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.
Kevin M. Finkel has been our Chief Operating Officer and President since October 2012. He is also the Chief Operating Officer and President of Resource Opportunity REIT, positions he has held since June 2009. Mr. Finkel has also served as President and Manager of our advisor since its formation in October 2012 and has held similar positions with Resource Opportunity Advisor since June 2009. In addition, Mr. Finkel has served as Executive Vice President since January 2008 and Director of Acquisitions since May 2004 of Resource Real Estate. Mr. Finkel joined Resource America in November 2002, and has been a Vice President of Resource America from April 2006 through 2013 and is currently a Senior Vice President of Resource America. Prior to joining Resource Capital, Mr. Finkel was an investment banker at Barclays Capital and its predecessors from 1998 to 2000 and at Deutsche Bank Securities from 1994 to 1998. Mr. Finkel received a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
George E. Carleton is an Executive Managing Director of Island Capital Group LLC ("Island"), which he joined when the company was formed in 2003. Island is a commercial real estate merchant banking firm headquartered in New York, New York. Since its formation in 2010, Mr. Carleton has also served as an Executive Managing Director of C-III, which is controlled by Island. C-III is a commercial real estate investment and services company engaged in a broad range of activities, including principal investments (debt and equity), primary and special loan servicing, loan origination, fund management, multifamily property management, investment sales and zoning and title services. Prior to Island, Mr. Carleton was a Senior Managing Director of Insignia Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: IFS), which was a publicly traded commercial real estate services company that merged with CB Richard Ellis in 2003. Before joining Insignia in 1993, he held various positions at Travelers Insurance Real Estate Department, which he joined in 1981. Mr. Carleton received a B.S. degree from Florida Atlantic University in 1981 and an M.S. degree from American University in 1988.
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.
David E. Bloom has been our Senior Vice President since October 2012. Mr. Bloom has also served as the Senior Vice President of our advisor since its formation in October 2012. He has also acted as Senior Vice President of Resource Opportunity REIT and Resource Opportunity Advisor since their formation in June 2009. In addition, Mr. Bloom has served as President and a director of Resource Real Estate since May 2004, and as Senior Vice President of Resource America, a position he has held since September 2001. Mr. Bloom joined Resource America from Colony Capital, LLC, a Los Angeles-based real estate fund, where he was a Senior Vice President, as well as a Principal of Colony Capital Asia Pacific from 1999 to 2001. From 1998 to 1999, Mr. Bloom was a director at Sonnenblick-Goldman Company, a New York based real estate investment bank. From 1992 to 1998, Mr. Bloom practiced law in the real estate and corporate departments of Wilkie Farr & Gallagher in New York and Drinker Biddle & Reath in Philadelphia. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Bloom began his real estate career in 1987 as an Acquisitions and Development Associate with Strouse, Greenberg & Company, a regional full-service real estate company. Mr. Bloom is a member of the Board of Trustees of Ursinus College. Mr. Bloom received a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Public Policy from Ursinus College and a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law.
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.