Robert H. Alpert
Chairman of the Board
Robert H. Alpert is founder and general partner of RHA, Inc. and Atlas Capital Management, L.P. (collectively “Atlas”). From October 1995 to September 30, 2015, he was responsible for the investments and operations of Atlas Capital Management (a long-short strategy). Atlas Capital Management has transitioned to Robert’s family investment vehicle. Robert is also the co-founder of Homebuilder Capital Advisors LLC (a real estate specialty finance company), a managing member of 210 Capital, LLC., a managing member of Prime Sleep, LLC (a mattress retailer in Kansas City), Director of Redpoint Insurance Group (a Texas P&C company), and an Advisor to CA Partners (a fund of funds). Prior to founding Atlas, Robert was a portfolio manager for Luther King Capital Management (1990-1995). Prior to joining LCKM, Robert was a Management Associate at Paine Webber (1987-1989).Robert holds a BA from Princeton University (1987) and an MBA from Columbia University (1990). Robert is married with three children. Robert is an active member of Watermark Community Church. Robert and his wife founded a private foundation, Covenant Charities, Inc. Robert is currently on the Board of The Halftime Institute and Dallas Theological Seminary. He is also a co-founder of Lemonade Day-Dallas.
Eric 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 Financials’ Chief Executive Officer since 2014 after having been hired by the company’s founder in 2012 to scale the 25-year social enterprise. Eric 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, Eric 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. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. 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 and the 2018 Yale Global Executive Leadership Program.
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.