Alan F. Feldman has been our Chief Executive Officer since October 2012 and a director since our formation in September 2012. Mr. Feldman has also served as the Chief Executive Officer and Manager of our advisor since its formation in October 2012. In addition, Mr. Feldman has served as a director and Chief Executive Officer of Resource Opportunity REIT since June 2009 and Resource Real Estate since May 2004, the Chief Executive Officer and Manager of Resource Opportunity Advisor since June 2009, President and a director of Resource Real Estate Management, LLC since August 2007 and a Senior Vice President of Resource America since August 2002. In addition, as a result of his positions within Resource America, Mr. Feldman serves as a director for various wholly owned subsidiaries of Resource America and its affiliates. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Feldman was a Vice President at Lazard Freres & Co., an investment banking firm specializing in real estate matters. From 1992 through 1998, Mr. Feldman was an Executive Vice President of the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust and its predecessor, The Rubin Organization. From 1990 to 1992, Mr. Feldman was a director at Strouse, Greenberg & Co., a regional full service real estate company. From 1986 through 1988, Mr. Feldman was an engineer at Squibb Corporation. Mr. Feldman received a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree from Tufts University, and a Master of Business Administration, Real Estate and Finance concentration degree from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
George E. Carleton has served as our Chief Operating Officer and President since June 2017. Mr. Carleton is an Executive Managing Director at Island Capital Group, which he joined at its inception in 2003. Mr. Carleton leads the Real Estate Investment and Finance Group at Island Capital. Mr. Carleton also serves as a Vice President of Anubis Advisors, which provides strategic planning, executive management, restructuring, M&A and other financial services to Island Capital Group's portfolio companies, including C-III Capital Partners. Mr Carleton is also an Executive Managing Director at C-III Capital Partners. Before joining Island Capital Group in 2003, Mr. Carleton served as Senior Managing Director of Insignia Financial Group. He was responsible for Insignia's opportunity funds which invested primarily in securitized real estate debt. Mr. Carleton played an integral role in structuring and executing the securitization of billions of dollars of debt that was secured by real estate controlled by Insignia, including the first stand-alone securitized multi-family loan pool. For 12 years prior to Insignia, Mr. Carleton held various management positions at Travelers Insurance, where he was responsible for managing debt and equity real estate investments. Mr. Carleton received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Emory University, Florida Atlantic University and American University, where he majored in Chemistry, Finance/Accounting, and Real Estate Development, respectively.
Steven R. Saltzman has been our Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President and Treasurer since October 2012. Mr. Saltzman has also served as Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President and Treasurer for our advisor since its formation in October 2012 and in the same capacities for Resource Opportunity REIT and Resource Opportunity Advisor since June 2009. In addition, Mr. Saltzman has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Resource Real Estate since January 2014; he previously held the positions of Vice President and Controller since May 2004. He is also Vice President of Finance of Resource Real Estate Management, LLC, since August 2007. From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Saltzman was Controller at WP Realty, Inc., a regional developer and property manager specializing in community shopping centers. Mr. Saltzman began his real estate career in 1988 as a Property Controller at The Rubin Organization, a predecessor to the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust. Mr. Saltzman began his professional career at Price Waterhouse from 1985 to 1988. Mr. Saltzman earned a Bachelor of Science degree from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Saltzman is both a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant.
Shelle Weisbaum has been our Chief Legal Officer, Senior Vice President and Secretary since October 2012. Ms. Weisbaum has also served as Chief Legal Officer, Senior Vice President and Secretary of our advisor since its formation in October 2012. Ms. Weisbaum has been Chief Legal Officer, Senior Vice President and Secretary of Resource Opportunity REIT and Resource Opportunity Advisor since June 2009. Ms. Weisbaum has also served as Senior Vice President, since January 2014, and General Counsel and Secretary, since August 2007, of Resource Real Estate. Previously she held the position of Vice President of Resource Real Estate from August 2007 to December 2013. She has also served as Vice President and Secretary of Resource Real Estate Management, LLC since August 2007. Ms. Weisbaum joined Resource Real Estate in October 2006 from Ledgewood Law, a Philadelphia-based law firm, where she practiced commercial real estate law from 1998 to 2006 as an associate and later as a partner of the firm. Prior to Ledgewood, from 1987 to 1998, Ms. Weisbaum was Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at the Philadelphia Stock Exchange. Ms. Weisbaum received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Boston University and a Juris Doctor degree from Temple University.
Gary Lichtenstein has been one of our directors since November 2013. Mr. Lichtenstein has also served as an independent director for Resource Real Estate Opportunity REIT since September 2009. Mr. Lichtenstein served as a partner of Grant Thornton LLP, a registered public accounting firm, from 1987 to July 2009. He worked at Grant Thornton LLP from 1974 to 1977 and served as a manager at Grant Thornton LLP from 1977 to 1987. Prior to joining Grant Thornton LLP, Mr. Lichtenstein served as an accountant for Soloway & von Rosen CPA from 1970 to 1974 and for Touche Ross Bailey & Smart from 1969 to 1970. Mr. Lichtenstein serves on the Executive Board and serves as Chairman of the Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration and his Juris Doctor degree from Cleveland State University.
Thomas J. Ikeler has been one of our directors since November 2013. Mr. Ikeler also served as an independent director for Resource Real Estate Opportunity REIT from September 2009 until February 2014. Since January 2010, Mr. Ikeler has served as Managing Director, Capital Markets of Penzance, a private equity real estate investment and operating company based in Washington, DC, and is one of four members of its Executive Committee. He is involved with all aspects of the firm's investment activities, including acquisitions, development and capital placement. Immediately prior to this, from January 2009 to January 2010, Mr. Ikeler was President of K2 Capital Advisors, LLC, a boutique advisory practice that assisted real estate companies in selling or capitalizing existing assets and new acquisitions. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Ikeler served as Managing Director of Jones Lang LaSalle, one of the largest global real estate service firms with 180 offices in 60 countries and over 36,000 employees, where he specialized in commercial property and multifamily equity and debt financing. From 1999 to 2005, he served as Managing Director of Aegis Realty Consultants, the real estate banking affiliate of Berwind Property Group, which owns and operates more than 25,000 apartment units and 100 communities. From 1997 to 1999, Mr. Ikeler served as Vice President/Corporate Finance for Security Capital Group and Senior Vice President for a subsidiary. From 1994 to 1997, he established a real estate investment and advisory firm that targeted "off market" opportunities and advised institutional owners and operators of real estate, which included serving as lead outside advisor to RF&P Corporation, a private REIT owned by the Virginia Retirement System. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University and his Master in Business Administration from Harvard University.
David Spoont has been one of our directors since November 2013. Since, January 2012, Mr. Spoont has served as President and Founder of Haverford Capital Management, Inc., a Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania headquartered company providing assistance to real estate companies with equity raising, financing and the disposition of assets. Immediately prior to this, from February 2008 to January 2010, Mr. Spoont was Senior Vice President of Finance and Dispositions for Urdang Capital Management, Inc. (now CenterSquare Investment Management Holdings, Inc., a BNY Mellon company) where he was responsible for its capital markets activities and oversaw dispositions, financings and debt restructurings. From February 1995 to January 2008, Mr. Spoont worked for Brandywine Construction and Management, Inc., a Philadelphia based developer and owner/operator of apartments, where during his last several years there, he served as Chief Investment Officer. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Economics from Lehigh University and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Spoont is also a licensed real estate broker in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association.