Michael D. Farkas
Founder, Executive Chairman, and CEO
Mr. Farkas is the founder and manager of The Farkas Group, a privately held investment firm. Mr. Farkas also currently holds the position of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Atlas Group, where its subsidiary, Atlas Capital Services, a broker-dealer, has successfully raised more than $200 million for a number of public clients until it withdrew its FINRA registration in 2007. Over the last 20 years, Mr. Farkas has established a successful track record as a principal investor across a variety of industries, including telecommunications, technology, aerospace and defense, and automotive retail.
President, Chief Operating Officer & Director
Mr. Christodoulou has been the Chief Financial Officer of Galeon Navigation LLC, a privately-owned maritime commercial management and chartering platform, since September 2016.
From July 2010 to July 2016, Mr. Christodoulou was President and Principal of Angelmar Corp., a subsidiary of SOCATRA Shipping and Energy Group. From August 2007 to May 2010, Mr. Christodoulou was Chief Executive Officer of Industrial Shipping Enterprises Corp., an operator of chemical product tankers. From November 2006 to August 2007, Mr. Christodoulou was Chief Financial Officer of Oceanfreight Inc., a Nasdaq listed company and operator of a diversified fleet of dry bulk vessels and tankers. Frome June 2005 to October 2006, Mr. Christodoulou was a Managing Director of Dahlman Rose & Co., an investment banking firm. From June 2004 to March 2005, Mr. Christodoulou was Chief Financial Officer of Eastwind Maritime, Inc., a privately held operator of a diversified fleet of tankers, dry bulk and refrigerated vessels. From August 1999 to April 2004, Mr. Christodoulou was Chief Financial Officer of General Maritime Corporation a New York Stock Exchange listed company and an operator of a fleet of crude oil tankers.
Mr. Christodoulou attended Rutgers University with a major in Psychology and Columbia University Business School MBA program.
Mr. Engel served as Managing Director and consultant at Drexel Burnham Lambert for 15 years. Mr. Engel managed developed new business relationships and represented clients such as Warner Communications and KKR & Co., L.P. Mr. Engel also served as a consultant to Bear Stearns and as a Director of such companies as Revlon, Uniroyal Chemical, Levitz, Banner Industries, Savannah Pulp & Paper, and APL Corp. In the last decade, Mr. Engel consulted to Morgan Joseph TriArtisan.
Since June 2016, Mr. Fitz has been the Chief Financial Officer of Valassis Communications, Inc., a multi-billion dollar digital and print media delivery company, which is owned by Harland Clarke Holdings whose parent company is MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc. Mr. Fitz oversees the financial operations for Valassis and supports the development of its business strategies and internal controls. In 2017, Mr. Fitz was also named President of NCH Marketing Services, a leading coupon redemption company and Valassis subsidiary.
Mr. Fitz has many years of experience in finance for technology companies including his roles as Corporate Vice President and CFO of Xerox Corporation's technology business, President of Xerox Financial Services, and a range of executive roles at General Motors (GM), such as Global Finance Director, Chief Risk Officer and Executive Director of Risk Management, CFO of GM Powertrain Europe, and General Director of GM Audit Services.
Robert C. Schweitzer
Mr. Schweitzer has extensive experience as a corporate director and in executive management, financial services, and real estate. Mr. Schweitzer currently serves on the Board of Directors for two public companies. He serves as Chairman of the Board for 1-800-PetMeds (NASDAQ: PETS) and as Lead Independent Director for OmniComm Systems Inc. (OTCQX: OMCM).
Mr. Schweitzer most recently served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Shay Investment Services, a holding company whose subsidiaries include Shay Financial Services Inc., a national association of securities dealers and brokers and Shay Assets Management Inc., an investment advisory firm. Prior to that, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Equinox Bank and Northwest Savings Bank, and also as Regional President for Union Planters Bank (now Regions Bank). Mr. Schweitzer also worked as Executive Vice President and Director Corporate Banking Group for Bank of America/Nationbank/Barnett Bank, Inc., Director and Head of the Real Estate, Construction & Environmental Consulting Group for Coopers & Lybrand, Washington, D.C., Vice President & Manager of Mid-Continent Real Estate Division, The First National Bank of Chicago, and Senior Vice President and Manager of Central North American Banking Group at Wachovia Corporation.
Mr. Schweitzer received his Master of Business Administration from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Bachelor of Science from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Mr. Schweitzer served for 30 years in the US Navy and Navy Reserves Nuclear Submarine Force, and retired with a rank of Captain. He is a certified Florida Supreme Court Mediator and certified FINRA arbitrator. He is also a licensed real estate broker in North Carolina and Florida.