Mr. Giliberto was selected to serve as a member of our Board of Directors based on his extensive experience in real estate investment and finance.

James D. Robinson IV
Committee Name
Compensation Committee
Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
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James D. Robinson IV, a director since January 2015, is currently a Founder and Managing Partner at RRE Ventures. He has been active within the technology community for over 30 years as an investor, entrepreneur, and banker. Mr. Robinson has led investments in and served on the boards of more than 40 companies, with a focus on technologies that leverage network effects and crowd-intelligence. Mr. Robinson is currently a director of 8i, Netsertive, NihaoPay, Noom, OLO and PebblePost. He is also a co-founder and director of Abra and a board observer at Bitpay. In addition, he advises several seed companies. Recent-year exits include Wisdomtree (WETF), Vocera (VCRA) and iCrossing (Hearst). Prior investments include Broadsoft (BSFT), Enpirion (Altera) GoldPocket/Wireless (Tandberg/Motricity), Metapath (Marconi), Mixed Signals (Tektronix), Red Brick (REDB), Revolution Money (American Express), Rubric (Broad base), SmartPay (Ping An), Telocity (Hughes), Vastera (VAST/JPM), and Wedding Channel (TheKnot.com).. Mr. Robinson has been recognized on the Forbes Midas List of Top 100 VC's and ranked #1 on Institutional Investors’ Fintech 35. Mr. Robinson was previously with H&Q Venture Capital as a software and communications investor. Before that, he was with J.P. Morgan & Co. Mr. Robinson earned an M.B.A. from Harvard in 1992. While earning a double degree in Computer Science and Business Administration at Antioch College, Mr. Robinson worked as an engineering intern in the solar power division at General Electric, as a programmer for the Illinois state government and later as an analyst for the 1984 Reagan-Bush Campaign in Washington, D.C. During his third year in college, he founded IV Systems, a builder of unix-based applications. Mr. Robinson is a director of the New York City Partnership Investment Fund and the HBS Alumni Angels VC Advisory Board. Mr. Robinson was selected to serve as a member of our Board of Directors based on his 30 years of management and board experience in his industry, which drives the bulk of the business and job growth in our market.


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