Mr. Traenkle has been Chairman, an Interested Trustee, Chief Executive Officer and President of NorthStar Capital and the Funds since December 15, 2017, and a member of the Advisor’s investment committee since January 2017.Click here to read more >>
Kevin P. Traenkle | Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President
Mr. Traenkle also serves as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of NorthStar Real Estate Income Trust, Inc. (NorthStar Income) and NorthStar Real Estate Income II, Inc. (NorthStar Income II), positions he has held since December 15, 2017. Mr. Traenkle is also expected to be the Chief Executive Officer of Colony NorthStar Credit Real Estate, Inc., which is expected to be the surviving company in the combination of NorthStar Income with NorthStar Income II and a select portfolio of assets and liabilities of Colony NorthStar, Inc. (Colony NorthStar).
Mr. Traenkle has served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of Colony NorthStar since January 2017, the same position he has held since June 2009 at the preceding company, Colony Capital, Inc. (Colony Capital), prior to the Mergers. Mr. Traenkle served as an Executive Director of Colony Capital from April 2015 to January 2017. Mr. Traenkle also served as a Principal of Colony Capital, where he was involved in many facets of the firm’s activities including: distressed debt initiatives, investment and divestment decisions, business development and global client relations.
Prior to becoming a Principal at Colony Capital in January 2005, Mr. Traenkle served as a Vice President of Acquisitions at Colony Capital and was responsible for the identification, evaluation, consummation,and management of investments. Before rejoining the Colony Capital business in 2002, Mr. Traenkle worked for a private equity investment firm, where he was responsible for real estate-related investment and management activities. Prior to joining the Colony Capital business in 1993, Mr. Traenkle worked for an investment bank, First Albany Corporation, in its Municipal Finance department.
Mr. Traenkle received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1992 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
Frank V. Saracino | Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Prior to joining NorthStar, from July 2012 to December 2014, Mr. Saracino was with Prospect Capital Corporation, or Prospect, where he concentrated on portfolio management, strategic and growth initiatives and other management functions. In addition, during his tenure at Prospect, Mr. Saracino served as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, Treasurer and Secretary of each of Priority Income Fund, Inc. and Pathway Energy Infrastructure Fund, Inc., and their respective investment advisers, and served as a Managing Director of Prospect Administration, LLC. Previously, Mr. Saracino was a Managing Director at Macquarie Group, and Head of Finance from August 2008 to June 2012 for its Americas non-traded businesses which included private equity, asset management, lease financing, private wealth, and investment banking. From 2004 to 2008, he served first as Controller and then as Chief Accounting Officer of eSpeed, Inc. (now BGC Partners, Inc.), a publicly-traded subsidiary of Cantor Fitzgerald.
Prior to that, Mr. Saracino worked as an investment banker at Deutsche Bank advising clients in the telecom industry. Mr. Saracino started his career in public accounting at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) where he earned a CPA and subsequently worked in internal auditing for The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University.
Ronald J. Lieberman | Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Mr. Lieberman has also served as the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of NorthStar, a position he has held since January 2014. Mr. Lieberman has served as NorthStar Realty’s Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since April 2012, April 2011 and January 2013, respectively, positions he maintains as a co-employee. Mr. Lieberman previously served as Assistant Secretary of NorthStar Realty from April 2011 until January 2013. Mr. Lieberman has also served as General Counsel and Secretary of and NorthStar Healthcare since April 2011, and as an Executive Vice President of the company since January 2013. Mr. Lieberman also serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for NorthStar/RXR, positions he has held since March 2014. Mr. Lieberman further serves on the Executive Committee of American Healthcare Investors, LLC. Mr. Lieberman has been a director of Griffin-American Healthcare REIT IV, Inc. since February 2016. Until August 2015, Mr. Lieberman had served as General Counsel and Secretary of NorthStar Income and NorthStar Income II from October 2011 and December 2012, respectively, and as Executive Vice President of each of these companies from January 2013 and March 2013, respectively.
Prior to joining NorthStar Realty, Mr. Lieberman was a partner in the Real Estate Capital Markets practice at the law firm of Hunton & Williams LLP. Mr. Lieberman practiced at Hunton & Williams from September 2000 until March 2011 where he advised numerous REITs, including mortgage REITs and specialized in capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, securities law compliance, corporate governance and other board advisory matters. Prior to joining Hunton& Williams, Mr. Lieberman was the associate general counsel at Entrade, Inc., during which time Entrade was a public company listed on the NYSE.
Mr. Lieberman began his legal career at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP. Mr. Lieberman holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor, each from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Brett S. Klein | Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Klein currently serves as a Managing Director at NorthStar Asset Management Group, Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of NorthStar and parent company of the Advisor, a position he has held since June 2014, and heads its Alternative Products Group. Mr. Klein’s responsibilities include oversight of the operational elements of NorthStar’s retail-focused REITs and alternative retail products as well as coordination of sponsor-related activities of NorthStar’s broker-dealer, NorthStar Securities. Mr. Klein continues to be involved with the investment and portfolio management and servicing businesses and works closely with the accounting and legal departments in connection with the operation of the Managed Companies.
Mr. Klein previously served as a Managing Director at NorthStar Realty and Head of its Structured and Alternative Products Group between January 2011 and June 2014. In addition, from 2004 to 2011, Mr. Klein held similar roles at NorthStar Realty and was responsible for capital markets execution of NorthStar Realty and its retail-focused REIT businesses, including credit facility sourcing/structuring and securitization as well as investments and portfolio management. Mr. Klein joined NorthStar Realty in October 2004, prior to its initial public offering. From August 2004 to October 2004, Mr. Klein was an analyst at NorthStar Capital Investment Corp., a predecessor company of NorthStar Realty.
From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Klein worked in the CMBS group at Fitch Ratings, Inc., as Associate Director, where he focused on commercial real estate related securitization transactions. Mr. Klein holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance, Investment and Banking in addition to Risk Management and Insurance from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin.
Sandra M. Forman | Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Registered Funds
Ms. Forman has served as Chief Compliance Officer, Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of NorthStar Corporate Income Fund and NorthStar Corporate Income Master Fund since October 2015 and Chief Compliance Officer, Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of NorthStar Corporate Income Fund-T since November 2015. Ms. Forman has also served as Senior Counsel for NorthStar since October 2015.
Prior to joining NorthStar, Ms. Forman was Senior Counsel at Proskauer Rose LLP from July 2014 to October 2015, where she represented investment companies, including registered closed-end funds and business development companies, and REITs regarding legal, corporate governance and compliance issues. In addition, from August 2004 to June 2014, she served as General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Director of Human Resources and from January 2009 to June 2014 as Secretary of Harris & Harris Group, Inc., a publicly traded business development company. From January 2012 to June 2014, she served as General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary of H&H Ventures Management, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Harris & Harris Group, Inc.
Ms. Forman began her legal career in the Investment Management Group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from New York University in New York, New York, and a Juris Doctor from the University of California Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California.