Paresh Patel is a founder of the company and currently serves as chairman of the Board of Directors and chief executive officer of the company. He has been a director of the company since its inception and has served as the chairman of our Board since May 2007. He has served as chief executive officer since 2011. From 2011 to 2012, he also served as president of our insurance subsidiary, Homeowners Choice Property & Casualty Insurance Company, Inc. Mr. Patel has broad experience in technology and finance. He developed and continues to oversee development of the company’s policy administration systems. Since 2006, Mr. Patel has served as president of Scorpio Systems, Inc., a software development company, and since 2011, has served as chairman of the board of First Home Bancorp, Inc., a bank holding company in Seminole, Florida. He is a founder of NorthStar Bank in Tampa, Florida and from 2006 to 2010 served on the board of directors of its parent company, NorthStar Holding Company. From 1998 to 2000, he was director of customer care and billing with Global Crossing. In that position, Mr. Patel defined business processes and systems, hired and trained department staff and led the merger of the customer care and billing systems with the systems of companies that Global Crossing acquired. As an independent software and systems consultant from 1991 to 1998, Mr. Patel worked with large international telephone companies. Mr. Patel holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Cambridge in United Kingdom.
George Apostolou has been a director of the company since May 2007. Mr. Apostolou moved to the United States in 1971 from Greece and earned his State of Florida Contractors License in 1983. In 1987, he established George Apostolou Construction Corporation and has since built more than 200 commercial buildings, including government services buildings, churches, office buildings and retail centers. In addition to contracting, Mr. Apostolou has been involved in the development of many commercial projects and now owns more than 20 properties in the Tampa Bay area.
Sanjay Madhu has been a director of the company since May 2007, and currently serves as chief executive officer of Oxbridge Re Holdings Limited a reinsurance company providing reinsurance in Florida and other gulf states. From 2011 to 2013 Mr. Madhu served as President of Greenleaf Capital the company’s real estate division and as vice president of investor relations, posts he has held since June 2011 and February 2008, respectively. He also served as Vice President for marketing from 2008 to 2011. Since November 2012, Mr. Madhu has served as a director of Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc., a publicly held real estate investment trust. Mr. Madhu has extensive experience in owning and managing real estate and mortgage finance. He attended Northwest Missouri State University, where he studied marketing and management.
Wayne Burks has been a director of the company since June 2013. Mr. Burks has held chief financial officer positions for numerous entities during his more than 30 year career. He currently serves as a director and chief financial officer of WRB Enterprises, Inc., a Tampa, Florida based holding company with investments in Caribbean electric utilities, renewable energy development, cable television, real estate and financial institutions. From July 2010 to April 2012, Mr. Burks was a principal of Sterling Financial Consulting where he provided financial and operational consulting services for privately-held and pre-initial public offering stage companies. From December 2008 to June 2010, he served as chief financial officer of Prepared Holdings, LLC, a Florida-based insurance holding company. Mr. Burks is a certified public accountant. He is a former audit partner of Coopers & Lybrand, where he performed auditing services approximately 23 years.
Harish Patel has served on the board of directors since April 2011. Mr. Patel has no familial relationship to Paresh Patel, our chief executive officer and chairman of the board. From 1976 to 1987, Mr. Patel served in various capacities, including as director of sales, director of operations and director at large, for Colorama Photo Processing Laboratories, a family-owned photo processing business located in London, England which pioneered the provision of next day and same day photo processing services to retail outlets in Central London and later provided those services to other regions of the United Kingdom. From 1987 to 1992, Mr. Patel served in various capacities, including as director at large, for Colorama Pharmaceuticals Ltd., a family-owned start-up venture which distributed pharmaceuticals to the client base of the photo processing company. From 1992 to 2005, he served as director for Kwik Photo Retail Stores, a London-based, operator of stand-alone and in-store retail photo processing labs. In addition he established and managed a United States-based data processing subsidiary for that company. Since 2006, he has served as a director for Medenet, Inc. a medical software company. Mr. Patel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from South Bank Polytechnic.
Gregory Politis is a founder of the company and has been a director since its inception. Mr. Politis has been in the real estate business since 1974 and is president of Xenia Management Corporation, a real estate portfolio management company he established in 1988. Mr. Politis has interests in over 40 real estate developments in the Miami-Dade County, Orlando, Greater Tampa Bay and Montreal, Canada areas. He was a founding member of Hellenic American Board of Entrepreneurs and a recipient of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Building of the Year Award. Mr. Politis has served as a director of NorthStar Bank and Florida Bank.
Anthony Saravanos has been a director of the company since May 2007, and currently serves as President of our real estate division Greenleaf Capital. From 2005 to 2013, Mr. Saravanos was vice president of The Boardwalk Company, a full-service real estate company located in Palm Harbor, Florida. Since 2001, he has been managing partner of several commercial property entities with a combined total of 13 properties in Florida and New York. A licensed real estate broker, Mr. Saravanos is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM). In 2011, he was named #1 Top Producer for 2010 by the Florida Gulfcoast Commercial Association of Realtors in the General Brokerage Category. From 1997 to 2001, he served as district manager, marketing and sales, for DaimlerChrysler Motors Corporation, Malvern, Pennsylvania. Mr. Saravanos graduated from Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pennsylvania, with a double major in Economics and Spanish. He earned a master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in marketing from Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania. At Villanova he was inducted into the Beta Gama Sigma Honor Society. Mr. Saravanos also attended Quanaouac Institute, Cuernavaca, Mexico, for intensive Spanish studies and a cultural immersion program. Mr. Saravanos was elected in 2013 as Vice President, Greek Children’s Fund at All Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Martin A. Traber is a founder of the company and has been a director of the company since its inception. Since 1994 Mr. Traber has been a partner of Foley & Lardner LLP, in Tampa, Florida, representing clients in securities and corporate law transactions. Mr. Traber earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor from Indiana University. Mr. Traber is a founder of NorthStar Bank in Tampa, Florida and from 2007 to 2011 served as a member of the Board of Directors of that institution. Mr. Traber serves on the Board of Directors of Exeter Trust Company, Portsmouth, New Hampshire and JHS Capital Holdings, Tampa, Florida and on the Advisory Board of Platinum Bank, Tampa, Florida.
James Macchiarola has been a director of the company since November 2013. Since 1999 Mr. Macchiarola has served in various positions for the Clearwater, Florida office of Orange Business Services (formerly Equant), a global information technology and communications services provider and subsidiary of Orange S.A. (formerly France Telecom S.A.). Since 2009, he has served as its vice president and head of North American equipment resales and integration services. From 2007 to 2009, he was that Company’s area sales vice president for the U.S. east coast and Canada. From 2003 to 2007, he was head of its integration services sales. From 2002 to 2003, he served as head of service operations for the Americas. From 1999 to 2003, he served as head of managed services. From 1994 to 1999, Mr. Macchiarola served as chief operating officer for Techforce, a U.S. based systems integrator. Before that he also did stints for Racal Datacom and Syncordia (1990 to 1994), AT&T Paradyne (1984 to 1990) and IBM Corp. (1969 to 1984).