Douglas Q. Gale, President
Mr. Gale is the President and owner of REO America, Inc., a tax lien and REO servicer. He started REO America in 2004 after eight years at a tax lien investment fund, where he ended as vice president of operations. At that fund, he was credited with growing it eight-fold in just three years, all the while increasing the portfolio returns by 30% and lowering the cost structure by 50bps.
In 2009 REO America was listed on the INC 5000 list at number 1,133 overall and number 18 in real estate. Throughout his career, Mr. Gale has purchased and managed nearly $550mm in tax liens, and he has liquidated more than 3,600 REO properties.
In 2004, Mr. Gale graduated at the top of his MBA class, Beta Gamma Sigma, from the Crummer School of Business in at Rollins College. Crummer consistently receives top marks for its MBA programs in its region by Forbes and U.S. News and World Report.
Mr. Gale has also served as an expert witness in federal court and is on the Planning Board for the City of Altamonte Springs.
Philip M. Sivin, Vice President
Philip M. Sivin is a Managing Director and a Director of M.D. Sass Investors Services, Inc. and its affiliated companies, and Managing Director of M.D. Sass-Macquarie Financial Strategies Management Company, L.L.C (FinStrat).
He was an equity Analyst for M.D. Sass from 2002 to 2004 and a Vice President of Resurgence Asset Management , L.L.C. (an affiliate of M.D. Sass focused on distressed investments) from 2004 to 2006. Prior to joining the M.D. Sass organization in 2000, he was an attorney with Sullivan and Cromwell in New York, focusing on domestic and international securities, corporate, real estate and investment management transactions.
Mr Sivin is a member of the Board of Directors of Sterling Chemicals, Inc., Furniture.com, Inc., and the Board of Managers of various hedge fund and private equity investee companies of FinStrat.
Mr. Sivin holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Mr. Sivin also received his M.B.A., with honors, from Columbia Business School with a focus in finance and accounting.
Jim Meeks, Treasurer
Jim Meeks is the
President and CEO of MTAG Services. Mr. Meeks has over 24 years of experience
in the real estate industry with 16 of those years in specialty asset
He founded MTAG
Services in 2010 in a spin-off transaction with Mooring Tax Asset Group. Prior
to this, he held various management roles with Mooring Financial Corporation.
He joined Mooring
Financial Corporation in 1994 as Controller and was appointed Vice President in
1997. He co-founded Mooring Tax Asset Group, an affiliate of Mooring Financial Corporation and was appointed its President
in 1999. He has served as the NTLA's
past President and Secretary. Mr. Meeks received his Bachelor of Science
from Virginia Tech, his CPA certificate in Virginia and earned his MBA in
Finance from George Mason University.
Donald R. Dinan, General Counsel
Donald R. Dinan, Esq., is an attorney with the law offices of Roetzel and Andress located in Washington, D.C. He is the National Tax Lien Association's legal counsel on issues and legislation affecting tax lien auctions, tax sales and tax deed foreclosure proceedings.
Mr. Dinan's areas of practice include: international trade, litigation, intellectual property and asset-backed securitizations. He is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, New York and the District of Columbia.
Mr. Dinan received his B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. He received his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University and graduated from the London School of Economics with an L.L.M. in International Economic Law.
Mr. Dinan is a member of the American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, Washington International Trade Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association and the International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association.
He is an Adjunct Professor in International Law at Georgetown University.
William Green, Board Member
William Green is the Chief Executive Officer of Crestar Capital LLC. Mr. Green invested in Crestar Capital in 2008 and assumed the role of its CEO in 2009. Crestar is a specialty finance company focused exclusively on the acquisition and servicing of municipal tax liens in multiple states.
Prior to Crestar, Bill founded WSG Partners in 2003, a private equity firm that invests in and actively grows a portfolio of investments in middle market private companies. Prior to WSG Partners, Bill was with Wilmar Industries since founding the company in 1977.
Bill led Wilmar for 25 years as its CEO, through organic growth and acquisitions to become the nation's 12th largest industrial distribution company in the country.
He serves on the Board of Directors for Safeguard Industrial as well as on the Board for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness.
Adam D. Greenberg, Board Member
Adam D. Greenberg is the Managing Member of the firm of Honig & Greenberg, L.L.C. in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. A 1990 graduate of The American University and a 1994 graduate of the Rutgers School of Law, Camden, he is admitted to the bars of New Jersey, Pennsylvania as well as the United States District Courts for the District of New Jersey and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Mr. Greenberg's practice concentrates in tax and mortgage foreclosure, real property and title litigation and creditor's rights in bankruptcy. His firm represents certificate holders, municipalities, bankruptcy trustees, lenders, landlords, and foreclosure buyers and sellers in various matters throughout the state. He also attends to transactional matters involving the purchase and sale of portfolios of tax sale certificates and their use as collateral in commercial settings.
Mr. Greenberg has also served as an expert in title and foreclosure related litigation, including legal malpractice cases. Mr. Greenberg taught courses on tax certificate foreclosure at the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education from 2003 to 2012, the Burlington County Bar Association, The Camden County Bar Association, The South Jersey Title School (for the Title Insurance Profession), First American Title Insurance Agency, the National Tax Lien Association, and the Tax Collector and Treasurers Association of New Jersey.
Robert W. Keyser, Board Member
Robert W. Keyser, Esq. is a partner of the firm Taylor & Keyser LLC. He represents a broad range of businesses, commercial lenders and individuals in real estate and business transactions, commercial lending, work-outs and bankruptcy related issues.
His practice also includes the representation of real estate tax lien investors and commercial lenders in lien foreclosures, transaction and related litigation, as well as closely-held corporations, partnership and limited liability companies.
Mr. Keyser received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Lafayette College in 1977 and his Juris Doctorate from the Rutgers University School of Law at Camden in 1982.
He is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Prior to forming his present firm, he was New Jersey Managing Partner for the firm of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter and Stein of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania and Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
Mr. Keyser is a member of the Corporate and Business Law, Bankruptcy and Banking sections of the New Jersey Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He lectures on bankruptcy and real estate issues, government-backed lending programs, and litigation and bankruptcy issues which confront tax lien investors in New Jersey.
Mr. Keyser is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Tax Lien Association. In 1995, President Clinton appointed him as a delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business, where he specialized in issues of capital formation and availability.
In December 2010, Governor Chris Christie appointed Mr. Keyser to the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Tax Lien Finance Corporation. Mr. Keyser has handled a number of appeals, some of which have resulted in reported decisions arising out of real estate related cases. They include the Supreme Court decisions in Simon v Rando and Malinowski v Jacobs, and the Appellate Division decisions in Phoenix Funding v Krute, Realty Asset Properties v Oldham, and Coryell LLC v Curry, in which he represented amicus curiae National Tax Lien Association. He has been involved in many other appellate matters that are unreported.
He resides in Haddonfield, New Jersey, with his wife Denise and their four children.