Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Management Operating Committee

Jackson Hsieh
Jackson Hsieh
President and Chief Executive Officer
Jackson Hsieh

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.

Michael Hughes
Michael Hughes
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Michael Hughes

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(r) designation.

Jay A. Young
Jay A. Young
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Jay A. Young

Jay Young has served as executive vice president and general counsel at the company since April 2016. Prior to joining Spirit, 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.

Kenneth Heimlich
Kenneth Heimlich
Executive Vice President and Head of Asset Management
Kenneth Heimlich

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
Senior Vice President and Head of Credit & Underwriting
Bill Totherow

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 J. Parag
Prakash J. Parag
Senior Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer
Prakash J. Parag

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.

Daniel Rosenberg
Daniel Rosenberg
Senior Vice President and Head of Acquisitions
Daniel Rosenberg

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

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.

Richard I. Gilchrist
Richard I. Gilchrist
Chairman of the Board
Richard I. Gilchrist

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.

Sheli Z. Rosenberg
Sheli Z. Rosenberg
Sheli Z. Rosenberg

Ms. Sheli Z. Rosenberg has been a director of Spirit Realty Capital since July 2013, and is currently a consultant to the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, for whom she was Of Counsel from May 2011 until becoming a consultant to them in January 2014. Ms. Rosenberg is currently a member of the board of directors of each of Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. (a lifestyle - oriented property REIT, for whom she has been a director since August 1996), Ventas, Inc. (a senior housing and healthcare property REIT for whom she has been a director since 2001, but for whom she is not standing for re - election in 2014), Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (a hotel REIT for whom she has been a director since 2012) and Nanosphere, Inc. (a nanotechnology - based molecular diagnostics company for whom she has been a director since 2002). Ms. Rosenberg is the former President, Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of Equity Group Investments, L.L.C. She joined Equity Group Investments, L.L.C in 1994 as the company ’ s general counsel and rose to become Chief Executive Officer from 1999 to 2000 and Vice Chairman from 2000 to 2003 before departing in 2003. Prior to joining Equity Group Investments, L.L.C., Ms. Rosenberg was a principal of the law firm of Rosenberg & Liebentritt from 1980 to 1997. Ms. Rosenberg is a former director of General Growth Properties, Inc. (2010 to 2011), CVS Caremark Corporation (1997 to 2011), Capital Trust, Inc., and Avis Budget Group (2006 to 2008), Inc. and a former trustee of Equity Residential and Equity Office Properties. Ms. Rosenberg was an adjunct professor at Northwestern University ’ s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management from 2003 until 2007. A recognized advocate for women in business, she is a co - founder and former President of the Center for Executive Women at the Kellogg School, where she continues to serve on the Center ’ s steering committee. Ms. Rosenberg received a BA from Tufts University and a JD from the Northwestern University School of Law. Ms. Rosenberg was nominated by our Board to serve as a director based on her extensive experience in the real estate industry, including having served as an executive officer of a public REIT, her knowledge and experience in internal and external risk oversight, and her extensive experience as a member of the board of directors of public REITs.

Todd A. Dunn
Todd A. Dunn
Todd A. Dunn

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.

Kevin M. Charlton
Kevin M. Charlton
Kevin M. Charlton

Mr. Charlton has been a director of Spirit Realty Capital, Inc. since 2009, and is the Managing Partner of River Hollow Partners, a private equity firm focusing on manufacturing, distribution, consumer products and retail investments in the lower - middle market in the United States, where he is primarily responsible for capital formation and investment sourcing activities as well as portfolio company management. Mr. Charlton is also President, Chief Operating Officer, and serves as a member of the board of directors of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp., a newly organized blank check company founded by Daniel J. Hennessy and formed for the purpose of effecting a business combination with one or more businesses to build a diversified industrial manufacturing or distribution business. Mr. Charlton also currently serves on the board of directors of the Addison Group, a privately held staffing business. Prior to joining River Hollow and Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. in 2013, Mr. Charlton was a Managing Director in the Principal Transactions Group of Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc., leading a team that oversaw its existing portfolio of North American investments. Prior to joining Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc. in 2009, Mr. Charlton worked as Managing Director at Investcorp International. Prior to joining Investcorp International in August 2002, he worked for JPMorganChase and McKinsey & Company and as a contractor in the Astrophysics Division at NASA Headquarters. In addition to serving on our Board of Directors, Mr. Charlton has served on the boards of directors of more than 15 private companies and their subsidiaries in a variety of roles. He graduated from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and has graduate and undergraduate degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and Princeton University. Mr. Charlton was nominated by our Board to serve as a director based on his extensive experience and knowledge of finance and capital markets, his experience with growth companies, mergers and acquisitions, and his experience as a member of boards of directors.

Nicholas Paul Shepherd
Nicholas Paul Shepherd
Nicholas Paul Shepherd

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.

Thomas D. Senkbeil
Thomas D. Senkbeil
Thomas D. Senkbeil

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.