Independent Trustees

Nicholas Mitsakos has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Arcadia Holdings, Inc. since 1989. At Arcadia, Mr. Mitsakos manages the investment firm’s operations in the private and public equity markets. Arcadia is a global diversified holding company that owns public securities, majority-owned subsidiaries, and minority interests in various businesses. Arcadia’s capital partners include large international institutions. Through Arcadia Holdings, Mr. Mitsakos has acquired, or invested in, over 40 companies in the U.S., Asia and Europe. He has served as either a director or advisor to each company, working closely with management, the board of directors and other investors. Additionally, Mr. Mitsakos has served on the board of over twenty five companies.

From 2002 to present, he has been an advisor and Managing Director to London-based Sardis Capital, a merchant bank, focused on technology and middle market merchant banking. From 1995 to present, Mr. Mitsakos has advised Templeton International on investments in private and public companies based in emerging markets, including China. He now advises Franklin Templeton and Janus on public and private investment throughout Asia.

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Dr. Kuriyan is a Trustee and is currently Director of the Investment laboratory and a member of the faculty at the Indian School of Business. Previously, he was Chairman of the Global Asset Allocation Committee and global head of Quantitative Strategies at Bank of America’s asset management division. His unit managed over $30 billion of client assets, that ranged from retail to the most sophisticated institutional investors, across a multiplicity of strategies including equity, asset allocation and absolute return products. Several mutual funds were rated at the top of their category by Lipper and Morningstar. Earlier, Dr. Kuriyan served as managing director of an arbitrage and principal investing fund in Tokyo and as the global head of complex derivatives in the commodities group at Merrill Lynch.

Dr. Kuriyan earned his Ph.D. at Harvard University where he specialized in capital markets in a joint program offered by the Departments of Economics, Engineering Sciences and the Harvard Business School. He also spent a year in the M.B.A program at the Harvard Business School and received a Masters degree in Engineering Science from Harvard University. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was elected to Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu.

He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has appeared on television shows, including CNN. He has lectured at Cornell University, Washington University, the University of Lausanne, National University of Singapore. He advises the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and has served as an advisor to one of the worlds’ largest sovereign wealth funds. He is an independent director of TVS Capital Funds and serves on the China-India advisory council of the CFA Institute.

James McKay is a Trustee and former General Partner of Imperium Partner Group and the director of their commercial credit lending. Previously, he served as a group President of New Stream Commercial Finance, LLC, where he closed over $10MM of transactions in first year and generated more than $10MM in ancillary fee income. Mr. McKay revitalized the Healthcare Finance and Tax Exempt Leasing while a President at Banc of America Leasing. Mr. McKay spent much of his career at GE, where he served as the President of GE Capital Business Credit and approved more than 600 transactions and closed more than 400 transactions. He had previously served as a Managing Director of GE's Capital Commercial Finance Group. 

Mr. McKay earned his M.B.A. from Rutgers University where he was first in his class and received his B.A. in Economics from Rutgers University. He holds a Master Black Belt Certification in Six Sigma statistical methods, which seeks to improve the quality of process outputs and to minimize variability in manufacturing and business processes. He has also been awarded three U.S. Patents.

Mr. McKay is a military veteran serving with U.S. Navy Seal Team 2 and Underwater Demolition Team #21. He continues to be an active member of the Fraternal Order of Navy UDT Navy Seals. Mr. McKay is also the past chairman and board member of the Work First Foundation which placed over 25,000 disadvantaged people into new jobs.