Mr. DuGan is the Chairman of our board of directors and has served as Chairman of our board of directors since April 2019. Mr. DuGan is also the Chairman of Indus Realty Trust, a Nasdaq-listed industrial REIT. Mr. DuGan is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Blackbrook Capital, an investment fund focused on industrial and net lease investments in Europe. Mr. DuGan is the former Chief Executive Officer of Gramercy Property Trust (“Gramercy”), a formerly NYSE-listed triple-net lease REIT, which was sold to Blackstone Equity Partners VIII, LP for $7.6 billion in October of 2018. After becoming the Chief Executive Officer of Gramercy in 2012, Mr. DuGan oversaw the growth of Gramercy from $300 million in net assets during which time Gramercy became the third best performing REIT in the U.S. Prior to his work for Gramercy, Mr. DuGan was Chief Executive Officer of W.P. Carey & Co., (“WPC”), a NYSE-listed triple-net lease REIT, from 2003 until 2010. During this time, WPC grew to $10 billion in assets, maintained its dividend during the financial crisis, and significantly outperformed the MSCI US REIT index. Mr. DuGan also founded the European investment business of both WPC and Gramercy during his tenure at those companies, and oversaw over $4 billion in European investments. In addition, Mr. DuGan is a former member of the Board of Governors of NAREIT. Mr. DuGan is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is the Treasurer of the Innocence Project. Mr. DuGan received a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Weinstein is a member of our board of directors. Mr. Weinstein joined our company as Chief Executive Officer in August 2020, and as a member of our board of directors in August 2019. In addition, Mr. Weinstein serves as an advisor to a partnership that is focused on the development of a 74-acre maritime port in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Prior to joining NewLake, Mr. Weinstein was a partner at Belvedere Capital, a real estate investment firm based in New York, from 2008 to 2013, and again from 2016 to 2020. Most recently, he focused on Belvedere’s investment in Industry City, a six million square foot redevelopment project in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. From 2017 to June 2021, Mr. Weinstein served as a member of the board of directors of Leisure Acquisition Corp., a Nasdaq listed special purpose acquisition corporation and from 2015 to 2016, Mr. Weinstein was a member of the board of directors of Forestar Group, Inc., a NYSE-listed real estate and oil and gas company. Prior to that, Mr. Weinstein served as a member of the board of directors beginning in 2008, and as President and Chief Executive Officer beginning in 2010, of MPG Office Trust, Inc., a NYSE-listed office REIT, until the sale of the company in 2013. From 2007 to 2008, Mr. Weinstein was a Managing Director of Westbridge Investment Group/Westmont Hospitality Group, a real estate investment fund focused on hospitality. Mr. Weinstein worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. from 1996 to 2007, first in the real estate investment banking group (focused on mergers, asset sales and corporate finance) and then in the Special Situations Group (focused on real estate debt investments). Mr. Weinstein received a B.S. in Economics, magna cum laude, with a concentration in finance, from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association.
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Coniglio is our President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors. He co-founded NewLake in 2019 and served as its Chief Executive Officer until the merger with GreenAcreage in March 2021. Prior to co-founding NewLake, Mr. Coniglio was the Chief Executive Officer of Primary Capital Mortgage (PCM), a residential mortgage company. Prior to PCM, he was a Managing Director at JPMorgan, leading various businesses, including a start-up platform, to leadership positions and helping grow business line profitability exponentially. During his 14 years at JPMorgan, Mr. Coniglio was named by Dealmaker Magazine as “Top 40 under 40 on Wall Street” and led complex transactions, such as the financial-crisis restructurings for GMAC and Chrysler Financial, as well as AmeriCredit’s $3.5 billion sale to General Motors. Mr. Coniglio has led numerous initial public offerings for REITs and corporations, including MasterCard’s $5.3 billion initial public offering. With more than 30 years of experience, Mr. Coniglio is a proven executive possessing a unique mix of skills that have allowed him to be highly successful in the context of a Fortune 100 company as well as a start-up. Mr. Coniglio is an experienced NYSE board member, serving on the Audit Committee and Special Committee of Atlas Resource Partners as an independent director. In addition, Mr. Coniglio serves on the board of St. Mary’s Hospital for Children, the largest post-acute care pediatric facility in the tri-state area, as chair of the IT & Cybersecurity Committee and member of the Audit Committee. He was a recipient of United Hospital Fund’s 2018 Distinguished Trustee Award. Mr. Coniglio also serves as an Advisory Board Member, Speaker, Volunteer and Coach. Mr. Coniglio received a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from the State University of New York, College at Oneonta. Mr. Coniglio was a Certified Public Accountant during his tenure at Price Waterhouse, LLP.
Mr. Carr is a member of our board of directors, and has served as a member of our board of directors since August 2019. Beginning in 2013, Mr. Carr has served as the Co-Founder, Managing Member and Chief Executive Officer of Drivetrain LLC. Prior to co-founding Drivetrain LLC, Mr. Carr served as a Managing Director at Strategic Value Partners from 2003 to 2013, leading investments in various sectors in North America and Europe. From 1997 until 2003, Mr. Carr was a corporate attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meager & Flom and before that, at Ravin, Sarasohn, Baumgarten, Fisch & Rosen. He currently serves as a director of the following public companies: Sears Holdings Corporation, Unit Corporation and Old Copper Company Inc. (f/k/a J.C. Penney Company Inc.). Mr. Carr has previously, and does currently, serve as a director on several other boards in diverse industries and throughout the world. Mr. Carr received a B.A. in Economics from Brandeis University and Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Tulane Law School.
Ms. Johnson is a member of our board of directors. Ms. Johnson currently serves as Chairman and Chief Investment Officer for Pacific Gate Capital, a value-oriented fund of funds that focuses on U.S. private credit investments. Prior to Pacific Gate Capital, Ms. Johnson's investment experience includes senior management positions at Citibank, ING, Relativity Capital (a women and minority owned firm) and Cerberus Capital Management, a $45.0 billion investment firm where she was the second employee to join the firm. While employed at Cerberus, Ms. Johnson founded JJM, LLC a $300.0 million distressed private equity fund that successfully invested in women and minority owned companies. An experienced board member for 22 companies, Ms. Johnson currently serves on the corporate boards of Kymera International, a portfolio company of Palladium Equity Partners, a $3.3 billion private equity fund and SportsTek, a public traded company that invests in sports and sports related technology companies. Ms. Johnson is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and currently serves on the boards of the Chicago Counsel for Global Affairs, the Chicago Sinfonietta and is Chairman Emeritus of the DuSable Museum. Ms. Johnson received her BS in Finance from the University of Denver.
Mr. Kadens is a member of our board of directors. Mr. Kadens currently serves as Chairman of Kadens Family Holdings, a single-family office focused on impact investments. Mr. Kadens was the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Green Thumb Industries Inc., one of the largest publicly-traded legal cannabis operators in the U.S. Mr. Kadens also previously served as a director of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) and the Cannabis Trade Federation (CTF), and currently serves as a director of KushCo Holdings, Inc. (OTCMKTS: KSHB). In 2018, Mr. Kadens was named one of 20 People to Watch in the cannabis industry by Marijuana Business Daily. Prior to serving as Chief Executive Officer of Green Thumb Industries Inc., Mr. Kadens founded SoCore Energy, one of the largest commercial solar companies in the U.S. Under his leadership, SoCore Energy expanded operations into 17 states and was named one of Chicago’s most innovative businesses by Chicago Innovation Awards. Mr. Kadens eventually sold SoCore Energy to Edison International, a Fortune 500 energy holding company. In addition, Mr. Kadens currently serves as the Chairman of the Kadens Family Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to closing the pervasive wealth and education gaps in the U.S.
Mr. Martay is a member of our board of directors, and previously served as Chairman of the Pre-Merger NewLake’s board of directors beginning in August 2019. Mr. Martay joined our board of directors upon completion of the merger in March 2021. Mr. Martay is currently the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Pangea Properties, a private REIT based in Chicago. He joined Pangea Properties in 2009 as the company’s fifth employee and the Chief Investment Officer and took over as CEO in 2017. During his tenure Pangea Properties, he has directly overseen the acquisition of over 500 properties, totaling more than 13,000 apartments and over $800 million in value. Mr. Martay helped create the lending division at Pangea Properties, Pangea Mortgage Capital, which has completed over $300.0 million in short-term bridge loans on numerous property types across the country. Prior to joining Pangea Properties, he served as Vice President at Bernstein Global Wealth Management from 2005 to 2009. From 2002 until 2004, Mr. Martay also worked as an associate for Chicago-based private equity firm, Glencoe Capital. He started his career in investment banking at Deutsche Bank, as part of the Leveraged Finance Group, and received his BBA from the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business.