The Board of Directors of Crossroads Systems, Inc. (the “Company”) sets high standards for the Company’s employees, officers and directors. Implicit in this philosophy is the importance of sound corporate governance. It is the duty of the Board of Directors to serve as a prudent fiduciary for shareholders and to oversee the management of the Company’s business. To fulfill its responsibilities and to discharge its duty, the Board of Directors follows the procedures and standards that are set forth in these guidelines. These guidelines are subject to modification from time to time as the Board of Directors deems appropriate in the best interests of the Company or as required by applicable laws and regulations.
Board of Directors
Robert H. Alpert
Chairman of the Board
Robert H. Alpert has served as a director since October 2017 and as Chairman of the Board since October 2017. He is the co-founder and principal of 210 Capital, LLC and the founder and general partner of RHA, Inc. He is also the Co-CEO and Chairman of the Board of P10 Holdings, Inc., an innovative alternative asset management investment firm. Mr. Alpert is also the Chairman of the Board of Globalscape, Inc. and on the board of Collaborative Imaging, LLC. Additionally, Mr. Alpert is a director of Elah Holdings, Inc., a company which seeks to generate long term shareholder value through the continuation of its strategy of seeking profitable acquisitions and generate increased free cash flow from the utilization of its tax assets. Prior to founding 210 Capital, Mr. Alpert was the founder and portfolio manager of Atlas Capital Management, L.P., a long-short strategy investment adviser, from October 1995 to September 2015. Mr. Alpert was responsible for the investments and operations of Atlas. Mr. Alpert is also the co-founder of Homebuilder Capital Advisors, LLC, a real estate specialty finance company and a director of Redpoint Insurance Group, LLC, a Texas property and casualty insurance company.
Eric Donnelly has served as a director and as Chief Executive Officer since December 2017. Mr. Donnelly has spent his 20-year career focused on supporting small businesses and developing low to moderate income communities with an emphasis on Hispanic homeownership. He has served as Capital Plus Financial LLC’s Chief Executive Officer since 2014 after having been hired by the company’s founder in 2012 to scale the 25-year social enterprise. Mr. Donnelly has grown the company into one of the largest Community Development Financial Institutions in the country and under his leadership has achieved its B Corp certification further reinforcing the company’s commitment to community impact as well as shareholder value growth. In 2005 after many years in commercial banking, Mr. Donnelly founded a national small balance commercial real estate finance company focused on delivering long term, fixed rate options to small business owners. He is an active Hispanic entrepreneur and leader whose passion it is to improve underserved and underbanked market segments. Mr. Donnelly is a graduate of Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Mr. Donnelly is a director of InBankshares and International Bank, a community bank located in New Mexico and Colorado. He is a on the board of Financial Mentors of America, Inc. (FMA), an educational nonprofit which seeks to achieve social and economic transformation. He is a participant in the BBVA Momentum program for Social Entrepreneurs, a 2017 graduate of the Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Initiative.
James Pérez Foster
James Pérez Foster is a seasoned board member with national banking and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) board experience. He is a technology executive and management consultant with more than 25 years of strategic growth, impact investment advisory and community engagement experience. A published expert on U.S. underserved market segments for global financial services and banking institutions, he is the founder of Bainbridge Advisors, LLC, a consulting and research firm that serves financial institutions and federal agencies. Pérez Foster also founded Solera National Bancorp, a federally chartered bank holding company that is credited as one of the first Hispanic-markets focused commercial banks in the country. He has a BA in International Relations from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
Farzana Giga has served as Capital Plus Financial’s Chief Financial Officer since 2014. Ms. Giga’s background includes extensive experience in private equity, financial reporting and analysis, investor reporting and treasury for both private and public companies in Canada and the United States. Prior to Capital Plus, Ms. Giga served as CFO for a private equity firm focused on residential seller financing including acquisitions, mortgage origination and mortgage servicing for a portfolio exceeding $100M. From 2007 to 2009, she worked as an Investment Manager at Quadrant Capital Partners where she was responsible for loan acquisitions and financial analysis of residential and commercial real estate. Prior to Quadrant, Ms. Giga served as an Assistant Vice President at INYX Canada where she was responsible for all strategic and financial planning, budgeting/forecasting, cash flow analysis, mergers and acquisitions analysis including quarterly and annual SEC filings. Prior to INYX, Ms. Giga served as Director, Treasury at RR Donnelly responsible for managing a debt portfolio of $2B. Ms. Giga is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant in Ontario, Canada and received her Bachelor of Arts, Economics (Management & Accounting) from the University of Toronto.
Ray Kembel is a tenured finance executive with a broad knowledge of real estate and credit finance. He is currently an Executive Vice President with Oakwood Bank in Texas. Prior to joining Oakwood Bank, Ray helped develop the Dallas commercial banking platform for Green Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNBC). Ray previously spent 10 years with Staubach Capital Partners, a private equity group under The Staubach Company umbrella, acquired by JLL (NYSE: JLL). He began his career with Bank of America (NYSE: BAC). Ray holds a BBA degree from The University of Texas at San Antonio and an MBA from The University of Dallas.