Corporate Governance involves the processes and procedures used to manage the business affairs of a company and includes the structure and balance of power between the management and board.
This section provides bios of our board members, as well as charters and codes of conduct developed for the various committees.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS – INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS
Mr. Baily currently serves as a member of the board of directors of RLI Corp. (NYSE) and Endurance Specialty Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE). He was elected to serve as a director to these companies in 2003. Mr. Baily also served as a member of the board of directors of Erie Indemnity Company (NASDAQ) from 2003 to 2008 and of Nymagic, Inc. (NYSE) from 2003 to 2010. From 1999 until his retirement in 2002, Mr. Baily was the President of Swiss Re Capital Partners. Prior to joining Swiss Re Capital Partners, Mr. Baily was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and its predecessor, Coopers & Lybrand, where he worked from 1965 until 1999. Mr. Baily was the National Insurance Industry Chairman of Coopers & Lybrand from 1986 until 1998 and a member of Coopers & Lybrand’s International Insurance Industry Committee from 1984 until 1998. He is also the chairman of the Board of Trustees of Albright College and has served as chairman since his election to that position in 2007. Mr. Baily graduated cum laude from Albright College in 1965, received his CPA with honors in 1968 and received his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1979.
Kenneth F. Bernstein
Mr. Bernstein has been the chief executive officer of Acadia Realty Trust since 2001 and the president and a trustee since its formation in 1998. He is responsible for strategic planning as well as overseeing the day-to-day activities of Acadia Realty Trust including operations, acquisitions and capital markets. He has been an independent trustee of BRT Realty Trust since 2004. From 1990 to 1998, he served as chief operating officer of RD Capital, Inc. until its merger into Acadia Realty Trust. He was an associate with the New York law firm of Battle Fowler LLP, from 1986 to 1990. He has been a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, International Council of Shopping Centers, National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, for which he serves on the Board of Governors, Urban Land Institute and the Real Estate Roundtable, where he is currently chairman of the Tax Policy Committee. Mr. Bernstein was also the founding chairman of the Young President’s Organization Real Estate Network, and is currently a member of its board of advisors. He holds a B.A. from the University of Vermont and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
Anita R. Rosenberg
Ms. Rosenberg became a trustee of Baron Investment Funds Trust in May 2003 and an independent for Impala Asset Management in January 2014. From April 2011 through May 2012, she served as an independent advisor to Magnetar Capital, a multi-strategic hedge fund. Ms. Rosenberg was a partner and portfolio manager of Harris Alternatives, LLC, and its predecessor, Harris Alternatives, L.P., from 1999 until her retirement in 2009. As a Portfolio Manager at Harris Alternatives, LLC, Ms. Rosenberg managed all aspects of a $14 billion fund of hedge funds, including asset selection, risk assessment, and allocation across investment strategies. Prior to Harris Alternatives, LLC, Ms. Rosenberg held senior level positions at several large asset management/investment banking institutions including Banker’s Trust, Global Asset Management and Merrill Lynch Capital Markets. Ms. Rosenberg served on the Board of Trustees for The Catherine Cook School of Chicago from 2001 until 2005, and was Secretary of the Executive Committee in 2004. Ms. Rosenberg graduated with honors from Harvard University in 1985.
William M. Webster IV
Mr. Webster is one of the co-founders of Advance America, Advance Cash Centers, Inc. and has served as a director since the company’s inception in 1997 and as the Chairman of the board of directors since August 2008, and previously from January 2000 through July 2004. He was the Chief Executive Officer of Advance America, Advance Cash Centers, Inc. from inception through August 2005. From May 1996 to May 1997, Mr. Webster served as Executive Vice President of Education Management Corporation and was responsible for corporate development, human resources, management information systems, legal affairs and government relations. From October 1994 to October 1995, Mr. Webster served as Assistant to the President of the United States and Director of Scheduling and Advance. Mr. Webster served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Richard W. Riley from January 1993 to October 1994. From November 1992 to January 1993, Mr. Webster was Chief of Staff to Richard W. Riley as part of the Presidential Transition Team. Mr. Webster serves on the Board of Directors of LKQ Corporation (NYSE). Mr Webster holds an Executive Masters Professional Director Certification, the highest level, from the American College of Corporate Directors, a public company director education and credentialing organization. Mr. Webster is a 1979 summa cum laude graduate of Washington and Lee University and a Fulbright scholar. Mr. Webster is also a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.