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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Gary Judd
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Gary Judd, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Judd has served as our chairman, and chief executive officer since August 2008. Additionally, he served as our president from August 2008 until December 2016. He began his banking career with Citibank, serving over fifteen years, including assignments over eight years in international banking based in New York, the Middle East, and India. Mr. Judd held positions in commercial lending, operations, treasury/foreign exchange, and country management. He held domestic positions in the Operating Group in New York, Citicorp, working on acquisitions in California, and ending as Citibank's Consumer Group's senior executive for Manhattan south of Forty Second Street. Mr. Judd was also responsible as a business manager for a large-scale consumer banking system development project. He then served as a general partner of Campbell Oil, Ltd., a private oil and gas exploration and production company in Denver, Colorado.

Mr. Judd was co-founder, president, chief executive officer, and director of Vectra Bank. After its sale to Zions Bancorporation, he served as president, chief executive officer, and chairman of Vectra Bank Colorado and as a vice president of Zions Bancorporation, serving on its Executive Committee. Mr. Judd then served as president and director of Metyor, Inc., a technology start-up company based in Sydney, Australia, before returning to banking as a senior executive and director with WestStar Bank/Vail Banks, becoming president and chief executive officer in 2004. Following the sale of Vail Banks to U.S. Bank, he served as chairman of U.S. Bank's Denver, Colorado Board. He holds a M.A. from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Chairman of the Board
    Barry Allen

    Mr. Allen, CPA has served as a member of our Board since 1998. He has been a member of the board of directors, chairman of the audit committee, member of the loan committee, and member of the asset and liability committee of Sterling Bank and Trust, F.S.B. since 1998. Mr. Allen was the Regional Managing Partner, Owner, Member of the Management Committee, and Director of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP positions. Mr. Allen began his career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP as a junior accountant in 1969. He resigned in 1972 to found Barry Allen & Associates, P.C. and developed it into a prestigious boutique CPA and Tax Firm, providing services to small and medium sized companies. In 1982, he partnered with another firm and formed Nemes Allen & Company, PLLC, where he was Managing Partner until 2003. Mr. Allen served middle market companies and high net worth individuals. Mr. Allen has previously served on the Board of Directors and acted as Treasurer of Forgotten Harvest, a food rescue organization. Additionally, he served on the Board of Directors of Pathway Family Centers, an adolescent addiction and recovery center. He has a BBA from the University of Detroit, and is a certified public accountant. He also was a Certified Insolvency and Reorganization Accountant, and had a State of Michigan Insurance License in the past. He currently serves on the Board of the Riviera Dunes Marina Condominium Association as Treasurer, and on the Board of Legend Valve, Inc., a non-publicly traded company.

    Financial Expert
    Jon Fox

    Mr. Fox has served as a member of our Board since 1997. Mr. Fox has forty-two years of financial experience, including twenty years of executive level commercial banking management experience. Mr. Fox was an advisor for PEM, a real estate holding company, a founder of the Americans for International Aid and Adoption, and a Director for the Community Housing Network since 1976. Previously, Mr. Fox was a Director of the Macomb Savings Bank, Mortgage Bankers Association, Kiwanis #1 (Detroit) from 1966 to 1967, and Clawson Manor from 1965 to 1967. Mr. Fox was also the Head of Commercial Lending in Detroit, Michigan at City National Bank in 1964, and was a prior Head of Commercial Real Estate Lending at Comerica. He was a board member of Ryan Homes from 1965 to 1967, the President of Fox Manor from 1967 to 1970, and an Advisor and Finance Committee member of Vista Maria from 1963 to 1965. He has a BS in Finance from Wayne State University.

    Seth Meltzer

    Mr. Meltzer has served as a member of our Board since October 2000. Mr. Meltzer has worked for the Seligman Group, a family owned real estate and investment company, as its President since 2001. Mr. Meltzer worked for various subsidiaries of the Seligman Group from 1991 to 1998. Mr. Meltzer interned at Sterling Bank and Trust, F.S.B. from 1993 until 1997. In 1998, Mr. Meltzer began work for Seligman & Associates, Inc. as its Vice President until his promotion to President. Mr. Meltzer led the Bank's initial development of online banking from 1998-2001. He has since ran the Seligman Group's management affiliate (Seligman Western Enterprises, Ltd.) from 2005 to date. Mr. Meltzer is a director of the Seligman Family Office and President/CEO of the Seligman Group. He is a director of both the Company and the Seligman Group. He has a BS in Finance from the University of Arizona.

    Sandra Seligman

    Ms. Seligman has served as a member of our Board since its inception. Ms. Seligman is a philanthropist, actively dedicating her professional time and expertise to the charitable communities of Greater Detroit, Miami, and New York City. Through the Seligman Family Foundation, Ms. Seligman contributes to the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Florida, the University of San Francisco Medical Center in California, the Beaumont Health System, and Wayne State University Medical School in Michigan. In addition to Sterling Bancorp and Sterling Bank and Trust, F.S.B. Board of Directors, where she has been a member of the boards since 1984. Ms. Seligman currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Wolfsonian-Florida International University, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Detroit, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Jewish Women's Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Detroit. She has a BS from Michigan State University.

    Peter Sinatra

    Mr. Sinatra has served as a member of our Board since 2004, as Chairman of our Compensation Committee since 2008, and as CEO of Quantum since 2010. Mr. Sinatra is also a Senior Managing Partner with The Seligman Group Family Office since 2004. He is a member of Seligman's Investment Committee, managing traditional and privately held investments in the community banking, commercial real estate, aerospace, film, and asset management industries since 2004. Prior to joining Seligman, Mr. Sinatra held leadership positions with Bank of America, N.A. in Divisional Sales Management from 1999 to 2004 and with Fidelity Investments in Product Management & Development from 1993 to 1999. Mr. Sinatra started his career at Arthur Andersen & Co. as a consultant in the financial services industry in 1991. Mr. Sinatra has served on numerous boards, including Sentient Flight Group from 2007 to 2009. He is a member of the CFA Institute, the Boston Security Analysts Society, the San Francisco Security Analysts Society, and the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA). Mr. Sinatra received his BA in Mathematics from College of the Holy Cross.

      Benjamin Wineman

      Mr. Wineman has served as a member of our Board since 2013. Mr. Wineman has extensive commercial real estate and financial experience. Currently, Mr. Wineman is a Principal at Mid-America Real Estate Corporation, where he has worked since 2001. Mid-America is based in Chicago, Illinois, and is one of the companies within Mid-America Real Estate Group, a midwestern full-service retail real estate organization with offices in Chicago (downtown and suburban Oakbrook Terrace), Detroit, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis. Mr. Wineman co-leads Mid-America's Retail Investment Sales Group, focusing specifically on the disposition of shopping centers and retail properties throughout the greater Midwest region for institutional, REIT, and private owners. Prior to employment with Mid-America, Mr. Wineman worked at LaSalle Investment Management (JLL) as a Financial Analyst in the Private Equity Acquisitions Group, where he was responsible for the valuation, due diligence, and closing of commercial real estate transactions on behalf of its institutional pension fund clients from 1998 to 2001. Mr. Wineman graduated from DePauw University in 1998 with a Bachelor's of Arts Degree. Within the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), he is a member of the Illinois State Committee and the Government Relations National Economic Policy Sub-Committee. Within the community, Mr. Wineman is a member of the Executive Committees of the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation and the Ravinia Festival Associates Board, where he is the incoming Board President.

      Lyle Wolberg

      Mr. Wolberg joined our Board in August 2017. He is one of the founding partners of Telemus Capital Partners, a financial advisory firm he co-founded in 2005. Mr. Wolberg was a former Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch from 1994 to 1997 and Senior Vice President-Investments at UBS Financial Services from 1999 to 2005. Mr. Wolberg has more than twenty-one years of industry experience across all facets of financial wealth planning and investment management. He is a certified financial planner. He also serves on the Executive Board of Temple Shir Shalom, is a trustee for the Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation, and is Past President and Co-Founder of the Berkley Educational Foundation.